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Stara Planina – Update. December 2011.
One 24th November 2011, SAV founder Mark wrote a detailed 3 page letter to the following:
Commissioner Janez Potočnik – EU Commissioner for Environment.
Commissioner Štefan Füle – European Commissioner for (EU) Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy.
In his letter, Mark declares to both Commissions of the EU that with regard to the environmental destruction at Stara Planina, Serbia, and also concerning the EU membership (accession) of Serbia in the near future, (Mark declares) that the EU is not living up to either its stated environmental or enlargement requirements, and that what is said in writing by the Commission to EU citizens by these same Commissioners, is not actually appearing to be undertaken by them in the real world.
Some extracts from Marks letter to the Commissions are as follows:
“‘Stara Planina’ in Serbia; an area of outstanding natural (flora and fauna) beauty, which is now being destroyed by the construction of ski lifts, resorts and runs. I am attaching for your reference a full copy of the article I recently published re Stara Planina; less all the photographs which were also included. I attach a few sample photographs for your review as attachments”.
“As Serbia is aiming to very soon become an EU member state; currently seeking accession; the very least that I consider the EU Enlargement Commission should be undertaking, is to verify that the basic requirements of potential new member states observing the ‘rule of law’ is being undertaken”.
“Declaration by Commissioner Štefan Füle:
“Now, the EU, a community of values based on peace and freedom, democracy and the rule of law, as well as tolerance and solidarity is the world’s largest economic zone”.
“I trust that the latest overview of the issue of Stara Planina given in my attachment shows that the rule of law is NOT being implemented within Serbia. Serbia is very much still a nation which is run by politicians who are corrupt and who do not enforce their own national rule of law; which we are told is a requirement for EU accession”.
“In his ‘environmental’ website declaration, Commissioner Janez Potočnik informs us:
“EU enlargement provides a major opportunity for the environment, but also a significant challenge for the candidate countries that must be able to effectively apply all EU legislation when they join the Union. During the pre-accession period, the Commission is working intensively with Turkey, Croatia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia as well as with the potential candidates of south east Europe and Iceland to help them meet the EU’s environmental protection requirements and support them in their efforts to transpose and implement the EU environmental acquis”.
Janez Potočnik - EU Commissioner for Environment – Does He Care ?
“Again I refer you to my attachment of Stara Planina, and especially draw your attention to the fact that Nicholas Hanley, Head of Unit at the EU environmental department, has basically failed to raise the issue of Stara Planina, Serbia, to anything like a worthwhile degree, at any of his meetings with the Serbian authorities. This is despite his written declarations to me personally that he would undertake this as far back as March 2011. Full copies of correspondence between Mr. Hanley and myself on the issue of Stara Planina are provided in the attachments”.
“All the time both the EU Environmental and the EU Enlargement Commissions are ignoring the issue of democratic opinion in relation to projects such as Stara Planina, Serbia, along with the democratic rights of Serbian citizens to be able to question the issue of any proposed constructions on this site, the enforcement of ‘the EU rule of law’ which you both so strongly talk about in your website statements. Serbia is currently failing in both its environemental and enlargement requirements to apply the rule of law as allegedly required for EU member state accession”.
“The EU Commissions; your Commissions are failing – both in their environmental and enlargement approaches. You say one thing on your web sites whilst actually doing something else which is completely different in reality; or in the case of Mr. Hanley and Stara Planina, apparent ignorance or a complete lack of desrire to address the issues and the environmental destruction which is taking place”.
“I await your responses with very much interest, informing me when you are actually going to start ensuring that Serbia enforces the rule of law with regard the environment, and giving its citizens their democratic right to oppose such destruction as is being witnessed at Stara Planina”.
“One has to ask if, as Commissioners for both the environment and for EU enlargement, if you actually have any concerns relatinng to the exact issues which you declare are so important on your websites the rule of law and democracy. From where I stand as an EU citizen, but also as an experienced environmental campaigner in Serbia fighting the environmental destruction at Stara Planina, I tell myself that you really have no real concerns”.
“Now it is up to you to take immediate action with the Serbian government and authorities regarding both environmental destruction at stara Planina, and also why people are not being allowed to represent their opposition to such projects through the ‘rule of law’ within Serbia. This needs to be undertaken before Serbia is given EU accession; not put on the back burner as you have done for many years, only for the Serbian authorities to go the very same way as the Romanian authorities are now; ignoring the requirements of EU memebership and simply doing just what they want”.
… And So ……
And so, representation to both EU Commissions with prime responsibility for Serbian accession to the EU have now been made in relation to the environmental destruction at Stara Planina, and especially the inability of serbian citizens to express their concerns about same.
At the time of writing this post – 22nd December 2011, SAV have still not had any written response from any commission at the EU.
Maybe the EU is finally adressing the issue of Stara Planina with the Serbian authorities; something which should have been undertaken several years ago rather than now, when all the destruction of flora and fauna has taken place.
Maybe as appears to have been the case in the past, we are continuing to be ignored by the EU Commission; especially as they have not even acknowledged our formal letter, let alone reply formally.
Hopefully, time will tell one way or the other in the very near future – does the EU actually undertake what is declared by its Commissioners, or does it say one thing whilst going down a completely different path – that of doing nothing in reality ?
Copies of this post are being provided to both EU Commissions as reminders that we request a written response, and that if and when this is provided; you, our international supporters, will be informed of what action is / is not being undertaken by the EU Commissions for both the environment and for future EU nation membership.
We continue to look forward in hope to a response.
Below – The better days of Stara Planina
The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) is applauding the news that Belarus, Kazakhstan, and the Russian Federation have banned the import and export of harp seal skins. Canada claims that Russia is one of the last two major remaining markets for Canadian seal products, reportedly receiving up to 90% of Canada’s exports of seal pelts. The IFAW says this is a major victory in the campaign to end commercial sealing, and that it should send a strong message that this is an industry whose time has passed.
“Russia ended its own hunt of harp seals in 2009, after listening to the concerns of the people who felt it was a cruel and unnecessary slaughter,” said Masha Vorontsova, Director of IFAW Russia. “We are extremely pleased that the Russian government has taken the next logical step by banning all trade in harp seal pelts from other countries as well.”
The Russian market has long been hailed by the Canadian government as the main market for Canadian seal products. With the European Union ban on non-Inuit seal products still in place, a long-promised seal meat deal with China still unsigned, IFAW says the Canadian government and the sealing industry should acknowledge the reality that markets for seal products are disappearing.
“The writing is on the wall” said Sheryl Fink, Director of IFAW’s Seal Program. “The Canadian government knows seal products are not wanted, and has had ample time to transition sealers out of this industry with compensation. Instead they have done nothing but dispute the rights of other nations by challenging seal product bans at the WTO. As Russia follows in the steps of the EU and closes its doors to seal products, it’s time to say enough is enough and stop the seal slaughter once and for all.”
“Canada will continue to be shunned by the international community as long as we persist with the outdated, inhumane, and unnecessary slaughter of seal pups,” continued Fink.
IFAW has been campaigning to end commercial seal hunting for more than 40 years, and our work helped bring about the end of the Russian seal hunt in 2009. At the time, Russia’s Minister of Natural Resources Yury Trutnev said, “The bloody seal slaughter, the killing of the defenseless animals, which can’t be even called a ‘hunt,’ is now prohibited in Russia as it is in most developed countries. It is a serious step towards the conservation of biodiversity in Russia.” Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin also called seal hunting a “bloody industry” and something that “should have been banned years ago.”
Timeline of shrinking markets
1972 US Congress passes Marine Mammal Protection Act, which bans the importation of seal products.
1983 IFAW helps win crucial ban in Europe on importation of newborn (whitecoat) harp seal and hooded seal (blueback) products.
1987 Canadian Government bans commercial hunting of whitecoats and bluebacks in Canadian waters.
1990 With IFAW’s involvement, South Africa ends the hunt for Cape fur seals.
2006 Mexico bans the import and export of marine mammals, including seals.
2007 IFAW campaigns result in Belgium and the Netherlands adopting national bans on the import of seal products.
2009 Russia bans the killing of harp seal pups under 12 months of age.
2009 European Union bans the import of all seal products, with an exemption for Inuit-derived skins.
2010 IFAW continues its fight to protect the EU ban, and continues to expose the cruelty of commercial hunts to governments around the world.
2011 Deal between Canada and China to allow export of seal meat products postponed
2011 Belarus, Kazhakhstan, and the Russian Federation ban the import and export fur skins of harp seals and their whitecoat pups.
Thank you all for your support, comments and visits this year.
Your responses to our posts; your mails and letters have made a massive difference for the animals.
Take your campaigns and protests forward into 2012.
Please visit us at SAV regularly during 2012; we will attempt to update the site regularly featuring animal campaign issues from around the world.
Have a great cruelty free christmas – and we hope to see you in 2012.
We will be updating and incorporating new posts to the site until the end of December.
Best regards and thanks for sticking with us.
SAV Founder – Kent, England, Uk.
A Christmas message from Danica Mirkovic, President of Felinologic Association Felix and the owner of Cat Shelter Felix.
Please try and make a special effort this month by either giving a donation or by an adoption of one or more of the cats – full details below.
Danica has kindly sent us some latest photos of the cats at Shelter Felix; enjoy them.
The message from Danica is as follows:
Felix cats need your help! There are several ways to support almost 100 kitties from a private, no-kill, cage-free cat shelter in Serbia. Make a difference today!
If you care about Felix kitties, please consider donating as much as you can. The situation is difficult right now. Gas bills are mounting although the real cold weather hasn’t even begun. Last year, I took a loan to pay for the heating system and when it was finished I thought that my kitties’ health problems were over. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a solid fuel storage and the fuel itself was nowhere to be bought. I couldn’t keep the fire going all night, more than 30 cats were sick and the most sensitive ones didn’t survive. It was necessary to install gas heating system which is much more efficient but it is not paid off yet.
Every cat lover knows cats are heat – seekers. Most of my kitties barely go outside these days, they all prefer to sit on radiators. Their rooms are comfortable and cozy and seeing them enjoying their time makes my heart sing. And I hope you can recognize this feeling, because I cannot cover all expenses without help of caring, benevolent people like you.
Winter is very harsh here, with lots of strong, icy cold and bitter winds. The outside night temperature was -13° C already and I fear that the worst is yet to come. I remember that last year’s lowest temperature reached 27° degrees below zero. Considering that I have almost 15 chronically ill kitties, and 25 older than 15 years, it’s essential to keep them warm. Please, help my kitties make it through the cold months. We can’t let them down now, can we?
Me and my kitties have always been grateful for your unselfish support and are now, more than ever. Every donation counts! If you decide to help us, please use the PayPal button on my blog: http://novisadcats.blogspot.com/
If you’d rather virtually adopt one (or more) of Felix kitties, you can find their photos in my albums Cats for virtual adoption on my care2 and FB profiles. All Felix cats need nutritious food and quality medical care. For 30 $ per month you can sponsor a kitty you choose (each cat can have multiple sponsors) and I’ll send you all the information about and photos of “your” kitty on a regular basis. When you sponsor a cat, your donations are used to help all cats in my care.
You can also buy those beautiful flairs to support my kitties.
You can make a difference!
PayPal button is on our blog:
Dinarske uplate: Felix-Felinolosko drustvo 355-1070729-96
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For the moment, good news!
The debating/voting by the Romanian Constitutional Court of PL912 for the reintroducing mass euthanasia of dogs was postponed until 11th January “in view of studying better the documents received” as the judges mentioned.
FNPA and Pet Hope association in collaboration with lawyers in constitutional law, we elaborated the WRITTEN CONCLUSIONS comprising the most unconstitutional elements argued in details and, after signing by deputies we sent to 2 days ago to Constitutional Court.
We also handed a petition with 51000 signatures of Romanian citizens.
Other thousands of signatures, protests and letters have been sent from whole Romania and from other countries.
The judges also mentioned to mass media they received a lot of protests from all over the world.
Please, go on to send your letters to:
Mr. Augustin Zegrean, President, Constitutional Court of Romania, fax: 00 40 21 3124359, firstname.lastname@example.org, address: CURTEA CONSTITUTIONALA – Palatul Parlamentului, Intrarea B1, Calea 13 Septembrie nr.2, sector 5, Bucharest, Romania
Thank you very much for your involving!
Only your protests, petitions, managed to stop them today to take a decision!
Dec 12, 2011
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Public on the web
2011, Dec 11, SERBIA – Nis.
A man walking through the woods near an animal welfare association, with a visible weapon. It looked as if he intended to use the weapon. Suddenly he runs against two women members of the association who have a dog with them.
He starts shooting and hits the dog, that dies of the first bullet, he shoots three more times at the dog who is now dead.
Then he threatens the women that he will kill them too.
He then disappears off. The police came, investigated and removed him.
Please help us with this, the dog and these ladies need justice for this horrific cruelty and personal attack.
Please copy email addresses: TO, CC, and send your protest letter to help Serbian dogs!!!
Sample letter is below… thanks so much dear friends!. Together we can make a changes for these poor souls!!!
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Ladies and gentlemen
I find out, in horror that in Serbia people can walk with a gun, and threaten other people, and shoot and kill their dog, as they please.
This terrifying act happened in Nis, Serbia, on December the 11, while two elderly women, who volunteer at the dog shelter, were on a field near the shelter with a dog. An individual approached them with an weapon and started shooting at the dog; he killed the animal in front of these women.
Even more, as if this is not enough, he also threatened to kill them (the women) too. Then he ran away. Somehow, the police came and were able to apprehend this man, but we, people from around the world, want to let you know, that we will be following this horrible incident very closely, because apparently anybody can carry a firearm, and shoot and kill animals and threaten to kill people.
This is in my perspective an act of terror and as such this must be punished with prison time – no excuse for any less with the sentencing.
The time has come for Serbia to realize that these individuals do not help its image in the world; this kind of violent, uncontrolled hate and despicable actions should not be tolerated in a society which very much intends to be part of the EU.
This was an act of terror and this individual should be investigated.
One more important thing; Serbia, like Romania and Bulgaria; have become notorious for the barbaric way in which its animals are treated. International public opinion vehemently opposes this attitude and this mentality; hence do not be surprised if your country will be boycotted and her image tarnished because of those who behave worst than any animal living on this planet.
Please take all the necessary measures to indict this monster who committed such an horrific act in Nis. Just as importantly, also change immediately the way the Serbian national government and its regional authorities deal with animal cruelty in Serbia.
Thank you very much for your attention.
Here are some of the pictures of this case:
Name and nationality.
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