Dear President , Minister , Sir , Madam , to whom it concerns :
Millions of people around the globe care deeply about animal welfare and are sad and horrified to read and hear constantly about reports of horrific animal cruelty in Bosnia Herzegovina. In the next week, on October28 , BiH is about to vote on the negative replacement of the existing Animal Protection and Welfare Act . I am writing to ask you NOT TO CHANGE THIS EXISTING ACT, but rather TO ENFORCE IT as a LAW! Proposed changes to the Animal Protection and Welfare Act will make the killing of animals in all shelters legal .
Killing would be allowed within 15 days already from a abandoned dog's arrival in a shelter! Killing is never the answer ! Dogs are killed in very brutal ways; used in shelters in Bosnia and Herzegovina : clubbing to death, injections with bleach, anti-freeze, and other poisons, starvation , burning , buried alive .....This is the devils work. These sentient beings are suffering excruciating pains The existing Animal Welfare and Protection Act is in fact a good and enforceable law!
It states that every city and town has to build shelters for abandoned animals . All shelters for stray animals have to keep up a NO KILL policy and take adequate care , also veterinary care, for the animals . Unfortunately, the conditions in most public shelters are horrific , with dogs left for days without water , food or care . Studies have shown that the TNR ( Trap - Neuter - Return) programs are more effective ( and humane and vivilized! ) than 'euthanasia' . In addition , to change the law will mean wasting large amounts of funds and time involved in previous spay - neuter programs of strays , for example those of PAWS and Dogs Trust, who sterilized 3,000 dogs in June, 2013. These 3000 dogs sterilized by Dogs Trust will probably be killed, if the Law will be amended . It's important to note that deliberate animal abuse is punishable in Bosnia , and many international animal welfare organizations cite Bosnia as the country with the most horrific instances of animal cruelty and suffering . There is the famous case when two men put firework into German Shepherd's mouth and duct- taped his jaws shut , setting alight the rocket . The firework caused horrific injuries to the dog 's face , but did not kill him . He wandered about for five days , and in the end the dog had to be euthanized . Nearly 200,000 people signed petitions asking the Bosnia and Herzegovina Authorities to bring the perpetrators to justice , but nothing was done . There is clear evidence now that people who take pleasure in harming animals, sadists, are a potential danger to other people , especially children . Any change to the Animal Protection and Welfare Act allowing killing of healthy dogs in shelters will certainly send a message that killing dogs and cats is acceptable in all circumstances......Please let us think this over, it's of the utmost importance! The issue of the proposed changes to the law must be addressed in the coming days . I hope that the European Commission and the Parliament will discuss this matter with their counterparts from Bosnia and Herzegovina!
The European Parliament states " the EU has among the world's highest standards of animal welfare"..... The Eurogroup for Animal Welfare is strongly urging the European Commission to adopt adequate measures to ensure that all pet animals are properly treated, and that their health and welfare will be protected .
If Bosnia- Herzegovina wish to join the EU , it HAS to take crimes against defenseless animals seriously!! I urge you to implement civilized, humane principles concerning the stray dog population- control and NOT TO CHANGE THE LAW , but rather: enforce the EXISTING LAW please!!
Saturday October 26, 2013, 12:39 pm
Unbelievable cruelty to animals. What you do to the least of you, will be done to you. That should be what happens to all that harm animals and children! How do I sign and send this?? I don't see a signature line.
Id like to "air mail" it right up their nose!
Monday October 28, 2013, 12:16 pm
This is a complex issue. I don't want to see dogs put down, or do I want to see them placed in inadequate shelters, where they may die from starvation or thirst. As suggested, don't change the law, enforce it and be sure to take advantage to the spaying and neutering.
Wednesday October 30, 2013, 9:18 am
Please don't change the law!! These animals are gentle and loving they are not to blame for human neglect.. I have signed sent email's and shared so many petitions but nothing seems to work!!