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Stefan Eck calls for resignation of Romanian animal protection authority coordinator


Last week GUE/NGL MEP Stefan Eck called for the resignation of Razvan Bancescu,  project coordinator of the Romanian Authority for Surveillance and Protection of Animals/ASPA.

Mr Eck urged the Bucharest municipality to distance itself from the outrageous statements of one of its employees "in the interest of relations between Romania and the European Union".

"If no action is taken, I will ask the German government and the European Parliament to react in a formal protest note, said the MEP during a meeting of the Bucharest General Council early February.

His statement targeted allegations by Razvan Bancescu, officially subordinate to Bucharest City Hall, who accused animal protection associations of being part of a mafia network that trafficked thousands of Romanian stray dogs intended to be sold to zoophile brothels or for experiments in Germany and Denmark.

"This is unacceptable! These allegations are no more than propaganda reminiscent of the Ceausescu regime", added the MEP. The city Mayor Oprescu replied that if found guilty, action against Bancescu will be taken.

Bancescu is a controversial person against whom several criminal complaints were filed for abusing and killing of thousands of dogs in his home country.

During his stay in Romania, Stefan Eck visited dog shelters in different cities accompanied by Claudiu Dumitriu, Vice-President of the Romanian National Federation for the Protection of Animals.

His visit aimed at preparing a future official meeting between a delegation of the European Parliament's Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals and the new Romanian President, Klaus Iohannis.

The meeting is meant to put an end to the brutal killings of stray dogs in the country. Mr Eck was able to convey this message in several interviews to different media outlets.

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