Target: Macedonia’s Minister of Internal Affairs Gordana Jankuloska
Goal: Implement punishments for those who commit animal abuse at the Vevcani Carnival in Macedonia.
Complaints of extreme animal mistreatment and abuse at the Vevcani Carnival have recently emerged from concerned customers. This carnival is a popular festival held in Macedonia that attracts over 20,000 visitors each year from all over the world. However, Vevcani’s Major is unsupportive of the animal’s well being, allowing this abuse to continue so that participants may exercise traditional pagan rituals.
While culture and tradition are always valued, it should not be a reason to allow the cruel, barbaric treatment of animals. At a past carnival, witnesses explained how a stray dog’s dead body was paraded around by a group of intoxicated men. These men repeatedly bashed the dead dog throughout the event and eventually burned the dog’s body. Other people say they have seen chickens stabbed and displayed on pitchforks.
This insensitive, malicious mistreatment of animals promotes violence for the entire country. Abusers are also subjecting visitors to cruel images of death. Rituals, tradition, history, and culture are important for a society to understand. However, many traditions often become outdated and it is best for them to remain in a country’s history.
The unnecessary killing of animals during the Vevcani Carnival needs to be stopped. Culture and tradition can still remain without these barbaric pagan rituals. Sign this petition below to help end this barbaric abuse and urge Macedonia’s Minister of Internal Affairs to implement consequences for those who commit animal cruelty during this event.
Dear Minister Jankuloska,
Macedonia is a country rich in culture and tradition. The annual Vevcani Carnival is an opportunity for many Macedonians and foreigners to celebrate the history, culture, and traditions of the country.
However, the incidences of animal cruelty and mistreatment during this carnival have led to some controversy. Many have reported animals being abused and murdered, then paraded around the carnival. The Mayor of Vevcani justifies these heartless actions as rituals that are part of Macedonia’s pagan history.
Culture and tradition should always be valued; however some rituals are best to remain as a part of history. Please put an end to this horrible tradition and implement harsher consequences for those who mistreat, abuse, or murder animals during the Vevcani Carnival. Change is necessary to ensure the well being of all creatures alike.
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