Please give just one minute of your time and support the No Kill
Strategy petition which is now running to change the authorities views on
stray animal control within Serbia.
“No-kill sterilisation strategy”
President of Democracy Party and President of Republic of Serbia
In the Republic of Serbia, dogs and cats experience inhumane capture and death in a never ending attempt by authorities to control the stray animal populations of towns and cities. Throughout their short lives, animals live a pitiful existence. These often unwanted animals fight and scavenge for a pittance of food and water in an always increasingly hostile environment. And yet despite their suffering; stray and unwanted dogs and cats maintain the ability to REPRODUCE – make new little cats and dogs ! And so, the repetitive cycle goes on, routinely uncontrolled and with no future planning by the authorities.
Through a fear of disease and with a lack of knowledge and, quite often, suitable and adequate resources, many authorities throughout Serbia use the most barbarically cruel and ineffective methods of stray animal population control. Once captured by the “Shinters” (animal catching) teams, animals are often confined to cages without any food or water for many days prior to their deaths. Death is administered in many ways by the Serbian Government authorities.
· by paralysis of the respiratory system through T-61 injections into the heart or lungs – T-61 being a neuromuscular blocking agent which is no longer used in the United States
· injection of Nuvan and Kreozan poisons; causing death by suffocation
· burying alive,
· clubbing to death; often undertaken by authority sanitary services hiring mentally retarded gypsies to kill animals on their behalf
· sealing animals in plastic bags and disposing of them on garbage dumps
· compacting (crushing) animals in authority refuse collection vehicles
But there is an alternative
· The Sterilisation and identification of stray animals.
To His Excellency the President of the Democracy Party, and President of Republic of Serbia :
Dear Mr. Boris Tadic
Considering that it is the duty of humans to respect animals and to ensure that these benefit from legislation which protects them in an adequate and effective way;
Considering that that duty is increasingly recognised and valued not only within the Serbian society but also across the world, and that it has been driving governments, parliaments and municipalities from several regions of the world to take advanced legislative and practical steps to protect animals;
Considering that, in spite of the latter being also a duty of the Serbian State, this state has not been matching it, or meeting its responsibilities in this field, in a satisfactory way, thus leaving Serbian`s animals cruelly abandoned and victims of the state’s indifference, which, both by actions and omissions, has been permitting that many and serious harms committed against animals may happen in an environment of almost total impunity;
Considering that the Serbian State, both by not taking proactive, modern, effective and adequate legislative measures, by not even conducting a satisfactory prevention, enforcement and penalization activity regarding the existing animal protection regulations, by not forbidding cruel, unacceptable and absolutely unnecessary practises, and also by involving some of its institutions, among which are the municipalities, in the cruel treatment of animals, has originated serious problems affecting animals in the country; and also
Considering that the majority of the Serbian people - a very significant one, in many aspects, and overwhelming, in so many others - believes that animals in Serbia are, in fact, extremely unprotected and should, in several areas, be urgently and strongly protected by the Serbian State;
I call on the Serbian Parliament and urge the Democracy Party to:
1. Propose and/or approve, establish and enact a new animal protection law -to be shaped as an Animal Protection Code - that is
a) wide-ranging, in a way that it establishes animal protection regulations affecting all areas in which these are somehow used and involved,
b) coherent, clear and specific, in a way that its provisions can be understood, respected and enforced in a clear way and without causing any doubts,
c) strongly restrictive, establishing
i) unequivocally the prohibitions which are due to be defined,
ii) strong penalties to the infringements of the law, and
iii) exclusive legal permissions to hold animals in captivity and/or to inflict pain, suffering and/or death to animals only in the cases in which that is strictly necessary and justified, also rigidly and clearly regulating those permissions, and
d) easy to enforce, in a way that the agencies and officials which are responsible for enforcing the law and making sure it is respected may execute their enforcement work in the most direct, fast and effective manner, so that the infringements may be punished as swiftly and efficiently as possible, also to be accompanied of immediate and precautionary measures to protect the affected animals´ safety and integrity measures - which should be also immediately put to practice by these very agencies and officials;
2. To additionally consider and incorporate in the preparation of this new animal protection law - which is requested to be established and enacted shaped as an Animal Protection Code taking into consideration all the aspects mentioned in the previous point - all the elements which are outlined and advocated in the fair, extensive and comprehensive guiding proposal for a Serbian Animal Protection Code presented in the documents NO KILL sterilisation strategy, written by Friend-EPAR/OIPAmember league www.epar.org.yu
and “Law&order&justice for all” , written by Friend-EPAR/OIPAmember league/alliance for Animal Rights www.epar.org.yu and promoted by this organisation and several other members and supporters of Alliance for Animal Rights and Serbian Animals Voice http://serbiananimalsvoice.wordpress.com/ , to accomplish a modern, effective, progressist and fair Animal Protection Code in relation to the needs of the legislative protection of animals in Serbia and to the Serbian State’s duties in this field.
Thanking you in advance for the attention which, I trust, you will give to my request,