Bosnia and Herzegovina: Petition – Terrible crimes are happening, do not be blind! – Help the Dogs.

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Please give your support to the following important petition from Mirela for Bosnia and Herzegovina dogs.

Petition wording:

Why this is important

Terrible crimes are happening, do not be blind!
people are worried, scared and mostly evil,
Dogs still roam the city hungry, sick, terrified, thousands of them ..this petition trying to get all the cantonal authorities to take in account of opening the new asylum, who will not only work through the system of donations, budget such a way is strictly parasitic. Asylum must be run by people who love animals, and who are willing to volunteer to look for new, fresh ideas, and thus involve all the media, public and private companies. Asylum would depend on its own income .it is difficult, but not impossible, if the authorities allow, the ideas, plan already exist, with the help of professional advice we can make it happen, on the end we can protect stray dogs, and also increase the number of jobssign the petition, and help rescue dogs BiH

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Petition Link:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/GOVERNMENT_of_SARAJEVO_CANTON_HELP_STRAY_DOGS/?csoegjb

Message: Terrible crimes are happening, do not be blind!

10 years in a cage – their rescue is today! – 26/3/15.

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UPDATE From AA on the road with the move – 27 March – Latest pictures from the rescue team on the road to freedom.

- en route to their new home.

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Check out the latest news as it happens – https://www.animalsasia.org/uk/media/news/news-archive/ben-tre-rescue-timelin.html

They’ve never been outside – now two bears, rescued from bear bile trade, will travel 2,000 kms to freedom.

As we know from vet Joost’s earlier message – the team are reading your incredible messages of support on the road. It’s been such a long day for them. Let’s hope they’re in their next hotel before too long and manage to get a good night’s sleep.

These bears have been shown more love and compassion in the last 24hrs than they’ve received their entire lives.

Yogi will be set for extensive dental treatment when he arrives at our sanctuary. In the meantime these marshmallows with anti inflammatories will help him cope with the pain.

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The legend that is Bear Team Supervisor Tuan spots a jackfruit tree as the truck crawls down the motorway with their delicate cargo. The team has spotted and one forage later – there’s leaves for the bears to enjoy (pictures above) – picture below shows the leaves being cut.

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26/3/15 – Fantastic news to start today.

10 years in a cage – their rescue is today!

By visiting the Animals Asia site you will be able to track the progress of the bears move over the next week or so.

Click here to see the journey to freedom –  https://www.animalsasia.org/uk/

Live updates from the Ben Tre Rescue Timeline – follow the news of the journey: https://www.animalsasia.org/uk/media/news/news-archive/ben-tre-rescue-timelin.html

LIVE #BenTreRescue habit has Coco hoovering up the rice first – but just wait till she tries the fruit & veg.

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Above – Coco tucks into rice – fruit and veg waiting !

Follow 2 caged bears on their way to freedom

Dear Mark,

We wrote to you last Friday with some good news about the release of two moon bears trapped on a bile farm in southern Vietnam.

Their journey to freedom starts today. And you can join them every step of the way.

Our rescue crew, including a vet, vet nurse and a bear team supervisor are already at Ben Tre where the bears have been caged for over 10 years preparing for their transportation home to our Tam Dao sanctuary.

We expect the 2,000km journey by truck up the entire coast of Vietnam will take around six days. The rescue comes as Animals Asia battles to secure the release of the remaining bears in Halong City.

Despite the signatures of over 110,000 people urging Vietnam’s Prime Minister to allow Animals Asia to rescue the surviving 19 bears, decisive action has yet to be taken.

“Each individual deserves sanctuary – and we’re delighted to have been given permission by the authorities to provide care to these two bears for the rest of their lives. It’s a long journey, but not in the context of a life. The bears and team will spend the best part of a week on the road, but we hope the bears will have many happy years ahead of them.” Animals Asia founder and CEO, Jill Robinson MBE

We can’t wait to get these bears home. Join them on their journey to freedom on our   website, Facebook or Twitter.

And as you follow these lucky bears home, please consider giving a little to their rescue and recovery.

Thank you as always for your support.

Dr Tuan Bendixsen
Vietnam Director

 

Serbia: 16 Dogs In Shelter May Have To Be Turned Onto The Street and ? – Please Help If You Are Able – Thank You.

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16 dogs needing help

 

Please help with a donation of any size if you are able.

Donations are given to a completely safe site outside of Serbia – the money when paid is then sent through to Serbia.

7 days to go on this current appeal – Thank you.

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http://www.youcaring.com/pet-expenses/urgent-need-help-for-16-dogs-/325214#supporters

16 DOGS ARE IN BOARDING KENNELS AND THEIR FUTURE IS NOW A VERY UNCERTAIN. WE ARE PAST DUE ON THEIR BOARDING FEES ARE FIND WE ARE IN REALLY BIG TROUBLE… WE ARE APPEALING TO EVERYONE TO HELP US KEEP THESE STRAY DOGS OFF THE STREETS AND SAFE!!!

Lina’s Animal Rescue is organisation for animal welfare from Serbia.

We have 19 dogs in small private unfinished shelter, 20 dogs in 2 boarding kennels and 14 kitties in one rescuer’s home.

Funds are desperately needed to pay the boarding kennel fees. We have debt for February for 16 dogs . The life of street dogs everywhere is difficult, but here in Serbia the dog catchers kill them rather than rescue them.

Finding homes is very difficult as the culture in Serbia is not to adopt dogs, but rather buy a puppy then turn it out in the streets later when it is grown.

Each dog’s boarding fees are 60€ per month ( 40 boarding kennel + 20 food ) . Please help us  , this is URGENT APPEAL !

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http://www.youcaring.com/pet-expenses/urgent-need-help-for-16-dogs-/325214#supporters

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Serbia: 25/3/15 – New Proposals by Serbian Government To Try and Kill Stray Dogs After 15 Days – Please Sign the Petition.

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Due primarily to language issues we are currently leaving all contact (and opposition work) associated with this to our Serbian campaigner friends.  Change and opposition has to come from within Serbia, by the Serbian people; not by outside Europeans.  But you can give your support and opposition to the current proposals by signing the petition link below – Thanks – SAV.

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Jelena Lj

After examining the working version of the Amendment of the Animal Welfare Act of the Republic of Serbia, it introduced the concept of “quarantine for a lost and abandoned animals,” which lasts 15 days, after which the animals can be “killed humanely.”

This mean that thousands and thousands of animals being killed and no one will be able to help it.

PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE

Petition wording

After examining the working version of the Amendment of the Animal Welfare Act of the Republic of Serbia, it introduced the concept of “quarantine for a lost and abandoned animals,” which lasts 15 days, after which the animals can be “killed humanely.”

We believe that the amendments to the Law which was never fully implemented are counter-productive and unacceptable to us, the citizens, and that in no way it will solve the problem of abandoned animals with killing thousands of healthy animals.

Also, we consider that in the beginning of work on the amendments to the Act must include representatives of civil society. This is enforced by the “Guidelines for the involvement of civil society in the process of adopting regulations” adopted by the Government of the Republic of Serbia on 26 August 2014.

We want solution to the problem of abandoned animals in a humane and sustainable manner.

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Petition Link:

https://www.change.org/p/ministarstvo-poljoprivrede-i-za%C5%A1tite-%C5%BEivotine-sredine-republike-srbije-protiv-izmena-zakona-o-dobrobiti-%C5%BEivotinja-u-delu-o-napu%C5%A1tenim-%C5%BEivotinjama?recruiter=31203990&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=autopublish&utm_term=des-lg-share_petition-no_msg&fb_ref=Default

England: Farmageddon and More – An Expose Into The Real World Of Intensive, Global Animal Farming.

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Mark Johnson (SAV – this site) and Philip Lymbery (CEO at CIWF – http://www.ciwf.org.uk/about-us/our-staff/philip-lymbery/ ) have known each other and been campaigning (farm animal) friends for some 25+ years.  They originally got to know each other regarding their extensive campaigning regarding the live transport of farm animals from the Kent ports of SE England and other parts of the UK to mainland Europe back in the 80’s.

You can read more about Mark’s long term work with CIWF by reading ‘About Us’ – http://serbiananimalsvoice.com/about-us/  – in 2003 Mark was awarded the ‘campaigner of the year’ in recognition of his work into the UK live export trade (calves, sheep, pigs) and also for his investigative work as part of the CIWF Investigations Unit into the export of live horses to Europe for the meat trade.

You can read more from Philip on his current regular CIWF blog page – http://www.philiplymbery.com/

Philip’s recent book ‘Farmageddon’ – which lifts the lid on intensive farming around the world has been made into a film also.  You can see this by looking at the following links from either CIWF or directly on Youtube.  Links are given below – please take a look as this is worth seeing !!!

Described by Joanna Lumley as ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ for food and farming, a year and several reprints later, Bloomsbury is re-launching Farmageddon in a new-look paperback format. To celebrate, CIWF have pulled together this short film  showing some of the key moments of the three-year journey behind the closed doors of the factory farm industry.

‘Farmaggedon’ — The True Cost of Cheap Meat

https://www.ciwf.org.uk/our-book-farmageddon/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MkmSB51lSf0#t=381

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15l_-o3AXI0

Also, in the following link, see extensive undercover footage obtained by CIWF investigators who have been involved with Rabbit farming / production in several countries of the EU.

Watch their appalling expose of this disgusting business at:

Exposing the biggest secret of the Cage Age:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=we1xeip5P6I

Check out all of London based CIWF’s work and campaigns at  http://www.ciwf.org.uk/

Meat free week’, is a new initiative to encourage us to think about meat and where it comes from.  http://www.philiplymbery.com/2015/03/eat-your-greens-for-meat-free-week/

Its time to lift the entire lid on the abuse of millions of animals every day and the ill health suffering of humans caused by intensive farming.

Its time to decide:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYnnuXlqdGQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m23TrbPZBJA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-UQLqQcfyGs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qc-Dsf0t7RI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuFqTgVvhw4&index=10&list=PL5TcZsvhZDBodHNzwB-jALmFgr0Ho8rnG

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQIXFk5lYqI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpbtBgLfl90

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QiJxdgmxVDQ

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5TcZsvhZDBodHNzwB-jALmFgr0Ho8rnG

To Our Tibetan Friends – We Support You ! – News and Contact Info For ‘Free Tibet’, London.

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There is a White Lotus Wall of Remembrance on the ‘Free Tibet’ site on which people have said their feelings, and given their support to make Tibet free of Chinese domination once again – and it will happen.

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You can read all the messages to the Tibetan people by clicking on the following:

http://freetibet.org/whitelotus/wall

The White Lotus Book starts with the following introduction:

“The following words are also written in the White Lotus Book of Remembrance, paying tribute to all those Tibetans who have lost their lives as a result of China’s occupation.

When Tibet is free we will deliver the Book to the people of Tibet in their homeland”.

Find out more about the White Lotus Book of Remembrance and how to contribute here.

Or visit the following:  http://freetibet.org/whitelotus

Political Prisoners – http://freetibet.org/about/political-prisoners

Interactive map of protests – http://freetibet.org/about/tibets-resistance

Self-immolation protests in Tibet

Since March 2011, more than 130 people are known to have set themselves on fire inside Tibet in protest against the repressive Chinese occupation of Tibet.

Self-immolation protests have become less frequent in 2013 and 2014 but these and other protests are taking place over a widening area of Tibet. Some Tibetans have also set themselves alight outside Tibet and China.

Although many monks and nuns have set themselves alight, most self-immolation protesters were not from religious institutions. They include teachers, students and herdsmen, as well as mothers and fathers.

The youngest was just 15 years old

Visit this Q&A to find out more about the self-immolations. More information about all protests in Tibet can be found here.

Details of each confirmed individual self-immolation in Tibet can be found below.

http://freetibet.org/news-media/na/full-list-self-immolations-tibet

Donations – http://freetibet.org/regular-donation

Join ‘Free Tibet’ – http://freetibet.org/join-free-tibet

Shop – http://freetibet.org/shop

Free Tibet – let Tibetan people be free from Chinese domination and let Tibet be a self governing nation once again !!

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Free Tibet
28 Charles Square
London
N1 6HT
United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7324 4605
Fax: +44 (0)20 7324 4606
Email: mail@freetibet.org

Office hours: 1000-1800 hrs (UK time), Monday-Friday

Invisible Monsters in Your Pet’s Bowls?

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Invisible Monsters in Your Pet’s Bowls?

Editor’s note: This post is a Care2 favorite, back by popular demand. It was originally posted on June 9, 2014. Enjoy!

If you simply top off your pet’s water dish, you could be creating a monster that will attack your pet from the inside out.

Many of us are guilty of simply refilling the water bowl when it gets close to empty, but the water that sits around will form a slimy residue that hosts dangerous bacteria and fungus that can begin to grow.

Some pet guardians may not even notice that their pet will start shying away from a dirty water bowl and become mildly dehydrated or, worse yet, seek water from unsafe areas indoors or out.

And what about the food dish? No, licking the bowl ‘clean’ isn’t a possibility. Please be kind.

Plastic Bowls Are a Bad Idea

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Food and water dishes should be made from stainless steel, heavy glass or ceramic and should be washed daily.

Plastic dishes may contain a hazardous substance called BPA which leaches into your pet’s water and is a known carcinogen. This can break down further in the dishwasher. Plastics also absorbs odors and become unpleasant to a pet’s sensitive sense of smell.

Three Best Ways To Wash Your Pet’s Bowls Daily

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If you have bowls that are already beyond salvaging, why not start fresh with a new set of bowls and choose from one of these easy daily washing techniques.

  1. Run them through the hottest cycle of the dishwasher to get them really clean and sterilized.

  2. Wash and thoroughly rinse with dish detergent and a clean abrasive sponge to release all organic material from the sides of the bowls.

  3. Try scrubbing with a mix of equal parts baking soda, salt and warm water.

Helpful Tips For Keeping Your Pets Happy & Healthy

You can find more simple  fun tips on keeping your pets healthy and happy here on Facebook.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/invisible-monsters-in-your-pets-bowls.html#ixzz3VD5oqO6d

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‘Clustrmap’ News – Big Problems From ‘Clustrmap HQ’ With Archive !

Well we have been having archive problems with our global ‘Clustrmap’ (the World map with red visitor dots on it) for the last week or so;

At first we thought that there was a minor archive problem associated with this site specifically as the trouble happened right at our annual archive time; but it now seems that there is a very big problem at Clustrmap HQ which is affecting users all over the globe – we have the latest from them here on Saturday 21st March – as you can see this is Update 9 to  the problems:

[UPDATE 9, 21-March-2015 11:00 GMT: Refunds? It looks like this terrible interruption of service is going to be continuing for a while. We are devastated by this outage, but it has grown in complexity over the past few days, just for this specific server www4.clustrmaps.com

[UPDATE 9, 19-March-2015 00:20 GMT: Slow progress - a major data transfer and recovery operation is underway. Our data sets are massive, and require a significant transfer and recovery operation due to the multiple faults that happened on this server. This may take a few more days, I’m afraid – there were multiple underlying problems that need to be resolved, and we will provide further updates as soon as we have some more tangible progress to report.]

[UPDATE 8, 18-March-2015 13:00 GMT: New disks failing - deeper investigation underway. This is very dis-heartening for us, believe me… but staying optimistic.]

So it seems that we will be without our global map for a while longer !

A shame as this is a useful tool for us as we can then use the map as an indicator of where visitors are from and how we should address campaigns in these parts of the world.  In other words, with say lots of visitors from the USA (as we do), we can put out more on US issues than say on those in China; where we get very few visitors – if nobody in China is visiting us as would be indicated by the map, then there is not much point concentrating on Chinese campaigns, etc, etc.

Fingers crossed the next few days may start to see the global map become fully functional again.  But we are totally in the hands of the Clustrmap team as to when we will ever get things back.  It is just a case of sticking things out at present.

Thanks – SAV.

Netherlands / France: EoA (NL) Write To French Authorities Regarding Terrible Animal Suffering Resulting From Overturned Pig Transporter on 4/3/15.

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The following is a letter sent to the French authorities by our good friend Lesley at Eyes on Animals; regarding a French pig transporter which overturned a few weeks ago.  We did not know about this in the UK, but it obviously made news in mainland Europe.  We feel the need to show you what has been written by Lesley.

You will also see a link to the video of the accident and the suffering animals; which are the subject of Lesley’s letter.

Lesley takes up the issue from here:

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I am sending this out today to the gendarmes and official vets in France, related to the clean-up of the pig truck accident a few weeks ago there.
I have added all the logos.

Let´s keep our fingers crossed for a response.

If I do, I will let you all know.

Bises en bon weekend

Lesley – Director – Eyes on Animals –

http://www.eyesonanimals.com/

Warning – animals suffering in this video:

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10153083392119757&fref=nf

The original letter in French which Lesley sent to the authorities.

French letter to French vets and gendarmes about pig truck accident (1)

Below is a translation (Google Translate) of what the letter says.

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Dear ……

Your services were responsible for monitoring of an accident involving a pig transport truck rolled on its side at 6:30 am on March 4 in Britain. Shocking video of this accident circulated on social networks throughout Europe. This film is visible on the following link:

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10153083392119757&fref=nf

We are writing on behalf of animal protection organizations in Europe. We discussed

the pictures with transport companies of animals and we want to express our astonishment and vis-à-vis concern the method used to support the rugged truck and clean up, hoping it would not happen again.

When an accident occurs and which involves a vehicle transporting live animals, driver of the truck and the animals are cared for first. In the case of this accident, the driver was taken to hospital, but animals were still inside the truck injured when a crane was sent there. This raised the truck and handed over its wheels with injured pigs and struggling inside. Video images show pigs suspended the 3rd level of the truck (4 meters high!), with their hind legs trapped inside the compartment and front legs struggling in the void, struggling to reach the soil.

Some pigs were crushed under the weight of other conspecifics stacked above them. These pigs had been extremely traumatized and too long; we can then wonder why their suffering was extended by new injuries and a state of Panic?

The best method would be to unload pigs as soon as the driver had been taken to hospital, saving animals to await the arrival of the crane and still be inside the truck when it was back on its wheels.

We talked with experts who are management of truck accidents transporting live animals. They tell us that in the formations, it is specified that the truck drivers, accident, must be emptied of all its animals. These must then be gathered to protect them from further accidents. Animals injured and suffering should be immediately euthanized. After this step, the truck can then be back on its wheels. In the case of this accident, the truck roof should have been open immediately to allow the release of pigs, its collection and treatment before the crane is used to straighten the vehicle.

Can a particular reason to explain the procedure followed in this accident?

No doubt you are also shocked as we are by this accident, regret them decisions taken and would improve in the future support of this type transportation accident?

We are aware that an accident involving live animals is a complicated event manage and that there is no ideal solutions.

However, expertise and skills that can improve the efficiency of the management  Load exist. We would be happy to help you benefit from this experience in you proposing to organize a seminar to establish a synergy between your expertise field and specific external expertise.

Thank you for your understanding and awaiting your reply

Please accept, Madam, the expression of our respectful greetings.

Lesley Moffat

Director – Eyes on Animals

Macedonia: Petition – Dogs Sexually Abused and Then Murdered – The Person Is Known But The Government and Police DO NOTHING.

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Please give your immediate support to Igor and what has been found to be happening in Macedonia – Thanks SAV.

“DOGS SKINNED ALIVE , MUTILATED , SEXUALLY ABUSED , TORTURED AND BRUTALLY KILLED!!!”

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Petition Link:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/245/031/205/dogs-being-skinned-alive-mutilated-sexually-abused-tortured-and-killed/

Petition wording:

  • author:Igor Petreski

  • target: Adnan Jašary, Minister of Justice of Macedonia and Mrs. Gordana Jankuloska, Minister of Internal Affairs of Macedonia

Dogs disappearing overnight nowhere to be found.

Tied, starved, and traumatized dogs, dogs left without water is the image one gets upon entering an abandoned building under construction in Kočani (Macedonia).

Once you step a foot inside your blood freezes and cold sweat covers your body – always a new dog staring back at you, terrified and asking for help, dehydrated and starved. At the same time you get an unstoppable urge to vomit from the unbearable stench of the rotting corpses.

Turn around and you see the remains of the bodies of dead dogs – decomposed corpses, scattered limbs.

In the house there always are empty beer bottles and numerous used condoms. There is horrible evidence and clues that dogs are sexually assaulted, abused, and then murdered by a person that has been reported and known to police, but no one ever did anything to put him behind bars.

Please give us your support and sign this petition so we can alarm the public and make relevant institutions act.

This person was last seen yesterday taking another dog. Please sign and share!

 

 

 

 

Serbia: News From Shelter Felix – The New Gas Has Just Been Delivered In Time.

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Danica Mirkovic Shelter Felix

Over the last few days, night temperatures have been below zero again, so the arrival of the gas delivery truck was more than welcomed yesterday.

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Just when we were down to around 5% of the total volume of the gas tank left, heating fuel arrived and all of the kitties’ rooms are warm again!

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Thank you all a million times over for coming to our rescue again, this wouldn’t have been possible if it weren’t for your caring generosity!

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A Post Full Of Great, Positive News !!

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Just for once, a post which is full of nothing but good; progressive news for animals !!

It is not possible to give a direct link to all the excellent news we have had through from CEO Jill and all the crew in the March members newsletter at ‘Animals Asia UK'; so in the following we have selected some of the key issues and campaign news for you to enjoy.

We hope that you feel as we do; that now, finally in the Far East, animals are starting to get the recognition and compassion that they deserve.  This is due to the endless hard work of many organisations and people who all pull together to try and make things better for the animals – and they are succeeding !

 

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But firstly we kick off with some news of an event which is to be held along the road in good ol’ London town on 18th April – at the ‘Human Rights Action Centre’; 17-25 New Inn Yard.

The London Animal Charities Fair.

Groups and Organisations Confirmed so far:

Hounds First Sighthound Rescue 

Greek Animal Rescue

Save Me Trust & Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue

Animal Welfare Party

Wild Futures

Help In Suffering (UK)

Lovesniffys

Baan Unrak Thai Animal Sanctuary

RSPCA CENTRAL AND NORTH EAST LONDON BRANCH

The London Wildlife Trust

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The Mayhew Animal Home

London League Against Cruel Sports Group

Hugletts Wood Farm Animal Sanctuary

Animal Aid

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

Captive Animals’ Protection Society

All Dogs Matter

Cruelty Free International

SEA SHEPHERD UK

RSPB

The Pig Issue Foundation

F.R.I.E.N.D animal rescue

Nowzad Dogs

Doris Banham Dog Rescue 

Animal Interfaith Alliance

Wood Green, The Animals Charity.

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And following is the wonderful news regarding different issues which our friends at Animals Asia are involved with.

The brilliant English animal rights campaigner and ex keyboard frontman with legendary Band ‘Yes’ from the 70’s – Rick Wakeman – see him play awesome keyboards below;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05k8DgEXZXM

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Rick is going to play in a special night called ‘A Journey to Freedom’.  Read more about it as follows:

Rick Wakeman to perform at A Journey to Freedom in June

Please join us (Animals Asia) for a memorable musical night and dinner, A Journey to Freedom, hosted by our UK ambassadors Peter Egan and Lesley Nicol. Rick Wakeman, keyboard legend, globally recognised as part of the rock band Yes in the 1970s, will be playing for us on the evening, assisted by members of Downton Abbey’s cast (subject to availability).

The event takes place on 6.45pm Friday, 26 June at Plaisterers’ Hall, One London Wall, London EC2Y. Tickets cost £120 (includes a drinks reception, a half bottle of wine and a three-course vegetarian dinner). Please book your tickets today on 01579 347148.

Reception in UK Parliament’s House of Commons for campaigners to end the dog meat trade in Asia

On 28 January, campaigners for dog and cat welfare across Asia gathered at a reception at the House of Commons to promote greater awareness and Parliamentary support for their work to bring an end to the dog meat trade.

Animals Asia was represented as part of the Asia Canine Protection Alliance (ACPA). Guests were addressed by our UK AA ambassador, actor Peter Egan, and shown the moving film created by Soi Dogs on the realities of the dog meat trade in Thailand, which deeply shocked all who saw it.

The event was attended by Dame Judi Dench and several members of Parliament. The successful outcome of the meeting has been a pledge to hold a full Parliamentary debate on the issue in the near future, and to encourage and work more closely with political contacts in Asian countries working to end the dog meat trade.

Vietnam PM says NO to cruel festivals

In a direct response to our (AA) campaign to stop Vietnam’s pig slaughter festival – Vietnam’s Prime Minister has announced “old fashioned, superstitious and negative” festivals will end.

And it’s all thanks to your support!

The speech is widely seen as a direct reference to Animals Asia’s international campaign opposing the Nem Thuong pig slaughter festival which gathered thousands of signatures from around the world.

With the eyes of the world on Vietnam, the village of Nem Thuong continued with their bloody and superstitious event in full defiance of the will of the Vietnamese people and authorities, 79% of whom had voiced their opposition to the cruel festival.

While we will have to wait for news of changes to festivals – the Prime Minister’s will is clear and we will push for that to become definitive action.

Following the Prime Minister’s speech, the Minister of Culture, Sport and Tourism, Hoang Tuan Anh echoed his statements and many of the arguments Animals Asia has raised over the past two months, saying:

“The ministry has decided that negative activities such as buffalo stabbing and pig chopping…in festivals will be reviewed.

“In a country rich in tradition and culture, we cannot have the image of a pig being brought to a village centre for hundreds of people to witness its head being cut off and its blood pouring out – this is not suitable with a peaceful and hospitable country like Vietnam.”

Animals Asia’s Vietnam Director, Tuan Bendixsen said:

“This is an enormously positive move from the highest levels of Vietnamese governance. It shows that the country is listening and reacting to the will of the people who were near unanimous in their condemnation of festivals like Nem Thuong.

“Now we must continue to monitor the situation to ensure that animals are protected from cruelty. Our work will go on behind the scenes to ensure the Prime Minister’s directive is enforced so that the barbaric scenes of this year are not repeated in the next.”

Animals Asia founder and CEO, Jill Robinson MBE said:

“It never ceases to amaze what can be achieved when we come together. Our supporters around the world should be very proud today. From the smallest of individual actions, multiplied to a factor of thousands, to the tireless efforts of individuals on the ground we have achieved real change and have every chance of ending cruel festivals in Vietnam.

“This is about more than one animal. It is about what is acceptable in modern society. A pig died this year in tragic, awful, cruel circumstances, but in the discussion surrounding it – new impetus was given to Vietnam’s growing animal welfare movement.”

Moon bear’s recovery is fruit of compassion

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Rescued moon bear Nhan Ai finally completed her long process of rehabilitation as she stepped out onto the grass of her enclosure at Animals Asia’s Vietnam Bear Rescue Centre.

Her incredible recovery was made possible by a change of heart by her former owner.  Where once he saw only a resource – he looked again and saw an animal who deserved better.

After 14 years of extracting Nhan Ai’s bile, 80-year-old Phan Thanh Dai decided that it was time for her to go free and contacted Animals Asia.

A Buddhist monk was brought to the house to bless Nhan Ai as she began her 1,600km journey to our sanctuary and ultimately, the long road to rehabilitation.

Animals Asia’s Vietnam Bear and Vet Team Director Annemarie Weegenaar said:

“As is common in bears who have spent their entire lives in cages suffering bile extraction, Nhan Ai was very nervous when she first arrived. Her situation is very similar to Ti Map – she’s finding it hard to socialise with other bears and was similarly reluctant to brave the great outdoors.

“Thankfully she’s now outside foraging and enjoying herself. She’s physically a healthy bear, now we just need some of the bears to charm her and show her that bears can be great friends.”

Animals Asia founder and CEO, Jill Robinson MBE said:

“Nhan Ai’s story is incredibly important – her former owner chose this future for her – he allowed her to go free and started to atone for the decades of suffering he’d caused.   It couldn’t contrast more heavily with the current behaviour of the farmers in Halong Bay who are determined to hang on to animals they see only as assets.  They’ve spurned each chance to do the right thing – seeing the bears only as moneymaking machines.

“It is so, so fitting that Nhan Ai means compassion. From the previous ‘owner’ ready to give her up, to the vet team that rehabilitate her and the keepers who care for her – not to mention supporters willing to donate for her care – it’s compassion that allows bears to be rescued.

Hanoi dog owners celebrate at first Dog Day

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Hanoians showed love and compassion for their canine companions at the Asian Canine Protection Alliance (ACPA)’s recent Dog Day event.

Over 200 people with more than 80 dogs joined the fun day out taking part in a variety of games and participating in a dog show where the emphasis was on fun for both guardian and companion.

Attendees were able to give their companions a free health check from visiting Animals Asia vets, while basic dog training advice was also on hand.

Le Duc Chinh, ACPA’s Hanoi coordinator said:

“The whole day was really fun for both dogs and their guardians. It’s not often that people with a mutual love of dogs get to meet and share their passion so this was a great opportunity for likeminded Hanoians to get together and celebrate our canine friends.”

As Animals Asia and ACPA continue to battle the dog meat industry in Vietnam it’s worth remembering that while the popularity of eating dog is waning – the popularity of dogs as companions has never been higher.

International support for Halong Bay bear release

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Animals Asia’s campaign to free the remaining moon bears in Vietnam’s Halong Bay has received widespread support from around the world.

In just two months, Animals Asia’s call to action was echoed by more than 100,000 people worldwide who signed the letter asking that the surviving bears be brought to our nearby sanctuary.

This campaign has been boosted by diplomatic pressure from 12 ambassadors in Hanoi who wrote directly to the Vietnamese Prime Minister requesting that the issue be resolved.

Following the confirmation of four more bear deaths in early March, an emergency government meeting was convened to address the issue.

On the eve of the meeting, Animals Asia published an open letter to the Vietnamese Prime Minister urging that Vietnam’s laws be upheld and the country’s natural heritage be protected for future generations.

The surviving 19 bears remain in critical condition with an incredible 30 bears dying since an Animals Asia inspection in November last year.

Animals Asia is awaiting the outcome of the emergency meeting while continuing to lobby for a clear timeline and legal mandate to rescue these bears.

Fixby Junior School (UK) over the moon with their fundraising ball for the bears

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Year 5 and 6 pupils of Fixby Junior School in Huddersfield, UK became passionate supporters last year of our campaign to end bear farming. Determined to help end the bears’ torture, their teacher, Ms Priestley, and her class embarked on a series of fundraising efforts and class projects to help raise awareness of their suffering.

They held an animal day raising £400, which they presented to Jill during her UK trip in 2014, and this year have just organised a charity ball, raising over £2,000. We are very grateful to them for their magnificent efforts.

Dr Dog Adi highly commended at PDSA’s animal awards

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In July 2014, we put forward the story of Guangzhou Dr Dog Adi for PDSA’s prestigious animal awards. We are delighted to say that Adi, and his owner Miss Shan, have achieved recognition among thousands of entrants and been highly commended.

After overcoming many behavioural issues of his own, Adi succeeded in becoming a Dr Dog in 2014 and, since that time, has inspired several children to develop a love of dogs, particularly one young student who was terrified of dogs. Thanks to Adi’s calm nature, and friendly behaviour, Xiaojun can now interact happily with all the other Dr Dogs in the programme.

Once a dog abandoned by all, Adi is now a fully fledged member of Animals Asia’s Dr Dog team and, accompanied by Miss Shan, is helping to spread our message across Guangzhou, the dog eating capital of China, that dogs and cats can bring joy and companionship into people’s lives and should, in turn, be regarded as friends, not food.

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We hope that like us, you feel that reading all of the above is such great news for animals; especially in the Far East.  The campaigning continues everywhere and as a result, the animal movement grows ever stronger, day by day, week by week.  SAV.

USA: Wolves – NOT The Bad Boys That Sports Hunters Want You To Believe !!

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The following video is nothing directly to do with the information supplied below by Defenders of Wildlife; but we feel that this is an ideal situation to show people what the reality of the wolf is. 

This makes the message from Jamie about what is currently happening all the more disgusting and infuriating for us. 

As Jamie says – killing these magnificent animals for the joys of sport hunters and outfitters.  We ask; what then hell are these people about ? – taking such magnificent lives for what ? – to attempt to show that they are men in camo trousers  !!!

Please watch the following video and learn the real side of wolves; it might not be what the hunters have taught you to believe !! – a wonderful insight into the reality of the caring wolf pack and wonderful people who have devoted their lives to defending them – watch by clicking on the following link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWmOtXSAr1M

The message from Jamie at DoW is as follows; please take action yourself to protect these magnificent animals; pert of the real wildlife of the USA.

We ourselves are in England UK; but we will do everything we can to speak out in support of the beautiful wildlife that America should be so proud to have; and should be encouraging, not killing in the name of ‘sports hunting’.

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Dear Mark,

The 19 wolves that were recently shot in Idaho were killed at the request of the state and carried out by federal sharpshooters, flying over national forest land.

The goal: to artificially boost elk numbers for sport hunters and outfitters.

The deeply disturbing actions by the Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services agency working on behalf of the state of Idaho must stop.

Tell Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to order his employees to stop killing wolves on U.S. Forest Service lands just to inflate elk numbers!

Wildlife Services has received hundreds of thousands of dollars from Idaho Governor Butch Otter’s Wolf Depredation Control Board to help carry out the state’s relentless wolf killing program.

Aerial gunning of wildlife for sport is wrong on many levels, which is why it has been banned by statute in the United States for decades. And while government agents may be exempted from the provisions of that law, shooting wolves from the air is terribly offensive and wrong, regardless of who is pulling the trigger.

It is simply shocking for Secretary Vilsack to allow his employees to contract themselves out as sharpshooters to kill wolves from the air, especially on Forest Service lands. It is equally shocking for the Forest Service, which is also under the control of Secretary Vilsack, to stand by and allow their Wildlife Service colleagues to kill wolves on our national forest lands.

Defenders is the only national organization with staff on the ground in Idaho who not only worked to help restore wolves, but who are actively working at the statehouse and state wildlife commission to protect the fragile wolf recovery in the Northern Rockies.

Tell Secretary Vilsack: Healthy national forest landscapes need healthy populations of wolves. No more aerial gunning of wolves in our national forests!

Thanks for standing with us to protect wolves and other imperiled wildlife.

Sincerely,

Jamie Rappaport Clark

President, Defenders of Wildlife

Australia: Big Live Exports Demo Sunday 22nd March – Can You Do It ?

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Dear Mark

This government has shown that it not only supports the unethical live animal export trade, it is also hell-bent on increasing it and opening up any new markets it can, even if it means taking the already inadequate welfare guidelines that offer some protection, and altering or eradicating them to suit new markets that don’t want to be dictated to.

This is despite ongoing breaches being exposed on at least a monthly basis, and despite the fact that every single animal protection organisation worldwide agrees that live animal exports are inherently cruel and cannot be done humanely.

They have even refused to halt live cattle exports to Vietnam despite recent concerns by industry itself that horrific acts of cruelty are commonplace in Vietnamese abattoirs and fears that supply chains can’t be guaranteed.

Please join us in being a voice for those who can’t speak – we want a HUGE visual presence this year – we will have banners, placards, flyers and stickers – come and be a part of the Stop Live Exports contingent as we march through the streets in a show of opposition to this current governments stance on live exports. Wear your t shirt if you have one.

Melissa Parke, ALP Federal MP for Fremantle and Greens Senator Scott Ludlam are amongst the scheduled speakers.

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Stirling Gardens, cnr Barrack St and St Georges Terrace, Perth from midday, Sunday 22 March.

Hope to see you there!

Katrina Love
Campaign Manager

SAV Comment – Sorry Katrina; too far for us to get to from England, UK, but we are there with you in spirit fighting hard to stop live exports. 

Lets hope it is a MASSIVE turnout !

EU: Does The New EU Agriculture Commissioner Support Live Animal Exports To Non EU Countries and A Barbaric Death ? – From What He Says – YES.

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EU MUST ENSURE ANIMAL WELFARE

- OR PROBABLY NOT WHEN IT RELATES TO NON EU LIVE ANIMAL EXPORTS.

Would you like to have a guess at who said the following:

“I certainly won’t be bullied by 500 text messages that I receive on my
phone during the course of the day on animal welfare issues.

That won’t work with me, forget about it. (…)

I will not give a direct answer in relation to the way animals are exported outside the European Union to other countries because I don’t know at this stage which country’s legislation is under crisis. (…)

The question whether we should have live export of cattle or not,

I am in favour of live cattle export. (…)”

Well, it was an EU Commissioner who has the name of Phil Hogan – and the statement was his answer to Olga Kikou, European Affairs Manager of NGO “Compassion in World Farming” re live exports to Non-EU countries.

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Above – Commissioner Hogan

On 10 September 2014, he was nominated as the European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, taking office on 1 November.

Check out Phil Hogan on the following sites which are available to the public (us):

http://ec.europa.eu/commission/2014-2019/hogan_en

http://ec.europa.eu/commission/2014-2019/hogan/blog_en

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phil_Hogan

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/phil-hogan-appointed-eu-agriculture-commissioner-1.1923974

One has to ask if this un-elected person and the comments made to very well respected CIWF representative have anything to do with him guarding the interests of the Irish cattle “producers” and export industry ?

– recently Ireland established live cattle exports from the country to Libya, for example.  One has to question what the slaughter procedures for these same animals were like there ? – certainly NOT to EU standards !

It goes to show that an un-elected Commissioner can appear to overrule the wishes of tens of thousands of EU citizens who want the export of live animals to non EU countries to be stopped immediately.

Please check out our following post to see what typically happens to live animals when they are exported live to non-EU nations.  In other words; a trade that Phil Hogan appears to support.

http://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2015/02/05/beirut-ciwf-uk-expose-utter-animal-cruelty-in-all-forms-at-the-karantina-slaughterhouse-now-it-is-currently-closed-down/

See video footage of the situation here – filmed by the very people that Mr. Hogan is dismissing – London based ‘Compassion In World Farming’ (CIWF).  http://www.ciwf.org.uk/

See also the CIWF investigation into EU animals brutally slaughtered in Gaza; a NON EU location.  No doubt Mr. Hogan also supports this following on from his statement to CIWF.

Cattle transported live from Romania and Hungary (EU member states) many thousands of miles to be barbarically slaughtered by having their throats cut without any from of pre-stunning.  Live animals no longer protected by EU legislation. 

** WARNING – Graphic footage in the following video of animal suffering **.

Please note you have the option of viewing a Censored or Un-Censored version of the investigation video.

http://www.ciwf.org.uk/news/2015/03/european-animals-brutally-slaughtered-in-gaza/

And Mr. Hogan is the European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, yet he seems to support this barbarity !!

Thanks to D for getting the ball rolling with this.

How common is all of this which we see with live animals exported from Australia ?

We are sending this post to English Members of the European Parliament. – SAV.

USA: Actress Pamela Anderson is Teaming Up with Mercy For Animals to Expose Chicken Slaughter.

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Dear Mark,

Did you know the USDA itself estimates as many as 1 million birds are scalded alive at slaughterhouses every year in the United States? It’s downright shameful.

Actress Pamela Anderson is teaming up with Mercy For Animals to expose and end this horror.

Pamela narrates a video from a new MFA undercover investigation into a poultry supplier for Gordon Food Service—the largest private foodservice distributor in the country—about chickens being violently shackled, cut open, and scalded alive.

Gordon Food Service supplies restaurants like PF Chang’s, Red Robin, Perkins, Culver’s, and The Melting Pot.

The stomach-turning video footage reveals:

Birds recklessly and violently shackled upside down, their fragile wings and legs breaking in the process

Severely sick, injured, and dying chickens sent through the slaughter line along with other birds intended for human consumption

Frightened birds dragged through an electrified vat of water, painfully shocked but left fully conscious

Birds having their throats sliced open while still conscious and able to feel pain

Live, conscious birds scalded to death in feather-removal tanks

Pamela speaks up for the birds – watch the video here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wv8TkneheK0

This important story broke in The New York Times yesterday. Click here to read the exposé.

Even though more than 95 percent of the animals killed for food in this country are chickens, these sensitive and intelligent animals are excluded from the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act.  This means Gordon Food Service chicken suppliers get away with torturing to death millions of animals a year in ways that would be illegal if the victims were cows or pigs.

We cannot allow this to continue!

Pamela Anderson and MFA are calling on Gordon Food Service to adopt meaningful animal welfare guidelines for all of its suppliers to prevent the worst forms of animal abuse in its supply chain, including immediately switching to systems that eliminate the horrific suffering caused by dumping, shackling, shocking, and slaughtering conscious animals.

As the largest private foodservice provider in the country, Gordon Food Service has enormous power and influence to end many of the worst forms of institutionalized animal abuse in the poultry industry.

Please, take a moment to sign Pamela Anderson and MFA’s petition calling on Gordon Food Service to stop torturing chickens.

Then please share the hidden-camera video with friends and encourage them to take action too. And if you haven’t done so already, please consider ending your support of this needless cruelty altogether by adopting a compassionate vegan diet.

Sincerely,

Nathan Runkle

President

P.S. You can make a special tax-deductible donation to support MFA’s hidden heroes who work undercover to expose and stop systemic animal abuse on factory farms.

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UK: Live Animal Exports; The Battle of Waterloo; 1847 and The Rest. Why UK Law Needs An Urgent Revamp !

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Firstly; you will see that from today, our global visitor map – the ‘Clustrmap’; has now cleared and started afresh.

This is an annual activity which allows all the information from the past year to be archived.

You can see the new, clean Clustrmap on the left side of the ‘Home’ page of the site; or you can also see it by clicking on the following link – http://www4.clustrmaps.com/counter/maps.php?user=9b44b4e0

As we get more visitors to the site, the locations and sizes of the red dots will grow once again.

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March news from Keith Taylor – SE England Member For the European Parliament (MEP).

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Dover Live Exports Inquiry

Keith has labelled the exporting of live farm animals both “cruel” and “needless”, in evidence submitted to Dover Council’s inquiry into the trade. The one year inquiry, which concluded this month, recommended that the council urge for laws to be changed so that ports can refuse the trade and that the RSPCA should be present during all shipments, to ensure EU laws are fully enforced.

Keith is opposed to live exports and welcomes further recognition that farm animals are not ‘goods’ but sentient beings.

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News from SAV –

From the above – “laws to be changed” – mean the UK 1847 Act.

So what is the ‘1847 Act’ that could possibly change / stop live exports from the UK ?

As you can see from the ‘About Us’ section of this site – http://serbiananimalsvoice.com/about-us/  – SAV founder Mark has had some 25 (or more) years experience with many aspects of the live animal transport trade in Europe.  Thus, we feel that we have some experience when we say that the UK could enforce legislation to make the live export of live farm animals to mainland Europe much harder.  This could be undertaken by amending the UK legislation of the 1847 Act

The Act is UK legislation which could be amended in Parliament by a British government – it has nothing at all to do with EU law – the British government could amend the law independently if they wished.  Instead they hide behind the EU; informing UK campaigners that things cannot be changed because of EU law.  Was the UK part of the EU in 1847 ? – dont think so !    

We have always felt this is wrong and the UK could act independently by amending the 1847 Act if it really wanted to take real action against live animal export from the UK.

Remember the Battle of Waterloo ?

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Remember, just as a basic guide to the age of this legislation that the UK government STILL works to; the famous Battle of Waterloo – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Waterloo  took place in June 1815. 

Some 32 years after the Battle, the UK passed legislation for the 1847 Act – and it is still used today – 2015 !!   – have we not moved on into Century 21 now and should the law regarding rules in UK ports not reflect this ? – or is the actual 21st Century reality that the British government does not want to amend the law in favour of UK live animals; but instead try to mislead the British public into believing that we cannot stop the trade in live animals because of ‘Europe’.

So how does the 1847 Act affect UK port regulations ?

A UK law that is over 160 years old, the ‘Harbours, Docks and Piers Clauses Act 1847’, means that public ports across Britain have no say in whether they wish to accept the trade in live animal exports

In other words; they ARE forced to take the trade in live animals by law, EVEN IF the port and its management were completely opposed to being involved.

Here is a link to the antiquated Act still being used today – http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/Vict/10-11/27

We know from many, many years of campaigning experience that many UK Port Authorities (probably all) would rather not allow shipments of live animals from ‘their’ port. But as long as this outdated legislation remains on the books, their hands are tied.  They are legally obliged to allow the trade to continue; despite their objections.

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By the term ‘outdated legislation’, we mean that the Harbours, Docks and Piers Clauses Act became law in 1847; and is still being used as the reason for ports to take the trade in live animals today – 2015 !!

The 1847 Act is an ‘SI’ law – this stands for ‘Statutory Instrument’.  An SI is an act of UK law, made by a UK Parliament, which can be changed by a UK ParliamentIt is NOT EU legislation.

The Harbours, Docks and Piers Clauses Act (1847) states that all ports must allow the free trade of ‘goods’, including farm animals. So, by law, British public ports must allow lorries full of animals to pass through, even if the port authority doesn’t agree with the trade. It’s about time this law was updated so that ports can legally refuse consignments of live, SENTIENT (under EU law), animals without fear of legal repercussions.

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The amendments we’re calling for are not unreasonable. And if the UK does get challenged by the EU the UK Government should do the right thing and stand up for the animals facing export. The Government should take the case to the European Courts if necessary.  But we do not feel that this would even happen in the first place.

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Below is reference to the Compassion In World Farming (CIWF) issue of the 1847 Harbours, Docks and Piers Clauses Act. 

http://action.ciwf.org.uk/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=119&ea.campaign.id=21798&ea.tracking.id=05bb9ddb

As the article states, “the Government Department that oversees live exports, don’t seem to understand what we are calling for. They believe that amending the 1847 Act would be a ban on live exports – and illegal under EU law”.

It is not a case of banning the live animal export trade; but simply giving all ports the OPTION of what trades they allow to pass through their port(s).

This legislation is a 1847 Harbours, Docks and Piers Clauses Act is a Statutory Instrument (SI), is the principal form in which delegated legislationis made in Great Britain. They are governed by the SI Act of 1946.

An SI is an act of UK law, made by a UK parliament, which can be changed by a UK Parliament.  It is not EU legislation which an antiquated British government still loves to hide behind.

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So the outcome of what we are calling for is for the UK government to amend the 1847 Act; give ports the choice to refuse live animals exports; and thus have a legal impact on the trade in live animals to Europe.

This is just one of many animal welfare issues which we hope will see David Cameron and his cronies thrown out of government in the May 2015 UK General Election !!

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Did someone mention the 1847 Act ??

 

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ME ! – Dont Bleat Mr. Cameron; Act to change 1847 !!

 

 

 

USA: Petition – Tell Mr. President – Create A Public Registry For Animal Abusers.

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Please give your full support to this petition – Make it a BIG one !!  –  Thanks – SAV.

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Create A Public Registry For Animal Abusers

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Petition link:  http://www.thepetitionsite.com/254/018/519/create-a-public-registry-for-animal-abusers/

Author: Brittany Soule

Target: Head of the USDA, President Barack Obama

If I need to give you a reason to sign this, then I have no reason to continue believing in good in the hearts of men.

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Petition link:  http://www.thepetitionsite.com/254/018/519/create-a-public-registry-for-animal-abusers/

Mexico: Bees 1; Monsanto 0 – JUDGE SIDES WITH THE BEES.

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http://www.breaking-news.ca/monsanto-loses-gmo-permit-in-mexico-judge-sides-with-the-bees/

MONSANTO LOSES GMO PERMIT IN MEXICO – JUDGE SIDES WITH THE BEES

A number of countries around the world have now completely banned GM food and the pesticides that go with them, or have severe restrictions against them. This comes after the world has experienced a massive resistance against Monsanto and other biotech giants that manufacture GMOs and pesticides.

It’s (the resistance) also a result of numerous studies that have emerged showing the environmental and health dangers that are associated with pesticides, as well as health dangers that could be associated with GMOs.

The latest country to make headlines with regards to banning Monsanto products is Mexico, as a group of beekeepers was successful in stopping Monsanto from the planting of soybeans that are genetically modified to resist their Round-up herbicide.

MONSANTO LOSES MEXICAN PERMIT

Monsanto had received a permit to plant its seeds on over 250,000 hectares of land, which equates to approximately 620,000 acres. That’s a lot of land, and they managed to get the permit despite thousands of citizens, beekeepers, Greenpeace, Mayan farmers, The National Institute of Ecology and other major environmental groups protesting against it.

According to The Guardian:

“A district judge in the state of Yucatán last month overturned a permit issued to Monsanto by Mexico’s agriculture ministry, Sagarpa, and environmental protection agency, Semarnat, in June 2012 that allowed commercial planting of Round-up ready Soybeans. In withdrawing the permit, the judge was convinced by the scientific evidence presented about the threats posed by GM soy crops to honey production in the Yucatán peninsula, which includes Campeche, Quintana Roo and Yucatán states. Co-existence between honey production and GM soybeans is not possible, the judge ruled.” (source)

Mexico is the fourth largest honey producer and fifth largest honey exporter in the world.

THESE PESTICIDES ARE KILLING BEES AND FARMERS ARE UNABLE TO EXPORT POLLEN FROM GMO CROPS

Be colonies are declining very fast, threatening food security all over the world, and as the guardian reports:

“GM crops could devastate the important European export market for Mexican beekeepers, where the sale of honey containing pollen derived from GM crops has been restricted since a landmark decision in 2001 by the European Court of Justice.”(source)

Here is more on a study that found GM pollen destined for Europe after this ruling, and according to local farmers, threatens the honey industry.

Below is a summary of the problem (apart from massive bee declines):

“David Roubik, senior staff scientist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, and his colleagues developed the ability to identify pollen grains in honey in Panama and in Mexico during the 1980s and 1990s when they studied the effects of the arrival of Africanized bees on native bees. “Nobody else can do this kind of work in the ‘big field’ environment and be confident that what they are seeing are soybean pollen grains,” said Roubik. They found that six honey samples from nine hives in the Campeche region contained soy pollen in addition to pollen from many wild plant species. The pollen came from crops near the bee colonies in several small apiaries. Due to strict European regulations, rural farmers in the Mexican Yucatan face significant price cuts or outright rejection of their honey when their product contains pollen from GMO crops that are not for human consumption. The regional agricultural authorities, furthermore, seemed unaware that bees visited flowering soybeans to collect nectar and pollen” (source)

Related CE Articles with links to more information and proof:

New Harvard Study Proves Why All The Bees Are Dying American Scientists Confirm: Pesticides Are Killing Bees It’s Not Just Bees, Disappearance of Monarch Butterflies Also Linked To Roundup Herbicide EPA Approved GMO Insecticide Responsible For off Millions of Bees & Puts Entire Food Chain At Risk

THERE ARE MULTIPLE CONCERNS HERE, AND ONE OF THEM HAS TO DO WITH THE CROPS THAT HAVE BEEN GENETICALLY MANIPULATED TO RESIST MONSANTO PESTICIDES. WHY? BECAUSE THESE PESTICIDES ARE VERY HARMFUL TO HUMAN AND ANIMAL HEALTH.

A study is published in the US National Library of Medicine and in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology shows how several recent studies illustrate glyphosate’s potential to be an endocrine disruptor. Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that can interfere with the hormone system in mammals. These disruptors can cause developmental disorders, birth defects and cancer tumors. (source)

A group of scientists put together a comprehensive review of existing data that shows how European regulators have known that Monsanto’s glyphosate causes a number of birth malformations since at least 2002. Regulators misled the public about glyphosate’s safety, and in Germany the Federal Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety told the European Commission that there was no evidence to suggest that glyphosate causes birth defects.(source)

A new study out of Germany concludes that Glyphosate residue could reach humans and animals through feed and can be excreted in urine. It outlines how presence of glyphosate in urine and its accumulation in animal tissues is alarming even at low concentrations. (source)

It’s also been linked to Alzheimers, Parkinsons Disease and Autism.

A recent study conducted by researchers from RMIT university, published in the journalEnvironmental Research found that an organic diet for just one week significantly reduced pesticide (commonly used in conventional food production) exposure in adults. ( source)

Thirteen participants were randomly selected to consume a diet consisting of at least 80% organic or conventional food for precisely 7 days, afterwards crossing over to the alternative diet from which they started. Urinary levels were used for analysis. The study found that urinary dialkylphosphates (DAPs) measurements were 89% lower when they ate an organic diet for seven days compared to a conventional diet for the same amount of time.

“A lot of these agents were initially developed as nerve gases for chemical warfare, so we do know that they have toxic effects on the nervous system at high doses. Conventional food production commonly uses organophosphate pesticides, which are neurotoxins that act on the nervous system of humans by blocking an important enzyme. Recent studies have raised concerns for health effects of these chemicals even at relatively low levels. This study is an important first step in expanding our understanding about the impact of an organic diet” (source) - Dr. Liza Oates

Here is a link to more information on how the Roundup herbicide was recently found to be 125 times more toxic than regulators claim.

The list goes on and on, but bottom line is that there is a tremendous amount of evidence, and it’s great to see countries like Mexico take more steps towards a completely GMO/Pesticide free environment.

For more CE articles on pesticides click HERE. For more CE articles on GMOs click HERE.

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Sources:

http://phys.org/news/2014-02-gmo-soybean-pollen-threatens-mexican.htmlhttp://www.theguardian.com/global-development/poverty-matters/2014/aug/08/sweet-victory-beekeepers-monsanto-gm-soybeans All other sources are embedded throughout the article.

Credit: Collective Evolution

Serbia: Great News From Felix Shelter – Funds For Second Tank Of Gas Fully Raised In Less Than A Week – Well Done All Those Who Gave !!

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Re our very recent appeal for Danica and the cats at Felix for a second tank of gas:

http://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2015/03/11/serbia-appeal-for-donations-for-next-tank-of-gas-can-you-help-please/

http://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2015/02/05/serbia-5215-more-news-from-danica-at-shelter-felix/

http://wwwyoucaring.com/pet-expenses/help-the-felix-cats-stay-warm/319596

Well in less than a week the target amount for the new tank of gas has been met and greatly exceeded !  Fantastic work by all; and big thanks to everyone who donated to raise money for the fuel; especially as a couple of really large donations were given – Thank you all !!

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Here is a message from Danica about the help that she has been provided with:

Danica Mirkovic Shelter Felix

Dear friends,

Thanks to you all and due to your overwhelming generosity, all of the funds needed for the new tank of heating fuel have been raised in just a couple of days!

By the end of next week, our gas tank will be filled up again and the kitties will be warm and cozy regardless of the state of the weather outside.

Such a huge weight off of our shoulders!

You guys are absolutely amazing!

All of us here have been left speechless by all of your incredible kindness and we’re humbled and honored to have such wonderful friends!

You all rock!

danica 15 mar 1

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China: Petition – Cruel Chinese TV Show Exploiting Animals Must Stop.

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Cruel Chinese TV Show Exploiting Animals Must Stop

Petition Link -

http://sicknewz.com/471/demand-that-chinese-tv-show-stop-exploiting-animals-for-entertainment/?utm_source=sicknewz&utm_campaign=40399dc36e-108SNNL3_12_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_23d7e54975-40399dc36e-252261805#gf_2

Target: China’s Hunan TV Station

Demand: Cancel the show “Wonderful Friends”

A popular reality show in China called “Wonderful Friends” features celebrities interacting with animals. While the show has done extremely well with 20 million people watching the first episode, it exploits animals and should not be tolerated.

The basis of the show is that celebrities are paired with animals to do human-like activities. For example, an elephant gets a pedicure in one of the shows. In another episode, a baby orangutan is dressed in human clothes, which experts say could lead to alienation among his fellow orangutans.

One particularly sad scene involved a father and son chimpanzee. The baby chimp was taken by a celebrity to “find its father” and the father became violent and emotional when they were separated. Experts say that the reactions of the animals in the show, such as an orangutan smiling, are being mistaken by viewers as “cute.” They are actually signs of fear and stress. Experts also say that the show is unsafe. Wildlife activist Wang Hui, who works with the activist group Animals Asia, said: “When they [the animals] see these strangers, they might become afraid and take action because of the stress, which is very dangerous to human beings.”

Using animals for entertainment is wrong, especially when they are put into situations that are cruel, stressful, and unnatural. This television show is sending all the wrong messages, and should be stopped immediately. Demand that Hunan TV cancel this show.

Petition Link -

http://sicknewz.com/471/demand-that-chinese-tv-show-stop-exploiting-animals-for-entertainment/?utm_source=sicknewz&utm_campaign=40399dc36e-108SNNL3_12_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_23d7e54975-40399dc36e-252261805#gf_2

Nepal: Write To The Government (Sample Letter Enclosed) – TAKE ACTION FOR THE ANIMALS SLAUGHTERED AT GADHIMAI.

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 TAKE ACTION FOR THE ANIMALS SLAUGHTERED

AT GADHIMAI

 

WARNING – The following posts shows a lot of footage of animal killing, animal distress and animal sacrifice.  This is all shown on the many Youtube video links which are provided.

To get an idea of what this ‘festival’ involves -

Recent SAV posts regarding the festival – note these also contain graphic images in many places:

serbiananimalsvoice.com/2014/12/01/nepal-gadhimai-latest-the-issue-here-is-not-just-one-festival-but-also-the-direction-people-of-nepal-and-the-human-race-is-going/

serbiananimalsvoice.com/2014/11/30/uk-nepal-brits-lobby-against-visiting-nepal-due-to-gadhimai-animal-slaughter-nepalese-minister-left-speechless-during-visit-to-london/

serbiananimalsvoice.com/2014/11/28/nepal-281114-first-info-on-the-2014-frenzy-of-killings-nepal-shames-the-world-with-its-barbaric-animal-slaughter-list-of-nepal-embassy-contacts-given-in-post-links/

serbiananimalsvoice.com/2014/10/22/india-breaking-news-supreme-court-of-india-intervenes-to-save-thousands-of-animals-from-nepals-brutal-gadhimai-festival-sacrifice/

serbiananimalsvoice.com/2014/09/27/nepal-religion-gadhimai-festival-this-november-250000-animals-could-be-mass-slaughtered-in-the-name-of-religion-take-action-now/

serbiananimalsvoice.com/2010/10/23/nepal-pathetic-and-government-approved-mass-animal-killings-in-the-pathetic-name-of-a-festival-civilised-no-living-in-the-past-for-sure/

serbiananimalsvoice.com/2009/11/27/nepal-warning-more-exclusive-images-of-the-religious-animal-killing-frenzy/

serbiananimalsvoice.com/2009/11/25/nepal-now-the-nepalese-government-climbs-above-the-chinese-as-the-worlds-no-1-animal-abusing-nation/

*** The following post shows what a kind of society we are dealing with here – allowing an animal top suffer like this !! –

serbiananimalsvoice.com/2013/04/16/nepal-completely-disgusting-animal-abuse-exposed-by-animals-nepal-in-new-bhairab-brick-factory-please-take-actions-given/

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Lets leave the government in no doubt that the world is disgusted by what it has seen in the recent past.

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SAMPLE LETTER

Dear President,

Dear Excellencies,

Dear Ministers,
Dear Ambassadeurs,
Mrs. Mr.
And to whom it may concern :

We, Citizens of Europe and of the world, are writing for expressing our indignation about the barbaric sacrifices in Nepal.

Today, more than ever because of global warming and the degradation of the planet, we must watch over it. This moral problem concerns all inhabitants of the planet!

Nepalis say that the sacrifices of Ghadimai occur every 5 years, Certainly, but simply in the name of a popular and superstitious belief, millions of animals must be fed before their horrific sacrifice. We know that intensive farming is a major cause of greenhouse gas emissions and pollution in general.

We respect Nepal and its traditions but Nepal must respect the planet that belongs to everyone.

Today the planet demands our attention because we ask him more than it can deliver.

We inform you that we will not visit Nepal, as long as these unworthy atrocities will continue! We live in 2015, not in pre-historic era!

Thank you to read the rest of this letter:

Please read this email, have a look at the pictures and video’s.

Can you, as a human being, tell me this is right ?

All this horrible suffering ?

As you may be aware, this year’s Khokana Festival was held on 12th August (the day after Gai Jatra). We wait for confirmation from AWNN about the goat sacrifice – whether it will take place, what action is being taken to prevent it, etc. In the meantime, there are numerous other rituals taking place in Nepal involving gratuitous cruelty to animals which are largely unreported. Here are just a few:-

1. The ritual of tearing the heart out of a live piglet at a Newari Festival: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fToJo3CWhr8

2. Sacrifice of a goat at Nuwakot Durbar Square. A priest drinks blood from the dying goat: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vxOCrNSdTU

3. The annual sacrifice of buffaloes and goats in Achham during November. The buffaloes suffer a long and agonizing death as they are hacked to death. Villagers believe that the more often “devotees” bite and hack at the buffaloes, the more satisfied the goddess Barbadevi Mai will be.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vxOCrNSdTU

Khokana Festival’ Day… the day that a 5-6 month old goat is thrown in a pond close to Rudrayani temple in Khokana, a village in the south of Kathmandu Valley, following which nine young men will enter the pond and then start to …tear the goat apart by grasping its legs, ears, hoof or tail. The one who manages to kill the goat is the ‘hero’ and will lead the Shinkali dance which is held afterwards.

Please see video, at:

http://www.occupyforanimals.net/the-goats-of-khokana.html

http://www.occupyforanimals.net/gadhimai-festival-in-nepal.html

Khokana residents have witnessed the barbaric scene year in, year out, and think it provides religious merit.

It is not clear why and when the cruel goat-killing was introduced. Locals believe that when children started to drown in the pond in the 12th century, residents started to drown a live goat to appease the gods. However, there is evidence showing that devotees in former times offered fruits and flowers in the temple and that the act with the struggling goat was introduced to create a spectacle.

Despite the attempts of AWNN (Animal Welfare Network Nepal) and the village anti-sacrifice group to stop the goat sacrifice, it looks as though it will take place yet again today, 12th August (the day after Gai Jatra).

ON ANIMAL SACRIFICE IN NEPAL

First off: Animal sacrifice is the ritual killing of an animal as part of a religion. It is practised by many religions as a means of appeasing a god or gods or changing the course of nature. Animal sacrifice has turned up in almost all cultures, from the Hebrews to the Greeks and Romans and from the Aztecs to the Hindus and is still practiced today.

Remnants of ancient rituals of animal sacrifice are apparent in many cultures, for example the Spanish bullfights, or kapparos in Judaism, or ritual slaughter procedures like shechita or ḏabīḥah in Judaism and Islam, respectively and many other forms.

IN NEPAL, animal sacrifice is part of various ‘puja’ ritual offerings performed when Hindus worship idols. Animals are killed to get once wish fulfilled, to sanctify weddings, new homes or religious festivals.  Upon purchasing a new car or truck, the owner sometimes splashes its exterior with fresh animal blood, to ensure the vehicle doesn’t crash whenever it is driven.
For certain groups ‘puja’ is merely symbolic — an offering of fruits, vegetables, butter, yogurt, money or flowers. For others ‘puja’ must involve animal blood. This death to please the gods is also interpreted as doing the animal a favour by releasing it from a life of suffering.

Sacrifices are performed as a mass bloodletting, such as during the Durga Puja festival when, once a year, soldiers in the centre of Kathmandu decapitate hundreds of water buffalos and goats — trying to dispatch each with a single stroke. During Nepal’s largest festival, the Dasain feast in early autumn, up to 10,000 goats and other animals are slaughtered. Among sacrificial animals are water buffaloes, male goats, lamb, sheep, chicken, ducks, birds, snakes and pigs. Contrary to what people tend to belief, sacrifice causes great distress and suffering to the animals involved.

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Animal sacrifice in Bhaktapur Square, Kathmandu, Nepal. Argued as a mainstream part of Nepali culture and Hindu culture. The ceremony in fact does ask for animal’s agreement to sacrifice – through man’s interpretation anyway – with signal that animal shakes its head!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ok_Aov4Nnyg

The world’s goriest mass killing of animals – the Gadhimai Festival – which is an unparalleled religious madness during which a few hundred thousands buffaloes, pigs, goats,  pigeons, rabbits and chickens will be killed as part of the blood-soaked festival held every five years (November 24, 25) to honour the Hindu goddess of power.

There have been protest against this mass animal slaughtering in Nepal and all over the world, but despite all the protests, the festival and the slaughtering of animals went on in 2009 festival and is expected to be ‘celebrated’ again.

Around 250.000 animals were slaughtered, including the young ones of the animals.

Please see:

http://www.occupyforanimals.org/gadhimai-festival-in-nepal.html

FACTS & FIGURES

- Animal sacrifice is conducted in most goddess temples.
– The total number of animals sacrifices annually is estimated to be a few hundred thousand; most villages offer 250-1000 animals during Dasain festival alone.
– Sacrifices are generally conducted in the presence of children.
– There is no law to regulate animal sacrifice.
The government supports sacrifices with subsidies.
– Annual Dasain sacrifices are shown life on national TV.
.- Nepal’s diverse multi-religious ethnic groups are all involved.
– There is very little awareness about the welfare aspect of blood sacrifices.
– Priests are among the promoters of animal sacrifice.
– Grave abuse takes place in the transport and killing of the animals.
– Gadhimai Festival takes place once every 5 years and ranks among the world’s worst forms of animal cruelty.
– Apart from known sacrifice through throat slitting and beheading other extreme forms of blood sacrifices include the tearing apart of a live goat by young men, burning of live snakes, live skinning of pigs, removal of hearts from live animals, etc. (Source: Stop Animal Sacrifice)

THE ANIMAL SACRIFICE CALENDAR OF NEPAL

In Nepal there is not much respite for animals destined to be sacrificed. Here is a summary of sacrificial events held in Nepal throughout the year (courtesy of Stop Animal Sacrifice).

January

Maghesakrati – This festival celebrates the first day of the Nepali month Magha (Mid January) when Winter ends and Summer is heralded. Thousands of Hindu devotees dip in the river. In Talukchandani village in Nuwakot district fights between oxens are organized. Although the oxens are not made to fight till death they often get badly injured. No arrangements for medical treatment are made. In the 2008 fight one of the oxens received a deep wound while the other fractured its leg.

February
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March
Blood drinking festival – Early March the first in a series of yak blood drinking festivals is organized in Nangi, Myagdi district. In April/May and June/July similar happenings take place in lower Mustang. During the event the jugular veins of yaks are pierced and blood is collected in cups. Hundreds of people buy the blood, believed to have medicinal qualities. The yaks recover but it is a stressful event for the animals.
Chaite Dasain – This festival is also called ‘small Dasain’ as it lasts only for 2 days while Dasain in September/October lasts for 9 days. Animal sacrifices, especially of water buffaloes and goats, are an important feature of the festival. Blood sacrifices are carried out in Durga temples across the country. Both during Dasain and Chaite Dasain the Nepal army conducts sacrifices at Hanuman Dhoka palace in Kathmanduand the guardhouse in Bhaktapur Durbar Square.

April
Godhe Jatra – During the Horse Festival a grand horse parade takes place at Tundikhel, in the heart of Kathmandu. Another event takes place in Bal Kumari area in Patan where a horse is intoxicated with spirits. An equally drunk person in a traditional Newari attire rides it. People shout to frighten and enrage the animal until it runs madly with the rider clinging to it.
Bisket Jatra/New Year – During Bisket for seven days chariots representing Bhairava and Goddess Bhadrakali are pulled through Bhaktapur. On the 3rd day panch bali (five animals) involves the sacrifice of a chicken, duck, goat, sheep and buffalo. On the 4th day the government sends state offerings: 2 sacrificial goats. On New Year day farmers sacrifice female chicken that have not yet laid eggs.

May
Budha Jyanti/Rana Kul Puja – The Nepali month Jyestha (May/June) is the month for Newar and Rana clan pujas which involve the sacrifice of countless goats and ducks. The Rana clan puja is held on Buddha’s birthday and sees the killing of hundreds of goats.
Panauti festival – Panauti is located 30 km outside of Kathmandu. Its festival is apalanquin and chariot festival. The 9 day festival starts in Jyestha (May-June) and ends in Ashad (June-July). On the 5th day Panauti residents sacrifice male goats and ducks

June
Navadurga/Bhagasti –The nine goddesses or Nava Durga are worshipped with masked dances which begin in Dashain in October and end in Bhagasti in June. Countless animals are sacrificed during rituals accompanying the dances. The dancers get intoxicated on the fresh blood spewing from the necks of dying animals as well as alcohol. The animals who are killed in the presence of the public and whose blood is drank include goats, ducks and buffaloes.

Some of the extreme forms of cruelty in the Tantric rituals include the removal of the heart of a live piglet, the biting off of the head of a cock (see September) and the eating of blood-stained offerings.

The dances are also performed in the major places of Kathmandu Valley and Kavre district. In Lalitpur district the dances are organized in Patan and villages such as Pharping, Khokana, Harasiddhi. In Kathmandu district the dances are performed in Sankhu and Pharping. The number of animal sacrifices varies from place to place. Moderately wealthy families may offer panchabali (five species of animals). Elaborate sacrifices takes place in Theco, Khokana and Jala, more than fifty ducks and twenty-five goats are offered in just one of the rituals.

July
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August
Khokana festival – Khokana festival is held every year in August, the day after Gai Jatra. A 5-6 month old live goat is thrown in a pond close to Rudrayani temple in Khokana, a village in the south of Kathmandu Valley. Nine young men enter the pond and start to tear the goat apart by grasping its legs, ears, hoof or tail. The one who manages to kill the goat is the ‘hero’ and leads the Shinkali dance which is held afterwards.

September
Dasain – Dasain festivals is Nepal’s largest festivals which is celebrated during the month of Kartik (late September and early October). During the Dashain festivals (Dasain and Chaite Dasain – see March), priests perform various Tantric rituals to Goddess Durga Bhawani, and the Living Goddess Kumari. Dasain sees the greatest numbers of animals sacrificed. During Kalrati, in Taleju Temple, the government publicly beheads 54 buffaloes and 54 he-goats, followed by the killing of 108 buffaloes by the Nepal Army. The event draws many devotees and is screened on national Television. At the same time in the palace in Gurkha 108 buffaloes are being beheaded. This marks the start of mass sacrifice by the people across the country; it is estimated that hundreds of thousands of goats are being sacrificed during Dasain as well as an unknown number of buffaloes, ducks, chicken, birds, etc.

Dasain Bhaktapur – At Taleju temple in Bhaktapur 25 buffaloes and some 20 goats are killed by cutting their throats and spilling blood over all the images. Only then they are beheaded. The temple area is soaked with blood. The heads of the animals are displayed around the image of Taleju.

During the Navadurga dances, on the ninth day of Dasain, people feed a water buffalo drunk on rice beer. The staggering animal is chase by a crowd of people it to Brahmayani where nine Goddesses are installed at the night. The priest performs a Tantric worship to sacrifice the drunk buffalo believed to be possessed by a demon called Mahi-sa-shur. The nine Navadurga dancers receive a fountain of blood in their mouth directly from the vein of the buffalo.

In one ritual a dancer bites off the head of a cockrel and drinks the blood that spews out.

Another ritual is the chasing of a sacrificial pig, stolen by groups of young men and boys. The youngsters run around carrying the squeaking pig under their jackets and passing it quickly from one to the other. The animal is released after two hours after which a dancer grabs it. He tears the heart of the live baby pig out after which it is eaten raw. As the dancers are forbidden to use knives or instruments the lead dancer tears the skin under the piglet’s forelegs with his fingernails, insert his hand and pulls out the heart. The dancers drink blood from the piglet’s open chest.

October
(See September)

November
Indrayani – This festival is held during the new moon night at the Indrayani temple at Swayambhunath. During the previous night three buffaloes are slaughtered in the temple. The first buffalo’s throat is cut and its blood sprayed all over the temple and the goddess images. The other animals’ heads are cut off. The head, heart and lungs of one buffalo are burned in the sacred fire. Climax of the festival is the sacrifice of a pair of live snakes by throwing them into a sacrificial fire. Apart from snakes pairs of live sparrows, grasshoppers and fishes are burned alive while others are released by throwing them into the air. Serpent sacrifices are known from three other places inNepal.

Gadhimai – This festival held in Bara district takes place every five years in November.

It is known as one of the worst forms of animal cruelty in the world.

In a span of 2 days some 200,000 animals are sacrificed. 20,000 buffaloes are publicly beheaded by licensed butchers who randomly hack the animals to death. In a span of 5 km around the Gadhimai temple anyone can kill any kind of animal in whatever manner. After 2 days the place has turned into a foul smelling marsh land covered in blood and animal remains.

Elephant polo – The World Elephant Polo Championship takes place in Nepal annually from late November till early December. Elephant polo may seem a fun game but remember that elephants do not naturally ride bicycles, balance on balls or play polo. In order to force them to perform these confusing and physically uncomfortable tricks, trainers typically use cruel training methods that inflict pain and cause fear.

Please accept the expression of our deepest concern and respect.

As of now we encourage everybody to boycott your animal abusing nation until you live in the 21st Century; NOT the Dark Ages. 

You are not civilized and never will be all the time this mass slaughter is allowed !

Sincerely,

Nationality:

END OF SAMPLE LETTER – please make sure you give your nationality.

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Serbia: Appeal For Donations For Next Tank Of Gas – Can You Help Please ?

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Danica Mirkovic Shelter Felix

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Please share and help if you can!

No matter how hard we’ve tried to raise the funds for one more tank of gas for central heating, we’re still far from reaching the goal.

Wonderful Laura Simpson and her awesome organization The Great Animal Rescue Chase & Harmony Fund have stepped in again and have done as much as they could, but we’re around $1000 US short nonetheless.

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The additional problem is that the gas delivery trucks have to travel more than 200 km in both directions in order to deliver us the heating fuel and naturally, the gas company won’t even consider sending it on such a long trip if it’s half empty.

It’s not that cold right now (although it’s not warm either), but we’re expecting a drop in temperature accompanied with strong wind and sleet next week, so we’ll have to switch to electric heaters until we succeed in raising the entire sum of money needed for a full tank of gas.

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A significant number of the Felix kitties are 18 -19 years old and they simply can’t handle the kind of cold that young and healthy cats can.
Once again, we’re reaching out to all of you to help us keep the cats warm and comfortable!

Even the smallest donation means a lot as everything adds up and gets us closer to our goal! Our gas tank’s gotten almost empty now and this is really a time sensitive emergency!

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To donate please go to:

http://www.youcaring.com/pet-expenses/help-the-felix-cats-stay-warm/319596

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Come on folks – lets get it filled again quickly !! – Thanks, SAV.

 

EU: 11th March – Second Anniversary of the Landmark EU Cruel Cosmetics Ban – Support the BUAV and Take The Pledge !

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Dear Mark

Did you know that animals are still used to test household products on sale in the EU?

Sadly rabbits, hamsters, rats and mice are still used in cruel experiments to test the ingredients in everyday household products.

It is truly heart-breaking Mark that countless animals are being made to suffer for washing up liquid, air fresheners and dishwasher tablets

Today – on the second anniversary of the landmark EU cruel cosmetics ban – we’ve launched a call with our European partners for the EU to continue to lead the way by making household products cruelty free.

With your help we know we can do it again and – this time Clean Up Cruelty in Europe!

The good news is that cruelty free companies – certified by the Leaping Bunny – have proven it is possible to make humane household products without testing on animals.

Mark you can make a difference for animals by pledging to use cruelty free cleaning products in your home or workplace!

On this historic day please take the Clean Up Cruelty pledge and commit to using only Leaping Bunny certified household cleaning products. Search the list of over 600 cruelty free companies on our Go Cruelty Free website.

Thank you,

Michelle Thew

Chief Executive

 http://www.buav.org/

Stay With It !

Come on folks; stay with it !

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EU: Reference Data – The European Enforcement Network for Animal Welfare Lawyers and Commissioners.

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The European Enforcement Network for Animal Welfare

Lawyers and Commissioners

For all of our global visitor friends from outside of the EU; here are a few links which will provide you with plenty of information into the legal situation for EU animals at this present time; and also plans for the future.

We have broken the areas down into sections and provided the necessary link for each.  Note that for ‘On Going EU Enforcement Activities and Challenges’ below this is then further sub divided into many areas including battery hens, cosmetic testing, sow stalls, slaughter etc.

Hopefully this excellent site will give you an insight, and loads of information into the current EU situation with regard animal welfare issues.

Worth a Look:  For a summary of each member states enforcement of the rules (or not !) – please go tohttp://lawyersforanimalprotection.eu/enforcement-status/  then click on the green button (compliance) for a nation-by-nation compassion.

By visiting http://lawyersforanimalprotection.eu/  and then sub selecting any EU member state on the EU map; you can find out a great deal more about each member nation and how they perform regarding animal welfare legislation.  For example:

Selecting the UK on the map takes you to – http://lawyersforanimalprotection.eu/United-Kingdom/

As another example; Sweden; you can go to the map and click; then you will be taken to – http://lawyersforanimalprotection.eu/Sweden/

Check out the EU animal welfare enforcement status and you will see both the UK and Sweden have top marks (Greens) all round.  Selection of different nations from the map provides you with an insight into how good or bad each nation is when it comes to animal welfare legislation enforcement.

For an overall introduction please go to –  http://lawyersforanimalprotection.eu/

EU animal welfare legislation – http://lawyersforanimalprotection.eu/eu-animal-welfare-legislation-and-reports/

European Court Judgements – http://lawyersforanimalprotection.eu/eu-court-judgments/

EU Strategy for Protection and Welfare of animals 2012 – 2015 – http://lawyersforanimalprotection.eu/eu-strategy-for-animal-welfare-and-enforcement/  

On Going EU Enforcement Activities and Challenges –  http://lawyersforanimalprotection.eu/ongoing-enforcement-activities-and-challenges/

‘On-Going EU legislative proposals’  –  http://lawyersforanimalprotection.eu/category/on-going-eu-legislative-proposals/

Animal Welfare Audits – The Food and Veterinary Office (FVO)  –  http://lawyersforanimalprotection.eu/the-food-and-veterinary-office-fvo/

EU Parliament Written Questions  – http://lawyersforanimalprotection.eu/category/eu-parliament-written-questions/  

Have a good time checking out the masses of legal useful information on EU animal welfare legislation and enforcement site – we hope it helps –  it sure helps us keeping tabs on how good or bad member states are !!!

SAV.

Australia: Now The Australians Attempt ‘Ag Gag’ To Protect The Animal Abusers. Worth It ? – NO; Expose The Reality !!!

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Now the Australian government attempts to use Ag Gag to stop the reality being exposed.

Above is what they do not want you to see ! – that is why they are trying to stop exposure and protect the animal abusers.

Only a couple of days left with this to take action – so please sign NOW Thank you.

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Link:  https://www.change.org/p/senate-committee-stop-ag-gag-now

The Australian Senate is currently considering a bill that will PROTECT ANIMAL ABUSERS and shut down animal cruelty investigations – the Criminal Code Amendment (Animal Protection) Bill 2015. 

For decades now animal activists have used undercover investigations to expose the cruelty and neglect animals suffer at the hands of the agricultural sector. The Animal Liberation Victoria Open Rescue team, as well as activists from many other organisations, have exposed countless examples of suffering and neglect that would otherwise have been hidden from public view.

Without these undercover investigations the general public would be unaware of just how the animals exploited by these enterprises actually live. Thanks to animal activists who risk their safety and freedom to gather this information the public is able to make an informed choice regarding what they as consumers are willing to support.

This vital information is now under threat. Liberal Senator Chris Back is seeking to introduce ‘Ag Gag’ laws, similar to those already passed overseas. These laws target animal cruelty investigators and whistleblowers.

If introduced these laws will:

-          Criminalise ongoing undercover investigations and covert surveillance of commercial animal enterprises.

-          Require that any footage obtained must be turned over to police, the DEPI or the RSPCA immediately, rather than given to animal right groups or the media. (These bodies have a long history of failing to act when presented with documented evidence of animal abuse – the RSPCA even profit financially from animal farms, as they are in business with many of the farms they are supposed to police – see freerangefraud.com)

In short, animals and their suffering will once again be hidden from the public, and consumers will no longer be privy to the reality of Australian animal farming.

Please speak up now to stop this bill that serves only to protect animal abusers and criminalise the truth.

USA: $800,000 to gun down wolves ?, NO – Idaho should spend this money improving schools for its children.

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Dear Mark,

Last year Idaho Governor Butch Otter set up the “Wolf Depredation Control Board,” funneling $400,000 in taxpayers’ money to finance the slaughter of the state’s wolf population.

So far the wolf board has spent an average of over $4,500 per wolf to gun down and trap these amazing animals.

Now they want to do it again.

The control board has requested another $400,000 for the coming season.

With what it’s spending to kill wolves, the state of Idaho could improve the education of thousands of schoolchildren. They need it — Idaho’s dead last in per-pupil spending, and the state’s colleges have one of the lowest graduation rates in the country.

Instead of spending up to $800,000 to gun down wolves, Idaho should spend this money improving schools for its children. That’s why we’re petitioning Gov. Otter to redirect those funds to Idaho’s kids.

Action

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Tell Butch Otter to spend taxpayers’ money on school kids instead of wolf killing by signing our online petition today.

To fight for wolves we also need your support — you can help us with a donation to the Wolf Defense Fund.

Last year in Idaho alone we put an end to the state’s hired gunman in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness and kicked an obscene wolf-killing contest off public land. We’re also suing to stop Wildlife Services, the federal animal-killing program, from operating recklessly across the state. We go to bat for wolves and other wildlife every day, and we need your help.

For the wolves,

Kierán Suckling
Executive Director
Center for Biological Diversity

 

 

 

 

 

 

UK: The Political Joke That Is Wild Animals In UK Circuses – But NO JOKE For The Animals !

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From our friends at Animals Asia; who do such fantastic work.

Please sign the pledge against the use of performing animals; and then share.

 

SAV Comment:

This is special for us here in the UK at this present time.  See our words from the dogs mouth re the UK General Election in May this year – http://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2015/03/09/england-from-the-dogs-mouth-uk-elections-may-2015/   

Over the last 6 months or so, the UK government led by Conservative David Cameron has had no less than 3 opportunities to ban the use of wild animals that remain in a few British circuses.  3 times the government has failed due to the fact that the Bill has been ‘talked out’ (not given enough time to be passed; by a small number of Conservative Members of parliament.

In 2009 the government Ministry Defra published the follow up to a public consultation – you can read it here:  http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20100202100434/http:/defra.gov.uk/corporate/consult/circus-wild-animals/consultation.pdf

Links – http://www.ad-international.org/media_centre/go.php?id=3797&si=12

http://www.captiveanimals.org/news/2013/07/wild-animal-circus-ban-under-threat

The outcome – wild animals are still used in a few British circuses.

To allow wild animals to be used in circuses is to ignore the calls of the 94% of respondents to the 2010 public consultation on this matter, to dismiss the reams of evidence and opinion published in Hansard, and to overlook the outcome of dozens of hours of parliamentary debate, dating back to 2005 and earlier; all of which clearly demonstrate the overwhelming support for a ban on all wild animals in travelling circuses

So, come May 2015 and the UK General Election; it could be suggested that animal welfare campaigners DO NOT give a vote to politicians who have ducked, dived and dithered for the last 10 years or more regarding wild animals being used in circuses; despite 94% of the British public calling for a ban when there was the public consultation ! – and the government works for us ? – don’t think so !.  In the last 2 weeks, just 3 Conservative MP’s, namely The Independent, Andrew Rosingdale,  Phillip Davies, and Christopher Chope have scuttled the wishes of 94% of the British public; voters !  – The Bill had every chance of becoming law, but as Parliament will be winding down in the coming weeks in order to allow campaigning for the election; there is no real chance of the law being passed.  We will have to wait yet another series of months, years ?? before the issued has another chance and wild animals in circuses are confined to the history books.

The current situation could be represented like this: – David Cameron MP (Prime Minister) – man or mouse for animal welfare in the UK ?

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The current government of the UK have had their chance to help animal welfare legislation – they have failed beyond belief.  Thus they do not get the vote in May 2015; simple as that.  Support and votes will only be given to political parties who actually come forward and declare their intentions to help animals and their welfare.

See our words from the dogs mouth re the UK General Election in May this year – http://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2015/03/09/england-from-the-dogs-mouth-uk-elections-may-2015/   

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BUT – Help Asian Animals in the Circus;

FOR ASIAN ANIMALS, do better than the UK clowns in government – Sign to stop the cruelty.

Take the pledge now – and say ‘NO’ to animal performance cruelty.

The animals forced to entertain the cheering crowds at circuses and in zoos and safari parks around Asia lead a life of misery and fear.

SIGN THE PLEDGE

These animals suffer terribly, both in and out of the spotlight. They live in dark and dismal cages or cells, and endure abuse, intimidation and neglect. Having to perform unnatural tricks to roaring crowds, under bright lights and with blaring music is a terrifying, and often painful, ordeal for the animals and a shame on those who choose to watch.

No voice, no choice.

Say no to performing animals.

Please sign our pledge and ask your friends to sign too.

Thank you,

David Neale
Animal Welfare Director.

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England: From the Dog’s Mouth – UK Elections May 2015.

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On 7th May 2015 the people of the UK have their opportunity to vote for a new government – http://www.parliament.uk/about/how/elections-and-voting/general/general-election-timetable-2015/

I (Mark) am an Englishman; and I am super proud to be able to say that here in the UK, I think we are a very animal welfare supportive nation.

Regardless of the state of the economy, the way in which people survive hardships at this current time; overseas (foreign) affairs; terrorism and the rest; the vast majority of people in the UK; the ‘man and woman on the street’ still very much care about animals in general and their welfare.

That is a great thing to say, but when you throw the subject of yet further improving issues of animal welfare to those in current government; why is this big ‘vote winning issue’ for many people simply discarded by them into the refuse sack of subjects like some rotten food discarded into the garbage?

Check this out – http://www.gkstrategy.com/mps-postbags-full-of-surprises/

It says:

“Remarkably – or perhaps not given the UK’s global reputation as animal lovers – animal welfare makes three entries in the top fourteen topics voters grill MPs on; the controversial badger culls came in fifth (ahead of child support in at six, and care of the elderly at seven), while animal research and experimentation peaked at number eight, and fox hunting at number fourteen. With a fifth of the list of top concerns being aligned to disputes typically associated with the Green Party, this research is rather encouraging for the environmentalist party,”

To me and many others here at home; and maybe in many of the other great nations around the globe, our individual attitudes to animals in need / distress are often quoted as “an indication of how civilised and compassionate a particular nation is” and also an indication of how people and organisations treat other people, particularly those who are individually or collectively more vulnerable or less fortunate than themselves.

General Elections, such as we are having here in the UK in May, and political Elections in general, wherever in the world they may be, are an opportunity for political parties and their potential candidates to show the common man what is at the core of their beliefs; their true values, as well as informing us all what they will specifically do in relation to ‘this or that’ if elected by us; the all important voters.

As an animal welfare campaigner with a few years (probably 35 or more ! – hmm) of experience under my belt; I think it would be fair to say as a generalisation, ‘Attitudes to animal welfare are an excellent way to promote and judge such important issues’.   Sadly; when it comes to government action and attitudes; you could say that they have drastically ‘lost the plot’ here.

Just to show once again, I will quote those figures from the GK poll unveiled by pollster Ipsos MORI (see link above) indicating the findings from their bi-yearly interviews with parliamentarians showcasing what topics MPs receive the most correspondence on.

Animal welfare makes three entries in the top fourteen topics:

  • badger culls came in fifth

  • animal research and experimentation peaked at number eight,

  • fox hunting came in at number fourteen.

Here is yet another point to consider:

  • 76% of people think people who treat animals badly are also more likely to treat people badly.

Here in the UK; a political party which would promise more action on animal welfare, which could for example include stricter rules in slaughterhouses; including the installation of cctv into ALL premises; or creating harsher penalties for people who cause suffering to pets such as dogs and cats; would lead to around six times the number of people forming a more favourable perception of any political candidate than people forming a less favourable perception.

Interesting eh ? – so are the politicians taking these poll factors on board ‘HMS General Election’ as they head for May 2015 ?

I think I can very clearly say here that regarding the issue of improvements supporting animals and their welfare; there is little on the horizon at present which will see any real changes. Instead, and as a generalisation; how do the governments of the day (currently a Conservative / Liberal Democrat coalition government) often view or brand us, ‘animal welfare people’ ?   – the term which is often banded about is, sadly and incorrectly, ‘terrorists’ / and or ‘animal rights’; nothing more or nothing less.  Regardless of the very many positive and excellent actions that most good animal welfare people take throughout any year, those in the ‘political elite’; who are often looking for particular hard hitting phrases, often simply ignore the term ‘welfare’ and instead prefer the term ‘animal rights activist(s)’.  To them, it creates a vision in grannies mind of a balaclava clad no-gooder; ready to strike out and cause distress for anything that he would pick on.  So Mr. Politician thinks and hopes that given enough of this jargon; granny will view the ‘mob’ as bad folk and go out and vote for the good man coming to her rescue; namely Mr. Politician.

Ok, take a look at the following video made for Jill (link following on a little); an English campaigner who died 20 years ago fighting to stop the disgusting live export of veal calves from the UK to mainland Europe – an issue I have been directly involved with for a very long time – 25 years or more.  Already at the time of Jill’s terrible death, the Conservative government of the UK at the time proudly boasted that ‘it had stopped baby calves from being crated’.  In the UK on our home soil that was very true; new legislation had actually stopped baby calves being separated from their mothers and being thrown into wooden crates for their short lives prior to becoming a veal steak.  An excellent positive for animal welfare.

I guess that you could say this was a positive move politically as well as for British baby calves; now liberated from the ghastly veal crate system.  But what was never said by the government of the day; and what really ‘stuck in the throat’ of tens of thousands of ‘normal’ British folk; getting them out onto the street to fight the export trade, was the very important fact that despite banning the veal crate here in the UK; the British Conservative government was still allowing British baby calves to be exported every day to mainland Europe; where they were then being thrown into wooden boxes called ‘veal crates’ for their very short lives !

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Above – British calves being exported from Kent ports to veal crates in Europe while UK politicians talk Yukspeak about how wonderful they were to ban the crate !

- Photo – Mark Johnson.

Below – a baby calf is placed into a European veal crate and restrained by the head.

This is what Jill died for – trying to stop this.

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The issue of banning veal crates in the UK was very good positive press for the government of the time – but; the real yukspeak; which they wanted to keep quiet with; and which bummed off the animal welfare lobby, was the fact that baby calves were then still being shipped abroad in their thousands to overseas crates ! – the very cruel thing which had been banned here !  – and it was continuing to take action against exports of British calves going to the crate systems of mainland Europe that resulted in the tragic, tragic death of a wonderful, compassionate girl named Jill; a girl who is still remembered across the UK every year on the anniversary of her death which happened 20 years ago this year.

As the Jill video (link following) declares right at the start;

“the thing that separates us from what we are (often) accused of, that of being terrorists; is that ‘we’ have killed no one”.  It’s a sad video; and still, some 20 years on; still brings a tear to my eyes.  Jill was nothing more than a young, beautiful, compassionate girl who wanted a better world – and if we had many like her today then the world would be a much better place – now; yesterday and tomorrow !

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFeKx_M-EJ0 

Things have not changed a great deal in the 20 years since Jill’s tragic death.  Some aspects of the British press still like to class ALL ‘animal welfare people’ as ‘animal rights extremists’.  I guess it makes good reading and sells newspapers for them.  Animal welfare and animal rights – what is the difference here ? – should not ‘good policies’ on the issue of the welfare of animals not then give them ‘certain rights’ in their short and often pitiful lives ? – the right to good treatment on the farm; the right to good standards during transport; and the right to have a death which involves as little suffering as there can be ?

Can someone with ‘political trousers on’ sit across the table and explain to me where is the real border line dividing an ‘animal welfare’ person from an ‘animal rights’ person.  Does good animal welfare not automatically introduce certain rights for animals ? – where is the dividing line in reality that separates the ‘welfare’ person from the ‘rights’ person ? – I think that any animal that is going to have to die for the meat eater should be provided with a life and death which involves as little pain, terror and suffering throughout as can be.  So, does the animal not have a ‘right’ to this also ? – where exactly is this ‘branding’ of names really taking anyone – except to the newsagents to purchase your politically biased paper ?

I thought that real terrorists were what I saw on tv quite regularly now; such as those who decapitate charity workers for example or burn pilots in cages.  If I and others are to be given the same classification as those which undertake this; then who I ask is the person who is really out of touch ? – me or the politician ?

Who are we, the ‘animal people’ (lets call ourselves that), actually ‘terrorising’ ? – or is it more factually correct to say that actually we are often trying to expose those others who are causing the real daily ‘terror’ and fear into living, sentient creatures ? – who is the real ’terrorist’ here then ? – us at SAV or the guy who paints glasses on the sheep just before he kills it without any stunning in the hell hole of a slaughterhouse ?;  witness the abuses that some British sheep are experiencing in their final moments of life; or the alleged Halal slaughtermen shown in this video ?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2937206/Halal-abattoir-staff-hacked-taunted-sheep-One-worker-sacked-three-suspended-caught-camera-carrying-horrifying-routine-abuse.html

Who is putting real ‘terror’ into who ? – ask yourself, who is the actual ‘terrorist’ ?

The sheep in the Animal Aid undercover video are suffering terror at the result of the illegal actions of these people – so I guess they can be called ‘terrorists’.  Are visitors to SAV ‘suffering terror’ from me ‘the terrorist’ because I expose the reality of abuses, and do an article about the excellent work of say, my good friend Lesley (at ‘Eyes on Animals’ – http://www.eyesonanimals.com/ ) when she undertakes an investigation / expose of the situations at Turkish slaughterhouses ?

People who visit this site, like many other animal associated sites covering 1001 cruelty issues, have a simple choice; they can either refuse to watch the video footage, or alternatively, they can watch it; then rage and repent.  They have the choice – the option.  They have been informed of something that someone else wants to keep well and truly under their carpet – issues that they want to remain hidden from the public eye.  If it goes on, which it does; then I, a member of the public; surely have the right to inform other members of the public about that particular issue ? – if that classifies me or anyone else doing the same thing; such as the stray dog killings in Serbia; as a ‘terrorist’; then I am more than happy to be called one.  Give me the T shirt saying so and I will proudly wear it; I have my responses ready for those who ask !

The sheep in the UK halal slaughterhouse shown in the video footage above, which was  released in early February 2015 by Animal Aid, can do nothing apart from showing them enduring endless torment and suffering without any response (the silence of the lambs) before they finally die a barbaric, horrific death without even any attempt at pre-stunning.  I ask again; who is the real terrorist here ? – the organisation who exposes this suffering and terror by their undercover video footage, or the person in the slaughterhouse with the knife who causes the terror towards the animal(s) by their actions ??

Any Political Party in Government anywhere in the World cannot resolve all animal welfare issues by themselves. That day will never come.  Individuals and organisations each have a role to play in ending cruelty to animals. Governments and the political parties that form individuals and political parties have a dual role of both showing some level of leadership, whilst at the same time reflecting what the majority of people (ie. Voting electorate) want to see happen in their country.

Taking the UK (which as an Englishman I know best); animal cruelty is unacceptable to the vast majority of people in our country. When we have elections especially on the horizon as we do here in May 2015, political parties should constantly reflect this in what they say to voters, resultant actions they may promise and the results they take. Government leadership; such as amending or introducing new animal welfare legislation, is necessary either because it is what the majority of us people on the street want to see, or it is the key to amending current cruel behaviours.

For Wildlife legislation in the UK – the current government has commissioned the Law Commission to do a review of wildlife legislation.  This is long overdue; something which all aspects of society would support I think. The current law as it stands is confused, inconsistent, complex to exactly understand and often very difficult to enforce.

So what do the police do whenever they can ? – they avoid it – understandable maybe.

Wildlife law is not fit for purpose and unfortunately, the current review is still driven by deregulation, not by animal welfare.  As some kind of master stroke by the current Prime Minister, David Cameron MP; a man who is known for his love of hunting and killing foxes; it also excludes the Hunting Act. The hunting of animals is probably one of the biggest issues concerning animal welfare supporters within the UK (14th biggest mailbag to MP’s remember – as stated earlier); and so any review must include the Hunting Act, as it is the most enforced and successful piece of wildlife legislation. However, hunting has changed since the Act was originally introduced. Some practices which are still legal in the Act, such as allowing (hunting) dogs to be used underground, are terribly cruel and should be stopped.  This could and should be undertaken now by the government; chances very strongly (almost certainly) say that nothing will happen here for the benefit of wildlife before the next election in May 2015.

Now; PRE Election; Political parties should call for a review of all wildlife legislation, including the Hunting Act, with the one simple, greatly public supported aim of increasing wildlife welfare.

All Political Parties and their national candidates; right now, today, pre election May 2015; need to clearly demonstrate what exactly they do and do not stand for with specific policies about animals and animal welfare.  Staying ‘zip lipped’ on the issue is not the way to getting the majority of votes from an animal welfare supporting public – so why do they still stay zipped ?

The pledges below are straightforward, could be implemented quickly and have massive welfare benefits. I would even stick my neck out today and be bold enough to say that any political party of any colour which DOES take a positive stand here would get overwhelming support from the British voting public.  And wow, given the current state of national politics and how (are they from our planet ?) politicians are viewed, parties need every single vote from the public that they can muster !!

So; what could they do ? – here are a few political ‘point scoring issues’ for parties to consider and introduce prior to the May 2015 General Election – they mostly will not do it; but I will say what I feel – I am not out for votes anyway, but they are – so why do they not speak the speak ?

For Live Exports and Live animal transport within the EU (includes UK).   Ditch all the rather pathetic and cloudy, open to abuse legislation that currently exists in EU Regulation 1/2005 on the so called ‘welfare of animals in transport’.  Instead, get UK politicians and MEPs to collaborate and work towards ensuring that the EU introduces legislation for a maximum one off single journey time of 8 hours maximum for all animals in transport throughout Europe.   Current EU rules allow pigs to be transported for 24 hours; and for other species such as Ovine and Bovine; there is no real maximum journey time; as long as hauliers take the necessary breaks; whilst at the same time being clearly authorised to keep the animals on board the vehicles ! – some break for the animals !

For Badger culls. A massive area of animal welfare controversy within the UK.  As we have seen from past official government created investigations and reports undertaken and produced by people such as Professor Krebs ( http://www.bovinetb.info/docs/krebs.pdf ) there is no scientific justification for the badger culls. Culling, will make no meaningful contribution to eradicating bovine TB. End culling now and instead target political leadership to a comprehensive strategy, including effective vaccinations.  Badger culling as it has recently been undertaken by the current government, one could say, is simply a political stunt established to show both cattle  farmers and the pro cull lobby that it is attempting to do something rather than just sit on its hands.  It is simply, at the end of the day, an attempt to get votes from the farming community; but nothing much else.  In the UK, badgers are a protected species; until the government gets their hands on them, one could say; then the term ‘protected’ seems to vanish into the early morning fog !

For Snares. About 750,000 animals are caught in snares each year. Two thirds are unintended victims, mostly being badgers and domestic pet cats. They are inherently inhumane and indiscriminate; targeting all who fall into their grasp. Sadly, we are one of the few countries to still allow snares to be legally used –so let’s change that and make them illegal.

For Fighting animals. Criminalise the trade in all animals used for fighting. Hand out big fines in addition to handing out prison sentences.

For Greyhound racing. There has been little improvement in greyhound welfare in the last 10 years. It is still very closed and secretive. Strengthen the statutory framework for self regulation, including allowing frequent public reporting on dog welfare issues at any events.

For Bullfighting. Work within Europe to end public subsidy to bullfighting. It is currently classified within the EU as Spanish ‘culture’ and so thus cannot be stopped.  But if EU subsidies to producing fighting bulls was stopped immediately, a large amount of bulls would not be reared for fighting.

Conclusion.

Wanting to see improvements in animal welfare is a popular and very widely held view by the British public. Political parties and any of their ; it could be a big vote winner for them; but will they do it ? – candidates can use their stance on these animal welfare issues above (and others I have not mentioned) to show people what core values and beliefs they actually hold as the peoples political representative.

Animal welfare is very largely self contained policy area – in most cases it is unlikely to conflict with other policy outcomes.

 As a result their could be major improvements in animal welfare over the next parliament; post May 2015; if the British Government listened to the wishes of its people and implemented some or all of the recommendations above.

Somehow; I feel that in reality there will be very little change for the election and in the coming years.  I guess that that means I go on being the terrorist, and the political spin doctors go on with pushing out their daily yukspeak !!

Regardless, SAV will probably be around for a while longer !

Regards Mark;

JILL

In memory of Jill – she was only young when she was killed; but she had experienced the political ‘system’ and decided to show that she was not happy with it – that she would fight the fight ! – that’s why we will always remember her.

 Jill’s Film

See Jill’s film (4 Parts) – Note that this film is now several years old, and many issues have changed; some for the better, some are still as they were and some, well, have possibly declined even more !

The story of a girl who died attempting to make a better world for veal calves.

If there were more ‘Jill’s'; then the world would be a much better place – simple as that ! 

Part 1 – Currently unavailable.

Part 2 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XubIUrWJ7ro

Part 3 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1jOLviy15w

Part 4 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7dvQpOd3vc&feature=related

 

 

Serbia: Campaign Update 4/3/15 – Where have all the Svilajnac City dogs gone ?

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Campaign Update 4/3/15 – Where have all the Svilajnac City dogs gone ?

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Petition link:

https://www.change.org/p/mayor-of-svilajnac-predrag-milanovic-predsednik-svilajnac-rs-stoppt-die-hundefänger-stop-dog-catcher?recruiter=7882471&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=share_facebook_responsive&utm_term=des-lg-no_src-no_msg

Goran and Slavica are following up the situation at Svilajnac in Serbia regarding all the dogs that vanish from the authority facility (called a ‘shelter’ – some shelter !) that they are taken to after capture by the catching teams.  Investigations here are ongoing.

In the meantime, SAV have written to the EU Enlargement Head asking her to make contact with the Mayor of Svilajnac to ask where all the captured dogs have actually gone.  This formal request will be used as evidence.

According to what we know,

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- Many of these animals end up in a so-called ‘shelter’ where we are certain that they die under suspicious circumstances after 2-3 days.

- Many of the captured dogs just ‘disappear’.

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From our information, it is alleged by the authorities that the dogs have been vaccinated, neutered and released.

But many years experience being involved with the Serbian authorities, and most importantly, the fact that none of the taken dogs have ever surfaced anywhere again; leads us to believe that the dogs are being killed within a few days from capture and arrival at the ‘shelter’.

Serbia has a ‘NO KILL law’ and we now demand that the Serbian guidelines are observed with respect to the Serbian Animal Welfare Act.

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We have asked the EU representatives to ask the authorities in Svilajnac why they are not obeying the EU / Serbian ‘rule of law’ as required by the EU for new accession states by enforcing their own Serbian animal welfare act.

If the authorities do not enforce / are not enforcing the ‘rule of law’ under the Act then they are not meeting accession requirements of the EU accession states.

We have also asked for details of the whereabouts of all the captured dogs.

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All of us appeal to the Mayor of the Svilajnac city to end this cruelty to animals with immediate effect.

Finally, we have asked for information and to know the whereabouts of all the dogs have been caught in the past 2 months.

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In this post you will see photographs of some of the captured dogs that were taken to the shelter, and which have gone missing since.

Of particular interest as one example, is a Golden Retriever which you can see was befriended out on the street.  Later pictures show the very same dog at the ‘shelter’  facility after capture.  We do not know what happened to it after this; but this is typical of the questions we are now asking for futher investigation.

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If as the authorities are claiming; the dogs have been ‘vaccinated, neutered and released'; then we ask where is this particular dog who was known from the streets ? – it has not been seen since it was photographed at the ‘shelter’ !

Update 5/3/15 –

The dogcatchers belong to a private firm called ‘AvenijaMB’ from Vrnjacka Banja, Novo Selo.  It has facilities for 80 dogs caught on the streets; but has made contracts with no less than 23 authorities in three parts of central Serbia.

A formal Charge has been made now by EPAR against AvenijaMB and also against the Republic Veterinary Inspector who produced a report of the situation, which seems very different to the reality !  The transfer of captured dogs from one region to another authority is not permitted.

Every single community must have its own NO KILL shelter according to the law.

It should also have its own zoo hygiene company which should be responsible for both the control of irresponsible animal (public) owners and which must also produce a programme of control for the stray animals in that area.

Both the killing, and the throwing out onto the streets of CNR (Catch, Neuter and Release) are forbidden according to the lawAfter they are captured, animals must be sterilised and microchipped; and then kept at the shelter until they are either rehomed or they die a natural death.

There have been several instances where recently the Ministry of Agriculture has presented the idea of changing the law so that animals caught can be killed after just 30 days.  But they have been fought hard by the animal welfare groups and it can be considered that for now at least this idea is dead.

Only responsible ownership of public owned animals, combined with the shelter captured animals sterilisation and rehoming programme are considered by many to be the positive way forward.  This is what the law demands; but unfortunately for the animals, it is very much different to what happens at shelters operated by the private companies.  The situation above being just one example.

Goran has provided further pictures (see below) of the Golden Retriever which you can see was befriended out on the street, caught, and then ended up in the shelter.  We are convinced that this is just one of many dogs which have been killed at the ‘shelter’.

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Where now is this Golden Retriever and all the other dogs captured in Svilajnac City and taken to the so-called ‘shelter’ (see the above photographs of the same dog) ?? – from what we can find out; they have simply vanished; but according to the authorities, all the dogs have been vaccinated, neutered and released.  So, if this is the case, where are they now ?

- they dont seem to be back on the streets !

Who does one believe ?

 

 

 

 

 

Serbia: New Petition – Stop The Dogcatchers In Svilajnac / Serbia – We Need Answers To Where All The Dogs Have Gone !

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Goran dogcatcher petition

 

Please take time out and support this important petition about the hundreds of dogs which are being caught and then disappearing within a few days.  Our friend Goran provides the full details below – these are his words.  We have provided the petition link twice for you.  Please support and crosspost – Thanks.

We are running several petitions at the moment; as we feel that this is the only real way to show the EU, the Macedonian and also the Serbian authorities that the situation is serious and they cannot go on forever telling lies to a watching world.  The massive international support of the petitions shows just how much interest people are taking in every move the authorities make.

We have also provided links to all of the current petitions that we have running for the EU, Macedonia and also Serbia.  You can find them all at the end of this post. – SAV.

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Petition link:

https://www.change.org/p/mayor-of-svilajnac-predrag-milanovic-predsednik-svilajnac-rs-stoppt-die-hundefänger-stop-dog-catcher?recruiter=7882471&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=share_facebook_responsive&utm_term=des-lg-no_src-no_msg

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 Goran Explains the Current Situation:

We demand the immediate stop of the dog catcher!

Regularly in place Svilajnac / Serbia ordered to street dogs the dog catchers capture.

These animals end up in a shelter where they die under suspicious circumstances after 2-3 days. Many of the captured dogs are just gone. It is alleged they have been vaccinated, neutered and released.

That’s not true!

None of the trapped dog has surfaced again.

There is a reasonable suspicion that dogs are killed.

Serbia has a NO KILL law and we demand that the Serbian guidelines are observed with respect to the Animal Welfare Act.

We also ask for details of the whereabouts of the trapped dogs.

We are currently planning a castration campaign in place Svilajnac to the population to master. This is not possible if the sterilized through our association dogs are caught and killed.

We appeal to adjust to the Mayor of the city Svilajnac to end this cruelty to animals with immediate effect.

We would also like to know the whereabouts of the dogs have been caught in the past 2 months.

We will no longer look like Serbian legislation is circumvented and, if necessary, contact us to higher authority within the EU to these atrocities and unnecessary behavior to end.

Goran

Petition link:

https://www.change.org/p/mayor-of-svilajnac-predrag-milanovic-predsednik-svilajnac-rs-stoppt-die-hundefänger-stop-dog-catcher?recruiter=7882471&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=share_facebook_responsive&utm_term=des-lg-no_src-no_msg

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Links (below) to the other petitions which we currently are running with Goran, our own and with our friends at Anima Mundi, Macedonia:

 As well as our petition which you can find at:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/758/710/260/serbia-must-fully-enforce-its-own-national-animal-welfare-legislation-prior-to-membership-of-the-eu/

There is one from our good friends at Anima Mundi in Macedonia; who for years have been campaigning to close down the hell hole for dogs “Vardariste” facility in Skopje.

Link to the Anima Mundi website:  http://www.anima-mundi.org.mk/

Please give this campaign your support – get everyone you know to sign:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/966/392/511/stop-killing-dogs-in-skopje-shut-down-vardariste/

Finally; please also give support to Goran and his petition – he invites all who are against euthanasia and animal cruelty to be involved in this action and support this petition in order to prevent violence against animals because of animal cruelty is often an indicator of violence towards people, psychologists think.

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/613/121/428/mi-smo-protiv-eutanazije-i-nasilja-prema-ivotinjama-a-to-nam-ustav-garantuje/?taf_id=11506211&cid=fb_na

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We also need help still in finding a life long adoptive parent for Victor:

Find a home for Victor – http://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2015/02/22/serbia-victors-story/

They are all great petitions to help and save animals

– we have had fantastic support in the early days

– lets keep it going.

 

 

Serbia: Momo’s Story – From Shelter Azil Alex.

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Please keep signing those petitions !

GO TO

http://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2015/02/27/various-petitions-please-keep-on-supporting/

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Mike has recently produced this excellent rapp recording for the dogs at Shelter Azil Alex, Subotica.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnAbCDafdy4&feature=em-uploademail

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Momo’s story.

Momo is a dog who came in the shelter in 2012.
He was like an ugly duckling. Unlike other abandoned and discarded dogs that roam the streets trying to survive, Momo was bypassed by all. No one wanted to approach him, let alone dare to pet him. Children did not know what kind of creature he was, and the parents firmly kept them away from him.

Without the hand of salvation his days were numbered.

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Then, one day, on a tip that some skinny, dirty and hairless dog is in the yard of the kindergarten, volunteers from the shelter “Alex” went to see how they can help him.

That day was a turning point in Momo’s life.

It was the chance he has been waiting and hoping for so long as time and people passed by him, and his condition was getting worse.

With less than a year old, Momo was diagnosed with tick borne disease and Demodex. He was immediately placed under treatment and volunteers were only hoping that it wasn’t too late. Momo, however, was lost and scared, but the gentle touch of a human hand and bowls of food made the fear slowly disappear, and the faith in people was gained back.

Over time, from ugly duckling Momo has become a real beauty. He overcame the tick-borne disease, and Demodex was gone as well. His white creamy coat is now long and thick. By nature he is very active and cheerful, and he uses his second chance to the fullest. He likes long walks and is a very good guard.

There’s just one wish that Momo has: his own home. If he could find his family Momo’s story would indeed have a happy ending. Although he does not get well with the other animals, with children he is excellent, and we are sure to somebody he would be an ideal new family member.

Momo is vaccinated, chipped, neutered and ready to be someone’s loyal friend for life.


https://www.facebook.com/pages/Drustvo-za-zastitu-zivotinja-ALEX/643285729076760?fref=photo

Mike has recently produced this excellent rapp recording for the dogs at Shelter Azil Alex, Subotica.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnAbCDafdy4&feature=em-uploademail

 

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Macedonia: Not Enough Letters Of Support – They MUST BE Done Today (2/3/15) – Please Do Them !

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Please support our friends at Anima Mundi by writing a very short letter concerning the Vardariste facility.  Details of what to do are given in the following:

http://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2015/02/24/republic-of-macedonia-a-very-urgent-and-special-appeal-and-petition-from-our-friends-at-anima-mundi/

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Dear friends of animals,

we, animal protection organization Anima Mundi are writing you once again  appealing  for your written support and help to stop mass dog killing in public city shelter Vardariste, in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia. (forwarded mail )

We know that you are extremely dedicated and too busy helping animals in your country or in the world, we are appreciating everything that you are doing and we are respecting your time – but now we are contacting you with conviction that even a short letter of support can be big help for animals in republic of Macedonia.

thank you in advanced ,
best regards,

Stole Velkovski

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Please give this campaign your support – get everyone you know to sign:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/966/392/511/stop-killing-dogs-in-skopje-shut-down-vardariste/

 

 

 

England: ‘Clustrmap’ Update Sometime Soon !

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At some point over the next couple of weeks, our completely independent global ‘Clustrmap’ service is going to revert back to being a clean map with no red dots.

http://www4.clustrmaps.com/counter/maps.php?user=9b44b4e0

This is not a problem; but is just part of the annual clean up that is done by the Clustrmap folks.  All the current red dots will be removed and we will revert to a new, clean global map.

If this annual clean up did not take place, we would just be swamped in red – and the map would not give us any indication of where our visitors are coming from.  It is a little map, but we do get some idea of where visitors are located; and as such we can target campaigns more to those regions.  If you wish to see a bigger version, just click where indicated (on the map) – bottom right.

So when you see a ‘nice clean map’ turn up on the site sometime soon; don’t worry about it.  The more visitors we get from different parts of the world, the sooner the map will glow bright red once again.

Keep visiting and help us glow red quickly !!

Here below are some of the global visitors we have had during the last 12 months.

THE VOICE OF THE VOICELESS

I am the voice of the voiceless;
    Through me the dumb shall speak;
Till the deaf world’s ear be made to hear
    The cry of the wordless weak.
From street, from cage, and from kennel,
    From jungle and stall, the wail
Of my tortured kin proclaims the sin
    Of the mighty against the frail.

I am a ray from the centre;
    And I will feed God’s spark,
Till a great light glows in the night and shows
    The dark deeds done in the dark.
And full on the thoughtless sleeper
    Shall flash its glaring flame,
Till he wakens to see what crimes may be
    Cloaked under an honoured name.

The same Force formed the sparrow
    That fashioned man, the king;
The God of the Whole gave a spark of soul
    To furred and to feathered thing.
And I am my brother’s keeper,
    And I will fight his fight,
And speak the word for beast and bird,
    Till the world shall set things right.

Let no voice cavil at Science–
The strong torch-bearer of God;
For brave are his deeds, though dying creeds,
Must fall where his feet have trod.
But he who would trample kindness
And mercy into the dust–
He has missed the trail, and his quest will fail:
He is not the guide to trust.

For love is the true religion,
And love is the law sublime;
And all that is wrought, where love is not,
Will die at the touch of time.
And Science, the great revealer,
Must flame his torch at the Source;
And keep it bright with that holy light,
Or his feet shall fail on the course.

Oh, never a brute in the forest,
And never a snake in the fen,
Or ravening bird, starvation stirred,
Has hunted its prey like men.
For hunger, and fear, and passion
Alone drive beasts to slay,
But wonderful man, the crown of the plan,
Tortures, and kills, for play.

He goes well fed from his table;
He kisses his child and wife;
Then he haunts a wood, till he orphans a brood,
Or robs a deer of its life.
He aims at a speck in the azure;
Winged love, that has flown at a call;
It reels down to die, and he lets it lie;
His pleasure was seeing it fall.

And one there was, weary of laurels,
Of burdens and troubles of State;
So the jungle he sought, with the beautiful thought
Of shooting a she lion’s mate.
And one came down from the pulpit,
In the pride of a duty done,
And his cloth sufficed, as his emblem of Christ,
While murder smoked out of his gun.

One strays from the haunts of fashion
With an indolent, unused brain;
But his sluggish heart feels a sudden start
In the purpose of giving pain.
And the fluttering flock of pigeons,
As they rise on eager wings,
From prison to death, bring a catch in his breath:
Oh, the rapture of killing things!

Now, this is the race as we find it,
Where love, in the creed, spells hate;
And where bird and beast meet a foe in the priest
And in rulers of fashion and State.
But up to the Kingdom of Thinkers
Has risen the cry of our kin;
And the weapons of thought are burnished and brought
To clash with the bludgeons of sin.

Far Christ, of a million churches,
Come near to the earth again;
Be more than a Name; be a living Flame;
‘Make Good’ in the hearts of men.
Shine full on the path of Science,
And show it the heights above,
Where vast truths lie for the searching eye
That shall follow the torch of love.

Poems of experience. By Ella Wheeler Wilcox.
London : Gay and Hancock, Ltd. 1910.

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Current Country Totals
From 12 Mar 2014 to 1 Mar 2015

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17,707

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22

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3

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633

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3,314

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2,395

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2,095

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1,500

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1,273

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1,072

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853

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700

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601

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577

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565

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514

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501

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461

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365

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351

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346

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346

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340

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338

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330

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308

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306

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297

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252

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240

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225

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222

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212

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198

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196

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192

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192

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187

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178

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175

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174

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171

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164

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156

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151

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 Mozambique (MZ)

1

 Cook Islands (CK)

1

 Zambia (ZM)

1

 Djibouti (DJ)

1

 Virgin Islands, U.S. (VI)

1

 Antigua and Barbuda (AG)

1

 Guadeloupe (GP)

1

 Virgin Islands, British (VG)

1

 Haiti (HT)

1

 Turks and Caicos Islands (TC)

1

 Cuba (CU)

1

 Cayman Islands (KY)

1

 Niger (NE)

1

 Saint Lucia (LC)

1

 Gabon (GA)

1

 Rwanda (RW)

1

 Congo, The Democratic Republic of the (CD)

1

 San Marino (SM)

1

 Andorra (AD)

1

 El Salvador (SV)

1

 Mali (ML)

1

 Guinea (GN)

1

 Papua New Guinea (PG)

1

 

 

 

 

Various Petitions: Please Keep On Supporting !

We have some happy talk for you:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=291ET6Py6H8

We are amazed to see such a fantastic  response to our petition appeal – in the first day we have achieved well in excess of 3,000 signatures for the animals of Serbia.

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As well as our petition which you can find at:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/758/710/260/serbia-must-fully-enforce-its-own-national-animal-welfare-legislation-prior-to-membership-of-the-eu/

 

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There is one from our good friends at Anima Mundi in Macedonia; who for years have been campaigning to close down the hell hole for dogs “Vardariste” facility in Skopje.

Link to the Anima Mundi website:  http://www.anima-mundi.org.mk/

 

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Please give this campaign your support – get everyone you know to sign:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/966/392/511/stop-killing-dogs-in-skopje-shut-down-vardariste/

Read more about the campaign from Anima Mundi at:

http://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2015/02/24/republic-of-macedonia-a-very-urgent-and-special-appeal-and-petition-from-our-friends-at-anima-mundi/

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We also need help still in finding a life long adoptive parent for Victor:

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Find a home for Victor – http://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2015/02/22/serbia-victors-story/

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Finally; please also give support to Goran and his petition – he invites all who are against euthanasia and animal cruelty to be involved in this action and support this petition in order to prevent violence against animals because of animal cruelty is often an indicator of violence towards people, psychologists think.

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/613/121/428/mi-smo-protiv-eutanazije-i-nasilja-prema-ivotinjama-a-to-nam-ustav-garantuje/?taf_id=11506211&cid=fb_na

Details on our post at:

http://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2015/02/23/serbia-petition-i-invite-all-who-are-against-euthanasia-and-animal-cruelty/

They are all great petitions to help and save animals

– we have had fantastic support in the early days

– lets keep it going.

Please pass the details on and get everyone who against animal suffering to support these.

Thanks – SAV.

 

 

 

Serbia: 16 Dogs Needing Help – Target NOW REACHED !! – Thank You To Everyone Who Has Donated.

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16 shelter dogs

 

Further to our post of 22nd February and the need to raise funds to help 16 dogs in Serbia; we now have some great news !

http://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2015/02/22/serbia-16-dogs-and-nearing-the-deadline-an-appeal-for-help/

With a few days still to go, and only about one week since we asked for help, the target amount has now been achieved !

On behalf of everyone who has donated, we want to say a big ‘Thank You’ – and that comes especially from all the dogs who have been helped.

Be proud of yourself folks; that is 16 lives that have much more security now, thanks to you.

Here is the message from Jelena:

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Thank you all !

This was dream, when I created this youcaring my mom told me : we will never collect this amount. But we did, thanks to all of you !

Our dogs had big luck !

Thanks again to everyone who has given – another job done !!

The target amount may have been reached, but you can still add funds over the required amount.  Just go to:

http://www.youcaring.com/pet-expenses/urgent-need-help-for-16-dogs-/305123#supporters

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SAV Petition To The EU Enlargement Commission Now Launched Regarding Serbian Animal Welfare – Please Sign and Crosspost – Thank You.

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We are running our EU / Serbian petition in parallel with the one by ‘Anima Mundi’ to shut down dog hell hole in Vardariste, Skopje, Macedonia – Scroll further down on this page to read and see more about this.

Please also make sure that you sign their petition at:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/966/392/511/stop-killing-dogs-in-skopje-shut-down-vardariste/

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The EU / Serbian Petition

As promised at the start of the week, our petition regarding Serbian animal welfare enforcement being properly enforced before Serbia is allowed EU accession (membership) has now been created.

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You can see it and sign via the following link:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/758/710/260/serbia-must-fully-enforce-its-own-national-animal-welfare-legislation-prior-to-membership-of-the-eu/

You will see that we have entered the following text into the petition, which is targeted at the EU Commissioner for Enlargement, Mr J. Hahn.

The following is the wording of the petition:

Title Serbia must fully enforce its own national animal welfare legislations prior to membership of  the EU.

Whom do you want to petition EU Commissioner J. Hahn – Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations.

Why should people sign

Serbia is currently undertaking the process of applying for EU membership (called ‘accession’).  Existing animal welfare legislation in Serbia is good, but in the vast majority of cases it is not regularly / ever being enforced by:

Serbian government, regional authorities or the national police.

By the EU Commission’s own admission; ‘there is legislation in place (Serbian Animal Welfare Laws), but this is not fully implemented’.

By not implementing its own existing laws; which include animal welfare; Serbia is not upholding a fundamental principle required by any nation to gain EU accession; which include:

  • ensuring the implementation of all the nation’s own “Rules of Law” national legislations

  • “paying full regard to the welfare requirements of animals” in accordance with the key principles required for all EU member states as defined in Article 13 of the EU Lisbon Treaty (TFEU).

Serbia is currently failing in this and its own national animal welfare legislations.  As a consequence, it should not currently be considered for EU accession until it fully implements and proves to the EU Commissions, EU animal welfare NGO’s and the EU Animal Welfare Intergroup / Eurogroup, that it IS actually fully implementing ALL existing Serbian animal welfare legislations.

EU Commissioner J. Hahn is responsible for EU Enlargement Negotiations which include Serbian accession.  Within his responsibilities, he must ensure that a PRE- EU membership Serbia:

  • fully complies with Article 13 (TFEU)

  • fully respects Serbian welfare of animals legislation

  • pays full regard to, and implements the welfare requirements (legislations) for all animals (wild and domestic) within Serbia

  • starts to provide on going financial support to Serbian animal shelters rather than attempting to close them down as is often the situation.

For more information on animals in Serbia please visit http://serbiananimalsvoice.com/

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Additional note:

We have already seen dramatic failures in animal welfare controls by the EU in newer member states such as Romania.  We don’t want Serbia to be yet another example of a new nation being allowed to join the EU without all the national legislation being properly and correctly enforced beforehand.

As the EU Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations; Commissioner Hahn has responsibility for overall Serbian accession into the EU.

This petition is calling on him to ensure that the Serbian authorities are made fully aware that (via the petition and SAV for example), the whole world is watching them and their attitude to animal welfare.

Serbia has some good national legislation for animal welfare, but it is NOT being enforced.

As the EU has responsibility to ensure that nations seeking EU accession such as Serbia, fully implement all their own national legislation; or “Rules of Law” as it is described by the EU; then Serbia has to take a lot of action to ensure that there is correct and long lasting implementation of its own laws for all animal welfare.

We will be watching to ensure that the EU does live up to its promise of ensuring there is implementation of the rule of law by Serbia prior to EU accession; and as an animal welfare NGO, we will naturally be watching Serbia itself to see where there are improvements and possibly failures in implementing national legislation.

Please support our petition by signing – and pass on to the moon and back to all your friends, supporters and fellow campaigners.

Thanks and Regards – Mark and SAV.

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You can see it and sign via the following link:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/758/710/260/serbia-must-fully-enforce-its-own-national-animal-welfare-legislation-prior-to-membership-of-the-eu/

Republic of Macedonia: A Very Urgent and Special Appeal and Petition From Our Friends At Anima Mundi.

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Dear all;

We have had the following e mail (given in full below) in from our other friends at ‘Anima Mundi’ in the Republic of Macedonia.

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Please make sure that you sign their petition at:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/966/392/511/stop-killing-dogs-in-skopje-shut-down-vardariste/

… and if you are associated with any animal organisation or campaign group / NGO; then please write a short letter of support as they ask in the info provided in 1) below.

We are pleased to have worked in support of our friends at Anima Mundi in the past relating to several issues; including the dogs being held and murdered at “Vardariste”  in Skopje.

Here is a link to all our past work relating to the Republic of Macedonia; including past posts and pictures we have shown about this infamous, terrible facility for animals:

http://serbiananimalsvoice.com/category/macedonia-capital-skopje/

We wish Anima Mundi great success with their petition and we ask people from all over the World to send letters of support to them – these letters MUST be sent before 3/3/15.  Please pass on the information and links to everyone you know – we need to get a huge INTERNATIONAL response of signatures on this petition.  Lets do it ! – Thanks – SAV.

All the photographs we show here are taken from the facility in question – “Vardariste” in Skopje.  We need to close it down !!

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The following is the information mailed to us by ‘Anima Mundi’ – please do what you can to help !

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Respected friends,

We, the animal protection association Anima Mundi, from the Republic of Macedonia . www.anima-mundi.org.mk, a national non-profit organization recognized in our country as the most active in protection of animals and their rights, are asking for your support and help.

We need your support in our struggle to close down the infirmary for stray animals ” Vardariste ” in Skopje, the capital of the Republic of Macedonia . It is a place that has been practicing mass murder of animals for years which, we believe, is happening under direct command of the Mayor of Skopje, something we find difficult to prove. You can find more information on this petition site, which we ask of you to publicly share with your members and supporters.

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/966/392/511/stop-killing-dogs-in-skopje-shut-down-vardariste/

What do we require specifically?

1) Please send us a short official written letter  of support to our struggle to close down the stray animals infirmary “Vardariste” in Skopje. We inform you that we have submitted countless abuse reports about the infirmary and requests for entry of volunteers. We have led mass protests supported by the media in this country, but with no effect whatsoever. We believe that if we are supported by many organizations, the pressure will be stronger and we will have a positive outcome, or at least some improvement. Macedonia as a country aspiring to join the EU must meet certain standards with regard to animals as well. We want the institutions to be aware that Vardariste has compromised the city, our country and that the killing must be stopped.

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You can send this short letter to us, addressed to the Association for protection of animals Anima Mundi

( anima.mundi.sk.mk@gmail.com ) and  to the competent authorities and institutions:

- The Mayor of Skopje, Mr. Koce Trajanovski                                                                                                   – Director of Food and Veterinary Agency, Mr. Zoran Popovski,                                                                                                                  – Department of Health and Animal Welfare, Food and Veterinary Agency,                                                                                                            – President of the Government of the Republic of Macedonia, Mr. Nikola Gruevski

- CC Animal Protection Organization “Anima Mundi”

Please send us your letter by Friday 03/03/2015 . Your support will be publically published in all media in the Republic of Macedonia.

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2 ) Share this petition in order to reach more people including your members and supporters . http://www.thepetitionsite.com/966/392/511/stop-killing-dogs-in-skopje-shut-down-vardariste/ Please publish this link on your web pages and social networks * ( facebook , twitter , etc ) during this week.

3 ) Each of your proposals, shared experience or other types of help,  is welcome in our fight to stop the terror over the stray dogs in Skopje .

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

Best regards,

 Animal protection organization Anima Mundi

president Stole Velkovski

Здружение за заштита на животни „АНИМА МУНДИ“

Animal Protection Association “ANIMA MUNDI”

Phone: +389 77 487 253; +389 70 289 459

web: www.anima-mundi.org.mk 

web-services: www.e-animamundi.mk 

e-mail: contact@anima-mundi.org.mk 

             anima.mundi.sk.mk@gmail.com

YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/animamundiskmk

Донации | Donations: www.zaednozazivotnite.mk/DAnimaMundi.html

Денарска сметка: 240090002006130 

Депонент: Уни Банка АД – Скопје

 

 

Serbia: Petition – I invite all who are against euthanasia and animal cruelty ……………………

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Goran petition

Firstly – Please support our 2 important appeals at the following if you can – thank you.

http://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2015/02/22/serbia-16-dogs-and-nearing-the-deadline-an-appeal-for-help/  

Find a home for Victor – http://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2015/02/22/serbia-victors-story/  

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Petition link revised 24/2 – please try again now if you have had problems before.

This petition – Please help our friend and fellow animal welfare campaigner in Serbia, Goran, to get as much support as possible for his petition.

Petition link: – this is revised on 24/2 as we know people have been having problems with the last link – here is the new one:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/613/121/428/mi-smo-protiv-eutanazije-i-nasilja-prema-ivotinjama-a-to-nam-ustav-garantuje/?taf_id=11506211&cid=fb_na#

The words of the petition are repeated here (in Serbian, English and German) to give you an insight into what it is about.  Please sign and support if you can – Thank you – SAV.

Wording:

RS – Pozivam sve koji su protiv EUTANAZIJE I NASILJA PREMA ŽIVOTINJAMA da se uključe u ovu akciju i podrže ovu peticiju sa ciljem da se spreči nasilje prema životinjama jer nasilje nad životinjama je često indikator nasilja i prema ljudima, smatraju psiholozi. Onaj ko zlostavlja životinje, zlostavljaće i ljude zato je bitno isključiti svaki vid nasilja u društvu kako bi se nasilje koje se često završava smrtnim ishodom svelo na minimum u društvu.

Vašim apliciranjem i komentarom želimo da se predsedniku Republike Srbije skrene pažnja na sve nas kao gradjane Republike Srbije jer svi mi imamo pravo da štitimo i branimo kako naša tako i prava životinja a što nam garantuje Ustav Republike Srbije.

EN – I invite all who are against euthanasia and animal cruelty to be involved in this action and support this petition in order to prevent violence against animals because of animal cruelty is often an indicator of violence towards people, psychologists think. Anyone who abuses animals, abusers and people so it is important to exclude any form of violence in society to the violence that often ends in death minimize the society. Applying your comment and we want to be the President of the Republic of Serbia to the attention of all of us as citizens of the Republic of Serbia, because we all have the right to protect and defend our order and animal rights and what guarantees us the Constitution of the Republic of Serbia.

D – Ich lade alle, die gegen die Euthanasie und Tierquälerei sind, um an dieser Aktion beteiligt und unterstützt diese Petition, um die Gewalt gegen Tiere wegen Tierquälerei zu verhindern, ist oft ein Indikator für die Gewalt gegen Menschen, Psychologen denken. Jeder, der Missbräuche Tieren, Drogenabhängige und Menschen, so ist es wichtig, jede Form der Gewalt in der Gesellschaft, um die Gewalt, die endet oft in den Tod, die Gesellschaft zu minimieren auszuschließen. Die Anwendung Ihren Kommentar und wir wollen den Präsidenten der Republik Serbien, die Aufmerksamkeit der uns alle als Bürger der Republik Serbien, weil wir alle das Recht haben, zu schützen und zu verteidigen, unsere Bestellung und Tierrechte und was garantiert uns die Verfassung der Republik Serbien. 

Petition link:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/613/121/428/mi-smo-protiv-eutanazije-i-nasilja-prema-ivotinjama-a-to-nam-ustav-garantuje/?taf_id=11506211&cid=fb_na#

Serbia: 16 Dogs and Nearing the Deadline. An Appeal for Help.

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16 shelter dogs

 

U R G E N T !!!

Nearing the deadline for payment of the debt, and we have not even a quarter collected.

More and more I’m afraid that the dogs have to return to the street, because we have no other solution currently.

Everything what we did for them so far, will be in vain … their lives will again be are jeopardized. Can someone help them to stay safe ???

16 DOGS ARE IN BOARDING KENNELS AND THEIR FUTURE IS NOW A VERY UNCERTAIN.

WE ARE PAST DUE ON THEIR BOARDING FEES ARE FIND WE ARE IN REALLY BIG TROUBLE… WE ARE APPEALING TO EVERYONE TO HELP US KEEP THESE STRAY DOGS OFF THE STREETS AND SAFE!!!

Lina’s Animal Rescue is organisation for animal welfare from Serbia . . We have 17 dogs in small private unfinished shelter, 20 dogs in 2 boarding kennels and 15 kitties in one rescuer’s home.

Funds are desperately needed to pay the boarding kennel fees. We have debt for December for 10 dogs and still unpaid January for 16 dogs. The life of street dogs everywhere is difficult, but here in Serbia the dog catchers kill them rather than rescue them. Finding homes is very difficult as the culture in Serbia is not to adopt dogs, but rather buy a puppy then turn it out in the streets later when it is grown.

Ideally we want to adopt the dogs outside Serbia, but this involves blood-work, lab tests and transportation fees. The average Serbian salary is 200€ and each dog’s boarding fees are 60€ per month ( 40 boarding kennel + 20 food ) . With 20 dogs currently in boarding facilities, the debt is too great to even think about renovating our shelter.

First we must improve our housing situation as boarding costs are too high, pay bills and veterinary fees and then join forces with international rescue groups to finds these animals ‘furever” homes outside of Serbia. .

Please donate , this is URGENT APPEAL !

Spread the word!

 Youcaring is a perfectly safe site in Canada where you can donate to causes such as this.

http://www.youcaring.com/pet-expenses/urgent-need-help-for-16-dogs-/305123

 

 

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Serbia: Victor’s story.

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Drustvo za zastitu zivotinja ALEX    

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Victor’s story.

Victor was saved in 2008.

On a tip that a dog is in poor condition, that only serves as a guard dog, and that nobody cares for him, volunteers of NGO “Alex” immediately went on the field and took the custody over the dog. They named him Victor.

Horror is a mild word for the poor state the dog was in. Starved and weak, he had a heavy chain around his neck, food and water was nowhere to be seen, and he had a bad skin disease Demodex.

It took a long time for Victor to recover, to learn that he is no longer limited by a meter long chain, that food and water are always available to him, and that every day there is someone who will come and pet him, talk to him with a gentle voice and nice words.

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 Victor began to flourish. He got better, but kept his position of a housekeeper.

He doesn’t like other dogs and cats, but with people he is simply wonderful. He likes to go for walks and enjoys being in the center of attention.

Victor is now 8 years old.

He hasn’t found a home yet.

Volunteers of “Alex” would give everything if he could go to a family that will love and cuddle him for the rest of his life.

But, if that does not happen, Victor is grateful that he got a second chance in life. We don’t even want to think of the fate that would have awaited him if he had remained with that chain, and in those conditions for one more day or one more month… one more year he would not have survived.

Victor is a dear dog. He acts as if he wants nothing more than what he already has. But we think he deserves a home.

If anyone is interested in adopting him, it would be the most beautiful news for him and for us.

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England: Further SAV Letter In Support of Keith Taylor MEP Correspondence Now Sent To EU Commissioner Hahn.

SAV Comment:

The following shows just a fraction of the photographic and video evidence that we and others have regarding animal suffering in Serbia that is not being addressed by the Serbian government and authorities. IT IS NOW TIME FOR CHANGE – especially as Serbia wishes to become a new EU member.  Citizens of the EU will not tolerate this kind of animal abuse.

We will be a Serbian Animals Voice !

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Further to the letter sent to EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn by English MEP / Vice President of the EU Intergroup for Animal Welfare, Mr Keith Taylor on 19th February 2015;

Letter to Commissioner Hahn – Serbia and Bosnia stray animal welfare – 19 Feb 2015 (1)

We at SAV have now completed a follow up letter to the Commissioner giving him several video links and many photographs of ‘animal welfare’ (??) situations we have experienced over the last few years at SAV.  Note that we have published all the animal fighting videos on this site during the last month.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmAljUem_8g

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAPAzp8E6S0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCIFzA-mK4o

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mE9l-cm64hU

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As you can see from our letter, we are asking Commissioner Hahn; who has overall EU responsibility for “European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations” – ie. allowing the Republic of Serbia to become a member of the EU; to review our presentation, photographs and animal fighting links (especially) to ensure that the Serbian government; local authorities and national police actually take EXISTING Serbian legislation much more seriously by actually enforcing the law.  This is something we have not seen much proof of during our last 10 years producing this site.

We have been working with Mr. Taylor MEP over the last few weeks on this very issue. As both Keith says in his letter, and we also do in ours; by allowing animal abuse such as can be seen for example in the video links; and by not enforcing its own (Serbian laws) on animal  welfare; which are good; Serbia is NOT upholding the fundamental principle set by the EU for new member states of proving that they are enforcing ‘the rule of law’ (their own national legislation) within their own borders.

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And so by not enforcing the ‘rule of law’ on animal welfare as one example; and using Serbian legislation within Serbia to prosecute offenders; it (Serbia) is showing the EU that on just this one particular issue alone that we are involved with, national legislation IS NOT being applied.  Thus it should be considered that Serbia is currently not in a position to be a suitable EU member state.

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Only when Serbia actually does apply Serbian law on animal welfare; and prosecutes or takes other actions as necessary to prove things ARE being done to the EU; should it then be seen to be complying with the EU ‘rule of law’ requirements and thus be allowed to join the EU as a new member state.

Please click on the following link to read our follow up letter to EU Commissioner Hahn in full.

Note that at the start; all contact addresses have been removed from the original.

IMPORTANT – when you click on the following link below, you should then see a Word doc with this same name as below appear at the bottom of the site.  Simply click on this same Word doc to open the letter.

It should start by saying:    “Addresses removed from original sent”.

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We now await further correspondence in future from the Commissioner regarding our letter and that of Keith Taylor MEP; and we will immediately report any news of information on this site.

We have lots of excellent Serbian campaigner friends and shelter operating friends – see some of them and their work at our ‘Shelters’ section of the site – http://serbiananimalsvoice.com/serbian-shelters/   They work relying entirely on supporter donation support when it should also be provided by the government, who should have animal welfare responsibilities; especially regarding the keeping of stray animals in shelters.

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Evidence is provided to the authorities; and they simply ignore it and walk away, leaving our friends to pick up the animal pieces.  It should not be the case that hard evidence of causing suffering is just ignored.

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We are finally starting to reach a corner.  The government and authorities have done very little for animal welfare for many years by ignoring the evidence and failing to prosecute those who cause suffering.  Maybe now that Serbia wants EU accession the tide is turning.  They are NOT complying with the fundamentals of EU accession – namely enforcing the rule of (Serbian) law within Serbia.  We, as an EU based NGO will continue to provide the evidence to the EU.  We need the EU to act and inform Serbia that it is not enforcing its own laws for animal welfare.  And we say to the EU, until Serbia does and proves that it is enforcing the law, it should not be allowed to become a new member state of the EU.

Serbian government and regional authorities needs to get their house in order re animal welfare before the EU even considers their accession.  We speak for Serbian welfare campaigners, shelters and also for the current citizens of the EU who are shocked and appalled by what they see on this site.

Serbian government and authorities – clean up your act

- make things better for animals, not worse!

SAV.

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Denmark: Does The Right Thing and Bans Religious No Stun Slaughter. Danish Minister says ‘animal rights come before religion’.

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Denmark bans kosher and halal slaughter as minister says ‘animal rights come before religion’

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/denmark-bans-halal-and-kosher-slaughter-as-minister-says-animal-rights-come-before-religion-9135580.html

SAV Comment – well done Denmark; a government with guts; instead of being afraid to do things because of the old ‘religious rights’ talk.  If only the UK government were so brave – but then we do have Cameron leading the ‘be quieters’ !!

The UK is a Christian country.  The UK stuns animals before slaughter.  It should be undertaken for ALL animals slaughtered in the UK with no religious exemptions.  Stunning is the UK way; so if living in the UK, abide UK law and stun all animals before slaughter !!

 

 

 

Various – 3 New Important Petitions. Please Sign and Pass On Links.

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3 important petitions to take part in.

Please sign and pass on – thanks.

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Demand Justice for Slain Gray Wolf

Petition link –   http://forcechange.com/139139/demand-justice-for-slain-gray-wolf/ 

Target: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe

Goal: Get justice for Echo, the slain Grand Canyon wolf, by conducting a thorough investigation into her shooting.

The celebrated lone female gray wolf named Echo was senselessly gunned down by a hunter who allegedly mistook her for a coyote. Wildlife and conservation groups are devastated by the loss, since Echo was the first wolf to be sighted in the north rim of the Grand Canyon in over 75 years. Genetic tests conducted at the University of Idaho confirmed that the DNA of the slain wolf was identical to the DNA gathered from Echo when she was first spotted.

Echo was not just loved by wildlife and conservation groups. Schoolchildren also adored her, and there had been a worldwide contest to give her a name. “Echo” proved to suit her well as a lone voice that reverberated around the Grand Canyon. The Fish and Wildlife Service stated that they had radio-collared her about a year before she was killed, which revealed that Echo had traveled about 750 miles, most likely in search for a mate. The story of her long journey further enticed people

Michael Robinson, a conservationist and wolf advocate at the Center for Biological Diversity, expressed sadness over Echo’s untimely death and says that her death “illustrates the peril wolves face even under the protection of the Endangered Species Act.” Wolves are an endangered species in Utah, but hunters are rarely punished when they illegally kill animals due to a “mistake” of misidentification.

Please sign this petition to demand justice for Echo, the Grand Canyon’s lone wolf, and to urge the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services to conduct a formal investigation into this callous shooting.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Dan Ashe,

Echo, the lone female gray wolf that was killed by a hunter who allegedly mistook her for a coyote, needs justice. She was adored by people around the globe not only for her rarity but also her determined spirit. It is tragic that she was fatally shot by a so-called hunter who should have been able to tell the difference between a coyote and a gray wolf. Even though gray wolves are protected by the Endangered Species Act, they are still extremely vulnerable to hunters.

I am urging you to look into Echo’s case. Investigate the hunter who killed her and prosecute him if he is found guilty of intentionally shooting her. Whatever the outcome may be, the hunter should not have pulled the trigger before making absolutely sure that he actually knows what species he is targeting.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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Don’t Fly Monkeys Across the World to Suffer Abuse

Petition link:  http://forcechange.com/139251/dont-fly-monkeys-across-the-world-to-suffer-abuse/ 

Target: Greg Hunt, Minister for the Environment

Goal: Don’t abuse and risk the health of monkeys for filmmaking purposes.

Film giants Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer have applied for a permit, which would allow them to fly two monkeys from California to Australia. These monkeys would be forced to perform in two films, before being flown to New Zealand to act in the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie.

Australia will likely approve the permit, since keeping monkeys as pets there is not illegal. While filming, monkeys will be kept in small enclosures and trained and restrained with leashes.

Organizations such as the Humane Society International are trying to stop this from happening, as they explain the monkeys’ health would greatly decline if forced to travel such great distances. In addition, when monkeys are used in films, it makes it easier for people who trade animals illegally to find work. It is also unnatural for monkeys to be used in this manner, as they should be left alone to thrive in the wild. Furthermore, granting such a permit would be irresponsible, since we are now able to technologically create images of monkeys that look very real with the help of computers.

Sign the petition below and demand this permit request be denied. If Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer are unable to figure out how to use technology for filmmaking purposes, maybe it’s high-time they get out of the industry.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Hunt,

As you know, Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer have applied for a permit which would allow two monkeys to be flown to your country for the purpose of acting in films. On March 9, 2015 those monkeys would be flown to New Zealand for the same reason. While on set, monkeys would be kept in cages. Trainers would also stringently control the monkeys’ by tightening and releasing their leashes.

Major organizations such as the Humane Society International strongly recommend the permit be denied, because traveling for that long of a distance would make the monkeys very sick. In addition, when monkeys are seen acting in films, people who illegally sell animals are often times provided with more work, making such operations difficult to shut down. Thirdly, monkeys are wild animals, and are not capable of deciding whether or not they would like to pursue a career in acting. Therefore, monkeys belong in their natural environments. Most importantly, since the film industry is able to easily replicate animal images through computer technology, allowing this permit to be granted would be irresponsible and absolutely absurd.

For all of these reasons, I urge you to stand behind this issue and to deny Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer’s permit request. These companies should be setting an example, not participating in the inhumane exploitation of animals.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera, President of Costa Rica: Rescue The Rescue Center

Petition link – https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/Luis_Guillermo_Solis_Rivera_President_of_Costa_Rica_Rescue_The_Rescue_Center/?pv=3 

URGENT CALL-TO-ACTION FOR COSTA RICA WILDLIFE CENTER

The Lizano family, who run the refuge center, have been fighting for years; fighting for animals, nature, biodiversity, and justice in the case of Jairo Mora Sandoval, who was brutally murdered in 2013 by poachers. Jairo was an environmentalist who fought with the Lizanos to protect endangered nesting sea turtles on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast, in Moín near Limón.

The Costa Rica Wildlife Sanctuary (CRWS) represents everything the Lizanos are fighting for. They already lost the fight for Moin beach, which is on the way to becoming privately owned by the Dutch company APM Terminals for the purpose of building a megaport on the very same nesting beaches that Jairo dedicated his life to protecting. Now, the Lizanos are being forced to leave the sanctuary where hundreds of injured and abandoned animals were given refuge and nearly one hundred remain.

In December, the initial letter reached the Lizanos asking them to leave the property within one month’s time. After much negotiation, the Lizanos are allowed to stay until the Supreme Court decision on the case. However, there is no documentation referencing these negotiations, and therefore no guarantee that they won’t be forced to abandon earlier! Moreover, the Costa Rican government approved the APM Terminals to start the Moin Container Terminal Project, which will result in the complete destruction of the nesting beaches and the wildlife center.

WE DEMAND THE PERMANENT STAY FOR THE LIZANOS AND RESCUE CENTER – MORE THAN THAT; WE DEMAND THE PROPERTY TO BE PROTECTED, AS IT IS NECESSARY FOR THE ECOSYSTEM AND SAFETY OF THE RESIDENT ANIMALS

Since 2009, CRWS has provided a safe haven for many species of Costa Rican wildlife, some critically endangered. Over the past 6 years, CRWS has been one of the only local options for caring and rehabilitating injured wildlife and those that have been confiscated from the illegal pet trade such as Geoffrey’s spider monkeys, kinkajous, and sloths. The wildlife center is surrounded by undisturbed jungle, making it an ideal place to care for and eventually release rehabilitated animals. The sanctuary is also adjacent to Moín beach, an important nesting habitat for endangered leatherback turtles. Without this stretch of beach, currently undisturbed by human interference, the leatherback turtle population is sure to suffer. The Lizano family has taken drastic measures to protect this beach. They have also been in partnership with other organizations to protect and preserve this turtle nesting habitat by patrolling the beach and establishing a harvest and release program for turtle eggs. These organizations and their volunteers have gone to great lengths to protect this beach because the government will not do so. One man, Jairo Mora Sandoval, even laid down his own life for Moin beach and the leatherback turtles. What would Jairo, practically a national hero in Costa Rica, think if he knew the government is allowing all this to be destroyed? To read more about Jairo Mora Sandoval and the international attention his death sparked, click here: http://voices.nationalgeographic.com/2013/06/13/the-legacy-of-murdered-sea-turtle-conservationist-ja…..

or here: http://www.seashepherd.org/news-and-media/2014/09/15/sea-shepherd-launches-operation-pacuare-sea-tur…..

The Lizano family, volunteers and friends feel very strongly about the sanctuary and are outraged by its recent predicament and are requesting an urgent call to action.

With this petition, we aim to show international interest in this case by declaring the destruction of the Sanctuary by the government and by APM unethical, hopefully allowing CRWS to prosper, the jungle to be protected and animals to live.

Sign the Petition here: https://secure.avaaz.org/es/petition/Mark_Rutte_primer_ministro_holandes_y_convenio_de_Ramsar_ONU_Qu…..

Turkey: Istanbul, Turkey – Another Nation Seeking EU Membership Is About To Open an Extermination Camp for 20,000 Dogs. We Dont Want Animal Abusers In the EU.


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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Istanbul, Turkey, an extermination camp for 20000 dogs is about to open. We must stop this!!

Send a protest mail, scroll down for the Turkish letter please!

Translation first, from:

http://stray-einsame-vierbeiner.de/index.php/was-wir-alle-wissen-sollten/4189-ein-vernichtungslager-fuer-20-000-hunde-steht-kurz-vor-der-eroeffnung-in-istanbuls-die-hunde-brauchen-jetzt-ihre-stimme

To Prime Minister Davutoglu, To President Erdogan/ Ankara, and  To Ambassador Huseyin Avni Karslioglu/ Berlin

Dear Prime Minister! Dear President! Dear Ambassador!

It was brought to my attention that a brand new “animal shelter” will be opened soon in Istanbul. But this is no ordinary animal shelter. This facility is a mass death camp for 20,000 dogs and Istanbul’s largest massacre in the cities history is planned to take place at said facility.

The dogs are penned into spaces of 0.5 square meter, no room to move around, waiting in their own fecies and urin for a death that can be only be described as mercyful.

The building is out made of concrete and Steel, no heating, no light, no shelter from the elements and no shade structure.

This death camp is 3 km away from the newly planned 3rd Bosporus bridge. It is situated in the outskirts of Istanbul and has 2 crematory.

Approximately  200,000 dogs live in Istanbul. They are being caught one by one and transported there. This means nothing else but the execution of 200,000 living and feeling creatures. Once the dogs are there, nobody will hear their cries when they are being burned in the crematory.

Dog catchers will capture the animals, transport them to the facility into the small dungeons where they perish.

Similar facilities are planned in the Asian part of Istanbul and Izmir.

Just like in 1910, where 80,000 dogs were shipped to the island of Hayirsiz Ada, dogs will be eradicated.

Word is, that people could hear their cries all the way to Istanbul until they died.

It is apparent how pointless this gruesome act was, because the number of strays has risen to about 200,000 as of today.

Presumably the construction and maintenance for this death camp was very expensive. It is obvious that it will be up and running soon.

It can also be assumed that it would be less costly, much less in fact with the help of volunteers, to have the dogs spayed/ neutered in each part of the city.

Nobody can even remotely believe that the city of Istanbul is even capable to fed and care for 20,000 dogs on a daily basis.

There won’t be any veterinary care provided – the animals will die of starvation and thirst and devour each other.

Mr. Prime Minister, Mr. President, Mr. Ambassador,

Your country is trying to be accepted into the European Union.

I am very well aware of the fact that not all of the European states are committed to humanitarian animal Welfare.

Almost everywhere mercilessness and commercialism are generally dictating the political guidelines.

I believe this should be a good reason to lead by example – for all of Europe to see.

These animals are part of Creation in your religion as well as it is in my religion.

They are defenseless, neither did they choose their destiny, nor did they deserve this.

When you are giving the order of the annihilation of 20,000 Creatures we will hear about this. Europe will hear about this.

You will loose part of your soul and carry this burden forever. I cannot believe that you would want this for yourselves.

Please avoid this tragedy!

To:

 ozelkalem@basbakanlik.gov.tr ; cumhurbaskanligi@tbmm.gov.tr ; botschaft.berlin@mfa.gov.tr

Bcc:

veyseleroglu@gmail.com,

veyseleroglu@tbbm.gov.tr,

ahmetozyanik0653@tbmm.gov.tr,

ahmetozyanik0653@gmail.com,

ozcanyaman@ormansu.gov.tr,

bimer@basbakanlik.gov.tr,

bilgiedinme@icisleri.gov.tr,

baskanamesaj@ibb.gov.tr,

Letter Below In Turkish to Copy and Send to THOSE DETAILED ABOVE 

Sayın Cumhurbaşkanı Recep Tayyip Erdoğan,
Sayın Başbakan Ahmet Davutoğlu,
Sayın Ekselans,

İstanbul, Sarıyer, Kısırkaya’da devasa bir barınağın açılacağı haberini aldım. Gerçekte bu yapı kompleksine barınak demek yerine 20.000 köpek kapasiteli bir imha kampı demek daha uygundur. Orada İstanbul tarihinde görülmemiş bir katliam planlanmaktadır. Köpekler hapsedildikleri ufacık hücreler içinde, hareket etme imkânları olmadan, kendi pislikleri içinde, onlar için bir kurtuluş olacak ölümü bekleyeceklerdir. Bu tesiste her şey beton ve demirden ibarettir.  Bir ısıtma sistemi yoktur, havalandırma sistemi yoktur, hücrelere ışık girmemektedir. Arazi eğimi açısından sele yatkındır. Rüzgârı ve soğuğu kesecek hiçbir tedbir alınmamıştır. Gölgelik alan yoktur.

Bu ölüm kampı yeni inşa edilmekte olan üçüncü boğaz köprüsüne 3 km mesafede olup, İstanbul şehir merkezinden çok uzaktadır. Kampta 2 adet krematoryum mevcuttur. İstanbul’da yaşayan 200.000 sokak köpeğinin toplanıp oraya götürülmesi planlanmaktadır.  Bu, 200.000 adet, yaşayan ve hisseden canlının imha edilmesi demektir. Köpekler orada toplandıktan sonra,  krematoryumda yakılan hayvanların çığlıklarını dahi duyamayacaksınız.   Yakalama ekipleri tarafından kancalarla yakalanıp oraya götürülecek köpekler küçücük beton kutulara hapsedilerek öldürülecekler.

Anadolu yakasında ve İzmir’de de benzer toplama kamplarının yapımı planlanmaktadır. Aynen 1910 yılında Hayırsız Ada’ya toplanıp imha edilen 80.000 köpeğe yapıldığı gibi korkunç bir katliam planlanmaktadır. Hayırsız Ada’da açlık ve susuzluktan birbirini parçalayarak ölen köpeklerin çığlıklarının İstanbul’dan duyulduğu rivayet edilir. Bu zalim uygulamanın bir sonuç vermediğinin kanıtı sokak köpeği nüfusunun tekrar 200.000’e çıkmış olmasıdır.

Bu devasa tesisin inşaatı ve işletmesi, İstanbul’un tüm ilçelerinde kısırlaştırma yapılmasından daha maliyetli olacağı için bu yatırımın boşuna yapılmadığı ve işletmeye açılacağı aşikârdır.  Hiç kimse,  20.000 köpeğin oraya toplanıp, bakılacağına ve besleneceğine inanmaz. Orada muhtemelen veteriner hizmeti de olmayacağı için hayvanlar açlıktan ve susuzluktan birbirlerini parçalayarak öleceklerdir.

Sayın Cumhurbaşkanı, sayın Başbakan, sayın Ekselans,

Ülkeniz Avrupa Birliğine girmek için çaba göstermektedir. AB’ye üye olan her ülkenin bilinçli bir hayvan korumacılık politikası izlediğini söyleyemeyiz. Ne yazık ki birçok ülke için ticari düşünceler ve acımasızlığın ağır bastığı doğrudur. Oysa Türkiye,  hayvan refahını gözeten politikalar uygulayarak örnek oluşturabilir.

Hayvanlar, sizin ve benim inandığım dine göre Allah’ın yarattığı korumasız canlılardır ve bizlere emanettirler. Kaderlerini kendileri seçmemiştir ve onlara yapılan zulmü hak etmemektedir. 200.000 canlının imha edilmesine dair emri verirseniz bütün dünya bunu öğrenecektir. Bu gerçekleşirse, ruhunuzdan bir parçayı kaybetmiş olacaksınız. Bunu arzu ettiğinize inanmıyorum.

Lütfen bu katliamı engelleyin.

Lütfen.

Saygılarımla,

England / Serbia: Vice President of the EU Animal Welfare Intergroup Writes to EU Enlargement Commissioner Regarding SAV Concerns About the Non Implementation of Animal Welfare Legislation in Both Serbia and Bosnia Herzegovina.

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Further to our recent post regarding Serbian animal fighting videos; and the animal welfare situation in Serbia generally;

http://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2015/02/06/england-brussels-news-update-serbian-animal-fighting-videos-thursday-5th-february-2015/

we did follow up as promised and make contact with Keith Taylor MEP (for SE England) who has now helped us as always by writing to the current EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn, the top man who is responsible for the enlargement of the EU by application (accession) nations, such as Serbia.

In his letter, which can be read in full via the link below, Keith has helped us by generally dealing with the issue of the terrible treatment of strays in both Serbia and Bosnia – Herzegovina.

As we have pointed out several times on our posts in the past, Keith has again backed us and stated that as EU Accession countries, both Serbia and B-H are NOT currently upholding the EU principle of the rule of law, as well as the need that accession countries are required to fully implement EU laws into their national laws as a requirement of membership.

Keith finishes by asking Commissioner Hahn to ensure that both Serbia and B-H ‘are fastidious in implementing and enforcing their national animal welfare laws as a prerequisite to their (EU) accession’.

This letter provides additional and very strong ‘clout’ to our campaigning, as Keith also happens to be the Vice President of the European Parliament’s Intergroup on Animal Welfare – http://www.animalwelfareintergroup.eu/  and  http://www.animalwelfareintergroup.eu/about-us/

A copy of Keith’s full letter to Commissioner Hahn can be viewed via the following link:

Letter to Commissioner Hahn – Serbia and Bosnia stray animal welfare – 19 Feb 2015 (1)

This letter from Keith is excellent news for us as this now gives additional support to our campaigning from the VP of the EU Animal Welfare Intergroup; as well as being a letter which is directly addressed to the man at the top of the Commission dealing with new member states applying to become members of the EU; namely Serbia and also B – H.

What Now ?

We at SAV can now follow up from this letter of Keith’s by supplying another supplement letter to Commissioner Hahn which will provide him with all the footage and links to the animal fighting videos within Serbia which can be found on, and which are given as links in some of our recent posts:

http://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2015/01/23/serbia-extreme-cruelty-exposed-in-animal-fighting-videos-the-eu-and-serbian-authorities-have-the-evidence-but-will-they-act-to-stop-it/

http://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2015/01/28/england-serbia-28115-update-news-on-serbian-animal-fighting-videos-sav-work-with-mep-to-inform-enlargement-commissioner-of-failures-in-the-rule-of-law-enforcement/

We will then wait for Commissioner Hahn to respond (hopefully to both Keith and also to us) and we will see exactly what he intends to do /  is doing about the current animal welfare situation in both Serbia and B-H.  We can and will then act accordingly.

We will keep you further informed as things progress.

As always, we give big thanks to Keith for his time in preparing the letter on our behalf and also for his general interest in the welfare of all animals; especially as VP of the Animal Welfare Intergroup at the EU.

Thailand.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGUt_DpgX1Y

Serbia / England / Thailand: ‘Utata’ (Serbia) now Joins With ‘Twinnsie’ (Thailand) As the Newest Members of Team SAV !

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For the last few weeks there has been a lot of thought given here (England) to undertaking a virtual adoption of one of the cats at ‘Felix’ shelter which is run in Serbia by our good friend Danica.

No final choice was made as there are so many appealing faces at the shelter.

Then on Sunday night, more news and photos came through from Danica about some of the cats at the shelter.  There was one little lady who immediately grabbed attention; Danica wrote:

Danica Mirkovic Shelter Felix

‘Utata’ is living a happy life at the shelter, but there’s one little thing missing. She needs a virtual “parent” who will perfect her happiness and show her she’s special by choosing to sponsor her, just her. Is it you?

Utata needs a sponsor ! – Utata is about five years old, I found her as a tiny kitten. She was stubborn and had a mind of her own from the beginning. Although she cuddled with me she was generally distrustful towards people, until some time ago when she has suddenly become cuddly and lovable with everyone. She gets along perfectly with other cats.

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So, that was it – no more messing around and never making a choice; immediately it was decided that little lady Utata was going to be adopted virtually by SAV.  On 16/2 we made immediate contact with Danica and informed of the decision.  Today, 17/2; we have (via the Felix Blog site), given Danica our first months money to pay for the adoption of the newest member of the SAV yeam.

Utata

Utata poses for her picture to be taken

Utata now joins little ‘Twinnsie’ at SOI Dogs; who we also sponsor.

You can see more about Twinnsie on one of our fairly recent posts:

http://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2014/12/27/thailand-hello-twinnsie/     – or on the following link you can go direct to the video we had from twinnsie this last Christmas:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29FaTYldzHU&feature=youtu.be

- it has to be those wonderful big furry ears and those very appealing eyes that won Twinnsie over as our SOI Dogs adoption.  She is a beautiful little dog with big, furry ears.

We still have to make formal sections for Twinnsie and Utata as part of the team in the ‘About Us’ section on the site; but it will be happening real soon; so keep watching.

Both SOI Dogs (Thailand) and Felix shelter in Serbia have many loving animals who are in urgent need of a sponsor to help them get through their lives, by providing regular food and also by helping to cover any veterinary fees all within the monthly sponsorship cost.  Could that sponsor be you ? – Please try and help by adopting an animal – it makes such a huge difference to the teams at the shelters as it provides more financial security for the animals.

Please see the message from John at the SOI Dogs Foundation (Thailand) website –  https://www.soidog.org/Default.aspx

or from Danica at Felix Shelter (Serbia) via http://novisadcats.blogspot.com/  – just scroll down until you see ‘cats for virtual adoption’ on the right hand side –  http://catshelter-felix.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=53&Itemid=72&lang=en

Then make your choice and start your adoption(s) !

I have a very strong feeling you will be seeing more of both Twinnsie and Utata in the coming months.  We welcome them both as the latest members to the SAV team.

We will continue to post regular updates on all the other cats at Felix shelter, as well as the dogs with John and the crew at SOI Dogs in Thailand.

Regards for now – Mark.

China: Cancel Annual Dog-Eating Festival in China – PETITION.

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SAV Comment – Doubt very much or think anything will be done to stop this event; but by signing the petition letter, at least you are sending an International message of disgust – they have to observe what the world feels about them – and then act accordingly if they want to be ‘modern world’ !

Cancel Annual Dog-Eating Festival in China

Petition Link – http://animalpetitions.org/52179/cancel-annual-dog-eating-festival/?utm_source=Animal+Petitions&utm_campaign=1030e62836-164APNL2_15_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5c8ef52732-1030e62836-77913957#gf_1

Target: Xi Jinping, President, People’s Republic of China

Goal: Permanently cancel cruel dog-eating festival.

The Chinese region of Yulin is already preparing for their annual summer solstice dog-eating festival. Each year, thousands of festival-goers consume dog meat en-masse with lychee and grain alcohol as part of a decades-old tradition. In 2014, an estimated 10,000 dogs were killed for the festival, most of which were bred for slaughter but some of which were lost or stolen pets. Animals were brought from all over China to supply the festival’s high demand for dog meat.

During the festival, dog meat traders will slit the throats of live, conscious dogs on the street in front of consumers. Streets are lined with dogs crammed into tiny chicken cages without food or water, and some even die of heat stroke and dehydration before they can be slaughtered. These stressful conditions can cause the animals to turn on each other, biting and even killing their cage mates.

Despite government restrictions on the sale of raw dog meat and the importation of dogs from other areas, Yulin’s dog meat festival is set to continue this year. The government has made no effort to stop the festival, with city officials denying any connection to the event and refusing to investigate breaches of animal welfare law. Instead of Chinese officials investigating allegations of dog abductions ahead of the festival, private animal welfare groups are the only ones helping pet owners.

This cruel and outdated festival results in the suffering of thousands of dogs annually, and is in breach of several animal welfare laws. Sign the petition below to demand that Chinese officials stop ignoring the atrocities at the Yulin dog meat festival and cancel it permanently.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Xi Jinping,

As the summer solstice approaches, so does Yulin’s annual dog-eating festival, which sees tens of thousands of locals and tourists fill the streets to sample traditional dishes such as dog meat and lychee fruit. Last year, an estimated 10,000 dogs were slaughtered for the festival, some of which were strays or even stolen from pet owners.

This festival is cruel, and several aspects of it may be illegal, including the kidnapping of dogs, the import of dogs from outside Yulin, and the sale of raw dog meat. Unfortunately, no effort has been made to investigate wrongdoing at the event. We, the undersigned, demand that the Chinese government take a stand against the Yulin dog meat festival and permanently cancel it.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

 

Petition Link – http://animalpetitions.org/52179/cancel-annual-dog-eating-festival/?utm_source=Animal+Petitions&utm_campaign=1030e62836-164APNL2_15_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5c8ef52732-1030e62836-77913957#gf_1

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