Target: Alexander Konovalov, Minister of Justice of Russian Federation
Goal: Bring criminal charges against animal abusers
An estimated 1 million stray dogs are living on the streets of Russia. This is largely due to the fact that there is no clear state policy on homeless animals. In fact, legislation on animal rights, including stray dog policy, has been stuck in the lower house of the Federal Assembly of Russia since 2010.
Consequently, throughout Russia, groups of people have begun to resort to cruel ways of controlling the population. A commonly practiced method is to poison the “excess” strays with several tablets of Tuberculosis medication hidden in morsels of meat. These people, known collectively as “dog hunters” are putting both humans and animals in danger by spreading poison around in neighborhoods. To make matters even worst, many dog hunters openly brag about their kills on their social media accounts and websites such as Vredy.org.
This horrendous practice needs to be stopped. Current legislation only criminalizes animal abuse driven by profit, sadistic intent, or hooliganism. Most of the time, however, intent is often difficult or near impossible to prove. The maximum punishment, as a result, is only two years behind bars.
With such a minimal penalty, dog hunters will continue to torture and murder dogs. Tell the Russian government to take action by increasing criminal charges against dog hunters.
Dear Alexander Konovalov, Minister of Justice of Russian Federation,
Every year, the stray population in Russia grows at a quicker pace. In an effort to control the population, many people have begun to poison innocent dogs using tablets of tuberculosis medication mixed with morsels of meat.
This is both appalling and cruel. These “dog hunters” claim to be protecting people from vicious attacks, but in actuality, they are putting the surrounding neighborhood in danger by openly distributing poison on the streets. Many times, a dog hunter will also proudly advertise their killings all over social media sites, such as Vredy.org.
Unfortunately, current legislation does not prevent this from happening. In fact, animal abuse is only considered criminal if it is driven by profit or sadistic intent. As a result, the maximum punishment for such actions is only two years in prison. With such a minimal penalty, the abuse will continue.
This must be stopped. I am urging you to increase the criminal charges against these dog hunters to ensure that these innocent animals will be protected.
[Your Name Here]
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