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Silent Spring at Asturias Extermination Centre


February 24th, 2007

The horror got to new heights this week in Oviedo when at the dog pound, run by butcher Froil'n Neira, it was decided to carry out a "clean up" operation. This was their reaction after pressure started to mount from animal rights groups due to the appalling conditions the animals had to endure there. There are also questions being posed about the role of the Mayor Gabino de Lorenzo, friend of Neira, and the town hall regarding the large amount of money allocated every year for the care of the animals, and where it has being really going, seeing that the animals were kept in the most dreadful conditions.

All the signs for the oncoming massacre where there, the pound had closed its doors to adoptions and lots of "cleaning" lorries where seen coming and going. The Mayor refused to answer to the media and to the more than 100 people spontaneously arrived to protest yesterday in front of the extermination centre. No-one was allowed in and the police had been called by the authorities.

2 horses, 1 donkey, 1 pig, 1 fox and many hundreds of dogs and cats are said to have been killed this week by municipal vets. A witness said that it was normal to hear a lot of noise (there were may be 700 dogs in the pound) when approaching the centre but yesterday they could only hear a few dogs, may be 20, at the back of the place.

You can see the conditions of the pound before the massacre at: 

Media coverage:

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And to the Spanish embassy in your country:

'the best guess for the correlation of adverse reactions in man and animal toxicity data is somewhere between 5% and 25%'

Animal Toxicity Studies: Their Relevance to Man, Lumley and Walker (eds) (Quay, 1989), 57-67

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