Pammy to Euro 2012 football chiefs: Stop slaughter of dogs
BAYWATCH babe Pamela Anderson has urged Euro 2012’s organisers to step in and stop Ukraine killing thousands of dogs for the tournament.
The model today directly appealed to UEFA’s president Michel Platini to put an end to the slaughter, carried out to clean up the streets for the contest.
Blonde Pam, 44, spoke out after The Sun exclusively featured an investigation from animal rights group PETA on the cruelty.
The actress decided to hit back when she saw new footage from the German branch of the charity showing the heartless slayings are still going on.
In the letter to Mr Platini she said: “As the event’s host, UEFA is responsible for the suffering that animals endure for the sake of this football championship.
“UEFA should function as a role model for all parties involved in this event and take a stand in support of protecting Ukraine’s homeless animals.
“Please show cruelty to animals the ‘red card’ by demanding that the Ukrainian government stop the mass killings of homeless dogs.”
Pam’s intervention came after investigators discovered dogs were still being shot, poisoned and hanged by street-cleaning squads.
It is still going on despite Ukraine’s environment ministry in November urging the country’s municipalities to stop and build shelters for them.
The slayings disgusted millions of Sun readers when we revealed the investigation’s findings in December last year.
Ukraine is co-hosting the tournament but there is no evidence of any wrongdoing in Poland.
UEFA said it had done everything it could to stop any problem but told The Sun it would look at any new evidence.
A spokesman said: “UEFA has repeatedly contacted the Ukrainian authorities, asking for appropriate measures to be developed that respect the dignity of animals.
“UEFA also made a donation to the Kiev branch of the Society for the Protection of Animals to help finance its activities and has acted as a link between specialised animal protection entities and the authorities to allow for adequate solutions to be put in place.
“Following several encounters between UEFA and the Ukrainian authorities, the environment minister of Ukraine, Mykola Zlochevsky, officially announced an immediate ban on the killing of stray dogs.
“The Ukrainian authorities also informed that animal shelters would be built and that animals that could not be housed there would be sterilised before being released. New laws will also be adopted to make it compulsory for city mayors to enforce such new regulations or run the risk of facing prosecution.”
Source: The Sun