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Serbia / Uk: Press Release From (Uk) RSPCA Regarding Serbian Animal Welfare

We would like to  share the following news with you, all of our friends and fellow campaigners around the World.  For several days now we have been debating if this should be posted, as we know there is opposition about this from some Serbian campaigners, especially regarding the involvement of ‘ORCA’ at the meeting.


Yes, we are fully aware of the goings on at ORCA Belgrade in the recent past, and we have posted this information on this site – see links to past news at


But, we consider that the meeting with President Tadic and the signing of the petition calling for a Universal Declaration of Animal Welfare can only be positive news for the animals of Serbia.  Maybe Serbian politicians are finally realising that, and as we have always campaigned along the lines of, Serbia should not be allowed accession (membership) of the EU until it vastly improves its animal welfare legislation.

We hope that the information given in the Press Release (given below) by the Uk Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) shows that the link between better animal welfare legislation and EU membership may have finally hit home in Belgrade.

The animal welfare framework law covers all species, and includes research animals, the protection of farm animals, transport and slaughter and the protection of wildlife in captivity, as well as forbidding wild animals in circuses.

Links to both Serbian circus and zoo posts below show that the current situation is dire; and so in our opinion, anything which will change this for the better is worth applauding.  We hope that you agree.

Circus and Zoo links:


As stated, some campaigners in Serbia are not particularly pleased with the news given below due to ORCA being at the meeting.  But we feel that if new legislation improves animal welfare in zoos and circuses alone, regardless of anything else, then it is a very positive step forward.  One thing can be assured, with implementation of the animal welfare framework law, NGOs will be able to monitor and report failures in the system to the authorities.  Once it becomes an EU member state, Serbia can be formally reported to the Commission if serious failures in legislation implementation are continually seen.  This can result in state prosecutions by the EU Commission if necessary.  Some members of SAV have been involved with similar processes against Uk authorities during the past few years relating to failures in animal welfare legislation implementation, and now have considerable experience of what is required should it be necessary to help giving advice in the future.


We hope that like us, you feel that the news given in this PR below is reason to celebrate for once.


As always, anyone can leave comments on the site; that is down to the individual.  Maybe it will encourage more debate.  We respect every persons views, especially our friends who live and experience the daily troubles of Balkans strays.  All that can be hoped is that the issue will unite campaigners rather than drive wedges between them; there is only one way the future will improve for animals, and that is for cooperation between parties who should all be on the same side – the animals side !!!





Press Release info is as follows:$1290130$366366.htm


President of Serbia meets with RSPCA ahead of first animal welfare law

Thursday, 23, Apr 2009 12:00

Serbia has today signalled its intent to improve animal welfare following a meeting between the country’s president and the RSPCA, ahead of the introduction of new legislation to better protect animals next month .

RSPCA International’s Senior Programme Manager for Europe, Alexandra Hammond-Seaman met President Tadic after Serbia joined a long line of countries worldwide signing a petition calling for a Universal Declaration of Animal Welfare.

Alexandra said: “It was a great honour to meet President Tadic and discuss such a vitally important issue. The Minister for Agriculture, Saša Dragin signed the petition and confirmed that Serbia will be adopting its first animal welfare framework law in May.”

Serbia is a potential country to join the European Union, and this move will allow the country to harmonise with current EU legislation on animal welfare.

The animal welfare framework law covers all species, and includes research animals, the protection of farm animals, transport and slaughter and the protection of wildlife in captivity, as well as forbidding wild animals in circuses.

After the adoption of this law Serbia will adopt the full EU legal framework on animal welfare into national legislation, as one of the prerequisites in the process towards the EU integration.

Alexandra added “RSPCA International has been actively engaged with Serbia for over five years now, by providing assistance and training with issues such as dog population control and stray dog management. We also work very closely with Serbian government agencies and the veterinary profession on improving farm animal welfare in the Country. We look forward to continuing to play a central role in helping to enforce the law.”

RSPCA International attended the meeting with another non-governmental organisation, the Organisation for Respect and Care for Animals (ORCA) which has in the past worked in Serbia to promote responsible pet ownership.


RSPCA International

RSPCA International is one of the main organisations assisting in the humane treatment of animals overseas.

·         It advises governments and organisations on animal welfare legislation based on UK and European precedents.

·         It responds to appeals for help with crises caused by natural disasters such as oil spills by sending trained people, veterinary equipment and drugs.


·         It offers help through training and aid improving animal welfare standards in communities and countries where funds and resources are minimal.

In 2008 the RSPCA Overseas Fund distributed more than £600,000 to projects in over 30 different countries. More information can be found online at

Universal Declaration of Animal Welfare

The Universal Declaration is an agreement among people and nations to recognise that animals are sentient beings and can suffer, to respect their welfare needs, and to end animal cruelty – for good. The Declaration aims to help establish the world’s first international agreement on animal welfare. The final destination for the Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare will be the General Assembly of the United Nations. More information can be found online at

RSPCA, Wilberforce Way, Southwater, Horsham, West Sussex RH13 9RS Uk


USA: Swine Flu and Factory Farms: Fast Track to Disaster


Swine Flu and Factory Farms: Fast Track to Disaster

April 25, 2009

by Michael Greger, M.D.

The H1N1 swine flu virus in North America currently concerning global public health officials is not the first triple hybrid human/bird/pig flu virus to be discovered.


First Found on a Factory Farm

The first was discovered in a North Carolina factory farm in 1998. Since the 1918 pandemic, an H1N1 flu virus has circulated in pig populations, becoming one of the most common causes of respiratory disease on North American pig farms.[1]

In August 1998, however, a barking cough resounded throughout a North Carolina pig farm in which all the thousands of breeding sows fell ill. An aggressive H3N2 virus was discovered, the type of influenza that had been circulating in humans since 1968.

Not only was this highly unusual—only a single strain of human virus had ever previously been isolated from an American pig population—but upon sequencing of the viral genome, researchers found that it was not just a double reassortment (a hybrid of human and pig virus, for example), but a never-before-described triple reassortment, a hybrid of three viruses—a human virus, a pig virus, and a bird virus.[2]

Intensive Farming is the Problem

Dr. Robert Webster, one of the world’s leading experts of flu virus evolution, blames the emergence of the 1998 virus on the “recently evolving intensive farming practice in the USA, of raising pigs and poultry in adjacent sheds with the same staff,” a practice he calls “unsound.”[3]  “Within the swine population, we now have a mammalian-adapted virus that is extremely promiscuous,” explained another molecular virologist at the time, referring to the virus’s proclivity to continue to snatch up genes from human flu viruses. “We could end up with a dangerous virus.”[4]  This may indeed be what we are now facing.

Within months of the 1998 emergence, the virus showed up in Texas, Minnesota, and Iowa.[5]  Within a year, it had spread across the United States.[6]  This rapid dissemination across the country has been blamed on long-distance live animal transport.[7] 


Long Way to Go

In the United States, pigs travel coast to coast. They can be bred in North Carolina, fattened in the corn belt of Iowa, and slaughtered in California.[8]  While this may reduce short-term costs for the pork industry, the highly contagious nature of diseases like influenza (perhaps made further infectious by the stresses of transport) needs to be considered when calculating the true cost of long-distance live animal transport.

What led to the emergence of the North Carolina strain in the first place? What changed in the years leading up to 1998 that facilitated the surfacing of such a unique strain? It is likely no coincidence that the virus emerged in North Carolina, the home of the nation’s largest pig farm. North Carolina has the densest pig population in North America and reportedly boasts more than twice as many corporate swine mega-factories as any other state.[9]

Agricultural Intensification

The year of emergence, 1998, was the year North Carolina’s pig population hit ten million, up from two million just six years before.[10]  At the same time, the number of hog farms was decreasing, from 15,000 in 1986 to 3,600 in 2000.[11]  How do five times more animals fit on almost five times fewer farms? By crowding about 25 times more pigs into each operation.

In the 1980s, more than 85 percent of all North Carolina pig farms had fewer than 100 animals. By the end of the 1990s, operations confining more than 1,000 animals controlled about 99 percent of the state’s inventory.[12]  Given that the primary route of swine flu transmission is thought to be the same as human flu—via droplets or aerosols of infected nasal secretions[13]—it’s no wonder experts blame overcrowding for the emergence of new flu virus mutants.

Starting in the early 1990s, the U.S. pig industry restructured itself after Tyson’s profitable poultry model of massive industrial-sized units. As a headline in the trade journal National Hog Farmer announced, “Overcrowding Pigs Pays—If It’s Managed Properly.”[14]


Crowding Breeds Disease 

The majority of U.S. pig farms now confine more than 5,000 animals each. A veterinary pathologist from the University of Minnesota stated the obvious in Science: “With a group of 5,000 animals, if a novel virus shows up it will have more opportunity to replicate and potentially spread than in a group of 100 pigs on a small farm.”[15]

Recent Outbreak

The swine flu virus discovered this week in California and Mexico appears to be a quadruple reassortment virus incorporating genes from human and avian flu viruses as well as North American and European strains of swine flu. In Europe in 1993, a bird flu virus had adapted to pigs, acquiring a few human flu virus genes, and infected two young Dutch children, even displaying evidence of limited human-to-human transmission.[16]

Recipe for Disaster 

“Influenza [in pigs] is closely correlated with pig density,” said a European Commission-funded researcher studying the situation in Europe.[17]  As such, Europe’s rapidly intensifying pig industry has been described in Science as “a recipe for disaster.”[18]  Some researchers have speculated that the next pandemic could arise out of “Europe’s crowded pig barns.”[19] 

The European Commission’s agricultural directorate warns that the “concentration of production is giving rise to an increasing risk of disease epidemics.”[20]  Concern over epidemic disease is so great that Danish laws have capped the number of pigs per farm and put a ceiling on the total number of pigs allowed to be raised in the country.[21]  No such limit exists in the United States.

With massive concentrations of farm animals within which to mutate, these new swine flu viruses in North America seem to be on an evolutionary fast track, jumping and reassorting between species at an unprecedented rate.[22]  This reassorting, Webster’s team concludes, makes the 60 million strong U.S. pig population an “increasingly important reservoir of viruses with human pandemic potential.”[23]  “We used to think that the only important source of genetic change in swine influenza was in Southeast Asia,” said Christopher Olsen, a molecular virologist at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Now, “we need to look in our own backyard for where the next pandemic may appear.”[24]

Dr. Michael Greger is director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture in the farm animal welfare division of The Humane Society of the United States. A physician specializing in clinical nutrition, Greger focuses his work on the human health implications of intensive animal agriculture, including the routine use of non-therapeutic antibiotics and growth hormones in animals raised for food, and the public health threats of industrial factory farms.

1 Zhou NN, Senne DA, Landgraf JS, et al. 1999. Genetic reassortment of avian, swine, and human influenza A viruses in American pigs. Journal of Virology 73:8851-6.

2 Zhou NN, Senne DA, Landgraf JS, et al. 2000. Emergence of H3N2 reassortant influenza A viruses in North American pigs. Veterinary Microbiology 74:47-58.

3 Webster RG and Hulse DJ. 2004. Microbial adaptation and change: avian influenza. Revue Scientifique et Technique 23(2):453-65.

4 Wuethrich B. 2003. Chasing the fickle swine flu. Science 299:1502-5.

5 Zhou NN, Senne DA, Landgraf JS, et al. 1999. Genetic reassortment of avian, swine, and human influenza A viruses in American pigs. Journal of Virology 73:8851-6.

6 Webby RJ, Swenson SL, Krauss SL, Gerrish PJ, Goyal SM, and Webster RG. 2000. Evolution of swine H3N2 influenza viruses in the United States. Journal of Virology 74:8243-51.

7 Wuethrich B. 2003. Chasing the fickle swine flu. Science 299:1502-5.

8 Shields DA and Mathews KH Jr. 2003. Interstate livestock movements. USDA Economic Research Service: Electronic Outlook Report from the Economic Research Service, June.

9 Environmental Defense. 2000. Factory hog farming: the big picture. November.…armingBigPicture.pdf.

10 Duke University Center on Globalization, Governance and Competitiveness. 2006. Hog farming overview. February 23.

11 North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. 2001. North Carolina agriculture overview. February 23.

12 Wuethrich B. 2003. Chasing the fickle swine flu. Science 299:1502-5.

13 Brown IH. 2000. The epidemiology and evolution of influenza viruses in pigs. Veterinary Medicine 74:29-46.

14 1993. Overcrowding pigs pays-if it’s managed properly. National Hog Farmer, November 15.

15 Wuethrich B. 2003. Chasing the fickle swine flu. Science 299:1502-5.

16 Webster RG, Sharp GB, and Claas CJ. 1995. Interspecies transmission of influenza viruses. Americal Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine 152:525-30.

17 MacKenzie D. 1998. This little piggy fell ill. New Scientist, September 12.

18 Ibid.

19 Delgado C, Rosegrant M, Steinfeld H, Ehui S, and Courbois C. 1999. Livestock to 2020: the next food revolution. Food, Agriculture, and the Environment Discussion Paper 28. For the International Food Policy Research Institute, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the International Livestock Research Institute.

20 MacKenzie D. 1998. This little piggy fell ill. New Scientist, September 12, p. 1818.

21 Ibid.

22 Wuethrich B. 2003. Chasing the fickle swine flu. Science 299:1502-5.

23 Webby RJ, Rossow K, Erickson G, Sims Y, and Webster R. 2004. Multiple lineages of antigenically and genetically diverse influenza A virus co-circulate in the United States swine population. Virus Research 103:67-73.

24 Wuethrich B. 2003. Chasing the fickle swine flu. Science 299:1502-5.

Related Links

What’s a Factory Farm, Anyway?

Avian Influenza: Flu Factories

Welfare Issues with Gestation Crates for Pregnant Sows


India (Mumbai): Bruno the Lab Needs a New Home – Please Spread the Word


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From: Sanam Karunakar <



Attached please find Brunos Pics.. Hes one year old and needs a home.. Up for adoption ..extremely friendly and loving..He is in Mumbai.


Contact – Vibha 9819125575/ Adeeb – 9920932329











Serbia: May 9th Protest – Belgrade


 The following is a direct copy of protest information from campaigners in Serbia.

No editing has taken place.  SAV.






Zakonski okviri

Način realizacije ciljeva

Inkorporacija u Zakon o dobrobiti zivotinja:


Nacionalne no kill sterilizacija strategije , jer je taj nacin jedini  moralan , ekonomski opravdan , I u skladu sa  svim vazecim zakonima  I Ustavom , nacin ya stavljanje pod kontrolu piramide reprodukcije pasa/macaka I time brojnosti populacije ovih zivotinja, bez ubijanja .


Zabrana  drzanja divljih zivotinja  svih vrsta u zarobljenistvu  kao I njihovog mucenja I ubijanja iz zabave koja se zove LOV ,  CIRKUSI, ZOO , jer  ovaj nacin u trecem  milenijumu NIJE  nacin  sporta ,edukacije, zabave , nauke, vec nacin narusavanja prirodnog lanca ishrane   I harmonije koju  sama priroda  stvara  kao savrsen graditelj , ciji objekat je I Homo sapiens ,a ne I kompetentan aktivni kreator .


Zabrana postojanja naoruzanih civilnih grupa koje unistavaju faunu,bez objektivne mogucnosti nadzora (a opasnost su I za ljude) -koja je  dobro  svih stanovnika Zemlje ,I  koji prave stete i u ljudskoj zajednici, u ovom slucaju u Srbiji , direktno ili indirektno, a  radi personalnih  interesa . Oruzje  mogu posedovati samo policija I vojska jedne drzave, I  na sve legalne nacine provereni pojedinci  , ali samo radi zastite licnog integriteta ,ciju ugrozenost  su duzni dokazati . Tacku tri  incorporirati u odgovarajuci Zakon o posedovanju, nosenju I upotrebi oruzja




Zabrana uzgoja krznasica  radi  njihovog deranja  radi   krzna – jer  se radi o nepotrebnoj surovosti prema ovim zivotinjama, u trecem milenijumu, kada je tehnologija  proizvodnje  odevnih materijala razvijena   I jer covek vec poseduje  sopstvenu kozu  koja mu pokriva telo, te je nepotrebno I stetno da svoje telo pokriva  duplim koznim prekrivacem.


Zabrana religioznog ritualnog klanja zivotinja– iz istog razloga zbog kojeg je  zabranjeno I religiozno ritualno klanje ljudi , s obzirom da surovost prema  zivim bicima NIJE temelj ni jedne religije, nego JE lazno obrazlozenje za sopstvene zlocinacke postupke izopacenih umova koji  religiju  time kaljaju I zloupotrebljavaju,  radi zadovoljavanja  licnih psihopatskih motiva.




Zabrana  eksperimenata na zivotinjama  jer je nauka dokazala da  se zakljucci eksperimenata na zivotinjama NE mogu  primenjivati na  Homo sapiensa  , I jer je nepotrebno  izazivati patolosko stanje radi  eksperimenata  u iznalazenju  njegovog resavanja  kod samih zivotinja , te su potpuno nepotrebne patnje i smrti  ogromnog broja  zdravih zivotinja  izazvane ovim besmislenim  nekorisnim eksperimentima ,kao i  razbacivanje ogromne kolicine  javnog novca, kojim  se finansiraju  lazni naucnici i  njihovi nenaucni  nepotrebni “radovi”  , a edukacija  ,kojom se  stice zakljucak o neupotrebljivosti rezultata eksperimenata na zivotinjama , moze se   sprovoditi upotrebom CD , DVD  i pisane literature ,  jer je Homo sapiens  na  nivou evolucije svesti  na kojem ima sposobnost imaginarnog zakljucivanja , od 5-gosidnjeg uzrasta ? jedinki Homo sapiensa, ciji kvalitet raste  tokom rasta jedinke,  stoga su :  I zrtve, I troskovi u ovom slucaju nepotrebni.Istim  novcem  potrebno je finansirati  pravu nauku  kako bi se eliminisali realni problemi koji  opterecuju   fiziololoske I patofizioloske funkcije vrste Homo sapiens, slagati time  pravi , umesto laznog mozaika .










 Legal baundaries

 The ways to achieve goals

 Incorporation in the Law for the benefit of animals:


No Kill sterilization strategies, because they are the only moral, economicallyjustified way, and in the unison with all current laws and the Serbian Constitution, the way of achieving control of and reducing drastically the pyramid of reproduction of dogs/cats, without any killing.


Suppression (prohibition, banning) of keeping wild animals of all kinds in captivity, as well as their torturing and killing for fun, which is called HUNT, CIRCUS, ZOO, because in the third millenium this manner is not the kind of sport, education, fun, science, but the way of disturbing the natural chain of food and the harmony which Nature by itself creates as the perfect creator, whose creation is Homo sapiens as well, and not the competent active creator.




Suppression (prohibition, banning) of existance of armed civillian groups which destroy fauna, without objective possibility of surveillance (and they are also danger for humans too)-which is the benefit of all residents of the Earth; and which make damage in the human society also, in this case in Serbia, directly or indirectly, for the cause of personal interest. Weapons should ONLY be owned by the police and the military of the state, and by on all legal ways checked individuals, but only for the purpose of protection of personal integrity, and they have to prove that it is endangered.




Suppression (prohibition, banning) of the breeding of the fur-animals for the sake of taking their fur – because it is unnecessary brutality towards these animals, in the third millenium, when the technology of production of cloth is developed, and because humans have also their own skin, which covers their body, so it is not necessary and its harmful to cover their body with the double fur-cover.


Suppression (prohibition, banning) of religious ritual slaughtering of animals – from the same reason that is forbidden to ritualy slaughter humans, considering that cruelty towards living beeings IN NOT the foundation of any religion, but false explanation for criminal acts of villainus minds who misuse religion in this way, abuse it, to satisfy their own psychopatic motives.




Suppression (prohibition, banning) of experiments over animals – because science has proved that the conclusions of experiments on animals CANT be applied to Homo sapiens, and because it is not necessary to provoke pathological condition to find the solution for the problems that same animals have, so it is completely unnecessary sufferings and deaths of enormous number of healthy animals caused by this nonsensical experiments, as well as the tossing away large amounts of public money which is used to finance false scientists and their unnecessary “works”; and education which leads to conclusion of uselessness of the results of these experiments over animals can be carried out with the use of CD, DVD and written literature, because Homo sapiens in on the level of consciousness on which he has the ability of imaginative coclusions from the age of 5; the quality of human consciousness arise durigh the growth of the person, so the victims and the expenses in this case are not needed. Same money should be used in financing real science, so that the real problems with the fiziological and patofiziological functions of the Homo sapiens could be solved.












Europe: Written Declaration 24/04 – 219 Signatures. 11 Days REMAINING. Many More MEP Signatures Required




Written Declaration Latest:




Friday 24th April – 24/04/09


Signatures to Date – 219.


No. Required – 396



PE 419.586v01-00 Or. EN




Authors : Alain Hutchinson, David Hammerstein, Neil Parish




on the welfare of pets and stray animals

Date opened : 02/02/2009

Lapse date : 07/05/2009

Number of signatories : 219 – 24/04/2009




It is possible to keep check on the status by visiting the following and entering a few details:



India: Most Fantastic Gorgeous Puppies Needing New Homes – Can You Help Please ?



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From: sonya ghosh <

Date: Thu, Apr 23, 2009 at 12:50 AM


I found this little pooch helpless in the middle of traffic near the metro construction at Saket. Amazingly traffic parted to save this kid, even bus drivers swerved away, this city has a heart after all.

Here are some photos, hope he finds a good home,












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From: Angel Eyes <>
Date: Wed, Apr 22, 2009 at 1:20 AM


Hi all !

Here’s to inform you that adorable 4 – 8 week-old Indian breed pups are in urgent need of loving and caring homes.

Attached are a few pictures of them.


We request all those who are looking to adopt a pup, to give these innocent little ones a chance, instead of bringing home a foreign breed

and supporting the cruel practice of ‘breeding for business.’


Indian dogs are intelligent, sturdy, friendly and adorable; and deserve as much love and care as any other foreign bred dog. Let us do our bit to free them from the cruel living conditions that they face on the streets.


Be A Proud Indian

Love & Respect All Things Indian.


Those interested to adopt, please contact





Kindly forward this mail to as many people as possible.


The more the number of people who read this mail,

the better the chances for these cute pups to find warm, loving homes.




Angel Eyes Animal Welfare Foundation

New Delhi

















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From: Ena Rohini Ghosh <>
Date: Tue, 21 Apr 2009 00:34:37 +0530
Subject: Fwd: Rotweiler for Adoption!

 Subject: Rotweiler for Adoption!

Hi, there’s a 1 year old male Rotweiler, Oscar, for adoption. He is friendly
and does not have any of his breed’s aggressiveness but he is not a easy dog
to manage either. He has had a bad time growing up and is now sitting in a
kennel waiting for a home.




He is presently not in the best of health and needs care and attention. He has tick fever, low immunity and haemoglobin due to lack of nutrition and is therefore prone to tummy upsets and fever.


He is getting treated but he needs a home URGENTLY. We are looking for a loving
home who will adopt him and take care of him. BUT HE IS A RABID DOG HATER
AND CANNOT GO TO A HOME WHO ALREADY HAS A DOG. And we are looking for a home for him in Delhi.


CONTACT 9818201987


Sorry – No Photo – SAV.