Bucharest Stray Dogs Latest: Phanariots, not Ceausescu, to blame

Bucharest’s mayor, Sorin Oprescu, today confirmed what we at Bucharest Life have long been saying: that Nicolae Ceausescu is not to blame for Bucharest’s stray dog problem.

No, according to Oprescu (who faces an election in a month’s time), it is the Phanariots we should blame. (In brief, the Phanariots were Turkish-appointed Greeks who ruled the Ottoman Empire’s Romanian territories from the beginning of the 1700s until 1822. They taxed the locals to the bone and are not well remembered).

According to the usually reliable and sane 22, Oprescu said that ‘the dogs are from the time of the Phanariots. They would hang around Bucharest’s inns.’

Oprescu also admitted that he had done nothing about the dog problem during his time in office, but blamed the PDL – which controlled the city council – for his inaction. He went on to say that making the dog problem an electoral issue was ‘stupid’ and that he opposed a mass cull of the pests, which he said would be an example of ‘an alienated society.’

Woof.

  • jhuitz

    I am amazed at people’s ability to blame just about anything except themselves. Phanariots?! Seriously?

    The fault lies with people. Neuter dogs, stop dumping unwanted puppies on the street and keep your dog on a leash and at home rather than letting them wander about as they please. I don’t know how many times I’ve met a dog that I first thought was a stray only to find out that they do belong to someone but they come and go as they please and wear no collar. Dogs are a responsibility and few people here demonstrate any at all.

    As for those already on the street, spend some money and coordinate a massaive neutering campaign. But until people take responsibility, no point, we’ll just have a new puppy making lot back out again in no time.

    While I’m at, stop littering too. Jesus. This is European Union country and it’s time people start acting like it. And get some real no-smoking areas or cut it out all together.

    • Parmalat

      The European Union is a failed project. Romania is just a small proof.

      They told us that we’re not allowed to use incandescent light bulbs of 100 Watts anymore and we switched to their fucking bulbs that they produce, which cost 5 times more than Romanian incandescent light bulbs and they get burned on a weekly basis because the electrical network has fluctuations and is not adapted to European shit.

      Bagamias p*la in the European Union and in Romania who chose to act on this law as well.

      • Parmalat

        By the way, what kind of light bulbs do you use?

        • Bear

          With all this switching over to Fluor. I don’t see much talk to the proper disposal of same. The mercury in the fluor could prove disastrous to the water table eventually. All the alternatives to incandescent are expensive. Personally I choose LED.

          • Parmalat

            Yeah, I use LED too. But they tend to get broken when I turn on the lights because of voltage fluctuations. I’m gonna have to install variable voltage switchers to see how the LEDs act.

          • Petra

            I have never been to Romania, but my husband has been to do ministry with RAM, and he’s headed back in July. I had hoped to be able to go with him, but it didn’t work out for this year. Whenever I hear about Romania I usually think of the things I’ve seen in photos from his trips the faces, carts for transportation, and huge sunflower fields. All my friends also said that they found pizza to be much different that they were used to here. It was more like bread with ketchup on it, and they didn’t recommend it.

            • Parmalat

              Yeah, I always thought there has got to be more to pizza than what you can usually get in a Romanian pizzeria…

              • Parmalat

                Although I did taste pizza at Trattoria il Calcio and Horoscop restaurant, which I believe are both Italian owned…

            • Geronimo

              Are you being attacked Mr Turp?

              • There was a problem yesterday with the server, and I had to turn off all plug-ins fpr a few hours, including the sp*m filter. Quite a few spammy comments got through, but I have now weeded most of them out.

        • jhuitz

          Weird. I never really thought about it but just today I had to replace a set of bulbs after the last went out and I could avoid doing so no longer. Went to Brico, took a sample and bought four. They are standard, not those expensive ecological ones. It crossed my mind that I had thought nothing but the new ones were sold now. I have no problem getting the new ones, but I was handed incandescent so that’s what I got.

          • Parmalat

            Unfortunately 100 watt incandescent bulbs are not available anymore in stores. And the next values comes at 60 watt which is almost half.

            Depending on how big one’s chandeliers are, he might need to do some changes because he doesn’t get enough light.

            The Bruxelles bureaucrats are getting increasingly dangerous for the course of life.

      • Mr Rearguard

        Hey Parmster, do you have to pay for your lecky (electric)? I don’t have to at my place in the country, because I’ve got a guy who has somehow managed to manipulate my metre to stop! Not too bad eh?

        • Parmalat

          I can do that too, the brother of my plumber Mr. Bita is an electrician and he can rig the counter and the sockets.

          I’m gonna do it soon cause electricity will become more expensive and I don’t want to pay for it.

    • I touch on the subject of light bulbs here, should it be of any interest: http://www.bucharestlife.net/2009/09/01/how-environmentalists-must-miss-nicolae-ceausescu/

    • Mr Rearguard

      If I were in charge around here any (excuse me) cunt spotted dropping litter would be shot on sight, regardless of sex, age, social background…and if they owned a dog, then the dog would get it too!!!

      • Parmalat

        =))

  • Mr Rearguard

    “Oprescu also admitted that he had done nothing about the dog problem during his time in office bla bla bla”……………..Yeah and the next fella will do fuck all too. In four years time we will be having the same never ending discussion all over again!

    • It turns out that Oprescu yesterday signed an agreement with the horrible little NGO Vier Pfoten, which, beginning September 1st, will sterilise some of Bucharest’s dogs and then return them to the streets. See here.

      That, basically, is Oprescu’s dog ‘policy’. He has to go.

      • Mr Rearguard

        ” beginning September 1st, will sterilise some of Bucharest’s dogs and then return them to the streets.”…………..I am not too worried about a stray dog trying to squirt his jizz all over me, I am far more concerned about having a large chunk of my flesh ripped from my bones.

        • In the ’80 s our Pastor and wife were very good friends of a Brit who would smlggue Bibles and needed supplies into Romania and tell us about the needs of the Romanian pastors. The pastor that stands out in my mind is one who was not really old, younger than I am now, but had diabetes. He could not get insulin because he would not renounce Christ. If I were in Romania I would want to talk to those Christians who perservered through those times.

      • Parmalat

        No he doesn’t.

        Who cares about stray dogs anymore when 400 Euro cash are in play!? Oprescu needs to stay and give me my 400 Euro and I can take care myself of the dogs which annoy me.

        And everyone should take care of the dogs from his own proximity, it’s not that hard.

        @Mr. Rearguard

        You know where you can find rat poison? Try some construction stores that sell paint and cement and the likes. It’s around 5 lei a small bag and it looks like rice only that it’s colored in red.

        With a bag of that you can wipe out a whole neighborhood.

        • Mr Rearguard

          I have been using rat poison for the past 4 weeks, with good results. You sent me a link sometime ago and I went there. But the stuff you describe is diffrent to what I have been buying. I will ask them about this “red coloured rice stuff” next week when I stock up on more pest control products!

          • Parmalat

            Hey, that’s wonderful! I’ve seen a lot of this red rice in the underground of my building but I wasn’t sure where to get it until a few days ago when I needed some construction materials and a lady asked for “orez rosu pentru sobolani” and the vendor gave her a small bag 😀

            • anon

              Shame that rat poison results in a painful and prolonged death for the animals and also risks killing other wildlife.
              We should at least be allowed to provide a humane death to the stays if they are not wanted for rehoming.

              • Parmalat

                It’s a shame that we got to the situation where we as ordinary people have to resort to any measures.

                • anon

                  oh i agree parmalat.

                • Mr Rearguard

                  True Parmo, I’d rather not do this, but it seems no one(in office/government) is prepared to find a solution and this is the only option I have left!

                  • Costachel Budurau

                    Are you sure you can legally poison dogs in Romania?

                    • I seriously doubt you can…

                    • Mr Rearguard

                      Probably not, but it is my own private land (not a public park/resident street) and I feel as though it is my right to remove the unwanted pests in a manner that I see fit.

                    • Parmalat

                      Be careful Mr Rearguard, you’re not allowed to use electrified fences. That is in case you wanted to remove more than dogs from your property…

  • Parmalat

    =))

    I watched him live on Antena 3, I guess he had to say something cause the PDL had take the upper hand with this problem and they were pressing in the media.

    • The PDL has also said that they will make Bucharest’s surface public transport free for all.

      • Anon

        Wow, empty promise. Who’s going to pay for it?

        • His argument is that two thirds of the price of a ticket is already subsidised, and that ‘most people don’t pay anyway.’ And this will teach them.

          • Anon

            His argument is full of shit, a minority don’t pay, and the inspectors are more frequent.
            Speaking of which I’m sure the inspectors will appreciate being out of a job.

            • Yes the logic is a bit like that of the Let’s Do It Romania crowd: ‘If you throw rubbish on the floor, someone will come and pick it up for you.’

      • Mr Rearguard

        You mean not only can the gypsies travel for free but the rest of us too?

  • Geronimo

    Perhaps he is right. There is something quite byzantine (or ottoman) about a capital city full of stray dogs. Not sure why that means they can’t all be shot though

    • Mr Rearguard

      Mici laced with rat poison works a treat!