Petition

PETITION
FOR INCRIMINATION OF THE EXTREME ANIMAL CRUELTY AND THE ORGANIZED ANIMAL FIGHTING

We, the undersigned citizens, express our anxiety and intolerance to the numerous cases of drastic and even ostensible violence against animals, which end with their painful and agonizing death.
We are witnessing unpunished acts of terrifying intentional animal cruelty not only in our daily round, but in the information published by the paper and electronic media as well.

We must state with regret, that although many cases of illegal and cruel animal killing by means of beating to death, shooting, slaughtering, poisoning, as well as the use of animals in illegal deadly fights and competitions have become generally known to the society, they don't meet an adequate response on the part of the controlling organs in Bulgaria. Although the performers of this illegal acts are known or even promoting their actions themselves, very few of them have beared any punishment.

We consider that the main reason for the widespread acts of cruelty to animals, leading to their death or lasting mutilation, is the lack of an adequate law sanctioning the violators. The Bulgarian legislation in force provides only for an administrative penalty - a fine - for those killingl animals in a particularly cruel manner or use them in fights. The fine will hardly restrain the violators, because the procedure of it's imposing is sluggish, and the due ammounts are hardly collected. The fines for animal fighting for instance are insignificant, when compared to the profits of such an illegal business, which allows the organizers and the participants to pay small sums for their violations and continue their bloody business undisturbed.
It is our profound conviction, that in order to achieve a real diminution and effective prevention  of the animal cruelty acts, it is a must to establish a penalty, which corresponds to the severity of the violation.

Drastic and demonstrative animal cruelty is proven to be a deviating behaviour, performed by particular individuals, who have boken their connection to the moral standards and whose actions carry a risk for us in the future.
WE CONSIDER that their behaviour must be punished before it gets directed to a much heavier crime against a human being. Animal cruelty is a SOCIALLY DANGEROUS ACT AGAINST MORALITY AND  SAFETY.

WE STAND FOR INCLUDING TEXTS IN THE PENAL CODE THAT SHALL DEEM THE ANIMAL CRUELTY AND ORGANIZED ANIMAL FIGHING TO BE A FELONY.

WE INSIST that the Bulgarian legislators shall follow the example of all European Union Member States and declare the animal cruelty a felony, punishable with the respective sverity - probation or imprisonment up to 1 year for the perpetrators.