In 2001 I traveled to Bucharest, Romania to document the stray dogs, around 300,000 that inhabited the city. Of pressing concern was the decision by the recently appointed mayor at the time, Traian Basescu, to allocate 17.5 million dollars for the round up and extermination of the animals.
Furious animal rights groups, spearheaded by former French actress Brigitte Bardot, in turn, declared war on the mayor. Bardot flew to Bucharest, where the two in a public rapprochement signed an agreement to temporarily hold off on the killing....
In the meantime teams of city dogcatchers began roving the city with mobile sterilization vans, and removing the dogs to the city’s four major detention centres. Members of ‘Vier Pfton’, an animal rights group based out of Vienna, worked against the clock to find owners for the strays. A chemical compound to be used for lethal injections had already arrived in the country.
In 2012 Bucharest still has its stray dog population but numbers have dramatically reduced...
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Anna Maria Antoinette D'Addario 2012
"Lume, Lume, Soro Lume" - Nabila
"Doina" - Slava Kazykin Ensemble
"Superata Sint Pe Lume" - Gabi Lunca