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Oct 31, 2011

Focus:Animal Welfare
Action Request:Protest
Location:Serbia And Montenegro

While animal lovers in Europe celebrate victory because the Written declaration on dog population management in the European Union (WD 0026/2011) has been adopted on October 13 2011, Serbia continues to be the country of paradox.

This small Balkan state, which is desperately trying to join the EU, intends to take away the rights to animals given 2009 by the Animal Welfare Law. This law is one of the most advanced in Europe as it does not allow the killing of animals in shelters. Since a few days ago stray dogs attacked several citizens, Serbian Director of Center for Veterinary Medicine Zoran Micovic issued a statement that the Animal Welfare Low will be changed, allowing the killing of dogs and cats after spending a certain time in shelter.

Up to now this law was mostly a dead letter on paper, except in the capital Belgrade, but the Serbian animals can hope for better future. Now these lonely, hungry mistreated beings, like everything else in this unreal country, are going back in time.

The representatives of animal welfare organizations and citizens of Serbia who love animals, and wish not to go back to the chaotic years which ended 20th century, on October 29 organized the Protest against the killing of homeless animals.


Serbia again is in an awkward situation, having to decide which direction to take? Toward the European Union or back in isolation? I'm born in this country but I feel like an alien. Sincerely, I don’t understand the indifference and disrespect that so many people show to other living beings.

The question is: how to solve the problem of stray dogs - to kill or not to kill? The logical answer is: life is life, whether is a dog or man. Nevertheless, I fear what is going to be the answer of Serbian authorities? Animals don't vote.

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Posted: Monday October 31, 2011, 12:13 am
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Past Member (0)
Monday October 31, 2011, 4:22 am
really sorry this is happening Desanka. i hope for the animals they can reach some compromise.

Ingrid A. (532)
Monday October 31, 2011, 5:22 am
Very sad Desanka.

Aristotle Romanov (29)
Monday October 31, 2011, 5:27 am
This is so sad. It reminds of my country

HELENE D. (76)
Monday October 31, 2011, 5:58 am
it's revolting! I put it on my blog so that everybody knows how serbian authorities treat dogs!
and is there a petition?

Past Member (0)
Monday October 31, 2011, 9:38 am
This is ugly and inexcusable, and indicates a mentally devolved attitude on the part of the Serbian authorities. Small wonder that there's resistance to Serbia joining the EU if this is an example of their thinking.

Tatiana T. (94)
Monday October 31, 2011, 10:27 am
It is terribly sad but, but letīs not lose hope. Letīs expect a good outcome in the end.

M Away M. (461)
Monday October 31, 2011, 10:54 am
Thank you Desanka! Sadly, this is a Grave problem!

. (0)
Monday October 31, 2011, 10:54 am
Killing is never the answer, unless an animal is in pain. It's time for Serbia to take a step forward, not backwards. People's failure to care for these animals is it there or here in America. It's a sad situation that needs to be addressed, Desanka

Past Member (0)
Monday October 31, 2011, 11:24 am
So sad Desanka. Just awful news.

Ruth McD (735)
Monday October 31, 2011, 3:46 pm
I pray for the animals that Serbia will not kill them. Very sad news Desanka.

Beth M. (244)
Monday October 31, 2011, 4:07 pm
The world needs to keep pressure on Serbia. Most countries care how the world perceives them.

Monday October 31, 2011, 5:59 pm
Sadly noted Desanka.

Past Member (0)
Monday October 31, 2011, 6:44 pm
Is there a petition for this we can sign and submit?

Henriette Matthijssen (148)
Monday October 31, 2011, 7:51 pm
All lives matter! Do only to all others beings what you are prepared to experience! Until such time that we respect/protect lives this world will never know Peace. Thanks Desanka.

Anne Settanni (152)
Monday October 31, 2011, 9:12 pm
So sorry to hear this Desanka, I hope that animal lovers will work successfully to institute a spay and neuter program. That might help to decrease the number of stray animals in a humane way.

Kim O. (398)
Monday October 31, 2011, 11:06 pm
Thanks for the story Desanka! I'll sign anything I need to to get you some help over there!! Poor animals!!

Tanya Dercksen (8)
Monday October 31, 2011, 11:37 pm
This is so sad Desanka lets stay on our knees for all living things big or small God sees evrything!!

Paola Ghidotti (2097)
Tuesday November 1, 2011, 2:31 am
I'll share this links with groups. feel free to share your news with us

Past Member (0)
Tuesday November 1, 2011, 3:06 am
excellent story :) thanks for acknowledging my photo :)

Regina P. (79)
Tuesday November 1, 2011, 9:36 am
So very sad & uncalled for. Thanks Desanka for sharing

Gabriela C. (104)
Tuesday November 1, 2011, 12:12 pm
Dear Desanka, I'm totally agree with your answer: "life is life, whether is a dog or man". We must keep in mind and tell to anyone:
"If you can't adopt - foster.
If you can't foster - sponsor.
If you can't sponsor - volunteer.
If you can't volunteer - donate.
If you can't donate - educate, network and crosspost.
EVERYONE can do something, large or small, to help save a life."
Here are many great comments from many great people! No petition?

Patrizia S. (315)
Thursday November 3, 2011, 8:09 am
We will not stop fighting for them. The world will be made aware of what goes on in Serbia :((
Its Very sad Desanka.

Past Member (0)
Thursday November 3, 2011, 5:57 pm
so sad Voka, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia and so on are not countries for animals. I'm revolted by all this. What can we do to make this nightmare end forever??

desanka s. (401)
Friday November 4, 2011, 12:58 am
Thank you all for the comments! In this moment Serbia is under great pressure, in December has finally to become the candidate for EU. The representatives of animal welfare organizations sent protest letter to our government, so their no petition for now. Let's wait and see what is going to happen!!!

ma. lovely ann rivero (34)
Sunday November 6, 2011, 2:57 am
i hope they will soon realize the effect before it will be done... the animals whether stray or not deserve to be loved and not to be killed.... if they will just experience how it is to have a dear friend maybe they will be an advocate not to let the killings happen..... have they watched the movie of hatchi (a stray dog) from japan? just for them to understand that animals also value life not only humans. who are they to take that away from them

Pamela DS (99)
Monday November 7, 2011, 11:15 pm
Give the voiceless animals your voice.

Anni Walker (49)
Thursday November 10, 2011, 11:46 pm
So very sad Desanka...thank-you for sharing. I will keep looking for any type of petition!

Diana C. (27)
Tuesday November 15, 2011, 8:12 am
The only way to solve the problem of stray dogs is STERILIZE!!!! While intact dogs continue to be allowed to roam, there will be no end to unwanted litters and therefore more stray dogs. That is the only solution. MASSIVE STERILIZATION!!!!! that is where the Serbian government has to place all its efforts. Does anyone in Serbia actually adopt from a shelter?? I understand that those who run the shelters make money for each dog they take in or kill. The dogs are always the losers, the greedy people get their money. Very corrupt and unfair for the innocent animals. Put an end to stray dog population...STERILIZE!!!!!!!!!

Michela m. (3955)
Tuesday November 15, 2011, 8:47 am
Sadly noted Desanka.

Ekeim Teeuwisse (147)
Thursday November 17, 2011, 8:54 pm
thanks for this alert dear desanka - please let me know if there's a petition to sign or an email action.

Ekeim Teeuwisse (147)
Thursday November 17, 2011, 9:01 pm
p.s.- shared on facebook.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday November 30, 2011, 11:50 pm
Noted with sadness

Ksenija Donoslovic (0)
Wednesday March 28, 2012, 12:06 am
kako bi bilo dobro da ovoga nema..... :(

Jelca Bruigom (74)
Saturday June 23, 2012, 12:49 pm
Thank you for everything Desanka, it must be so frustrating for you too. We must be alert on petitions and letters with the right adresses. Can you produce something and sent your friends? I care with you.

Laurie H. (729)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 8:16 pm
Thank you so much Desanka for sharing, I'm praying for many rays of light to show through this terrible problem! My heart breaks for the animals=they deserve THE VERY BEST!!!!~

GabeeAWAY Baldaia (103)
Saturday January 4, 2014, 6:13 pm
Please count on me for petitions and anything you need.


desanka s.
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