Thursday, June 14, 2012


SLAUGHTERED TO TIDY UP FOR EURO 2012 -  Anonymous accounts tweeted about an attack on a Euro 2012 Web site to protest mass killings of dogs ahead of the soccer championship in Ukraine. Online activists with Anonymous said they took out a site associated with the Euro 2012 games in Ukraine to protest the country's rounding up and slaughter of stray dogs in advance of the soccer championship that started there days ago. However, the site appeared to be back up as of midday Pacific Time. Distributed denial-of-service attacks that shut down Web sites are Anonymous' tool of choice in its ops, or operations. The activists have targeted a host of companies and governments over issues ranging from human rights to online privacy and civil rights. The Ukraine government has been criticized for conducting mass killings of dogs found in the streets in an attempt to clean up the city ahead of the soccer event, over the past year or more. Ukraine officials said they would stop the killings, but recent photos and video appear to show that the slaughter has not stopped.

Tens of thousand of dogs, including some wearing collars indicating they are pets, reportedly have been poisoned, shot or thrown into incinerators alive. Animal rights activists found animals were being shot, poisoned and hanged by “street cleaning” squads - with some even being taken to crematoriums and feared incinerated alive. The slaughter, which in the last year is believed to have resulted in the death of more than 12,000 animals in Kiev alone, is allegedly continuing despite government promises to end the barbaric practice and build animal shelters. Ukraine, which is co-hosting Euro 2012 with Poland, has spent £6.6 billion preparing for the tournament. The animal rights charity Peta, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, found the dog-killing programme was focused on the four cities hosting matches, with approximately 7,000  allegedly being killed in Donetsk alone. “The poison can take up to six hours to kill the animals so we believe some are very possibly being taken to crematoriums and burnt while not yet dead, said Tamara Tarnavska, of local charity SOS Animals.

Ukraine is cleaning up its cities for when it hosts the Euro 2012 football tournament, so that the country can look spick and span for visiting foreign football teams and supporters. This cleaning includes the burning of stray dogs - some of them not yet dead - in a mobile incinerator. This massive dog slaughters prompt online activists to target Web site for soccer championship. Lord Buddha, who is an empowered incarnation of the Supreme Lord - invested with the power of compassion - preached that we should not torture and kill innocent animals.

Buddha did not allow violence. He stopped all kinds of violence on human beings and animals. He showed compassion for animals. Vedavyasa also wrote about this in Srimad-Bhagavatam (11.5.11 and 14) "Those sinful persons who are ignorant of actual religious principles, yet consider themselves to be completely pious, without compunction commit violence against  innocent animals who are fully trusting in them. In their next lives, such sinful persons will be eaten by the same creatures they have killed in this world." 
The compassion  of Buddha is described in Srimad-Bhagavatam. He taught that we should not cause anxiety to any living entity. We should not create physical, mental or verbal distress to anyone. Those who do so receive the same treatment in the future ... This is the result of a  prominence of the mood of passion and ignorance.

Śrīla Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thākura Prabhupāda :
"Srimad Bhagavat Tatparya" - Lecture 28.
(The Purport of Srimad Bhagavatam)

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