On June 9th 2012, on the eve of the major sport competition, the second demonstration of Fair Play organization was arranged along Kyiv streets. Due to a small number of activists (nearly 100 people) the strike did not do well, especially in contrast to European boycotts of the last year. The news of massive animals’ murders astonished Europeans immediately, especially considering their thorough and attentive treatment to our little brothers.
One of the vivid reflections of European dissatisfaction was recorded in Hamburg. German advertiser Christian Baur has introduced the yelping football ball in attempt to alert an attention of German residents to horroble situation in Ukraine. He left an invention on the streets. When people pulled the ball, it started yelping like dogs do. Curious people looked at the ball and saw messages left by Baur about dogs’ shooting in Ukraine. The ball appeal asked people to stop the mass destruction of animals and to support the German charity organization ETN eV for the protection of the environment and animals.
In November 2011 the world-known actress and prominent animal activist Brigitte Bardot referred to the Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovych. Her letter carried a request to stop the mass destruction of stray dogs. After that, Prime Minister of Ukraine MykolaAzarov has demanded to strengthen control over the animals catch and prosecute all cases of abuse. In addition, last autumn the phenomenon of professional “dog-hunters” was revealed in Kyiv, who exchanged messages about their experience on the Internet. The second letter from Brigitte Bardot did not make the President wait.
The most incredible protesting step was made by Austrian authorities. On December 28th2011 Austrian deputies unanimously considered and supported a bill called the "Stop killing of stray animals in Ukraine” on the eve of Euro 2012. January 2012 has outburst with several boycotts of Ukrainian embassies with the same request. In particular, they were registered in Germany, Czech Republic and Italy, rightful countries-competitors of the football championship.
Great Britain also took part in animal rights campaign against Ukraine. The Sun, one of the leading mass media in the UK, has published pictures of the dead stray dogs, both poisoned and shot. They were made particularly in Kyiv and Donetsk, cities, which are going to host most of the football matches within the championship. Most of the activists admitted that there are no such records in Poland.
By Maria Kruk