It’s hoped that this article can be updated one day and put Moldova in a much more positive light.

Moldova is a very interesting place, but it does have problems also

Moldova is interesting on several fronts. But it also has a unsavory side too.

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Buzzard’n BigDog is a blog and website dedicated to animal advocacy and responsible pet ownership–USA

For good or bad this article was created because of the attention caused by the cruel treatment of stray dogs in Moldova: (warning: ADULT CONTENT, this link has DISTURBING IMAGES AND WORDS. The disturbing images and words may upset children and yes, even adults may find this extremely distressing). Generally the author prefers to become interested in a country because of something positive about that country rather than a bad thing–“it’s always nicer to have good first impressions when writing an article.”

It would be nice if one day (animal) Vets Without Borders made regular visits to this country.

Why do veterinarians want to work in Moldova? They might not want to work in Moldova, but they are part of the pet industry and it makes a lot of money–“In 1998, US$23 billion was spent on pets in the United States.” [ source:, accessed 2012]

Stray dogs can also cause problems with the humans that have to live side by side with them–rabies, noise (howling & dog fights), and fear-of-dogs to name a few examples.

Many parts of the world do face problems with stray dogs, and it currently seems that Moldova is one of those places–possibly because of the lack of money.

In the above article which possibly many of you may not have read because of the warning attached to the link, costs are not assigned for humane capture of dogs, and the dogs must also be killed by cruel physical means (the above article: “” claims the dogs are not killed by injection–as happens in many countries–because veterinary medicine costs money).

Details About Moldova

Moldova – Natalia Barbu – Fight

Shortened link to video: Moldova – Natalia Barbu – Fight [song/music]:

The country of Moldova

  • Time Zone: GMT+2 [when checked on 2012]
  • Land locked country
  • The GDP for Moldova has been steadily rising, and is now around 11 billion dollars
  • A military clash/engagement occurred at the beginning of 1992
  • Major civil unrest in 2009
  • Moldova is known for its wines
  • Tourism has tended to focus on landscapes, history and wine tours
  • Has no minerals and so depends on agriculture
  • Does have industries that produce various products
  • Dependance on energy supply from external sources

Given the authors statement below, about the Moldovan people traveling to other countries, the human rights claims of police torture and abuse is surprising to some degree; however, here is the stuff from amnesty: This human rights abuse is supported by other articles as well.


Population: 3.5 million [when checked in 2012]

A lot of the Moldova population tend to seek work in other countries–often illegally apparently. Estimates are around 25% of the population work in other countries (around 1 million people).

Moldova pays around 38% of its GDP as remittance to citizens who live abroad. From the authors point of view, a country that lets its people travel, and live abroad is a country that will take notice of international views. Also this international nature will also be of benefit as it allows the world to check out what Moldova is about and what it’s currently doing. Unfortunately in the authors case it was the bad treatment of dogs–backed up by accounts of travelers who felt nervous about going out during the night with all the stay dogs around–a situation that is probably common in many countries that tourists visit.

This movement of the population to work in other countries may explain the population decline between the years 1992 onwards (a decline from around 4 million people to around 3 million people).


Shortened link to this article: A country called Moldova [article]:

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