Corrupt council bosses in Lugansk are using the forthcoming Euro 2012 championships to kill stray animals. Here is how it works:
Lugansk has an airport where football fans from Europe will arrive. The fans will then be transported by bus to Donetsk stadium where the matches will be played.
Corrupt municipality bosses use this event and the expected high number of visitors to suggest that all stray animals must be killed for safety purposes and this will also enhance the image of the city it will be nice and clean and safe.
But to do this they need an allocation of money from the city. The corrupt officials then state a hugely inflated figure of strays and say they need 100h ( approx 10 euros) to kill each dog. Of course they say that this will be done humanely.
Then having received all the money from the city budget, they get together unemployed workers and send them out to kill strays by poison maybe the cost is a few Euro cents per dog (after all how much does it cost to get some cheap poison and dig a hole to bury the animals when the hole is full they just dig another one).
For every dog they kill they say they have killed ten or twenty or more. For every 100,000 euro of budget, it is estimated that perhaps 1000 euros are spent and that leaves 90,000 Euros which is stolen and shared amongst the officials.
This kind of scam is operated in many regions of Ukraine with KYIV CITY MUNICIPALITY being the most corrupt. This has gone on for years and IS A BIG MONEY MAKER FOR MUNICIPALITY OFFICIALS. The corruption is AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL.
Naturewatch urges all football fans and all teams in Europe to write to UEFA urging that it takes action to stop this barbaric, unnecessary and cruel at Lugansk municipality.