About 200 demonstrators are expected to dress in black, blow whistles and hand out red cards like soccer referees opposite the Ukrainian embassy in Tel Aviv on Monday as part of a protest against burning and other methods of killing of dogs and cats in the former Soviet republic as part of a "street cleaning" campaign, ahead of next year's European Nation's soccer championship. They will also light memorial candles for the masses of animals already killed in the portable crematoria and by lethal paralysis injections over the past few months.
An Israeli group calling for a boycott of the championships has grown to 600 since it was formed on Thursday. European soccer body UEFA says it has called on Ukrainian officials to stop the cruelty without success but says it won't take steps against Poland's co-host for the event. The Israeli has asked Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Environment Minister Gilad Erdan to intercede. Erdan said we would contact the ambassador, as well as Ukraine's environment minister. Chairman Eitan Cabel of the Knesset's Animal Lobby also said he would do what he can.