The Capital Where Dozens of Cats Die Every Day: Skopje
In Skopje, the capital of the small country of the Balkans, North Macedonia, the victims of inadequate traffic lights and controls are the cats living on the street. So why do tens of street cats die every day in this country?
In Skopje, the capital of North Macedonia, the small country of the Balkans with a population of approximately 2 million, dozens of cats become victims of vehicles exceeding the speed limit every day.
Dozens of cats die every day, especially at certain points in the capital city of Skopje. In Franklin Ruzvelt, the city's busiest street, and in the Debar Maalo district, stray animals get hurt, especially on weekends, due to vehicles exceeding the speed limit.
Inadequate Traffic Control
Inadequate traffic control across the country allows many people, from 7 to 70, to exceed the speed limit.
In Debar Maalo and Franklin Ruzvelt, two of the city's busiest spots, inadequate traffic control and inadequate traffic lights make racing, especially for luxury vehicles. People leaving the entertainment centers on weekends exceed the speed limit with their vehicles and engines, causing harm to the environment until the first light of the morning, as well as causing the death of stray animals.
On the other hand, there are no regulations for vehicles and engines that make loud noises across the country. In the country and the city, not only street animals but also many pedestrians and drivers lost their lives as a result of traffic accidents.
No Shelter for Cats
In the capital Skopje, there is no shelter for stray animals to take shelter and eat.
In the past years, shelters opened only for dogs were closed due to insufficient funds, and hundreds of dogs were left on the streets. However, two shelters that were in the project phase were announced in the past months. The shelters that were opened were only for dogs.
Cats Are Not Wanted to Be Fed
In the capital Skopje, there are cats that live in groups in some parts of the city. Although it is a minority group that keeps stray animals, the residents of the areas where stray animals live are against this situation.
Many people who regularly feed stray animals are threatened almost every day by people who oppose feeding stray cats.
It's Not Their Destiny
The death of tens of stray animals every day in North Macedonia, which is on the way to the European Union, is not covered in any press, and is also referred to as 'destiny' by the residents of the city.
While animal rights are subject to strict control in the member states of the European Union, it is extremely sad that these situations occur in a country that is about to become a member. On the other hand, the news of 'horse slaughtered to feed many animals in the zoo', which was reflected in the press recently, was not enough to mobilize any animal activists. The fact that the EU does not initiate any projects or grant grants in this regard is still debated by certain animal rights advocates and animal lovers.