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(en) Ukraine, Kyiv, EUROVISION-2005 KILLS ANIMALS!

From SKA* Activists <ska.activists@gmail.com>
Date Thu, 28 Apr 2005 17:48:09 +0200 (CEST)

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Ukraine is preparing for Eurovision song contest. One of the first
victims of the preparation are set to be stray animals. They are
widely murdered in Kyiv that that hosts Eurovision-2005.
Kyiv authorities are currently on the way of mass poisoning of stray
animals. Poisoned lure are thrown about all over the city. Among
those who suffered are not only stray dogs and cats but also pets,
birds and other animals that appeared to be unlucky to live in the
city. Some number of poisoned animals comes into the view of
veterinarians, but treatment fails as veterinarians don't
know what kind of the poison they faced.

Kyiv authorities attempt to "clear" the Ukrainian capital from so
called "unwanted elements" as before they had decided to impress
foreigners that would come to the Eurovision 2005 song contest and to
gain the most benefits from it. Kyiv mayor, Oleksandr Omelchenko,
doesn't even recognize that the problem of stray animals still exists.
Now he is trying to avoid any responsibility for mass murdering of
stray animals in Kyiv. Ecologists and local media say about that
poisoning but the authorities would have none of that.

Until now there are not any shelters for animals that would at least
suit to the requirements of international norms in Kyiv - despite all
that propaganda about Kyiv as European city. The only public "shelter
for animals" that funded by the state (and funded not bad) looks like
slaughter-house where not enough thoroughbred cats and dogs are
treated in terrible conditions and killed. Ukrainian government hasn't
still adopted any of international agreements about animals'

During actions in front of buildings of Kyiv state administration and
Ukraine president administration with the demand to stop mass
destruction were run by activists of "Stop Killing Animals" together
with other Kyiv ecological initiatives and just people who care are
running during last month. No response was got. We plan to continue
actions and boycott Eurovision-2005. And ask for help and support our
actions against stray animals murdering in Kyiv.

To support our protest you can:
- spread this information wider in order as many people as possible
get to know about what is happening;
- organize protest actions near Ukrainian embassies and consulates;
- send petitions to Ukrainian authorities, including president of
Ukraine and Kyiv mayor.
The public utility company that is responsible for spreading poison
for stray animals is "Shelter for animals".
Kuchinskiy Miron is the director,
his phone is +380-67-500-74-35.
The address is 07800, Borodjanka, Veteraniv Str., 2. tel.: +380- 44-77-55277

Administration of president of Ukraine
01220 Kyiv, Bankova Str., 11
(+38 044) 255-68-40
(+38 044) 255-63-36
(+38 044) 255-63-58

Kyiv State Administration
01044 Kyiv, Chreschatik Str., 36
(+38 044) 226-22-30
(+38 044) 221-24-50
(+38 044) 221-23-33
(+38 044) 229-89-28

- boycott Ukrainian participant on the Eurovision - band "
Greenjolly". These days they are on their European tour. They will
Croatia: 26 April
Bosnia and Herzegovina: 27 April
Switzerland: 3 May
Portugal: 4 May
Latvia: 6 May
Lithuania: 7 May
Albania: 8 May
Greece: 9 May
Cyprus: 10 May


"Stop Killing Animals" initiative,
April, 2005
* [Ed. Notes:
Editor: What kind of initistive is SKA?
SKA: SKA is an anarchist collective.
It's quite new one as it was established just during the orange
revolution. Most part of people who are in the group now were
involved in other anarchist initiatives before, such as Indymedia,
Tigra-Nigra, Striped House, Get Organized, Zaraz.org.

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