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Which European politicians would shoot a puppy? – POLICY

Traian Basescu

Băsescu, a former sea captain and legendary dog ​​killer, sparked an international outcry – including from cinema legend Brigitte Bardot – in 2001 when as mayor of Bucharest he ordered that hundreds of dogs strays are rounded up and killed. At the time, Bucharest had up to 200,000 stray dogs, according to media reports. Despite protesters comparing him to Hitler, Băsescu did not back down – continuing his crusade against dogs even as he became Romanian president a few years later. “No protests from animal foundations and politicians will make me stop the plan to kill stray dogs,” Băsescu roared. Frankly, he makes Noem look like the poster child for a good dog mom.

Jeremy Thorpe

The British political scandals of the 1970s had different consequences. Thorpe, then a rising star leader of the Liberals, allegedly hatched a plan in 1975 to fire Norman Scott, her former lover, who had threatened to expose their relationship to the media. Thorpe has always denied anything physical in their relationship. In October of that year, Scott met Andrew Newton, a pilot posing as a guard hired to protect him. Newton – who was allegedly hired by Thorpe’s close friends – shot Scott’s pet Great Dane Rinka, then allegedly turned the gun on Scott, but the gun jammed and Scott was able to flee. During the trial that followed, Newton was imprisoned for the murder of a dog. The judge, however, did not believe Newton’s claim that he had agreed to murder Scott for a fee of between £10,000 and £20,000, and Thorpe was acquitted. The saga was depicted in a BBC drama, starring Hugh Grant as Thorpe.

Andrew McDonald, Bartosz Brzeziński, Stephan Faris and Kaitlyn Locke contributed to this report.


Sara Adm

Aimant les mots, Sara Smith a commencé à écrire dès son plus jeune âge. En tant qu'éditeur en chef de son journal scolaire, il met en valeur ses compétences en racontant des récits impactants. Smith a ensuite étudié le journalisme à l'université Columbia, où il est diplômé en tête de sa classe.Après avoir étudié au New York Times, Sara décroche un poste de journaliste de nouvelles. Depuis dix ans, il a couvert des événements majeurs tels que les élections présidentielles et les catastrophes naturelles. Il a été acclamé pour sa capacité à créer des récits captivants qui capturent l'expérience humaine.
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