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Video: Belarusian Christian Democracy leader attacks authorities over brutal killings of stray dogs and cats in Minsk

Vital Rymashewski, co-chairperson of Belarusian Christian Democracy (BCD), said Thursday at a news conference in Minsk that it was the House of Representatives and Alyaksandr Lukashenka who were responsible for the recent surge of violence against animals in the Belarusian capital city.
Mr. Rymashewski demanded that law enforcement agencies institute criminal proceedings in connection with the brutal killings of stray dogs and cats that were reported in Minsk in October and November.
In 2011, the House of Representatives gave first-reading approval to an animal cruelty bill, but the legislation was never given the second reading because of sharp criticism from animal welfare activists. If enacted, the legislation would "create grounds for protecting animals and solve the situation in some way," said Mr. Rymashewski.
He noted that an online petition calling for the adoption of an animal abuse law had gathered more than 29,000 signatures but had been ignored by authorities.
BCD demands that the government stop the Minsk animal killers, criminalize the abusive treatment of animals and end the practice of controlling the number of stray animals through killing, Mr. Rymashewski said.




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