The intervention of the famous Belgian actor Jean-Claude Van Damme made it possible to avoid the certain death of a bitch who was sent to Norway from Bulgaria with a “false passport”, welcomed an animal welfare foundation on Monday.
“Her name is Raya and she could not be registered on arrival because of a false passport: Norway threatened to put her to sleep on Tuesday if Sofia did not take her back,” Yavor Guetchev told AFP. from the Four Paws Association (“Quatre pattes”). However, the Norwegian buyer has started an online petition that caught the attention of the Belgian action film star. “On the occasion of my birthday, I ask the authority (Bulgarian, editor’s note): Change your decision (…). We can’t kill this little Chihuahua,” Jean-Claude Van Damme started in a video on social media this weekend . And Bulgaria, which relied on the strict health regulations of the European Union and banned the entry of live animals with fraudulent travel documents, then made an exception and accepted Raya’s return. “The Bulgarian authorities are to be congratulated for their flexibility, but must exercise tighter control over secret breeding and illegal animal trade networks,” commented Yavor Guetchev. Many Central and Eastern European countries such as Slovakia, Hungary or Bulgaria have specialized in breeding purebred dogs, which are then sold in Western Europe, a “lucrative business”. after M. Guetchev. In Norway, the purchase price of a Chihuahua is ten times higher than in Bulgaria, where, in parallel with legal international trade, numerous human trafficking and weaning data are often manipulated in order to supply the market with younger puppies.
Raya’s misadventures are reminiscent of those of the Penka cow, which became famous after accidentally crossing the Serbian border last May. After leaving the European Union, she risked slaughter but got out thanks to a solidarity campaign in which British singer Paul McCartney took part. (Belga / Belga)