The Serbian national daily newspaper, ‘POLITIKA’, which is read by very many Serbian citizens, carried an article on the 20th October regarding stray animals.
A copy of the POLITIKA article can be viewed here:
And an English translation can be viewed directly below.
This article can be viewed as a very positive move towards the better treatment of stray animal throughout Serbia. SAV would like to congratulate all of our Serbian animal welfare campaigner friends for what has been achieved.
Now we have to look towards the future and give our thanks to Mr. Micovic for the work he has already undertaken with this legislation. NGO’s across Serbia will be very keen to work with the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management and the Veterinary Directorate in achieving goals which will be beneficial for all animals.
‘POLITIKA’ English translation:
POLITIKA, 20th October 2008
The solution of problem with stray dogs is within sight
The Veterinary Directorate and the Animal Welfare organizations accepted a new approach in dealing with stray cats and dogs - for start, no more killing ‘’on the spot’’.
The better days are finally coming for the abandoned cats and dogs in Serbia, since for the first time in Balkans, Serbia has adopted a new regulation by which it is not allowed for the workers in zoo-hygiene services to kill cats and dogs. Furthermore, participation in national No Kill sterilization project will mean less cruelty and brutality towards these animals, which was usual situation so far in spite of the protests of people who have been taking care of these ‘nobody’s’ cats and dogs. Mrs. Zlata Korjenic, the president of ‘’Help Animals’’ and her associate from Subotica Mrs. Slavica Mazlak Beslic, the president of animal welfare organization ‘’Prijatelj’’ were quite content after the meeting at the Veterinary Directorate.
Upon the initiative of our two organizations, the Veterinary Directorate together with the Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities, has taken a very important step, especially for the cats and dogs population. I think that this is so far unrecorded contribution to global Animal’s Day – Mrs. Korjenic said. – Apart from the decision to adopt a more humane method in solving of this problem, the Directorate has decided to abolish the Act on Terms and Measures for Humane catching and killing of stray cats and dogs, dated from 1994. It is also a signal for the 135 local governments in Serbia to start implementing of the Law on Veterinary Practice i.e. the Article 46 ( ‘‘ The local government is obliged to organize a zoo-hygiene service on its territory for the following activates…’’) and the Paragraph 1 of this Article (‘’…to catch and keep the collected animals in animal shelters.’’) – continued Mrs. Korjenic. – It would be beneficial for both – the citizens would be safe, and the animals would stay alive.
The officials are satisfied as well. Mr. Zoran Micovic, the Head of the Veterinary Directorate, which is a part of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management, reminded us that in the recent period they have been intensively working on new regulations regarding animal welfare. The Proposal of the Law on Animal Welfare has been made in accordance with the EU decisions, instructions and resolutions as well as in accordance with the OIE guidelines and the European conventions.
Mr. Micovic pointed out that these regulations pay special attention to abandoned and lost animals. For example, the shelters for abandoned animals can be founded by legal entities, entrepreneurs and private persons, while the local governments are obliged to organize a shelter if there are abandoned animals on its territory.
The local government is also obliged to organize collecting, transport and treatment of the abandoned and lost animals, as well as to provide them aid, care and place to live treating them in such a way that they suffer minimal pain, stress or fear. Each area should develop specific programs of cats and dogs’ population control and optimization, adjusted to their situation. – Mr.Micovic said.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management and the Veterinary Directorate expect to have partners in non-governmental organizations for animal welfare and in the registered animal welfare organizations, and to act jointly in achieving goals which would be beneficial for the animals but also would not jeopardize the rights and the ethics of other citizens.