Posted by: balkansanimalsuffering | May 22, 2011

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…. to keep updated on many more global issues.

This site is specifically dedicated to Balkans issues only, but on our other site, http://serbiananimalsvoice.wordpress.com/ we are providing almost daily updates on global animal issues.

Romania is the hot topic at present, with many hundreds of stray shelter dogs being killed.

On Thursday 26th May there is a demo in London, England about this.

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Romanian shelter dogs –

http://serbiananimalsvoice.wordpress.com/2011/05/22/romania-video-in-memory-of-the-botosani-shelter-victims/

http://serbiananimalsvoice.wordpress.com/2011/05/19/uk-support-needed-at-london-demo-for-romanian-strays-can-you-be-there-thursday-26th-may/

http://serbiananimalsvoice.wordpress.com/2011/05/17/out-of-control-romania-romanian-politicians-have-completely-lost-it-now-kill-kill-kill-dogs-horses-anything-that-is-animal-dangerous/

http://serbiananimalsvoice.wordpress.com/2011/05/16/romania-a-must-read-note-the-declaration-of-a-famous-excellent-trustworthy-romanian-veterinarian-about-the-massacre-in-botosani-during-the-last-24-hours/

http://serbiananimalsvoice.wordpress.com/2011/05/16/romania-the-eu-politicians-are-failing-in-their-responsibilities-220-dogs-were-massacred-last-night-in-botosani-romania-at-the-order-of-the-mayor/

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Dogs from the Botosani shelter, Romania – Recently killed on the orders of the Mayor.

 

We have today (14/03/11) received the following from Kerry at ‘Disabled Dog Rescue’ in the Uk.

It relates to Farah, a disabled dog in Serbia; and also her surviving puppy – both are in desperate need of a new home.

We only have two pictures of Farah; here they are:

‘Farah’ – Desperate for a new forever home – also her puppy (no photo).

Can you help, or do you know anyone who can ?

If you can help, please contact Kerry direct by e mail at:   kerrypember@hotmail.co.uk

Thanks – SAV.

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The message sent to us is as follows:

Hi!…. not sure if you have seen this appeal before but it is for a young paralysed dog in Serbia called Farah.. she was taken into foster from a shelter once it was discovered she was actually pregnant! she deliverd 2 pups, one of whom survived and is now 45 days old. Farah is not doing so great tho and desperately needs a home.

This is the latest email I have recieved from Boban…..

Hi Kerry,can you please put information about Farah on your facebook page. Her puppy is almost 45 days old, and soon we will be looking for new home for him. Silke could not take Farah and puppy when she planed and Farah is still at my friend home. My friend was out of town for a weekend and I went to feed her.

She is not in a good condition, but at least it is better then shelter. She lost weight, muscles on back legs atrophied, and wheelchair we found for her is much to big now. So, please post information about her again, I know that chances to find her a home are slim, but I am very afraid for her future if something don’t come up.

Thank you

Boban

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If you can crosspost this article to all your EUROPEAN animal contacts, then please do.

Kerry can be contacted directly by e mail at: kerrypember@hotmail.co.uk

Please do not contact SAV; it is Kerry who is the vital contact in this case

The first ‘Youtube’ Slideshow produced by SAV regarding the suffering of Serbian animals has now been posted.

This is another part of our campaign to get the Serbian government and authorities to enforce stray animal welfare legislation which has existed since 2005.

Read our past link relating to the Serbian Constitutional Court ruling in support of stray animal treatment at:

http://serbiananimalsvoice.wordpress.com/2010/01/25/serbia-constitutional-court-of-serbia-says-that-the-killing-of-stray-dogs-and-cats-in-serbia-is-forbidden-from-02102005/

We are not asking the world; simply that the Serbian government and authorities make much more attempt to enforce existing Serbian nation legislation relating to the treatment of stray animals; a law which states that animals should be protected and not killed.

Showing the ‘enforcement of the national rule of law’ is a fundamental requirement that any future EU members states (seeking accession) should show.  Serbia wishes to join the EU but is not enforcing its laws with regard animal welfare.

You can view our short 2 minute introductory slideshow on Serbian animal welfare issues by clicking on:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_HYNCf3969Y

More slideshows will be produced in the coming months, each covering an animal welfare issues within Serbian cities and towns and authority run shelters in more detail. 

We have a very large photo library of Serbian animal suffering and now some of these photographs will be published in future slideshows.

The government and authorities must act – we will continue to expose the suffering until they change their policies and attitude towards animals.

 

 

 

Posted by: balkansanimalsuffering | March 9, 2011

Serbia: EXPOSED – The Killer Vet of Novi Sad

 

EXPOSED – THE KILLER VET OF NOVI SAD

 

This is Veterinarian Nicholas Mišljenović.

Question – What is the aim of a veterinarian ? – to save animals lives and help them in their time of most need ?

WRONG; for some Serbian veterinarians such as Mišljenović.

This man is now exposed as the veterinarian who kills 3,000 to 4,000 cats and dogs every year in the Serbian city of Novi Sad (NS).

The unfortunate stray animals which are caught on the NS streets are held for only three (3) days before they are killed by this man.  This is in direct contravention to existing Serbian legislation since the end of 2005; please see the SAV link from January 2010 below.

For further detailed information relating to the decision by the Serbian Constitutional Court  that from 02/10/2005, the killing of stray dogs and cats in Serbia is forbidden; see our old post from January 2010:

http://serbiananimalsvoice.wordpress.com/2010/01/25/serbia-constitutional-court-of-serbia-says-that-the-killing-of-stray-dogs-and-cats-in-serbia-is-forbidden-from-02102005/

All that can be said about this situation is that it very typical throughout Serbia.  Serbian government and authorities do NOT make any attempt to enforce existing nation laws when it comes to animals and animal welfare.  The system is corrupt and those involved with ignoring the enforcement of national legislation are also corrupt.

None of these veterinarians are up to date with the current legislation for animals, despite it being in existence since 2005, and neither do they want to be up tod ate, because they are still making money out of undertaking illegal activities.

As can be shown in the article and the photographs, T-61 is still being used to kill the animals after three days.  Under Article 7, the Law for Animal Welfare, the killing of stray dogs and cats is forbidden.  T-61 has been banned from use in several countries, as it causes respiratory paralysis – the unfortunate animal, when injected, experiences suffocation as the lungs become paralysed and cannot function.

Article 15 of the Law for Animal Welfare states that it is ONLY LAWFUL to euthanise dogs or cats if they have an incurable illness or in the final stages of an incurable disease.

Below is the text of an excellent investigation just completed by Serbian Radio 021.  Their investigation lifts the lid on the killing of stray animals in Novi Sad.

Copies of this article will now be sent to contacts SAV have within the EU Legal Affairs department of DG SANCO, as corruption and non compliance with the enforcement of national legislation are two issues that the EU does not wish to see.  Serbia wishes to become an EU member state, but with its own inability to enforce (Serbian) national animal welfare legislation some six years after it was legally introduced; and which has been validated by the Constitutional Court of Serbia, it could be said that it is better if Serbia continues to remain outside of the EU.

Serbian Radio 021 article link:

http://www.021.rs/Novi-Sad/Vesti/FOTO-Ko-kontrolise-ubijanje-zivotinja-u-sinteraju.html

Translation of article into English directly by Google Translate – NO changes have been made:

All photo credits – Radio 021.

Who controls the killing of animals in the dog catcher?

Prema informacijama do kojih je došao Radio 021, ne postoji nikakva stručna služba koja nadgleda rad veterinara koji ubijaju životinje u novosadskom šinteraju.

According to information obtained by Radio 021, there is no technical division that oversees the work of veterinarians who kill animals in the NS sinter. Na tenderu za izbor firme koja će se baviti eutanaziranjem pasa i mačaka lutalica u Novom Sadu, ovaj posao dobila je veterinarska stanica “Košarčić” iz Futoga.

The tender for the selection of firms to deal with the euthanasia of dogs and cats in Novi Sad, the job got the veterinary station “Košarčić from Futog. Kako za naš radio kaže jedan od veterinara zaposlenih u ovoj ustanovi, Nikola Mišljenović, dok životinjama ubrizgava smrtonosnu injekciju prisutni su samo dežurni poslovođa iz “Čistoće” i on. As our radio said one of the veterinarians employed in this institution, Nicholas Mišljenović, while animals injected lethal injection are present only on duty supervisor of the “Purity” and on.

“Moj rad prilikom eutanaziranja životinja kontroliše moja medicinska, veterinarska etika. Tu je još prisutan i službenik “Čistoće” koji je dežuran kada nas pozovu”, kaže ovaj veterinar. “My work during the euthanasia of animals controlled by my medical, veterinary ethics. There is still present and an official” purity “that was on duty when you call us,” says the vet.

Mišljenović navodi da ceo proces traje kratko i bezbolno za samu životinju, a količina sredstva za eutanaziju se procenjuje odokativno.Mišljenović states that the whole process takes a short and painless for the animal itself, and the amount of funds for euthanasia is estimated odokativno. Prema njegovim rečima, od ubrizgavanja smrtonosne injekcije do uginuća životinje prođe svega nekoliko sekundi. According to him, the injection of lethal injections to death of animal passes a few seconds.

“Psa koga niko ne udomi za ta tri dana koliko se zadržavaju u objektu za privremeni smeštaj najpre izvlačim na ivicu kaveza i otprilike procenim koliko pas može biti težak, kako bi znao koju količinu injekcije treba da koristim.U toj proceni skoro nikad ne omanem, jer se ovim poslom bavim već dosta dugo. Tada se psu daje injekcija koja se ubrizgava između rebara, u plućno tkivo, a životinja ugine mirno par sekundi nakon toga”, kaže Mišljenović.

“The dog when no one udomi for the three days that remain in the house for temporary accommodation are taken out first on the edge of the cage and approximately evaluate how a dog can be difficult to know what amount of injection should koristim.U these estimates almost never wrong, because I do this job long enough. Then he gives the dog a shot that is injected between the ribs, the lung tissue, and the animal died peacefully a few seconds after that, “says Mišljenović.

Sa druge strane, predsednica Udruženja za zaštitu zivotinja Novi Sad,Lana Đorđević navodi da oni sumnjaju da se iza zatvorenih vrata uhvaćeni psi ipak ubijaju na nehuman način.On the other hand, the president of the animal protection Novi Sad, Lana Đorđević said that they suspect that behind closed doors still caught killing dogs in an inhumane way.

“Ja sam pre nego što smo registrovali udruženje putem elektronske pošte tražila dozvolu da uđem u šinteraj,odgovor je bio da će mi javiti kada preduzeće to odobri.Naravno,to se nikad nije dogodilo. Šta drugo,nego da posumnjam da se tamo dešavaju neke stvari koje žele da sakriju od javnosti.”,kaže ova aktivistkinja za prava životinja. “I am before we register the organization via e-mail asked for permission to enter the pound, the answer was to tell me when to odobri.Naravno company, it never happened. What else but to suspect that there occur some things you want to hide from the public. “says the activist for animal rights.

Veterinar Mišljenović ipak tvrdi da se sve životinje eutanaziraju sredstvom T-61 i da za to postoje dokazi, kao i da su spekulacije da se za ubijanje koriste motke ili deterdžent neosnovane i predstavljaju atak na veterinarsku profesiju i etiku.Veterinarian Mišljenović still hard to euthanize all animals means T-61 and that there is evidence, as well as speculation that the killer used poles or detergent baseless and represent an attack on the veterinary profession and ethics. Mišljenović navodi da nikad ne bi sebi dozvolio da vidi životinju da pati. Mišljenović states that would never have allowed myself to see an animal suffer.

“Tu nema nikakve agonije, nikakve dreke, nikakve patnje. Ja prvi nikad ne bih mogao da podnesem da gledam životinju kako umire u mukama. Metod kojim se eutanaziraju životinje je brz, human i tih, i jedini na koji bih pristao”, tvrdi ovaj veterinar.“There’s no agony, no crap, no suffering. I am the first ever I could not stand to watch an animal die in agony. The method by which to euthanize animals is a fast, humane and peaceful, and the only way that I agreed,” said the vet.

Jedna flašica pomenutog sredstva za eutanaziju košta oko 3.000 dinara.

One bottle of the said funds for euthanasia costs about 3,000 dinars. Da li se ovo sredstvo zaista koristi za ubijanje lutalica, ostaje nam samo da verujemo na reč veterinarima koji se time bave. Does this tool really used to kill stray, we can only believe a word vets who do that. (Miodrag Sovilj) (Miodrag Sovilj)

Same article in Serbian (original text):

FOTO: Ko kontroliše ubijanje životinja u šinteraju?

Prema informacijama do kojih je došao Radio 021, ne postoji nikakva stručna služba koja nadgleda rad veterinara koji ubijaju životinje u novosadskom šinteraju. Na tenderu za izbor firme koja će se baviti eutanaziranjem pasa i mačaka lutalica u Novom Sadu, ovaj posao dobila je veterinarska stanica “Košarčić” iz Futoga. Kako za naš radio kaže jedan od veterinara zaposlenih u ovoj ustanovi, Nikola Mišljenović, dok životinjama ubrizgava smrtonosnu injekciju prisutni su samo dežurni poslovođa iz “Čistoće” i on.

“Moj rad prilikom eutanaziranja životinja kontroliše moja medicinska, veterinarska etika. Tu je još prisutan i službenik “Čistoće” koji je dežuran kada nas pozovu”, kaže ovaj veterinar.

Mišljenović navodi da ceo proces traje kratko i bezbolno za samu životinju, a količina sredstva za eutanaziju se procenjuje odokativno. Prema njegovim rečima, od ubrizgavanja smrtonosne injekcije do uginuća životinje prođe svega nekoliko sekundi.

“Psa koga niko ne udomi za ta tri dana koliko se zadržavaju u objektu za privremeni smeštaj najpre izvlačim na ivicu kaveza i otprilike procenim koliko pas može biti težak, kako bi znao koju količinu injekcije treba da koristim.U toj proceni skoro nikad ne omanem, jer se ovim poslom bavim već dosta dugo. Tada se psu daje injekcija koja se ubrizgava između rebara, u plućno tkivo, a životinja ugine mirno par sekundi nakon toga”, kaže Mišljenović.

Sa druge strane, predsednica Udruženja za zaštitu zivotinja Novi Sad,Lana Đorđević navodi da oni sumnjaju da se iza zatvorenih vrata uhvaćeni psi ipak ubijaju na nehuman način.

“Ja sam pre nego što smo registrovali udruženje putem elektronske pošte tražila dozvolu da uđem u šinteraj,odgovor je bio da će mi javiti kada preduzeće to odobri.Naravno,to se nikad nije dogodilo. Šta drugo,nego da posumnjam da se tamo dešavaju neke stvari koje žele da sakriju od javnosti.”,kaže ova aktivistkinja za prava životinja.

Veterinar Mišljenović ipak tvrdi da se sve životinje eutanaziraju sredstvom T-61 i da za to postoje dokazi, kao i da su spekulacije da se za ubijanje koriste motke ili deterdžent neosnovane i predstavljaju atak na veterinarsku profesiju i etiku. Mišljenović navodi da nikad ne bi sebi dozvolio da vidi životinju da pati.

“Tu nema nikakve agonije, nikakve dreke, nikakve patnje. Ja prvi nikad ne bih mogao da podnesem da gledam životinju kako umire u mukama. Metod kojim se eutanaziraju životinje je brz, human i tih, i jedini na koji bih pristao”, tvrdi ovaj veterinar.

Jedna flašica pomenutog sredstva za eutanaziju košta oko 3.000 dinara. Da li se ovo sredstvo zaista koristi za ubijanje lutalica, ostaje nam samo da verujemo na reč veterinarima koji se time bave. (Miodrag Sovilj)

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SAV Comment:

Nicholas Mišljenović, maybe now the EU should review your situation.

Your own government and authorities are incapable of enforcing national legislation which has been documented for some six years now. 

A nation showing the “Enforcement of the rule of law” is a basic requirement of EU accession (membership).  Serbia shows that it is incapable of enforcing its own national legislation for animal welfare.  Why ? – corruption or a failure of the authorities and people in government ?

Maybe time for the EU Legal Affairs department to review the case and provide us with their expert opinion.

The B92 news situation item given later in this post is a summary of recent events relating to Serbia and the OIE – the OIE being the World Organisation for Animal Health.

Whilst we welcome the move by the OIE to hold an international seminar in Belgrade relating to veterinary medicine which can do nothing but move Serbia a step forward in animal welfare terms from its current dark ages perspective / philosophy towards policies and goals of the 21st Century, we still have very many concerns that the OIE are not being given the full facts by Serbia when it comes to disease control policy.

In other words, we still feel that inaccurate or even non existent alleged Rabies outbreaks in the country are constantly, and misleadingly, being used as an excuse by the Serbian authorities to allow them to continue to undertake mass killings of stray animals, regardless of any disease detection or not.  As we show in the data below, the Veterinary Law of 2005 which is fully supported by the Serbian Constitutional Court, FORBIDS the killing of animals (strays); instead they must be given care. 

This is a policy which we feel the Serbian authorities to do not wish to undertake; in their misguided attitude, killing stray animals is esier than population management programmes.  There is no forward vision by the authorities that a sterilisation prgramme over time will dramatically reduce stray animal numbers; killing strays only continues a current policy of pouring water into a bottomless barrel; un-sterilsed strays produce more strays as offspring. 

Only when the authorities actually understand the reality and accept that stray sterilisation programmes are the way to reduce stray numbers in Serbia, will we ever see a reduction in populations and a long term saving in costs.

The only exception to this case of providing care to stray animals, is when it is applied to Rabies infected areas, which then allows animals, including strays, to be killed.  If there is no rabies in an area, then the demands of the legislation as directed by the Serbian Constitutional Court must be applied, and this declares that stray animals must be protected.

So we ask, is a national widespread rabies outbreak a simple invention of the government and authorities so that they can continue to kill and yet appear to be within the law ?, or is it a reality ?

It is time that the OIE were informed about the views of the animal welfare organisations once again. 

 Personnel who should be asked at the OIE include –

Dr Nikola T. Belev – Regional Representative

Dr Stanislav Ralchev – Technical Assistant

Dr Anatoliy Vlasov – Regional Expert

Dr Caroline Planté – Sub-Regioanl Representative

Dr Jean-Pierre Vermeersch – Project Manager.

We are perfectly within our rights as world citizens to ask the OIE – the world orgainsation for animal health, to consider our view that Serbia may be inventing rabies outbreaks to allow the continued killing of stray animals, rather than taking time and including financial investment to reduce stray numbers by sterilisation, vaccination, microchipping and a public education programme targeted at responsible owned (pet) animals.

At the end of this post you can find a sample letter which can be copied and sent by yourself to all the above representatives of the OIE, expressing your concerns about what we view as the continued ILLEGAL killing of stray animals in Serbia.

At the Belgrade veterinary meetings scheduled for the end of July, we require the representatives of the OIE to put on the agenda the issue of stray animal killings right across Serbia; especially when associated with the alleged mass Rabies outbreaks that appear nationwide as declared by the government and authorities.

Is this simply a license to continue killing strays by the government ?

We want answers from the OIE and from the Serbian government; and the Belgrade meetings are an ideal situation for this all to be provided to a global audience – and that is us.

We hope that by copying and sending the sample letter (provided below) to the very personnel involved with the OIE in Serbia, some note may be taken of our requests and that the Serbian government may be held to account in Belgrade at the end of July for its continued illegal killing of stray animals.

Past SAV posts relating to the above:

http://serbiananimalsvoice.wordpress.com/2010/05/27/serbia-rabies-across-the-nation-legally-allows-animals-to-be-killed-but-has-the-oie-been-informed-by-the-serbian-ministry-of-these-alleged-nationwide-outbreaks-or-just-a-creational-excuse/

http://serbiananimalsvoice.wordpress.com/2010/05/16/serbia-sample-letter-to-send-to-the-government-the-eu-commission-and-to-the-world-organisation-for-animal-health-the-oie-serbia-must-change-its-attitude-towards-stray-animals-and-willingless-to/

As we say in one of our posts given above, and what we consider a very important fact that must be remembered and which is given again here:

It should be remembered that the original (old) legislation to allow stray killing – named Pravilnik 29/94, was overwritten by Article 168 of 2005, the result being that all killing of animals was forbidden apart only from cases for Rabies infected areas, which were covered by application of Articles 64 and 65 of the Veterinary Law.

*** This is the important point, that animal killing is illegal apart only from cases for Rabies infected areas, which were covered by application of Articles 64 and 65 of the Veterinary Law ***.

It would seem strange that there are alleged mass outbreaks of rabies across Serbia now.

In effect, Article 168 of 2005 which does not allow animal killing is replaced by legislation that DOES ALLOW animal killing, simply because there is allegedly rabies in areas.  The word ‘rabies’ being the one which specifically gives right to animal slaughter rather than animal protection.

Even more strange that rabies is supposedly breaking out right across Serbia; which therefore allows all strays and wildlife to continue to be killed by ‘by-passing’ legislation of Article 168 of 2005 – the no kill animal legislation

No rabies in area = legislation Article 168 = NO animal killing, only animal care.

Rabies in area = Articles 64 and 65 of the Veterinary Law = allows Mass animal killing, including wildlife.

So, we suggest that a national rabies outbreak has suddenly arrived en masse, even been invented, devised etc in order that the continued mass slaughter of all animals, including strays and wildlife, can continue, when in fact, Article 168 which should allow for the care of animals, is very conveniently being by-passed 

The 2005 Veterinary Law Article 168 demands the care of animals, not the killing.

This has recently been verified to Serbian animal campaigners by the Constitutional Court of Serbia as being the legislation which should be applied. 

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News B92 Tv station : 

Belgrade, 8 July 2010 –

Serbian Prime Minister Mirko Cvetkovic and Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management Sasa Dragin met today with President of the Regional Commission of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) for Europe Nikola Belev.

Cvetkovic and Dragin thanked the OIE for the decision to hold an international seminar on veterinary medicine products in Belgrade on 26–28 July, as well as for its continued support to Serbia’s veterinary sector.

Belev delivered greetings from OIE Director General Bernard Vallat and voiced his pleasure at Serbia’s exceptional progress in veterinary medicine and food safety over the last few years.

He underlined the importance of permanent control and supervision over contagious animal diseases, which can jeopardise animal and human health, as well as threaten the environment and the country’s economic development.

Belev especially pointed out the economic underside of contagious animal diseases to any country, as well as the current dangers threatening the region, such as African swine plague, rabies, foot-and-mouth disease and foot-rot.

He said he is pleased that new regulations regarding disease control have been adopted over the last year in Serbia and voiced his full confidence in Serbia’s capacity to control these diseases.

He shared the expectation of the OIE and the EU concerning the establishment of an appropriate structure of veterinary services for their member states and providing financial and administrative capacity for these services.

The President of the OIE Regional Commission for Europe confirmed that he was very pleased with the way Serbia established its veterinary system, as well as with our country’s communication and cooperation with the OIE and the EU.

He outlined that the meeting in Belgrade will gather approximately 50 participants from European countries – members of the OIE, as well as representatives from international organisations.

The seminar will be organised by the OIE in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management and the Ministry’s Veterinary Administration.

The conference is of great importance not only in terms of improving the registration and quality control and operations of veterinary medicines and medical supplies, treatment and control of infectious animal diseases, but also from the standpoint of food safety.

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** SAMPLE LETTER **  ** SAMPLE LETTER **  ** SAMPLE LETTER **

Block e mail listing to send to:

rr.easteurope@oie.intr.kostova@oie.ints.ralchev@oie.inta.vlasov@oie.inta.vlasov@oie.intjp.vermeersch@oie.intpredsednikvladesrbije@gov.rskabinet.zpv@gov.rskabinet.potpredsednika@gov.rsoffice@minpolj.gov.rsgeneralni.inspektorat@minpolj.gov.rsinfo@ekoplan.gov.rsgoran.milosev@minpolj.gov.rszoran.marinkovic@minpolj.gov.rszoran.micovic@minpolj.gov.rscab-rehn-web-feedback@ec.europa.euoie@oie.int

Letter to copy and send:

Dear regional representatives of the OIE for the Balkans states;

Whilst I welcome the move by the OIE to hold an international seminar in Belgrade at the end of July 2010 relating to veterinary medicine, I also wish to express my views and concerns to you in advance of this meeting, with the hope that you will quesion both Serbian Prime Minister Mirko Cvetkovic and the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management, Mr. Sasa Dragin on what I have to say.

My concerns include:

the original (old) Serbian legislation to allow stray animal killing – named Pravilnik 29/94, was overwritten by Article 168 of the new Serbian Veterinary Law in 2005, the result being that the killing of all animals was forbidden apart only from cases for Rabies infected areas, which are covered by application of Articles 64 and 65 of the Veterinary Law.

Under the existing Veterinary Law, as supported by the Serbian Constitutional Court,  it is now the national Serbian law that animals, including stray animals, must be given care rather than be killed.

Serbian authorities and government are not enforcing this existing Serbian legislation.  I now feel that with the sudden drastic increase in alleged Rabies outbreaks right across Serbia, the authorities are simply using rabies as an excuse to detour around the existing animal protection law of 2005  (the Veterinary Law) – where rabies can still be used as a legitimate reason for continuing to kill animals.

I feel this is a deliberate attempt by the Serbian authorities to continue their policy of killing stray animals regardless of what existing serbian legislation requires.  I go as far as to say that I feel that rabies is being used by the autorities throughout Serbia to continue with their kill frenzy rather than adoting the legal national requirement of caring stray animals.

I also have concerns that you, the OIE, who are responsible for ensuring global disease control and recoding global disease outbreaks, are not actually being informed of all these alleged rabies outbreaks by the Serbian authorities, quite simply, because they do not actually exist.  They are simply an excuse to allow the continued killing of stray animals, which is against existing Serbian national legislation.

I also have large concerns that there is no real programme for the future by Serbian authorities to make any long term attempt at stray animal population reduction.  A programme which would include sterilisation, vaccination and microchipping for both stray and also pet (owned) animals is the only way that Serbia can ever hope to reduce the vast numbers of animals which it currently has on the streets.  Public education is required here also, and again the Serbian authorites are showing no attempt to become involved in this.  Serbian autorities are interested in one approach to stray animal control only; and that is to kill everything.  This is doing nothing to reduce stray animals numbers and in the 21st century, is simply not acceptable to normal decent global citizens.

Serbia is wishing to become a future member of the European Union (EU).  In her Issue 1, June 2010 newsletter,  Paola Testori, the EU Director General for Health and Consumers; who is responsible for animal welfare also, declares:

“The Treaty of Lisbon, which came into force last December (2009), has created an explicit duty regarding animal welfare under EU law.  Article 13 of the Treaty speaks of animals as “sentient beings” that must be respected in the EU decision-making process”. 

My current opinion is that Serbia is not showing any attempt to enforce its own national animal welfare legislation, that it certainly does not comply with the requirements of the Treaty of Lisbon, and that in no way does it show that it (Serbia) accepts animals as sentient beings.  One only has to witness their treatment of stray animals over many years to support this view.

As a global animal welfare campaigner, I am asking you, the OIE, the World Organisation for Animal Health, to step up onto the stage at the Belgrade meetings this July and acting on my behalf, demand a proper response from the Serbian authorities as to why they are continuing to use the rabies threat as an excuse to detour around caring for animals under existing Serbian legislation as they are required, and that in my opinion, with their current global status of being a nation of stray animal killers, what they aim to do about it prior to any membership of the EU.

Until the Serbian authorities change their attitude to stray animal population controls through a no kill, sterilisation strategy, which I trust you as the OIE, and animal welfare defending global organisation will support, I have no alternative but to continue campaigning for the protection of Serbian stray animals as endorsed by the Serbian Constitutional Court.

It is the Serbian authorities and government who need to move from a Dark Ages approach to animals and progress into the 21st Century; no one else.

I trust that you will make my views on Serbian animal welfare policy, or the lack of it in the 21st Century, clear to the Serbian authorities at the July, Belgrade meetings.

Respectfully yours;

 ***Name and nationality***.

  

  

  

SAV has today (23/06/10) submitted a written response to ‘EUPAW’ – the Evaluation of the EU Policy on Animal Welfare.

EUPAW – what is it ?

Background

Within the last 30 years the EU has adopted a series of legislation concerning the protection of animals. The scope of this legislation includes the protection of animals kept for farming purposes, during transport and at the time of killing. It also includes the protection of animals used for scientific purposes. Furthermore the welfare of wild animals is part of EU legislation through a directive on zoo animals as well as initiatives prohibiting the trade in seal products from commercial seal hunts and establishing trapping standards. The EU has also banned the importation and intra-community trade of cat and dog fur.

The EU adheres to the principle that, beyond specific objectives, people have an ethical duty of taking care of animals which are under their responsibility. EU legislation in those fields reflects the increasing importance given by the public on the ethical dimension of economic activities dealing with animals. The intervention of the proper care of animals is sufficiently significant as to affect the functioning of the internal market.

In 2006, the Commission adopted the first EU Action Plan on the Protection and Welfare of Animals 2006-2010 (later called ‘Action Plan’) where strategic lines and future actions were described. The Action Plan was the first document grouping in a single text the different aspects of the EU policy on animal welfare.

These terms of reference now envisages an evaluation as to establish a follow-up programming beyond 2010.

EUPAW – Introduction

GHK Consulting Ltd and ADAS UK Ltd have been commissioned by the European Commission, Directorate General Health and Consumers (DG SANCO), to evaluate the EU Policy on Animal Welfare (EUPAW) with reference to farm animals, experimental animals, pet animals and wild animals which are kept in captivity or submitted to a treatment which is controlled by humans.

The evaluation covers four types of EU action (legislation, research, communication and international activities) and is concerned with EU animal welfare actions over the 2000-2008 period only.  An overview of EU animal welfare policy is available at:  http://ec.europa.eu/food/animal/welfare/index_en.htm.

As part of the evaluation we are keen to hear the views of stakeholders and are therefore requesting stakeholders to complete this on-line survey to assist us with the evaluation.

The survey is short and easy and can be completed in 15 minutes but allows you to spend longer and give more detailed explanations if you wish. When processing the results to the survey, all responses will be treated as confidential and not attributed to individuals or organisations.

The survey will remain open and online until Friday 31st July 2010.

For further information about the evaluation please visit the project website www.eupaw.eu

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Whilst we at SAV are aware that primarily, EUPAW evaluation (through the on line questionnaire) covers four types of EU action, we consider that this is an ideal opportunity to once again present information to the EU regarding our concerns for:

  • Stray animal welfare in the Balkans states
  • Stray animal welfare within the EU
  • EU accession criteria and responsibilities for nations wishing to gain membership of the EU, including implementation of the rule of law; something we do not see at all from within Serbia; even though the (Serbian) Veterinary Law of October 2005 says otherwise.  This has been backed by recent actions at the Serbian Constitutional Court.

And so today, 23/06/10, SAV has submitted lots of data and evidence to EUPAW, asking that the current illegal killing policy undertaken by many Serbian authorities be seriously considered for future EU membership by Serbia.

Serbia is not enforcing its own ‘rule of law’ with regard animal welfare for stray animals – enforcement of the law which must be shown to be implemented by Serbia if it requires EU membership.

A copy of the SAV letter to the EUPAW dated 17/06/10 can be viewed by clicking on the following link:

EUPAW data submission 17 June 2010

As you can see, within this letter we have included many links to the SAV site which show animal suffering through illegal activities within Serbia.  We have also included many links to the situation in Skopje, Macedonia, as well as links covering stray animal abuses in Turkey, Greece and Romania.

As Greece and Romania are already existing EU member states, we feel that the time is due for the EU to introduce an EU wide policy / legislation relating to the treatment of stray animals.  It is hoped that our letter of today makes this clear to the EU authorities.

We are well aware through our many EU contacts that there are many organisations / NGO’s throughout the EU who are also making representations to EUPAW about the situation for stray animals both within EU member states and EU accession states.  We hope that by presenting a combined front of evidence to the EU on the treatment of stray animals in all parts of Europe, the EU has no choice but to consider this issues further.

The general animal welfare survey is open to both EU and non EU citizens and can be completed by visiting the following link:

http://www.ghkint.com/surveys/EUPAW/

The survey is short and easy and can be completed in 15 minutes but allows you to spend longer and give more detailed explanations if you wish. When processing the results to the survey, all responses will be treated as confidential and not attributed to individuals or organisations.

The end of the survey allows contributors to give further details of issues which are of concern to them regarding animal welfare.  We hope that all contributors will make special comment here regarding the lack of EU legislation FOR STRAY ANIMALS both within the EU and in nations seeking EU membership.

We hope that our response letter (see the link above) will give contributors an overview of what we would like contributors to say.

The survey will remain open and online until Friday 31st July 2010.

If you are an EU citizen, this is an ideal opportunity to be a real voice for future actions for stray animals right across Europe, both in existing EU and non EU member states.

If you can do nothing else, please complete the survey.  We have a huge opportunity here to be a voice for animals and we must not let it pass us by.

Thank you – SAV.

Important Note – the survey can also be completed by NON EU participants.

For anyone who wishes to provide additional evidence and / or reports to the EUPAW evaluation team, please email them directly via the following link:

eupaw@ghkint.com

Again, we ask that if you do mail, you please demand that the EU produces legislation for the protection of all stray and roaming animals throughout the European Union.  Please also comment that you are disgusted by the reports which are being given to you of stray animal cruelty in the Balkans states.  If an accession  nation requires membership of the EU, such as a balkans state, then it must comply with its own national legislation – the rule of law; which is NOT being done regarding animals in Serbia.  In addition, the EU is failing stray animals who have no legislation to protect them; therfore the EU needs to act, and act now !!

We have included one of the pdf files detailed in our written submission in the following link.  For security reasons we do not provide all.

To Hutchinson

 

We now have copies of the contracts between the Subotica government / authority and the public garbage firm ‘JKP Cistoca i zelenilo’ who have the contract to capture (and subsequently kill) the strays in the city.

In 2009 the city government awarded 5,400,000 dinars from the municipality budget, whilst an additional 5,800,000 dinars was given from the republic budget.

This closed shop system equals 11,200,000 dinars in just 2009 (12 months) alone to a public firm FOR THE CAPTURE AND KILLING OF STRAY ANIMALS.

Now that the contract for stray animals is open to public tender / competition, including proposals that can be presented by animal welfare organisations with a No kill policy;

the budget has now been reduced to 4,100,000 dinars for the first 12 months of the contract, followed by 6,100,000 over the next 18 month period.

This equals 10,200,000 dinars over a 30 month period (two and a half years) now that the contract has been put out for public competition !

This means that a closed shop city organised budget (NO PUBLIC COMPETITION) of 933,333 dinars each month for 2009

has now (FOR PUBLIC COMPETITION)

been REDUCED to 340,000 dinars per month.

*** We make that a CUT OF APPROXIMATELY TWO THIRDS ***.

As we have stated in our recent post:

http://serbiananimalsvoice.wordpress.com/2010/06/02/serbia-subotica-city-now-stray-animal-control-is-opened-up-to-public-competition-including-welfare-organisations-suddenly-the-budget-for-same-is-drastically-reduced-the-closed-shop-big-money-w/ 

“We consider that this immediately shows a fear factor in the depths of municipal authorities financial controllers – one which immediately shows that now that tendering is open to public competition, the vast fortunes of money which have been provided by authorities in the past, and which have been controlled by elicit groups and organisations within the authority, may now be lost by them when it has to be handed over to another party undertaking the work – such as the animal welfare organisations”.

For example; up to this present time, many contracts for things such as the control of stray animals within cities has had what could only be classified as political support and leanings – namely that the Director of one of the Shinter firms engaged in the capture and killing of stray animals, one Vlada Dragin, also happens (by just pure chance !) to be the brother of the Serbian Minister for Agriculture, one Sasa Dragin. 

Keep contracts within ‘the family’ along with the millions of dinars financially involved each year and you have basically what could be referred to as a bit of a closed shop !

Now ‘outside parties’, including animal welfare organisations, who propose an alternative ‘No Kill’ way of addressing stray animal control, are immediately given advance information that this budget for such tasks will be greatly reduced in the coming years.

A fear factor concern that things in the dynasty type establishment will not be controlled from within the close knit community now that all future contracts for animal control will be going out to public competition, or just the way things are now days ? – lets leave the decision up to you all to see what you think”.

Strange what happens to money when it is no longer under the closed shop control of a few individuals and has to be put out to public tender – the amounts available fall so dramatically !!

It leads one to question if there was any corruption going on in the past ?

Just for the record, here are the official copies of all documents associated with these past and future budgets.

Now why should animal welfare No Kill stray control policies be under threat from the government and city authorities ? – after all, if they win the public competition to control stray animal numbers, animal welfare organisations suddenly (under public competition) now have only have one third of the past money available with which to undertake their programmes !

Strange that, isnt it ? – or is it ?

Pictures have just arrived from Loznica, where a dog belonging to a local animal welfare activist has been killed.  It is suspected that either shinters or hunters did this.

 

 

The man who saw this done to his dog has had to be taken to hospital with heart problems.

The ‘official’ answer to this from Zvonimir Rot ,on behalf of Mr. Micovic states that the killing of dogs and cats is necessary as a method of prevention and the dispersion of rabies.  It continues that dogs and cats must be killed immediately on the streets in areas where rabies is present.

E mail contact details are left on the mail below in order that people can send messages to those authorising the killings if they so wish.

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From: *Zvonimir Rot* <zvonimir.rot@minpolj.gov.rs <mailto:zvonimir.rot@minpolj.gov.rs>>
Date: 2010/6/1
Subject: Odgovor na PITANJE

To: radavolizivotinje@gmail.com <mailto:radavolizivotinje@gmail.com>
Cc: Uprava za veterinu <vetuprava@minpolj.gov.rs <mailto:vetuprava@minpolj.gov.rs>>, Zoran Micovic <zoran.micovic@minpolj.gov.rs <mailto:zoran.micovic@minpolj.gov.rs>>

Поштовани грађани Лознице и Бање Ковиљаче,
 Поводом појаве беснила на Вашој територији и упућеног дописа у име Др Зорана Мићовића желим да вaс обавестим следеће:
 Поштујући Закон о ветеринарству и Правилник о утврђивању мера за рано откривање, дијагностику, спречавање ширења, сузбијања и искорењивања заразне болести беснила и начину њиховог спровођења, када се на основу дијагностичког испитивања потврди присуство болести, Министар пољопривреде, шумарства и водопривреде доноси Решење о проглашењу зараженог и угроженог подручја и налаже мере у истим.
 Као једна од мера налаже се лишавање живота паса и мачака луталица, што је у складу и са Законом о добробити животиња који прописује, да се ради спречавања ширења, сузбијања и искорењивања заразних болести животиње могу лишити живота, чак и на јавним местима.
 Све друге мере се односе на власничке псе и мачке.

На основу члана 6. Закона о ветеринарству власник, односно држаоц животиња је дужан да се стара о здрављу и добробити животиња  и да предузме све мере заштите здравља животиња ради спречавања појаве и ширења заразних болести животиња и зооноза. Беснило је нарочито опасна заразна болест и зооноза. Као мера спречавања ширења ове болести обавезна је вакцинација паса и мачака, старијих од три месеца, и касније ревакцинација на годишњем нивоу. Тако се једино може спречити ланац преношења вируса са дивљих животиња, у овом случају лисица, на псе и мачке, и наравно на људе. Животиње познатих власника, осим што имају познати здравствени статус на беснило, у зараженом и угроженом подручју морају имати и контролисано кретање, тако што се мачке држе у безбедно ограђеном простору, а пси при извођењу у шетњу морају ићи на повоцу и са брњицом.

Пси и мачке луталице, осим што имају непознат здравствени статус, њихово кретање нити је могло нити може бити праћено, те веома лако могу бити преносиоци болести ако дођу у контакт са бесном лисицом, те је стручно и оправдано лишити живота те животиње.

У циљу искорењивања ове болести, и уз помоћ предприступних (ИПА) фондова Европске Уније, почело се са реализацијом  вишегодишњег пројекта оралне вакцинације лисица.

Борба са беснилом је тешка и дуготрајна, али Управа за ветерину спроводи све законске и стручне мере како би била и успешна и са што мање последица по здравље и добробит животиња, а наравно и самих људи у околини.

Срдачан поздрав

Звонимир Рот

Zvonimir Rot
Viši savetnik
Uprava za veterinu
Ministarstvo poljoprivrede,
Šumarstva i vodoprivrede
Omladinskih brigada 1
B e o g r a d

Zvonimir Rot
Special adviser
Vetrinary directorate
Ministry of agriculture,
forestry and water managment
1 Omladinskih brigada
B e l g r a d e

Tel./Fax: +381 11 2602320

www.minpolj.gov.rs <http://www.minpolj.gov.rs/>
zvonimir.rot@minpolj.gov.rs mailto:zvonimir.rot@minpolj.gov.rs

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Further to this we have a picture which again has arrived from Loznica.

This female dog was killed by having wood inserted into her vagina.

Her body was thrown into the local pound at Loznica city.

It is thought that this act is one of revenge by hunters.

Past links relating to Loznica city animal abuses:

http://serbiananimalsvoice.wordpress.com/2010/05/13/serbia-loznica-city-shelter-captured-stray-dogs-used-for-target-practice-by-local-hunters/

http://serbiananimalsvoice.wordpress.com/2010/05/18/serbia-180510-new-photographs-of-loznica-pound-animal-killings-and-conditions-at-city-dump-no-wonder-stray-animals-are-attracted/

http://serbiananimalsvoice.wordpress.com/2010/05/16/serbia-sample-letter-to-send-to-the-government-the-eu-commission-and-to-the-world-organisation-for-animal-health-the-oie-serbia-must-change-its-attitude-towards-stray-animals-and-willingless-to/

http://serbiananimalsvoice.wordpress.com/2010/05/11/serbia-loznica-city-pound-3-million-dinars-for-what-certainly-not-for-animal-welfare-politicians-maybe/

http://serbiananimalsvoice.wordpress.com/2010/03/09/serbia-many-cases-of-rabies-throughout-the-country-but-is-the-serbian-government-reporting-this-to-the-oie-world-organisation-for-animal-health-as-they-should-maybe-not/

http://serbiananimalsvoice.wordpress.com/2009/10/13/serbia-loznica-city-pound-death-camp-why-does-the-government-not-act-re-leskovac-city-policy-and-why-not-the-european-union-with-a-policy-for-stray-animal-welfare/

 

 

 

 

Regarding our recent post which declares that there must be a Public Competition – Tendering for the catching of stray dogs and cats in Subotica city;

http://serbiananimalsvoice.wordpress.com/2010/05/29/serbia-public-competition-by-law-may-now-enable-animal-welfare-groups-to-present-proposals-to-authorities-for-their-no-kill-stray-animal-numbers-control-programmes/

already there are signs that the city authorities are attempting to cause the animal welfare approach to fail.

The way they will be attempting this is by drastically reducing the budget allocated for stray animal control.

We consider that this immediately shows a fear factor in the depths of municipal authorities financial controllers – one which immediately shows that now that tendering is open to public competition, the vast fortunes of money which have been provided by authorities in the past, and which have been controlled by elicit groups and organisations within the authority, may now be lost by them when it has to be handed over to another party undertaking the work – such as the animal welfare organisations.

For example; up to this present time, many contracts for things such as the control of stray animals within cities has had what could only be classified as political support and leanings – namely that the Director of one of the Shinter firms engaged in the capture and killing of stray animals, one Vlada Dragin, also happens (by just pure chance !) to be the brother of the Serbian Minister for Agriculture, one Sasa Dragin. 

Keep contracts within ‘the family’ along with the millions of dinars financially involved each year and you have basically what could be referred to as a bit of a closed shop !

Now ‘outside parties’, including animal welfare organisations, who propose an alternative ‘No Kill’ way of addressing stray animal control, are immediately given advance information that this budget for such tasks will be greatly reduced in the coming years.

A fear factor concern that things in the dynasty type establishment will not be controlled from within the close knit community now that all future contracts for animal control will be going out to public competition, or just the way things are now days ? – lets leave the decision up to you all to see what you think.

And the numbers ?

From information provided, see documents provided below, it would appear that for the next year, 4.1 million dinars has been allocated for stray animal control.  The two years following, 2011 and 2012, 3.5 million dinars per year is allocated.

This is a little different to how things have always been.  The shinters of JKP Cistoca were always provided with a minimum of 4 to 5 million dinars per year.  In addition there were separate payments made for buildings, for vehicles and for workers salaries.  We understand that in 2009 shinter teams have been provided with 5.8 million dinars from the republic budget, and also provided with 5.2 million dinars from the municipality budget.  That makes 11 million dinars for the year of 2010.

Now it would appear that the tendering for work is being opened up to public competition, which involves proposals being provided by animal welfare organisations, the budget announced on 25/05/2010 has now been slashed to 4.1 million dinars for the period of the first 12 months, and thereafter 3 million dinars per year for the next 2 years.

It could be declared, argued and stated, that by suddenly reducing these budgets immediately by such large amounts, the authorities are already accepting defeat in a system that will no longer allow them to operate a closed shop system, and also that by allocating such small amounts of money when compared to the past, they are also attempting to show that those ‘public competition’ organisations who are tendering to take over management of programmes, such as stray animal control in Subotica city, are just not worthy and completely inadequate for the task !

It could be cynically stated that should any contract be awarded to a public organisation in the near future, things may decline and fail within a few years due to budget restrictions.  Whether this budget allocation would suddenly make a dramatic rise again after this period if contracts were given back to elicit groups and organisations within the authority one can only question – time will no doubt tell.

Again, lets leave the decision up to you all to see what you think.

Finally, Serbian campaigners who will be submitting proposals for the public competition for stray animal control are now going to use the public freedom of information request to obtain data from the city authorities as to why suddenly there is such a drastic reduction in money being provided now that the system has been opened up to public competition.

It will be very interesting to see what reasons are going to be provided by the authorities relating to this, now that the closed shop system has been closed for the future.

Whatever, we will be monitoring events and will hopefully be providing regular updates on a system which has finally been opened up to public control and management.  At what cost we have yet to establish, but there is little doubt that money will be harder to grasp for the ‘public’ organisations undertaking work on behalf of the public, using money provided by the public.

A corrupt closed shop system in the past ? – again, lets leave the decision up to you all to see what you think.

Serbian, Italian and SAV activists are currently cooperating to try and devise a proposal for the strays control of Subotica.  We have been given a limited time for this (around 30 days) and so several avenues to find a way forward are currently being looked at.

Further news in the very near future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today there has been some good news arriving from Serbia.

Campaigners have been waiting since 2002 for a verdict, but now, the Constitutional Court of Serbia has officially demanded that there must be a Public Competition – Tendering for the catching of stray dogs and cats in Subotica city.

Subotica city is finally starting to / having to act in agreement with the court, by allowing public competition for the process of catching strays in the city.  Until now, this process has been very much a closed shop type set up, with shinter (dogcatcher) firms having a stranglehold on the awarding of stray animal contracts.  Every year, shinter firms would effectively be awarded millions of dinars to undertake the rounding up, catching and killing of all stray dogs and cats in the city.  There was never any real plan or progress towards a policy of reducing stray animal numbers through a long term sterilisation programme.  In effect, a sterilisation programme to reduce stray animal numbers over a period of time was not to the benefit of these organisations.  Their approach to the stray numbers was one of kill, kill, kill.

Effectively the shinter management policy was one of – strays could continue to reproduce on the streets; shinter teams could be paid annually from the public purse to continually round them up and kill all the animals, and as a result the authorities could continue to inform a largely uneducated public (on this issue) that they are doing everything in their power to try and control stray animal populations.  It all looked good for those involved and was financially very beneficial.  Almost a never ending way of being financially supported to solve an issue, but an issue which never diminishes no matter how much money is thrown at it.

But as we, the animal welfare lobby have always argued, stray animal numbers can never be reduced unless a long term sterilisation programme is introduced somewhere into a system which aims to eventually eliminate or at least very drastically reduce stray animals from the streets.  With a sterilisation programme, stray numbers will gradually reduce over a period of time – ie. a sterilised (stray) animal cannot reproduce and thus continue to constantly add further to the large numbers of strays in cities.

As a result of this new public competition / tendering scheme, it is hoped that the current large costs involved in stray animal ‘control’, which could be argued does not really work in controlling numbers and always results in large numbers of animal deaths, can now be diverted into a sterilisation programme aimed at long term animal numbers reduction – a positive programme for the future and one which will especially be of benefit to the animals; as the programme will definitely be a ‘no kill’ strategy.

And so now, animal welfare campaigners in Subotica city can commence work to produce a proposal programme of stray animal control for the city using ‘no kill’; a programme which will be much more financially beneficial to the authorities and tax paying public of the city.  Whilst not wanting to provide detail of their proposal, as this site is frequently visited by governments and authorities who may learn from the proposals when compiling their own bid, animal welfare campaigners will at last be given the opportunity to present a programme / plan for stray animal control which will include:

  • Sterilisation of animals taken in from the streets to ensure that these animals cannot contribute further offspring to the numbers which exist at present
  • Vaccination of same animals to ensure both animal and public safety from infectious disease
  • Microchipping of each animal; including owned (but roaming) pet animals, to compile a database to allow identification of animal owner should it be collected from the street 
  • If animals are ever returned to the streets, then identification tags (such as a small high visibility ear tag) to be fitted to every animal that has been sterilised.  This to provide immediate identification to catchers that the animal in question has previously been caught, sterilised, vaccinated and microchipped and that it is NOT necessary to capture this animal again
  • Public education schemes to inform of the benefits of long term sterilisation programmes, especially where expenditure from the public purse is involved
  • Production of very strong and durable shelters for (captured street) animals who once sterilised will be kept in facilities such as the ‘Delta’ shelters used in Brcko district, Bosnia and Herzegovina.  Delta shelters are made of straw bales, cement and wood, which although cheap to produce, especially using schemes involving authority prisoners for manpower / labour, can provide strong, warm and weather protective shelters for the animals that reside within them.

 

 

 

Photos –  Low Cost but Very Effective  – ‘Delta’ shelters as used in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Pictures with thanks to ‘ARKA’ animal welfare.

It is envisaged and hoped that the proposal presented by animal welfare campaigners in Subotica city will provide a long term solution and a very forward looking scheme which will over time, ensure that the numbers of stray animals in the city are reduced.

As we have always stated, the continual killing of stray animals does nothing to reduce stray animal numbers.  Killing strays in any location in any part of the country simply creates a void in that specific region which within a matter of days or a few weeks maximum, then allows stray animals from other outlying areas to venture into the location, which always amplifies the risk of diseases being spread and always guarantees that within a short time, the region in question gets provided with a new, fresh crop of fertile, unsterilised animals arriving, to search for possibly more food which they always seek, to continue to procreate and as a result further contribute to the never diminishing pyramid of stray animals in that particular area / region.

 

The Results of NOT Sterilising Stray and Pet (Owned) Animals – there IS NO RESULT, only a constant supply of animals to fill any void left by those which have been killed by authorities.

Killing strays does not reduce stray animal numbers; a programme of sterilisation and vaccination ensures that animal numbers reduce over time and disease risk is minimised.

Subotica campaigners who produce this proposal for an effective, no kill stray animal numbers reduction programme, are then in a position to be able to share their data with other campaigners throughout the nation; making every one of the 170 communities be able to present a no kill sterilisation programme to their local authority through the public competition process.

The public education programme must be geared to the education of all citizens about the positive aspects of animal sterilisation, including their own pets, the necessity for responsible pet ownership, and using the microchip database which is proposed (and undertaken during sterilisation), a scheme which could allow for fining irresponsible owners who let their animals wander the streets.  Small fines by this system could be fed back into further funding of schemes and databases used for such purposes.

Currently, campaigners are initially looking at Subotica as the first of (hopefully) many cities throughout Serbia in which they can now propose stray animal control programmes to regional authorities.  It does not matter which city is first, it is only important to address the management of stray animal numbers using a scheme which will be financially beneficial in the long term, whilst also of benefit to citizens throughout the country.

The government and authorities to date have not grasped effective management and control of stray animal numbers throughout Serbia.  It is now hoped that through the public competition process the animal welfare movement can show the government a scheme which they, the government, should have accepted and instigated many, many years ago.

That is a NO KILL programme of sterilisation, vaccination, microchipping and identification for the stray animals of Serbia.

Maybe now a change on the horizon …

for the benefit of all stray animals in Serbia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some of our recent post relating to Loznica city pound:

http://serbiananimalsvoice.wordpress.com/2010/05/11/serbia-loznica-city-pound-3-million-dinars-for-what-certainly-not-for-animal-welfare-politicians-maybe/

http://serbiananimalsvoice.wordpress.com/2010/05/13/serbia-loznica-city-shelter-captured-stray-dogs-used-for-target-practice-by-local-hunters/

http://serbiananimalsvoice.wordpress.com/2009/10/13/serbia-loznica-city-pound-death-camp-why-does-the-government-not-act-re-leskovac-city-policy-and-why-not-the-european-union-with-a-policy-for-stray-animal-welfare/

http://serbiananimalsvoice.wordpress.com/2010/05/16/serbia-sample-letter-to-send-to-the-government-the-eu-commission-and-to-the-world-organisation-for-animal-health-the-oie-serbia-must-change-its-attitude-towards-stray-animals-and-willingless-to/

In the following photographs you can see the location of the city pound / shelter for stray animals.  Convenient, as it is adjacent to the city dump, the place where a lot of the dead strays seem to end up.

Note – many of the following photographs show different parts of the Loznica shelter; and the dead animals killed by hunters which surround it.

The proximity of the shelter to the dump (facility behind cars).

Dead animal bodies everywhere !

The Animal Protection Society from Loznica city has obtained information that the building which is shown in the photographs, the ‘shelter’ for homeless animals, – 

http://serbiananimalsvoice.wordpress.com/2010/05/11/serbia-loznica-city-pound-3-million-dinars-for-what-certainly-not-for-animal-welfare-politicians-maybe/

has been provided with 14 million dinars + for animal welfare.

Below are 5 of our archive pictures of the situation at Loznica ‘shelter’ – note the red brickwork in other photographs:

The photographs have been supplied by the people of Loznica city.  It is alleged that the fencing around the shelter has been partly destroyed in order that some of the animals  held at the shelter can escape; only to then be killed by hunters from the area.  One of the photographs shows used gun cartridges as used by the hunters. 

A used hunters cartridge lies in the waste.

 

A hunters ‘target’ which survived the ordeal – but since killed ???

We are including also many pictures of dogs (ex strays which have been captured and sent to the shelter, only then to escape via the destroyed fencing and become a hunters target). 

The President of the local hunters society, which we are informed is called ‘Gucevo’, has said that the pound / shelter is ‘located in the hunters area, and so the hunters have the right to kill the animals’ !!

Less fortunate hunters ‘targets’ shown below:

 

Red brickwork above – see previous photographs.

Again Note the Red brickwork – dead animals very close to the ‘shelter’.

The Shelter in the Background.

Any wonder that other stray animals are attracted ?

When things such as this are lying around the city dump !!

– a haven for rats also, as well as stary dogs and cats, one would guess.

Dead Animals Strewn Amongst the Garbage.

TAKE ACTION    TAKE ACTION    TAKE ACTION 

Please take action as outlined in our previous posts.

A sample letter, complete with e mail addresses is provided.

Link:

http://serbiananimalsvoice.wordpress.com/2010/05/16/serbia-sample-letter-to-send-to-the-government-the-eu-commission-and-to-the-world-organisation-for-animal-health-the-oie-serbia-must-change-its-attitude-towards-stray-animals-and-willingless-to/

Posted by: balkansanimalsuffering | May 8, 2010

Serbia: Temerin City Exclusives

 

Please click on the following links for further information – given on out co site “Serbian Animals Voice” :-

http://serbiananimalsvoice.wordpress.com/2010/05/04/serbia-temerin-city-their-animal-shelter-death-after-3-days-and-a-national-public-attorney-who-says-all-is-ok/ 

http://serbiananimalsvoice.wordpress.com/2010/05/06/serbia-exclusive-pictures-of-jkp-termerin-temerin-city-dog-and-cat-shelter/ 

http://serbiananimalsvoice.wordpress.com/2010/05/06/serbia-%e2%80%98tularemia%e2%80%99-disease-outbreaks-in-southern-serbia-possible-cause-too-many-rats-feeding-off-dead-shinter-killed-strays-left-on-city-dumps/ 

Please click on the following links for further information – given on out co site “Serbian Animals Voice” :-

http://serbiananimalsvoice.wordpress.com/2010/05/04/serbia-temerin-city-their-animal-shelter-death-after-3-days-and-a-national-public-attorney-who-says-all-is-ok/ 

http://serbiananimalsvoice.wordpress.com/2010/05/06/serbia-exclusive-pictures-of-jkp-termerin-temerin-city-dog-and-cat-shelter/ 

http://serbiananimalsvoice.wordpress.com/2010/05/06/serbia-%e2%80%98tularemia%e2%80%99-disease-outbreaks-in-southern-serbia-possible-cause-too-many-rats-feeding-off-dead-shinter-killed-strays-left-on-city-dumps/ 

Please click on the following links for further information – given on out co site “Serbian Animals Voice” :-

http://serbiananimalsvoice.wordpress.com/2010/05/04/serbia-temerin-city-their-animal-shelter-death-after-3-days-and-a-national-public-attorney-who-says-all-is-ok/ 

http://serbiananimalsvoice.wordpress.com/2010/05/06/serbia-exclusive-pictures-of-jkp-termerin-temerin-city-dog-and-cat-shelter/ 

http://serbiananimalsvoice.wordpress.com/2010/05/06/serbia-%e2%80%98tularemia%e2%80%99-disease-outbreaks-in-southern-serbia-possible-cause-too-many-rats-feeding-off-dead-shinter-killed-strays-left-on-city-dumps/ 

     

    

As you can see from the letter sent to us on 16/02/10, things are not changing in Macedonia, despite the wishes of the public for the authorities to show much more compassion.  The wishes of the people of Macedonia are being ignored by the Macedonian authorities.        

    

The Mayor of Skopje – Responsible for the Killings

What Can You Do to Help and Support ?

   

Please support all of our campaigner friends in Macedonia by taking actions as we have published on the following link;         

http://serbiananimalsvoice.wordpress.com/2009/11/14/macedonia-actions-for-vardariste-pound-skopje-campaign-%e2%80%93-part-3-of-3/ 

This link includes a sample letter to copy and paste, addresses (e mail) of where to send them, and a full list of Macedonian embassies around the world which can also be sent the e mail letter. 

The following is a direct copy of the letter received on 16/02/10 by SAV, from Macedonian campaigners

Dear friend of animals,We ask for your help again in order to stop the massive killing of the homeless dogs and the inhuman treatment in Skopje, in the holding facility Vardarishte.  

Despite all efforts to change the condition, nothing has been changed for better, there is no consideration for the reactions by the Macedonian citizens who are disgusted from the principle of massive killings, disgusted from the standards for the dogs stay in the holding facility Vardarishte, disappointed from the functioning of the facility.   

Although as a public institution it is obligated to operate transparently in front of the citizens, it hides public data, it is closed for public and for visits, except for the total 6 hours per week (of which 3h on Friday, from 9-12h when people are at work), there is prohibition of free movement within it, the recording and photographing are the most strictly prohibited in order for the glamorous camp photo of the 21st century not to be seen.  

1. Currently, in the holding facility almost all small puppies are dying from freezing, pneumonia, viruses, because it is very cold and temperatures are below 0, and the holding facility is half closed type of facility, without any possibilities for working in winter!  

And the few dogs that have surgery done / sterilized, die because they are outside, freezing. The dogs lie on frozen water, frozen concrete, with no place to hide or get warm even for a moment. They continue washing the cages with heavy flows of water, without removing the dogs from cages. The dogs stay in the cages and die in tremendous torments!  

Simultaneously continues the practice of massive killing, officially around 70%, unofficially much more.  

2. People who catch dogs are completely incompetent, rude bullies (with the exception of maximum 5 out of 36 dog catchers). Hunting massively, saying that there won’t be any dog on the streets, not even leaving the dogs that are quiet and for whom the people take care of, vaccinated, sterilized….They say that it has been ordered and that every stray dog is to be caught – believe it, there is massacre and genocide, and only in Skopje there are around 10 000 homeless dogs! 

3. The dog-catchers also carry bats while catching, going in 8 teams, in three shifts, with unmark vehicles, massively and roughly catching a part of the dogs, and part of the dogs they don’t even take them to the holding facility but surely kill them in other places – for this we testimonials by citizens whose dogs have been caught and who had gone the same day to look for their dogs.However, the dog-catcher have been telling them that their dogs had not been caught (despite the photographs of the dogs being caught) or that they have been adopted, of course, without giving them information about location!  

4. The latest strategy in the holding facility is that on every cage they put papers on which it is written that the dog is too aggressive – we claim that it is a disgusting lie in almost all cases, because they never want to say who concretely (including name, analysis and evaluation) has put the paper.Believe me, almost all dogs marked like this, even those who are so dear, peaceful, social, with randomly written label – ‘AGGRESSIVE’  to justify the killing, declared without any official document to show, official evaluation by competent person.  

 
    

  

    

 This is the main excuse for the death of almost 90% of caught dogs, dogs that we didn’t manage to save.
 
Despite all our reactions, calls, meetings with the authorities, organized protest (under the slogan No to Bloody Skopje), we fail to stop or change anything, we have never succeeded anything because obviously this is a fixed defined “strategy” for solving the problem of excessive dogs population.  
 
There is no holding facility on the entire Macedonian territory, where the CNR program should performed! Instead, here rules the system of massive poisoning, dog tournaments, torture, murder with guns.  
 
Please help us in any way, please start to put pressure once and for all to put an end to the violent and extremely cruel principle – we will do everything for this to be stopped, everything that you think that could and should be done. We ask for your support because without assistance from abroad, the struggle for salvation and life of over 10 000 dogs in Skopje, and many more in other places in Macedonia, is lost in advance. 
 
THANKS !  
 
Past SAV Posts including many photographs:    
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
Posted by: balkansanimalsuffering | February 1, 2010

Serbia: Shelter “Firbin” Appeal

A call for help for animals at Serbian shelter “Firbin” is now on the EuroPas website:

http://www.euro-pas.de/0000009c78098c101/03fb1f9d0f130db09/index.html

They are asking for material and money donations (to the same account as before; just stating use of money as “Firbin” for this campaign, not “Smederevo” as covered recently).

Primarily they need medical supplies including:

treatments against Demodex
– Vitamin supplements
– Worm treatments
– Antibiotics
– Vaccines

Is anyone, anywhere able to help please ? – can your local vet give a donation of treatments free of charge ?

Photos – EuroPAS

The EuroPAS ‘Smederevo’ campaign is also still running

http://www.euro-pas.de/22500098ac0e77402/03fb1f9d070fa4516/index.html

There are several ways to assist – either with a money donation, or by having something (feed or otherwise) sent from

http://www.zooplus.com/

Germanyhttp://www.zooplus.de
Ukhttp://www.zooplus.co.uk/

ZooPlus runs several other international sites:

Netherlands – http://www.zooplus.nl/

France – http://www.zooplus.fr/

Belgium – http://www.zooplus.be/

Ireland – http://www.zooplus.ie/

Poland – http://www.zooplus.pl/

Italy – http://www.zooplus.it/

Spain – http://www.zooplus.es/

Czech Republic  – http://www.zoohit.cz/

Direct order and delivery of items to EuroPAS are also available through the German http://www.zooplus.de are sent from Germany .. that is, within the country)

Dogs houese are always urgently needed, especially in this weather:

http://www.zooplus.co.uk/shop/dogs/dog_houses_flaps

as is feed:

http://www.zooplus.co.uk/shop/dogs/dry_dog_food

(NOTE – most of these items are current special offers, and hence reduced)

As concerns money donations –

These are to be sent to:

Beneficiary: Euro-P.A.S. e.V.
Account no.: 312 599 22
Bank code: 700 530 70
Bank: Sparkasse Fuerstenfeldbruck

Please state intended use of donation: ‘Firbin’ or ‘Smederevo’

For international transfers you will need this information too:

IBAN: DE87 7005 3070 0031 2599 22
BIC: BYLADEM1FFB

The Constitutional Court of Serbia says that the killing of stray dogs and cats in Serbia is forbidden from 02/10/2005.

Prior to the Veterinary Law of 02/10/2005, there was an old law dating from 1991 for the health protection of animals. 

In agreement with the old law of 1991, the authorities produced their own other ‘underlaw’ (extra law) regulation – named ‘Pravilnik 29/94’, which was intorduced to allow the killing of animals after they were held in pounds for 3 to 7 days.

From 02/10/2005, the new Veterinary Law Article 168 effectively destroyed everything that was written in Pravilnik 29/94, because the 2005 law demanded the care of animals.

Pravilnik 29/94 was overwritten by Article 168, the result being that all killing of animals was forbidden apart only from cases for Rabies infected areas, which were covered by application of Articles 64 and 65 of the Veterinary Law.

By continuing to undertake the killing of animals after 3 to 7 days in accordance with regulation Pravilnik 29/94, the authorities were then in a situation where they were working in opposition to the actual existing law.  Underlaw regulations (Pravilnik 29/94 also) have less power than the actual legal legislation, and they must certainly be in written agreement with the actual legislation, because if they are not in agreement, then the underlaw is simply not valid legislation.

But it is very much the case, even up to the present day, where authorities are still using Pravilnik 29/94 as a reason for the killing of animals.  But in reality, Pravilnik 29/94 became nonexistent on 02/10/2005 with the introduction of the new Veterinary Law (Article 168).  Hence there should be no killing, but animal care instead.

Whatever, Pravilnik 29/94 is only an ‘underlaw’ (extra law) regulation, has very less power than the actual law, and most importantly, must be in agreement with the existing law.  Pravilnik 29/94 was valid originally (1991 on) to protect animal health but is now in opposition to the new and current animal law – the new Veterinary Law Article 168 of 02/10/2005.

Serbian campaigners have written to the Constitutional Court saying that it is unlawful for Shinters (Dogcatchers) and also veterinarians to kill stray dogs and cats only after they have been held for three (3) days, as this is now old and outdated legislation.  Killing is forbidden under the new Veterinary law.

In an area where Rabies is present, then killing of animals is allowed (by Articles 64 and 65 of the Veterinary law), but an additional 18 other (Rabies control) regulations must also be complied with if an area (region) is to be protected from a Rabies outbreak.

Campaigners have now heard from the court in writing, and they say that no analysis of the case is necessary for Pravilnik 29/94 as it has been replaced by the new Veterinary Law Article 168 (02/10/2005).  This is exactly what the campaigners had said, ie. that the old ‘underlaw’ (extra law) of Pravilnik 29/94 was still being used when it fact it has been overwritten by the new Veterinary Law Article 168 of 02/10/2005.

In addition, Article 46 of the new Veterinary Law (02/10/2005) states that the killing of stray cats and dogs is forbidden and that instead they should be provided with care.

In effect, from 02/10/2005 under the Serbian Constitutional (law) Court, animals should be provided with care and not be killed.

It would appear that all of the public firms responsible for garbage collection in Serbian cities are still working to, and effectively using Pravilnik 29/94 rather than Article 46 (168) of the new Veterinary Law.  In effect, by still working to this now non existent law, these public firms who collect and kill strays are undertaking illegal work – they should be working in accordace with the new Veterinary Law Article 46 (168) of 02/10/2005 which demands care for the animals.

This is the reason why Serbian campaigners have now taken this case to the court of human rights in Strasbourg – an EU court.  The case – Garbage collectors in Serbian cities are still working using the (now) non existent Pravilnik 29/94 rather than Article 46 (168) of the new and current Veterinary Law of 02/10/2005 which demands care.  In addition, campaigners have requested justification be presented for all the animal killings by the authorities from 02/10/2005 right up to the present day.

So the situation currently is that if Article 46 of the new Veterinary Law (02/10/2005) has been complied with, which states that the killing of stray cats and dogs is forbidden and that instead they should be provided with care; then there should be many, many (thousands) dogs currently in municipal, city shelters (from 02/10/2005).  But Serbian campaigners actually have documented the numbers of animals which were collected and taken to city shelters; many of which have then been (illegally) killed thereafter.

A situation which now someone in authority should have to answer; where are all the dogs and cats that should be in the shelters under existing Serbian law ? – the constitutional court declares that killing is banned from 02/10/2005.

And as another case, if the authorities say that they have NOT killed the animals due to the law and they are now in shelters, but the animals are NOT able to be seen in the shelters as they may have been killed, then where has all the public money gone which has been given to the firms and collectors who should be rounding up stray dogs and cats ?

They may say that the dogs have been found new homes with new owners and that is why they are not in the shelters.  If this is the case, then it should be documented as proof what animals were microchipped and what the address of the new owner has logged under the microchip information, as the new Veterinary law declares that it is necessary to microchip and vaccinate after they have been caught; and that un-marked and un-vaccinated dogs are not allowed. 

A new Criminal charge is currently being considered due to non compliance of existing law by many authorities throughout Serbia.  If this happens and someone who has responsibility for regulation enforcement is punished because of this, it is hoped that the punishment will make other authorities change to a no kill sterilisation strategy.

There are no excuses for a crime such as this. 

Serbian authorities  and officials are responsible for ensuring the correct laws are implemented are:

  • Mrs. Sanja Čelebićanin  -Chief of  Veterinary Inspection
  • Mr. Zoran Mićović – Director of Veterinary Department
  • Mr. Radivoje Kaurin – Chief of  Hunting – Forests Inspection.

Please look at the pictures in the following link:

http://zivotinjsko-carstvo.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=9592&st=0&start=0

These pictures all show the consequence of the non implementation of existing valid laws by the Serbian authorities.  The Mayors of Serbian cities are directly responsible for the standard of animal shelters within their region.  They are the very people who can introduce the mechanisms of change and stop much of the animal suffering.

It is not acceptable for the state and authorities simply to use Rabies as an excuse for the mass killing of both wild and stray animals right across Serbia.  Rabies will not and cannot be controlled simply by killing animals.  And the paramount point is that if the authotrities think that mass killings are the way to eliminate Rabies, then why is there a situation where Rabies exists in several parts of the country. ?

There have been many years of killing animals because of Rabies, and it has not solved the problem; Rabies has not stopped !.  And so other and better solutions to Rabies have to be considered by the authorites, solutions above and beyond killing.

We have to question why the authorities are NOT giving oral Rabies vaccination to all wild and stray animals; a vaccination which gives an immunity for approximately three (3) years.

It would appear that many / all Serbian authorities are not implementing the most recent and current legislation which would give protection to animals in shelters, but are instead using old and outdated, non existing legislation (Pravilnik 29/94) as justification for the continued killing of animals held in shelters.  In addition, Rabies is also being used as a reason for the mass killing of wildlife and stray animals in some regions, which to date appear to have very little impact on a reduction of rabies cases reported across the country.  Furthermore, authorities seem very reluctant to introduce oral rabies vaccination to both wild and stray animals; a solution considered most sensible and appropriate by animal welfare NGOs.

Maybe the taxpayers of Serbia need to be made more aware of how their money is being spent and wasted using old and outdated regulations, and old and outdated methods of rabies control.

Another very important factor here is that what has been happening since 02/10/2005 is that existing Serbian law (legislation) has not been implemented throughout the country in relation to animal welfare.

And the proof of the implementation of the ‘Rule of Law’ is a paramount requirement for any nation wishing to become a future member of the EU !

 

Posted by: balkansanimalsuffering | January 21, 2010

Serbia: Smederevo Pound – The Dog Who’s Eyes Cried Pus

Shedding ‘Tears of Pus’ at the Smederevo City Pound – Serbia

 

Please view the following site post and link with regard a full review (including pictures) and reports on the shelter at Smederevo; a facility run by the organisation – JKP “Komunalac”, who provide just 3-4kg of dry food to over 50 dogs at the shelter each day:

https://balkansanimalsuffering.wordpress.com/2010/01/07/serbia-smederevo-dog-pound-update-take-note-eu-the-rule-of-law%e2%80%99-is-not-being-implemented-by-serbia/ 

JKP “Komunalac” operates from Smederevo city and is the public garbage firm.  It has a dogcatching department named zoohygiena “Komunalac” with approximately 3-4 dogcatchers and 3 or 4 senior type managers.

As with almost every city in Serbia, the dogcatchers catch the stray animals and then take them to the city pound – in this case Smederevo city pound. 

JKP “Komunalac” has a contract with one local vet who is doing very well.  There is a neverending business because dog owners continue to throw their unwanted dogs and cats out onto the streets; the dogcatchers catch  the dogs and cats, and the vet then sterilises the animal.  But after the animal has been operated on, it will be moved to an unknown location where nobody will verify if the operation was done badly.

By the Criminal Code law of Serbia, a vet could go to jail for up to 2 years if a bad operation with bad results occur.  But as the government and the authorities have no control and very little interest in the welfare of the animals, there are no procedures in place to document the results of the operations.

The vet also undertakes euthanasia for the city authorities; a procedure which costs around 1000 dinar.  The sterilisation of a male dog costs around 1800 to 2000 dinar, even more if the dog is large, and charges around 4000 dinar for a female sterilisation.  As said earlier, there are no procedures in place to document how good these operations are.

A solution is urgently needed for Smederevo.  Animal welfare contacts around the site feel that a large campaign of letters, mails and faxes aimed at the Mayor of Smederevo is the way forward. – see details at the end of this post.

At the moment the Mayor just ignores anything and everything to deal with the shelter.  But the Mayor is the VERY PERSON who is able to make changes.  So it is essential that the Mayor is deluged with e mails and faxes about the Smederevo city pound and the terrible suffering inflicted on animals in the pound by JKP “Komunalac”.

Trying to help the animals

Euro-P.A.S.  is a German animal welfare organisation who are very much involved with the Smederevo shelter.  You can visit their wen site and see pictures from Smederevo via the following link:

http://www.euro-pas.de/0000009c78098c101/03fb1f9cd712f880d/index.html 

You can see from the photos that thanks to donations already given from supporters, some new wooden shelters have been constructed and are now on site. 

But this is simply not enough; lots more donations are needed to be given to Euro-P.A.S.  to enable them to construct more much needed shelters for the dogs and to provide more food.

The welfare people who are trying to help the dogs at Smederevo could use both lots of extra feed and many additional dog shelters (among other things). 

JKP “Komunalac” who run the shelter are currently providing just 3-4kg of dry food to over 50 dogs at the shelter each day:

Items such as a dog shelter or any food can be ordered / purchased via ‘ZooPlus’ and sent directly to Germany, the EuroPas HQ and collection point.  International Delivery is free for orders above certain costs – please see site link below for shipping costs (if applicable):

http://www.zooplus.co.uk/content/shippingcosts 

EuroPas HQ in Germany will then send the received items (shelters / food etc) directly to Serbia for use by its own workers and officials at the Smederevo pound. 

On the following international ‘ZooPlus’ links, simply scroll down until you see the dog shelter pictures.  Prices are given for anyone wishing to donate a shelter.

(German site)
http://www.zooplus.de/shop/tierbedarf/aktionen/bestseller_2009/fuer_hunde/82533

(English site)
http://www.zooplus.co.uk/specials/dogs/special_offers
(scroll down on both sites to find dog shelters)

(special offers)
http://www.zooplus.de/shop/tierbedarf/aktionen/leckere_futterangebote
http://www.zooplus.co.uk/specials/dogs/special_offers

ZooPlus runs international sites:

Netherlands – http://www.zooplus.nl/

France – http://www.zooplus.fr/

Belgium – http://www.zooplus.be/

Ireland – http://www.zooplus.ie/

Poland – http://www.zooplus.pl/

Italy – http://www.zooplus.it/

Spain – http://www.zooplus.es/

Czech Republic  – http://www.zoohit.cz/

For donations, the following information will be necessary:

Euro-P.A.S. e.V.
Konto 312 599 22
BLZ 700 530 70
Sparkasse Fürstenfeldbruck
IBAN: DE87 7005 3070 0031 2599 22
BIC: BYLADEM1FFB
Verwendungszweck “Toni”

A Euro-P.A.S. party went to Smederevo recently to vaccinate/chip the dogs.  It was very difficult, with frightened dogs kicking out and having to be held down by the team during the process.  One particular dog was noted, a German Shepherd who has been kept in a confined shed without light on a soaking wet floor for over a year now.  The poor animal has wounds all over his body and is unable to even stand. 

 

His eyes wept pus; not tears, as can be seen in the photograph:

We are informed that food is thrown to him by hand; simply to be picked up out of the dirt. 

We are currently aware  that at the present three (3) Criminal Charges have been brought against the company that runs the shelter – “Komunalac”, and as a result of pressure, Komunalac has been forced to at least provide some dry food for the dogs – although this amounts to only 3-4 kgs a day which they appear to think is satisfactory for 50 dogs !

Donations to Euro-P.A.S. are urgently required to help buy extra food; and also for additional shelters for the dogs.

The Mayor of Smederevo needs to be deluged with e mails and faxes about the Smederevo city pound and the terrible suffering inflicted on animals in the pound by JKP “Komunalac”.

If you wish to send messages of complaint and objections to the Mayor of Smederevo, the person who IS ABLE to make changes about all of this, he can be contacted on:

Mayor of Smederevo =    kabinet@smederevo.org.rs

Please also copy your letter (CC) to the community contacts, Smederevo city Municipality at:

 julija@komunalacsd.co.rs j.antic@komunalacsd.co.rsoffice@komunalacsd.co.rs

They are all detailed on the public information web site which can be viewed at:   http://www.komunalacsd.co.rs/  

To send a message to JKP “Komunalac” who ‘run and operate the shelter’ , please use the following e mail address:

 XXXXXXXXXX TO BE PROVIDED VERY SOON XXXXXXXXXXX

Take another look at the situation in Smedervo city pound; look at the dog shedding tears of pus from his eyes;  and NOW PLEASE TAKE SOME FORM OF ACTION on behalf of these suffering animals.

 

Thank You – SAV  and BAS.

SAV = serbiananimalsvoice.wordpress.com

 

Is the Serbian government now attempting to use old outdated legislation to justify the mass killing of wild and stray animals ?

Is the Serbian government now attempting to stay friends with the hunters by allowing this mass killing of rabid animals ?

Is the Serbian government reporting this disease outbreak to the World Animal Health Organisation ? – apparently ‘NO’.

We have been informed via our contacts that the Director of the Veterinary Department of the Ministry of Agriculture is allegedly demanding that action is taken against animals with Rabies.

We consider this is an excuse by the government to allow thousands of stray and wild animals to be slaughtered – a very easy way out for the Serbian government to eliminate thousands of possibly un-infected strays which they would have to otherwise care for under existing Serbian legislation.

We have a very strong feeling that old and outdated laws, based around the time when nations formed ‘Yugoslavia’ are still trying to be used by the government to justify this alleged slaughter.

Nothing has been posted on the OIE (World Animal Health) web site to say that there is any rabies ‘problem’ within the last weeks in Serbia

The OIE rabies data is updated every week.  Serbia is a member of the OIE and if this is true, which we very much doubt, then data and information / evidence should have been given by the Serbian government to the OIE.

We will now be following up this report to ask the OIE if they have had any formal information supplied to them by Serbia and also to express our concerns at what is being allegedly done to animals as a result. 

More info and news on this to come in the near future.

Serbia: 15/05/11 – Big and Peaceful Walk for the Benefit of Life, Nature, Children, Handicapped people and Street Dogs and Cats

Posted on March 1, 2011 by Serbian Animals Voice.

If you have a Facebook account, then please help to promote this event which is taking place in many cities of Serbia on 15th May 2011.

Other nations are invited to join in and support this.

In addition, two charity concerts are being organized to gather funding for animal care, vet bills, food etc.

Facebook Link: Dejan Miletic Serbiandogwhisperer VELIKA MIRNA SETNJA ZA DOBROBIT ZIVOTA, PRIRODE, DECA, HENDIKEPIRANIH OSOBA, ULICNIH PASA I MACAKA 15.mai.2011. godine sa pocetkom u 12 casova u svim gradovima Srbije i ako zele da ucestvuju drugih zemalja su nam dobrodosli.

Translated Big and peaceful walk for benefit of life, nature. children, handicapped people and street dogs and cats – 15th of May 2011 in all cities of Serbia and all other countries which wish to join us.

 

Posted by: balkansanimalsuffering | October 22, 2010

Macedonia: Butchers Shop Employee Murders Stray Dog With Repeated Knife Blows.

 

Stray dog murdered with repeated severe stabs with a butcher’s knife

Montag, 18. Oktober 2010 um 15:21

Yesterday, in broad daylight at about 10 am, an employee at the Butcher’s Shop Mega in Skopje, Macedonia, murdered a stray dog with repeated severe stabs with a butcher’s knife attached to a metal rod in front of a number of passers by.

The poor animal, covered in blood and in complete agony and shock, was dying for fifteen minutes before the eyes of the passers by, some of them children. This amiable dog which many of the local residents regularly looked after, without attacking, without even barking once at its killer, was literally butchered, stabbed through its body and severely hit against a wall by the professional butcher.

Three of the witnesses reported the case to the police which came to the spot to investigate and compiled a report. In the meantime, the butcher confessed to committing the act, explaining that the previous day that same dog had attacked his wife and child.

The witnesses contacted the local clinic and received information that no person had required medical attention for having been bitten by a stray dog.

This was a premeditated, planned murder, committed in an extremely vicious and psychopathic, devious manner unimaginable to any sane person. The act was brutal, the sight horrific. The photographs of the dead animal alone are poignant, but imagine the sight witnessed by the people who happened to be there, who saw the dog being ripped open, who heard its cries. All witnesses we have contacted are in a state of severe shock and cannot come to themselves. Some of them had been threatened to keep silent, but had nevertheless decided to talk about what they had seen and testify.

We ask for the most severe condemnation for this person, who is a threat and a potential danger to the environment, as no sane and normal person could repeatedly stab a helpless and homeless dog, listen to such cries of agony and continue butchering it in such a beastly manner. The psychiatrics has no doubts that such occurrences are horrifying, that such people pose a danger and a direct threat to their environment and should not be disregarded-it is a well known fact that serial killers start off by killing animals. We ask for a collective condemnation and the most severe punishment for the perpetrator!

Killing animals is a regular occurrence in our country, but punishments and sanctions are non existent. Animals in Macedonia are victims of brutes, both on institutional and individual level. The way a society threats its animals reflects that society, its level of civilization, humanity and awareness. Macedonia is shamefully inactive in that field, despite the numerous reactions from associations and citizens to the authorities. We insist on stricter animal protection laws and implementation of Animal Police, as the terror over animals in Macedonia is never ending daily occurrence.

LET A POSITIVE LAWFUL CONCLUSION OF THIS BRUTAL ACT MARK THE BEGINNING OF CHANGES! 

We have attached e-mails of foreign embassies and consulates in R. Macedonia.

We would appreciate if you could send them your reactions.

Albania-embassy.skopje@mfa.gov.al

Austria- skopje-ob@bmeia.gv.at

Belgium – skopje@diplobel.fed.be

Bosnia- emb.bih@neotel.net.mk

Bulgaria -secretary@bgemb.org.mk

China- chinaemb_mk@mfa.gov.cn

Croatia- croemb.skopje@mvpei.hr

Czech Republic -Skopje@embassy.mzv.cz

Denmark -dan.cons@unet.com.mk

France- franamba@mt.net.mk/franamba@met.net.mk

Germany- dtboskop@unet.com.mk

Greenland -dan.cons@unet.com.mk

Italy- segreteria.skopje@esteri.it

Holland- nethemb@mt.net.mk,SKO@minbuza.nlNorway-emb.skopje@mfa.no

Poland- skopje.amb.sekretariat@msz.gov.pl

Romania- romanamb@cadis.net.mk

Russia- embassy@russia.org.mk

Serbia yuamb@unet.com.mk

Slovakia -markoni@mt.net.mk

Slovenia- vsk@mzz-dkp.gov.si

Spain-castadiva@mol.com.mk

Sweden -ambassaden.skopje@foreign.ministry.se

Turkey-turkish@mol.com.mk

Ukraine- emb_mk@mfa.gov.ua / amukr@on.net.mk

USA-consularskopje@state.gov, EmbSkoWebM@t-home.mk

 

SAV are pleased to inform of a major new investigation which has been undertaken by Serbian campaigners.

EPAR have now sent criminal charges to the Public Attorney of Nis city, to the police of Nis and also to the republic veterinary inspectors relating to the illegal activities of a city vet named ‘Davkovsi’ and also those of city garbage firm JKP`Medijana`.  Both the veterinarian Davkovsi’ and also JKP`Medijana’ have acted in direct opposition to the Constitutional laws of the Republic of Serbia.

They have been killing animals in Nis city in direct opposition to the veterinary laws of Serbia.

Now we have documented proof to support what we say, and this data is provided below.

The following wording is used on the documentation samples given.  An English translation of terms used on the documentation are as follows:

1.      Shows the amount of T-61 which has been purchased to kill the dogs.

2.      ‘Aplikaciaja’ means the number of dogs that have been killed.

3.      `Ukupno za naplatu` is the cost that veterinarian Davkovsi’ charges for him to kill the animals.  It should be noted that this continues for months, as can be seen in the investigation paperwork following.

All the costs detailed in the paperwork shown here have been paid to vet ‘Davkovsi’ by Nis city garbage firm JKP`Medijana`. 

Ref to FigureShown below DatesOf killingsBy Veterinarian Davkovsi’ Ukupno zanaplatu – Veterinary Cost per monthly kill Aplikaciaja – Number of Dogs Killed  T-61 used for killings Exchange: Dinar=Dollar/Pound/Euro
1 31/05/09 –25/06/09 231,270.00Dinars 187 1,920ml $ 2,855.9855£ 1,785.9956E 2,042.8349 
2 05/05/09 –25/06/09 232,320.00Dinars 192 1,920ml $ 2,868.9521£ 1,794.1042E 2,052.1097 
3 30/06/09 –25/07/09 164,990.00Dinars 119 1,400ml $ 2,037.4845£ 1,273.9865E 1,457.3759 
4 31/07/09 –15/08/08 260,690.00Dinars 199 2,189ml $ 3,219.2972£ 2,012.9419E 2,302.7052 
5 31/08/09 –25/09/09 171,610.00Dinars 131 1,441ml $ 2,119.2358£ 1,325.1022E 1,515.8512 
6 30/09/09 –25/10/09 180,780.00Dinars 138 1,518ml $ 2,232.4774£ 1,395.9092E 1,596.8508 
7 31/10/09 –25/11/09 187,330.00Dinars 143 1,573ml $ 2,313.3643£ 1,446.4856E 1,654.71 
8 27/11/09 –10/12/09 56,940.00 Dinars 39 487.5ml $ 703.1600£ 439.6674E 502.9577 
TOTALS   1,485,930.00 Dinars 1,148 Dogs killed   $ 18,346 £ 11,469 E 13,119 E = Euros
           

Exchange Rate:

1,000.00 RSDinars = 12.3491 USD ($)

1,000.00 RSDinars = 7.72256 GBP (£)

1,000.00 RSDinars = 8.83312 EUR (Euros)

http://www.xe.com/ucc/convert.cgi?Amount=1%2C000&From=RSD&To=GBP&image.x=43&image.y=14  – 16 and 17/10/09

Rather than paying a veterinarian to undertake the killing of 1,148 dogs during 2009, we suggest that Nis city would have been much wiser if they had invested the same money into a program of animal sterilisation.  The current rate for male (dog) sterilisation is around 1,200 – 1,800 dinars.  Sterilisation of a female (bitch) is approximately 3,500 – 4,000 dinars.  Using the top rate figure in each case, if the same money paid to the vet for killing had been put into stray animal sterilisation, then approximately

945 MALES or 425 FEMALE dogs could have been sterilised.

The top end figures have been used here, but for mass numbers such as this, actual costs could have been reduced even more.  We suggest that around 1,000 male dogs or alternatively, 500 female dogs could have been sterilised for the same money paid to vet Davkovski for the killing of 1,148 dogs during 2009.

But further, we suggest that actually addressing the ‘problem’ of stray animal numbers in Nis city through a sterilisation programme is not to either the authorities or the vets benefit.  They need to rob the city taxpayers of money continually whilst making themselves look as if they are constantly dealing with the problem of stray animal numbers.  When you are a vet and you are being paid over one and a half million dinars every year to ‘deal’ with (ie. Kill) unwanted stray animals, why would you support an alternative scheme which really addresses the numbers and works towards a long term numbers reduction programme ?

The answer is that some vets and some of the city authorities make lots of money out of continually killing stray animals.  It is NOT in their financial interests to look at alternative methods to reduce animal numbers long term or to save the city taxpayers money by investing into such schemes as sterilisation.

The Veterinarian Oath:

“Being admitted to the profession of veterinary medicine, I solemnly swear to use my scientific knowledge and skills for the benefit of society through the protection of animal health, and to adhere to a code of conduct that ensures the relief of animal suffering,”

So much for veterinary oaths in Serbia !!!

Food for thought – From data provided by ‘SPAY USA’ we have the following:

One unspayed dog and her offspring can lead to 67,000 dogs in six years.

One unspayed cat and her offspring can produce 400,000 cats in seven years.

And so by putting taxpayers money into a city sterilisation scheme rather than a vets pocket, 945 MALES or 425 FEMALE dogs could have been sterilised in Nis city for the money paid to just one vet in 2009 to kill 1,148 dogs in Nis city.

Is this Nis City taxpayers money well spent ? – we suggest it is probably NOT !.

Further to the above cost table, despite being ordered to provide cost data evidence by the legal Commissioner, JKP`Medijana` have still not provided their information for the periods covering February to April 2009.  The costs associated with these months has still not been seen.

Serbian campaigners have undertaken obtaining all the information provided here through the correct and legal requirements of the Serbian constitution.  Information which they have a right to request and a right to be given.  JKP`Medijana` appear to be the people who are not now providing all the data / information that they have been ordered to.  Why is this we ask ? – have they something to hide ? – has the time now arrived when the actual financial costs of sticking to a killing programme for the city strays rather than investing into a long term and effective sterilisation programme now coming to the surface for everyone to see ? – including the money being made by some institutions for retaining their ‘kill’ and no alternative policy ?

The animals which have been killed over the years by the financial lust of some operators can never be returned.  They are unfortunately a part of a system in history which places money before the retention of life. 

We trust that this expose will contribute to showing the system operated in some Serbian cities and that most importantly, the taxpaying general public will learn from it; and learn that their money should be invested into ‘No Kill’ sterilisation programmes for strays; including the establishment of long term shelters for strays, as required by the (Serbian) law.

This information will be provided to the EU Enlargement Commission asking them to take account of the data provided.  We trust that SAV EU supporters will copy and send this post link to their MEP’s in order that they can understand more about what happens in Serbian politics.

Finally, we understand that veterinarian Davkovski  who has undertaken all these animal killings is a (Serbian) Democracy Party member.  His brother who we also understand is a veterinarian, is the chair of some authorities in the Nis municipality.

Veterinarian Davkovski is also involved with the catching and killing of many animals in cities outside of Nis also.  It would appear that this is quite a lucrative business for him.  Negotin city is one such place, where we understand that more than 10,000 Dinars have been paid for just one days work catching and killing strays.  It is alleged that veterinarian Davkovski said that strays had been returned to the streets, but when documented proof about the microchip numbers of these returned to street animals in addition to further information about them, nothing could be provided.

Only one conclusion can be drawn from this; that is that the very lucrative killing of stray animals continues throughout many Serbian towns and cities.  A business which is very lucrative to some sectors of the veterinary profession.

Now what was the wording of that veterinary oath ? :

“I solemnly swear to use my scientific knowledge and skills for the benefit of society through the protection of animal health, and to adhere to a code of conduct that ensures the relief of animal suffering

……….. and pigs might fly !!!

Reference Data:

The Veterinary Law – Article 168 and 46.  “The kiling of strays is forbidden – they should be provided with care and not killed”.

Campaigners have now heard from the (Constitutional) Court in writing, and they say that no analysis of the case is necessary for Pravilnik 29/94 as it has been replaced by the new Veterinary Law Article 168 (02/10/2005).  This is exactly what the campaigners had said, ie. that the old ‘underlaw’ (extra law) of Pravilnik 29/94 was still being used when it fact it has been overwritten by the new Veterinary Law Article 168 of 02/10/2005.

In addition, Article 46 of the new Veterinary Law (02/10/2005) states that the killing of stray cats and dogs is forbidden and that instead they should be provided with care.

In effect, from 02/10/2005 under the Serbian Constitutional (law) Court, animals should be provided with care and not be killed.

Full Article: 

http://serbiananimalsvoice.wordpress.com/2010/01/25/serbia-constitutional-court-of-serbia-says-that-the-killing-of-stray-dogs-and-cats-in-serbia-is-forbidden-from-02102005/

The Veterinarian Oath:

Being admitted to the profession of veterinary medicine, I solemnly swear to use my scientific knowledge and skills for the benefit of society through the protection of animal health, and to adhere to a code of conduct that ensures the relief of animal suffering, the conservation of animal resources, the promotion of public health, and the advancement of medical knowledge.

I will practice my profession conscientiously, with dignity, and in keeping with the principles of veterinary medical ethics. I accept as a lifelong obligation the continual improvement of my professional knowledge and competence.

T-61: What is it ?

“the use of T-61 is totally unacceptable. T-61 is mixture of three drugs,” Vallentine explained. “It contains a local anesthetic, a barbiturate derivative that renders the animal unconscious, and a chloroform-like agent causing muscle paralysis.

Death results from asphyxia following paralysis of the respiratory muscles. If T-61 is administered without prior analgesia, or too quickly, intense pain may result due to paralysis before loss of consciousness. 

“Because of this risk,” Vallentine elaborated, “there is disagreement amongst the veterinary community as to the acceptability of T-61. It is not accepted by the American Veterinary Medical Association and Humane Society of the U.S., and is no longer produced or licensed in the United States.

Source:  http://www.animalpeoplenews.org/07/7/t61debateserbia7_07.html

Associated Links;

http://serbiananimalsvoice.wordpress.com/2010/10/13/serbia-nis-city-garbage-firm-jkp-medijana-illegally-kills-1300-dogs-in-nine-months-during-2009-information-now-provided-to-constitutional-court-of-serbia/

http://serbiananimalsvoice.wordpress.com/2010/03/19/serbia-nis-city-190310-dogs-drowned-and-then-hung-from-tree-newspaper-translation-and-protest-letter-to-mayor-of-nis-city/

http://serbiananimalsvoice.wordpress.com/2010/03/12/serbia-120310-illegal-spring-clean-of-stray-dogs-by-government-and-authorities-nis-city-dogs-hung-from-trees-whilst-shinters-go-killing-more-dogs-in-other-cities-and-towns/

THE PROOF – THE DOCUMENTATION

 May – June 2009.

 May – June 2009.

 June – July 2009.

July – August 2009.

August – September 2009.

September – October 2009.

October – November 2009

November – December 2009.

 

We, animal protection association from Macedonia, “Anima Mundi” address You again as the horror in Skopje continues and the mass catching and killing of stray dogs is relentless as ever in the only shelter which exists in Macedonia (the Pound Vardariste),

which has undertaken to operate under a program which prescribes a CNR strategy.
We enclose photographs and video materials of the protest we organized last munth against the killing of stray dogs “Walk for Life” (route: Assembly of the City of Skopje-Government of RM-Parliament of RM). Although the protest was supported by all Macedonian association for protection of animals, as well as the citizens and the media, all of which together EXPRESSED THEIR DISSATISFACTION WITH THE INHUMANITY, THE BRUTAL APPROACH TO DEALING WITH THE PROBLEM I.E. THE MASS KILLING, THERE HAVE BEEN NO IMPROVEMENTS.
 
WE ENCLOSE PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE MARCH, AS WELL AS NEWSPAPER ARTICLES, WHICH WILL GIVE YOU A BETTER INSIGHT IN THE SITUATION WE REACT AGAINST (we also have information that alive or semi-conscious dogs are discarded in waste pits).
 
We remind
 
1. Although all Macedonian associations have been continually reacting (the official rate of killing is over 60% -unofficially much higher, as huge numbers of caught dogs disappear) nothing has been done so far;

2. There is no record kept of killed dogs and, more importantly, we do not know what they are killed with-the City and the competent institutions hide information and have never responded to our request to present the documents for supply of substances for humane euthanasia (a request they are obliged to respond to by law);

3. There is practically no disinfection-
We need Your help and more stern reactions to

the Mayor: gradonacalnik@skopje.gov.mk ,

the Veterinary Directorate: druntevski@veterina.gov.mk and

the Public Enterprise “Komunalna Higiena”: khs@khigiena.com.mk ,

which is responsible for implementation of the strategy, as well as reactions to all world and international institutions to put a stop to this shame. AS OUR COUNTRY ASPIRES FOR MEMBERSHIP IN EU, OUR GOVERNMENT WOULD BE WILLING TO PUT A STOP TO THIS ONLY UNDER STRONG AND PUBLIC REACTIONS FROM INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTIONS AND THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION, AS WE ARE IN REALITY POWERLESS AND THEY ARE ONLY TRYING TO SHUT US UP.

2. Other wery importent thing. We point out that we have support from most of the media, as the situation is obvious, as well as from other Mayors willing to allow implementation of the humane strategy CNR in their municipalities, but financially unable to do so. Please inform us whether any assistance can be offered to us regarding the matter i.e. how can we establish a cooperation with You as supporters of the CNR strategy, what are the preconditions which we need to observe in order to receive Your assistance (in terms of expertise, medical assistance for spaying/neutering, finances, etc.), so we can eventually start with the implementation of a humane solution to the problem.

Your sincerely,

Animal potection activists from the organization “Anima Mundi”

President,

Stole Velkoski

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SAV Comment:

Our animal friends at “Anima Mundi” have kindly sent us loads of photographs of their excerllent demonstration for the Pound Vardariste (Skopje) dogs.  We congratulate them on such an effective demonstration which obviously has the support of the vast majority of citizens as well as that of many Mayors willing to allow implementation of the humane strategy CNR in their municipalities.

What a terrible pity that the Skopje mayor does not understand the damage he alone is causing to his nation and their ability to become members of the EU.  The following photograph is that of the mayor:

Please send your individual message of protest to the mayor and the other authorities using the e mail addresses provided above.

Below are the rest of the demonstration photographs provided by  “Anima Mundi“.  Please take heart from the efforts and work of our animal friends in Macedonia and give them your support by sending a letter of complaint to the mayor and authorities as detailed.

If you are an EU citizen; please go one step further and provide the details to your MEP, asking that the EU take very serious account of the abuse and suffering inflicted on animals in macedonia as a direct result of the wishes of the Mayor of Skopje.  His actions alone are not acceptable and until he changes his attitude and ways to the welfare of animals in macedonia, you will continue to fight to keep such animal abusers as the mayor out of EU membership.

AND WHAT THE CAMPAIGNERS ARE FIGHTING FOR:

http://serbiananimalsvoice.wordpress.com/2010/06/23/eu-sav-presents-concerns-regarding-existing-eu-and-eu-accession-states-stray-animal-welfare-issues-we-need-a-voice-across-europe-for-stray-animals/

http://serbiananimalsvoice.wordpress.com/2010/06/13/macedonia-vardarishte-animal-holding-facility-new-letter-to-mail-please-act-now/

http://serbiananimalsvoice.wordpress.com/2010/02/16/macedonia-160210-update-still-no-change-your-massive-action-and-support-now-needed-please-read-on/

http://serbiananimalsvoice.wordpress.com/2009/12/14/macedonia-sav-now-supports-eu-eurogroup-for-animals-by-formally-writing-letter-to-eu-commissioners-expressing-concerns-about-conditions-and-animal-suffering-at-vardariste-holding-facility-skopje-ma/

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http://serbiananimalsvoice.wordpress.com/2009/12/11/macedonia-no-change-at-skopje-now-the-eu-animal-welfare-intergroup-president-writes-to-the-eu-commissioner-asking-for-actions/

http://serbiananimalsvoice.wordpress.com/2009/11/14/macedonia-actions-for-vardariste-pound-skopje-campaign-%e2%80%93-part-3-of-3/

http://serbiananimalsvoice.wordpress.com/2009/11/13/macedonia-vardariste-pound-skopje-campaign-%e2%80%93-part-2-of-3/

http://serbiananimalsvoice.wordpress.com/2009/11/12/macedonia-vardariste-pound-skopje-campaign-part-1-of-3/

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PLEASE ACT NOW FOR THE DOGS OF MACEDONIA

Thanks – SAV.

Mr. Mayor – you have BIG blood on your hands;

Free poster to print and display:

SKOPJE POSTER A4 Size

a target of dog catchers are puppies which cannot be subject to the CRN program (under which the Pound Vardariste officially operates) and almost all puppies are killed or die of distemper and parvovirosis, without any attempt being made for their treatment;

4. The dog catchers are people with criminal history, barbarian and ruthless in their behavior, incompetent to appropriately catch and take care of the animals under any circumstances, which is supported by the reactions of many citizens who have witnessed their operation and many of whom have initiated private charges against the dog catchers; 

 5. Volunteers are still not allowed in the Pound, despite the continuous offer of support on our part;

6.  The Pound is open to the public only 6 hours a week, taking photographs of the dogs kept inside is strictly prohibited, and the overall situation is getting worse with each day;

7. The Mayor approved new employments of dog catchers, despite our strong opposition, and extended the Pound for 200% (while the number of veterinarians remained the same!)-it is evident that the intention is to speed up the elimination process, rather them to implement the CNR strategy. We are convinced that there are currently no conditions for human treatment, which is surely not even intended, supported by the fact that they refuse any cooperation with the NGO sector for protection of animals despite our open offer of assistance!!

We ask again for Your support and pressure.

 

EPAR Shelter and Slavica – Update: 26/08/10.

Today Slavica has been sent documentation in the post informing her that a decision has been made that she is not the President of Friend – EPAR, a registered  NGO for the protection nature, animal rights and human rights.

It appears that a group of some six women who have never been members of Friend – EPAR, have now attempted to appoint a new president – one Mrs. Branka Bojanin.

In order to be a member of Friend – EPAR, a person has to prove and show every year that they have been working in defence of animals.  None of these six women have been able to provide any proof of helping animals, therefore they are not current members of Friend – EPAR, nor have they ever been.

If any of these six people wanted to form an organisation which would and could help animals, then they could do it; they could form their own organisation.  It is a requirement that to establish an organisation such as this, they only need three signatures of members.

It would appear that there is an attempt to remove Slavica from this position at Friend – EPAR because she is an ‘unwanted person’ by the authorities at Subotica.  The reason for this is that Slavica is always asking the authorities why they are not complying with regulations for Serbian animal welfare, why there are so many unlawful killings of animals in the city, and many other issues relating to animal welfare in Subotica; and quite simply, the authorities do not like being brought to task in such a way and are making a pitiful attempt to remove the person who they consider to be a ‘problem’ to them.

The main reason is that money from the city which should be going to the welfare of stray animals appears to be being robbed from this cause.  Slavica has asked where the money has gone and has filed many Criminal Charges against the city authorities.  As a result, now the authorities of Subotica are trying to remove her from her influential and knowledgeable position for animal welfare legislation as the president of Friend – EPAR.

As Slavica says, “the authorities don’t like me; I know, because I do not like their unlawful actions towards animals”.

Slavica has never received any help for the care of the 1,000 dogs which she has taken in from the streets as strays at EPAR shelter.  Despite the Subotica authorities attempting to make out that Slavica is the ‘owner’ of all these stray animals, for which she would then considered as responsible for the welfare and feeding and veterinary treatments of all the dogs, Slavica is NOT the owner; these are dogs from the streets which have no owner.  Slavica is simply an animal welfare campaigner who runs a shelter called EPAR to take in and protect dogs from the street.  As she is not the ‘owner’ of the stray dogs, then the city authorities should provide Slavica with funds each year from the city budget to help the animals at EPAR shelter.

But they do not and never have helped Slavica.  She funds EPAR shelter through her own work and efforts.  And so, by attempting to classify Slavica as the ‘owner’ of the dogs in her care, the authorities do not have to give money from the city budget to Slavica.

But where does the money for stray animals in Subotica actually go ? – not to the welfare of animals for sure !

And so now, why has their been an attempt to remove Slavica from her position as the President of Friend – EPAR shelter ?

Has this been done by the authorities as some attempt to remove Slavica as the person who questions all the authorities about their actions against existing Serbian animal welfare legislation; and by saying this are the authorities now attempting to overrule conrol of Friend – EPAR so that others can take charge; others who would work with the city authorities, call in the shinters and remove and kill all of the stray, unowned dogs who live at EPAR shelter ?

What is being done here is so very typical of the approach by Serbian authorities when it comes to animal welfare.  There is none in their book apart from the killing of all animals.  Subotica city authorities are a backward, non-progressive authority who have never made any attempt to introduce a no kill sterilisation, vaccination, microchipping and identifacation policy for the strays of the city.  They are that backward that they think by killing and killing forever, they are going to reduce stray animal numbers.  This approach has been shown NEVER TO WORK anywhere in the world.  Yet when the authorities are questioned by someone such as Slavica about stray animal welfare, legislation and financial funding from the city budget; their simple answer is to attempt to remove her from her position as president of Friend – EPAR shelter.

And this is supposed to be a nation (and authorities) which wants to progress into a modern day EU.  We can assure the Subotica city authorites, if the day ever does arrive when Serbia is in the EU, animal welfare campaigners throughout the EU will use the leagal might of the EU to ask the same questions that Slavica has asked and is now being targeted for.

SAV will continue to support Slavica, the president of Friend – EPAR shelter; and we will attempt to report every happening by the Serbian authorities to put down animal welfare in Serbia at the cost of massive continued killing of innocent stray animals.

Who knows, maybe there will now be some attempt made by the Serbian authorities to silence the information being put out by SAV relating to the Serb approach to stray animal welfare – ie. Kill, kill, kill.  .  Nothing would surprise us; but for the time being, we will continue to broadcast information from here in the United Kingdom in support of our animal welfare activist friends in Serbia.

We trust you support our actions and would love to hear your messages of support for Slavica; in order that she can, via SAV, show the authorities of Subotica that all her global friends are fully aware of their attempts to remove Slavica from EPAR shelter.

Please send your messages of support to Slavica via our ‘Leave a Reply’ link at the end of this post.

Note – to do this you will have to click on the blue title box at the top to actually ‘enter’ the post.

Thanks – SAV.

Residents at EPAR Shelter; Saved from death and the Subotica Authorities by Slavica.

 

ACTION CONTACTS – People can write directly in support of Slavica and the EPAR dogs by sending e mail letters to the following:

Mrs Matilda Seker gukomunalno@subotica.rs,

Mrs. Usumovic Davcik Masrija gunacelnik@subotica.rs

Mayor of Subotica, Mr. Sasa Vucinic  mayor@subotica.rs,

Mr Sasa Dragin- Minister of Agriculture office@minpolj.gov.rs

Block listing as follows:

gukomunalno@subotica.rs,

gunacelnik@subotica.rs,

mayor@subotica.rs,

office@minpolj.gov.rs

 

Previous SAV Links relating to this saga:

http://serbiananimalsvoice.wordpress.com/2010/07/25/serbia-latest-pictures-from-epar-shelter-subotica/

http://serbiananimalsvoice.wordpress.com/2010/07/02/serbia-june-2010-new-pictures-of-the-rescued-stray-dogs-at-epar-shelter/

http://serbiananimalsvoice.wordpress.com/2010/07/19/serbia-part-2-subotica-city-%e2%80%98public-competition-to-control-stray-animals%e2%80%99-update-%e2%80%93-corrupt-and-authority-organised-as-always-%e2%80%93-so-whats-new/

http://serbiananimalsvoice.wordpress.com/2010/07/18/serbia-subotica-city-public-competition-to-control-stray-animals-update-corrupt-and-authority-organised-as-always-so-whats-new/

Slavica from EPAR shelter is having very big problems with the Subotica city authorities – a self appointed authority to determine what is done to stray animals in the city. SEE LINKS ABOVE for more information.

Veterinary inspectors have demanded that Slavica must have all the (stray) dogs which Slavica cares for at EPAR shelter microchipped. 

The authorities have logged Slavica’s name on the city database as being the ‘owner’ of all the dogs; even though everything she has at EPAR shelter is an animal saved from the streets and certain death.

Because her name has been put onto the central register, Slavica has been recorded as the ‘owner’ of  all the dogs.  Because of this, Slavica is obligated to pay for the care of all the dogs at EPAR shelter out of her own money; even though she has taken the street dogs of Subotica City and saved them.  The city authorities are denying that the dogs at EPAR shelter are anything to do with their financial responsibility.  Instead, they have set up the database to show that Slavica is the ‘owner’ of the stray dogs, and as the owner she is responsible for paying for all their needs; removing any responsibility from the city authorities.

When Slavica met with the Subotica authorities last week to discuss the situation, the authorities informed her that only she, as the ‘owner’, has an obligation to pay for the care of the dogs at the shelter.  By making Slavica microchip every dog at the shelter, they can now record her name on the database as the owner of the dogs.  Thus the city (authorities) have no obligation to care for them.  The authorities were very rude to Slavica at the meeting.

Slavica knows that she is not the legal owner of the dogs; they are just at her shelter being cared for – they are strays.  But if she hands any of the dogs over to the authorities then they will kill them as the city authority is very keen at breaking the Serbian law and killing animals.

The authorities are playing a very sick, dirty and non legal game.

This is what Slavica has to say in her very own words about the situation –the text is un-edited and comes directly from Slavica:

Mark, 

This is their very perfide  and very  danger  dirty game. 

Vet inspectors have demand microchiping and vaccination all dogs or I will be punished because keeping  unmarked  dogs .I did do  and have pay .

By that way all marked dogs are under my name in Central Register of  dogs of Serbia. There are  a few who are not marked yet for now, because they ask more money and I had not . 

Now Director of vet department of Serbia , mr. Micovic  said  that I must pay all  for  care in all these  years in past and now , for everything what  was and will be  because I am owner of place  and of objects at the shelter – although I am only donator and fighter for these dog rights to live .

Mrs Matilda Seker – Chief of  Comumal Department of Subotica  and Maria Usumovic-Davcik ( there was present Adrijana Nadj our activist  too )said on meeting on 20-th August 2010., that  I must pay  everything for  keeping and  for everyhting for care dogs because I am owner because  so write in Central Register  and like  an owner  I have obligation  finance everything – But in other hand  , said mrs Matilda Seker , by new  Demand of  Comunity Subotica  – it is  in form of  Plan  for now, every owner  could  keeps only 2 dogs  and by that way  maybe I will be punished  because I have more then 2,and dogs will be killed by humane euthanasia – those 4 member Commision will make  lists for euthanasia ,  except 2 ,because I have more then 2, but  it will be  permited only 2.

By this way republic and local authorities violate animal  rights and  our human rights- they have plan kill animals and  they think that I will feel fear of them and  say ok  I will give dogs to shinters, please  just don`t punish me  – but I never will do  that .

Difference between these 2  is only  in fact that they couldn`t kill me – only punish me , but  they could kill dogs- they could ask  police assitance  if I  will not  collaborate  and if I don`t want give them dogs ,but by that way they will kill me indirectly, because I prefer  to do suicide in front of them , than give the dogs to the shinters –  because  if I give dogs to shinters by that way I  will  throw out  all dogs life and  throw out all my life mission too.

And If I be not able defend  these animals then my life is nothing and I am nothing and nobody .

After meeting ,I  have contact Ombudsman for human rights of Republic of Serbia and I told him all , he said me that it is correct that my human rights are violated , but  I must respect procedure and  like a first step I must go to Subotica`s Ombudsman for human rights – mr Zlatko Marasiuk  , and if he  do nothing then it would be necessary  that I  contact republic ombudsman, mr Jankovic”.

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Currently, Slavica is going to present her information to the European Court – a process and system that she has been working with for a while now.  The court has asked Slavica to provide them with any new information when it happens.  This abuse of animal and human rights by the Subotica City authorities is very much an example of the corrupt systems which are happening in Serbia.

Slavica is now fighting for the lives of all the animals at EPAR shelter because the city authorities have corrupted the system to make her the ‘owner’ of street strays she has in her care.

Now we see what the European court will do from the evidence provided by Slavica.

One thing that could be said is that by these actions, Serbia is certainly not worthy of becoming a member state of the EU !

If you can help Slavica and the EPAR dogs with a donation:

Please use the following for any donations to EPAR shelter:

One of the best and cheapest ways to send money donations internationally is by Western Union. 

Transfer costs vary and are worked out simply depending on the amount of the donation – you only pay more if you donate larger quantities. 

In most countries donations can be done on line, by telephone, or visiting a local agent. 

Please look at the web site for further info:

http://www.westernunion.com/info/selectCountry.asp

For direct donations, the following EPAR account in Hungary should be used as a preference to Serbian accounts:

OTP Bank

Szeged

Klauzal ter,5

Hungary,EU

Account number : 11775355-37518886

Account name : MAZAK-BESLIC JANOS

Address : Subotica 24000,Matka Vukovica, 9

IBAN : HU31117753553751888600000000

Swift : OTP VHUHB

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This way is the best, because in this way  tax for money transfer is  very low and it is not needed to pay tax to Serbian authorities who have done nothing for dogs, but ask high tax for donations.

Thank You so very much and

best regards

Slavica Mazak Beslic.

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SAV Comment

Does anyone know of legal people who can give free help and advice to Slavica to fight this case better ?

Please help  if you are able.

  

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