If This Is Not A Reason Why Long Distance Animal Transport Must Be Stopped, Then What Is ?


A couple of our recent posts associated with the very same issue:



and from our good friends at ‘Eyes on Animals’ in the Netherlands:


EOA Turkey 1

EOA Turkey 2

Photos –  EoA Netherlands.







Down On That Jolly Ol’ Farm – Recent Farming News From Around The World.

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28 August 2015

IEC conference: Avian influenza and welfare

Egg industry leaders came together at the International Egg Commission conference in Lisbon at a time of crisis. A global threat called avian influenza was foremost on everyone’s mind. That, and the ongoing animal welfare discussion around beak-trimming and male layer chicks, were the main focuses of the meeting.

Author/Organization: World Poultry

Year: 2015

Topics: animal health, eggs production, laying hens, welfare on the farm



 28 August 2015

Sherrie Webb Named Animal Agriculture Alliance Chairperson

The Animal Agriculture Alliance Board of Directors recently elected Sherrie Webb, director of animal welfare for the National Pork Board (NPB), as chairperson of its board of directors.

Author/Organization: The Cattle Site

Year: 2015

Where: United States of America

Topics: animal welfare/general concepts, welfare on the farm


28 August 2015

Animal Production and Health Division e-newsletter 122

Contents: 1) Hardy cattle boost Zimbabwe farmers’ incomes. 2) Worries rise over outbreaks of avian flu in West Africa. 3) FAO boosts capacity of the Ugandan government to fight Foot-and-Mouth disease. 4) FAO ECTAD Indonesia: a fun way to exchange messages with farmers at the Indolivestock Expo. 5) FAO projects win prizes at EXPO 2015. 6) Mobilizing the Data Revolution: evidence from Eastern Africa. 7) Realizing ‘Uganda Vision 2040’ through livestock. 8) Realizing ‘Tanzania Vision 2025’ through livestock. 9) Maintaining Global Freedom from Rinderpest. 10) FAO China ECTAD Highlights. 11) FAO project: “Una salud” – Rabia Bovina.

Author/Organization: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Year: 2015

Topics: animal health, cattle, disease control, livestock, poultry/chickens, productivity


27 August 2015

Canada Supports Safe Transportation of Livestock and Poultry

Canada has given a grant of $183,929 to the Canadian Animal Health Coalition (CAHC) to help ensure that livestock and poultry are transported in a safe and humane manner by certified transporters.

Author/Organization: The Cattle Site

Year: 2015

Where: Canada

Topics: livestock, poultry/chickens, transport, welfare during transport


27 August 2015

Is Animal Welfare Becoming a Commercial Issue?

Large multinational processing companies, retailers and foodservice organisations are starting to define the way that producers view animal welfare and ethical, sustainable production.

Author/Organization: The Cattle Site

Year: 2015

Topics: animal production, ethics, farming, retailers, standards, welfare on the farm


 27 August 2015

Over 12,000 Dairy Cows to Benefit from Welfare Awards

Compassion in World Farming celebrated the commitment of leading food businesses to improve animal welfare standards at their Good Farm Animal Welfare Awards held at the Milan Expo on 9 June, hosted by chef, writer and broadcaster, Allegra McEvedy MBE.

Author/Organization: The Cattle Site

Year: 2015

Where: Italy

Topics: dairy cattle, dairy production, standards, welfare on the farm


27 August 2015

Improving Pig Welfare: Addressing Tail Docking

In pigs, an intact, curly tail may well be the most important animal-based welfare indicator, says the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). It stands for both high quality management and respect for the integrity of the pig. It is obvious that a farmer who gets his pigs through to slaughter without tail docking or signs of tail biting must be managing a very good system. What is unfortunate, though, is that management of this quality is a rare occurrence, writes Melanie Epp from the 2015 International Conference on Pig Welfare, Denmark.

Author/Organization: The Pig Site

Year: 2015

Topics: genetic , pain/injury/harm, pigs, training, welfare assessment, welfare on the farm


27 August 2015

Reducing Threat of Mastitis and Antibiotic Use

The blanket use of antibiotics in dry cow management to prevent mastitis and other udder problems has been common for many years.

Author/Organization: The Cattle Site

Year: 2015

Topics: animal health, cattle, dairy cattle, dairy production, disease control, food safety, husbandry procedures, livestock, socio-economical aspects, veterinary drugs, welfare on the farm


26 August 2015

Survey Finds Animal Welfare Tops Consumers’ Ethical Concerns

Three quarters of consumers in the UK put animal welfare at the top of the list when it comes to ethical issues for food companies.

Author/Organization: The Cattle Site

Year: 2015

Where: United Kingdom

Topics: dairy production, eggs production, ethics, meat production, welfare on the farm


26 August 2015

How to Replace, Reduce and Refine Antibiotics On Farm

Pressure is mounting on the animal health industry to reduce, replace and refine the usage of certain antimicrobial medicines, writes Michael Priestley.

Author/Organization: The Cattle Site

Year: 2015

Topics: animal health, animal production, disease control, human health, livestock, water buffaloes, welfare on the farm


26 August 2015

Preventing Lameness to Increase Profitability

Lameness in the dairy herd is not only a significant welfare problem but can also create a significant financial loss to the farmer.

Author/Organization: The Cattle Site

Year: 2015

Where: United Kingdom

Topics: animal health, cattle, dairy cattle, dairy production, disease control, housing, welfare on the farm


25 August 2015

Animal Welfare Amendment Bill Passes Final Reading

New Zealand’s Animal Welfare Amendment Bill received unanimous support during its third and final reading in Parliament this week.

Author/Organization: The Pig Site

Year: 2015

Where: New Zealand

Topics: animal welfare/general concepts


25 August 2015

Germany Focuses on Farm Animal Welfare

The German agriculture department has launched a new initiative to make animal welfare a high priority.

Author/Organization: The Cattle Site

Year: 2015

Where: Germany

Topics: animal welfare/general concepts


25 August 2015

Federal Legislation Introduced to Prohibit Slaughter of American Horses

Federal lawmakers introduced legislation to prevent the establishment of horse slaughter operations within the US, end the current export of American horses for slaughter abroad, and protect the public from consuming toxic horse meat.

Author/Organization: Animal Welfare Institute (AWI)

Year: 2015

Where: United States of America

Topics: food safety, horses, importing/exporting, legislation, meat production


25 August 2015

Animal Voice Online Magazine, September 2015

Table of Contents: 1) The University of Stellenbosch shines a light on the way forward for the animals. 2) The Democratic Alliance makes a ground-breaking stand on animal sentience. 3) South Africa’s Rosie Kunneke is arrested for throwing herself between a pod of pilot whales and their killers. 4) Ships of Shame and Insanity – an expose of the heart-breaking trade from East London to Mauritius. 5) South Africa’s Nikki Botha helps bring about a ban on animal sacrifice at Nepal festival. 6) Cape Town man shares his experience of “perhaps the toughest job in the world”. 7) Sixteen Cape Town high schools debate whether battery farming of laying hens should be banned. 8) Countdown to the end of stalls for breeding sows… 16 months until ban deadline.

Author/Organization: Compassion in World Farming (South Africa)

Year: 2015

Where: South Africa

Topics: animal welfare/general concepts


25 August 2015

Africa Network for Animal Welfare Newsletter, August 2015

This issue at a glance: 1) Vaccination in Naivasha and Voi; 2) Judicial Dialogue; 3) Naivasha Desnaring and rescue; 4) Desnaring; 5) Desnaring.

Author/Organization: Africa Network for Animal Welfare (ANAW)

Year: 2015

Topics: animal health, animal welfare/general concepts, dog population management, public health.

25 August 2015

Transport of Calves from France via Italy, Slovenia, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria to Turkey, 04th – 10th July 2015

From 04th of July to 10th July Animals’ Angels observed three transports carrying calves from France to Turkey, via Italy, Slovenia, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria, exiting the Border Inspection Point at Kapitan Andreevo.

According to the information received, the animals were loaded at FRAYSSINHES, FRANCE and destined for KAHRAMANMARAS, TURKEY which means a journey of around 4.500 km.

Taking into account the extreme length of this road transport and the importance of the checks at the Border Inspection Posts, all parties involved should have used their maximum attention to verify the compliance of these transports with Council Regulation No. 1/2005. On the contrary, the competent authorities did not check thoroughly the three transports as provided by article 21 and calves travelled for 7 days staying in the truck, in their own excrements, with diseases not treated, without food and without access to water, without sufficient space to move, in the heat of the summer, waiting long times at the Turkish customs and without appropriate rest.

From the journey log it was already clear that the planning was unrealistic and the part of the journey in Turkey did not take into consideration the enforcement of the Regulation 1/2005, as the Court of Justice recently confirmed in its sentence No. C-424/13.

Author/Organization: Animals’ Angels (AA) and Asociación Nacional para la Defensa de los Animales (ANDA, Spain)

Year: 2015

Where: France, Turkey

Topics: animal stress/discomfort/distress, calves, importing/exporting, inspection and control , legislation, transport

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USA: Bowhunters – Dont You Just Want To **@@** Them !!



Care2 Success!

Mother Deer With Arrow in Her Face Is Saved

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by Alicia Graef

September 3, 2015


A mother deer who suffered for more than nine months with a bowhunter’s arrow lodged in her face has finally gotten help, thanks to the efforts of thousands upon thousands of caring people from around the world who signed a Care2 petition launched on her behalf.

The doe, who has been named Grace, was first spotted late last year in Marlboro, New Jersey, bearing an arrow that was presumably intended to end her life. Like many others who aren’t killed by bowhunters, she was callously left to suffer with a tragic injury.

Not only has she miraculously managed to survive, eating and navigating her environment without getting caught on anything, but she also gave birth to a fawn earlier this spring.

Even though wildlife officials had known about her since at least December 2014 the state’s Division of Fish and Wildlife said in a statement that they tried unsuccessfully to help her over the winter and put efforts on hold in May after she became pregnant over concerns intervention could harm her fawn.

Thankfully, her advocates kept the pressure on to help her. After Showing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK) shared a video of Grace earlier this spring, her story took off.

Care2 petition started on her behalf urging officials to uphold their promise to help her has gathered more than 106,000 signatures from supporters around the world and has been shared by major news outlets including USA TodayCBS and NBC.

This week their efforts to give Grace a voice paid off when wildlife officials finally located her, tranquilized her and removed the shaft of the arrow. According to a statement, a veterinarian present recommended the arrowhead be left because her wound had healed and removing it could cause further injury.

They said Grace, who is believed to be about three to four years old, was released back into the wild with her fawn and is expected to be fine.

 “We thank all of the New Jersey residents and people from all over the world who have expressed concern about the deer, as well as local residents who have been very helpful in providing information on her movements throughout the community and even set up bait stations on their properties,” said David Chanda, Director of Fish and Wildlife.

Poh Yeh Holmes, who created the petition to help Grace after seeing SHARK’s video on a friend’s Facebook page, told Care2 she is humbled by the number of signatures that came in and is “over the moon” that help finally came for her.

“If something bad happens to us, we can take ourselves to the doctor but sadly, Grace is not able to. She is not able to ask for help either. I can only imagine how difficult it must have been for her to graze on grass or to pick up an acorn, to reach higher up for greenery that she wanted to eat. I thought a petition to help her plight, may help,” she said.

Holmes said Grace’s advocates will now be using the petition to push lawmakers in the area to turn her range in Marlboro into a no-hunting zone to make sure she and the rest of her herd can continue to live in peace.

If you know of an animal in need in your community or elsewhere who could use some advocacy on their behalf like Grace, you can help them by starting a petition.

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This photo was taken as she recovered from being sedated.

Credit: New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/care2-success-mother-deer-with-arrow-in-her-face-is-saved.html#ixzz3km1rv5HE

EU; EU Court of Justice Issues New Rulings For Animals Being Transported Outside of the EU.



Dear all,

It is very good news. Normally when animals exit the EU territory they are transported for hours and hours, even days, without being unloaded and rested after 29hrs and often with no water breaks.

At least now, when EU animals exit the EU territory, like to Turkey, we can demand legal action when animals are not given these EU minimums. As well, we can stop transports planning on going very far into third countries, when that country does not have official control posts. 

Although the EU norms may not be as ideal as we want, they sure are a lot better than any other country.

This judgement is really helping us influencing and even stopping some consignments heading to Turkey. Conditions there were horrible for EU animals, now we have some extra support.

The same can be done for all the EU animals sent to Russia, Kazachstan and soon the borders will be open to go further into the Middle East by road, like Irak.

Hope everyone is well, With best regards,





Court of Justice of the European Union PRESS RELEASE

No 43/15 Luxembourg, 23 April 2015 Judgment in Case C-424/13 Zuchtvieh-Export GmbH v Stadt Kempten

Protection for animals under EU law does not stop at the outer borders of the EU The requirements relating to watering and feeding intervals and duration of journeys and resting periods also apply to those stages of the transport taking place outside the EU

Under the EU treaties, since animals are sentient beings, the EU and the Member States are to pay full regard to the welfare requirements of animals. To that end, the EU legislature has laid down detailed provisions in a regulation governing the protection of animals during transport.

1 That regulation is on the principle that animals must not be transported in a way likely to cause injury or undue suffering to them and on the consideration that, for reasons of animal welfare, the transport of animals over long journeys should be limited as far as possible. A German Court, the Bayerischer Verwaltungsgerichtshof (Administrative Court, Bavaria)

2 has referred a question asking whether the requirements pertaining to the journey log and the powers conferred on the competent authority of the place of departure enabling it to require changes in certain circumstances also apply, in the case of transport between Member States and third countries, to those stages of the journey taking place outside the EU.

By today’s judgment, the Court of Justice answers that question in the affirmative.

Thus, in order for a transport operation involving a long journey for horses, cattle, pigs, sheep or goats

3 to be authorised by the competent authority of the place of departure, the organiser of the journey must submit a realistic journey log which indicates that the provisions of the regulation will be complied with, including for the stages of the journey taking place outside the EU. The planned journey as stated in the journey log must show that the planned transport will observe, inter alia, the technical rules on watering and feeding intervals and journey times and resting periods.

4 Should the journey log not satisfy those requirements, the authority is empowered to require changes to those arrangements. The regulation does not subject the transport of animals with a point of departure within the territory of the EU and a destination in a third country to any particular approval scheme, different from that applicable to transport taking place within the EU. The organiser of a long journey must 1 Council Regulation (EC) No 1/2005 of 22 December 2004 on the protection of animals during transport and related operations and amending Directives 64/432/EEC and 93/119/EC and Regulation (EC) No 1255/97 (OJ 2005, L 3, p. 1, and corrigendum OJ 2011, L 336, p. 86). 2 The Bayerischer Verwaltungsgerichtshof is hearing a case involving the German undertaking Zuchtvieh-Export GmbH and the municipality of Kempten (Germany) regarding the decision taken by latter, as the competent authority of the place of departure, to refuse clearance for a consignment of cattle to be transported by road from Kempten to Andijan (Uzbekistan) and to require changes to the transport plans. The municipality of Kempten took the view that the journey log for the 7 000 km journey (via Poland, Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan) did not comply with the requirements under the regulation because it did not provide for any resting or transfer points for the stages of the journey which were expected to take approximately 146 hours on the territory of third countries between the cities of Brest (Belarus) and Karaganda (Kazakhstan). 3 More specifically, the animals concerned are domestic Equidae other than registered Equidae, and domestic animals of bovine, ovine, caprine and porcine species. 4 Thus, as far as cattle are concerned, subject to certain conditions, long journeys by road must include, after 14 hours of travel, a rest period of at least one hour during which they must be given liquid and if necessary fed, after which they may be transported for a further period of up to 14 hours, at the end of which animals must be unloaded, fed, watered and be rested for at least 24 hours. http://www.curia.europa.eu provide the competent authority of the place of departure with a duly completed copy of section 1 (Planning) of the journey log. The information contained in that section, concerning matters such as scheduled resting, transfer or exit points must cover the entire planned transport operation, from the place of departure to the place of destination.

Thus, in the case of a long journey with a destination in a third country, the journey log must contain the necessary information on watering and feeding intervals and journey times and resting periods both for the stages of the journey taking place in the territory of the EU and in the territory of third countries. The Court considers that, in the check to be carried out prior to the journey, the competent authority has a certain margin of discretion allowing it to take due account of the uncertainties involved in a long journey, part of which is to take place in the territory of third countries. Should it be the case that the law or administrative practice of a third country through which the transport will transit verifiably and definitely precludes full compliance with the technical rules of the regulation, the margin of discretion conferred on the competent authority of the place of departure empowers it to accept realistic planning for transport which, in the light of factors such as the means of transport used and the journey arrangements made, indicates that the planned transport will safeguard the welfare of the animals at a level equivalent to those technical rules. In any event, the authority may require, among other things, changes to the arrangements for the intended transport in order to ensure that it will pass by enough resting and transfer points to indicate that the transport will comply with the requirements as to watering and feeding intervals and journey times and resting periods. NOTE: A reference for a preliminary ruling allows the courts and tribunals of the Member States, in disputes which have been brought before them, to refer questions to the Court of Justice about the interpretation of European Union law or the validity of a European Union act. The Court of Justice does not decide the dispute itself. It is for the national court or tribunal to dispose of the case in accordance with the Court’s decision, which is similarly binding on other national courts or tribunals before which a similar issue is raised. Unofficial document for media use, not binding on the Court of Justice.

The full text of the judgment is published on the CURIA website on the day of delivery.  (+352) 4303 3355(Press contact: Christopher Fretwell


Our recent SAV post link regarding EU animals being exported to non EU nations:


Iran: Iranian Dogs Buried Alive – Link and Photographs Via Info Below.



Iranian Dogs Buried Alive:

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The EU And Its MEP’s Need To Step Up To The Plate And Actually Defend Animals; Not Give Us EU ‘Yukspeak’ And False Promises !


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One of my pictures of calves being exported from the UK in the past.  Note lower rear animals sucking the trailer bars; the need for milk ! – is this not what we hear from the CIWF investigations team today in Israel and Gaza ? – please click on the photo to be able to enlarge and see more detail.

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Fortunately no longer the process, but the old method – a (UK ?) calf restrained in a Dutch veal crate.


.. and then the Eurogroup realise the bloody obvious that welfare campaigners have been telling them about for the last 20 years – http://www.animalwelfareintergroup.eu/2015/07/09/live-animal-transport-still-a-major-animal-welfare-problem/

Their statement says:

Strasbourg – At today’s meeting of the Intergroup on the Conservation and Welfare of Animals, Members of the European Parliament heard about the consistent failure of member states to enforce Regulation EC 1/2005 which causes millions of animals every year to suffer unnecessarily during transport. This is compounded further with the export of live animals to the Middle East, Turkey and Africa.

Intergroup President, Janusz Wojciechowski MEP who chaired the meeting suggested: “Despite legislation governing live animal transport being in place for ten years we are still seeing animals undertaking extremely long journeys without any respect for their welfare and the Commission has a duty to pursue Member States that continually flout this legislation and cause immense suffering as a consequence.”

The invited speakers spoke about the failure to enforce regulation EC 1/2005 and the consequences this has for animal welfare. They also raised the issue that animal suffering is being exported to third countries especially at the time of slaughter and this is totally unacceptable.

Peter Stevenson, Chief Policy Advisor at Compassion in World Farming stated that; “The EU exports two million cattle and sheep a year to the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey.  These animals experience great suffering at slaughter in this region.  Not only is the slaughter cruel but it is in breach of the international standards on welfare at slaughter of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

He added: “We have informed the Commission and the exporting Member States of this problem but they refuse to halt the trade or to take effective steps to ensure that EU animals are slaughtered in accordance with the OIE standards.  This trade is in breach of Article 13 of TFEU which requires the EU to ‘pay full regard’ to animal welfare.  Compassion in World Farming calls on the EU to urgently halt this trade.”

 Dr Alexander Rabitsch presenting the findings of his latest report stated: “The European Commission is turning a blind eye to the issue of live animal transport. It is essential that the Commission acts today to ensure that the serious shortcomings witnessed on a daily basis across the EU are addressed immediately and that Member States are brought to task to ensure the highest levels of animal welfare are respected at all times on all transports.”


Our Action

Today; 31st August 2015, I have written to all of my EU Members of Parliament for my region – the South East of England.

My letter mainly involves the very recent expose by Compassion In World Farming (CIWF); also based here in England –  http://action.ciwf.org.uk/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=119&ea.campaign.id=41392&ea.tracking.id=05bb9ddb  and the issue of very young calves being exported for slaughter from locations such as Lithuania and Romania (in the EU) to Israel and Gaza (non EU).

We promoted this CIWF investigation very recently – see http://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2015/08/29/england-ciwf-undercover-just-a-few-weeks-old-transported-thousands-of-miles-deprived-of-food-beaten-into-submission-a-call-for-help/ for further details.

Journeys of over 2,600 miles; with the guarantee that they will end in a terrible death for these very young and innocent, sentient animals.

Basically, the EU; complete with its so called ‘regulations’ and its so called ‘politicians’ make me just want to vomit.  I and many others; including Philip, the CEO at CIWF, have personally been involved with live calf export investigations and campaigning for around 25 years.  See more at http://serbiananimalsvoice.com/about-us/    We have witnessed British calves being exported live to the Netherlands by a British Conservative government (like we have now under David Cameron) for incarceration into a veal crate system; while they have had the audacity to tell the UK public that they have banned the veal crate in the UK !.   What is their way of dealing with the issue ? –export British calves to other countries to be shut in a box until their deaths ! – this is what makes me sick with politicians and their yukspeak, Party led spin to assure us all that we can sleep safe at night.

In the past, I have witnessed tens of thousands of UK calves heading for crates of the Netherlands; I have followed them on the roads; I have produced a series of reports about it all for the EU, I have photographed them (see picture here), I have smelt them; and most upsettingly, I have heard them crammed onto the trucks; their only wish to be fed fresh milk from their mothers who they were wrenched away from days before; never to see again.

As I say, it makes me want to puke now just as much as it did when I first encountered it 25+ years ago.

So this letter to my MEP’s does not praise them; quite the opposite.  It is people such as this who are failing the good, caring citizens of the EU who want change for animal welfare to be better; and most importantly, they are failing the animals of Europe who remain silent but want them to be their voice.

I don’t really know what else to say apart from the fact that the EU and all its cronies; including its many MEP’s; are in reality doing nothing to improve animal welfare.  They speak the EU speak, have committees for this and that; an EU animal welfare Intergroup / Eurogroup; and still we see very young (EU) calves being shipped from Lithuania to Israel and Gaza for terrifying deaths.  If animals have to be slaughtered; then it should take place as near to their point of origin as possible; greatly reducing their stresses during long transport and the terrible deaths they experience in nations such as Turkey and Gaza.  You export locally killed meat on the hook; NOT on the hoof !

I can understand it; campaigners can understand it; I think you can understand it;  so why not the self important’s of the EU ? – this is where the EU fails its citizens.  It lives in a rose colored bubble of everything is ok; there are guarantees, regulations and assurances that things are always dealt with correctly; so hey; what are we griping about ?.  Wrong Mr and Mrs MEP – you are failing the people and animals of Europe.  Calves being exported and your false promises of alleged EU enforcement and EU regulations for animals undergoing long distance transport are something I have had to endure from the EU for the last 25 years.  Today the animals are no better off than they were then thanks to the EU.

I am sick to death of these people and their ‘yukspeak’ of legislation and rules – some kind of EU ‘fairyland’ where politicians think they can bullshit citizens off with their false verbals of ‘high standards’, monitored’ and spared unnecessary suffering’, to name but a few !.  They are failing the calves and other animals of Europe.  Please write to them and show them your disgust for their blemished approach to sentient beings.  Lots more details of how to write to your MEP(s) can be found in the ‘European Union’ section of ‘About Us’  on this site – http://serbiananimalsvoice.com/about-us/  .  The campaigning goes on until the EU does see sense and actually moves to better things – I have covered veal calf exports for 25 years so another 25 does not deter me – It is not me who has to worry; but as for the Uk and the EU, well !

Please write to be a voice for the suffering calves; and politicians – wake up to the real world !!

Thanks – Mark.

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Above –  Veal Calf Crated – Photo CIWF.

Below is my letter to the EU MEP’s for SE England.  If they respond then the responses will be reproduced on this site.


Dear Sir / Madam;

I am writing with regard the export of live animals from within the EU to non EU nations.

A recent investigation by CIWF (England) showed very young Lithuanian calves being first sent by road to the port of Koper in Slovenia.  A distance of approximately 1030 miles.  Many of them were to weak to stand, but they were still loaded at the point of origin for departure to Koper.

Upon arrival at Koper they then had to endure a further sea journey of approximately 1600 hundred miles to Haifa port in Israel.  Other calves which have also been sent to Israel from other EU nations such as Romania, first endured a road journey to Midia port (Romania) of some 690 miles; then enduring a further sea journey of 1530 miles, again to Haifa in Israel.

Many of these young animals were highly stressed by the time they reached their export port within the EU.  As they endured such poor conditions during their loading, it is not uncommon for many of them to die during the journey.

For those that do survive the terrible sea crossing toIsrael, conditions upon their arrival are no better.  At many facilities filmed by CIWF in Israel, there was no bedding on the floor for the animals and in many cases they were left to lick bare concrete floors in their pitiful search for food after enduring such a journey.  These facilities are known as ‘lock up and leave’; where just this procedure is undertaken; animals are left to fend for their own survival before they are slaughtered.

Eventually some of the animals will go to Israeli slaughterhouses; where they will face inhumane slaughter without stunning.  Others will be driven further across the border into Gaza for even more terrifying and painful deaths.

A recent European Court of Justice ruling said that EU laws on animal transport still apply when animals leave Europe.  The very sad situation is that there is absolutely no enforcement of animal transport regulations to stop exporters from breaking the law.

Thus you, elected MEP’s, the people that EU citizens are allegedly supposed to look up to HAVE dramatically FAILED the animals of Europe seriously.  So why should we have any respect for you ?  You have failed dismally in your work to ensure that regulations are adhered to.

The situation is no different for EU animals being shipped to Turkey for slaughter.  My friend Lesley is the founder of Eyes on Animals in the Netherlands –  http://www.eyesonanimals.com/ .  She has just returned from one of her many visits to the EU / Turkish border, where she witnessed EU cattle transporters standing in extreme temperatures for many days to cross the border.  Lesley says – Our inspection team has just come back from Turkey, where we checked on cattle transports at the Bulgarian border. We came back upset, disappointed and angry. Not a lot has changed compared to five years ago. We did accomplish a few things, but still everyday dozens of cattle transports are waiting for hours and sometimes even days, in the burning sun, to be allowed into Turkey.

Working personally in the EU aerospace industry involved with ‘Tornado’ aircraft for some 24 years http://serbiananimalsvoice.com/about-us/  , I have always been a pro-EU person.  Unfortunately now; with the failures of animal welfare regulations right across the EU, I am in a position where at the referendum promised for the UK citizens by David Cameron; I will be voting for the UK to get out of Europe.

You may tell me that this will not help the animals of the EU – I reply by asking what actual help are you and your so-called ‘Parliament’ rule makers when we are currently witnessing the vast suffering of young calves being shipped all the way from Lithuania to Israel ? – the EU is failing the animals and animal welfare big time; and I personally hold people like you responsible for not enforcing the so called regulations that exist – 1/2005 et all on the transport of live animals.

Also, lets take the situation for stray animals in Serbia – for which my organisation was founded.  http://serbiananimalsvoice.com/   As you can see from the many photographs  http://serbiananimalsvoice.com/category/photographs-warning-animal-suffering/  and reports on my site; again the EU is not really doing anything regard animal welfare.  The EU Enlargement Commission under Hahn makes all these statements about enforcing the ‘EU Rule of Law’ – a fundamental which must be shown by all accession states.  And yet, for the last 11 years at least, Serbia has never enforced any of its rules of law regarding stray animal welfare.  Here are a few samples from my site to show this:





And how does the EU reprimand Serbia for non enforcement of the rule of law ? – it hands out over 1 BILLION Euros to them as a sweetner for becoming a member of the almighty club !

What with this hunting illegally in Serbia, EU live animal trasnsport to not EU nations  and so many other issues in the EU at this preset time; I think it fair to say that the EU has dramatically failed / is dramatically failing EU citizens.  MEP’s such as yourselves are not ensuring that as ‘our representatives’, rules that currently exist are being enforced.  Thus I ask what the point of MEP’s actually are ? – you are failing EU citizens by failing to enforce existing rules with current and new accession states; or even introduce into your little club new regulations which ban the export of live animals outside of the EU.  In other words I question if you really care about any of it at all !

We all know that the Conservative party (badger killers, fox hunters, bee killers etc) does not actually care about animal welfare, despite their weasel words; but I at least expect better from some other parties.  I appreciate the help that Catherine Bearder has given to live animal transport campaigning; and Mr Keith Taylor for his help and support with Balkans stray animals; but sadly there is very little action to help live animals being transported outside of the EU.  As EoA investigators say – Not a lot has changed compared to five years ago.

I thus deduce that the EU MEP system has failed.  Is there any reason to have people in jobs when they do not act to reflect the wishes of the citizens of Europe ?

For me personally and the UK supporters of my organisation; you have until the UK referendum on Europe to do something and stop the long distance transportation of live animals and to make your voice heard with Commission Hahn regarding Serbia NOT enforcing its own legislation – or its own rules of law.   Animals should be slaughtered as near to their point of origin as possible, then with meat exports only being on the hook, not the hoof.  The EU is failing animals and putting finance above welfare; and I personally am sickened by this and this approach.

Please enforce changes now or be prepared to walk out of the EU come the UK referendum.  The people of the UK want action from people like you, not false ‘forever in the future’ promises that will happen many years down the line; if they ever happen at all.

Yours truly,

Mark Johnson

Founder ‘Serbian Animals Voice’

Date – 31st August 2015.


Venus has left a comment on the site; here is the full transcript as sent.  Thank you Venus.

We hope that people take note of what is said.

Dear Mark,

I’ll try to respond to your letter, as if I were an honest European Parliament Member.
Not one that was elected by EU citizens to earn 12,000 euros a month (at least) without bringing any benefit for it.

The European Union is the Lobby-factory of the agricultural industry.
These agribusiness knows no other purpose than to maximize their profits. It is active, where the profit is greatest.
Examples: piglets are born in Holland, fattened in Spain and slaughtered in Italy.

In this respect, animals are regarded as a profitable source, and therefore the trucks take the living charge to where the money sounds.

No matter how, injured, maimed, bleeding, half-dead or dead, the goods and the money has to be delivered.
Over thousands of kilometers, the EU Commission pays subsidies to support a lucrative business with death and suffering.
As it had promised to the agricultural industry before the elections.

To ensure its voters for the next elections, the EU has introduced some bogus rules: determining the ceiling height, transport breaks, soaking duty, etc. Rules that are never kept, and when they are discovered, the perpetrators come with ridiculous penalties thereof.

No MEP has any interest to improve the transport of animals, to stop the Dog Catcher Mafia in Romania, or to punish the violations of the Serbs against the animal rights before the country enters the EU.
Concerns depend on the highest profits, the business with the transport of animals must be running as well as in all economic sectors.

2,438,306,132 animals are transported annually as a commodity throughout Europe. Humanly seen a disgrace to the 21st century.
For the EU band just a statistic, a number.
And a profitable performance for the agricultural Mafia as promised !!
This is the situation of the EU institution of the 21st century.
By the way, a shame also.

There is an effective method against these two kinds of shame: stop eating meat, and do not go in the EU elections.
No citizen should be used as a useful idiot so MEPs deserves every month what an average citizen earns in the year and with hard work.
Namely, in order to do nothing (at best).


England: CIWF Undercover – Just a Few Weeks Old, Transported Thousands of Miles, Deprived of Food, Beaten Into Submission – A Call for Help.












England: A Blind Government Leads A Blind National Farmers Union !


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The badger cull is to be extended into Dorset following pilots in Gloucestershire and Somerset, the government has announced.

Ministers and the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) say culling badgers will curb tuberculosis (TB) in cattle, but protesters say it has little effect.

Licences have been granted to allow six weeks of continuous culling in the three counties until 31 January

Brian May in badger legal action threat

25 August 2015

Badger cull ‘succeeds in reducing TB’, the NFU says

24 February 2015

Badger culling resumes for second year

9 September 2014

Badger cull fails to meet target in Gloucestershire

18 December 2014

Testing ‘more effective’ than badger cull

15 January 2015

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Serbia: Serbian Veterinary Departments are Not Very Cooperative With Animal Welfare in General .

Name: Rainbow Rescue e.V
Message: Rainbow Rescue e.V.

Dear Sirs and Madames,

we are a registered association which is acting in animal welfare in Serbia. Our focus is especially on dangerous dogs which have been used for dogfights, but also for stray dogs. We try to rehome them according to the law in force also regarding international requirements, as good as possible.
The Serbian veterinary departments are not very cooperative with animal welfare in general and also not especially regarding foreign animal welfare organisations.

Our association is getting many different informations about the current export allowances.
Since a short time period just breeders, animal shelters (which just act in serbia) are able to get an commercial certificate to trade dogs. A private person is able to get an non-commercial certificate.

Both certificates are restricted for use in Serbia only, which excludes an export. How can we – as an registered animal welfare association – now rehome dogs worldwide and do our job in a correct and legal way?

All our exports are commercial, because dogs change owner and we are taking an adoption fee. But Serbian veterinary department says we are not allowed to get any certificate, because it is no private export.
Please support us to realize a legal export for the dogs!

More and more shelters in Serbia, which are operating since several years, are evicted for nonsense. For example because of an not registered optional room.

The whole situation is rapidly getting worse for animals in general and for animal welfare shelters, because almost no shelter is able to fulfill all the requirements.

A new draft law is coming up that allows the Serbian government to kill all dogs within 30 days or sell them to experimental laboratory, when a shelter is evicted.

We will not accept this!

All animal welfare association in Europe please help us!

If more and more shelters will get closed, the situation with stray dogs will get a massive problem.

We fear, that the draft law will be accepted, because Serbia wants to join the European Union.

On saturday the 19th of September an event from the public shelter in Novi Sad with an awareness walk is organized. The serbian TV will most possibly be there record the walk.

Please let’s stand up together and show that we are not willed to be silent!

Please join us with your association or a representative to show the Serbian Government that we will not accept this cruel law and handling against shelters, to avoid animal welfare.

Let’s inform the general public what is going on!
We have setup a class-action to put pressure on the Serbian Government and we hope it will be successful.

Kind regards,
Ataura Rodriguez Dorendorf
Rainbow Rescue e.V.
Ataura Rodriguez Dorendorf
Leberstrasse 22 10829 Berlin

Ataura Rodriguez Dorendorf

Leberstrasse 22
10829 Berlin

Berlin, 26.08.2015

Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren,

wir sind ein eingetragener  Verein, der sich im Auslandstierschutz in Serbien einsetzt. Im Speziellen setzen wir uns für sogenannte „Listenhunde“ ein, die im Hundekampf missbraucht wurden. Aber auch Straßen Hunden  nehmen wir uns an und versuchen sowohl diese, als auch die „Listenhunde“, soweit gesetztes konform mit den Internationalen Bestimmungen, zu vermitteln.

Leider zeigen sich die serbischen Veterinärbehörden in der Tierschutzarbeit nicht mit uns kooperativ.
Wir bekommen immer wieder unterschiedliche Aussagen, was die Ausfuhrbedingungen für den Verein betreffen.

Es bekommen wohl nur noch eingetragene Züchter, Tierheime, die aber nur innerhalb Serbiens vermitteln dürfen, die nötigen Zertifikate (commercial). Außerdem noch Privatpersonen das non-commercial Zertifikat.

Nun stellt sich uns die Frage, wie wir als eingetragener Verein unsere Arbeit verwirklichen können, um Hunde weltweit zu vermitteln, da es sich bei uns ja um eine kommerzielle Ausfuhr handelt.  Bei Vermittlung eines Hundes findet ein Halterwechsel statt und auch eine Schutzgebühr wird erhoben. Laut Aussagen des Serbischen Veterinäramtes bekommen wir aber gar kein Zertifikat, da es definitiv nicht um eine private Ausfuhr geht. Privatperson ist man wiederum laut Behörde nur, wenn man in Serbien gemeldet ist.
Bitte helfen Sie uns eine legale Ausfuhr zu ermöglichen!

Des Weiteren werden vor Ort immer mehr zugelassene Tierheime – die Jahrzehnte in Serbien tätig waren geschlossen und z. B. auf Grund eines noch NICHT eingetragenen Nebenraums im Katasteramt eine Registrierung abgelehnt … Somit verschlechtern sich die Zustände im Moment rasant ins Negative, da weitere Tierheime in Kürze folgen werden und kaum ein Tierheim in Serbien vollkommen die Bestimmungen erfüllen kann !
Es gibt einen Gesetzesentwurf an die Serbische Regierung in welchem ALLE Hunde innerhalb von 30 Tagen getötet werden, oder an Versuchslabore verkauft werden sollen.

Wir können dabei NICHT zusehen und bitten nun alle Vereine in Europa um Hilfe!

Serbien ist ein nicht gelistetes Drittland und möchte der EU beitreten.

Wir befürchten, dass dieser Gesetzesentwurf angenommen wird, wenn immer mehr Tierheime geschlossen werden, da dann die Hundesituation auf serbischen Straßen sich noch schneller und rasanter zum echten Problem entwickeln wird.

In Novi Sad findet am Samstag, 19.09.2015, eine Veranstaltung vom öffentlichen Tierheim statt. Geplant ist ein  Vermittlungslauf durch die City und wir gehen davon aus, dass auch das Serbische Fernsehen vor Ort ist.

Ich möchte euch bitten FLAGGE zu zeigen und mit eurem Verein, oder jemanden der euren Verein vertritt, dort hinzukommen und der Serbischen Regierung mitzuteilen, dass wir dieses tierschutzwidrige Handeln nicht still schweigend hin nehmen werden und auch an die Öffentlichkeit treten werden, um auf diese Missstände aufmerksam zu machen.

Wir haben vor eine Sammelklage zu starten, um den Druck auf die Serbische Regierung zu erhöhen, da wir uns sicher sind das wir nur so etwas erreichen können.

Mit freundlichen Grüßen
Ataura Rodriguez Dorendorf
Rainbow Rescue e.V.
Ataura Rodriguez Dorendorf
Leberstrasse 22
10829 Berlin


Berlin, 26.08.2015

Poštovane dame i gospodo,

mi smo registrovano udruženje, koje ima za cilj zaštitu životinja u inostranstvu, tj. u Srbiji. Između ostalog angažujemo se za takozvane pse koji su registrovani na listi opasnih psa, koji su bili zloupotrebljeni u borbama pasa. Prema međunarodnim odredbama spašavamo takodje pse lutalice i pokušavamo da njima ali i opasnim zloupotrebljenim psima nađemo dom.

Na žalost srpske uprave za veterinu nisu kooperativne. Veoma često dobijamo raznorazne informacije o izvoznim uslovima za udruženja.

Samo registrovane odgajivačnice i  azili dobijaju certifikat, ali oni mogu delovati samo unutar granica Republike Srbije. Takozvani non-commercial certifikat mogu dobiti privatna lica.
Postavlja se pitanje, kako mi kao registrovano udruženje možemo ostvariti naše ciljeve i udomiti pse širom sveta.

Naše udruženje vrši komercijalni izvoz, prilikom kojeg se menja vlasnik i naplaćuje nominalna naknada . Prema izjavama srpskih veterinarskih službi, mi ne možemo dobiti certifikat iz razloga što ne vršimo privatni izvoz. Prema srpskim vlastima privatna osoba je ona osoba koja je sa mestom boravišta prijavljena u Srbiji.

Zato apelujemo na vas! Pomognite nam da izvozimo pse na legalni način.

Pored toga zatvaraju se i registrovani azili iz nebitnih razloga kao na primer zato što jedna mala sobica nije bila upisana u zemljišnu knjigu. Iz takvih razloga situacija postaje sve gora. Sve veći broj azila će se u kratko vreme zatvoriti jer skoro nijedan azil ne može ispuniti sve propise!

Postoji nacrt zakona za srpsku vladu koji navodi da se svi psi u roku od 30 dana ubiju ili  prodaju laboratorijama.
Ne smemo da dopustimo to i zato molimo sva udruženja po celom svetu za pomoć!

Srbija je u procesu pristupanja  Evropskoj uniji!

Imamo strah da će se prihvatiti nacrt zakona ukoliko se u narednom periodu budu zatvarali azili, jer će situacija uličnih pasa u Srbiji postati još veći i neizdržljiv problem.

Stoga će se u Novom Sadu u subotu 19.09.2015. održati  “trka za udomljavanje” javnog azila kroz celi grad kome će prisustvovati srpski mediji.

Apelujem na vas da prisustvujete toj manifestaciji kako bi preneli poruku srpskoj vladi da nećemo prihvatiti nezakonske postupke protiv zaštite životinja i da javno ukažemo na ozbiljan problem na ulicama Srbije.

Kolektivnom tužbom nameravamo da povećamo pritisak na srpsku vladu, jer samo tim putem možemo nešto da postignemo!

Srdačan pozdrav,
Ataura Rodriguez Dorendorf





USA: McDisgusting – Mercy For Animals Expose On McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets – And What Do They Find ? – Terrible Cruelty.




Dear Mark,

The secret ingredient in McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets is brutal animal cruelty.


That’s the finding of a new MFA undercover investigation at a McDonald’s Chicken McNugget supplier—Tyson Foods—that exposed horrific animal abuse, including:

Birds painfully beaten, stabbed, and impaled on makeshift clubs spiked with nails and then thrown into buckets to slowly die

Factory farm owners stepping on the heads of live chickens and then pulling their wings or bodies to break their necks

Chickens bred to grow so fast they became crippled under their own weight and frequently died from organ failure

Hundreds of thousands of birds crammed into filthy, windowless sheds forced to live for weeks in their own waste

After six short weeks, the surviving birds are grabbed by their legs, wings, and necks and violently slammed into transport crates—often suffering broken bones in the process—and trucked to slaughter.


You may remember that last month we exposed unimaginable animal abuse at another Tyson factory farm. As shocking as it is, cruelty and violence run rampant in the poultry industry.

There are no federal laws to protect chickens during their lives on factory farms, and most states specifically exclude chickens from anti-cruelty laws.

That’s why it is so important for McDonald’s to implement meaningful animal welfare policies and oversight at its supplier farms. As the world’s largest fast-food chain and a top customer to Tyson Foods, McDonald’s has both the power and ethical responsibility to prevent egregious cruelty to millions of animals.

Please, take a moment to sign our petition calling on McDonald’s to stop unconscionable animal abuse in its supply chain. Then please share the hidden-camera video with friends and encourage them to take action too.

And remember, as individual consumers who care about animals, the most powerful choice we can make is to leave chickens and other animals off our plates.


Nathan Runkle



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P.S. Help us continue exposing cruelty to animals. Please make a special tax-deductible donation to support our vital undercover investigations aimed at exposing and ending abuse of animals at factory farms. Click here to make a donation.





Thailand: Team Member ‘Twinnsie’ Gives Us An Update And Great Street Dog Sterilisation News.



Whilst we were just adding the info and video link about ‘Twinnsie’ to ‘About Us’  http://serbiananimalsvoice.com/about-us/   today, when we have been sent the following message from the same team member !

As you can read below, it is great to see that at least some authorities have faith in the belief that sterilisation in street animals is the way forward to reducing their numbers – what a pity that the Serbian government is so very short sighted !

Here is the message sent to us today from Twinnsie:


Dear Mark,

Hi there, it is your sponsor dog Twinnsie here. I may have told you before how nervous I am and how I can never go on walks? Well, something amazing has happened! There was this long-term volunteer here at Soi Dog recently that really gained my trust and helped me feel much more confident. Before I knew it she was taking me on daily walks around the lake! It is so exciting to be able to get out and about, even though I still get nervous to walk past other people and I continue to shy away from many things whilst on the lead. If you find it hard to believe that it is actually me in the picture, it is because I have also had a haircut! Of course, I am still very shy and nervous and very few volunteers are able to approach me. They say I am still a long way away from being a well socialised pet, but I am in the best of places to learn trust. I am so grateful to you for being my sponsor and for your continued confidence in me. It means a lot!

That is enough from me for now. Let me instead tell you some of the stuff that is going on at the shelter.

So far, 2015 has already been a life changing year for countless animals here. The Adoptions Team has been working very hard to not only find forever homes for an increasing number of dogs rescued from the dog meat trade, but also for many of the longer term residents at our shelter here in Phuket. No less than 17 sponsor dogs have been adopted this year! Many of these have already completed their required quarantine periods and left for their forever homes somewhere in the world. We are glad to hear reports that all the ones that have already left, are happily settling into their new loving homes where care is being put into meeting all their individual personalities and needs. This is a testimony to the efforts of the adoptions team to match each dog with the right adopter!

Some of the adopted sponsor dogs will still require ongoing medical care for chronic conditions and some will need a lot of tender loving care to really blossom and overcome their shyness. Some others are quite advanced in years already, but we are so glad to hear that even so, these dogs have been given a chance to live out their lives in loving families of their own!

So it is great to know that the adoptions are going well and that many people decide to take a Soi dog into their lives. It is also great that our new dog hospital here at the shelter is coming along according to plan and that we can look forward to having really high standard veterinary facilities within the near future. There is still some fundraising going on for equipment and such, but the building is almost there. They say they hope to be able to open the doors to the patients within October.

In addition, you may be glad to know that Soi Dog has now started running mobile sterilization clinics outside of Phuket, in the province of Phang Nga. In order to humanely reduce the street dog populations and reduce their suffering from diseases, you need to target one area at a time until at least 70-80% of the animals there have been sterilised and vaccinated. With over 80,000 animals neutered on Phuket, this target has now been achieved. Phuket has also been declared the first rabies free province in Thailand, thanks to the Soi Dog vaccination program.

While the mobile clinic is now helping dogs outside the island, on Phuket extra effort is being put into sterilising more of the stray cat population too. Our shelter vets are now dedicating an increasing number of days to sterilising more cats on the island.

There are also plans to initiate large scale sterilisation and vaccination programs in Bangkok (which is home to almost one million stray dogs) before the end of this year.

So you can hear that everyone has been very busy as usual!

Thank you so much for being a part of all this and thank you for caring particularly about me! I am very lucky to have you sponsoring me.

Woofs and licks,


Twinnsie before the haircut:


Serbia: Please Help The Street Family.

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The money that is being asked to help this family is not a lot – we have donated this morning.

If everyone gave just a few Euros then we would reach the target within seconds.  Please try to help by giving anything you can.

If you click on the youcaring link below then you can see lots more photographs.  Thank you


Message  –  Please, help!!!!

This baby and mom tomorrow go back on the street, unfortunately there was no money for food or to accommodate and we have another 15 dogs that are hungry.

The last three days brought us new and big problems … A young dog from the street, girl named Dumbo, which has lost an eye due to a kick now has severe wound infection ..

Vet is struggling to keep the other eye and to save her life ……


We found mom and her five puppies thrown out in the street today, somebody threw them in the rain, in a small cardboard box…

for Dumbo and for this little family we urgently need help.. We need mone for treatment costs, for accommodation and food, and vaccines for babies and sterilization for mommy.

Vaccines for five babies are about 30 euros, 35 euros is sterilization for their mother, Dumbo’s treatment is about 40 euros and accommodation and food for a small family for month  its about 50 euros, a total of 155 euros…

We still didn’t pay our old debt and new problems are hitting hard…  I don’t even have will for life today, and I have these little snouts looking at me, waiting for help…


Serbia: Good and Bad News – The Latest From Shelter Felix 26/8/15.

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Valerie is recovering nicely and is supposed to have the screws removed from her knee joint next week. She’s still kept in a cage but she doesn’t complain one bit :) A huge heartfelt thank you to all of you who have helped this beautiful kitty girl!

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Sneska has always been skinny and has never shown much interest in food, but over the last few months she has become so frail that it was heartbreaking to look at her – she wasn’t just slender, she was gaunt. Her ribs were clearly visible beneath her skin, her hips protruded sharply and she looked almost skeletal, as if she had never eaten anything, which was sadly not far from the truth.


She was diagnosed with stomatitis back in June, the vet prescribed her a course of antibiotics and she seemed to be improving a little, but our happiness was short-lived. She quickly began to refuse food again, lose weight and was at serious risk of developing fatty liver or hepatic lipidosis due to chronic malnutrition. Very soon she reached the point where she ate two or three times a week at best, not because she had no appetite, but because chewing and swallowing apparently became difficult and painful for her. The additional problem is that she isn’t a youngster anymore, her age is given as 13 or 14 years and we had no time to waste, so she was urgently taken to the vet for a thorough checkup which was done a few days ago.

A UV scan has revealed that her kidneys aren’t in great shape, although the levels of urea and creatinine in her blood are still within the limits of normal range and we have been told we can expect her to have pretty much a normal life span. The nature of her chewing and swallowing problems has finally been revealed – she had uremic stomatitis.

Right now she is being given injections every day, she eats the prescription renal diet mixed with some wet food because she doesn’t like it very much, but at least she looks more cheerful and she even seems to be gaining weight, little by little. Of course, we have no way of knowing how long she will live, but can we all gather together to make the rest of her life as pleasant and comfortable as possible?

This sweet, good tempered and cuddly wisp of a girl has been through a lot so far and definitely deserves a dignified, pain-free and secure old age!

USA: 300 Pound Football Player Runs on a Vegan Diet.



This 300 Pound Football Player Runs on a Vegan Diet

Becky Striepe

Eating vegan gets a lot of attention as a way to cleanse or lose weight, and I think that this method for promoting veganism isn’t always helpful. It focuses on veganism as a crash diet, rather than a lifestyle choice. That’s why I was thrilled to run across the amazing story of defensive lineman David Carter who went vegan to improve his health—and stayed vegan because he’s never felt better.

Carter was trying to reach a weight goal of 300 pounds. At 285 pounds, he was eating massive amounts of dairy products to up his weight, and he felt terrible. In a GQ interview, he described a life of chronic, debilitating pain from tendinitis that at first he blamed on his day job.

When Carter learned that dairy can sometimes exacerbate tendinitis, he decided to give eating vegan a try. He told GQ: “I realized I was making everything worse. I was feeding the tendinitis, the muscle fatigue, everything. So the next day I went vegan. The first thing I ate was a bean burger and haven’t eaten meat since.”

When he first went vegan, he lost weight, so he adopted a strict weight gain eating plan to get him to reach his 300 pound goal. Carter was able to gain back the 40 pounds he lost plus that last 15 pounds on a plant-based diet.

Surprisingly, green smoothies seem to be his weight gain secret. Rather than use them as meal replacers, Carter drinks protein-rich 20 ounce green smoothies between meals every day, racking up a whopping 10,000 calories during what he calls “Operation Weight Gain.”

He says that white beans and sunflower seeds are his go-tos for protein along with whole grains and other beans, seeds, and nuts.

Check out his sample weight gain meal plan:

via Vibrant Wellness Journal

Since going vegan, Carter says that he’s never felt better. Within just a couple of months, his joint pain evaporated. He’s able to lift more and run faster, and he has less body fat—meaning more muscle—than before going vegan.

Of course, most people on a vegan diet aren’t trying to hit a 300 pound weight goal. This extreme constant eating isn’t necessary for the average person on a vegan diet. Athletes have very different calorie requirements than someone who works a desk job, even if you are a regular exerciser.

Carter went vegan for the health benefits, but he’s stayed for the animals. Like a lot of people—including me—who go vegan for health reasons, animal rights have become as important to him as his own health.

David Carter uses his clout as an NFL player to show that eating vegan doesn’t have to mean feeling deprived. He’s worked with animal advocacy groups like the Humane Society and Compassion Over Killing.

His Instagram account—@the300poundvegan—is peppered with animal rights facts, and he says he loves proving to people that vegans come in all shapes and sizes.

Check out our (SAV) recent Vegan link –  http://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2015/08/25/england-the-animal-aid-great-vegan-challenge-2015/

Read more and see photos at:


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Site Tidy Up.

As you can see from the tabs and the site; there has been a bit of a cleanup today.

Nothing has actually been deleted but instead has been stored in archive.

The photos of the gorgeous girls have been removed, but you can still see small versions at the end of some posts to brighten up the day.

We will still have some ‘time outs’ now and again just to give us a break from the cruelty.  We hope you agree and think that things are better on the refined version – let us know via the ‘contact’ tab – it will be interesting to see if views go up or down as a result of the changes.  We monitor visits every day and know how many visitors we get.

Lets see how it goes; for better or worse.  As we say, things are in archive and so can be re posted if demand calls for it.

Regards SAV.

Please stick  with us; there are still clean up changes to do; we hope to incorporate everything over the next few days.

Netherlands: EoA Information Regarding Investigations Into EU Cattle Being Transported To Turkey For Slaughter.



Dear colleagues working in animal-welfare,

letter to France Aug 2015 English

Please find attached a letter that we sent to the French Minister of Agriculture. We do not ask that you take any action, but that you are aware of our observations. We hope to hear back from the French authorities in due time.

With best wishes,

Lesley Moffat

Lesley Moffat, MSc Ethology
Eyes on Animals – Director

Want to read about animal-welfare improvements? Sign up for our GoodNews Letter on our website www.eyesonanimals.com
Twitter : @Eyes_on_Animals
LinkedIn: LDN Eyes on Animals
Facebook: eyesonanimals
Youtube : eyesonanimalsinspect

More reasons to stop the live transportation of animals over long distances !

letter to France Aug 2015 English


Past SAV posts showing links to Lesley and EoA:

I have had the real pleasure of working with the excellent Lesley regarding live animal transport work in the recent past.

Please also go to ‘About Us’  http://serbiananimalsvoice.com/about-us/  to see our work for the EU regarding an investigation report series into live calf transports.

Mark – SAV.





England: The Animal Aid ‘Great Vegan Challenge 2015’.



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Home =  http://www.animalaid.org.uk/h/n/AA/HOME/

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Shop =  http://www.animalaidshop.org.uk/

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Mmm – Tasty !!!

Try Vegan

love veggie


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Good News For Once ! – Pola the Pig Rescued After 8 Years of Living Hell.


We need something with a good ending !

Pola the Pig Rescued After 8 Years of Living Hell

by Tex Dworkin

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Pola the freedom-fighting pig was rescued from a horrible living situation in Colombia not once, but twice. Hers is a tragic tale but ends well, and the woman responsible for saving Pola is an inspirational example of just how much good one person can accomplish with enough hard work and sheer determination.

When I first learned about Pola’s horrible plight, I knew only bits and pieces; that she had lived in Colombia for eight years in hellish conditions, literally getting her tail eaten off by dogs, before being rescued and brought to an animal sanctuary to live out the rest of her life in peace.

What I didn’t know at the time was that Pola had actually been rescued before, and the woman who rescued her the second (and final) time, Juliana Castaneda Turner, is a Colombian activist who fights and wins for animals in her homeland, a country not known for its ethical treatment of animals.

I reached out to Juliana in Colombia to get Pola’s full story. When she wrote back, she was apologetic about her English skills; “I risk to write to you in my funny english.” Then she proceeded to explain (paraphrased below) how Pola ended up as the newest member of Juliana’s Animal Sanctuary, the only farm animal sanctuary in Colombia:

Pola was “rescued” 8 years ago from a truck full of baby pigs. The woman who rescued her fell in love with her because she has freckles. This woman has a dog shelter in Colombia, but even though her intentions were good, she had more than 300 dogs living in poor conditions.

Basically, it was not a safe, healthy place for a pig to live. Juliana explained how the government in Colombia doesn’t do anything to help animals there, so those who try to help animals are pretty much on their own in terms of funding their efforts to help animals.

The woman who was swayed by Pola’s freckles ended up losing the space where she kept all of the animals, so when Pola was 4-years-old, she was moved to another dog shelter, which sounded no better than the first place. It had 180 dogs living in — you guessed it — terrible conditions, and there was no fence to protect Pola from the massive quantity of dogs; that’s where her nightmare started, according to Juliana.

Juliana’s Sanctuary shares what happened to Pola next:

For the last 8 years, Pola was living in utter filth, amongst 180 uncaged hungry dogs who constantly harassed her and sometimes tried to tear pieces of flesh from her body. Sadly, they did eat her tail off and parts of her vulva! Pola had no clean soil or grass to play on, but lived amongst garbage and dog feces and was only being fed cheap dog food (that contained pork!). But she never gave up hope that one day she would be rescued from this hell and be loved.

And that day eventually came. Amigos del Planeta, an organisation in Colombia that helps dogs, cats and some horses, was contacted by the shelter where Pola was living. Apparently Pola was no longer welcomed at the dog sanctuary because, as Juliana tells it, “they said the pig destroy everything there.”

Whatever it takes, Pola! Destroying everything was probably the best thing she could’ve done in that situation, because it convinced her detainers to get rid of her.

Amigos del Planeta doesn’t take pigs, so they turned to the only farm animal sanctuary in all of Colombia for help –Juliana’s Sanctuary, which agreed to take Pola in.

It took many tries and a lot of back and forth hassle and money spent before Juliana and her team were able to get Pola to her new home, but thanks to Juliana’s perseverance, Pola finally made it. She says:

When I found her I cried in pain. Her so-called “caretakers” told me that if I didn’t take her she would be killed. It took me 4 attempts to get her to our sanctuary, including hiring a truck for 4 consecutive days, as well as 13 men, and then building her a new enclosure and home on our farm.

Pola was rescued on July 20, Independence Day in Colombia, so they named Pola after Policarpa Salavarrieta, “La Pola,” a Colombian freedom fighter. To those at Juliana’s Sanctuary Pola will always be known affectionately as “the freedom fighting pig.”

Now she gets to eat fruit, her favorite, instead of dog food. She is able to bask in the sun and enjoys the occasional splash of water on her body. She is not in perfect health yet, but she is getting better, thanks to Juliana and the rest of the folks at their sanctuary.

See Pola for yourself: Watch this video for more about Pola the freedom-fighting pig:


Juliana became a vegetarian when she was just 6-years-old and vegan nine years ago when she started her sanctuary. As she tells it, “I dream (of) this since I am a little girl, at 12-years-old, I started to save money to buy the farm of my dreams.”

She’s had to contend with legal battles over land, frustratingly sluggish bureaucracy, and bribes and intimidation, which she says are common in Colombia. Now she’s grappling with the task of securing a new space for the sanctuary and its 66 farmed animals, cats and dogs to call home.

But that’s not stopping her from saving animals. She’s rescued another pig since Pola – a piglet actually—named Perla. She was discovered in the garbage with a broken leg.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/pola-the-pig-rescued-after-8-years-of-living-hell.html#ixzz3jkVKPlGz

Russian Federation: Bear Run Over and Beaten by Men Deserves Justice.

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Bear Run Over and Beaten by Men Deserves Justice

Petition link – http://animalpetitions.org/117034/justice-for-bear-who-was-run-over-and-beaten/?utm_source=Animal+Petitions&utm_campaign=fd7d0fca4a-240AP8_23_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5c8ef52732-fd7d0fca4a-79739337

Target: Vladimir Kolokoltsev, Minister of Internal Affairs

Goal: Jail men who allegedly ran over, beat and plotted to sexually assault a bear on camera.

A video released online shows three men driving an SUV over a bear eight times, getting out to kick it and talking about sexually assaulting it with a stick. These men are facing a penalty of either six months, labor or a fine. Tell the Minister of Internal Affairs that these men should receive jail time for this violence they allegedly performed against this animal.

From a nearby vehicle, a friend of the three men filmed as they knocked down a bear in their car then proceeded to run it over, its paws caught under the tires as it is repeatedly crushed by the vehicle while desperately trying to escape. During the attack one man gets out of the car, kicking the bear and climbing onto its back. The men can then be heard planning to use a stick to rape the bear and then gut it with a knife. After some time, the animal manages to shred the tires and the men drive off before it can attack them back.

Animal conservation officials alerted the police once the video was released online, revealing the graphic details of this disgusting assault to the public. The police have stated they will punish the men after determining the motivation behind the attack.

Whether or not these three men assaulted the bear because they wanted to see it suffer or they thought it would be funny should not matter, this terrible crime was still committed against the animal and they were thinking about making it even worse. Sign the petition below to help ensure that the men accused of performing these horrific acts against an innocent animal receive the harshest sentence possible.


Dear Minister of the Interior Kolokoltsev,

Three men can be seen beating down, running over and plotting to perform sexual assault and stabbing a bear on a video released in Russia. The men who allegedly committed this crime are awaiting their punishment and it shouldn’t be a simple fine.

Whether or not they desired this animal to suffer doesn’t matter–the bear suffered immensely either way and these men were considering giving it an even worse fate. Their intentions are important in that it could help determine the best way to rehabilitate them, but they should still receive jail time for their violent actions. The well-being of this bear and the extreme abuse it endured at the hands of humans is worth more than a fine.


[Your Name Here]

Live Exports – Europe’s Youngest Victims.




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Live Exports – Europe’s Youngest Victims.

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We are appalled by the findings of our latest investigation into live animal exports from the EU, which we carried out in partnership with Animal Welfare Foundation and Tierschutzbund Zürich.

Our evidence shows that as long as this cruel trade in live animals is allowed to continue, young calves will suffer.   Compassion’s patron, Peter Egan, will now tell you more in our latest investigation film:


Can you help make this a citizen movement that Europe’s policy makers simply cannot ignore? Please share our investigation and petition with your friends and family either by sharing the URL and message below:

4,000 kilometres is a long way for any animal to be sent just to be ‘fattened’ and slaughtered. But for an unweaned calf, just a few weeks old, this journey from Europe to Israel is one of immeasurable suffering.

Please join me and call on the European Commission to ban the trade in farm animals to countries outside the EU – once and for all.

The following link does include a petition to sign calling for a ban to live animal exports:


Please give your support to this very important issue of animal welfare – thank you.  SAV.





Ideas for the immediate future.


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With regard to what we say below; please see here the beautiful wildlife pictures taken within Serbia by Zoran – check out his site and photos at:



We are going to repeat one picture here as we just love this little guy !


Wildlife is there as the photos show – it just needs a government to climb aboard, accept this is the way in future to go and then promote it to the worlds tourists !!

Now is this not a much better way to ‘shoot’ wildlife rather than with a hunters gun ??

This is the route that Serbian politicians should be looking to go down for future investment in their country; not their current policy of staying with and promoting hunting

– we have shown the results of this unfortunately on many recent posts.  SAV.


We are in the final stages now of the compilation of our small initial report to the EU regarding the lack of Serbian animal welfare legislation enforcement.  Serbia has some very good animal welfare legislation; but as you can see from our recent posts relating to bird hunting alone, action is never taken by the authorities to uphold and enforce the law.

Enforcement of the law is only as good as the law itself and the people who are supposed to enforce it ! – ie the police and government ministry’s.

Our reports, which we think will be many; will each deal with a specific area of Serbian animal welfare.  This first report will be a general overview of some of the main topics we will be covering.

Serbia is a country with a very diverse eco system – it has some wonderful natural places and also a very wide range of animals and birds.  The recent massive international outrage directed at the killer of Cecil the lion now really shows just how much hunters are hated internationally.


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We ask the question why people want to shoot wildlife with a gun when they can shoot it with a camera ? – effectively; by doing the first, you kill the animal and damage an often very sensitive ecosystem.  By doing the second you get tourism into the country; people experience the beauty of the wildlife and they spend their money on food, hotels, tours etc.  Most sensible people will not pay to go somewhere to kill beautiful animals; but they are prepared to pay and go somewhere to see the animals that live and survive in any region.

With this is mind we are also looking at giving out further information on the wonderful wildlife that can be seen and photographed in Serbia.  This initiative is in its very early stages, but we will try and work on it more.

Most folk do not want to be known as ‘hunter / killer’ tourists; but they are prepared to be known simply as ‘tourists’; watching and photographing wildlife and the natural environment; shooting only with a camera, and not with a gun or crossbow.

Maybe you can help us by responding to the simple poll – this could be completed and it will give us and the Serbian government some idea of the feeling of people who may decide to visit or not visit Serbia.


This poll will initially be open for ONE WEEK; your views and responses are very welcome.





Serbia: More Illegal Hunting – And ‘Rule Of Law’ Failures.

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Hi Mark ,

I continue with cases : Turtle dove, massacre, North of Serbia, hunting clubs Jazovo.

Display hunting turtle doves in the North of Vojvodina, near by Kikinda, hunting clubs Jazovo who preyed upon the special nature reserves – “Pastures of great bustard”, in a zone of the reserve, where hunting is forbidden by law to the Decree of the Government of Republic of Serbia on the Protection of Special Nature Reserve, “Pastures of great bustard” Mokrin (Official Gazette of RS No.37 / 97).

The first hunt for which we filed the charge took place 26.08.2010. That same day in the evening, a large flock of turtle doves in migration were attempting to land to feed in the fields of sunflowers, get watered and then move to lands on sleeping in a nearby small forest, which is planted for this purpose.

They were chased and the Italian hunters and a few local hunters took lots of them.  For those few hours, in a desperate flocks of turtle doves to feed, water and rest, hunters, according to a report of the hunting inspector killed 420 birds.

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It was dark, and many did not see anything; they were not picked up, the dozens of dead birds; and several dozen left wounded on the ground to die overnight.

After the hunt , our associate who lives on the reservation, Joca Jančić, went to the place  and saw a horrible scene, the field was covered with corpses of the birds and he also saw  many wounded turtle doves that had dragged themselves around after being shot, at least 40 – 50 birds.  Several turtle doves who were less injured were picked up and taken home to recuperate from the stress of what they had endured.  Unfortunately only one of those rescued and taken away survived, the poison of the hunters lead in the bullets / shot which is absorbed by the blood causing a slow and suffering death. The one dove which survived eventually recovered after about 3 weeks and then was freed to continue its migration because they are smaller flocks that fly further South.

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The Hunting inspector who acted according to our report wrote that hunters killed 420 turtle doves and they themselves determine that they can kill 500, so for her it was all right / ok. The fact that they were hunting in a prohibited place was not even considered, so nothing further was done regarding this at all – nothing !

From that whole flocks of doves undertaking a migratory flight, only one survived.  A few photos from the scene (and shown here – SAV) show exactly what it looked like. Total shock, our correspondent managed to make a few pictures, the rest of the time was looking for birds in better condition / who were still alive to try to save them. Most were already dead or were facing death due to being shot but not killed by the hunters.

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We have a record of hunting inspector on the hunt, but he is archived, and if need be I will find him.

The next year, hunting association Jazovo again organized hunting turtle doves in the same place on 2 occasions; 41 turtle doves were killed during the first hunt on 24.08.2011, and they killed 84 turtle dove on the second hunt. The hunting and mass killings were again undertaken in a place which according to the Serbian law is prohibited for hunting.

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We have submitted the application for the other hunt of 27.08.2011.  This was interrupted because the reserve guard, who was an associate of us, watched the hunting and reported it immediately, he called the police etc.  The guard reserve, Zeljko Reljin, his report is shown at the end of this post, was fired from his work and he does not work any more as guardian of the reserve.

This is the corruption of the system – a reserve guard reports illegal activity by the hunters and he is the one who ends up losing his job whilst the hunting continues !

The report of the hunting inspector is also attached of the hunt from 2011, where you can see that for her it is all OK. It reports the guardian and pretends that he did not know that any hunting, including hunting turtle  doves banned in A zone of the reserve called great bustard..

Then we filed a complaint about the work of the hunting inspector Ljiljana Bucalo Latinovic. In her record, according to the Italians, they issued receipt for turtle doves that were killed, birds officially according to EU law they can not take out of Serbia but were somehow presented.

After high alert about hunting turtle doves, 2012. Hunting was prohibited in the reserve, but the migratory birds were hunted elsewhere.  This time, the flocks of doves migrating were smaller and smaller.

Thus, as described here, so being hunted turtle dove and quail  everywhere in Serbia. Everything else is a lie.

Below is the complaint about the work of the hunting inspector, and we have since back to 2010.all the papers, just all in very large archives, and as I said, if you need,  to find them  and scan for SAV, we can find.

In the next sending I’ll find some case of quail hunting with decoys, or bird hunting nets. All this is happening now, as I write this, throughout Serbia. We have a lot of information about the poaching received from associates but it is difficult to arrive everywhere at the right time.

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Regards V.

SAV comment:

Serbian authorities are not enforcing the rule of law as required for new EU membership nations.  You do not fire a park / reserve ranger who reports hunters undertaking their blood lust in illegal no hunt areas; but the authorities appear to think this is ok; no doubt in conjunction with the hunts.

We are in the final stages now of our first report to the EU, which will cover several issues including all our hunting information.  We will show the EU Parliament and Commission that Serbia is NOT enforcing the rule of law and as such is not worthy of EU membership.  If Serbia wants to join the EU, then it has to stop all this government / authority / hunter / police corruption and start to show that they are actually prosecuting people for events which deserve it.

This is just the very start – Serbia is in for one big shock if it even becomes a member of the EU in future.   EU animal welfare organisations, who are very strong in Europe, will go ballistic at the current events; and they will be head hunting all those in authority.  It has been done in Romania, it will be done in Serbia.

People who call themselves ‘politicians’ and who may consider themselves immune from prosecution will have a change of face the day Serbia joins the EU.  Those who currently turn a blind eye to the undertakings of the hunters, including the police; will themselves be hunted and prosecuted through the EU by the EU animal welfare movement. 

Not a possibility, but a promise !!


Serbia: Serbian Police Do NOT Enforce The Rule Of Law AsRequired By The EU Commission. Why Does The EU Turn A Blind Eye Whilst Giving Serbia Millions Of Euros ???

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We have now formally sent our latest post (including links to our 2 earlier posts on bird hunting to the EU Enlargement Commission.  Here is the latest link dated 18/8.

The EU read receipt is as follows:

Your message 

Subject: EU fails EU citizens on Serbia
Sent: 19 August 2015 14:16:03 (UTC+01:00) Brussels, Copenhagen, Madrid, Paris

was read on 19 August 2015 16:19:28 (UTC+01:00) Brussels, Copenhagen, Madrid, Paris.

So now we are formally recording all the information and photographs onto this site so that we have evidence and proof that things have been published; and we can then go back to the EU Parliament (MEP’s) and ask what actually is the EU Enlargement Commission doing in Serbia apart from handing them millions and millions of EU taxpayers money, with, certainly in the case of animal welfare; very little to show in return.

We are EU citizens (UK, Austria etc) and we request action from the Enlargement Commission regarding the ‘rule of law’ enforcement by / in Serbia.

Look please at the following report of today – 19/8/15.

What are the Serbian police doing ? – are they not upholders of the Serbian laws ? – and yet with regard animal welfare issues they always appear to turn the other way.

And the EU dictates that all new member states seeking EU membership must be seen to enforce the ‘rule of law’  – are we wrong or is this what the EU says ? – check it out on the following:



We ask – ‘where is the (EU) rule of law being enforced in Serbia if even the  Serbian police (supposed upholders of the law ?) do NOT appear to be capable based on the evidence we present ?’ – this leads one to think that Serbia is NOT enforcing its own rules of law / legislation; and so is NOT a worthy contender for EU membership; despite the EU Enlargement Commission handing over million upon million of EU taxpaying citizens money !! – what an enormous joke !

So here following is the latest news about the bird issue from today (19/8/2015); which again we are formally recording as a post on this site, and which will form a series to be presented to the EU Members of Parliament (MEP’s) when they return in September.

As for the Enlargement Commission; ?? – will they carry on being like the Serbian police – turning a blind eye to all the evidence presented ?


Hi Mark,                                                          19/8/2015.

Before moving on excessive harvesting of birds, there is still illegal ways of catching wild birds.

In this case, the capture of prohibited tools, sticks coated with glue, cages with live birds as bait, decoys that have voice other birds, capturing birds in order to sell …. everything is forbidden by both national laws and International Conventions to which Serbia has accepted, signed and have been ratified in the Serbian parliament, the law on accepting the Berne, Bonn, CITES Conventions, the Directive on the protection of wild birds, etc ..

The event is from August 18, 2013, Southern Serbia, Sveta Petka, near Klenike, Bujanovac municipality.

Tipped off by locals that at that location every day, day by day,  2 weeks,  2 man  catch goldfinch.  Our colleagues from the Green Network Pcinja districts went out into the field and see what it does, call the police and inspections that took to the field. One of the criminals escaped and the other remained, and were photographed his car brands Audi, registration VR 011 YR. His name was Mitrovic Nebojsa.





On the spot, they found the 3 cages with live birds that serve as decoys. Sticks that you see in the pictures, the trees were coated with glue, and if stick catches another species that they do not need, it is killed and thrown away. See also a monstrous scene, the goldfinch is probably still alive when taken off the glue and pinned onto the top of the tree, as it stands there and looks injured birds attracts the others birds.










In addition to sticks and surrounding plants that prefer to land goldfinch, spread with the glue.  They using glue for mouse and rats, from which very hard to remove birds, because gentle and thin legs and soft feathers that stick to stick.

So we do not have to go to Lebanon, Malta and Cyprus, we all have in Serbia, but for too long not talking about it.   Silence, because they are all connected in the chain of illegal trade in wild birds which brings large profits and any investment.

While an investigation was underway, the police and inspections, we immediately asked to carry out a search of the house and yard Mitrovic Nebojsa from Vranje and another man who escaped, but the police and inspections did not want it to do, and we had a tip that both cellars full of  birds are captured in this way.

The second man escaped because he received permission from the Ministry for keeping the bird and after a few months when, on our inspection report went with him, they found about 20 goldfinch and reported a 6, but he said that they had hatched, although no have rings.. For inspection, it is was considered OK!

We’re still not received an answer what happened to Nebojsa Mitrovic regarding the capture of birds because, being caught on the spot with all the gear for catching birds are caught and dead birds that he did not need but are adhered to and killed them.

We have a case of catching bird with netting, police not found these faces and even birds. It’s about the Police Department Nis.

According to the provisions of the Cites Convention, no wild species that has been acquired in violation of the law of our country, which are certainly all wild birds that have been rounded up in an illegal manner and kept in captivity for trafficking, can not be legally or may be placed on the market, but Serbia ignored the Cites Convention and some permitting holding of such birds.

That’s what they are used by catching birds in nature, birds often get hurt taped, torn them with glue, torn leg, wing, many birds suffer in this way and what is even worse, and the birds appear on sale in public places, for example. stock birds and small animals. Countless applications we filed for such black market of birds, the inspection went but rarely managed to saw a bird which has no place here.

p.s. The special case of the hunters LORIST Fair in Novi Sad, at the end of 2011. where she was the exchange of birds and where the inspection had not seen two ravens, who were on the docks and offered for sale. Raven is in Serbia strictly protected species. After that, we could find out who was selling 2 ravens and where are they?

And this is just one more part of the problem, we have a lot of photos from the stock birds. And it shows that our inspection and the police do not respect the law themselves and even less compliance.

I do not see two ravens, should be blind.

Regards , V.

Serbia: Birds Continually Hunted – Failed By Those Who SHOULD Be Protecting Them – EU Enlargement Commission Fails As Always When It Comes To Animal Welfare.

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Here is the latest information from Serbia regarding the mass killing and smuggling of birds back to Italy by Italian hunters.

Please see our previous post for further information:



The EU is currently in shutdown during August for annual holidays; but this is now allowing us some time to prepare information and links which will be sent immediately to MEP’s when they return from their holidays.

We have plenty of information and photographs as you can see here and on the other links to fully support our case.  We have direct links with the EU Enlargement Commission who we feel are not doing anything near to what they should be doing re animal welfare in Serbia before it becomes a new member state.  

The information below is virtually as provided and has not been edited in any way.  This and the information in the other links will form the basis of the data we provide to MEP’s and to the EU Enlargement Commission.

As EU taxpayers, we are handing out Billions of Euros (literally) via the Enlargement Commission to ensure that Serbia is supposed to be enforcing the ‘rules of law’ as required for membership of the EU.

The information below and in our other links above clearly shows that the law is NOT being enforced, and that as always; Serbia is giving in to its hunters and police; whilst clearly failing to enforce regulations and laws that are there supposedly to provide some protection to animals – be they birds, stray dogs and cats; farm animals etc.

The EU is doing very little about this new accession member state – we demand action and we demand it NOW !


Hi Mark,

I send you photos of 01.09.2012. from a place on the streets in Bujanovac, where police stopped two Italians on the second day of hunting in Serbia in the hunting grounds of Hunting Association “Golub” Bujanovac.





On the first day they killed about 400 to 450 birds, but birds and police did not want to look.



About this hunt on the first day, according to us hunters who were sickened because Italians make real massacres and then the bodies smuggled into Italy via the links on the border, customs.

Italians Antonio Dalla Libera and Vau Editeo, from Vicenza and had a permit issued by the br.1666 LU.Golub for hunting quail ..

Birds that can be seen in the pictures did not quail, neither game species except one dove.







In the pictures you can see:

A. Strictly protected species:

Hoopoe, Upupa epops – 1 individual:

Red-backed Shrike, Lanius collurio- 1 female;

Great Tit, Parus major – one individual;

Forest Pipit, Anthus trivialis – 64 individuals

Stonechat, Saxicola torquata – 1 individual

Whitethroat,  Sylvia communis – 1 individual;

Warbler (or birch forest) Phylloscopus sp. (Trochilus – sibilatrix) – 1 individual.
B. Protected non-hunting species:

1. Field sparrow, Passer montanus – 14 individuals

2. Starling, Sturnus vulgaris – 2 individuals

C. closed season protected species, for which they had no permit

1. dove Streptopelia turtur – 1 individual

Under the domestic legislation, the value of these birds were all killed in poaching over 15,000 euros. + Penalty, but the Prosecutor’s Office in Vranje did not want to finish the case to the end.  So much for enforcing the ‘rule of law’ that the EU Enlargement Commission demands of the Serbian authorities and government – it is a JOKE !

Regulations on compensation applies for determining the amount of damages caused by illegal action in relation to the strictly protected and protected wild species (“RS Official Gazette”, No. 37/10)./

Hunting rifle the five-no. 561897 is owned by Serbian citizen, Strahinja Nikolic from Leskovac, who now leads the Italians in the hunt in Serbia.

The Jeep, brand ‘Nissan’, registration number LE-037 AP owned by certain Strahinja Nikolic from Leskovac have been found decoys and a large quantity of ammunition in boxes.



Hunting rifle the five-no. 561897 and Jeep brands of Nisan, as well as everything else is not taken away, as required by law, only the birds were siezed, when submitting the bird warden LU Golub was 88 of birds, see the photo with the numbers of birds, and to find birds after 5 days and on our great insistence and urging, it was 87 birds.

One bird was missing, we assume that it is a rare species, perhaps a young individual crossbill, as seen in the picture on the right, but characteristic beak crossbill, see.

06.09.2012. The inspector said:

The further control by the OSL PS Bujanovac when you turn the car on the road just some hundred meters from the family home of hunting area was stopped passenger car brands Audi 80 license plates BU 008-LO having Stanojković Dragan where the hunting area is found in the trunk of the same bags with Birds that were the subject of control.

In the presence of the above present officers of the counting of specimens and found that it was 87 dead birds of different birds that are due to poor care already begun to rot.

On that occasion present hunting area manager said that he had forgotten to take out the birds. The birds were confiscated (87 individuals) of Stanojković Dragan issued by the hunting area with a receipt for the same and are placed in cold storage DOO.Razvitak Bujanovac.

Unbelievable but true !!!

Then continue, we filed a large number of charges to various state bodies, mostly police and Prosecutors as well as complaints about their work.

After more than 2 years we have received the documents from the case where it is revealed that they punished only police officers who are not doing their job, the head of hunting, because she let 2 Italians to hunt without hunting companion, and the driver who was driving them. A symbolic fine of 10,000.00 to 60,000.00 to RSD it to pay in instalments.

About all we have documentation that can scan and submit.

SAV Comment – we aim to be providing this to the EU and the EU Enlargement Commission.

P.S. The affair “Balkans birds” still continues and this is a suspect way in which the crime is still taking place in Serbia and desolation bird fauna, because the first people in the police do not respect the law and the connection is on the verge of releasing the presentation of the slain bird in which the Italians earn huge sums of money, and our local ignorant for petty, personal, short-term interests are destroying the natural wealth of our country.

One of the biggest caught by cases of smuggling of birds killed in Serbia, was caught by customs Slovenia, with 120,000 birds.

Our police said that never heard about the case “Balkans birds”, and there is no investigation, no documentation about it.


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Regards, V.

Serbia: Hope For ‘Hope’ – Can You Give To Help Her Medical Costs ?

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The Story

‘Hope’ is a dog that is old at the estimate of the veterinarian about 12 years.

She lived on the street for about 10 years, of which 3 years lived with a huge tumor.

Surgery was on 4.05.2015. after which she went to chemotherapy that is not finished until the end, but unfortunately since the tumor was malignant, it then returned and is currently veterinarians are fighting for her life.

Please give anything for any help for her. The operation will be long and difficult and the cost very high.

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To donate to help pay for the surgery  – please go to  http://www.youcaring.com/help-for-hope-414920

Thank you – please give anything you can.

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Serbia: Felix Shelter Latest News – Valerie Had Her Right Rear Leg Operated On; A Few Weeks And She Should Be Walking Fine !

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We deeply apologize for the week-long silence but our lives have been a bit of a roller coaster lately.

Sneska has been diagnosed with chronic kidney disease which resulted in uremic stomatitis; Tabazija has developed megacolon. Both of them are under treatment and their condition is stable, at least for now, so Valerie’s surgery had to be our top priority.

Valerie had her right rear leg operated on a few days ago and everything went well, so we’re hoping this will be the last trauma she will be forced to go through. The vet managed to save her leg by basically breaking her incorrectly healed knee joint again and fixing it into the proper position with screws which are supposed to be removed in approximately two weeks time.

She will be kept in a cage for a while, but when she completely recovers, she is expected to walk normally again.

We’re immensely grateful to all of the wonderful people who have unselfishly helped this sweet girl and have given her the chance to live a life worth living!

Not even saying thank you a thousand times would be enough to express our immense gratitude!


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Serbia: RECOMMENDATION on measures to protect wildlife in hunting areas – like all Serbian animal welfare law – a complete mockery of reality !

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RECOMMENDATION on measures to protect wildlife in hunting areas during periods of adverse weather conditions

Users of hunting in areas with adverse weather conditions, it is recommended that, in consultation with the competent hunting inspector:

  • reinforce control of the general condition of wildlife and its habitat in the hunting grounds and take all necessary measures for the protection of wildlife, primarily measures: continuous provision of water in the bushes, protect wildlife from illegal hunting, protection and conservation of habitats, as well as other statutory measures,

  • take the necessary measures to prevent damage caused by wildlife on the property of legal entities and individuals, to educate the local population with regard to measures taken to protect the property from damage that can by game, and to take the necessary measures regarding the prevention of damage to wildlife,

  • activate the available human and material resources to the prevention of a possible fire, as well as to assist in extinguishing the fire site active, always taking care of wildlife in hunting grounds.

We should also pay attention to the education of the local population about the dangers and risks of unsolicited and uncontrolled burning stubble fields, reeds, grasses and other vegetation in the hunting grounds.

In conditions of high temperature, pay particular attention to the proper handling of harvested game (move, transfer, or transportation of the hunted game, with the pertinent parts of the city with the shooting in the hunting ground to the place of official controls) and taking measures to manipulation and transport is performed according to the procedure and the way safe for human health.


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Hi Mark,

Hunting quail and turtle doves, migratory species is in full force. Also on the dove and wood pigeon, wild boar and roe deer, fox hunting lasts all year.

Hunters widely used BANNED electronic decoys for Quail. Therefore, killing large numbers of quail that gather around the decoy. (electronic sound invocation, same like voice of quail. ) You know what is this?

After our letters to the Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection – Directorate for Forests of 7 August 2015 to suspend the hunt for natural disasters, finally published the poor text “Recommendations on measures to protect wildlife in hunting areas during periods of adverse weather conditions.”  12. August 2015.

The text can be read here (or at the start of this post):

How they write “unfavorable weather conditions” hunting is suspended, clearly states in Article 76, paragraph 1 Count 1. Law on Wildlife and Hunting (Official Gazette No. 18/2010).

From 1 July to 16 August 2015. mean daily temperatures were below 31 C, still about 35 C, even during July and up to 40 C,  without rain. Yesterday, 17.08. outside temperature dropped to slightly below 30 C  and little rain fell in Serbia, reporting to the media about the decay of the crop and the drought and the problems that people have because of natural disasters.

It was not initiated by the Forest Administration to comply with the law and the protection of wild animals from the hunting and persecution and harassment, but to protect hunting associations and hunting lobby that will trap quail and turtledove and earn a lots of money.

From which we can draw the conclusion that the laws are not respected and enforced.

Attached you can see what we wrote Forestry Administration.  Use Google translation. :)

After all, it is clear that it will not comply with the Act, we filed criminal charges against the responsible civil servants in the Directorate for Forests  ..

After finish the rest of the EU Commission, we must prepare a text about everything that’s going on here, 18 of the 25 EU countries hunting quail and turtledove is banned, Serbia is a migratory corridor and this savagery can not be tolerated. Albania has completely banned hunting and as I heard the ban will be extended to 2019. good.

We did not  Cyprus, Malta or Lebanon.  Migration is one of the strongest instincts of migratory birds and is very hard for them, is not humane and it is not acceptable to kill them during migration. Of course,  it is not humane nor necessary to kill anyone but the reality is harsh.

I hope you’ll help us around the text.

In the next email, I’ll prepare for you and SAV,  photos Massacre songbirds, 2 Italians, 89 birds, a couple of hours morning.

The two Italians were caught, and the day before they are caught, we know that because we have information, that  they kill songbirds, they were in the south of Serbia in Bujanovac. That day they killed nearly 400 birds,  that police did not even want to look and found no corpses.  After more than 2 years we have received the documents from the case of the prosecution Vranje.

Were punished symbolically 4 policemen, the chief of hunting Bujanovac who hid the slain bird and the driver of the Italians.

Through Interpol,  the two Italians have been found in Italy and gave statements, just as we heard that was going on, they are paid on all hands, and went and killed what they want and are doing,  so for years.
Our prosecution did not know or did not want to apply a fine nor compensation for slaughtered birds, which then amounted to about 15,000 euros.

For hunting, they used an illicit gun with five bullets, and so they made a massacre.

Since then, year 2012. they do not come to Serbia.

p.s. Please fix mistakes, if something is not clear, I’ll explain.

Kind Regards






2 Very Important Petitions – Please Sign Soon Thank You.



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Indonesian Government: Free all Animals from Ragunan and Surabaya Zoo into Sanctuaries

Captive elephants in Indonesia’s Surabaya Zoo and Ragunan Zoo are being held in extremely cruel conditions.

“I have never seen … this before,” said a staff member of an animal advocacy organization.

At both zoos, says the staff member, the elephants were restrained in a severe and agonizing manner. The animals are not only chained to the enclosures by their back legs, but their front legs are tied together. “I have visited zoos across the world, many of which unfortunately chain their elephants. But I have never seen elephants with leg ties as well as chains,”said the staffer

With the additional leg ties, the elephants are unable to even move backwards and forwards freely, restricting them to “hobbling” or “hopping.”

The male elephants who were tied in this manner at the Surabaya Zoo were in obvious distress: “He was rocking backwards and forwards for some time in a stereotypical display often seen in captive elephants,” says the staff member.

“The real sad thing for him was when he decided to use the bar as a scratching post, he needed to haul himself and the chains, centimeter by centimeter, into a position where he could rub against the metal bar. This should be something that is freely available to him and not something that he is forced to work for by having to ‘hobble’ within the small areas that his chains allow him within.”

At the Ragunan Zoo, both adults and a very young elephant were seen with their front legs tied together: “The calf was attempting to lie down on a number of occasions, but the leg ties prevented it from doing so. It also had to ‘hop’ with both front legs together every time it wanted to turn around.” (The calf is likely this young male.)

Indonesia has long been criticized for its animal welfare standards, especially the Surabaya Zoo, in East Java, referred to as the “Zoo of Death” for the horrific conditions the animals live in and the nauseating photos that reportedly emerge from it, including a lion found hanging last year in his cell, and an emaciated camel eating in his enclosure.

Femke den Haas is the founder and coordinator for wildlife rescue at the Jakarta Animal Aid Network (JAAN). Den Haas lives in Indonesia and first visited the Ragunan Zoo 20 years ago: “I was so shocked to see the suffering of the animals there that I decided I wanted to return to Indonesia the soonest to help improve animal welfare in the country.”

It was the eyes, she says, of one adult male orangutan that she couldn’t forget: “His name was Johnny. Johnny was an adult orangutan inside a tiny dark cage, not able to climb, not even able to obtain any sunlight.”

Twenty years later, Johnny is still inside the same cage.

Since 2002, 23 orangutans have died inside the Ragunan Zoo, den Haas said. (The Ragunan Zoo is a member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums.)

Since 2013, JAAN has been denied access to help improve the quality of care for the animals of the zoo, den Haas claims.

Part of the problem, she maintains, is there is no standard of care for animal welfare in zoos in Indonesia. “The Indonesia Zoo and Aquarium Association (IZAA) is a sham. This association is run by the zoo owners who seek profit and little regulations. The conditions of animals throughout Indonesia in zoos are horrific. I just returned from a zoo in Banyuwangi that received animals from Surabaya [Zoo], including orangutans and elephants. The elephants are chained and walked around [by keepers] with the infamous sticks with nails on them to handle the elephants and [use them for] elephant rides.”

Unfortunately, says den Haas, as bad as the Ragunan and Surabaya zoos are, there are some even worse. At these zoos, says den Haas, “animals hardly are seen with even drinking water.”

The staff member of the advocacy group agrees with den Haas’ assessment: “Sadly, animals are kept in even worse conditions in other zoos both within Indonesia and other Asian countries.”

“The sad reality,” the staffer adds, “is that the majority of Asian zoos house as many species and individuals as they possibly can, and the staff have little to no knowledge of how to care for these individuals to meet their complex physical and behavioural needs. Therefore animals languish in squalid concrete cells and the measure of ‘good’ or ‘bad’ is whether they survive or not.”—Source-The Dodo~

Ask the Minister of Agriculture Suswono to shut these places of hell down and transport the animals to sanctuaries !


Ministry of Agriculture Republic of Indonesia Suswono, MMA

Executive Director – WAZA Gerald Dick, PhD, MAS

Indonesian Government: Free all Animals from Ragunan and Surabaya Zoo into Sanctuaries



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Illinois man lights firework in dog’s mouth while laughing about it!

target: Will County State’s Attorney James Glascow

Update #1 3 days ago 

Press Release
July 31, 2015

Statement regarding investigation/charge in Joliet Pit Bull Case

The Will County State’s Attorney’s Office has filed the strongest felony charge possible under Illinois law based upon the evidence that has been obtained by police and prosecutors up to this point.

Upon conviction, the felony charge in this case carries a potential penalty of up to six years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000.

The investigation into this case is ongoing.

About This Petition

A man from Joliet tricked a pit bull dog into taking a firework in his mouth moments before he had lit it. The dog did not survive the incident.

The incident happened on July 7 when Nicholas Garcia, 24, and his friend were lighting some fireworks in an alley when a dog suddenly appeared; the two decided to have some fun with the animal and intentionally tossed a firework in its direction; the dog chased it and picked it up immediately, moments before it went off its mouth.

The dog’s owner, who had finally caught up with his dog during their usual stroll, witnessed the entire incident. The distraught owner claims that Garcia was amused by the situation, before taking off moments after.

Police have filed charges of ‘destruction of property’ against Garcia, who has turned himself in.

We, the undersigned, strongly feel that the Illinois judicial system should file for much tougher charges, because ‘destruction of property’ does not apply in this case. Dogs are family, sentient beings, but judging by these charges it would seem they are just some objects that got destroyed. This is hardly the case. Garcia needs to spend time behind bars after taking the life of an innocent animal that is only guilty of curiosity.

News Link: http://bit.ly/1IqfwOJ

Serbia / Italy: The Links Between Hunting Endangered (EU Red List) Birds.

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Here following is lots of info from Vesna regarding the hunting of Turtle Doves and Quail.  Lots of it is taken by Italian hunters who go into Serbia and then sell the hunted product back to Italian restaurants.  There is little action by the Serbian authorities to prevent it, despite EU restrictions; EU Red Lists on hunted species and huge financial support for Serbia from the EU.

We were asked to do an English version of this data from Vesna but we feel that very little needs to be changed – and also there is a lot to review and amend.  So we are publishing the full data from Vesna.

Extra info on same subject  – Link this in to our recent post on the same subject which can be viewed at  http://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2015/08/03/eu-serbia-mass-animal-and-bird-killings-exports-to-the-eu-despite-eu-bans-yet-the-eu-enlargement-commission-does-very-little-despite-the-1-5-billion-euros-given-to-serbia-pre-eu-accession/


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Dear all,

The situation in the whole of Serbia the same, no difference from north to south.

Money that Serbia received from the EU through the IPA funds, EUR 203 million, alone in 2013.  is not known where was spent because the situation in Serbia has not changed much since 2013. And still the executive power does not respect and does not apply the applicable law and not EU legislation in the field of nature, although the domestic Law on Nature Protection registered Article,  to EU legislation has applied in domestic legislation. But this does not apply.

The latest debacle shows that the executive and legislative power have the greatest impact profiteers and tycoons, is passing amendments to the Regulations on closed hunting  season.

In this case, it is for one month, from 28 June 2015 to 29 July 2015 changed 3 times. To the end it turned out that despite the ban handed down turtle dove hunting, can be hunted, and this year, which is a kind of degraded Regulations, turtle dove Streptopelia turtur, which is located on the European Red list of endangered species will be killed this year in Serbia. This was done for the profiteers in the field of hunting, which have ravaged the fauna of Serbia.

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In addition, the EU has long been banned all exports of meat of game from Serbia to the EU. (Council Regulalation  No. 338/97 of 9.December 1996 on the protection of species of wild fauna and flora by regulating trade therein) .

In the hunt for turtle doves and quail comes a lot of Italians who will defiance smuggle the corpses of birds in Italy.  One killed the turtle dove here costs 2.5 Euros, and the moment  arrive in Italy, Minimum cost  is 25 Euros, the resale for restaurants, the price reaches over 50 Euros per bird. The same applies to quail, which the European Red List has the status of sparse species.

Quail and turtle doves are species of international importance and in the majority of European countries hunting both species is prohibited.

In Serbia hunt both species begins 01.08. and lasts until 30.09. and that the playing time, ie. raising cubs in August, and September is the time of peak migration of birds from northern Europe, where they are fully protected from hunting. For Serbia fields falling exhausted from a grueling migration, to rest, feed and water, and then in moments of greatest exhaustion flocks, gathering hunters and kills everybody. None flock that was discovered by hunters, occurred on the territory of Serbia, no longer flew.

So protection pursued by the Northern European countries and the money spent in conservation, here, on the territory of Serbia, everything is cancelled, the mass killing of birds in migration.
I forgot to mention that over Serbia, from north to south migratory corridor for Africa, and for birds migrating in Central Asia.

**  In short, Serbia does not respect and do not apply the EU Directive on the conservation of wild birds in 2009 (Directive 2009/147 / EC, 30th November 2009)As Bern and the Bonn Convention on the conservation of wild fauna and its habitats.  **

Ministry of Agriculture and Environment of quail would not even discuss a turtle dove protect it for 1 month during the closed season or during the hunt is this decision reversed and allow hunting.

Today, 01.08. he began to hunt for turtle doves and quails, with a strong zeal of hunters, they are angry and want to kill as height can, I have no doubt that will happen. This is due to what was first hunting was banned, which led them to anger, and then a few days before the start of hunting, hunting is allowed, and now they will carry out revenge against the poor birds.

In short, the authorities in Serbia wants money from the EU but will not respect its own laws and even less EU legislation. Stakeholders and profiteers continue to tailor policies and legislation in Serbia and it is not, the debacle of turtle doves clearly visible for us.

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Authorities in Serbia know that exports of meat of wild animals is prohibited in the EU and know that they will be smuggling corpses of birds in the EU, but do nothing to prevent it, but to make all help to carry out smuggling.

In short, we in Serbia, we can to deal with everything, what is written and Slavica, we need the help of the EU, which is funded and supported by our government.

If, and this can help to improve the text, asylums and abandoned animals is not the only problem, **  no local government does not apply the Law on Veterinary and Animal Welfare Act.  **

I apologize for the bad English, with the help of Google translator and dictionary. I hope you’ll understand.

P.S. Oral vaccination of wild animals is carried out, provided the information and photographs from some areas in Serbia, where people find a vaccine and photographed, the last thing I received photos of the vaccine in reserve Great Bustards/ North Serbia.

There is no longer a local declaration of rabies as earlier worked to hunters killing cats and dogs in the streets or at the periphery of the village.  As well as the massacres of foxes in nature, which they consider to vermin. We still have no evidence that vaccination conducted regularly throughout the territory of Serbia.

Kind Regards – Vesna


I’m glad you understand this.

This shame of our Ministry and Government who could not protect the turtle dove, to even a month after that, made a different decision and allow hunting on them, and knowing that he is on the Red List, and that is a migratory species, speaks of undue influence on executive power . The Minister can not change policies or laws passed by the Assembly of Serbia.

Especially considering that the hunting lobby has too much influence on executive power, and according to their needs, quail was not even a topic, nor the disaster that befell the whole of Serbia, the Law on wildlife and hunting, is explicitly prohibited hunting. Hunting is started from 01.08. as if nothing is happening.

It all speaks to us about the abuse of power, laziness competent state authorities, who do not do anything, and delay as much as possible, that the hunt is over.

From 01.09. begins hunting of waterfowl which are also very vulnerable due to the disappearance of water mirrors and lack of food, even if daytime temperatures fall, no rain and will need a lot of rain to recover nature and it is the habitat of wild species.

Because of this, our government must make yourself and respect our laws and international treaties, directives on the protection of wild fauna.

About all this, we have to write to the European Commission, the department for the protection of nature and biodiversity, and for that we need excellent English translation.

Mark is our long-time friend, he understands everything we write and understand fully the situation in Serbia.

Also, aid from Germany would be excellent, our government reps in Germany has good friends and the politicians who support them, they should warn them that this is what they are doing is not acceptable to the EU community.

Also, aid from Germany would be excellent, our government in Germany has good friends and the politicians who support them, they should warn them that this is what they are doing is not acceptable to the EU community.

This embarrassment about 3 amending the Regulations on closed hunting season, for the purposes of hunting organizations and lobbyists, must be heard and must be known. This is not and can not be done.


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In Italy, the hunt begins the last week of September, and by then most of the birds went to migrate. Now, no hunting in Italy.

In Serbia, the benefits of Italian hunters have hunting agency and hunting associations and lobbyists, nobody else.

In Italy, the hunting is strictly controlled and very expensive, rigorous penalties, and most parts of Italy is prohibited for hunting.

In Serbia, all the cons. Voracious Italians coming to Serbia and kill all of them. Like most other birds, larks and pipits, which are prohibited for hunting, but who cares?

2012 we had an charge for two Italians who have made a massacre Pipit, sparrows and other small songbirds, for a couple of hours of the morning hunting, they killed 89 birds.

We have somewhere these pictures.

Regards, Vesna

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Wednesday 12/8/15 Is ‘World Elephant Day’ – What You Can Do.

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7 Easy Ways to Help This World Elephant Day

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by Alicia Graef – August 10, 2015

On Wednesday, August 12, animal lovers around the world will be coming together to celebrate elephants and support a future where they’re respected and protected for the fourth annual World Elephant Day.

World Elephant day was launched in 2012 by Canadian documentary filmmaker Patricia Sims and the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation of Thailand. On the same day, Sims’ film Return to the Forest premiered, which explores the journey and beautiful transformation that takes place when captive elephants are returned from a life with us to their home in the forest and how vital their presence there is.

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Despite being a charismatic species loved by people of all ages, elephants in both Africa and Thailand are in serious trouble. Since the first World Elephant Day, individuals, celebrities and dozens of organizations that are working on solutions that will ensure their future survival around the world, have joined in support because the threat of losing them forever is becoming a very real possibility.

Poaching in Africa has reached unprecedented levels, which some believe could wipe elephants out entirely within the next 10 years if it continues at its current rate, and there are now estimated to be less than 40,000 Asian elephants left in existence, who continue to face the threat of poaching, habitat loss and being taken for the tourism industry.

“So many people around the world love elephants but aren’t aware that elephants are in crisis. World Elephant Day helps increase security for elephants and expand habitat because it creates an opportunity to raise a rallying cry. We have to turn up the volume about the elephant crisis in order to put more pressure on leaders to take meaningful action, attract desperately needed resources, and to convince people to not buy ivory,” Misty Herrin, #SaveElephants campaign director for The Nature Conservancy, said in a statement.

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Unfortunately, wild elephants aren’t the only ones in trouble. Animal advocates have also been working to end their exploitation in captivity and entertainment and raise awareness about why elephants belong in the wild, not circuses, zoos or tourist attractions.

How to Help

This year elephant advocates will again be stepping up to raise awareness about the plight of captive and wild elephants by hosting and attending events, urging officials to take action to protect elephants and using social media to gain support and there are a lot of easy ways to help.

Support Increasing Protection Under the Endangered Species Act

In June, the Center for Biological Diversity filed a petition to have African elephants declared as two separate species – forest elephants and savannah elephants – and upgraded from threatened to endangered under the Endangered Species Act, which would add even more strength to laws intended to protect them.

Please sign and share the petition urging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reclassify elephants and upgrade their status to endangered.

Tell the U.S. to Crack Down on the Ivory Trade

As the second largest market for ivory behind China, the U.S. has been called on by wildlife advocates to step up its efforts to tackle wildlife trafficking with meaningful action. Now it’s hoped a proposed rule which was formally announced by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) in July will virtually wipe out the market in the states by applying more restrictions to imports and exports and banning the sale of ivory across state lines.

Please sign and share the petition urging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to support a ban on ivory.

You can also make a public comment in support of tougher regulations for the ivory trade directly at the Federal Register until September 28.


Don’t Buy Ivory

That should go without saying, but even legal ivory and antique items help keep the market going and help provide a cover for the illegal trade of ivory from recently killed elephants.

Support Elephant Sanctuaries

Learn about and support organizations working to give captive elephants a better life by returning them to natural environments where they can live freely like the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation and Elephant Nature Park in Thailand and the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Africa. In the U.S. check out the Elephant Sanctuary and the Performing Animal Welfare Society.

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Be a Voice for Captive Elephants

While more and more areas are banning the use of wild animals in circuses and Ringling Bros. recently took a big step by announcing it would retire its elephant performers, there are still other traveling shows around the world that continue to use elephants. We can send a strong message that it’s time to stop by avoiding companies and venues that continue to use them by speaking out for elephants like Nosey, who desperately needs to be retired, and by signing the petition asking Congress to pass the Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act, which would ban the use of wild animals in circuses for good.

We can also help give a voice to elephants in zoos who need help like Asha, Lucky and Lucy by signing petitions on their behalf and asking countries like Zimbabwe to stop taking calves from the wild for captivity.

Make an “Elegram”

The Nature Conservancy, which is an official sponsor of World Elephant Day this year, is asking supporters to get a little crafty and make 20,000 handmade images for its #Elegram Project, which will be matched with $150,000 by generous donors for elephant conservation work in Africa. Just paint, draw, sketch or sculpt an image of an elephant, take a photo of it and upload it to their gallery.

Spread the Word  

If you’re spreading the word about efforts to help elephants on social media sites, check out World Elephant day for badges and banners to share and add the hashtags #WorldElephantDay #GoGrey #BeHerd #Elegram #SaveElephants #JoinTheSTAMPede #96Elephants and #SayNoToIvory.

For more info on ways to help elephants and support organizations working to resolve conflicts and stop poaching, visit World Elephant Day.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/7-easy-ways-to-help-this-world-elephant-day.html#ixzz3iY3mSUJF

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Serbia: Critical Situation – Lina’s Animal Rescue – 23 Dogs In Need Of Help.

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Donation Link –  http://www.youcaring.com/lina-s-animal-rescue-food-for-42-dog-404172

PLEASE SHARE, HELP… VERY URGENT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Last month, we had no food nor in two weeks … now we have no food, dogs are hungry , and that is why we have a big problem…

Lina’s Animal Rescue is a small shelter bursting with 23 dog now saved from the streets and public shelter in Coka, Serbia.

Some of them are ill and require urgent veterinary care. Some are seniors and cannot survive on their own. There are also puppies and disabled dog. Also , we have dogs who eat special food because they are ill. There is also 19 dogs in boarding kennel.

Please help us to buy medicine and food for them. Each month is a struggle. Please share our story and give what you can, no gift is too small.

We are in constant need of funds to maintain these animals.

Thank You – Please try to help the animals.  Every little bit helps.

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Donation Link –  http://www.youcaring.com/lina-s-animal-rescue-food-for-42-dog-404172







Serbia: August Pictures From Danica At ‘Shelter Felix’.

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To support Felix and to make a donation to support all the cats please visit:  http://www.youcaring.com/danica-s-cat-shelter-felix-374463

Take a look at the Felix shelter website and blog to see who you’re supporting! 








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Turkey: Demand An INVESTIGATION for 300 dogs that have been destroyed by the Municipality of Uşak.




We demand INVESTIGATION for 300 dogs that have been destroyed by the Municipality of Uşak.  

In Civril that is 59 km away from the Usak city, the police officers were suspicious about a parked truck trailer and requested to look inside the trailer to investigate.

There were about 300 dogs loaded in the trailer and around 50 dogs were already dead.

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The driver testified that the transportion company he worked for, has had a contract with the Municipality of Usak to transport the dogs to Civril.

The Police informed Can Güllübas who is responsible of the shelter at Civril.

Can Güllübaş arrived, unloaded all the dogs and reloaded the live dogs back on the trailer to be sent back to Uşak. The police have released the driver and the truck trailer to take the dogs back to the shelter in Uşak under terrible conditions.

Since then, the driver and the trailer loaded with dogs can not be found.

Animal welfare society in Usak had previously reported that they were very surprised to see so few dogs in the shelter located at Usak and according to their statement, the dogs were originally loaded on this trailer by the people working at the shelter in Usak.


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USA: Idaho’s Ag-Gag Law Struck Down as Unconstitutional.


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by Sarah Von Alt – August 3, 2015

Today, a federal judge struck down Idaho’s controversial ag-gag law as unconstitutional.

The ag-gag law was enacted in direct response to a 2012 undercover investigation by MFA documenting horrific animal cruelty and neglect at Bettencourt Dairies, Idaho’s largest dairy factory farm.

That investigation, which documented workers viciously beating and shocking cows, violently twisting their tails, and even sexually abusing cows, led to charges of criminal animal cruelty against multiple Bettencourt Dairies workers, including a manager, and spurred significant animal welfare policy reforms by major food suppliers.

In 2014, pro-factory farming legislators and Idaho governor “Butch” Otter enacted an ag-gag law to ban filming inside factory farms and criminalize the brave whistleblowers who speak out against animal cruelty and other criminal activity occurring inside of Idaho’s agricultural facilities.

In response to a legal challenge brought by a coalition of animal protection, food safety, and civil liberties groups, Judge B. Lynn Winmill of the U.S. District Court for the district of Idaho held that the law violates the First Amendment and the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution.

Based on today’s ruling, Idaho’s ag-gag law is no longer in effect.

You can watch MFA’s Idaho dairy investigation here:


Judge Winmill’s decision is the first step towards restoring transparency in U.S. food production, and we hope that dangerous ag-gag laws enacted in other states will be swiftly struck down as a result of today’s decision.

Idaho’s lawmakers should be ashamed of wasting precious time and valuable resources enacting unconstitutional laws that threaten animal welfare, food safety, workers’ rights, and the environment. We hope they will now focus their efforts on improving animal welfare and rewarding the brave whistleblowers who uncover criminal activity in Idaho’s agricultural operations.

This ruling should also be a wake-up call to the meat industry that attempts to keep consumers in the dark about where their food comes from will not be tolerated.

For more information, please visit NoAgGag.com.


Thailand: Chicks Dyed Various Colours And Put Into Plastic Bags As ‘Toys’ – Please Sign The Petition (Currently 129,000).




Petition link – http://www.thepetitionsite.com/660/883/326/chicks-dyed-and-sold-in-plastic-bags-as-toys-on-thai-island-koh-lanta/

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Currently up to 129,000 signatures – lets make it many more !!

In the tourist area of Koh Lanta in Thailand, baby chicks are dyed various colours, put in plastic bags, and sold to tourists as children’s toys.

The chicks, which are dyed yellow, green, pink and other bright colours, cannot breathe in the plastic bags and are not given access to food or water despite it being swelteringly hot outside.

There is a Care2 petition urging the Thai government to step in and stop this cruelty. Will you sign too?

Here’s a link to the petition  or click on the link given above.

Thank you.




Bulgaria: Borko Has Been Saved From Execution – But Please Continue To Sign His Petition Thank You.



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-A BIG Thank you to all of you who signed the petition!


But Please Please continue to share Borko’s petition:


-The more voices we can get condemning the actions of this Mayor, the more embarrassed the authorities will be and more likely to step in against the Mayor!! Thank you!

A last minute decision of the Smolyan Administrative Court STOPPED the preliminary execution of the intended by the Mayor of Devin seizure of Borko and his family.

A small group of animal welfare activists, journalists and Borko supporters occupied early in the morning the Surgery in the village of Selcha, waiting for the municipal “action group” to arrive. They had already been informed by Dr. Litov’s attorney of the court’s decision, but were not sure if the Mayor would comply with it.

An hour later the group drove off to the town of Devin to meet and confront the Mayor himself and ask for explanation of his intended actions. The coward had run off and could not be found anywhere. Instead, the Mayor’s legal adviser and the municipal property manager were questioned thoroughly.

It became evidently clear that the authorities were becoming very concerned by the international uproar, caused by the death threats to Borko and his family.

They were assured that unless they take all necessary steps to remedy the situation and guarantee that Borko and family will never be threatened again, the international pressure will continue non stop with all negative consequences. We’ll wait and see.

Borko is alive and well and sends hugs and kisses to all those who stood up for him.

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USA: Gray Wolf Appears in California For the Second Time in Nearly 100 Years.


Gray Wolf Appears in California For the Second Time in Nearly 100 Years

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/gray-wolf-appears-in-california-for-the-second-time-in-nearly-100-years.html#ixzz3iAFO3Koq

Wildlife officials believe they have found evidence that a gray wolf has made its way into northern California, making it the second one to cross the border into the state in almost 100 years.

Officials from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) said in a statement released this week that they set up remote trail cameras in southeastern Siskiyou County in an effort to follow up on public sightings of a lone wolf that were made earlier this year.

They got some pictures in May of “a large, dark-colored, lone canid,” but couldn’t confirm for certain that it was a wolf. In June, they found tracks and put up more cameras. After downloading photos in July, the suspected wolf was captured in images again, leading biologists to conclude it is indeed a lone wolf based on its size and tracks, who is likely to have wandered down from Oregon.

They’ve since set up more cameras and aim to definitively determine it’s a wolf by collecting and DNA testing scat samples.

The sighting is exciting for wildlife advocates who want to see this iconic species return to their historic range. Wolves once roamed vast portions of the state, but before 2011, there hadn’t been a confirmed sighting since 1924 thanks to government sponsored extermination programs that wiped them out. That’s when collared wolf OR-7, now otherwise known as Journey, made headlines after crossing the border from Oregon on a mission covering hundreds of miles to find a mate and a place to settle down.

The CDFW confirmed it isn’t him, he’s since established territory in Oregon and is busy raising a second litter of pups. While he left the state, his venture there helped clear the way for others of his kind to safely return.

Spurred by a petition from conservation organizations following his appearance, last summer the California Fish and Game Commission voted to protect gray wolves under the state’s endangered species act, which makes it illegal to harm or kill wolves in the state.

The latest sighting also couldn’t have come at a better time, as the CDFW is preparing to release its wolf management plan for public comment, giving those who want to see wolves return to California’s landscape a chance to weigh in on their future there.

“With the potential confirmation of another wolf in California, it is all the more critical that the state wolf plan provide the management strategies that will best recover and conserve these magnificent animals,” said Amaroq Weiss, West Coast wolf organizer with the Center for Biological Diversity. “While it’s exciting to most Californians that wolves are returning, there are those who hate wolves and these animals will need all the protections they can get to successfully reestablish here.”

Later this summer, and again in September, the Center, Sonoma Land Trust, Sonoma County Conservation Action and Pepperwood Preserve will be co-hosting screenings of a documentary about Journey in an effort to raise awareness about wolf recovery.

USA: Great News – New York Senate Passes Bill To Register All Animal Abusers.




In a first, the New York Senate has passed a bill that would require that convicted animal abusers — just like convicted sex offenders — register as such with the division of criminal justice services. Even more, those who have been convicted of abusing and torturing animals would also have to undergo a required psychiatric evaluation and would be banned from ever owning pets again.

Under the bill, the names and addresses of convicted animal abuses in New York would be made readily accessible to the public. Those involved in the sale and adoption of animals would be able to check the registry before allowing someone to own an animal.

Animal cruelty has been a felony in New York since 1999 when Buster’s Law was passed. Buster was a cat in Schenectady in upstate New York who was doused with kerosene and set on fire in 1997. The law bearing his name was created to ensure that those who commit such crimes are convicted. The new law(S2305A-2013) takes things a step further by creating the registry.

It is more than well-established that the abuse of animals can be a “gateway behavior” to violence against humans. Senator Greg Ball of Patterson, who sponsored the bill, addressed this very point:

Persons who commit crimes against animals represent some of the worst kind of people, and often expand their carnage to their neighbors and the larger community. Most people can agree that the level of respect and kindness shown for animals — creatures who cannot speak for themselves, or protect themselves and are easily abused and taken advantage of — is a fine predictor of how a person will treat their peers.

Just as Megan’s Law was created to protect children from repeated sex offenders, Ball’s bill will protect animals from repeat animal abusers — from (again, quoting Patterson) “violent and cruel behavior” that “cannot and should not be tolerated.”

Alice Calabrese, the CEO of Lollypop Farm and the Humane Society of Greater Rochester, says that there is a “high recidivism rate” among those who abuse animals, and that the registry is more than needed. Her organization receives about 1,200 calls about animal cruelty every year.

Ball’s bill is now being sent to the New York Assembly where it is being sponsored by Assemblyman Jim Tedisco, who was the driving force behind the sponsorship of Buster’s Law. Noting that we have “expanded the DNA database to help catch criminals and exonerate the innocent,” Tedisco underscores that we “now we have an opportunity to advance additional public safety measures including protecting our pets from abuse and ensuring animal abusers don’t go on to hurt people.”

Michigan is also considering creating a registry of animal abusers, as have other states (including California). However, a bill to create such a registry in Maryland last year failed. Now that New York is on the verge of creating a registry of animal abusers, it really is up  to the other 49 states to follow suit and do the right thing, as Michelle Gwynn writes.

As Tedisco says, creating the registry of those convicted under Buster’s Law means that ”all members of the family” are protected. If all states had such a registry, the next step could be a national registry of animal abusers in order for states to share information, and so that we can best protect “who cannot speak for themselves.”

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Now that’s worth a ‘High 5’ !!

China: News From Animals Asia – Bear bile replacement breakthrough in China.



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Dear Mark,

I’m absolutely thrilled to share with you news of a major step towards ending bear bile farming.

Our hope for an end to the suffering of China’s moon bears in the bile industry has been hugely boosted as Chinese manufacturer Kaibao Pharmaceuticals announced it has successfully synthesised a substitute for bear bile to be used in traditional medicine.

This is a HUGE step that could eventually save thousands of protected moon bears from farms by drastically scaling back China’s bear bile industry.

Kaibao is the number one consumer of bear bile purchasing around 18 tonnes of powdered bile annually, approximately half of all purchased. Make no mistake this is big news.

And the fact that this project is heavily backed and funded by the Chinese government shows a clear intent at the highest levels to move away from bear bile farming and actively seek ways to make this industry obsolete, once and for all.

Read the story here.

We have come a long way. For those estimated 10,000 bears that are currently held in horrific bile farms around China, this could be the breakthrough we have been working so hard to achieve for the past 17 years.

Thank you for your continuous support throughout. This remarkable progress is because of you. We really couldn’t do this without you.

Jill Robinson MBE, Dr med vet hc, Hon LLD
Founder and CEO

Spain: Bullfighting Under Threat ?


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Serbia / EU: Differences In Animal Slaughter Standards – Another Serious Case Of Serbia Not Meeting EU Standards – Yet It Wants To Join !!

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We have uncovered this link (below) today as part of our investigation work producing the reports for the EU which are described in previous posts.  It is rather graphic but is also a clear indicator of the things that need to be done, – improvements; especially as Serbia is hoping to gain EU membership in the relatively near future.

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Above:  Serbia.

Here is the link to some of the standards in Serbia – WARNING – Graphic Footage:



In  EU nations, when an animal carcass has been slaughtered and prepared at a slaughterhouse, it is then ‘approved’, a slaughterhouse employee marks it with an EU health symbol to prove that the meat is safe for human consumption.  We doubt that this is happening at the Serbian facility shown.  Is the carcass fit for human consumption ? – just look at the outside floor conditions at which this sheep was killed.

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Above: Serbia.

Below: EU.

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As non meat eaters we do not like doing things about slaughterhouses; but we feel that is a necessity here especially as we are currently working on reports of animal welfare standards within Serbia.  Compare the EU slaughterhouse conditions with those in the link re Serbia.  There is no real comparison; and once again this shows where Serbia has to step up to the plate to put its animal welfare house in order.  When Serbia joins the EU; it will have to have slaughterhouses of the types shown in the photographs for the EU – what is shown in the above link (Serbian standards) will not be acceptable to the standards of EU nations.  Serbia will have to comply.

The thing we found really disturbing on the link photographs is the fact that in several shots, you can see several bottles of beer; and the slaughterman having a drink of beer in between slaughtering animals.  In an EU facility alcohol would not even be allowed on the site; let alone a quick ‘guzzle’ in between animal killings !!

Serbia has a lot to learn about animal welfare; and we will do all we can to show up the differences between EU and Serbian standards.  There are no if’s or but’s; if Serbia becomes a future member of the EU then it will have to comply with EU standards.

We will do all we can to show these regulations are being enforced.

Post UPDATE 5/8/15.


26 November 2014

Company to end waste meat to energy operation at the end of the year, but will seek international arbitration in the United States over the project’s long-term future

Serbia’s only plant turning hazardous meat waste into an energy source that complies with all national legislation has been shut down over an argument between its owners and the government.

Belgium company Energo Zelena claims the Republic of Serbia’s “failure” to enforce its own legislation on treatment of hazardous animal by-products and ongoing “discriminating” against its business means its operation is not financially viable.

According to the company Serbian authorities have not treated its bids for work fairly and have instead handed deals to local companies run by Serbs. A spokesman said: “As foreign direct investors, we have been continuously discriminated against. As a result our investment is severely jeopardised and the company is operating with substantial loss.”

The company further claims waste meat is being illegally dumped as local authorities are failing to ensure it is sent to a proper processing facility.

See our past post from 2011 – does this have any relationship to this we ask ??




Thanks to Lisa for finding this out and getting the link – disturbing !  :



Pigs, Antibiotics and Us:

This Guardian report exposes the shocking conditions of the UK’s intensive pig farms, and the horrifying risk they pose to your health.




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Hi all;

Well things on the site have been quiet for the past week or so, but we have been working behind the scenes on a new project.

We cannot say that much about it at the moment, but it does involve the EU Enlargement Commission; Serbia’s current attempts to join the EU at present, and the fact that Serbia is NOT enforcing it own rules of law – or laws / legislation; which is what a nation seeking EU accession has to show and prove it is doing to the EU Enlargement Commission PRIOR to EU membership.

We are working with both Serbian and Austrian campaigners to take the issues of animal welfare; or the lack of, a lot further now.  Via all of our contacts, as well as those of our Austrian colleagues; we will have the ability to make massive contacts with both the EU and its Parliament, as well as giving the reports we are producing to our Serbian campaigner friends who will then be able to approach the Serbian government directly also to ask what we know will be some very embarrassing questions for the government.

Combined with the fact that we know that the EU has authorised over the period 2014-2020 that it provides Serbia with over 1.5 BILLION Euros to get it s house in shape, we are asking, as UK and Austrian (EU) taxpayers providing contributions to this funding; what are we getting back from the Serbian government with regard animal welfare improvements within Serbia.

Over the last week we have now produced the almost final draft of our first report to the EU.  There will be several more over the coming months which will target specific issues in particular.  This first report is best described as an ‘overview; which outlines the situation for Serbian animals; the lack of legislation implementation by the serbian government; as well as the huge financial incentives that the EU is giving to Serbia in order that it enforces application of the ‘rule of, law’ – something which we know is NOT being implemented at the moment regarding Serbian animal welfare law.

The documents we hope will cause problems with the EU and Serbian governments.  As the EU is providing over 1.5 BILLION Euros to Serbia for pre EU accession, we have the right to ask questions and to ask exactly where our EU money is going and what it is being spent on.

At the moment, not on animal welfare.  We hope that via our reports and the massive links we have across the EU, we can make a difference.  We will probably be publishing each report on this site as we produce it; so you can get an idea of what we are doing.

We hope that this will be a positive move for Serbian animal welfare.  The EU must enforce what it preaches on its europa website.  We aim to question lots about the whole system and its apparent current failures.

Regards Mark.



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USA: Cecil the Lion’s Death Reveals Americans’ Big Role in Trophy Hunting.


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Cecil the Lion’s Death Reveals Americans’ Big Role in Trophy Hunting

A Minnesota dentist’s killing of the famous lion has sparked outrage, but it remains to be seen whether it will spur a crackdown on big game hunting.

With one shot of his bow, Walter Palmer went from being a Minneapolis dentist to the world’s most reviled big game hunter.

The public outcry following his hunt of Zimbabwe’s famous tourist attraction, Cecil the Lion, has not only led to the closure of his dental office but could be a galvanizing force in altering the trophy hunting industry in the United States that’s fueling wildlife loss in Africa, according to conservationists.

Killing rare animals is nothing new for the dentist, who has crossbow records for killing a menagerie’s worth of wildlife, including rhino, warthogs, buffalo, and more. But none of his kills brought a spotlight on the contentious issue of trophy hunting until he and his hired Zimbabwean hunters lured the black-maned Cecil out from the protection of national park boundaries with bait.

The heavily studied lion—he had a GPS collar on when he was shot—wandered wounded for 40 hours before finally being tracked down and shot with a gun by the hunters.

“I’ve never seen any sort of animal issue resonate like this before,” said Beth Allgood, campaigns director at the International Fund for Animal Welfare. When she first heard the reports about Cecil’s death at the hands of a Spaniard, Allgood was a little surprised, but then it was revealed the hunter was an American—a story line Allgood with her 20 years in conservation work is familiar with.

“Americans don’t like to accept the role we play in wildlife trade,” Allgood said.

“We like to look at China fueling demand and Africa not doing enough to protect these animals, but when it comes to lions, we have a big part in it.”

RELATED: An American Dentist Killed Zimbabwe’s Famous Lion

Americans travelling to Africa make up more than 60 percent of the foreign-participated lion trophy hunts carried out each year, according to John Jackson, president of the lobbying group Conservation Force. About 15,000 hunters make the trek annually, and a majority of them want to bring back a trophy, Jackson said. The group argues that lion hunts are integral to the species’ conservation, and the big game industry—worth $675 million in South Africa alone—brings in money for habitat expansion and species conservation efforts.

But those efforts haven’t stemmed the rate at which lions are dying off. Across the continent, there has been a 60 percent decline in lions over the past 30 years. Habitat loss and poaching have contributed to the demise, but hunting also plays a role, said Allgood.

Oxford University (UK) professors have also been studying the effects of  big game hunting on lion populations in Zimbabwe. Of the 62 lions they tagged in the region, 24 have been shot and killed by sport hunters. Ten have died from other causes.

There were once 200,000 lions roaming Africa. Today, there are fewer than 32,000.

That has prompted the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to consider listing African lions as a threatened species.


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

The move could potentially limit the countries from which big game hunters can bring back lion trophies. Eleven countries currently allow lion hunt safaris, but new regulations would require these countries to show FWS officials that their lion populations are healthy and managed properly, and that plans are in place to conserve the species.

But listing the lion only puts a Band-Aid on a bigger issue, argues Eric Jensen, a University of Warwick professor  who studies public engagement in wildlife issues.

“The problem is a long-standing association between hunting large animals and masculinity,” Jensen said. “While most Americans don’t support the activity, it still resonates with key ideas like Davy Crockett and Theodore Roosevelt. The fact that in 2015 people are still travelling thousands of miles to kill exotic animals and bring back trophies shows that there are deep-seated cultural problems in Western societies, where such behavior should be unthinkable.”

RELATED: Jimmy Kimmel Gets Weepy Over Cecil the Lion, Urges Wildlife Conservation Efforts

Pro-hunting advocates argue that removing the older lions like 13-year old Cecil, who are less prone to breed, is actually beneficial for species populations because it allows more vigorous and youthful cats to mate more successfully.

That was not the case with Cecil, however. Hwange National Park officials said Cecil had been muscled out of his pride five years ago by a younger, stronger male. He subsequently mounted a comeback by forming a coalition with another older male lion named Jericho. For the past 18 months, Cecil had been back in charge of two prides—one of which consists of three lionesses and seven cubs under seven months old. Without Cecil to protect them, researchers who have been studying the animal expect a new lion to come in, take out Cecil’s cubs, and start his own bloodline.

“It’s called the ripple effect,” Allgood said. “You take out a pride leader like Cecil, and in the fight for dominance, the other males kill the young cubs.”

The Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force said the $54,000 Palmer spent to kill Cecil pales in comparison to the millions of dollars the big cat would have garnered in tourist dollars over the course of his life.







EU / Serbia: Mass Animal and Bird Killings – Exports To the EU Despite EU Bans; Yet the EU Enlargement Commission Does Very Little, Despite the 1.5 BILLION Euros Given To Serbia Pre-EU Accession !

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1.5 BILLION Euros as sweetners for Serbia’s EU pre accession; and still the EU is doing very little about enforcing animal welfare legislation in Serbia – the ‘rule of law’.  Is that not what all pre-accession states are supposed to prove to the EU prior to them becoming member states of the EU ?

For animal welfare, truckloads of EU cash going into Serbia from the EU taxpayer – but the Enlargement Commission doing very little in return to EU citizens and actually asking Serbia why it is NOT enforcing its own laws on animal welfare – the ‘rule of law’ as the EU spouts !!

The following was sent to use by Vesna in Serbia – it is un edited or modified.  What you see is what you get.


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Dear all,

Money that Serbia received from the EU through the IPA funds, EUR 203 million, 2013.  is not known where was spent because the situation in Serbia has not changed much since 2013. And still the executive power does not respect and does not apply the applicable law and not EU legislation in the field of nature, although the domestic Law on Nature Protection registered Article,  to EU legislation has applied in domestic legislation. But this does not applies.

The latest debacle shows that the executive and legislative power have the greatest impact profiteers and tycoons, is passing amendments to the Regulations on closed hunting  season.

In this case, it is for one month, from 28 June 2015 to 29 July 2015 changed 3 times.

To the end it turned out that despite the ban handed down turtle dove hunting, can be hunted, and this year, which is a kind of degraded Regulations, turtle dove Streptopelia turtur, which is located on the European Red list of endangered species will be killed this year in Serbia. This was done for the profiteers in the field of hunting, which have ravaged the fauna of Serbia.

In addition, the EU has long been banned all exports of meat of game from Serbia to the EU. (Council Regulalation  No. 338/97 of 9.December 1996 on the protection of species of wild fauna and flora by regulating trade therein) .

In the hunt for turtle doves and quail comes a lot of Italians who will defiance smuggle the corpses of birds in Italy. 

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One killed the turtle dove here costs 2.5 euros, and the moment  arrive in Italy, Minimum cost  is 25 euros, the resale for restaurants, the price reaches over 50 euros per bird. The same applies to quail, which the European Red List has the status of sparse species.

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Quail and turtle doves are species of international importance and in the majority of European countries hunting both species is prohibited.

In Serbia hunt both species begins 01.08. and lasts until 30.09. and that the playing time, ie. raising cubs in August, and September is the time of peak migration of birds from northern Europe, where they are fully protected from hunting.

For Serbia fields falling exhausted from a grueling migration, to rest, feed and water, and then in moments of greatest exhaustion flocks, gathering hunters and kills everybody. None flock that was discovered by hunters, occurred on the territory of Serbia, no longer flew.

So protection pursued by the northern European countries and the money spent in conservation, here, on the territory of Serbia, everything is canceled, the mass killing of birds in migration.

I forgot to mention that over Serbia, from north to south migratory corridor for Africa, and for birds migrating in Central Asia.

In short, Serbia does not respect and do not apply the EU Directive on the conservation of wild birds in 2009 (Directive 2009/147 / EC, 30th November 2009)As Bern and the Bonn Convention on the conservation of wild fauna and its habitats.

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Ministry of Agriculture and Environment of quail would not even discuss a turtle dove protect it for 1 month during the closed season or during the hunt is this decision reversed and allow hunting.

Today, 01.08. he began to hunt for turtle doves and quails, with a strong zeal of hunters, they are angry and want to kill as height can, I have no doubt that will happen. This is due to what was first hunting was banned, which led them to anger, and then a few days before the start of hunting, hunting is allowed, and now they will carry out revenge against the poor birds.

In short, the authorities in Serbia wants money from the EU but will not respect its own laws and even less EU legislation. Stakeholders and profiteers continue to tailor policies and legislation in Serbia and it is not, the debacle of turtle doves clearly visible for us.

Authorities in Serbia know that exports of meat of wild animals is prohibited in the EU and know that they will be smuggling corpses of birds in the EU, but do nothing to prevent it, but to make all help to carry out smuggling.

In short, we in Serbia, we can to deal with everything, what is written and Slavica, we need the help of the EU, which is funded and supported by our government.

If, and this can help to improve the text, asylums and abandoned animals is not the only problem, no local government does not apply the Law on Veterinary and Animal Welfare Act.

I apologize for the bad English, with the help of Google translator and dictionary. I hope you’ll understand.
P.S. Oral vaccination of wild animals is carried out, provided the information and photographs from some areas in Serbia, where people find a vaccine and photographed, the last thing I received photos of the vaccine in reserve Great Bustards/ North Serbia. There is no longer a local declaration of rabies as earlier worked to hunters killing cats and dogs in the streets or at the periphery of the village.  As well as the massacres of foxes in nature, which they consider to vermin.We still have no evidence that vaccination conducted regularly throughout the territory of Serbia.

Kind Regards


USA: American Dentist ‘Walter Palmer’ Shoots Famous Zimbabwe Lion (Cecil) With Bow and Arrow – So Useless At Being A ‘Hunter’ It Results In The Lion Having To Be Shot 40 Hours Of Agony Later.


Not just Cecil, which is disgusting enough, but Palmer is probably responsible now for the further deaths of Cecil’s six cubs which will be killed by another male lion.

The animal had a GPS collar fitted for a research project by UK-based Oxford University that allowed authorities to track its movements. The hunters tried to destroy it, but failed, according to the ZCTF.

On Monday, the head of the ZCTF told the BBC that Cecil “never bothered anybody” and was “one of the most beautiful animals to look at”.

The six cubs of Cecil will now be killed by the new male lion in the pride, Johnny Rodrigues added, in order to encourage the lionesses to mate with him.


29/7 further updates – looks as if Walter Palmer has gone on the run.

Suggest you look at the CNN last link as it appears Mr. Palmer may have past links with the illegal killing of a bear.  Lets hope that the book and everything possible is thrown at him and his hunter friends; all trying to buck pass over to each other at the moment !

BBC – Zimbabwean pair appear in court over Cecil the lion killing


Whats Up ? – So called ‘Hunter’ Theo Bronkhorst does not have such a smile now – see other photos.  The two Zimbabwean men, who accompanied him on the hunt, could face up to 15 years in prison if found guilty.  They are and lets hope they get the full term.

The other one is called ‘Honest’ – honest he is is NOT ! – maybe he should be called ‘moneyloverkiller’.

Killing of Cecil the lion prompts calls for EU ban on importing lion trophies


Cecil the lion’s killer revealed as American dentist


Walter Palmer: Leopard, rhino and bison among other big game hunted and killed by US dentist


Photos 1 – 4 below – thanks to the Daily Mirror UK newspaper – London.

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Cecil the lion: Ricky Gervais and Cara Delevingne lead outpouring of anger after trophy hunter is identified as Walter Palmer


The Entire Internet Is Outraged Over the Hunting of Cecil the Lion


Zimbabwean officials: American man wanted in killing of Cecil the lion

– click on this link to see the video report about the Brown bear killing in the past.



Further Update – another new petition:

Shows how much money American dentists charge their customers when they can undertake ‘hunting ??’ trips like this.

Cecil the Lion was lured from his home, shot with a crossbow, then shot with a gun, beheaded and skinned.

Prosecute the American dentist accused of committing this horrible atrocity.

Cecil justice petition links –






Bet Your Not Smiling So Much This Morning !

**  Palmer owns the River Bluff Dental practice in

Bloomington, Minnesota **

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Lots of comments in the following:


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An American Dentist Killed Zimbabwe’s Famous Lion

 Taylor Hill is TakePart’s associate environment and wildlife editor.

New reports reveal that Cecil’s killer was a U.S. citizen who paid $50,000 to have the 13-year-old male lured out of the park boundaries with bait.

Cecil the lion, a famous black-maned resident of Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park, died at the hands of an American dentist, conservationists claim.

They say Walter Palmer paid $50,000 to hunt and kill Cecil with a bow and arrow. The incident occurred around July 6, with a professional hunting outfit reportedly luring Cecil outside the boundaries of the protected reserve using a dead animal as bait.

“Mr. Palmer shot Cecil with a bow and arrow but this shot didn’t kill him,” Johnny Rodrigues, chairman of the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force, said in a statement. “They tracked him down and found him 40 hours later when they shot him with a gun.

Cecil, who was known all over the world would have earned millions of dollars just from sightseeing. Walter Palmer apparently paid $50,000 for the kill.”

It wasn’t the first kill for Palmer, who has multiple photos posted on the website Trophy Hunt America showing the Minnesota resident posing with dead lions, rhinos, water buffalo, warthogs, and other animals.

The Telegraph is reporting from two independent sources that Palmer was indeed the hunter listed on the permit documents, and a spokesperson for Palmer told the news outlet that Palmer believes he is the one responsible for the lion’s death.

RELATED: Airline Takes On Big Game Hunters to Protect Rhinos, Lions, and Elephants

“As far as I understand, Walter believes that he might have shot that lion that has been referred to as Cecil,” the spokesperson said. “What he’ll tell you is that he had the proper legal permits and he had hired several professional guides, so he’s not denying that he may be the person who shot this lion. He is a big-game hunter; he hunts the world over.”


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

In a statement sent to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Walter said he didn’t know the lion he killed was a local favorite, or that it was radio-collared for study by Oxford University professors. 

“I relied on the expertise of my local professional guides to ensure a legal hunt,” tthe statement said. “Again, I deeply regret that my pursuit of an activity I love and practice responsibly and legally resulted in the taking of this lion.”

Theo Bronkhorst—the professional hunter who led Palmer to Cecil—and another hunter associated with the baiting, have reportedly been arrested by Zimbabwe police over the death of Cecil. The Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority said they are trying to reach Palmer regarding the illegal hunt, and he could face poaching charges.

The Zimbabwe Professional Hunters and Guides Association said they have suspended Bronkhorst indefinitely from the organization for the way the hunt was carried out.

“ZPHGA reiterates it will not tolerate any illegal hunting or any unethical practices by any of its members and their staff,” the organization said in a statement. “We will await the completion of the current investigation by Zimbabwe Parks Wildlife Management Authority before commenting any further.”

Park rangers and regular visitors knew the 13-year-old lion as a tourist attraction, easily approached by safari guide jeeps for photo opportunities. Cecil had a propensity for lounging in the middle of roads, said Bryan Orford, a former park guide and a longtime visitor to Hwange. Hunting such an easy target only made the killing of Cecil even more wrong, he said.

“I used to drive down the railway line road following Cecil and had to wait for him to get off the road,” Orford told TakePart last week. “This walking in front of the vehicle would go on for ages. Other times he would lie in the road, and you had to drive off the road to go around him.”

The death of Cecil not only means one less endangered African lion in the world but also could mean the demise of a whole line of cubs sired by the leader of the Hwange pride.

The saddest part of all is that now that Cecil is dead, the next lion in the hierarchy Jericho will most likely kill all Cecil’s cubs so that he can insert his own bloodline into the females,” Rodrigues said. “This is standard procedure for lions.”

Now, conservationists and animal activists are flocking to a petition asking Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe to stop issuing hunting permits that allow for the killing of endangered animals. The petition was started July 22 and has picked up steam with the revealing of the hunter’s name. More than 90,000 have signed the Care2 petition as of Tuesday afternoon.

 Cecil the lion video link –



The big man dead beat hunter photo selection

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 Walt Palmer (right) with a White Rhino he shot in South Africa.

Photo: Trophy Hunt America

Below – Palmer with a Cape Buffalo. (Photo: Trophy Hunt America)

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Above – Walter Palmer poses with a warthog. (Photo: Trophy Hunt America)


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RIP Majestic Cecil – free from ‘big hunter men tossers’ like Palmer




Nepal: 29/7/15 – Victory! Animal Sacrifice Banned at Nepal’s Gadhimai Festival, Half a Million Animals Saved.



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29/7/15  –  As we published last night, we can now confirm that action has been taken regarding the thousands of animals horrifically slaughtered every five years at the Gadhimai festival.

Here following is a link to the HSI site which gives a good account of the situation.

As you can see from all of our posts given at the end of this post, we have attempted to report on and provide updates relating to the most recent slaughter.  Sadly for the animals at the very recent festival, this decision came too late to help them, but we must be thankful now that many thousands of lives will be saved for the future.

Well done everyone who helped with this campaign – victory is yours ! — SAV.

HSI Link:


Victory! Animal Sacrifice Banned at Nepal’s Gadhimai Festival,

Half a Million Animals Saved

Gadhimai Temple Trust agrees to cancel all future animal sacrifice, urges devotees not to bring animals to the festival

Humane Society International, Animal Welfare Network Nepal

New Delhi—In a move that will spare the lives of millions of animals over coming years, animal sacrifice has been cancelled indefinitely at Nepal’s Gadhimai festival, the world’s biggest animal sacrifice event held every five years for around 265 years. The decision announced by the Gadhimai Temple Trust follows rigorous negotiations and campaigning by Animal Welfare Network Nepal and Humane Society International/India.

Gauri Maulekhi, HSI/India consultant & Trustee, People for Animals, who petitioned India’s Supreme Court against the movement of animals from India to the Gadhimai festival, said, “This is a tremendous victory for compassion that will save the lives of countless animals. HSI/India was heartbroken to witness the bloodshed at Gadhimai, and we’ve worked hard to help secure this ban on future sacrifice. We commend the temple committee but acknowledge that a huge task lies ahead of us in educating the public so that they are fully aware. HSI/India & People for Animals will now spend the next three and a half years until the next Gadhimai educating devotees in the states of Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal on the Temple Trusts’ decision not to sacrifice animals. Animal sacrifice is a highly regressive practice and no nation in the modern world should entertain it.”

Please thank the Temple Trustees for their compassion.

Manoj Gautam, founding member of AWNN and campaigner against the Gadhimai festival, said, “We applaud the temple committee’s decision to end this mass slaughter of innocent animals and hope that they will continue to support us in our future endeavors for protecting animals in the country. AWNN’s progressive move to work directly with the temple committee, with Humane Society International/India’s support has been the key that changed the whole face of the campaign and is the reason for the achievement we have now.”

In 2014, HSI/India and AWNN’s global campaign against the Gadhimai animal massacre captured the public imagination when thousands of national and international supporters expressed their ire and displeasure against the ruthless killing. Protests were held worldwide.

With the Supreme Court of India’s intervention to prohibit the movement of animals from India to Nepal, AWNN and HSI/India saw a reduction of up to 70 percent in the number of animals sacrificed from 2009. The Supreme Court’s order resulted in more than 100 arrests of those breaching the order, and more than 2,500 animals saved. Earlier this month the Supreme Court of India issued directions to states to set up mechanisms to prevent animals from being taken to Gadhimai in future and create awareness against animal sacrifice.

Earlier this year, following the global outrage stemming from the Gadhimai massacre, the temple committee also decided not to sacrifice any animals during the harvest festival (Sankranti). Instead, the temple officials have been confiscating the animals and caring for them until rescuers can rehome them.

Mr Ram Chandra Shah, Chairman of the Gadhimai Temple Trust, issued a statement on the decision to stop holding animal sacrifices during the Gadhimai festival, which can be foundhere.

Please thank the Temple Trustees for their decision. Then, consider donating to support our lifesaving work. You can also sign up to receive more news and action alerts about animal protection.


  • It is estimated that more than 500,000 buffalo, goats, chickens and other animals were decapitated at Gadhimai in 2009, but in 2014 the numbers had reduced by 70 percent.

  • The origins of Gadhimai date back around 265 years ago, when the founder of the Gadhimai Temple, Bhagwan Chowdhary, had a dream that the goddess Gadhimai wanted blood in return for freeing him from prison, protecting him from evil and promising prosperity and power. The goddess asked for a human sacrifice, but Chowdhary successfully offered an animal instead, and this been repeated every five years since.

  • Among others, President Emeritus of the World Council of Arya Samaj and noted social activist Swami Agnivesh were at the forefront of urging Indian devotees to boycott the mass slaughter by holding a hunger strike at the heart of the temple.

  • D. Sharma, director general of SSB, was awarded with the ‘Leadership in Animal Welfare’ award for his exemplary contribution in curbing the illegal transport of animals during Gadhimai.

Some of our recent SAV posts relating to the most recent festival:














28/7: Very Important Breaking News – Gadhimai Temple Trust agrees to cancel all future animal sacrifice.



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2150hrs GMT London – 28/7/15.

Breaking News – we are hearing today that the Gadhimai Temple Trust agrees to cancel all future animal sacrifice, urges devotees not to bring animals to the festival.

We have a lot of info on this but as this is a very important victory, we need to make a proper post.  This will be produced on 29/7.

Please check this site then for further information.

This is confirmed via more than 1 source; so we are certain that it is correct. 

More tomorrow ! – SAV.

One of our many previous posts to remind you of the campaign –


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Romania: Stop the assault on Europe’s last pristine wilderness – Petition link included – please sign.


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Link and petition:


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Romania: stop the assault on Europe’s last pristine wilderness

Bears and wolves still prowl the ancient forests of the Carpathian Mountains. Yet their days are numbered: organized criminals are illegally clear-cutting entire hillsides to supply European timber companies. Tell the Romanian environmental ministry to put a stop to the destruction.

Illegal logging is rampant in Romania. Since the fall of Communism in 1989, no less than 400,000 hectares of forest have been cleared there without permission, mainly for export as parquet, laminate and fuel pellets. “One of the last remaining virgin forests in Europe is cut being down to heat homes in Austria and Germany,” says Alexander von Bismarck, head of the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA).

An Austrian company, Holzindustrie Schweighofer, is playing a key role in the destruction of Romania’s forests. Schweighofer has been at the heart of a scandal in recent weeks involving forged delivery notes, bribes and dubious concessions.

An EIA video documents Schweighofer’s practices. In it, von Bismarck negotiated with company representatives posing as a foreign investor seeking to sell timber. The environmentalists concluded that Schweighofer deliberately and consciously buys – and indeed, pays bonuses for – illegally harvested timber. CEO Gerald Schweighofer called the video “misleading”.

By contrast, a leaked letter Schweighofer sent to the Romanian prime minister leaves no room for misinterpretation. In it, he threatens to sue the Romanian government in international courts if it does not amend its forestry laws to the company’s advantage.

Schweighofer is now building a new €150 million sawmill in Reci. Work has gone ahead without an environmental impact assessment and Romanian environmentalist Hans Hedrich therefore considers it to be illegal. He believes that the “Schweighofer system” would collapse if the sawmill can be kept from going into operation: “It would be the first step toward rescuing the forests.”

Tell the Romanian Ministry for Environment, Waters and Forests to deny the Reci sawmill an operating permit and to do everything in its power to combat the illegal timber trade.

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31/8/15 – Global Petitions and More.



Monday, August 31, 2015

Petitions and More, August 31

http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/petition-for-new-mexicos Petition for New Mexico’s Endangered Wolves!

http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/474981/dbfa662a4b/1596501154/c24191372b/ What to do

http://www.mexicanwolves.org/index.php/news/1510/51/In-the-News-NM-game-panel-delays-decision-on-Mexican-wolf-permit-appeal/d,News2 Media outlets, take action please!

https://secure.earthjustice.org/site/Advocacy;jsessionid=23FE6E710893EE78E51E9F7DD577FA29.app304b?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=1767 US-info. Please protect the Endangered Species Act



https://takeaction.takepart.com/actions/end-lethal-control-of-red-wolves-in-north-carolina More will follow!

http://www.peticije24.com/zahtevamo_smenu_celog_rukovodstva_veterine_u_novom_sadu Update, Serbia, Novi Sad, demand dismissal of the whole veterinarian management. The abuse and killing of animals is punishable by law but hardly anyone was jailed for more than 6 months, that’s why we seek an increase in sentence, and for justice in more recent cases. Confirm please

https://www.causes.com/posts/961200-we-are-continuing-our-sister-state-campaign-this-time-its-jeollanam-do-province If not signed yet, incl. 2 change.org petitions

http://www.yousignanimals.org/Owner-filmed-slamming-his-dog-against-a-wall-is-allowed-TO-KEEP-the-pet-Act-Now-t-4340    https://www.facebook.com/YouSignAnimals.org?fref=ts















http://www.petitionhub.org/Swedish-Sick-Thug-Puts-Arrow-Through-Cat-For-Eating-His-Cat-Food-Demand-A-Severe-Punishment-t-2854    https://www.facebook.com/PetitionHub.org?fref=ts






http://www.sosvox.org/en/index.html Several petitions


http://firmiamo.it/vogliamo-un-canile-gattile-ad-agropoli Italy, we want shelters for Dogs and Cats in Agropoli, where they are safe from ‘humans’! ZIP code?

http://www.petitions24.com/save_our_85_dogs_and_20_puppies_in_serbia If not signed yet. Confirm!

http://action.biologicaldiversity.org/o/2167/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=17290 Keep Oregon’s Wolves Protected!

http://www.peta.org/features/steel-jaw-trap-fur-cruelty/ Pledge for Fur-free


http://action.endangered.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=21168 Fish and Fish Product Import Provisions of the Marine Mammal Protection Act




Brasil, Federal Deputy Ricardo Izar – CPI Rapporteur of cruelty to animals: Save the animals in the Bosque de São José do Rio Preto!

http://forcechange.com/category/animal-welfare/ New petitions to sign


http://www.hslf.org/our-work/taking-action/#.VeHaryWqpHw US-info. 1 action for Horses, 1 for Hens


https://www.change.org/p/google-michela-vittoria-brambilla-eliminare-immediatamente-la-schifosa-community-pro-animal-abuse-society-p-a-a-s-dal-vostro-social-network-questi-maledetti-promuovono-l-abuso-e-la-violenza-su-animali-e-bambini-i-loro-membri-sono-dei-pazzi-pedofili-e Immediately remove the disgusting community Pro Animal Abuse Society PAAS from your social network ! Those bloody (people) promote abuse and violence on children and animals ! The members are crazy pedophiles and sociopaths!



https://www.change.org/p/ajuntament-de-lleida-consell-comarcal-del-segri%C3%A0-regidoria-de-medi-ambient-i-horta-gesti%C3%B3n-%C3%A9tica-en-las-colonias-felinas-captura-esterilizaci%C3%B3n-y-sueltaSpain, Lleida, Segrià, ethical management of Feline colonies, which involves implementing the CES (Capture, sterilization and release) and control for good care!




https://www.change.org/p/profepa-alex-del-mazo-urge-animales-abandonados-por-circos-urge-inspecci%C3%B3n-y-acciones-en-beneficio-de-los-animales-de-biozoo-c%C3%B3rdoba-veracruz Mexico, Inspection and actions for the benefit of (abandoned circus-) animals Biozoo Cordoba, Veracruz!

https://www.change.org/p/gobierno-de-jalisco-justicia-por-el-maltrato-a-la-perrita-foxy-protecci%C3%B3n-para-salvador-y-rehabilitaci%C3%B3n-para-la-perrita-pitbull Mexico, Jalisco, Justice for the mistreatment of the dog Foxy,  and rehabilitationof the pitbull dog at Salvador protection















https://www.change.org/p/stadt-nürnberg-z-hd-herr-maly-stadt-nürnberg-ordnungsamt-sehr-geehrter-herr-oberbürgermeister-dr-maly-sehr-geehrte-damen-und-herren-beim-liegenschafts-und-ordnungsamt-bitte-erteilen-sie-keine-genehmigung-platzzulassung-mehr-für-das-ponyreiten No more pony rides at the Nuremberg fair, and other urban areas



https://www.change.org/p/chris-christie-stephen-sweeney-new-jersey-state-senate-new-jersey-state-house-protect-the-pinelands-amend-nj-title-39 ..



http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/742/569/122/ Put America’s Lion – the Cougar – on the Endangered Species List Dan Ashe, Director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)


http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/524/384/653/ We demand the FBI and INTERPOL to investigate the corruption inside CITES about elephant export permits to China
















http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/738/809/893/ Subsidize Fruits and Vegetables While Removing Subsidies for the Meat Industry in Starke County, Indiana











http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/242/251/505/ Stop murder of innocent cats of Bay 40/east bound Belt Parkway by urging NYC TRAFFIC DEPT to install speed bumps


http://www.thepetitionsite.com/971/754/553/end-the-mutilation-and-disfigurement-of-declawing-of-cats-in-the-us/ target?




                  ======  News and more   =======

http://carteblanche.dstv.com/poll?poll=326 Whale culling, it should be banned, now on 72%

http://www.weeklytimesnow.com.au/agribusiness/victorian-mp-calls-for-open-season-on-kangaroos/story-fnkeqfxg-1227498064301  No to culling kangaroos, only 36 %



http://www.onegreenplanet.org/ One Green Planet




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