UK: British Vets “appalled” by halal board letter declaring them as “racially and politically motivated”. In fact, they are concerned about the welfare of animals at the time of slaughter !



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British Vets “appalled” by halal board letter


15 August, 2014 By Oli Haenlein

The non-stun slaughter debate between the British Veterinary Association (BVA) and the Halal Authority Board (HAB) has intensified, with the BVA saying it was appalled by suggestions made in an HAB open letter.

The HAB letter, addressed to BVA president Robin Hargreaves, was in response to the vets’ campaign to stop non-stun slaughter. It said the group is “racially or politically motivated”, and criticised the BVA for focussing only on the last few second of an animals’ life, ignoring the many other welfare issues.

The HAB letter also read: “It appears that there needs to be more of a balance in their comments and avoid unfair criticism on the Muslim and Jewish methods of slaughter as, probably, they are seen as soft targets. Any such criticisms they make against religious slaughter methods show them to be ill-informed and insensitive to the halal and kosher consumers as well as ignorant of the huge halal market in the UK, Europe and throughout the world.”

Hargereaves yesterday (14 August) replied: “I am appalled by the suggestion that veterinary surgeons would have any motive other than improving the welfare of animals at slaughter.

Our government e-petition states that ‘We must differentiate between religious and non-stun slaughter.’ And that ‘Our concern does not relate to religious belief but to the animal welfare compromise of non-stun slaughter.  ’“BVA is active across a whole range of health and welfare issues relating to food production animals and we are committed to improving the welfare of animals at all stages of their lives, from birth and rearing to transport and slaughter.

BVA, and individual veterinary surgeons in practice, are active in promoting best practice in relation to welfare, as well as lobbying for improvements across a number of areas. We have championed ‘whole life’ labelling to inform consumers of higher welfare standards throughout the process. It is false, therefore, to suggest that we have focused on one issue to the detriment of others.  “We recognise fully that these are sensitive issues and that is why we have held meetings with some of the key stakeholders, including representatives of Shechita and Halal, to encourage a more open dialogue.

While our position remains that every animal should be stunned before slaughter, if this is not possible we have been calling for clearer labelling to differentiate between stunned and non-stunned products.   This is an issue on which we will continue to engage all stakeholders, including meat producers, for the benefit of all consumers.” –

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Serbia: Latest From Slavica 15/8/14 – Now They Threaten To Put Baby Deer ‘Nani’ Into A Zoo – We Request He Is Returned To Mrs Dragana Mitic.

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Dear friends

We send to You a mayday message :

We need e-mail addresses of ‘DeutscheWelleTV’ – they have the ok to go in our area and make TV report; and if You can help with more  international TV and  International internet news reaction or by contacting however – please.

It is very urgent because  hunters and police arrested 2 months baby deer  and took him from his home , now they want to put him into some Zoo. . First plan was slaughter, but because of our action the baby deer was saved from  slaughter; but now hunters  spread story that the baby deer  will be put  into a zoo.

First story was  that  hunter will put him to Nature into the forest – all alone; a 2 month old baby.


All Zoos all over world are animal jails , and especially zoos in Serbia which are extremely terrible jails.




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Mrs Dragana Mitic wants her baby deer back to her home, not to be sent to a zoo.

Baby deer is named ‘Nani’, and has no natural mother.  It wants to go home to Mrs Dragana Mitic – she cares about this baby and took care of him from very early in life when hunters killed his mother.

Mrs Dragana Mitic saved Nani`s first 2 months of life and now hunters and police officers arrested baby deer Nani.


By Serbian laws; Mrs Dragana Mitic has the  right  to receive  baby deer as she has ased for his returnk by the official way : Agreement from Minister of Agriculture for Nani be back to home; and Nani has the right to live like a member of Mrs Dragana Mitic family.

Nani suffers now with the hunters and he will always suffer in a Zoo jail; he will suffer to the end of his Life .




Past SAV posts associated with Serbian zoos:

We will never shy away from exposing the reality of

animal abuse and suffering – SAV.










USA: Sample Letter MUST BE SENT BY 18/8/14. Subject: Little ‘Men’ With Big Guns – Idaho Wants to Make Wildlife Killing Contests an Annual Event – Sample Letter Below.



Idaho Wants to Make Wildlife Killing Contests an Annual Event:

Please Send Letter to Oppose




You may recall this past December Idaho held a highly controversial killing contest targeting both wolves and coyotes. This was the first time wolves were targeted in a predator killing contest since their reintroduction.

We have just learned the killing contest sponsor, a group called Idaho for Wildlife, is seeking to repeat this contest over several years, this time not only targeting wolves and coyotes — with prizes awarded for killing the most coyotes and the largest wolf–  but also other predators, in a multi-year “predator derby” scheduled for the next five winters (with the next one scheduled for January 2-4, 2015).

This event would be damaging to the affected ecosystem, harmful to ecologically vital species, incompatible with scientific principles of wildlife management, and offensive to the concept of fair chase, ethical hunting.

Your comments are needed NOW. Urge the BLM to deny Idaho for Wildlife’s request for a special recreation permit that would allow contestants to kill predators on over 3 million acres of public lands in Idaho for the next five years.

The BLM is currently soliciting input from the public on the scope of what should be considered in an Environmental Assessment (EA). The issues identified for analysis in the EA include the impact on economic and social values, the impact on existing recreational uses, and the affect on wildlife habitat and threatened species in the targeted area.

Please don’t miss this opportunity to voice your opposition (you do not have to be an Idaho resident to comment as this is federal BLM land- YOUR land!). 


Please act now! More info. here.

Comments are due no later than August 18th and can be emailed to:

Liz Townley Outdoor Recreation Planner

or sent to:

Liz Townley Outdoor Recreation Planner BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT Salmon Field Office 1405 Hollipark Drive Idaho Falls, Idaho 83467

Please cc Project Coyote as we are tracking letters sent (

Please include in your subject line Re: DOI-BLM-ID-I000-2014-0002-EA

Please also include your full contact information so your letter is counted in the official record and address the three areas this scoping document covers: 1- the impact on economic and social values; 2- the impact on existing recreational uses; 3- the affect on wildlife habitat and threatened species in the targeted area.


Re: DOI-BLM-ID-I000-2014-0002-EA



Dear Planner Townley,

I am writing to voice my opposition to  Idaho for Wildlife’s request for a special recreation permit that would allow contestants to kill predators on over 3 million acres of public lands in Idaho for the next five years.  Please do not provide these permits.  Allow me this opportunity to elaborate.

Killing contests have nothing in common with fair chase, ethical hunting. Technology, baiting, and “calling” place wildlife at an even greater and unfair disadvantage. Hunting in winter, when species can be easily tracked in snow and when most animals are working hard to survive contravenes the notion of fair chase. Killing predators, or any wild animal, as part of a ‘contest’ or ‘derby’ is ethically indefensible and ecologically reckless.

Bloodsport contests are conducted for profit, entertainment, prizes and, simply, for the “fun” of killing. No evidence exists showing that predator killing contests control problem animals or serve any beneficial management function. Coyote populations that are not exploited (that is hunted, trapped, or controlled by other means), form stable “extended family” social structures that naturally limit overall coyote populations through defense of territory and the suppression of breeding by subordinate female members of the family group.

The importance of wolves, coyotes and other predators in maintaining order, stability, and productivity in ecosystems has been well documented in peer- reviewed scientific literature. Coyotes provide myriad ecosystem services that benefit humans including their control of rodents and rabbits, which compete with domestic livestock for available forage. As apex predators wolves increase biodiversity and ecological integrity.

With fewer than 700 wolves in Idaho and poaching a common problem, allowing a killing contest of a species just off the endangered species list is reckless, indefensible and counter to sound science.

Economically, a live wolf is worth far more than a dead one. Wolf watching has brought in millions of dollars into Idaho and tourism is a major economic revenue source.

Wildlife killing contests perpetuate a culture of violence and send the message to children that life has little value and that an entire species of animals is disposable.

Wildlife killing contests put non-target animals, companion animals, and people at risk. Domestic dogs are sometimes mistaken for coyotes and wolves.

Although I do not currently reside in Idaho, I would be unwilling to visit should these revolting “contests” continue.

Thank you for your attention to this urgent issue.



Serbia: Please Give Whatever You Can (Even $1) To Help Fix The Roof At Shelter Felix.

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Below you’ll find a recent link which we posted in order to try and buy roof guttering in addition to helping Danica with the massive re-roofing that she has had to undertake at shelter Felix: 

Here is the YouCaring site link which enables you to donate money directly to help this cause. 

As YouCaring say on their site – “We transfer donations directly into your PayPal or WePay account as soon as they are received. YouCaring does not charge its fundraisers, regardless of the amount of money they raise. Our site is supported by amazing donors from all over the world, which makes it the only truly free website of its kind”.

YouCaring is a free service and now fundraiser is charged for their services.

See more about the YouCaring service at: 


Over the last few days nothing has been donated by anybody to help pay for the new roofs at Felix shelter;  $1,565 has been raised of the $3,000 goal.

Whilst we appreciate the help and support given by many great people who have already donated, we are disappointed that things now seem to have stopped midway. It is essential that this roofing is sorted in order that the shelter can continue and take new cats as they arrive. If the money was not needed, then we would ask for it on behalf of shelter Felix. It is essential that the work be completed as soon as possible and definitely before the arrival of winter.



Above – Reasons why it is essential that donations be given to purchase new guttering !

So we are asking yet again if people can give something, anything, in the way of a donation to help get this roof repair completed. We are not asking for the world, simply a donation of five dollars, $10, $50, or more if you are able to stretch that far. Anything, even a donation of one dollar would help – we only need 1500 people to each give one dollar and the problem is sorted. If 150 people each gave $10, again the problem will be sorted. Is $10 a lot to ask of people nowadays ? – Just think of the help and forever home that you would be contributing to for felines that Danica has rescued and taken in from a pitiful life on the streets.




Above – We want to get this all sorted so that we can get back to enjoying our forever home !

Below you will see some other pictures of the residents and other work which is currently in progress; work which has to be completed as soon as possible.






Please, please consider making a donation, regardless of size, to help the cats at shelter Felix

Lets move together from being stuck at $1,565; and instead reach and exceed the $3,000 goal which has been set.

Thank you – SAV.





Please donate and help us get back to our peaceful, Purrrfect Home –

Thank You.

All the cats at Shelter Felix.


Here is the YouCaring site link which enables you to donate money directly to help this cause. 

PayPal button is on our blog:

and our website:


Dinarske uplate: Felix-Felinolosko drustvo  355-1070729-96









Serbia: Message from ‘Felix’ Shelter – Can You Donate To Buy Us Some Roof Guttering ? – Please Help – Thank You.



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Dear all – here is a new message from Danica at Felix shelter.  Using the link blow; please donate anything you can – the small donations all add up to become a good total in the end !

Please help – Thank You. SAV.

The Youcaring site / link below is a secure site – the money will go directly to the shelter to pay for the guttering:


Please network, share and help if you can! It’s an emergency!

Dear friends, I guess you already know that we’ve been struggling with the roof renovation for more than two months now and the biggest problem, as usual, is the lack of funds.

Last years’ generous donation (for which we’re immensely grateful) covered the costs of the new roof itself, but with so many problems arising one after the other since the repair work began, we’re running into big debts yet again and there’s no end in sight.

As if it weren’t enough, the weather is definitely not on our side; it’s been raining extremely heavily over the last couple of weeks and we still have no gutters on the new roof, nor the money to purchase about 34 meters of it!

Our backyard is turning into a swampy muddy mess whenever it rains, all of the dividing walls and the brick watering station with the faucet are now covered with moss, algae or whatever this nasty, slimy, green sludge is, the first neighbour’s garage is now flooded and all of this because we have no gutters to manage the water!

We urgently need around 540 euros to purchase the gutters so that life can get back to normal again. I simply can’t borrow any more money right now, I’m already in debt up to my eyeballs!

Every dime and nickel helps and time’s running out on summer.


















Serbia: UPDATE – Baby Deer 11/8/14. Hunters Give Pathetic Statement That They Will Return Baby Deer To Forest – For What ?; How Can It Look After Itself ? – A Pathetic Statement From Pathetic Hunters After Killing Its Mother There To Start With. How Pathetic Are These Paople ???



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Baby Deer Latest News 11/8/14.


The latest is that the hunters have now said that they will put the baby deer back into the forest.

It must be remembered that it was these same hunters who killed the mother of the baby in the first place !

The youngster cannot live alone in the forest, as it requires the care as provided by Mrs Dragana Mitic.  In the forest there are carnivore animals and so it is obvious to everyone (except the hunters !) that the baby deer will not survive for very long.

Saying that they will return the baby deer to the forest is just a pathetic attempt by the hunters to try and make themselves look compassionate.  They are not – they killed the mother of the baby deer; that is not compassion, that is sheer murder for the fun of it.

If the baby deer is returned to the forest; then what will it eat ? – who will care about the deer and provide it with protection ?

We consider that this statement is just a pathetic and feeble attempt by the hunters to try and make themselves look better in the public eye.  It does not work and it will not work.

There is only one way now to provide care and protection for the baby deer and that is to immediately return it to its former carer, Mrs Dragana Mitic.  She is the only person who can provide the care necessary for this baby.

We demand it is returned to Mrs Dragana Mitic NOW or this will continue !!!

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11.8.2014., 18,30h


Sta ste uradili  ? Jos nije ili mi nemamo vesti da je  konsultovan mamolog Zavoda za zastitu prirode, jos niste, ili nemamo vesti da je RVI  sagledala  dva prostora- u kojem je doziveo 2. gi mesec zivota i  fazaneriju u kojoj je  opasno razboleo  zbog pogresne hrane i  tretmana  ,ni veterinarski nalaz o zdravstvenom stanju laneta- pitamo se sta vas sprecava da radite po zakonu: neznanje ili  samovolja ? Cija?

Da bi se sakrili od zakona, cujemo da lovci sad  hoce da puste  2 mesecno odojce u prirodu, a majku su mu ubili, sad tako hoce i njega , vec ima tamo je dobio proliv  sto je za odojcad od zivotne opasnosti, to svi znamo. Takvog sada hoce  LU `HajdukVeljko`   da `vrate u prirodu~   cime nazalost pokazuju nepoznavanje propisa, pokusaj da se spasu od zakonskih sankcija koje im sleduju .

Ako to dozvolite  bicete u istoj meri odgovorni: RVI Krusevac, nacelnik i Nacelnik Odeljenja  veterinarske inspekcije Uprave za veterinu Ministarstva poljoprivrede.

Vi  imate pravo i duznost da  odojce lane bez majke koje je pripitomljeno i premlado da zivi i snalazi se samo u prirodi,  resenjem vratite u dvoriste u kojem ima uslove za zivot u skladu s potrebama vrste , u situaciji u koju su ga doveli lovci koji su mu ubili majku., a 1.8.2014. oteli iz divnog dvorista gde je  sretno zivelo- sada je kod njih dobilo proliv zbog  pogresne hrane .Uz majku, on bi naravno  trebao da zivi u prirodi, ali SAMO, bez majke  koju su pojeli lovci ,lane 2 mes starosti samo  sada NE SME BITI PUSTENO u prirodu , jer su u prirodi i carnivore i omnivore ciji je ovo  lane  plen i hrana, a ono NEMA MAJKU niti ikoga tamo da ga samog zastiti.

Sve zapisnike o vasem postupanju, i o postupanju policije  od 1.8.2014. do  perfektuiranbja ovog predmeta , iz kojih ce se videti kada i sta ste preduzeli , trazicemo posebnim zahtrevom, stoga ocekujemo pripadajucu promptnost i zakonitost vaseg postupanja. Za sada  je ne vidimo, a lanetu tamo  rade o glavi na razne morbidne nacine – sto zabranjuje Zak o dobrobiti zivotinja.

Zakoni Srbije prvenstveno naredjuju drzavnim organima sta  su im duznosti i prava, te ako drzavni organi ne postuju i ne primenjuju zakone, kako ce ih onda primenjivati svi ostali subjekti  u Srbiji ?

Zakoni Srbije moraju biti primenjivani.

Sta ste vi uradili od momenta kad ste saznali za ovaj slucaj koji je u vasoj nadleznosti ?

Duzni ste  naci najpovoljniju soluciju za lane i za ljude koji su ga spasili- divlja zivotinja u zarobljenistvu jeste u nadleznosti Zakona o dobrobiti i RVI, a ne smete praviti ustupke nezakonitim nasilnickim potezima lovaca i  policijske patrole koja im je asistirala 1.8.2014. ( a mozda i dana kada  su ubili lanetovu majku) , a koja nije postupila zakonito, jer nije  pozvala RVI, sto sada  vas nece opravdati- ako sada vi ne postupite zakonito.

Uz  ogromne napore koje ulaze g.Aleksandar Vucic,  samovolja pojedinaca i neznanje onih  u drzavnim organima koji moraju znati i primenjivati zakone – kalja njegov rad, a to je nedopustivo.


S postovanjem


EPAR /Alijansa za zastitu prirode,prava zivotinja i prava ljudi 24000 Subotica,Matka Vukovica,9


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Dear Sir or Madam,

According to the last information available at “Serbian Animals Voice”, the hunters intend to set out the baby Deeg in the forest.

According to EU regulations it is an offense to put back into the forest a deer baby at this age.

This means certain death for the animal.
And such an act is a negligent homicide.
The authority makes itself responsible for this death, especially now that so many people are informed about the case.

We expect and hope that the Serbs, in this case, give an example of humanity, and of how to deal with ways and helpless creatures, because Serbia knows death and fear better than any other country in Europe because of the war.

So please let the baby Deeg live and allow him to go back to Mrs. Dragana Mitic.

Best regards

Venus, Germany

P.S: I have sent this new mail today, to all of the ten addresses that were listed









Serbia: **URGENT ACTION 9/8/14** – Illegal Action by Local Police Takes Baby Deer From Carer and Hands It To Hunters Who May Kill It Or Let It Die. Telephone Police Director and Insist That Baby Deer Is Rescued and Returned To Its Proper Owner, Mrs. Mitic; Who Will Ensure It Has Proper Food and Care.



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 EPAR, Prijava RVI, drzanje divljih zivotinja u zarobljenistvu, LU Cicevac.08.08.2014._ (1)

EPAR, Prituzba na rad PS Cicevac, nezakonit rad patrole, 01.08.2014., 08.08.2014._ (1)


We have a very urgent request to save the life of a baby deer

(named ‘NANI’) from Illegal Police Action and Serbian hunters.


It is especially important that Serbian campaigners telephone the police about this and request that action is taken to return the deer to Mrs Dragana Mitic.

Police telephone numbers and e mails are:

Minister of Police  011 314-83-64; 011 314-83-65; факс 011 314-85-35


and of Director of Serbian police. 011 313-96-58; 011 313-96-57;

факс 011 313-98-87



            Nebojša Stefanović


            Phone : 011 314-83-64; 011 314-83-65; faks 011 314-85-35



Šefa Kabineta                                                                                                                             

Ivan Ristić

Phone : 011 314-83-61; faks 011 314-83-58



Direktor policije                                                                                                              _____

            Milorad Veljović


            Phone : 011 313-96-58; 011 313-96-57; faks 011 313-98-87



Načelnik Operativnog centra                                                                                       

            Milomir Čabarkapa


            Phone : 011 361-71-82; 011 361-78-63; faks 011 361-72-25




The basic story:

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The baby deer was saved by Mrs dragana Mitic, and was kept at her home where it was safe and cared for.


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But the Police inspector in that village of Cicevac on 1.8.2014 undertook the unlawful assistance to local hunters; assistance which is against the Serbian laws for animal protection.

With police assistance, the hunters took the baby deer from Mrs Dragana Mitic. Now the deer is being held by the hunters.

Mrs Mitic has visited the deer and it is now very poorly and sick; it is very hungry and is being kept in a very bad place.  Nobody where the deer is now being held is providing it with food; it is being given bad milk and Mrs Mitic feels that possibly the hunters will either kill the baby deer or will let it die so that they can eat it !

The Police officer of the village at Cicevac has personally acted in opposition to Serbian laws, and as the hunters do not appear to have registered the deer – they too have acted illegally.


If Mrs Mitic gets the deer back at her property, she can register the deer officially and would receive official Ministry approval very easily.

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Above – the good facility of Mrs Mitic where the deer can be properly cared for.


Complaints about this illegal situation and the illegal work of local police needs to be made public and given to the Minister and Director of the Serbian police – contact details are as follows:

Police telephone numbers and e mails are:

Minister of Police  011 314-83-64; 011 314-83-65; факс 011 314-85-35


and of Director of Serbian police. 011 313-96-58; 011 313-96-57;

факс 011 313-98-87



The deer will only eat when it is fed properly by Mrs Mitic; as it knows her and knows that she is caring for it and trying to help it become a strong animal.

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People of Serbia especially, please call the Serbian police now on the above numbers and get the deer taken away from the hunters and returned to Mrs Mitic. 

Ask that the local police be prosecuted under Article 269 of Serbian law for illegally giving support to the local hunters by taking the animal away from Mrs Mitic.  In addition the local police have acted against the Serbian national laws for the police by supporting the hunters and not Mrs Mitic.


Please call the police immediately – thank you.

Police telephone numbers and e mails are:

Minister of Police  011 314-83-64; 011 314-83-65; факс 011 314-85-35


and of Director of Serbian police. 011 313-96-58; 011 313-96-57;

факс 011 313-98-87



            Nebojša Stefanović


            Phone : 011 314-83-64; 011 314-83-65; faks 011 314-85-35



Šefa Kabineta                                                                                                                             

Ivan Ristić

Phone : 011 314-83-61; faks 011 314-83-58



Direktor policije                                                                                                              _____

            Milorad Veljović


            Phone : 011 313-96-58; 011 313-96-57; faks 011 313-98-87



Načelnik Operativnog centra                                                                                       

            Milomir Čabarkapa


            Phone : 011 361-71-82; 011 361-78-63; faks 011 361-72-25






Hello to all,
I sent today this short e-mail to all e-mail addresses which have been known to us.
And I’ve also added the photo of the baby deer at the end.
It is a short but I hope a factual action to save the baby deer.
We must always hope, we can not fight without hope.
If someone wants, he can take over and send my mail.

In Subject I have stated: “The case of the baby deer did in village of Cicevac on 08.01.2014″!

Dear Sir or Madam,

I have been informed about the case of the baby deer in that village of Cicevac on 1.8.2014 trough de website Serbian Animals Voice.
I ask for your Supports.
The Serbian police must get the deer away from the hunters and return it to Mrs Mitic.
The local police should be prosecuted under Article 269 of Serbian law for illegally giving support to the local hunters by taking the animal away from Mrs Mitic.

The deer will only eat when it is feed properly by Mrs Mitic; as he knows her and he knows that she is caring for him and trying to help him become a strong animal.

Kind regards
Venus, Germany




Serbia: Critical situation – Baby deer taken by hunters and may be killed and eaten !

Full SAV post to be issued on 9/8/14.

This posted onto SAV Facebook tonight – 8/8/14.

Critical situation – Baby deer taken by hunters and may be killed and eaten !

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Minister of Police  011 314-83-64; 011 314-83-65; факс 011 314-85-35


and of Direktor of Serbian police. 011 313-96-58; 011 313-96-57; факс 011 313-98-87


Maybe You can call Director of Serbian police ? , I am desperate.
Police inspector in that village Cicevac 1.8.2014. did do unlawful
assistention to hunters and hunters took baby deer from mrs Dragana
Mitic who has rescue baby deer and care about .

Now deer is by hunters ,
and they gave seldom agreement to mrs Dragana visit deer, she wrote deer is hungry and in worse condition and in very danger and bad place, nobody care, nobody give food, even hunters gave to deer bad milck – deer can die or would be slaughtered.
Police officer of village Cicevac acted in opposite to laws, hunters acted
in opposite to laws- they have not registered asylum for wild animals in
danger .Mrs Dragana Mitic can ask agreement by Ministerium but she did not know about this possibility – and she would ask registration because she has good place and she would receive Ministerium agreement very easy.
Thanks. Regards.
Slavica Mazak Beslic

E mail –

EPAR /Alijansa za zastitu prirode,prava zivotinja i prava ljudi
24000 Subotica,Matka Vukovica,9

England: 8/8/2014 – EU Live Animal Transport Update – SAV Write TO EU Commissioner Responsible for Live Animal Transport.


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EU Live Animal Transport Update – 8/8/2014.

Following on from our recent action post regarding action and a sample letter which can be sent to the EU Commissioner regarding live animal transport:

SAV have today (8/8/14) written directly to the EU Commissioner responsible for live animal transport welfare; Tonio Borg; , providing him with a detailed account of why in our view the current EU legislation, in the form of Regulation 1/2005 (of 22nd December 2004) on ‘the protection of animals during transport’; actually provides anything but ‘protection’ for animals undergoing long distance transport between existing EU member states.

SAV founder Mark has some 25 years experience regarding both direct investigation and campaign work associated with long distance animal transport throughout the entire EU.  See more at ‘About Us’ –

In his direct letter to Commissioner Borg and ‘not mincing his words, but being clear and directly to the point(s), Mark states the following:

“To declare (as per 1/2005) that a driver is ‘competent’ to transport live animals for many hours across international borders simply because he has a piece of paper which says that he has undergone very basic tests / questions, and as a result is supposedly ‘competent’ is a complete and utter travesty for both EU animal welfare and good name of all EU citizens who are sick of witnessing the daily abuses that this EU live transport trade supports”.

“I ask you, please inform me here where is the ‘animal protection’ that you talk about and the so-called ‘competents’ (of 1/2005)” ….

“… you as the responsible Commissioner should face up to the facts and your responsibilities that EU citizens require a lot more action from you now on the issue of live animal transport. 

These requirements include:

  • A one off maximum journey time of 8 hours for all animals in transport; regardless of them going for immediate slaughter or for further fattening.
  • An utter overhaul / complete re-vamp of the Regulation 1/2005 which as shown by undercover EU investigators time and time again; actually does very little, or even nothing, to give any ‘protection’ to animals being transported across the EU.       The Regulation is a farce; as is the entire EU system at present for live animals in transport
  • Much better and much more detailed animal transport driver training prior to them being given their sheet of paper and being declared as ‘competent’ to deal with animals being transported. If shown in any way that they are incompetent in their actions, then they be removed / struck off for good from being a driver of livestock animals”

“As the Commissioner responsible, it is now down to you to immediately address the EU concerns expressed by millions of EU citizens and implement positive actions for animal welfare improvements immediately; such as for example, stopping Dutch criminals from exporting live animals from the UK to mainland Europe.  This, combined with a much needed and very important piece of new legislation introducing an 8 hour maximum journey time limit would be a good start now in 2014 to actually show you really mean action rather than just talking the talk of better animal welfare somewhere in the future; maybe in years to come; whilst animals suffer in transport every day in-between.

It is time for you to step up to the plate immediately and introduce new and much tougher legislation for animals in transport rather than the dismal, irresponsible and utterly incompetent legislation that we have in the name of ‘Regulation 1/2005’ giving so-called ‘protection’ to animals currently in transport across the EU.  This shambles of a document is a disgrace on the EU”.


Whilst fully respecting the position of the EU Commissioner, and wanting to provide supportive evidence of his request, Mark finishes his letter:

I thank you for your time and consideration of my requests; and I will be watching you and the actions of your Commission very closely to see just how much progress you actually make in ‘paving the way for (animal welfare) achievements in the near future.  Please don’t plan to pave the way for years in the future; be brave and take on your EU Commissioner responsibilities; do it now – 2014 !!”


The letter was supported with many images of animals suffering in long distance transport within the EU over the past couple of years.


The view at SAV on live animal transport in the EU is that:

  • It is the EU Commission who can change animal transport legislation which will have an impact on ALL animal transport throughout the EU.
  • Campaigning only in individual member states of the EU does not address the overall issue of helping live animals in transport across the whole of the EU.
  • If a total revision / update to existing Regulation 1/2005 is undertaken at the EU Commission; this legislation will automatically impact ALL existing EU member states, who will then be required to amend their national legislation (based around 1/2005) to encompass the new rules.
  • A maximum one off journey time of 8 hours maximum for all animals in transport is very much needed to supersede the existing regulation which allows different species of animals to travel for vastly different times
  • Vastly different times which over many years, have been proven time and time again by welfare group undercover investigation teams to show that the existing rules and regulations are NOT being enforced on the road.
  • Animals suffer and endure nightmare journeys as a result – it is time for change – NOW.

A full copy of the correspondence has also been provided to the ‘Eurogroup for Animals’  with the hope that they will also act and add weight to support their recent meeting with Commissioner Borg regarding EU live animal transport.

SAV now hope that we will be provided with a written response from both / either Commissioner Borg and / or the Eurogroup.  This will be provided on this site should it happen.

Regardless, the campaign to improve the welfare of ALL animals in long distance transport across the WHOLE of the EU continues.  Please watch this site for future actions and updates on this issue.

A copy of the existing EU Regulation (1/2005) on the so-called ‘protection of animals during transport’ can be viewed at:;ELX_SESSIONID=H9tGTlLNGXMCyKSJ6hcKj1mDhvRm2LblcY4zy6h2hTJt21kj3lhz!-1633023516?uri=CELEX:32005R0001

- to view in English, simply go to the ‘EN’ language header; or alternatively select your language from all others provided.

Thank you – SAV.









USA: ‘Mercy For Animals’ Great News – Ag-Gag Is Dead in North Carolina. Livestock Auction Owner Convicted of Animal Cruelty Following MFA Investigation.

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August 4, 2014

Victory! 2014 North Carolina Ag-Gag Bill Is Dead

By Matt Rice

The North Carolina legislature just adjourned without passing the dangerous ag-gag bill that threatened to shield animal abusers from public scrutiny and keep people in the dark about where their food comes from.

North Carolina was the last remaining state contemplating ag-gag in the 2014 legislative session. This important victory is due in large part to the efforts of compassionate MFA supporters across the country, and the behind-the-scenes efforts of a broad coalition of national groups working together.

The legislature is expected to reconvene for a few weeks later this year, so animal advocates will need to be vigilant to ensure the ag-gag bill does not rear its ugly head again. Of course, the ag-gag bill could still be introduced again next year. But, for now, animals and consumers alike can breathe a sigh of relief. North Carolina’s proposed legislation — similar to an unsuccessful bill introduced last year — is quite obviously a desperate attempt by the factory farming industry to keep its cruel practices hidden from public view.

As numerous investigations by Mercy For Animals prove, factory farmers in North Carolina have a lot to hide. In fact, MFA has conducted three undercover investigations at multiple Butterball turkey factory farms in North Carolina, exposing workers maliciously kicking, beating, and throwing animals. Our 2011 investigation led to the arrest and conviction of several workers, including the first-ever felony cruelty to animals conviction related to birds used for food production in U.S. history.

None of this would have been possible if the ag-gag bill had been in effect. See for yourself what North Carolina’s factory farmers are trying so desperately to keep hidden:

MFA’s 2014 investigation at a Butterball turkey hatchery in Raeford, North Carolina, shows newborn birds getting stuck and mangled in factory machinery, having their toes and beaks cut and burned off without any painkillers, and being dropped into a macerator to be ground up alive.

A 2012 investigation at multiple Butterball factory farms in North Carolina’s Sampson, Onslow, Duplin, and Lenoir counties showed rampant animal abuse, including workers kicking and stomping on birds, dragging them by their fragile wings and necks, and maliciously throwing turkeys onto the ground or on top of other birds.

A landmark 2011 investigation into a Butterball factory farm in Shannon, North Carolina, documented workers kicking and throwing birds and bashing in their heads with metal pipes. The abuses were so malicious that law enforcement raided the facility and ultimately convicted five Butterball employees of criminal animal cruelty. Recognizing that their cruel and often illegal actions can’t stand the light of day, factory farmers have been working hard over the past several years to keep cameras out of their facilities.

But compassionate Americans continue to stand united against this multibillion-dollar industry and the corrupt politicians that do its bidding by working tirelessly to defeat these dangerous and un-American bills.

What You Can Do to Help: Please share MFA’s undercover investigation video with as many people as you can and help expose the cruel and corrupt practices of the factory farming industry. Choose Vegetarian – Each time we eat, we can choose kindness over cruelty. Adopting a diet free of meat, dairy, and eggs is the single most powerful action you can take to prevent needless cruelty to farmed animals. Visit for free recipes, tips on making the switch, and more.


Below are some of our recent SAV posts associated with the above:

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July 28, 2014

Livestock Auction Owner Convicted of Animal Cruelty Following MFA Investigation


By Matt Rice

A Mercy For Animals undercover investigation at Ontario Livestock Sales, the largest livestock market in southern California, has led to the historic conviction of the facility owner.

This morning, Horacio Santorsola pled guilty to violating California’s criminal animal cruelty laws by permitting animals who were too sick or injured to stand or walk to be beaten and sold for the human food supply. Section 599f of the California Penal Code, also known as the “downer law,” prohibits livestock auctions from selling, holding, and transporting animals who are too sick or injured to stand up or walk.

Downed animals are more likely to carry diseases that threaten public health if allowed to enter the human food supply. Yet at Ontario Livestock Sales, downed animals were routinely sold, transported, and left to suffer for extended periods of time.

Santorsola was sentenced to 2 years probation and ordered to pay court fees and a fine totaling $1000 to be paid to the Inland Valley Humane Society. Seven of Santorsola’s employees have also been charged with criminal cruelty to animals. Their cases are still pending.

Here is the hidden-camera video that led to the conviction:

Today’s conviction follows a landmark decision by the Appellate Division of the San Bernardino Superior Court affirming the validity of California’s one-of-a-kind “downer” law and making clear that non-ambulatory animals deserve heightened protections against neglect, abuse, and malicious cruelty.

Mercy For Animals praises the San Bernardino District Attorney’s office for pursuing justice in this important case. The best way to help animals suffering in livestock markets and factory farms is to simply leave them off our plates.

For tips on transitioning to a healthy and humane vegan diet, visit today.



Please Vote Now To Support the Work of ‘Eyes On Animals’ (Netherlands) – Full Voting Info Provided – Thank You.



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Dear all;

Through this site you are very familiar with the excellent work which is undertaken for the animals by our good friend Lesley and the crew at ‘Eyes on Animals’.  Please give them your further support by voting for them; they have the chance to win an amazing 75,000 Euros which would so benefit all their work.

Voting is very easy for you, you can vote on our advertisement via the following link:

To vote, click on ‘Stem op deze campagneand fill in your e-mail address.

After that, click on ‘stemmen’.

You will immediately receive an e-mail asking you to confirm your vote.

You do this by clicking on the green bar with the text ‘Bevestig mijn stem

Please spend a minute and give your vote to Lesley and the crew at EoA – Thank you – Mark.


EoA website link –

Eyes on Animals do the most amazing work for our farm animals. Checking exports, long distance journeys, horse markets, slaughterhouses, training.  Without them I fear our animals would endure more suffering. The work they have done alone in Turkish slaughterhouses is something no one else has managed to achieve. Whilst there are still major problems with welfare out there they have managed to get access to slaughterhouses and offer advice on providing better welfare for all.

They are up for a very important Award and if they won they could get up to 75,000 Euro which would do wonders for this incredible charity.

If you would like to vote for them please follow the instructions below (every click counts!):

Dear friends, EonA is participating in a contest. If enough people vote for us, we could win up to 75,000 euro for the organization. This is enough to finance all of our work for 1 year! The contest is held in Holland, but anyone can vote. The problem is that the instructions are in Dutch, so our volunteer-fundraiser Charlotte kindlz translated how it works into English so our good anglophone friends, like you, can also help :-) It only takes a few minutes to read the intructions and then vote- I hope you can help. If you can also encourage your friends to vote that would be very appreciated too. THANK YOU and keeping my fingers crossed. EonA could really use the money- we want to hire more help and get more done this year than ever before!

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Eyes on Animals is in the race to win an ‘NRC Charity Award’.

The award is the initiative of a Dutch newspaper. People can vote on several advertisements in four different categories.

Eyes on Animals is participating in the category ‘Dierenwelzijn’ (Animal welfare). If we get the most votes in this category, we win a prize of max. 75.000 euro + a free add in a Dutch newspaper that is read by a few hundred thousand people.
Although it is a Dutch competition, the rules and regulations do not state any requirements or limitations concerning the nationality or the home country of a voter. That means that if you are a non-Dutch citizen and want to support us, you can.

The competition website is in Dutch and after having voted you will receive an e-mail in Dutch asking you to confirm your vote by clicking on a link. It is possible that in the future you will receive some more e-mails in Dutch from the organizer of the competition (the Dutch newspaper NRC), for example to inform you who won the competition and maybe also to promote their newspaper.


 If that is no problem for you, you can vote on our advertisement via the following link: To vote,

click on ‘Stem op deze campagneand fill in your e-mail address.

After that, click on ‘stemmen’.


You will immediately receive an e-mail asking you to confirm your vote.

You do this by clicking on the green bar with the text ‘Bevestig mijn stem’.
Please do not feel obliged to support us in this competition, but if you want to do so, we very much appreciate that!

Lesley Moffat, MSc Ethology Eyes on Animals – Director Twitter : @Eyes_on_Animals LinkedIn: LDN Eyes on Animals Facebook: eyesonanimals Youtube : eyesonanimalsinspect

A few of our past SAV posts featuring the work of EoA:








4/8/2014 – UK Remembers Men and Animals Today – 100 Years Since World War 1.



Monday 4th August 2014 – Lights Out Across the UK.

100 Years remembrance of World War 1.


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The Royal British Legion is asking people across the UK to switch off their lights between 22:00 BST and 23:00 BST on Monday and to light candles in a mass act of remembrance.

Blackpool Tower, Westminster Abbey, the Eden Project in Cornwall and the headquarters of the Football Association are among the buildings and organisations taking part to mark the anniversary of Britain joining World War One.

Every household in Britain will be asked to turn out the lights between 10pm and 11pm today to mark the centenary of the First World War.

The nationwide event is designed to echo the words attributed to Sir Edward Grey, Foreign Secretary, on the eve of the conflict: “The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.”

Organisers have hailed it as “one of the most dramatic UK-wide events ever organised” in which “people from all four nations will be invited to turn off their lights and to replace them with one single light to remember a day that changed the world forever”.

Germany declared war on France and invaded Belgium on August 3 1914. That evening, Sir Edward Grey gazed across St James’s Park from his window at the Foreign Office as the lamps were being lit on the Mall. He turned to a friend, John Spender, and made his now famous remark.

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To commemorate the centennial of Britain’s involvement in the First World War, ceramic artist Paul Cummins and stage designer Tom Piper conceived of a staggering installation of ceramic poppies planted in the famous dry moat around the Tower of London. Titled “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red,” the final work will consist of 888,246 red ceramic flowers—each representing a British or Colonial military fatality—that flow through grounds around the tower.

Volunteers began placing the poppies several weeks ago and the process will continue through the summer until a final flower is symbolically planted on November 11th. You can read more about the project over on the Historic Royal Palaces website, and see the volunteers’ progress by following the #TowerPoppies hashtag on Twitter.

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War Horse – remembering the fallen animals that die with soldiers.

 A million horses sent to France between 1914 and 1918.

Only 62,000 returned to the UK.

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Today 4/8/2014 – We pay tribute to all men and animals who died in the worst of all wars.





England: 8/8/14 Is ‘World Cat Day’ – The BUAV Exposes Cats Born To Die In UK Labs – Watch the Footage, Please Sign the Petition – and Lots More.






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On the 8th of August, cat lovers around the world will celebrate a day dedicated to all things fantastic and fascinating about felines.

There will be homes up and down the UK where cats and kittens are lucky enough to spend their lives protected by the security of a loving family.

Sadly, behind other closed doors – not of homes but of laboratories – there will also be many other cats and kittens suffering in silence. This time last year, one of our investigators, Suzie, was undercover at a MSD Animal Health laboratory and reflects on the time she spent with the kittens used in research. Please read her words and take action to stop this suffering by signing up to our Thunderclap for World Cat Day to raise vital awareness about the investigation and to end these cruel and unnecessary practices.

“Last year I was working undercover at MSD Animal Health and got to know many kittens during my time there, including Ben, Blackberry, Max, Otto, Rollie, Pollie, Simba, Toby, Thomas and George. They were all inquisitive, sweet little kittens, just like the cats so many of us share our homes with.

But sadly these kittens never saw the sky, breathed fresh air or felt the grass beneath their feet. Instead they were used and re-used in experiments and their precious lives terminated. I think about them often  and although we can’t save them, we can save others. Please take action and sign and share our petition today.

The first group of 15 kittens arrived on 13th May 2013 and – without knowing any life outside a laboratory – were killed on 22nd August 2013; their little bodies dissected and then dumped in a bin as waste. They were just 6 months old.

I feel terribly sad for the loss of those 15 little lives. These animals should have been in a loving home, spending their time playing and exploring. They should not have suffered and died in a laboratory. Please take action in their memory today. Action you take really does make a difference to the animals and together we can unite to end the suffering I had to see”.

Please share this message far and wide today.

Thank you.

Earlier this year, a BUAV investigation uncovered the shocking killing of kittens BORN TO DIE in a UK laboratory.

Ben, Blackberry, Max, Otto, Rollie, Pollie, Simba, Toby, Thomas, George.  Inquisitive, sweet little kittens, just like the cats so many of us share our homes with.

But these poor little kittens were tragically born to die at MSD Animal Health, their precious lives terminated after just a few weeks.  They never got to know the love of a human family, the joy of playing outside.  They never saw the sky, breathed fresh air or felt the grass beneath their feet.

Instead they were used and re-used again in experiments.

The kittens arrived at MSD Animal Health at just 8 weeks old, imported from Spain.  At just 10 weeks old staff started taking blood from them, sticking needles into their tiny veins.  Taking blood was a slow process and some of the kittens became distressed.

During the experiments, some of the kittens had ulcers on their tongues or lips. One was lame on her front right foot. Some were subdued while others had lost weight or suffered from very high temperatures of over 41 degrees.

On 22nd August 2013, 15 kittens were killed.  They were less than 6 months old.  Their little bodies dissected and then dumped in a bin as waste.

Please help the BUAV end the appalling killing of kittens, puppies and other animals BORN TO DIE in UK laboratories.

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Sign and share   our petition   to help us end the appalling suffering and killing of kittens Born To Die in UK laboratories.









Serbia: Latest News UPDATE 2/8/14 – Subotica Mayor Rejects Cancellation of Memorandum Regarding Animal Treatment. Petition Continues.

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Our original post on this issue can be viewed at:

The latest update (un edited) from Andrea is as follows:

Mayor responded with a NO – he won’t cancel the Memorandum. Dear supporters of this petition, On July 28 we received the response from the Mayor. He wrote that he stands behind every line of Memorandum and it won’t be changed, nor cancelled.

He also wrote that it is an Act signed in order to improve relation, development and cooperation between two sides (City and NGO “Anima”) and its purpose is not aimed at regulating a particular area – in this case the activity of zoohygiene.
He then noted the Acts of City Subotica which closely regulate this specified field. As for the CNR program, he states it was listed as an option in the Memorandum in case there are no possibilities to accommodate all captured dogs in the city asylum; and is not listed as a solution to the problem of stray cats and dogs.
He admits there is a problem of irresponsible owners but that is not the subject of Memorandum.
In the end he said he is open to cooperation and invites us to continue to participate in solving the problem of stray animals.

Ironic, isn’t it?

Personal remark  –  I have to point out is the whole purpose of this Memorandum “development and cooperation between the City and a particular NGO”. If it’s not providing the solution to this problem, what’s the point in having this Memorandum and why it is not including all NGOs who will then cooperate (in full meaning of that word) to provide ultimate solution that will benefit both the animals & the citizens of this town?

What we did next is we sent the letter to the Mayor – again.

“Association for the Protection of Animals “Pets Are Worth Saving”, “EPAR – OIPA SERBIA / Alliance for the Conservation of nature, animal rights and the rights of people, and the Society for the Protection of Animals “Alex”, Shelter Alex hereby inform that we stand by our Request for the cancellation of Memorandum because it is completely ineffective and in its crucial part promotes illegal treatment of dogs and cats in Subotica, as well as public money and personal money of sincere donors. The same does not obligate anyone to anything nor is followed by anyone’s responsibility. We also expand our Request and demand the cancellation of sections 6 and 7 in the part of ‘measures’ for the implementation of the Program for the control and reduction of stray cats and dogs population because they are in contradiction with sections 2 and 3 of the Article 7 of the Animal Welfare Act, which is valid from 10.06.2009., without delay.”

The petition will remain open, so please continue to sign and share it on all social networks you use.

I will update you on further happenings.


Could you please sign/share/forward this petition: 


Thank you all for the support. ~Pets Are Worth Saving





England: The ‘Artful Dodger’ Cat Who Regularly Takes The Bus; Gets Fed By The Drivers And Then Gets The Bus Back Home – Give Him A ‘Bus Puss’ (Pass) !!! – A Purrfect Day






I think that you could say the English like animals a great deal !! – just one of the reasons (below) that I like being English – it certainly would not happen in a lot of places – PS – Dorset is in the South West of England – Mark – SAV.

Owner surprised to find cat regularly catches bus

Artful Dodger of Somerset England

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A pet cat named Dodger is living up to his name – by catching free bus trips from his home town.

The ginger moggy, who was named after the Artful Dodger from Oliver Twist, has taken to hopping on and off the public transport at the bus station near his home.

The 15-year-old Tom even sits on bemused passengers’ laps as the bus makes up to 10 mile round trips from Bridport to Charmouth in Dorset.

Dodger is such a regular customer that some of the drivers take tins of cat food to work with them to give to him. They even know what stop to let him off at.

At the end of his journeys the roving moggy returns to his home and owner Fee Jeanes.

Mrs Jeanes, 44, believes Dodger first took a liking to the buses as they are warm like greenhouses when the sun is on them.

But the adventurous pet has since ended up being taken for several rides.

Mrs Jeanes, 44, said: “We moved here 19 months ago and our house backs onto the bus station.

“He is an old boy and is very friendly. At first Dodger kept going to the bus station because people there fed him tit-bits and scraps of food.

“But then he started climbing on board the buses because they are almost like greenhouses when it is sunny.

“Then last week I found out he had travelled to Charmouth and back, which is a 10 mile round trip.

“I hadn’t seen him all morning until my daughter Emily told me one of her friends had just seen him on the bus at Charmouth.

“I couldn’t believe it and panicked. I got into my car to go off and look for him and then at that moment the bus pulled up near our house and low and behold he got off.

“He had fallen asleep on board and nobody knew about it. When the driver realised he knew who Dodger was and where he lived and kept him on board.

“That afternoon I saw Dodger climb on board another bus and I rushed to tell the driver.

“I was shocked when she told me Dodger was always on there and liked to sit on the seats because they are warm from where people have been sitting.

“The drivers buy cat food for him and he sits on people’s laps.

“Sometimes he just sits in the middle of the road and waits for the bus to turn up before he gets on.”

Dodger is familiar to regular bus passengers and drivers, but Mrs Jeanes still receives several calls a week asking if she has lost a ginger cat.

A spokesman for bus firm First said they didn’t mind Dodger on their buses but didn’t actively encourage him.

He said: “The drivers have been asked not to feed it because we recognise that cat has an owner and we do not want to discourage it from returning home for food and shelter, but in principle we do not have a problem with it being around the bus station.

“Given this cat is elderly we suspect it would be eligible for free travel, perhaps a bus puss, if such a thing existed.”


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July 31, 2014

Editor’s note: This post is a Care2 favorite. It was originally posted on January 5, 2012. – see above article – Enjoy!

A 15-year-old ginger cat, Artful Dodger, is more than living up to his name. Last month’s Telegraph reports that Dodger has been taking rides on the bus, after boarding at a bus stop near his home. Sometimes he sits on passengers’ laps; he also likes to sit on seats that have been recently vacated, apparently for their warmth.

Dodger’s owner, Fee Jeanes, says that he initially started to frequent the bus stop as people gave him scraps food. But then the bus itself became the attraction; like greenhouses, they are sunny and warm, says Jeanes  in the Telegraph. Dodger has gone on ten mile round-trips. Jeanes says that her daughter’s friends had indeed seem him on the bus that far away:

“I couldn’t believe it and panicked. I got into my car to go off and look for him and then at that moment the bus pulled up near our house and low and behold he got off.

“He had fallen asleep on board and nobody knew about it. When the driver realised he knew who Dodger was and where he lived and kept him on board.

“That afternoon I saw Dodger climb on board another bus and I rushed to tell the driver.

“I was shocked when she told me Dodger was always on there…”

The bus company, First, spoke in welcoming tones about Dodger riding the bus and have only asked the drivers not to feed him, out of concern that Dodger might prefer the bus over home for food and shelter. A company spokesman did say that “in principle we do not have a problem with it being around the bus station,” even adding that

“Given this cat is elderly we suspect it would be eligible for free travel, perhaps a bus puss, if such a thing existed.”

Dodger seems to have made himself quite a fixture on the bus, sometimes even waiting in the middle of the road for the bus to stop.




England: SAV Now Commences Action With The EU Commission Regarding Live Farm Animals In Transport – Sample Letter To Copy and Send.


All photographs by Valerie Cameron.

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This has been a long article to write and produce; but nothing compared to the arduous suffering that EU animals have to endure on the roads of the EU every day due to archaic legislation.  It is time for change – we hope the following provides you with useful information on the subject; and that you will send a copy of the sample letter (amended or un amended) to Commissioner Borg as requested.  Thank you.

There appears to be many animal welfare sites within various member states of the EU who could and should be doing a great deal more to push directly for legislation changes at the EU Commission level regarding the transport of all live farm animals across Europe.  Whilst some may be taking a form of action towards their own national governments; we stress that EU wide legislation which applies to all member states is made in the EU Commission, Brussels, and not by individual member states just for the benefit of individual member states.  The EU may update or produce new legislation in the form of a new or amended ‘Regulation’ – and this has to be officially adhered to by all member states to ensure that EU standards are met and maintained.  If a member state does not / is shown not enforce the official regulation, then the EU (as a whole, via the Commission) can take action against any individual member state that shows non-compliance.

For this reason, we feel that the EU Commission is the very establishment; the only real establishment which needs to be addressed regarding amending EU law throughout Europe, which then should be to the benefit of ALL animals in transport across the whole of Europe.  If what we witness of the UK government is anything to go by to date; regardless of the evidence of cruelty and suffering presented to them time after time after time, welfare organisations are largely ignored; being fobbed off with government ministry weasel words and counter responses in some kind of pathetic ping-pong game with welfare campaigners which continues for months and months, and which in the end results in nothing to improve animal welfare.



So what do we suggest should be done ?

Ditch the pointless efforts to make national governments listen to evidence; and instead take the evidence directly to the heart of the EU; where policy makers can amend and introduce legislation for bettering animal welfare legislation which corresponds to the wishes of EU citizens in 2014.  We don’t want to have to still rely on some old outdated and non-effective legislation aka 1/2005 from 22nd December 2004, when we are fast approaching the 22nd of December 2014 !!!

The EU and its Commissions need to wake up to the fact that people in Europe want change; and they want it now.  They don’t just want weasel words from EU politicians which never result in any progress – the people of the EU demand action for animals; and they demand it now.  It is up to our servants, who work at the EU, to take on board the wishes of the people and to actually put the wheels of change into motion.

Why are we doing this EU animal transport campaigning on a site primarily for Balkans stray animals ? 

As stated in the above introduction, there appear to be many live animal transport welfare sites within various member states of the EU who could and should be doing a great deal more to push directly for legislation changes at the EU Commission regarding the transport of all live animals across Europe.  If they are not going to push hard for changes to EU legislation; and instead only target their own very non-active governments (in most cases), ie. Those governments which normally do nothing for the benefit of animals in transport, then we at ‘Serbian Animals Voice’ will attempt to take the issue to where we consider it really matters; and that is the offices of power located at the EU headquarters.  We will by pass the ‘oily rag’ of national governments and go directly to the ‘chief engineer’ who is located in Brussels – and target the people and commissions who can and should be making a difference for all EU animals.

Although this (live animal transport) is not really an issue which should be addressed to any major degree by ‘Serbian Animals Voice’; as we primarily try to help stray animals in the Balkans; we, by being based in England, UK (the UK being an existing EU Member State !); feel that many current welfare group activities to only target the UK government (for example) on this issue are getting basically nowhere. We need to push and campaign a great deal more on this important issue in the heart of EU power with the hope that we will get additional campaign support from you; our wonderful SAV site visitors, which will strike where it really makes a difference; the EU headquarters in Brussels.  Changes in Brussels make changes to EU legislation – sending an e mail to a member state ministry official does very little.


‘Eurogroup for Animals’; which is the primary campaigning animal welfare organisation at the EU, claim to have (see below) several ‘visions’ regarding a better place for all animals within the EU.  They have a vision that “cruelty to animals is not tolerated’; and ‘the welfare of all animals is protected by European legislation”.  We naturally fully support this vision, but would currently like to remind the Eurogroup that for the last 10 years, there have been no real changes to animal welfare laws giving so-called ‘protection’ to animals in transport across the EU.  It is now well past time for change – even 10 years later than it should have been regarding Regulation 1/2005.  National governments are basically individually doing nothing despite all the mails, evidence and data regarding cruelty in transport being given to them; so; if national governments will not act and be a voice for animals within the EU corridors,  we push it alone in Europe; and this will now be an aim of Serbian Animals Voice for the future..  National EU member state governments talk long and talk loud about their alleged ‘concerns for animal welfare’; but the reality is, certainly regarding the UK, and for live animals being transported all around Europe, they do very, very little; usually nothing apart from attempting to enforce archaic rules and regulations from 10  years ago or more.  These antiquated laws currently remain as they are and today, in 2014, the animals continue to suffer on a daily basis; currently with no hope of any real change but getting plenty of assurances with terms like ‘visions’ and ‘cruelty not being tolerated’.  Well, we have a message for the EU and its associates; cruelty IS witnessed and tolerated throughout the EU every day by animals which have to endure long distance transport.  It is time to act for them and to get better legislation to prevent their suffering.

With around 25 years of experience regarding all aspects of work associated with live animal transport within the UK / EU – see ‘About Us’ – – Serbian Animals Voice founder Mark, still gets very involved with, and has great concerns about the current so-called ‘EU Regulations’ and the terrible conditions in which live farm animals are transported across the EU under every single day.  Current legislation (primarily EU Regulation 1/2005) on the so-called ‘protection’ of animals during transport is not enforced adequately by any EU member states and at this present time, these so-called ‘Regulations’ which are supposed to protect animals in transport are antiquated and grossly outdated; combined, they cause endless animal suffering; something which the Eurogroup inform us they do not wish to see as part of their future ‘vision’.  At the moment, 2014, the EU Commission should bow its head in shame across the whole of Europe for continuing to allow animals undergoing long distance transport to suffer day in, day out, week in, week out, etc on the roads of Europe, whilst allegedly being ‘protected’ by some travesty of so-called archaic legislation produced some 10 or more years ago and which is not really enforced much by many of the existing EU member states.  Good animal transport in the EU is a complete and utter travesty, and it is time that this was changed.

Under the travesty of existing European law / legislation, Animals are currently supposed to be ‘protected’ from cruelty and suffering by the main legislative / welfare / protection document of the EU; which goes under the name of ‘Council Regulation 1/2005 (of 12/2004) on the protection of animals during transport and related operations’.

Click on the link here to gain access to this legislation:

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As you can see, there are a lot of words which in reality, amount to very little or even nothing when it comes to so called national ‘competent authorities’ enforcing rules on the transport of live animals across Europe.  Ask EU animal welfare organisations who continually go undercover to expose the real truths about long distance transport; and who are then simply ignored by their masters in authority.  Just from our own experiences regarding live animal exports from the UK (England) to mainland Europe, we are currently witnessing Dutch convicted criminals (convicted and fined in an English court of law in 2010 and specifically relating to animal transport welfare issues !) now running an ex Soviet battle tank carrier ship designed only for river crossing; to get live animals for slaughter from the UK into mainland EU by crossing the English Channel to France.  A vessel which is only designed for river usage, not the English Channel !.  What is done to protect transported animals here ? – Nothing appears to be done by either the EU Commission or national UK so-called ‘Competent Authorities’ run by the national government, to stop these convicted  criminals; convicted for past animals welfare offences; from continuing with their sordid trade in animal abuse between EU member states – namely England and France.  If the EU Commission was concerned, then it would act at present to prevent this criminal from continuing; – but here in 2014 we see no actions by the EU Commission to currently stop this.


So via this site; the ‘Serbian Animals Voice’ site; which is England, UK; EU member state based, we now intend to make EU peoples voices relating to long distance live animal transport heard within the EU Commission; by campaigning through the ‘Eurogroup’ – the organisation which claims on its website to have a future EU where “cruelty to animals is not tolerated”.  In addition, we will directly target the Commission responsible for animal welfare in Europe – which is headed by Commissioner Tonio Borg.

Council Regulation 1/2005 (of 12/2004) on the ‘protection of animals’ during transport was produced by EU Commission legislation some 10 (ten) years ago.  It is now time for the Eurogroup, the EU Parliament and the EU Commission to wake up; and realise the fact that this archaic and outdated legislation is in desperate need to be completely and utterly re-vamped to bring it into line with the feelings and wishes of many millions of people; EU citizens throughout the EU. The legislation as it stands does not work to help animals; it has never worked; and so the EU Commission now needs to address this at the current time. The welfare of animals during transport legislation / regulation(s) needs a major overhaul; it needs to be vastly improved by the EU Commission; with, as just one major example of a progression to improving animal welfare, introducing a maximum journey time for ALL animals in transport to  enduring a ONE OFF, maximum journey time of just 8 (eight) hours, nothing more; the journey is to be started and completed within a time window of 8 hours, or it does not even get any EU approval to commence in the first place..

It is therefore down to the Eurogroup and the EU Commission, headed by the Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy, namely Tonio Borg; to actually come clean and put their supportive words for animal welfare into real actions for the animals in transport; those who suffer each and every day.  It is time to now move forward from the grossly outdated legislation and hours which animals endure on the roads of Europe at this very moment, to new and much better legislation in the form of a new or revised Regulation which limits live animal transport to a one off maximum of 8 hours journey time, regardless of the farm animal species.  If the EU Commission does nothing more for animals in transport; at the very least, it should be making 8 hours and the one off maximum journey time for animals in transport a new regulation.  We at ‘Serbian Animals Voice’ will do everything in our power to push for better legislative changes for animals in transport within the EU at the real heart of where legislation is produced; namely the EU, Brussels.

The shambles that is the current EU legislation for animals in transport, Regulation 1/2005; allows different species of farm animals to be transported for the varying times given below; times which we feel need to be scrapped across the board and instead replaced by a one off single maximum journey time of only 8 hours – no more – be it for animals undergoing slaughter upon their arrival, or animals going for further fattening:

Under existing EU Regulation 1/2005,the ‘shambles’ of a legislation, journey times for animals currently being transported across the EU are:

Unweaned calves, lambs and foals – 9 hours – 1 hour break – and then a further 9 hours.  Total time of at least 18 hours excluding the break period.  The 1 hour break is a minimum, with no maximum time; and the break is taken with the animals still loaded onto the vehicle; they are not unloaded.  A basic transport time of 18 hours possible with an unlimited break of 1 hour minimum in the middle of the journey, still taken by keeping the animals on the vehicle.

Pigs – 24 hours maximum journey time in one single journey.  According to the Regulation, animals ‘should’ be given access to water continually during the journey.

Cattle, Sheep, Goats –  14 hours, minimum of 1 hour rest (again unlimited as above) with then another possible 14 hours of journey time.  Total journey time of at least 28 hours excluding the middle break period which is unlimited and which keeps the animals on the carrier vehicle.

Horses – except registered horses – equine animals may be transported for a maximum period of 24 hours.  According to the EU Regulation, they should be provided with liquids and feed every 8 hours.

There are lots of ‘should be’ in the above legislation.

The reality from undercover investigations show that the reality of welfare in transport is often very different.

Below you will find a ‘sample letter’ which can be copied and sent to the EU Commissioner (Borg); the man who can take action; addressing your concerns associated with the current issues of live animal transport, The shamble of regulation 1/2005 and what is hoped for the future according to both him and the Eurogroup.  We also include a link which will show all current Members of the EU Parliament (MEP’s) who represent every member state at the EU Parliament.  If you are an EU citizen, these MEP’s can also be contacted directly by you to express your concerns on this issue.  Find and contact them directly at:

Send letters and mails for change to the regulations and a maximum one off journey time of 8 hours to the following:

Contact the spokesperson for Commissioner Tonio Borg – Frederic VINCENT – at:

Commissioner Borg informs us of his animal welfare intentions at: :

Part of his statement reads:  “Animal welfare is close to the hearts of many Europeans. This is plainly evident from the numerous petitions, letters and Parliamentary questions sent every year to the Commission. It is in fact not by coincidence that Europe’s body of laws protecting animals is among the strongest in the world”.

… “During the meeting, I underlined the fact that rules only live up to expectations if they are properly enforced and suggested that there is room for improvement in enforcing animal welfare regulations. Part of the necessary groundwork has been setting a standard format for reporting of enforcement actions by Member States which will permit useful comparison and thereby an even playing field for operators”

 … “In our discussions, I also stressed the importance of enforcement on animal transport. We have the leading animal welfare legislation in the world; let’s make sure that we enforce them properly and uniformly. Under this Commission mandate, we are preparing important groundwork for a general animal welfare law.

I am confident that we have paved the way for key achievements in the years to come”.

Eurogroup Contact e mail:     

Eurogroup  website for further informaton:


Eurogroup    –  ‘Our Vision’

We are passionate about creating a society where animal welfare is fully considered and where;

  • Every animal lives in an environment where they can perform their natural behaviour 
  • Cruelty to animals is not tolerated 
  • The welfare of all animals is protected by European legislation 
  • All EU laws on the protection of animals are effective and prevent animal suffering
  • Politicians in all 28 member states and at EU level consider the impact every new policy has on animals 
  • Our active membership network of animal welfare groups is recognised as the leading authority on animal welfare

Eurogroup statement:

  • Farm Animals

Today’s industrial food production means that billions of farm animals suffer in Europe every year and since its inception Eurogroup’s aim has been to highlight their plight and to campaign vigorously for legislation. Animals used for food are not just agriculture products but sentient beings. From the point of birth to the slaughterhouse they need to be treated accordingly.

In addition, we make sure that governments and industry apply the laws. We encourage financial compensation for farmers who invest in welfare-friendly production systems, and highlight cases were EU subsidies lead to animal suffering as is the case for export subsidies for live animal export.


Summer 2014 – Eurogroup meets with Commissioner Borg

During the summer of 2014, Eurogroup for Animals represented by Reineke Hameleers, Peter Davies and Martyn Griffiths had a one-hour meeting with European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy, Tonio Borg and three members of his staff, to discuss our concerns and ensure the welfare of all animals that is protected by European legislation.

The subjects covered included the proposed EU Animal Welfare Framework Law, Proposal for Cloning for Food production, Trade and Animal Welfare, Companion Animals, Proposal on EU Strategy on Invasive Species and the situation on the Seal Trade dispute following a Resolution submitted from the recent Eurogroup for Animals’ AGM.

Commissioner Borg was very positive and hopeful on all these issues.

Eurogroup for Animals hopes that it will result in a concrete outcome for improved welfare of animals.

To give your voice to supporting the concrete outcome for the improvement of animals in the EU, please send the following sample letter to the addresses given below.

IMPORTANTEven if you are not an EU citizen; there is still no reason why you cannot voice your disgust at this trade to the EU Commissioner by copying and sending the sample letter below.  In fact, if he sees that comments and letters are coming to him about this from outside of the EU, then all the better for the campaign.  Thank you.

Sample Letter

Can be directly copied and sent to the following e mail addresses; or copy the sample letter and amend as you wish.


‘CC’ Copy to:    


Subject:  Time to Update live farm animal transport times and regulations immediately – pave the way to improved animal welfare now !

Dear Commissioner Borg;

I have visited your website and read the many statements you make with regard achieving better welfare for animals during transport.  I also note that during the Summer of 2014 you had a meeting with the Eurogroup to discuss their concerns regarding the live transport of animals across the EU, and your promise to “ensure the welfare of all animals is protected by European legislation”.

Current legislation in the form of Regulation 1/2005 does not give much protection to animals in transport.  This has been proven time after time by undercover investigations undertaken by animal welfare organisations located throughout the EU.  To simply declare that a driver is ‘competent’ to transport live animals for many hours because he has a piece of paper which says that he is ‘competent’ is a complete and utter travesty for both EU animal welfare and good name of all EU citizens who are sick of witnessing the daily abuses that this EU live transport trade supports.

For example, in the UK (an EU member state); we currently witness a Dutch operator who has been convicted in an English court of law for causing animal suffering during transport, carrying / exporting live animals between Kent (English) ports and the French port of Calais.  I ask, where is the ‘animal protection’ that you talk about here when a Dutch convicted criminal is transporting live animals across your EU ? – as a convicted criminal, he should be banned and you should face up to the facts that EU citizens require a lot more action from you now on the issue of live animal transport.  These requirements include:

  • A one off maximum journey time of 8 hours for all animals in transport; regardless of them going for immediate slaughter or for further fattening.
  • A Major overhaul or complete re-vamp of the Regulation 1/2005 which as shown by undercover investigators; actually does very little, or even nothing, to give any ‘protection’ to animals being transported across the EU.
  • Much better and much more detailed animal transport driver training prior to them being given their sheet of paper and being declared as ‘competent’ to deal with animals being transported.

You talk on your website of  “Under this Commission mandate, we are preparing important groundwork for a general animal welfare law.  I am confident that we have paved the way for key achievements in the years to come”.

The people of the EU do not want to be lied to in the form of so- called future  ‘animal protection legislation’ such as Regulation 1/2005, if it just means basic tinkering round the edges; they want major welfare changes for animals in transport and they want them now.  As the Commissioner responsible, it is down to you to immediately address the EU citizens concerns and implement positive actions for animal welfare improvements immediately; such as for example, stopping Dutch criminals from exporting live animals from the UK to mainland Europe.  This, combined with introducing an 8 hour maximum journey time limit would be a good start to actually show you really mean action rather than just talking the talk of better animal welfare.

I thank you for your time and consideration of my requests; and I will be watching you and the actions oof your Commission very closely to see just how much progress you actually make in ‘paving the way for (animal welfare) achievements in the years to come.  Please don’t make it years; do it now !!

The 8 hour maximum journey time along with banning the operations of Dutch criminals would be two first good actions you should be taking down your path to better animal welfare – I really want to see both of these undertakings implemented very, very soon; not in distant years to come.

Yours truly,

Name –

Nationality –

From A supporter of ‘Serbian Animals Voice – Kent, England UK (Existing EU Member State).

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Serbia: Please Ensure You Sign The Petition Now Asking the Mayor of Subotica City To Cancel The Memorandum Regarding Animal Treatment – Petition Link Given – Please Crosspost.


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Subotica petition


Dear all;

We ask you please to give your full support to the work being undertaken in Subotica by NGO’s to help solve the problem of un-sterilised owned and stray dogs.

As we always say, sterilization and identification marking of stray animals is the first step to long term numbers reduction.  Just as important is public education – that owned dogs need to be sterilized by their owners, and they should not turn unsterilized animals out onto the streets every day to reproduce with non sterilized stray / street animals.

It would take little to introduce a public education programme showing that owned animal sterilisation is so important to te long term reduction of stray animals on the streets – animals which suffer terribly.

Please give your support to the following campaign – the petition can be found below.

Thank you – SAV.


Hi! Could you please sign/share/forward this petition: 

On July 3,2014. a Memorandum of Understanding and Cooperation was signed between the city of Subotica and NGO “Anima Subotica” about solving the problem of stray dogs on the streets of this city. On this occasion, the Association for the Protection of Animals “Pets Are Worth Saving”, “EPAR – OIPA SERBIA / Alliance for the Conservation of Nature, animal rights and the rights of the people, and the Society for the Protection of Animals, “Alex”, Asylum Alex sent an open letter to the mayor of Subotica, the Minister of agriculture RS, Director of veterinary directorate, veterinary inspection and the general public pointing out certain shortcomings and incompleteness of this Memorandum which only seemingly solves the problem of stray dogs, without concluding and providing concrete ways for the long-term solution and elimination of the real source of stray dogs and cats.

We hereby request the cancellation of this Memorandum making it an illegal act because it allows the continuance of irresponsible owners and keepers of pets and illegal treatment of animals and public money.



Our request for cancellation of the Memorandum was on the news today. July 14, 2014 – Radio Subotica –


SOCIETIES FOR THE PROTECTION OF ANIMALS REQUEST CANCELLATION OF MEMORANDUM Association for the Protection of Animals “Pets Are Worth Saving”, EPAR Serbia, Alex and injured party citizens sent an open letter and the public request for the cancellation of the Memorandum of Understanding and Cooperation between the City of Subotica and the Association of Citizens “Anima Subotica”. The request states that the Memorandum is considered incomplete and they demand its cancellation, because it allows the survival of irresponsible pet owners.

“Anima Subotica” did not want to comment on the negative reactions of these associations, because they believe they work for the benefit of animals, they treat every animal taken off the streets, sterilize and manage to find a home for it and do not return it back to the street. They consider asylums or shelters are not a solution, but only sterilization, education, responsible ownership, punishing irresponsible owners, as well as mandatory micro-chipping.

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If they consider asylums or shelters are not solutions then why did they sign the Memorandum whose Clause 5 states “building shelters and improving conditions in existing shelters”?
The same Clause states “killing dogs in a humane way in accordance with the law”. We all know how public shelters kill their dogs in Serbia. We’ve seen lots of horror photos and we definitely wouldn’t sign that Memorandum. Would you?

Also there is nowhere to be found in Memorandum any word of punishing the irresponsible owners. That is why we are calling this Memorandum incomplete. Some parts are missing and some Don’t Benefit Animals At All!!

We Are Requesting Its Cancellation Now!!

Please continue to Sign and Share this petition. Thank you!! ~ Pets Are Worth Saving

Petition link:

On July 13 EPAR asked the Mayor what he has done on this issue. July 17, 2014

Dear supporters,

Thank you all very much for signing this petition and giving your support to stray animals on the streets of Subotica.

On July 13 EPAR / Alliance for the Conservation of nature, animal rights and the rights of people sent a request to the Mayor asking him for a copy of the document to see what he has done on our request for the cancellation of the illegal Memorandum signed on July 3rd since we know there are no initial conditions for the fulfillment of this Act for the following reasons:

1. There is no legal asylum in the city Subotica which could shelter 900 animals abandoned on the streets EVERY YEAR by the irresponsible owners.

2. Euthanasia of the healthy pets as a measure to reduce the number of stray animal population is prohibited by Law and is punishable by up to three years in prison.

3. Without legal asylum in Subotica, transportation of captured dogs to other cities across Serbia is inconsistent with Law because other municipalities have the same problem with abandoned animals and irresponsible owners.

4. Re-homing of animals can not reduce the No. of stray cats and dogs because the rhythm of new abandoned animals far outweighs the rhythm of re-homed ones. By signing this Memorandum Mayor gave support to the illegal treatment of abandoned pets in Subotica and to the public money which will be used to carry out the illegal process at the expense of citizens and animals, but for the benefit of a small group of people.

** So far, the Mayor has not responded  

Please continue to sign and share this petition far and wide, through all social networks you use (FB, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, etc).

Thank you!

Petition link:

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Mad World.

What with the downing of the Malaysian flight and all the killings of other innocents in Gaza, you can only say one thing really …………. 

… and the original by ‘Tears for Fears'; a UK band from years ago – 1983. 


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Friday 18th July 2014 – A Bad Day for English Animals, But Does the UK Government Care ? – Seems Not. An Attitude of ‘Get Em Through at Whatever Cost’.


Friday 18th July 2014 was a bad day for animal welfare in England.

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British Sheep Being Exported By the Dutch on 18/7/14 at Ramsgate, Kent.

Both Above Photos: Valerie Cameron – Official KAALE Photographer

It was the hottest day of the year – extreme humidity with temperatures reaching around 33 degrees C in the South East. Unusual as it nearly always rains in England !!

So this was the day when once again, the UK government led by David Cameron bowed down, and did everything they possibly could to allow a Dutch livestock haulier named Onderwater to transport live British sheep from England to mainland Europe.

In July 2010 at a court here in Kent, England, Onderwater pleaded guilty to causing animal suffering on no less than 5 charges. Onderwater is a UK court guilty convicted criminal. The animals were due to be shipped by Onderwater from the port of Ramsgate, which is here in Kent and which lies on the English Channel. Onderwater uses all Dutch vehicles and hauliers and contributes very little to the UK economy. In return, he demands that his trucks are given protection by the Kent police (paid for by Kent taxpayers opposed to the trade !) and also protected by a weasel word UK government which posts lots on its website (Defra) about not transporting animals in hot conditions; but then allowing animals to be shipped on the hottest day of the year !!

Live animal exports and transport are a big issue here in the county. So when people had advance warning that the consignment was to go ahead, people / campaigners got together at Ramsgate port to do something about it. They did – taking over the port entrance and holding a mass sit down to prevent the Dutch (English sheep carrying) transporters from entering the harbour. They achieved a result with their efforts and all the Dutch transporters turned away rather than face the onslaught of determined and very angry, hot campaigners.

See the Dutch transporters arriving at the harbour; not having a clue what to do and then deciding to get out of town !!! – we hope the following links work: – angry people and a spineless UK government.


It was hoped that by turning away the trucks, and with severe storms forecast in the English Channel later that evening; the consignment would be forced to be cancelled. This was not to be the case – Onderwaters threats and a spineless UK government ensured that the shipment finally got through regardless.

The trucks later returned and the ex Russian battle tank carrier ship, the ‘Joline’, operated by Onderwater for his business, carried trucks and British animals to Europe in such terrible conditions.

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Above:  Ex Russian River Battle Tank Carrier As Operated by J. Onderwater – the MV ‘Joline’

Photo: Valerie Cameron – Official KAALE Photographer (taken at Dover harbour, Kent)

For sheep that did not die due to the extreme conditions during the shipment, they will instead meet their deaths in another EU member state being labeled as a foreign product for which foreign housewives will pay top prices. Is this not good for the UK farming sector ?, those who always talk about such high standard animals as part of its farming practices and yet also allow their live animals to be shipped to other parts of the EU where they are sold to unknowing carnivores as a French, German, whatever nationality product !!– One thing is for sure; they are not sold as British meat raised and cared for by British farmers !.

You would think that the UK David Cameron led government would see sense and promote British livestock production, which would include much shorter road trips for animals to local UK slaughterhouses where the carcasses (under EU law) must then be stamped as a ‘UK product’ rather than being killed overseas and sold off as a foreign product in another member state of the EU.  Seems like there are lots of people out of touch with the term ‘Good British produce'; who instead seem to ok Britsh animals being shipped to Europe , slaughtered and then sold off to unaware consumers on the continent.

Who is to blame ? – the government for sure; maybe farmers for accepting this and allowing it to happen.

Check out lots more on the events of 18/7/14 on the following Facebook page:

Under exissting EU regulations (1/2005 on the welfare of animals in transport), all EU livestock drivers should show compassion as they are officially responsible for the care of ‘their’ animals whilst on the road. Every driver carrying livestock across the EU has officially to hold a ‘certificate of competence’ to make sure that they are fully aware of animals in transport, their needs and their suffering.

This below is the attitude of a certified Dutch transporter drivers photographed at Ramsgate on 18/7:

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Above: Dutch / EU Certified ‘Competent’ Dutch Hauliers – Responsible for Ensuring Animal Welfare During Transport; Show Their Opinion Of People Who Care About Animals and Their Welfare at Ramsgate !

Above Photo:  Valerie Cameron – Official KAALE Photographer

Can you trust these to ensure the welfare of live animals ? – NO; they need to be certified all right; but most probably for reasons other than carrying live animals around the EU.

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Above Photos: Dutch Transporters Carrying Live British Sheep Arrive at Ramsgate. 

The White Cab Vehicle (Midle Photo) is Operated by J. Onderwater.

Last Photo – Boarding the ‘Joline’.

Above Photos:  Valerie Cameron – Official KAALE Photographer

So this morning (19/7/14) it was time to write something and have a gripe at the ‘EU animal transport system’ and especially the gutless and spineless UK government and ministries associated with allowing British live animals to be shipped for many, many hours to other EU member states by convicted criminals in conditions above 30 degrees C.

The whole system of live animal exports from the UK is a complete and utter UK government led FARCE !!!; they would not know welfare if they tried, as we have proven so much on this site campaigning against the badger cull.  One great result here is that Owen Paterson has now been removed from his position – but it will probably be only a few weeks before he suddenly becomes ‘Lord Paterson’ for his government services to the environment and badger control, or something similar.  Another example of pacify him and keep him happy – and boy do we see a lot of that in UK government !!

Here below in the link to todays gripe for the animals – it is for others to decide their views and if what is said is correct or incorrect.  One thing is for sure, British folk are concerned about live animal transport and the vast majority of them are also voters.

By the way, the UK has a general Election for a new government around May 2015, Well done the people of Kent; regardless of what the end result was yesterday, you did good.  If it were not for good people acting against abuse, we would still be transporting live slaves in the holds of ships; just like we now do with live animals !



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Above Photos: Ramsgate Campaigners – Friday 18th July 2014.

Time now for an immediate and major update to animal transport legislation throughout the ENTIRE  EU.  We call on UK and Netherlands authorities to lead the way.


Visit the ‘Kent Action Against Live Exports’ (KAALE) site at   

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Serbia: Shelter Felix – Thank You For Your Donations To Date, But There Is Still A Long Way To Go To Cover All Costs !

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All photographs from shelter ‘Felix’.



Danica at shelter ‘Felix’ has had some very kind donations towards the vost of the roof repairs; and we thank anyone who has helped.

But the shelter is nowhere near being able to currently get the costs covered by what has been provided – additional donations are urgently required.

You can see our full post regarding the roof repairs at the following:

On the following links you can see all the work that is being undertaken to provide a safe and secure home for the cats – and it all costs lots of money. Please give anything you can – thank you.

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More ‘Shadow’ – 

Videos – 

Gone but not forgotten – 

Timeline photos – 



You can donate directly onto the Felix shelter sites as per the following links:

PayPal button is on our blog:

and our website:


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 Thank you to everyone who has kindly given to help the shelter !






Australia: Exposed by PETA – This Is The Australian Wool Industry – Mass Abuse By Shearers.



SAV Comment – Real men dont hit any living thing – only dim wits punch sheep !!

Dear Mark,

As first reported by NBC, in PETA’s latest eyewitness investigations, workers killed, beat, stomped on, kicked, mutilated, and threw sheep around as they sheared them in Australia, one of the world’s top wool producers, and the U.S.
As you can see in the groundbreaking video footage, sheep shearers violently punched these gentle animals in the face, beat them, jabbed them in the head with sharp metal clippers and a hammer, and stomped and stood on their heads and necks. One shearer killed a sheep by repeatedly twisting and bending a sheep’s neck, breaking it. Workers threw scared sheep around and slammed their heads and bodies against hard wooden floors.

These animals need your help.
The best thing that you can do for sheep is refuse to buy wool! It’s easy to check the label when you’re shopping. If it says “wool,” leave it on the shelf.

Please also ask leading sellers of wool J.Crew and Ralph Lauren to drop wool immediately in favor of animal-friendly materials that are free of cruelty.
Together, we can make a difference for these suffering animals. All you have to do is take action today.

Dan Paden
Evidence Analysis Manager
Cruelty Investigations Department
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals


If you thought wool came from a simple haircut—you were wrong. PETA’s new video exposés reveal that sheep shearers violently punched and stomped on these gentle animals and beat and jabbed them in the head with sharp metal clippers.

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These attacks left the petrified sheep bleeding from the eyes, nose, and mouth.  Photo – PETA.

These sheep can’t fight back.

For all animals,






England (London) : ** 10/7/14 UPDATE ** – LACS Achieve Victory for Pamplona Bull Run Holidays Within A Week !




Above: 7/7/14:  Bully the Bull at STA offices, London – Ready to Campaign –

Now A Victory within the week !!!

Warning – graphic footage on the following link – discretion advised – not for youngsters.

SAV Comment: The LACS only visited the STA offices in London on Monday !! – It was just a matter of time before this happened and common sense won over cruelty – congratulations LACS; animal abuse and suffering should not be promoted as a travel gimmick !

Our recent (just Monday 7th July) post on this issue:

Dear Mark,

GREAT NEWS! I am delighted to inform you that STA Travel have announced they have stopped all sales to Pamplona following our campaign.

Over 12,000 people took action by contacting STA Travel highlighting the cruelty of bull running and bullfighting. People shared our hard hitting film and also followed ‘Bully’ the bull with his visit to STA’s flagship store in London. We could not have achieved this victory without your support!

You can view STA’s statement here.

We welcome STA removing Pamplona and continuing to review their products however we think it is really disappointing that it took us to point out that they were breaking the ABTA Animal Welfare Guidelines that they signed up to and throughout the campaign they refused to speak to us at all. We expected more of a major travel company, and especially of one who targets a student audience.

Whilst this is good news overall, the sad fact is it does nothing to help the bulls who will be chased through the streets of Pamplona this year, and who will be killed in the bull ring at the end of the day. However, it’s a major step in helping the bulls of 2015 onwards, and in enforcing the Animal Welfare Guidelines.

The campaign does not stop here – so watch this space!
If you want to see us achieve more victories like this then please consider donating to our campaigns and together we can make a difference for animals. 


Thank you for your support.

Mark McCormick
Senior Communications Officer


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Serbia: July News From Shelter Felix – Serious Problems with the Roof Replacement.

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 7/7/14 – We have had the following news in from Danica at Shelter ‘Felix’.

Please remember that so much update and construction work has been undertaken at the shelter – work which is simply there to provide safe sanctuary for all the cats who once lived on the streets, along with all all the dangers that came with this.  Now they have a forever home; but unless funds can be raised for extra work which has had to be completed on the roof; things are in more danger.

At the end of this post you will see some pictures of little ‘Shadow’, who was saved from the market and who has now been restored to a beautiful little cat at Felix shelter.

We know there are appeals all the time for different projects and issues, but it is essential that in order to continue with a forever home for Shadow and the others, the extra funds are raised for the work which has had to be undertaken.

So please, give anything that you can to help Danica and the cats survive this situation.

Look at the photos of little Shadow below – is that not a good enough reason the give a donation ???

Thank you – SAV.

You can donate directly onto the Felix shelter sites as per the following links:

PayPal button is on our blog:

and our website:


Dinarske uplate: Felix-Felinolosko drustvo  355-1070729-96


Serious Problems with the Roof Replacement





Why doesn’t anything ever go easily?

As you already know, the massive renovation work at Cat Shelter Felix has finally started as of a couple of weeks ago. We kept silent as long as we could, wishing to pleasantly surprise all of our friends and supporters with good news on the shelter’s repair progress. Everything seemed to be going along well, just as it should; workers had finished building the four small dividing walls between the support columns, removed the old roofing, lifted the new roof beams, made the entire wooden frame, our hearts were already singing with joy, but then…

To our incredible disappointment, it suddenly and unexpectedly turned out that we have about one meter of empty space between the top of the walls and the roof beams, through which all of the kitties can easily climb up to the attic and make it all the way through to the section under the roof of the main building. Once they’re there, the whole wide world is theirs; they’ll have dozens of ways to escape and happily wander the neighborhood and curious as they are, they simply wouldn’t be able to resist the challenge. Our happy optimism turned into utter despair in an instant. We could all just sit down and cry.


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Although we knew there would be some gap (the pitch of the roof has changed due to the extended roof overhang that protects the walkway), no one could’ve imagined, not in their worst nightmare, how big it would turn out to be! Evidently, the problem is that the walls of the cat’s rooms (and the walls of all of the buildings on this property) are made of rammed earth, some reed and some random bricks, so they were literally crumbling while the workers were lifting the beams and this enormous gap is the result.

All of the cats from the backyard are now enclosed with tarps in a sort of improvised shelter between the side entrance to the yard and the biggest of their rooms, as the top wire mesh (chain linked fence) had to be temporarily lifted. Unfortunately all felines are escape artists and it will be literally impossible to keep them from making their way out of such a weak enclosure for an extended period of time. The only thing we can do is to fill the empty space above the walls and under the roof beams with wooden cladding, if we miraculously succeed in raising the funds to purchase all of the necessary materials – until then, we can’t dream of releasing the kitties back into the yard! We can’t use bricks or any heavy material for that purpose because the existing structure, even strengthened, wouldn’t be able to bear the additional weight and everything will just come crashing down. 




The old roof was in such terrible shape that it’s really surprising and a true miracle that it didn’t fall in on the cats a long time ago. Parts of the new roof that have been done so far look good and sturdy, but the mere thought of that gap, that big gap is like a dark cloud over our heads. At the moment, we have absolutely no solution to this problem. The kitties are already nervous because they’re accustomed to having plenty of open space and all of them are definately not impressed with this restricted area they’re now forced to live in. While they’re constantly trying to escape back into the yard, which the most skillful ones have already done a couple of times, (catching them wasn’t an easy task and no fun at all), workers are beginning to install the tiles. The insulation layer or more precisely the foil insulation is already in place (we’ll also have to put wooden cladding over the oblique roof beams to protect the insulation layer from tearing) and in just a few days we’ll have a new roof above the kitties’ rooms. A new roof and a huge gap underneath.



As if all of this is not enough, new problems arose. The portion of the roof that’s being replaced right now is higher than parts of the old roof that will remain in place, because the pitch of the new one has changed. At the end, if we don’t put two triangular wooden gables between the edges of the dual-pitched roof, nothing on Earth will prevent the kitties from having a promenade all over the roof. One wooden gable should be made above the door between the two parts of the yard, so the kitties won’t be able to cross from one part of the yard to another over the door as they please. The other one is necessary to stop them from escaping through the gap between the new roof and the old roof of their biggest room in the backyard, which is made of sheet metal and tiles but is much lower than the new one.



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The only good thing is that if we by some incredible luck manage to raise 2.300 euros needed to purchase the timber cladding, fill the gaps and thus ensure no cats could escape, all of them will have more space on the roof than they have ever had before. Their paradise will finally be a real paradise. But until then, this is a complete disaster.

How long will we be able to keep the kitties in that improvised shelter, when they are incessantly trying to break out? They’ve hated it from the second they were rounded up and forced to be in there. What will happen when they succeed and start fleeing in all directions? I’ve already caught at least a dozen of them who have breached what we naively believed would be only a temporary enclosure and I was forced to use a humane trap for the least approachable and most insolent. Not one of them will step into the humane trap again, that’s for sure, and if they escape just one more time, there would be nothing I can do but to wait for the runaways to find their way back home, which they hopefully will, at one point…





If we fail to raise around 2.300 euros as soon as possible, there’s a huge chance our long struggle won’t end well for the 117 shelter kitties. Workers will finish their job and go away and then what? Is it even possible to raise this kind of money on such short notice? Is there anyone out there who believes it’s worth a try? Many questions, and the answers are sadly nowhere in sight.

I’m totally aware summer is a bad time for fundraising, with holidays, etc, I know people are strapped for cash. The sum of money we need is huge and even more importantly, it’s for shelter repairs, not for saving a few mangled and abused animals, each of them with a sad story and heartbreaking graphic photos. But what we’re trying to do is to ensure a good, secure life for a three-digit number of kitties! Is it not a vital and worthy mission? It’s also a very time sensitive emergency so please, help us with whatever you can afford and share our plight! Every little bit helps as all donations add up and ensure a bright future for these lovely creatures! Our kitties have no one but us, and we all have no one but you!








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SAV Comment:

Many of you will remember the recent post that we did regarding little ‘Shadow'; the kitten saved from death by Danica.  See our recent post at:

Well now Danica has sent us some new photos of little Shadow, and we want to share them with you.

Danica has sent us the following message:

Thank you so much for posting the videos of our little Shadow :)

She was such a sad little critter when I picked her up at the beginning of June from the flea market where she somehow appeared a few days earlier. Oblivious and uncaring people at the market had been kicking her and stomping on her for hours, until one of the sellers scooped her up and hid her under their stall. She had obviously been away from her Mom for a while; she was scared, emaciated, painfully skinny and didn’t even eat solid food yet. 

But she is an incredible fighter and managed to pull through a major crisis, beating all odds.

She is healthy and happy now, playing with her best friend Tinker Bell (which I took from a pet seller at that same flea market a month earlier, after a pretty heated argument and a call to the Communal Inspection) and both of them will undoubtedly be spoilt rotten :)

I’m sending you a few pictures of Shadow, some of which were taken when she arrived at the shelter and the others were taken a few days ago. Our friend Kim named her Shadow as she was just a thin little wisp of black when I took her in.

‘Shadow’ Photos:







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 Above – Shadow and Tink



You can donate directly onto the Felix shelter sites as per the following links:

PayPal button is on our blog:

and our website:


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USA: Texas Cheerleader Likes Killing Lions and Smiling in Photos With Their Carcasses.


This Texas Cheerleader Likes Killing Lions and Smiling in Photos With Their Carcasses

Kendall Jones is using social media to document her hunting exploits in Africa, and outraged wildlife activists want to shut her down.

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July 01, 2014 By Liz Dwyer

School’s out for the summer, but 19-year-old Texas Tech cheerleader Kendall Jones isn’t your average college student hustling at a corporate internship or grinding through a part-time job at the mall. Instead, the avid hunter has hauled her pink bow and arrow across the Atlantic to shoot lions, leopards, and zebras in South Africa. Thanks to Jones’ gruesome Facebook photos documenting the bloody summer spree (which she is apparently filming for a television show), wildlife activists are working to get the teen’s page banned from the social media site and her access to the continent revoked.  

Jones, who has a bright smile in every picture with a carcass, claims to be an animal advocate. “Hunters are the biggest conservationists there are,” she wrote on June 25 as a comment below the photo of her and a dead cheetah. “We want animal populations to grow and thrive!”

Never mind that fewer than 10,000 cheetahs are left in the wild and the animals have a notoriously difficult time reproducing in captivity.

The college sophomore grew up watching her father hunt and accompanied him on a hunting trip to Zimbabwe when she was nine. “As badly as I wanted to shoot something I was just too small to hold the guns my dad had brought,” wrote Jones on her page. She spent her time taking candy and toys to “under privileged children” instead.

But Jones was determined to become a trophy hunter. Unlike hunting duck or deer during a specific season to prevent overpopulation, wealthy animal hunters pay thousands of dollars to safari companies that organize opportunities to kill rare beasts. The animals that are shot are handed over to a taxidermist, who usually cuts off and preserves the head, which is then taken home as a trophy.

Advocates of the business claim that the money the hunters bring in helps bolster African economies while ensuring that native people take care of the animals and land. The logic is that if hunting is outlawed, no cash comes in and local folks will have no reason to maintain the animals’ habitat, which will cause the creatures to become extinct anyway. 

Jones got her first trophy in 2008 when she was 13. She headed back to South Africa to kill what safari hunting enthusiasts refer to as the big five game animals: lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard, and southern white rhinoceros. The rhino is considered a near threatened species; it was the first animal Jones ever shot.


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The following year she headed out “on a 28 day safari and took an elephant with a shot from a .416 Remington and finished it off with my dad’s .470 Nitro Express,” Jones wrote. Two weeks after that trip she returned to Africa to kill a leopard and a hippo, both of which are considered vulnerable species. “I was lucky enough to have all of my hunting adventures professionally videoed and put onto DVD,” wrote Jones, who will be featured on a television show on the Sportsman Channel in 2015.  

Jones’ desire to be a reality TV star is what spurred Cape Town resident Keiron Brown to launch a petition asking African countries to ban the hunter. “She has publicly stated that she hopes to have a television hunting show and she is using endangered and helpless African animals as a stepping to further her popularity on social media platforms,” wrote Brown. So far more than 11,200 people have signed.

A petition on is asking Facebook to delete Jones’ page because all the photos of her cheesing it up with dead wildlife promote animal cruelty. Nearly 60,000 individuals have expressed their support for it.

Hunting aficionados are rallying behind Jones. More than 40,000 people have “liked” her Facebook page over the past month. Like many big game hunters around the globe, the smiling teen feels no need to stop her activities. “I just want to THANK all of my supporters for their continued encouragement and backing!” wrote Jones on Tuesday. “I will continue to hunt and spread the knowledge of hunting and wildlife conservation.”  






England: Response To Many Comments.




Dear all;

Many thanks to everyone who has left so many very positive comments on the site – we are grateful but due to workloads and limited manpower cannot address each comment by return.  Today alone we have had around 140 comments; you can see many of them on the site.

Some people are asking specific questions about the site and formats used etc; so I will try and give some quick answers and links if necessary.

Q1  Can we give links to your site on our site ?

A1  Please feel free to give a link to anything on our site if it is of help with your campaigning.


Q2  What system are you using ?

A2  I think most of the points relating to the site are covered in the post published fairly recently – 



There are some great free blog sites around – take advantage of them.

At SAV, we use WordPress –    so I would strongly suggest to use this.  – there are loads of formats to choose from for your site, you can really give your site a professional feel.

The global map or Clustrmap is free and you can sign up to getting one from our own map – just click on our par site on the left hand side and you will be taken to a bigger map – and underneath the world map there is a registration window where you  can register for a clustrmap.  Or click here:

You probably wont need it for any individual ‘personal’ blog site, but we like to add flags representing nations for any issues that we cover.  All our flags for each post are copied over into ‘My pictures’ from the global flags website –

Just select your country required from the A-Z index and then when the flag appears, copy it onto ‘My Pictures’ and store for future use.

Most of our images are via the massive animal welfare / rights network global network that we are part of.  We are sent many stories and issues every day, but you can always use Google images to find an image you may want.  Just watch copyright though – sometimes much best to credit the photographer, especially if a newspaper image is used.

Unfortunately we are not on Twitter (yet).

There is an SAV Facebook site which can be accessed via the following. We have over 1,000 animal welfare members and supporters, so why not sign up to become yet another ?:

Do we have internet browser compatibility problems?

Not as far as we can tell ! – everything works fine via WordPress and we think that people can just put any keyword or words into their browser and then chances are we may pop up as one of the sites.  Things that people may use to find us are for example:

- russian teenager kills a poor puppy

- animal cruelty stories 2011

- horses in bullfighting


Regards Mark

Founder SAV.


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England: Badger Cull Kills Over 2,000 Animals and Finds Just ONE Case of BTB – Oh; At A Cost To UK Taxpayers Of £8 Million !!



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As many of you regulars to the site know, being based in England UK, we have been campaigning against the UK government badger cull since its inauguration.

This article above appeared in a UK national newspaper within the last few days – and details that in reality, just one (1) actual badger of only four (4) tested out of more than 2,000 killed actually had bovine TB.

The most alarming thing is that in total, just four animals were tested for BTB out of the 2,000 killed – the rest were just incinerated rather than being tested to provide much more insight into the spread and carriers of the killer disease. This is a complete and utter waste of public money in some half cocked attempt by David Cameron PM to win extra votes from the farming community.

£8 million spent by an utterly incompetent government to find just one animal carrying bovine TB. Money well spent ? – as we say; an utterly incompetent government ministry (Defra) headed by the incompetent Owen Paterson and Cameron.

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£8 Million incompetent – Owen Paterson.

Imagine what animal welfare organizations could have achieved for the benefit of animals by having £8 million ? – maybe they could have put some of the money into research to find a vaccination against this disease – something this government is very reluctant to do. A government which pretends to be taking action in order to win votes from farmers. These results now show a complete government farce which has backfired into the governments face.

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This result of just one badger being found to carry BTB shows what a complete and utter attempted vote winning farce the government attempted to achieve by undertaking these so-called ‘trials’; trials that did not even test slaughtered animals to see if they had the disease..

The government and its Defra ministry failed so very miserably; and we now call on Owen Paterson – so called ‘head’ at Defra, to resign and stand down from politics – the man is a complete and utter incompetent – and led by another one named David Cameron, the Prime Minister.

A vote winning farce which was put ahead of a positive solution to a disease which affects so many farmers today. If and when the government, any government, actually put their money where their mouth should be, and start vaccination research for either cattle, and / or badgers also, we may witness a decline in BTB. The day may come when politicians worry more about the survival of animals rather than their own pathetic survival – but then have we ever seen this to date ??? …………………..

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Some past SAV posts associated with the anti badger cull campaign:

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Netherlands: Good News Good News.



As many of you will know, we have been working with Lesley and all our good friends at ‘Eyes on Animals’ in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, for many years; especially regarding live animal transport issues and more recently investigations into conditions at slaughterhouses in Turkey.

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Here are some links to past SAV posts:

 Well here now we are reproducing the latest good news issues from Lesley.

All issues are very important and via the EU and EU Commissions, we will continue to work to improve the welfare of ALL animals throughout ALL the member states of Europe.

I personally want to congratulate Lesley and all the crew for their tireless work to improve the lives of millions of animals. Please take the following reports as more positive steps to reducing the suffering of animals in the EU.

Mark – SAV.

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Further successes in improving animal transport to reduce risk of suffering

One year after releasing our report “The importance of access during transport” and being in regular dialogue with manufacturers of livestock trucks as well as the Dutch authorities and animal-transport companies, we are starting to see the results! The Dutch authorities have just informed us that they have started a consultation with the authorities of all EU member states to set an EU-wide standard on requirements trucks must fulfill to provide adequate access to animals in need of help during transport. They will keep us updated.  Besides this, Eyes on Animals continues to receive news from companies taking our suggestions seriously. Two examples are the transport companies of Rinus van Beers and Paul Raaijmakers.

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More and more chicken-catchers in the Netherlands being trained in humane handling

Last September we contacted all chicken-catching companies in the Netherlands and initiated the idea that they invest time and money into training their employees, as the number of birds we inspected that had horrible injuries due to rough handling during loading was shocking. We have been in regular dialogue with the industry and authorities about this subject since, as well as a school that trains people involved in the food business. Training in humane handling is not mandatory under the law, but thanks to our on-going pressure directly with those involved, a 5th training was just given recently. This time it was organized by the catching company together with the slaughterhouse that is not happy with the bruises and injuries on the birds.
We will continue on this project to ensure that the handling of poultry is taken seriously and considered a job that one must conduct professionally, and not just something that poorly paid people with no experience can do any which way they want!


The Jumbo stops import of horse meat from horrible slaughterhouse Lamar in Argentina

On June 11, Eyes on Animals met with the Corporate Social Responsibility Manager of Jumbo, the second largest supermarket in the Netherlands. We discussed the transport and slaughter conditions for horses in North, Central and South America that Eyes on Animals, TSB Zurich, AA USA and 3 other NGO’s exposed. After EonA released the disturbing results to the Dutch media in March, Jumbo went themselves to inspect conditions at the slaughterplants in Argentina and Uruguay that were supplying them with horse meat. This resulted in Jumbo deciding to immediately stop doing business with one of the Argentinian slaughterhouses (Lamar) where they also found the conditions extremely poor. The other slaughterhouses have to put several improvements into place by September 2014, if not Jumbo will stop doing business with them as well. Eyes on Animals and Jumbo have agreed to meet again in October after they return from their follow-up inspection in Argentina and Uruguay.
Jumbo is also taking the initiative to have Global GAP standards created for horse transport and slaughter by the end of 2014, in an aim to further raise horse-welfare standards internationally.  Read more about this on our website.

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Potential for modernization of Turkish slaughterhouses

Eyes on Animals cannot stop the slaughter of animals, but we can help stop a lot of the suffering during slaughter. We are tackling the suffering on all sides. One strategy is putting the ‘best practice’ companies that make equipment to slaughter animals ‘humanely’ in contact with the Turkish slaughterhouses we have been to. We know these companies that make slaughter equipment and have identified which ones take welfare seriously and know their material. We have met with them to show them the problems we saw in the slaughterhouses we visited in Turkey and asked them to do what they can to help. In April we coordinated a meeting between a ‘best-practice’ Belgian equipment company and the slaughterhouse near Istanbul and last week a ’best-practice’ Dutch slaughter-equipment company visited two more of the Turkish slaughterhouses. They are giving advice on how to handle animals and the advantages of proper equipment.
We know we are not saving these animals, but we hope you can understand that this strategy can, in a realistic way, get these plants at least up to higher standards of welfare at slaughter. If we can stop the hoisting of animals alive by chains around their legs, then we will have already accomplished a lot.

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 Lots more links and photographs regarding live animal transport at ‘About Us’ –

 The Kent Action Against Live Exports (KAALE) website – for which Mark is the EU Correspondent; can be found at  – here you can see endless reports, photos and information regarding the UK live animal transport campaign.






Australia: Freemantle Live Exports Protest Updates – Please Support Regularly If Possible.



I intended to write to you a little earlier and ask you to spare an hour to join us and our signs and banners at the corner of Tydeman Rd and Queen Victoria St, North Fremantle….

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this Saturday at 11.00 AM, and the first Saturday of every month thereafter, to create some exposure of this trade and hand out flyers to drivers and passengers in vehicles when stopped at the traffic lights.
BUT! Planning is hard though when you throw live export ships into the the mix –   I also promised that we would be down at the port every time a….    

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… Livestock Shipping Services (LSS) vessel was in – that we would be there to protest this government continuing to grant LSS a licence to export live animals, despite now NINE breaches of ESCAS in just 12 months. Wouldn’t you know it – LSS’ Maysora is due to dock tomorrow and should be loading on Saturday.

So… what to do?
We will be gathering, and I suspect it will be at the port this time, but we will have someone at the other location for first 15 minutes in case others turn up there based on our promise last month to begin Tydeman Rd protests this Saturday.
I’ll send out a very short confirmation email tomorrow afternoon and update on Facebook. Hope to see those of you who can spare just one hour on Saturday!
Katrina Love
Campaign Manager & Coordinator



Serbia: Please vote for SERBIA’S FORGOTTEN PAWS.

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Dear Mark

SERBIA’S FORGOTTEN PAWS saves animals in Serbia from horrific cruelty they face every day.

This organisation struggles to scrape enough money together to help more dogs and cats in my country.

Part of the award will go to Goran, the owner of the shelter in Mislodjin, who rescued my beloved dog friend Bo and many other animals from flooded Obrenovac.

Please vote for SERBIA’S FORGOTTEN PAWS to win £2000 for Serbian dogs.


We are so close! We can do this, but only with your help!

thank you Desanka





Serbia: New Video From ‘Felix’ Shelter – Little Kitten ‘Shadow’ Is Now Improving and Playing.

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 See the new videos from Danica showing little Kitten ‘Shadow’ who is finally improving and starting to play – enjoy !!


PayPal button is on our blog:

and our website:


Dinarske uplate: Felix-Felinolosko drustvo  355-1070729-96


Serbia: 26/6/2014 – Latest News From Danica At Cat Shelter Felix.

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Here is the latest (June 2014) messge from Danica regarding the latest news from Cat Shelter Felix.

Please click on the ‘Shelters’ tab at the top of the site to see a great deal more about the past issues at Shelter Felix – or click directly on this link to be taken there  –

There have been huge updates and repairs undertaken at the shelter, and it has still not finished as you can see from some of the photographs below.  Once all the repair work has been completed; it will mean that this dedicated shelter will be able to provide a life long home for at least 117 little living beings who once existed on the streets.

If you are able to provide anything to help with the costs of repairs; or wish to support the shelter in many diffeent ways; please make your selection from the links following:

PayPal button is on our blog:

and our website:


Thank you for your support of Cat shelter ‘Felix’.




Let the Pandemonium Begin!

Last autumn, when we happily received an incredibly generous donation which would enable us to cover the costs of replacing the roof of the auxiliary cats’ rooms, we couldn’t have dreamt it would take us so long to even begin with the new and hopefully final round of shelter repairs. No construction companies were willing to start the massive repair work back in rainy September and we had no other choice but to reluctantly hold up, cross our fingers and wait for spring. A long, frigid, snowy winter arrived and left again, followed by the unrelenting rain of an unpromising spring, and now after a couple of stressful and hectic months it’s finally time to get shelter repairs underway again.

Many things have happened in the meantime, we sadly lost some of the oldest and sickest kitties in spite of trying to help them the best we could and doing everything that could have possibly be done. A few new sad, unfortunate and desperate furry ones arrived, and the time has passed almost unnoticeably. And yet for the last couple of weeks we’ve been anxiously preparing for the biggest challenge since the shelter was founded, quietly and with no fuss, impatiently waiting for the weather to stabilize, with huge expectations and hope in our hearts. Although it’s just the beginning of summer, the temperatures are already skyrocketing but more importantly, the sky is finally clear and blue and our long agonizing wait seems to be over. Let the show begin!


The existing supporting structure wouldn’t stand a chance to bear the weight of the roof, so we had to build five strong support columns last autumn even though we haven’t managed to finish them completely. A new concrete path between the front entrance into the backyard and garage was also made, instead of the old deteriorated path composed of soil, cracked concrete and decaying paving tiles. The entire path would turn into a muddy mess whenever it rained, so the cats that were coming and going out of their rooms were stepping directly into the mud. We’re planning to extend the roof overhang in order to protect the new path below from precipitation, but that’s not all. Construction workers are currently building four small dividing walls between the support columns which are supposed to help keep the new path dry, whatever the weather throws at us, and it also provides the kitties with some additional sheltered space which is so necessary during the winter months.


As always, funds are the persistent problem and even more so because of the unexpected expenses of treating several seriously ill kitties; thus we found ourselves in a paradoxical situation of undertaking costly shelter repairs without trying to raise funds for the above. But some things simply can’t wait if we are ever going to make the shelter into a livable and secure place for its 117 furry residents, so we are running into debts and huge ones again, that we can’t dream of paying off on our own. Long story short, the cost of the roof replacement itself has been covered by last year’s huge donation, but nothing else has been and there’s a lot of work yet to be done while the weather’s nice.


No matter how hard we try not to endlessly bore you with countless appeals for help and find the way to do what we have to do without begging around, we have no chance to finish such massive repair work unless our friends and supporters all step up. Anything that you’re able to give makes a huge difference and means the world and life itself for a three-digit number of once abused and sadly forgotten little creatures! Even the smallest donations add up and help their safe haven be what it’s meant to be!

We are all eternally thankful from the bottom of our hearts to each and every one of you who’ve been supporting our work for years and never failed us in our times of need. If we all pull together, we can finish up this shelter once and for all and give these kitties the safe and happy home they so much deserve!







PayPal button is on our blog:

and our website:


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Serbia: Slavica Takes Action About Shelters and Strays In Municipalities.

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We have had a couple of things in from Slavica, who is based in Subotica, Serbia.

Read more about Slavica at ‘About Us’ –

Scroll down until you come to the section titled: Dr. Medicine Slavica Mazak Bešlić – Subotica, Serbian Republic

Slavica says:

First –

I ask for copies of documents about  the city  shelter  condition and capacity at Novo Selo by Vrnjacka Banja . How many dogs/cats have been arriving during the last 3 years,  what is the number of microchips given to the animals and where are they now. How much public money was given to provide for these animals, and where is the money now, because  I had received information that shinters from Novo Selo travelled into in several municipalities of Southern Serbia  catching dogs/cats; making dirty bllod money from doing business with several city authorities.

Now we wait to see what documentation they provide, if any.





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Second -

The Mayor of Subotica did not help to big shelter and Adrianna Nadj said to him
that he cannot finance 550 city dogs,  and at the same time city shelter has
receive 7 million dinars  for  feeding  156 dogs for 2013 year.

Adrianna wrote that ALEX  shelter needs help and  she wrote the minimum of
finance which  it is necessary, but to date the Mayor has not even bothered to respond to her.
That is  why I now send to mayor and also to ombudsman :

official request for information of public interests : what they did do for protect  Adrianna
and Dragan  human rights and for protect the animals at ALEX shelter and also
what they did do against irresponsible owners and  what they did do for
protect all pet animals.  Or are they ignoring all the existing Serbian laws ?

Again here; we now wait and see what answers they provide, if any !


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World Farm Animal Welfare News Snippets.



WORLD MEAT CONGRESS: Animal Welfare to be New Moral Trade Barrier

Animal welfare issues could become a new trade barrier following a landmark ruling by the World Trade Organisation, writes Chris Harris from the World Meat Congress in Beijing.


Positive Response to UK Non-stun Slaughter Petition

The campaign to end non-stun slaughter in the UK and provide consumers with better information about the welfare of animals at slaughter has received a positive response from Government Ministers.


INDIA – Dr T. Kotaiah of Indbro Research & Breeding Farms Pvt. Ltd puts forward his case that hen welfare needs to be balanced with the production of food for a growing human population.


Animal Cruelty Footage Highlights Need to Protect Farm Animals

The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is calling eight workers on Canada’s largest dairy farm to be charged with wilfully causing unnecessary pain, suffering and injury to animals under the federal Criminal Code following an undercover investigation that revealed vicious acts of cruelty.


Effect of Wet Litter on Welfare, Performance and Carcass Yield in Broilers

A Dutch study has shown that broilers kept on wet litter not only had more footpad dermatitis but they also had poorer performance and defects that caused welfare issues and more condemnations than other birds kept on normal, dry litter.


HSI/India Applauds Directive to Ban Non-Therapeutic Antibiotics in Animal Feed

Humane Society International/India welcomes the Drug Controller General and Agriculture ministry’s directive urging the State Governments to stop using antibiotics and hormones in animal agriculture. 


Holland pig farmers leading the way in providing animal welfare

A recent trip to the Netherlands provided a glimpse of such developments associated with pig production. While it’s easy to focus on the differences between the U.S. and Dutch pork sectors, there are similarities, just on a different scale.


Do’s and Dont’s For Hauling Cattle Safely

Stocking rates for cattle trucks and guidance on how to move animals is given by South Dakota livestock stewardship expert Heidi Carroll.





England: Quick Links – Have A Look.

See our good friend Phil as he tours the world re factory farming abuses:





Italy: Important Petition To Help Cats on Favignana Island. Please Sign and Crosspost.



Please sign this important petition – Thank you.

Petition link: 


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Blind kitten left for dead on the streets for weeks in agony and no one to help!!

Many more will follow.

author: Barbara Hanly

target: To the mayor of Favignana Island, Lucio Antinoro

signatures: 907

we’ve got 907 signatures, help us get to 1,500

I arrived on the 6th of June to Favignana Island’s main port. We were walking to find a taxi when I heard a young kitten crying out after been kicked by a taxi driver who then jumped in his taxi and nearly reversed over it. I ran over and quickly realised the kitten who was only 3/4 weeks old had such a horrific eye infection it could not see and so bad her eyes were not visible. The kitten was blinded by the infection and was crying out for its mom across the road. The photo shows the kitten on the mother’s back as this was the only way of getting her around. I reunited the two and was shocked to look around and see so many malnourished stray cats and kitten.

I tried to find a vet but they don’t exist on the island, no one could help me and the locals advised this has been the situation for many years with most looking on and not doing anything about the problem. Thanks to the goodness of a kind volunteer on the main land this little kitten received medical help but yesterday evening it was confirmed to me the brave little kitten didn’t make it. So I want to make sure her life was not wasted and I want to petition on her behalf for all the other cats and kittens on the island. Please help bring an end to this horrific suffering by signing the petition below. Thanks kindly in advance..

Please help us get the support these animals need on Favignana island. I’m asking the mayor of Favignana island to help control the numbers of stray cats on the island by implementing a simply solution by arranging for a vet to visit the island once monthly to spay/neuter thus controlling the cat population and to check on their general health.








Until this is done more and more stray cats will multiple and many more will suffer like this kitten. Please sign this petition to tell the mayor of Favignana Island to resolve this horrific situation.

NESS – 18/6/14.

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Dobro došli na NESS!

“Znanje je jedna od malobrojnih stvari koja se može deliti a da je ne ostane manje”

NESS je nezavisna neprofitna informativna i komunikaciona mreža čiji je cilj da omogući organizacijama, pojedincima i medijima da sarađuju jedni sa drugima na brz, iskren i efikasan način – kako bi se zaštita uličnih životinja u Evropi konačno učinila najefikasnijom što može biti.

Otkako je vlada Rumunije odobrila zakon koji legalizuje masovno ubijanje uličnih životinja u oktobru 2013, veliki broj ljudi se angažovao na spasavanju tih životinja – ne samo u Rumuniji nego širom Evrope. Ali mada je broj ljudi koji su se uključili u zaštitu uličnih životinja veći nego što je ikada bio, ništa se značajno dosad nije promenilo. Dan za danom hiljade pasa nastavljaju da pate u neopisivo jezivim uslovima u državnim azilima po Istočnoj i Južnoj Evropi. Dan za danom se stotine ovih nedužnih stvorenja ubijaju na najnemilosrdniji i najbrutalniji način. I dan za danom aktivnosti ne samo šintera koji hvataju pse nego i običnih ljudi postaju sve sadističkije, sve gnusnije i sa sve više prezira prema životu životinja.

Zahvaljujući velikom broju ljudi koji podržava pokret zaštite uličnih životinja i raznovrsnih oblasti koje oni predstavljaju (ljudi koji se aktivno zalažu za dobrobit životinja, veterinari, pravnici, političari) postoji realna šansa da se potpuno i konačno zaustavi stradanje uličnih životinja u Evropi. Ipak, da bi se to ostvarilo, neophodno je da se usvoje odgovarajući zakoni a dosad, nažalost, državni čelnici na to nisu reagovali ničim drugim do ignorisanjem.

Zbog toga, do održivog poboljšanja sudbine uličnih životinja u Evropi može doći samo povećavanjem pritiska na nadležne kako više ne bi mogli da ignorišu očajnu situaciju životinja. Ipak, prošlost je pokazala da se to jednostavno ne može postići pojedinačnim akcijama. Umesto toga, postalo je neophodno da sve oblasti pokreta zaštite uličnih životinja odmah počnu da komuniciraju i sarađuju međusobno! To je jedini način da pokret zaštite uličnih životinja dobije dovoljno snage da konačno natera nadležne da se aktiviraju!


Pozivamo sve koji su aktivni u pokretu zaštite uličnih životinja – pojedince, grupe i nevladine organizacije – da se pridruže ovoj mreži i zajedno bore da se prekine patnja uličnih životinja!




Welcome to NESS


“Knowledge is one of the few things which you can share without having less of it afterwards.”

NESS is an independent non-profit information and communication network which aims at enabling organisations, individuals and the media to cooperate with each other in a quick, straightforward and efficient way – in order to finally make the protection of European strays as effective as possible.

Since the Romanian government passed the law legalizing the mass killing of stray dogs in October 2013, a huge number of people have become active in order to save these animals – not only those in Romania but all over Europe. But even though the number of people who have joined the stray animal protection movement is unprecedented in Animal Welfare – no significant changes could be achieved so far. Day by day thousands of dogs continue to suffer under indescribable circumstances in the killing stations of eastern and southern Europe. Day by day hundreds of these innocent creatures get killed in the most brutal and merciless way. And day by day the actions of the communal dog catchers as well as of common civilians seem to become more sadistic, more detestable and more contemptuous of life.

Due to the great number of people who support the stray protection movement and the manifold areas which they represent (members of active animal welfare, vets, lawyers, politicians) a real chance to end the suffering of European strays comprehensively and ultimately has finally come to life. However, the ultimate necessity for this is the passing of accordant laws. Unfortunately, so far all the politicians in charge have reacted with nothing but ignorance.

Thus, a sustainable improvement for the fate of Europe’s strays can only be made by increasing the pressure to act onto those in charge, so that they are no longer capable of ignoring the animals’ desperate situation. However, the past has shown that this simply cannot be achieved by singular actions. Instead it has become highly necessary for all areas of the stray protection movement to enter into communication and cooperation with each other immediately! This is the only way to award enough force to the stray protection movement to finally get those in charge to act!



We kindly invite everyone active in the stray protection movement – individuals, groups and NGOs – to join this network and fight together in order to put an end to the suffering of Europe’s strays!



England (London): 17/6/2014 – China’s Premier Li Keqiang is Coming to London Today. Cameron; Talk of A Free Tibet !!




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 China’s Premier Li Keqiang is coming to London – join the protest at Downing Street


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China’s Premier Li Keqiang is coming to London today.

We can send a message straight to China’s leadership that it must end its occupation of Tibet.

If you can, please join the peaceful protest at Downing Street on Tuesday:

When: Tuesday 17 June, 9am – 2pm
Where: 10 Downing Street, London

The protest is being organised by a coalition of UK-based Tibet support groups: the Tibetan Community in Britain, Free Tibet, Students for a Free Tibet UK, and Tibet Society.

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We hope to see you there. If you use Facebook you can view the event and share with your friends too.


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Daily Clicks – Very Quick, Very Easy, and Free !! – And For the Benefit of Animals and Children – Please Try and Make Them A Daily Regular



We have published these links many times before and asked visitors to kindly click each day – by doing this (for free) you are saving the oceans, feeding primates , providing space for rescued big cats, taking action against global warming, helping children in need and taking action against the abuse of women; to name but a few.

At SAV we click on each of the following every day as part of the routine – it takes seconds to do each one but you can make such a difference overall.

Please add to your favorites try to ensure that you ‘click’ on a very regular basis;

Thanks  – SAV.

Each click takes just seconds; but do them regularly or ideally on a daily basis, and the results can be fantastic. 

Here below are the links to free daily clicks which we suggest you take part in:


Click to protect threatened wolves: 

how your click helps Defenders of Wildlife

Your free click generates donations from our sponsors. You may click once a day, every day. 100% of the donations raised go directly to Defenders of Wildlife to help stop barbaric wolf management, fight anti-wolf extremism, expand wolf recovery in the Northern Rockies, and more. learn more


Click to feed rescued primates: 

how your click helps the Jane Goodall Institute

Your free click generates donations from our sponsors. You may click once a day, every day. 100% of the donations raised go directly to the Jane Goodall Institute, which runs sanctuaries in Africa where orphaned chimpanzees can be cared for and given the chance to live reasonably full lives in spacious conditions. Your click helps JGI feed these rescued primates. learn more


Click to protect big cat habitat: 

how your click helps the Wildlife Conservation Society

Your free click generates donations from our sponsors. You may click once a day, every day. 100% of the donations raised go directly to the Wildlife Conservation Society to protect vanishing habitat for endangered big cats. learn more


Click to stop global warming: 

how your click helps CarbonFund

Your free click generates donations from our sponsors. You may click once a day, every day. 100% of the donations raised go directly to, which supports renewable energy, energy efficiency and reforestation projects globally that reduce carbon dioxide emissions and the threat of climate change. learn more


Click to defend baby seals: 

how your click helps the International Fund for Animal Welfare

Your free click generates donations from our sponsors. You may click once a day, every day. 100% of the donations raised go directly to the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). Your clicks make it possible for IFAW seal hunt observers to continue documenting the cruelty of the hunt, and to keep fighting to ensure we pass historic legislation to ban seal products and end the hunt worldwide. learn more


Click to save our oceans: 

how your click helps Oceana

Your free click generates donations from our sponsors. You may click once a day, every day. 100% of the donations raised go directly to Oceana to save our oceans through policy, advocacy and research. Oceana’s scientists, lawyers and advocates work around the world to protect corals, make seafood safe, save sea turtles and more! learn more


Click to help children in need: 

how your click helps Children International

Your free click generates donations from our sponsors to help real children. To read an update about the children we’re sponsoring, please click here.
You may click once a day, every day. 100% of the donations raised go directly to Children International to help children and families overcome poverty through child sponsorship.learn more


Click to aid in animal rescues: 

how your click helps rescued animals

Your free clicks help generate donations for our many grassroots programs. Just a single click, every day, can make a huge difference in the lives of children and animals in need. 100% of the donations received go directly to our organization. For more than 135 years, American Humane Association has been the voice for the nation’s children and animals.

As the primary contact in the U.S. for animal-related disaster relief, American Humane Association serves as the coordinating agency to local shelters for animal supplies and resources during natural disasters or man-made emergencies.� The team consists of a national network of professionally trained staff and volunteers.

An 82-foot mobile command center – fully equipped for both animal rescue and veterinary services – is the centerpiece of a fleet of boats and vehicles ready to deploy anywhere in the country on a moment’s notice. Your clicks help to support this animal rescue effort.learn more


Click to stop violence against women:

how your click helps Amnesty International

Your free click generates donations from our sponsors. You may click once a day, every day. 100% of the donations raised go directly to Amnesty International to end the systematic violation of women’s basic human rights. learn more


Click to save the rainforest:

how your click helps The Nature Conservancy

Your free click generates donations from our sponsors. You may click once a day, every day. 100% of the donations raised go directly to The Nature Conservancy, which has protected over 119 million acres of land and 5,000 miles of rivers worldwide since its founding in 1951. learn more


Feed the dogs at ‘Barking Mad’ in South Africa:

Simply click on the blue ‘click to feed’ button on the left side.








Job done- 2 minutes a day maximum for helping all these projects !!

Thank you – SAV.


Denmark (Faroe Islands): Sea Shepherd to Deploy Drones to Stop Massive Whale Slaughter.



Article link: 


Our past SAV posts on the Faroe Islands whale killings: 


Sea Shepherd to Deploy Drones to Stop Massive Whale Slaughter

The group’s air force will livestream video of the Faeroe Islands killing grounds.

June 11, 2014 By David Kirby

David Kirby has been a professional journalist for 25 years. His third book, Death at Seaworld, was published in 2012.

In recent years, the annual dolphin hunts in Taiji, Japan, have garnered headlines worldwide and sparked outrage among activists, scientists, celebrities, and diplomats. But half a world away, in the North Atlantic nation of the Faeroe Islands, a similar slaughter has received far less scrutiny.

That’s about to change. On Friday, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society USA will unveil details of a new hi-tech initiative aimed at disrupting and halting the whale hunts, which begin this month and continue through September.

The annual hunts are known as “grinds.” As part of “Operation GrindStop 2014,” a land-based campaign, Sea Shepherd USA will deploy drones and livestream video to hinder the slaughter. Other Sea Shepherd organizations will launch simultaneous water-based campaigns.

Why the drones? They are “primarily for surveillance and documentation,” Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson said in an email. “They are inexpensive and easy to operate, and they can get us into places we could not otherwise get to.”

Combined with livestreaming video, drone technology “will allow us to cover the more than two dozen beaches in the Faeroes where whales may be killed,” Watson added. “The Faeroes present some logistical challenges, and we need to be able to deploy in such a way that all possible kill sites are monitored at all times.”

Drones might also detect approaching whales, he said, which would “allow us to take our boats to deflect the pods away from the islands.” (The Faeroe Islands campaign is funded in part by the Skoll Foundation, part of the Jeff Skoll Group, which includes Participant Media, TakePart’s parent company.)

Is America’s Taste for Lobster Starving Dolphins and Whales?

Sea Shepherd USA will place four teams of at least 15 activists each on the ground.
 Residents of the windswept Faeroes, a self-governing archipelago of Denmark between Norway and Iceland, have been killing fin whales, pilot whales, Atlantic white-sided dolphins, and other small marine mammals for centuries. Though the slaughter has received a smattering of attention in the global media, the Faeroes hunt has been largely overshadowed by the dolphin drives in Taiji, which were chronicled in the Oscar-winning documentary The Cove.

As many as 1,000 endangered long-finned pilot whales, along with members of other species, are killed each year in the Faeroes during the “traditional” hunt, called grindadráp (“grind”) by islanders.

The hunt is even promoted as a tourist attraction. According to the Visit Faroe Islands website, one of the country’s main attractions is whaling.

“The pilot whale hunt in the Faroes is, by its very nature, a dramatic sight,” it states. “Entire schools of whales are killed on the shore and in the shallows of bays with knives which are used to sever the major blood supply to the brain.”

The method is “the most efficient and humane” means of killing “under the circumstances,” the website reassures potentially queasy tourists, “but it naturally results in a lot of blood in the water.”

This is not the first time that Sea Shepherd, which has been fighting against the Faeroes slaughter for more than 30 years, has used drones in a campaign, according to Jake Weber, Sea Shepherd drone specialist. But it is the first drone deployment in the Faeroes, he said in an email. “A great advantage they will provide is the ability to get [high-definition] footage and still photos very close to the grind without endangering our volunteers or their equipment.”

related stories on takepart

Will the National Aquarium Free Its Dolphins?

California Team Rescues Humpback Whale From a 300-Pound Crab Trap

‘The World’s Loneliest Whale’ Finally Has an Entourage: Adrian Grenier to Produce New Doc


EU: Introducing ‘NESS’ – the New Network For Stray Animals Across Europe.





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6/6/14 – Earlier in the week we were contacted by Kat regarding the posts that we have dedicated to Romania and stray dog mass killer Flavius Babulescu.

Kat has begun to set up a new website for stray animals across the EU, it is called ‘NESS’, and Kat is trying to build up a picture of all stray animal issues right across both EU and non EU member states, which of course currently includes Serbia.

NESS is a newly founded, non-profit network which seeks to unite all the different groups and branches engaged in European stray protection. The two main aims of the network is:

1. to gather all those active in stray protection in order to combine them to a greater political and economic force to achieve the general improvement of the strays’ situation. And

2. to interlink NGOs and other groups who are active in rescuing and protecting stray animals in order for them to support each other in their practical work.
We were more than happy to give Kat access to all our Romanian campaign data and also, we at SAV have now signed up as full members of the NESS network, as we see this as being both beneficial to strays across existing EU member states, but also as an EU NGO, it allows us to work with other groups in the NESS network and provide regular information on the current situation for stray animals in Serbia and other Balkans states currently seeking EU accession (membership).

The NESS website is still under construction in some areas, but some sections are also initially completed – you can visit it at 
and select your language (English or German) using the flag links which are given  top right.

One of our aims at SAV has always been to promote the fact that despite having some good animal welfare legislation;  Serbian governments and regional authorities are very reluctant to enforce them.  A fundamental requirement of gaining EU membership is to prove that the member state seeking membership is applying the rule of law in its own nation.  With regard Serbian strays, this is never done; and so now, we have the additional support of the NESS network to  give further support to our campaign of ensuring that Serbia does enforce the rule of law for its own stray animals prior to being allowed to gain EU membership.  Also, with additional support from other members of the NESS network, we will, when necessary, be able to apply greater pressure on the Serbian government and authorities to enforce their own national animal welfare laws, whilst at the same time keeping the EU enlargement Commission (responsible for the accession of new member states) well informed about the issue of Serbia enforcing its own ‘rules of law’ re stray dog management.  If, as we have always found, Serbia is NOT enforcing its own animal welfare laws, we can then use the NESS network to update the EU Commission on the non-compliances.

Enjoy your visit to the initial NESS site, which will be built on as time and information progresses.  We have informed NESS that we are willing to release many of our archive photographs relating to stray animal abuse in Serbia; which can then be added to the NESS site along with SAV posts and Serbian links and information as considered necessary.

We at SAV consider the NESS network will be a strong and effective partner in giving additional support for action to be taken throughout Europe for the welfare and protection of stray animals.

Please add the NESS website link    to your ‘favorites’ so that you can regularly visit in future to see how the issue of European strays is progressing.


Mark – SAV founder.


Photo: Huib Ruiten (NL).






Canada: New Undercover Video by ‘Mercy For Animals’ Shows Baby Turkeys Mutilated & Ground Up Alive at Butterball Hatchery.





Baby Turkeys Mutilated & Ground Up Alive at Butterball Hatchery

New Undercover video expose link:

Dear Mark,

A new investigation by Mercy For Animals has once again uncovered horrific cruelty to animals at Butterball — the world’s largest producer of turkey meat.

During the undercover investigation, this time at a Butterball turkey hatchery, MFA’s hidden cameras documented:

Baby birds being callously tossed into a macerating machine to be ground up alive

Workers roughly throwing and dropping newborn animals with no regard for their welfare

Newly hatched birds regularly getting stuck in and mangled by factory machinery

Turkeys having their sensitive toes and beaks cut or burned off without any painkillers

This Butterball turkey hatchery alone processes more than 300,000 baby turkeys per week. Mercy For Animals has turned over its evidence to local law enforcement, which is currently considering criminal animal cruelty charges.

Of course, this isn’t the first time a hidden-camera investigation has exposed blatant animal abuse at a major turkey meat supplier.

MFA’s 2011 Butterball investigation caught workers kicking and stomping on turkeys, and bashing in their heads with metal pipes. That investigation led to a raid of the Butterball facility by state law enforcement officials and felony and misdemeanor animal cruelty convictions against five Butterball workers, including the first-ever felony cruelty to animals conviction related to factory-farmed poultry in U.S. history.

Then, in 2014, Mercy For Animals Canada recorded nearly identical abuses at Hybrid Turkeys, a major turkey supplier in Canada.

On top of all of this horrific violence, Butterball’s turkeys, just like those at Hybrid, endure selective breeding to grow so large, so quickly, that many of them suffer from painful bone defects, hip joint lesions, crippling foot and leg deformities, and fatal heart attacks.

This has got to stop! Please join Mercy For Animals in calling on Butterball to implement meaningful animal welfare policies and end its cruelest factory farming practices. Click here to sign the petition

Then, share the undercover investigation with friends, family, and colleagues and encourage them to take action as well.

Finally, please consider taking a personal stand against animal abuse by exploring a diet free of eggs, dairy, and meat. Visit to learn more.

For the animals,

Krista Osborne
Director of Operations
Mercy For Animals Canada

P.S. Want to support our vital work? Click here to make a donation


A previous SAV relating to Butterball: 


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Smithfield Foods Butterball





England: 5 More Years for Keith and Jean – and WE ARE DELIGHTED !!!



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Big Congratulations to Keith and Jean, and also Green newcomer Molly, for remaining as Members of the European Parliament for the next five years.  Keith and Jean have been / will be  fantastic supporters and campaigners for animal welfare in the EU for the future. We look forward to working with them in the future.  SAV.

As you can see from the following links, Green MEP for the South East of England, Keith has gone out of way to specifically help us regarding the welfare of stray animals in Serbia.  At this present time, Serbia is not even a member state of the EU, but Mr. Taylor; a very dedicated animal welfare campaigner, has decided that our case for helping Serbian animals is a strong one, and he has personally given his full help and backing to our work.

Here are some links which directly show this:

Keith works very much with London Green MEP Jean Lambert and regularly publishes a magazine for animal welfare which is called ‘Making Tracks’    Keith has spoken out with many UK citizens on the issue of the UK badger cull, an issue which you know we have carried a lot of posts about over the past year or more.

Unlike almost other MEPs of other political parties, Keith runs an animal rights / welfare section on his website – which you can view at:


Dear Mark,

The results for the European Parliament elections are now in, and I’m delighted to say I have been re-elected to serve you as the Green MEP for the South East for the next five years. I’m particularly pleased to be going back to Brussels with Jean Lambert MEP and a new Green MEP for South West England, Molly Scott Cato. 

At this election Greens represented the politics of hope and i’m glad thousands chose to use their vote to re-elect me to the European Parliament.

For the next 5 years, I will push for a greener, fairer Europe. That means things like:

- Continuing to take action against spiraling bankers bonuses.
– Tougher laws to protect us from air pollution.
– Clamping down on the fracking firms aiming to carve up our countryside.
– Resisting austerity across Europe.

I’ll also continue to work on behalf of you, my constituents. If you have an issue you’d like to raise with me please do get in touch.

Thanks again for your support.

Your Green Party MEP,

Keith Taylor

p.s. Please do follow me on Twitter:









‘Angel’ Update. Legal Proceedings Initiated On Behalf Of Taiji Hunt Dolphins.




Our previous post of January 2014 on Angel:



May 26, 2014 By David Kirby

Ever since the Oscar-winning 2009 documentary The Cove horrified international audiences with blood-drenched images of the annual massacre of dolphins in the Japanese town of Taiji, animal-welfare advocates, celebrities, and even a high-profile U.S. diplomat have raised their voices in protest. Yet the killing continues. A recently filed lawsuit may ensure that opponents of the hunt, and the dolphins, will have their day in court.

Earlier this month, Australia for Dolphins, Earth Island Institute’s Dolphin Project, and Save Japan Dolphins “initiated legal proceedings on behalf of dolphins caught in the bloody drive hunts in Taiji,” a joint statement from the three groups said. The main focus of the unprecedented lawsuit is a rare albino bottlenose dolphin calf named Angel, who, according to the statement, is “kept in appallingly inadequate conditions.”

The legal complaint, dubbed by plaintiffs “Action for Angel,” “will for the first time compel the Taiji government to defend its globally condemned dolphin hunts,” the statement said.

The suit, filed in Wakayama District Court in Japan, targets the municipal government, which owns the Taiji Whale Museum, where Angel is being held. Each year, the museum brokers the sale of dozens of dolphins rounded up in the cove (but not killed) to aquariums around the globe.

Taiji is home to the world’s largest drive hunts, in which some 2,000 dolphins typically are driven by boats into a cove and killed for food. About 250 others are sold to aquariums. In the 2013–2014 season, the numbers fell; an estimated 1,400 dolphins were driven into the cove. About 834 were killed, and 164 were taken captive. The rest were released. This marked a decline from the previous season’s figures, in which roughly 900 dolphins were killed and 250 captured.

The lawsuit accuses the museum of breaking Japanese law by blocking access to the museum’s animal collection by dolphin welfare experts and other observers, based on “their opinion and race,” the statement alleged. “This conduct is in breach of the Japanese constitution, which protects equal access to public places for all law-abiding people.”

Ric O’Barry, a former dolphin trainer and star of The Cove, told Bloomberg News, “If I tried to get in [to the museum], they would hold up a sign saying ‘No Westerners Allowed.’ We have proof of this. It’s racist and it’s illegal.”

O’Barry, who was not available for comment before publication, flew to Japan along with Australia for Dolphins CEO Sarah Lucas to personally serve Taiji officials with the legal papers on May 15. Lucas did not return emails requesting an interview.

Last January, Angel made worldwide headlines and brought renewed energy to the fight against the hunts when the pinkish-white calf (her exact age is unknown) was forced into the cove, along with 250 other bottlenose dolphins, by fishermen in speedboats. Forty were killed, 52 were taken for sale to aquariums at a hefty premium, and the rest were released.

Angel was taken from the side of her mother, who is believed to have perished in the cove.

The massacre and captures sparked a fresh round of indignation around the world, most notably from U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy, who tweeted in January that she was “deeply concerned by inhumanness of drive hunt dolphin killing” and reasserted the U.S. government’s opposition to the hunts.

Soon after, a star-studded list of entertainers, politicians, and activists signed a letter to President Obama, drafted by hip-hop impresario Russell Simmons and Sea Shepherd Cove Guardian Simone Reyes, who works for Simmons, urging Obama not to sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement “until Japan bans the slaughter and capture of dolphins in Taiji.”

Sean Penn, Cher, Susan Sarandon, Oliver Stone, Ellen DeGeneres, Charlize Theron, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston, Jesse Jackson, and Ingrid Newkirk, head of PETA, were among thecosigners.

Today, the albino dolphin is “a highly valuable ‘freak’ show on display in a cramped, abusive show tank. Eyewitnesses report she floats lifelessly with her eyes closed, or swims in small distressed circles,” the plaintiffs’ statement said.

“Angel is living in hell,” O’Barry added in the statement. “This one small dolphin has become a global representative of the thousands of dolphins slaughtered and captured each year in Taiji.”

Taiji is not the only Japanese location where cetaceans are hunted and killed. Around the country, up to 20,000 dolphins, porpoises, and pilot whales are butchered each year. In the past 70 years, more than a million dolphins have been killed.

If one dolphin can symbolize that staggering figure, activists believe, it is the orphaned albino languishing in a museum by the cove.








England: Gorillas Take Over London On Saturday 20th September 2014 – Great Gorilla Run To Help Save A Species On The Edge Of Extinction – Register Here Now !



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London Gorilla Run

Saturday 20th September 2014!

Hundreds of people dressed as gorillas will run, jog or walk 8km though the City of London in the 11th annual Great Gorilla Run to help save a species on the edge of extinction

Since the first Great Gorilla Run in 2003, thousands of people have donned their gorilla suits and joined the 8k fun run route starting at Mincing Court in the City and passing some of London’s most iconic landmarks, including the Tower of London and St Paul’s Cathedral.

Now in its 11th year, this incredible event has raised more than £2 million for biodiversity conservation and poverty reduction projects in central Africa. So lets make this year extra special!

As there are no more than 800 mountain gorillas left in the wild, places in this year’s run are limited to 800 in total. So sign up now to make sure that you don’t miss out on this fantastic event!

Registration is £50 and includes a gorilla suit (which you get to keep!) and the target sponsorship amount is £400.

The Great Gorilla Run events team will provide you with great support in the lead-up to the event to ensure you reach your fundraising target and are in shape for the race.

And on the day, you’ll feel like a star as the crowds cheer you on every step of the way.

Full event details can be found on our FAQ’s page.


Register Here: 

Welcome to the Great Gorilla Run 2014!

To become a Great Gorilla Runner all you need to do is to complete the registration form below and pay a non-refundable registration fee of £50.

Once you’ve registered we will send you a furry gorilla suit, which is yours to keep, and a fundraising pack full of hints and tips to help you prepare for race day and to set you on your way with fundraising. We ask that you aim to raise £400.

Gorillas are facing extinction and desperately need your help so complete the registration form (link above) to join the gorilla invasion of London!





England: Time Out for ‘Nera’ and ‘Lesi’. Please Give If You Can – Thank You.



Come on folks, please donate to the two issues we have here – ‘Nera’ 

and ‘Lesi’

– they need help.  These are secure donation sites.  

Thank you – Mark – SAV.





Serbia: Please Help ‘Nera’ – Only 32 Euros Required To Save Her Going Back On The Streets.

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Only 32 Euros required to keep Nera ok – but additional funds / donations always welcome.

Only 6 days left to raise money for Nera.Can someone help?Please,we still need help for Nera,street dog from Serbia,can someone help?Even the smallest donation will mean a lot to us and will be appreciated.Thank you.


Nera must pay her vet bills or be put back on the streets!

Nera is recovering well from all her surgery. But there are huge vet bills waiting to be paid! Although not fully recovered, she risks going back on the street if her vet bills are not paid in full.

She was hit by a car, she suffered an open fracture and went to surgery; she also had torn ligaments, but the trouble didn’t end there. She still had a fever and started to pee blood; she had a tickborne disease, and her breath was short. The ultrasound revealed she had a torn diaphragm, so she had to undergo surgery again, and it got worse:- part of her liver had to be removed too. 

Now the rod from her leg (see photo of X ray) has been removed, we still owe  money for the second operation and €70 for the third operation with the X-ray scan.
Daycare costs €70 euros plus food for every month.

Even the smallest donation will mean a lot to us and will be appreciated.
When donating through this page, if you choose Paypal, please when you get through to the PayPal page, please remember to click on “add a memo” under “Additional information” and put “For Nera” just before you click to finish payment.

Thank you. 

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Serbia: ‘Lesi’ The Blind Dog Rescued From the Streets Near Belgrade Needs An Eye Operation – Can You Help ?

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Above – ‘Lesi’ – blind and alone on the streets.


Then a savior turns up to help.


A visit to the veterinarian

Lesi; the blind, abandoned dog needs an eye operation.  Please help if you are able.

Donate to help Lesi at   


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Lesi is a blind dog who lived for a long time at the market in a village Vinca, near Belgrade.
We don’t know how he lived in the street, but we were told that he is disorientated, has a problem with walking because he runs into objects, he isn’t able to avoid the cars when he gets out on the way and that his entire situation is very critical.

One more time we were not able to turn our head of him, and we gone to Belgrade to pick up and bring him to Novi Sad.

He is a wonderful big dog of 42 kg in a breed type of German Shepherd and something else. He is 5 years old and a huge cuddly dog, but scared, uncertain and quite a bit distrustful. But due the fact that he is completely blind, and who knows what he is experienced by human hands he is a super calm boy.

We were taking him to the several veterinarian for medical overview and opinions.
The ophthalmologist told us very bad news. Lesi lost his left eye. He suggested to do the surgery of right eye, but he can not guarantee that it will restore eyesight. The problem appeared due to untreated infection.
As the first aid he got the Tobrex drops, but we didn’t buy its because we don’t have enough money.
At our vet Ana in Novi Sad is done blood tests because we wanted to do a complete blood count and determine the sugar level in the blood. He, also, was full of fleas and ticks, and now his skin is full of fungus. Ana cleaned his ears, he got Mikoseb pills and vaccines against infectious diseases.
When we get the blood tests we will see what we should do.

Lesi has a chip, but the owner reported competent authorities that the Lesi has, allegedly, escaped in 2012 and from that day he no longer has a responsibility to Lesi. Did he really lost or just abandoned from his owner and left somewhere, we will never find out. We contacted the owner, but he no longer wants Lesi, and this is the saddest part of the Lesi story.

Initial costs:
Ophthalmic examination at the Vet. ambulance Oasis in Belgrade – 22 euros
Clinical examination at the House vet in Belgrade – for free
Blood tests, Mikoseb pills, vaccines against infectious diseases, ear cleaning at the Vet. ambulance Dog house in Novi Sad – 44 euros
Dog kennels for one month – 40 euros
Food for one month – 25 euros
Advantix ampules against ticks, fleas and mosquitoes – 14 euros
Tobrex drops – 15 euros
Upcoming costs:
Neuter – 22 euros
Dog kennels for the coming months
Food for the coming months
Possible eye surgery – about 500 euros

Special thanks go to the beautiful lady, Dessa Ilic, without whom all those things we wouldn’t do. You are our angel, dear Dessa.

063/8251319 – Mirjana Kolarović
064/0777707 – Tanja Janjić
064/2051685 – Jasna Panić
063/8787830 – Silvija Petak Stražmešter

RSD acount:
265-0000000910081-23 Raiffeisen banka a.d. Mirjana Kolarović
(With mark: For Lesi)


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USA (Minnesota): Lab Beagles Feel Grass and Sunshine for the First Time.



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Lab Beagles Feel Grass and Sunshine for the First Time

Minnesota passes the first law to allow adoptions for dogs and cats that have been involved in scientific experiments.

Nine beagles that had been in cages all their lives experienced the outdoors for the first time early this month. Thanks to the Beagle Freedom Project, they weren’t the first, nor will they be the last.

The Los Angeles–based group, founded in 2010, has been pushing for regulations that would give dogs and cats bred and used for lab testing the chance to be adopted at the end of research studies. On Tuesday Minnesota became the first state to enact such a rule, which has been dubbed the Beagle Freedom Law.

“This law is simple, compassionate, and common sense,” BFP’s Kevin Chase wrote on the organization’s blog. “If a dog or cat is used in a taxpayer-funded research experiment and is healthy at its end, the lab must offer them up to public adoption through a rescue organization.”

According to the BFP, the United States employs 65,000 dogs for academic, cosmetic, and pharmaceutical testing. More than 95 percent of the canines are beagles because of their docile nature, and many don’t survive experimentation or are euthanized after the studies are completed. Some of those who are freed find adoptive homes with the help of animal advocacy groups like the BFP.

As the organization reminds potential adopters, taking care of freed lab animals poses special challenges. The beagles’ paws have become accustomed to steel wire floors, so even walking on grass may be strange for them. They’ve also only been given a diet formulated for lab animals, so feeding them regular food may be difficult. Understandably, they may also fear humans.

Still, as the beagles (nicknamed the “Lucky 9”) in the video above show, a little bit of sunshine and care go a long way. They were BFP’s first rescues in Nevada, with more to come. Sen. Mark Manendo has promised to introduce the Beagle Freedom Bill in the Nevada Legislature in 2015. Other states, such as California and New York, are considering similar legislation.





Serbia: 22/5/14 – Where The Donations Are Being Spent. Latest News On The Finances.

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– and FOOD FOR OUR DOGS affected by floods
– also evacuated
– during evacuation

– €1000  will be held until we know if we need to, and are able, to evacuate the dogs currently at Jelena’s shelter. If the situation does not improve – we hope to have Veterina Belgrade’s support to complete a full evacuation to high ground. If the situation does improve and an evacuation is not required the funds will be used to repair our kennels which have sustained serious damage from the flood waters.

- In the wake of current catastrophic floods which are devastating Serbia, there are a few brave volunteers working tirelessly to save the forgotten disaster victims: the animals.



In Obrenovac, dogs have been abandoned, water is 4-5m high in parts and they have no one and no food. Authorities are about to begin a cull of remaining dogs labelled as ‘diseased’.

there are unconfirmed rumours
(according to SAS & other Serbian networks)

Estimates suggest a lot of the city is still under water and no dogs were evacuated alongside the people.

Normally our group is dedicated to saving dogs from the Pozega horror shelter and supporting those rescued, but we could not leave these desperate animals to die!

Dea Bella, our Serbian based volunteer travelled to Obrenovac with food supplies for those dogs left behind. She found a way into the city, but was prevented from reaching the centre. She has kept going back though as far as she can. She rescued every dog she could find alive. 39 in total and 30 with another group. Those who know Dea will understand her determination and passion for the lives of Serbian animals.


This is being done immediately and will include antibiotics and parasite treatments before they are moved to safe foster/kennels. We have secured FREE fostering and kennels for ALL 69 newly rescued dogs for the next 2 months, but WE MUST PAY FOR THEIR FOOD & VETTING.


- owners forced to leave ALL animals behind in evacuation
– Jelena trying to feed those left behind & our our dogs in kennels

15 of our dogs, alongside around 15 others are still residing with the amazing and determined Jelena, one of our kennel owners who risked her life to remain with the dogs when her city was being evacuated. The majority of owners left their pets behind to fend for themselves. Some even inside apartments with locked doors and windows.

Jelena refused to leave our dogs – at the Baric kennels. Instead she moved all 30 into her attic and kept them safe. Amongst the chaos and devastation she has also managed to feed many neighbouring strays and abandoned pets.


With rising water are awaiting an update from Jelena as to whether we can and need to evacuate the dogs now.


Milo (confiscated from owner who kept him chained) and Mish (abandoned from his owners car) have had to be evacuated from their veterinary clinic into emergency kennels at €70/dog/month. Both needed vet treatments at €60 and €45 respectively following their rescue.

– Nagorka Urumovc REFUSED to be evacuated and to leave her dogs!!
– STRANDED – she ALSO took 4 days ago 7 DOGS from street.
– has 25 DOGS NEEDING FOOD & WATER we are sending in


The remaining majority of our own rescued Pozega dogs saved from Pozega torture kill pound (we have a total of 38 dogs) are at our foster kennels with our wonderful Marina. Marina and her family are doing everything in their power to keep them safe. They have sustained EXTENSIVE damage, fencing is down and kennel housing areas are under water, but all dogs are currently safe. We have found an alternative route to get food into the shelter as soon as we have the funds.


The costs to save these dogs is crippling us. We have no money for food for our own Pozega dogs, without the additional rescue costs, but cannot leave the dogs to starve, drown or be killed.



- €1,950 FOR 2 MONTHS FOOD – for the 39 new rescue dogs housed in free foster @€25/dog/month.
– €90 FOR ONE MONTH EMERGENCY KENNELLING & FOOD – for 2 dogs evacuated from veterinary clinic (Milo & Mish who have -€50 of their €140 already pledged from Italian supporters).
– *€105 FOR VETERINARY TREATMENT – for Milo & Mish following their rescue.
– *€100 FOR TRANSPORT (3 trips to Obrenovac city, followed by the vets, and finally to the foster homes/kennels)
– *€50 FOR ANTIBIOTICS – for 6 boxes, so far.
– *€25 FOR PARVO TEST (for one of the 20 rescued dogs who was sick)
(vet cost will increase as more dogs rescued)
– FOR VETERINARY EXAMINATIONS – 25 newly rescued dog.s
– FOR ADDITIONAL VET TREATMENTS – so far for worming and flea treatments as newly rescued dogs were full of parasites.
– *€190 FOR ADDITIONAL FOOD – for Jelena to feed the stray and abandoned dogs of Baric.
– €950 FOR ONE MONTHS FOOD – for our 38 Pozega dogs @€25/dog via alternative route to kennels (split between Jelena, Marina and a couple in foster and alternative kennels).

TOTAL TO RAISE: €4000!!!
(To be updated as dogs go to vet clinic)

- €1000 of funds raised so far allocated to emergency evacuation or repairing all kennels if no evacuation needed

When we are miles away we cannot provide the hands on support which many of us so desperately want to, but we can still support those in the midst of the disaster. The forgotten victims of this Serbian disaster need our support – our own Pozega dogs and any others we are able to save.

Please consider donating to this urgent appeal, or share the youcaring link far and wide. Many thanks for your support.

Please visit our fb page for updates and further information on the evacuation as well as this current appeal for rescue funds and food xx



One of our kennels is cut off by the flood waters. Civil protection has started and the military are evacuating all people from the area. Animals are not allowed on the helicopters or boats for evacuation.

Our kennel owners family have already been evacuated. Our kennel owner is refusing to leave the dogs, but will be forcibly removed very soon.

The dogs will be left alone to perish in the floods.

She is preparing food for them in case the worst happens before we find a solution.

We have found high ground with fencing and are trying to arrange an evacuation, but will need funds for preparing the area (fence repairs and temporary shelter for the dogs) and to move the dogs (we are trying to find a way to access the kennels which is now cut off via road).

Please help us save these dogs.

These dogs were rescued from the Pozega horror shelter and have been in our care for up to a year. These are our dogs who we have supported for months and months. Some already have homes waiting for them. We cannot let them die like this.

Every penny helps.

As soon as we have more details of costs and plan we will update this fundraiser, but needed to launch it now so we have funds in place as soon as they are needed.

Thank you for your support.

For more information please visit our group:

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Serbia: A Child Fights To Save A Puppy – The Very Best Side of Good Humans Helping Animals In Need ! – Please Give To Help Serbian Dogs.

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Latest News From ‘Free Tibet’, London – 18/8/14. Chinese Forces Deploy Live Ammunition Into Protesters. Over 200 Arrested.

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LATEST 18/4 – London Demo:

Join us tomorrow (20/8/14) at the Chinese Embassy

Last week China’s security forces opened fire on a Tibetan demonstration in Lochung, seriously injuring 10. Around 200 have been arrested and two died in detention on Sunday – Lo Phelsang in protest against denial of medical treatment and another from his injuries.

If you’re in London please join me for the weekly vigil tomorrow, opposite the Chinese Embassy from 6pm until 8pm. Let’s show China that the world is watching.
View the Chinese Embassy on Google Maps.
See the Facebook event.

Latest News From ‘Free Tibet’, London – 18/8/14.


China shoots protesters; two die in detention

10 Tibetans were seriously injured last week, after China’s security forces deployed tear gas and live ammunition onto a protest of around one hundred.

Yesterday Lo Phelsang killed himself in detention in protest against the denial of medical treatment, and another prisoner died from injuries.

The Tibetans were protesting the arrest of village leader Wangdak.

All male villagers over the age of 12 have now been arrested, with the exception of a few very old men.

Around 200 are thought to be in detention and many wounded are being denied medical treatment.  

Urge your government to stand up for Tibet

Tibetans are risking everything to assert their fundamental human rights.

Let’s keep up the pressure on world leaders to stand up to China; contact your foreign minister.



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England: Time Out With Mark Knopfler.



Mark Knopfler of British band ‘Dire Straits’ gives an overview of his superb guitar playing:



USA: Article – Will SeaWorld’s Financial Woes Force It to Free the Whales?




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Will SeaWorld’s Financial Woes Force It to Free the Whales?

The company’s stock plunges as it admits animal rights protests are driving away customers.

August 14, 2014 By David Kirby

David Kirby has been a professional journalist for 25 years. His third book, Death at Seaworld, was published in 2012.

The business of owning and training captive killer whales in the United States just became a lot less profitable.

SeaWorld rocked the financial world and thrilled animal rights activists on Wednesday when its stock price dropped by 35 percent to a record low after the company announced that attendance at its water parks this year has fallen 4.3 percent.

The company blamed its woes in part on protests against its orca shows and legislation introduced in California that would ban using killer whales for entertainment in that state. “The company believes attendance in the quarter was impacted by demand pressures related to recent media attention surrounding proposed legislation in the state of California,” SeaWorld said in a statement.

The idea that SeaWorld would regard Shamu as a financial liability would have been almost unthinkable a short time ago, despite the fallout from the documentary Blackfish, which scrutinized the company’s treatment of captive killer whales. In the wake of the film, a string of musical acts canceled performances at SeaWorld parks, and Southwest Airlines recently terminated its 25-year marketing partnership with the company.

Critics took heart from the fiscal collapse, which led many observers to wonder just how long the company can hold on to its iconic whales and still make money.

“I’ve been watching the stock price fall all day—it’s been shocking,” said Naomi Rose, a marine mammal scientist at the Animal Welfare Institute and a prominent captivity opponent. “SeaWorld should take this as a chance to do the right thing and change its business model. Otherwise the market will force it to change—and the company and the animals will suffer for it.”

Jeffrey Ventre, a former SeaWorld orca trainer featured in Blackfish and my book Death at SeaWorld, said he expected the company to rebound from the stock crash. “That said, the trend line for SeaWorld’s U.S. operations does not look good,” he noted.

The question now: What will SeaWorld do with its unpaid performers if its stock price continues to underperform?

Activists hope it will be forced to retire its killer whales to relatively tranquil sea pens, where they could live out their lives to the natural rhythms of the ocean without having to put on shows for tourists in exchange for dead smelt.

If the California bill, which has been tabled for at least a year, were to become law, those activists just might get their wish.

But SeaWorld likely has an alternative plan. The company has made no secret of its intention to build parks in China and the Middle East, where animal-welfare regulations are more lax and public opprobrium toward orca captivity is muted, at best.

“That’s where the corporation plans to take its circus,” Ventre said.

It would be a win-win for SeaWorld. The company could develop new, non-whale revenue in the U.S. and begin rehabilitating its sullied reputation here while also generating millions in profits by shipping its orcas overseas.

SeaWorld’s Worst Nightmare: Calif. Lawmaker to Propose Ban on Orcas in Captivity

It’s too soon to tell what SeaWorld will do. But if its stock continues to tank, shareholders may press the company to free the whales.

“Four and a half years ago, SeaWorld had the opportunity to lead the captivity industry in a change for the better,” said Samantha Berg, another former SeaWorld trainer, referring to the killing of trainer Dawn Brancheau by an orca at the company’s Orlando water park.

“They chose to fight for their old business model instead of moving with the times,” Berg said. “They could have been on the right side of history. Maybe the financial pressure will finally force them to do the right thing. I hope so.”




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