Every year on March 6th, residents of a village in Bulgaria perform a horrific act called "dog spinning” in the mistaken belief that this will prevent rabies and keep away evil spirits. During this cruel ritual, a rope is tied around a dog's chest, and the dog is suspended above a body of water. The dog is twisted until the rope is as tight as it will get, pressing painfully into the poor animal. Then, the rope is released, and the dog spins around wildly. Before the dog even has a chance to catch its breath, it's dumped into the freezing water.
Participants say that the dogs are not harmed during this ritual, but that's completely false. Some dogs have drowned because they're too disoriented to swim to the surface of the water. The dogs who survive are terrified and traumatized by their ordeal. The ritual was officially banned by the Bulgarian government in 2006, but the law is not enforced, and people continue performing the sadistic ritual.
For years, animal advocates in Bulgaria have tried to put an end to this atrocity, desperately urging villagers to use stuffed dogs instead. But until police officers start enforcing the ban on the practice, it will keep happening, and more dogs will suffer and die. Sign this petition to tell the Bulgarian ambassador to the United States that you do not want any more dogs tortured and killed in this cruel “spinning” ritual.