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My Letter To Serbian Authorities. Modify, copy and paste as you wish....but send!
Dear Madams and Sirs:
The global animal welfare community joins Serbian Animals Voice (SAV) and animal welfare entities around the world in the condemnation of Serbia for its lack of sound animal welfare management and its continuous and egregious violation of EU laws governing the welfare of animals, particularly cats and dogs. I speak for hundreds of thousands of animal welfare advocates across the globe who are outraged by the lack of leadership the Serbian government has demonstrated in regard to animal welfare and safety. Among the grievances documented are an absence of lawful and regulated governmental control over:
~ irresponsible pet ownership (although veterinary law and animal welfare law both demand this control be undertaken by veterinary inspectors)
~ non-microchipped dogs and cats who are routinely thrown out onto the street to reproduce with other non-sterilised animals and produce a
never-ending cycle of strays
~ strategic public education directed at humane and compassionate animal care strategies for pet owners
~ punitive measures taken against animal abusers who harm/kill animals via conscious aggression or purposeful neglect
~ the humane housing and care of feral animals and stray pets as well as a humane animal collection policy
According to existing Serbian animal welfare law, the owner of a microchiped dog/cat has an obligation to finance everything that is necessary for that animal until its natural death, even if the dog/cat lives at a city shelter, city pound or in its proper home. Also expressly forbidden is the killing of healthy dogs and cats and their abandonment on the street, as is regularly practiced by Serbian citizens and city "zoohigijena" firms.
The numbers of animals discarded like trash in Beograd alone are mind-numbing to say the least. Prior to existing animal welfare laws, "Ovca Belgrade" killed around 6000-8000 dogs per year (not counting cats that were also killed). Every year a further 6000-8000 dogs have been thrown onto the streets by irresponsible owners, only to be caught and killed by the aforementioned city service. Serbian citizens have regularly funded this system which does absolutely nothing to address the eradication of stray animal populations.
Over the last few years "Veterina Belgrade" initiated a successful TNR policy responsible for sterilizing and returning 2000-3000 strays per year, but irresponsible pet owners continued to discard some 6000-8000 animals per year onto the streets. Veterina Beograd thus catches roughly half of the animals but takes in over 5000-5500 dead dogs per year.....400-500 dead dogs per month! This has been the continuous situation for the past three years.
Though TNR is the most compassionate, humane and PROGRESSIVE way to approach the animal population "problem" in Serbia, nothing will change until your government enforces the law and addresses educating the public. The links below illustrate for the world just how corrupt and unwavering your attitude remains in the face of animal cruelty.
These links illustrate the severity of the crimes against animals being perpetrated by animal collectors in Serbia and the vehemence with which your government has denied the work of TNR advocates who are trying to humanely manage stray populations without resorting to violence and death. The events taking place throughout March 2012 in New Beograd in which sterilized, socialized, beloved dogs were viciously attacked, beaten, chased into traffic to their deaths and burned alive HAVE GONE VIRAL. The entire world bears witness to these horrific crimes against animals that were successfully managed by
caring individuals in a way that your government has been responsible for but egregiously failed.
We stand against the rash, cruel, unprovoked actions against the strays of Belgrade depicted in the links above – actions taken against vaccinated, neutered, socialized dogs cared for by locals who posed NO THREAT to the the public and any future such violent attacks against animals that violate Serbian animal welfare law and European Union animal welfare law. We condemn the brutality of the attacks against these and all other animals who fall prey to cruelty and ignorance in your country, which has now earned a tarnished reputation in the eyes of the global community.
We demand the above events be investigated and that the continuation of successful TNR programs throughout Beograd and the rest of Serbia continue unencumbered by government authorities and corrupt, cold-blooded "city collection firms."
Show the the world that you are a progressive nation of compassionate, progressive leaders willing to enforce existing animal welfare legislation and educate the Serbian public on responsible pet ownership.
If you desire to become an EU member state, you have a duty to enforce the rule of law. Currently you are failing on this. The World is watching.
Please uphold the law.