Bulgaria’s Agriculture Minister, Miroslav Naydenov, is inviting US star Jessica Simpson to take part in the annual rose harvest celebrations in Kazanlyk, Sofia Morning News announced on Monday, 31 May 2010.

Animal Programs Foundation calls Jessica Simpson to boycott Bulgarian officials. Behind their false welcoming smiles, there lies a very sinister reality. It is the animal cruelty, lots of it and everywhere.

The Bulgarian cat and dog populations count near three million animals. Their annual birth rate remains around 100 per cent, while the euthanasia was banned. Most of redundant pet animals are doomed to a short lifespan. They are just waiting to endure long extremely painful and torturous deaths wherever that may be on the street, in the unlicensed laboratories or illegal fur mills.

Bulgaria joined the European Council's Convention for the Protection of Pet Animals in 2004. Six years later, government has done nothing to restrict massive pet breeding and illegal pet transactions, pet theft and illegal collection of abandoned and unowned cats and dogs, black-market and supposed money laundering.

Until 2009, current Bulgarian PM and Farm Minister - Bojko Borisov and Miroslav Najdenov - were respectively Sofia Mayor and Sofia Dog Control Director. Between 2006 and 2009, there was no Lost & Found policy accepted by the City Animal Services; and there were no lost dogs reported as reunited.

Below are linked two videoshots in the Sofia municipal dog pound of 2008-2009 posted in Youtube by Milena Makedonska. Author witnessed that lot of unwanted puppies impounded almost every day were just left to die as neither food nor medical care were provided.

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjlH0oZCVGw&feature=related

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTBtYsw7CeU&feature=related