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Lakshmi Mittal, Chairman and CEO of Arcelor Mittal

We call on you to honor your company’s promises
and stop dogs starving to death at your Romanian steelworks.

The appalling problem of stray dogs around the Arcelor Mittal steelworks in Galati, Romania next to ROLDA’s shelters MUST be resolved.
By doing what you advocate in business – thinking outside the box then taking bold decisions and bold actions – ROLDA was making a real difference. That’s why your local management agreed to support our work financially.
Then Arcelor Mittal went back on their promises. Today, time, energy and funds that are desperately needed to reduce the number of strays are being diverted into a legal battle with your company.
With your positive intervention and support, this unnecessary and destructive situation can be made right.
We call on you to intervene personally to put an end to this destructive and tragic dispute.
This can be achieved by:
1. Honoring in full the promises, contractual and otherwise, made to ROLDA by your employees and representatives.
2. Paying the sums owing to ROLDA (and to others commissioned by your company in our name).
3. Reinstating regular payments to cover the full cost of caring for dogs removed from the steelworks.
Today, hundreds of dogs are still roaming wild inside your premises. Un-spayed and unneutered, they are multiplying, continually adding to the problem. Others are dying needlessly. With your backing, ROLDA can remedy the dreadful situation for you in a way that sets an example for the rest of Romania.
Your business is founded on acting and being judged globally. We, animal lovers from around the world, call on you to do the right thing and restore your Romanian company’s broken promises and reputation.

Signed,

Save Romania Street Dogs

This petition closed 9 months ago

How this will help

Arcelor Mittal, whose Chairman and CEO Lakshmi Mittal lives in London, UK, owns and
operates a massive steel plant in Galati. It was overrun by stray dogs. Meanwhile, some workers at the plant...

Arcelor Mittal, whose Chairman and CEO Lakshmi Mittal lives in London, UK, owns and
operates a massive steel plant in Galati. It was overrun by stray dogs. Meanwhile, some workers at the plant were poisoning dogs to get rid of the problem. In 2007, after they were exposed in the media, the steel plant's management agreed to work with ROLDA.

As well as paying to look after the dogs rescued from their premises, they promised to fund the building of a modern shelter and proper infrastructure: water, drainage and electricity. The partnership worked. In just 6 years, the stray population at the plant was reduced by 90%. We rescued and took in as many as we could, and put an end to the suffering of those beyond help using humane methods. Arcelor Mittal enjoyed the resulting good publicity.

But then things started to go wrong. The steelworks failed to build the onsite veterinary centre, resulting in hundreds of agonising journeys for very sick animals. All investment and maintenance payments were stopped.

Dogs are now living in unsatisfactory conditions and there is a risk of them, our workers, volunteers and visitors catching infections from sewage.

On top of that, Mr Mittal's company reduced the regular contributions towards the costs of caring for the dogs rescued from their site by 40%.

To put things right, ROLDA is now having to fight on behalf of the dogs in the courts. This legal battle is unnecessary.

Mr Mittal has the power to intervene and stop this needless waste of time, energy and resources.

All we want is justice – and the money we were promised. To a company with global profits in 2016 of US$1.8 billion, it's nothing. Nor to someone of Mr Mittal's own wealth of nearly US$20 billion.

Please give the stray dogs of Galati a voice. Please sign our petition today.

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