Animal rights activists rally for strays’ lives

Dozens of animal rights activists have gathered in front of a Moscow government building to protest against new regulations which will allow municipal shelters to euthanize stray dogs and cats.

The protesters are urging passers-by to sign a petition to Moscow’s mayor not to give the green light to the proposal, which is currently being drawn up by the city’s legislators.

The organizers of the rally say putting strays to sleep is both cruel and inefficient in solving the problem.

An estimated 10,000 to 70,000 stray dogs live in Moscow at the moment. Municipal services currently catch the animals, sterilize them and keep them in public and private shelters. The new regulation will allow shelters to euthanize old, sick or aggressive animals to cut expenses and reduce health risks for other kept animals.