Bardot urges NATO to stop stray dogs killing in Kosovo
French screen legend Brigitte Bardot on Thursday urged NATO-led peacekeepers (KFOR) in Kosovo to halt the "slaughter" of dogs saying nearly 200 strays had been shot dead recently.
In a letter to KFOR commander general Erhard Buehler, Bardot urged him to "act quickly in order to stop the use of guns and stop the killing" of the strays in the past three weeks.
"You are the highest authority for the use of weapons in Kosovo and your responsibility is to establish a secure environment in Kosovo," Bardot said in a letter, a copy of which was sent to AFP.
KFOR peacekeepers from 31 NATO and non-NATO countries have been maintaining security in Kosovo since a NATO air campaign ousted forces loyal to the late Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic in 1999.
Bardot said that "nearly 200 dogs dogs were shot and dozens experiencing a slow agonizing death."
Packs of stray dogs often wander around Kosovo towns, with local municipalities facing an uphill task to clear them from the streets.
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