Justice for Borko

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BORKO’S CAMPAIGN 4 CHANGE – How to Help…

As you may have heard on Michelle Jones’s radio broadcast yesterday, (see bottom of page) Bulgaria was a communist country up until 1990 and the scars of communism are still there as many people, particularly the older generation, have been indoctrinated not to question what they are told by the Media and the Government. Currently, the Bulgarian media’s long standing declared ‘War on Strays’ with their negative reporting of the stray situation, openly inciting cruelty, hatred and killing of the strays is what is holding the country back from being more compassionate towards the stray populations - even TV star Martin Karbovski of Nova TV, has a national TV show that teaches people different ways to mix poison to kill the strays and other ways to kill them. This is further corroborated by municipalities themselves culling their stray populations in various inhumane ways, despite it being outlawed by their own Animal Protection Act 2008. The strays are in fact there of the people’s own making, since the majority of street dogs and cats have been dumped as off-spring from their own chain-guard-dogs and ‘mousers’, creating a perpetual cycle of strays even after the culls. It is therefore the Media that holds the key to change - if the media started positive reporting of the stray situation and supported NGO’s such as ourselves and promoted Spay/Neuter of owned dogs and cats with proper Animal Welfare, the country would instantly become a better place for animals and it could solve its stray populations in as little as 10 years.

The main thrust of our campaign therefore is to put pressure on the Bulgarian Government to start prosecuting animal abuse crimes such as that endured by Disabled Borko and to impose stricter guidelines for the media. We are also putting pressure on Alegro Capital, London, owners of the Bulgarian TV7 news station that filmed Borko's abuse, to create change by leading the way with their TV7 channel, as a British owned station and affiliate of the USA’s CNN. As can be seen in the TV7 film footage with the libelous caption “Doctor incites dogs against patients”, Borko’s savage beating was not only accepted as normal, it was not criticised or even commented upon by the journalist.

Our long-term campaign aims are therefore:

1. Police or a newly created ‘Zoo Police’ to start prosecuting animal abuse cases in accordance with their Animal Protection Act which is currently unenforced.
2. Government to impose ethical and strict guidelines to the media as per their “Ethical Code of the Bulgarian Media” which again is currently unenforced and stop the media’s declared “War on Strays”.
3. Government to impose mandatory Spay/Neuter of owned dogs and cats aged 6 months and over (the source of the stray population) with limited breeding licences only for rare national breeds.
4. Government to outlaw puppy farms in Bulgaria.
5. Media to start broadcasting positive messages about the stray population, with program time-slots allocated to educational discussions on Spay/Neuter of owned dogs and cats with more free neuter centres made available across the country.

More information can be read in our Press Release here: http://www.k9-rescue.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/PressRelease_Justice4Borko.pdf

►► HELP US BY WRITING LETTERS - We are asking all of Borko’s supporters to please help us keep up this pressure by writing (both email and paper copies - example letter at bottom of this post) to the following addresses:

Vinnie Politan of CNN
Vinnie Politan has a passion for investigating wrongdoing and shining a light on injustices – please appeal to him to run Borko's story and also tell him that Bulgaria’s TV7 and their owners Alegro Capital London have an affiliate agreement with CNN.
[email protected]

Mr Patrick Martin
Head of Media, Entertainment and Internet
Alegro Capital / TV7
16th Floor
125 Old Broad Street
London EC2N 1AR
UNITED KINGDOM
E-mail: [email protected]
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7726 3100
Fax: +44 (0) 20 3137 0037

Mr Rosen Plevneliev
President of Bulgaria
Presidents Bureau
"Dondukov" № 2
Sofia 1123,
BULGARIA
Tel: 359 (02) 9239333
Email: [email protected]

Mr Marin Raykov
Prime Minister of Bulgaria
Council of Ministers of the Republic of Bulgaria
"Dondukov" №
Sofia 1594
BULGARIA
Tel: (+359 2) 940 27 70
Fax: (+359 2) 980 20 56
E-mail: [email protected]

> The Bulgarian Embassy in your country, e.g.:
Mr Konstantin Dimitrov
Ambassador
Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria
186-188 Queen's Gate
London SW7 5HL
UNITED KINGDOM
Tel: +44 20 7581 3144 / +44 20 75849400
Fax: +44 20 7584 4948
Email: [email protected]

Mr. Cvetalin Vasilev Penkov
Mayor of Devin
Kmet OBSHTINA DEVIN Ul.
Druzhba No 1
Devin PK 4800
BULGARIA
Tel: 359 (0)30412174
e-mail: [email protected]

Public Prosecutor's Office
Smolyan Bul. Bulgaria No 16
Smolyan
BULGARIA
Email: [email protected]

Ministry of Economy, Energy and Tourism
8, Slavyanska Str.
Sofia 1000,
BULGARIA
tel: +359 2 940 7001
E-mail: [email protected]

European Court of Human Rights
(Council of Europe)
Publishing
67075 Strasbourg Cedex
FRANCE
Tel: +33 (0)3 88 41 20 18
Fax: +33 (0)3 88 41 27 30
E-mail: [email protected]

►► MORE ON HOW TO HELP DR LITOV and LITTLE BORKO:


1. Share this post with your friends and contacts and ask them to take action, too.

2. Sign Borkos' first petition started by K9 Rescue Bulgaria (if you have not done so yet), at: www.change.org/petitions/justice-for-disabled-borko-punish-the-man-who-savagely-beat-him-in-his-own-home

3. Sign the new petition started by Occupy for Animals, at: http://www.change.org/petitions/disabled-borko-s-story-part-ii-tv7-broadcast-the-truth

4. Watch, share and vote on the CNN iReport published by K9 Rescue Bulgaria. Please go to: http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-952130

and at the bottom, click on the green option that reads "This belongs on CNN" to ask CNN to air it.
It will require you to register but it takes only a moment. Please, do it to bring international attention to this heinous crime!

5. Please visit Borko's fan-page for more ways on how to help him and Dr Litov: https://www.facebook.com/DisabledBorkoNeedsHelp

That's it, for now :)

We thank you most sincerely for your incredible support to Borko and his daddy, Dr Litov!

THANK YOU ♡

NORTON ANIMAL RESCUE FOUNDATION and Gary Edwards
www.facebook.com/DogRescueFarEast

K9 RESCUE (BULGARIA)
and Michelle Jones.
www.facebook.com/K9RescueBulgaria


►► EXAMPLE LETTER (to be edited to suit recipient)

After watching the Bulgarian TV 7 news footage with the libellous caption "Doctor Incites Dogs Against Patients" (http://bulgaria.tv7.bg/news/9670202.html), we, the undersigned, are absolutely outraged to learn of the barbaric crimes against animals in Bulgaria that go unpunished. Not only is it socially acceptable in Bulgaria for this Lynch Mob to trespass onto Doctor Litov’s property and brutally beat his disabled family dog publicly, in full view of TV 7's cameras, the Police are not even interested in prosecuting the perpetrators, refusing to attend the property when called.

This Lynch Mob and the media staged this shameful act in order to force Dr. Litov out of his home and work, only because he is helping the strays in the village, where there is no vet and no shelter. The news article in no way criticised the mob for their actions, they only blamed Dr Litov for helping strays. This is typical of the out of control Media in Bulgaria ...The Bulgarian Journalists and TV presenters are the main instigators of the so-called "War on Strays" this is the exact term they use in their TV shows and articles. They are the ones who encourage the barbaric primitive acts on the defenceless stray animals and should also be held accountable for their despicable actions.

TV7's television footage of Borko has sparked worldwide outrage, with over 40,000 people having now signed the “Justice for Disabled Borko” petition with the story having reached hundreds of thousands more via the internet and growing. See https://www.change.org/petitions/justice-for-disabled-borko-punish-the-man-who-savagely-beat-him-in-his-own-home

I therefore ask that you support K9 Rescue Bulgaria’s Campaign 4 Change by helping to implement the following:

1. Police or a newly created ‘Zoo Police’ to start prosecuting animal abuse cases in accordance with the Bulgarian Animal Protection Act 2008 which is currently unenforced.
2. Bulgarian Government to impose ethical and strict guidelines to the media as per their “Ethical Code of the Bulgarian Media” which again is currently unenforced and put a stop to the media’s declared “War on Strays”.
3. Bulgarian Government to impose mandatory Spay/Neuter of OWNED dogs and cats aged 6 months and over (the known source of the stray population), with limited breeding licences only for rare national breeds. Government to fund more free neuter centres made available across the country.
4. Bulgarian Government to outlaw puppy farms in Bulgaria.
5. Bulgarian Media to start broadcasting positive messages about the stray population, with program time-slots allocated to educational discussions on Spay/Neuter of owned dogs and cats.

Atrocities like Disabled Dog Borko’s case is happening right now in 2013 in a Westernised Democratic country that is still acting as if it is the late 19th century. Bulgaria needs to show the world that its animal rights laws actually mean something otherwise it makes a mockery of the freedoms and liberties that the European Union is so proud to claim it upholds.

We trust you will do the right thing.
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