Serbia: NGO Requests to Government Ministry for Information About Zoo Animals Result in ….. Order From Ministry for NGO to Re-Vaccinate Its Animals or Face Massive Fine


Five days ago (late July 2009), one Serbian animal welfare organisation (EPAR of Subotica city) filed a charge with the government requesting that they forward a list of euthanasia, forensic results and diagnosis relating to deaths of animals in Palic Zoo, located 6km from the city of Subotica in Northern Serbia.

In a response sent by Mr. Micovic, Director of the government Veterinary Department, Mr. Micovic declares that the zoo does not come under the control of, or basically have anything to do with Republic Veterinary Inspectors.

According to our information and the new Serbian law for animal welfare, republic veterinary inspectors must be involved with all aspects of animal welfare WHEREVER animals are present in the country (Serbia).

In the past, republic veterinary inspectors who have visited and inspected the EPAR shelter many times, and always having found everything to be correct, have, on 26th July, now written to EPAR shelter and demanded that 174 dogs at the shelter must immediately be re-vaccinated.  All of the dogs which the inspectors require to be vaccinated were vaccinated on 21/07/2008, almost one year ago to the day.

If the dogs are not vaccinated, then EPAR have been informed that they will be punished by the veterinary inspectors.  EPAR will be fined 3,000,000 dinar and the President of EPAR will personally be fined 300,000 dinar.

EPAR shelter has many times requested that the veterinary station at Subotica visits EPAR shelter and undertakes a vaccination of all the dogs who are not already vaccinated.  Those dogs, the 174 vaccinated by EPAR in 07/2008 could also be re-vaccinated now, one year later.

EPAR shelter, being a shelter which takes animals from the streets and animals which are delivered / left at the entrance of the shelter, requested that a veterinary inspector attends the shelter and undertakes the vaccinations using money from the republic budget allocated for such vaccinations

But in return, the veterinary station director has responded in writing and demanded that the EPAR shelter pays 500 dinar out of its own funding for each and every dog which they declare has to be vaccinated.

174 dogs x 500 dinar = 87,000 dinar.

demand july 09

demand 2

Quite understandably, EPAR consider that this is a pressure being put on them by the government simply because of the original EPAR charges relating to information requests about Palic Zoo and the requests for copies of information and documentation about the standards for animals at the zoo.

EPAR are correct to think that they are being punished by the government for requesting information which should now be provided in accordance with the new animal welfare law of Serbia.

EPAR have also campaigned hard for the government to investigate further and to prosecute people and organisations in relation to hunting issues throughout Serbia. 

The government have done nothing about this in the form of any prosecutions, but they have now attempted to impose an 87,000 dinar penalty on EPAR shelter for vaccinations which should be funded out of the national budget.

Please view the following very recent photographs (26/07/09) taken at Palic Zoo and then ask yourself if you consider that animals here should be exempt from any veterinary inspections by government authorities.












Brown Bear in its ‘enclosure’


Conditions suitable for a roaming animal ? – it would appear not


View of same enclosure in another direction


Brown Bear Enclosure with Adjacent Leopard Enclosure

The Palic Zoo website is at the following, with a link to the ‘animals gallery’:

Pictures taken of the zoo animals by independent investigators in recent weeks at the Palic zoo are shown above.  We consider that in the least, especially in relation to the conditions in which the Brown Bear and its neighbour, the leopard are kept, the very, very least which should be done by the government is to send veterinary inspectors into the zoo to check on the health of individual animals and as importantly, animal living conditions.

SAV have been in contact with international zoo check organisations; supplying photographs of the animals and living conditions where necessary.  This is an on-going task and we are awaiting responses.

So it is rather strange; an animal welfare organisation (EPAR) asks for information on animal welfare at a Serbian zoo; and the government responds by informing that the zoo inspections have nothing to do with their veterinary department inspectors, and yet at the very same time the government veterinary authority demands that the animal welfare organisation which originally asks the questions now has now been instructed to immediately vaccinate 174 dogs at their shelter, at a cost of 87,000 dinar, of which the government wants nothing to do with funding !

This situation is currently under investigation by campaigners, and we think and hope that we will have some breaking news on the veterinary vaccination procedures in the very near future.  Information obtained to date appears to be very interesting !

Please watch for new posts and updates which we hope to publish within the next 3 or 4 days.

India: Lost Dog is Safe, But Looking for His Owner – Does Anyone Know Who This May Be ?






From: vishruti agrawal <>
Subject: lost and found dog
Date: Tuesday, 28 July, 2009, 12:07 AM



I guess we dont have much info on the dog, I tried to find out his age which seems to be abt 5-6 years and he is a very healthy indian pariah mix dog who was wandering in Breach candy hospital, Napean sea road. He is still robust and loves to look out of his kennel at people. He was found wearing a mustard yellow color collar (the same as in the pic).

 He is healthy and looking for his guardian. It would be great if you could circulate his photos among ur group and let me know if you find the person who has lost him.

I have sent his photos to Abodh also, as S.Bombay is generally his area, but wanted to try out this forum as well, as I have seen u have a few notices for lost dogs.

Looking forward to hearing from you



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India: Adoptions and Killings – Please Act Now to Stop Dog Killings






Dear All,

Please help for adoption of 2 pomerians…details enclosed below…my request is to spread the word to your friends and family, who may be interested…thanks

Best wishes,



P.S. incase any one of you don’t want to be part of this mailing list, for dog adoptions, pls feel free to let me know…it will be respected! thanks 🙂

2 male pure breed pomerians are waiting for good loving homes at SPCA, NOIDA.please call vidhi:9818085256  TO GIVE THEM CARING HOME.




all doglovers please visit happy tails adoption website:

just click here:


———- Forwarded message ———-
From: aparna bhatt <>
Date: Sat, Jul 25, 2009 at 5:26 PM
Subject: Hi there – We looking for a lovely home 🙂


My name is Mouli .



I stay with my big brother Benzie & mother Dolly. Three of us are looking for a  loving home . We are being taken care of by our foster parents as of now. However, we are  eagerly waiting  to become an integral part of a nice household. We are affectionate &  friendly & will  bond very deeply with our new family in just no time 🙂





So if any one of you is considering getting us into your life, plz  contact Aparna (  ).

Rest all, plz help us by forwarding this mail to ur friends (who are dog-lovers).

Thanks & Woof-woof,

Benzie, Mouli & Dolly


Mouli 🙂

*** DOG BEATINGS / KILLINGS:  Please take Action Now as Detailed below by Gafur. ***

Forwarded message below:

Name: gafur



Dear Sir,

I am a staying in taluk place Siddapur( north kanara district)
Karnataka state. PIN 581355.

For last two days town panchayat authority started killing street dogs.

The way they are killing those dogs is very brutal. Even abnormal person can,t stay on the spot.


They are using strong sticks and beating dogs till there death in front of people.

They are following the order of panchayat chief K.G.Naik.

If you work fast at least you can save the life of remaining vioce less animals. I
tried to contact relevant authority but could not got website.

Please try to stop the brutality.

Police station number:08389230283
town panchayat: 08389 2302 At least a phone call please

The man concerned, to be written to in the matter of Siddapur dog killings – dogs being beaten to death with sticks – is Chief of Siddapur Town Panchayat, K. N. Naik.

Their e-mail address is,

and their no. is 08389 230282.

Naik’s personal cell no. is 09449922152.

Additional Contact info:

Also ask the Prime Minister to investigate the illegal slaughter using the contactform;

See link :

– Please also contact Prime Minister of India: Dr. Manmohan Singh

per contactform:

( Maximum of 500 characters )



Please tell everyone to write protest mails to him, and make protest calls too – protest against the brutal dog killing that they are resorting to.


 Meerut, Uttar Pradesh,  India

India is the only country in world that provides in its Constitution for mercy and care of the animals.

BUT ……

Here’s proof that the Meerut administration has unleashed shocking brutality on the stray dogs in the area to protect & shield the ILLEGAL CATTLE SLAUGHTER HOUSES.

For the government of Uttar Pradesh state, India  and its functionaries it seems like a perfect solution that people are venting out their anger by killing ALL and INNOCENT dogs. It suits the bureaucracy as it does not to bother the SLAUGHTER HOUSES and STOP the EVER FOURISHING TRADE OF Illegal CATTLE MEAT INDUSTRY in Meerut. 

In a tragic incident, a five-year-old boy who had gone out in search of his mother in a field, has been attacked and bitten to death by a pack of street dogs at Kazipur, Meerut. As a result the villagers are eliminating each stray by brutally killing them.

They are ostensibly ‘remedying’ the situation that led to death of two children in village Kazipur, Meerut, allegedly due to stray dog attacks.

In fact, there is an illegal abattoir in village Kazipur, which is violating every possible norm – pollution control, animal waste disposal, etc. Apparently, 5000 animals, mainly cattle, INCLUDING COWS are slaughtered in the abattoir every day – and then, the animal parts that are not used, and blood, bones, etc., are all allowed to flow into an open nullah adjacent to the abattoir, that flows through village Kazipur and beyond.   The strays of the area feed on these animal remains as a consequence ; or attacked children who ventured too close to the nullah that is their food source.



In any event, what has followed, and continues to unfold every single day, is murder, and cruelty beyond belief. They are caught, they are cornered, many have been viciously beaten to death. The dogs are caught in the most brutal manner possible, kept without food and water for 2 – 3 days until a sizeable number are ‘collected’, and then – mainly released into the forest, or surreptitiously put down or beaten to death 


INCLUDING THE POLICE, D.M., MAYOR, or U.P. GOVERNMENT, no one is bothered to stop/ control people from taking the law in their hands and brutally slaughtering dogs using innovative methods, which also includes use of arms and weapons.


series of photographs are attached, forwarded by Jeev Karuna Sanstha, Meerut. Some of them are 15 – 25 days old, and some as recent as 3 – 5 days. 

The Animal Welfare Board of India has written thrice to various functionaries within the administration. They have advised the administration regarding the correct method of controlling stray dog population. They have apprised them  as to the law – the PCA Act, the ABC Rules, etc. They have offered help and guidance, for setting up the requisite sterilization, immunization infrastructure within Meerut. Eventually, they have threatened legal action, but to no avail. 

PLEASE lets all write to them & Let them know that we know what is going on and we condemn the government and their functionaries for loosing the control over law and order in their state & one small city and for protecting an ILLEGAL SLAUGHTER HOUSE of CATTLE.


  • Chief Minister of UP,
  • Kamini Chauhan, the D.M., Meerut ;
  • Municipal Commissioner ;
  • Mayor ;
  • Meerut Police ;
  • Rakesh Jolly, the S.P., Meerut ; 
  • Mr. Alok Ranjan, who is a Secretary in the U.P. Government, probably in charge of urban development or urban affairs in U.P.    

The e-mail address of are : 

  • D.M. :                                               
  • Mr. Alok Ranjan is :                           
  • IG Zone Meerut                                 
  • DIG Range Meerut                             
  • Superintendent of Police Meerut         
  • CHIEF MINISTER of U.P.                   
  • The Prime Minister of India

        ( to contact him you can go through ) 


copy paste following in BCC and send your emails :,,,,,,

We can also simply address letters to the

‘Municipal Commissioner,

Nagar Nigam,




Fax  : 01212663676


‘Shri Rakesh Jolly,

Superintendent of Police,





Mr Snajya Krishna

Fax 0121665809

India: URGENT APPEAL For Monitoring Help in Shimla City






Dear Friends,

*** This is Urgent ***  *** This is Urgent ***   

We need a contact in Simla, Himachal pradesh, India who lives there and can give us an account of what is happening to the dogs there.

A court order, recently passed by the High Court there has asked the corporation to get rid of the dogs of the Shimla city in Three weeks. The court has asked the corporation to be compassionate and ONLY RELOCATE dogs and no other method is to be adopted. BUt we all know what corporations do. 

So we need an authentic source from Shimla who can appraise us of the REAL situation in Shimla. The necessary steps would have to be taken immediately.

That person’s identity will be kept undisclosed and his/her role would only be limited to providing us with authentic data.

So please make contact with your group and do let us know what the Shimla Corporation is doing to the Dogs in reality. 

contact at :             09810011235  Anjali Sharma                09868881566  Rishi Dev

** please consider this urgent **



rishi dev

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USA: What Happens To Unwanted Dogs and Cats ?






Vernon, California, USA – 2007


What Happens To Unwanted Dogs & Cats

Pig Cells In Monkey Brains, or Proper Medical Research by the Dr Hadwen Trust ?

Pig Transplant Company Set To Start Monkey

Trials For Parkinsons

Friday, 24 July, 2009 – 04:02

Wellington, July 24 NZPA – TransTasman biotech start-up Living Cell Technology (LCT) says it plans to soon start testing brain cells from piglets in primates to see if they can be used as a therapy for parkinson’s disease.

“We are proceeding to primate studies for Parkinson’s pretty soon,” LCT medical director, Professor Bob Elliott said yesterday.

The primate studies were needed to test the safety of injecting tissue straight into the brain, but these would have to be done outside New Zealand because such testing here would require specific ministerial approval.

He told a media briefing on xenotransplants that clinical trials of brain treatments were still years away.

The company yesterday started work on clinical trials at Middlemore Hospital of insulin-producing pig cells taken from the piglets and inserted in patients with unstable type-1 diabetes to create extra insulin.

The company tested transplant techniques on monkeys in Singapore, but Prof Elliott said today he believed the diabetes “model’ in primates was flawed because tests on eight animals only got one of them off insulin.

That was why LCT had jumped to human diabetes clinical trials in Russia and New Zealand, without following the pattern of pre-clinical trials in primates.

The company has also been investigating whether human liver cells grown in test tubes may be able to stop uncontrolled bleeding in haemophiliacs.

“We’ve tried brain choroid plexus cells, we’ve tried liver cells….there are many other cell types we could use, even just using the tissues themselves.”

Prof Elliott said pre-clinical testing for implants of brain tissue were being done in small animals such as laboratory rats in New Zealand, and there had previously been one trial in a chimpanzee for huntingdon’s disease.

Huntington’s causes chorea — uncontrollable twisting, almost dance-like movements — and slowly destroys the ability to walk and talk, leading to behavioural changes and dementia.

Research on both the brain and islet cell transplants from pigs was supported by New Zealand taxpayers, through the Government’s Foundation for Research Science and Technology.

The company has said animal studies showed that its planned brain product, NeurotrophinCell (NtCell) — encapsulated brain choroid plexus cells — improved limb function in a Parkinson’s disease rat model.

Parkinson’s disease — caused by degeneration of the cells in the brain that regulate dopamine — affects 107 people per 100,000 worldwide and occurs more frequently with increasing age. As the “dopaminergic” brain cells die, the dopamine supply decreases and becomes irregular, and nerves that regulate muscle tremor malfunction.

The efficacy of existing treatments with dopamine replacement fade over time.

Prof Elliott made his first implants of pig islet cells into NZ diabetics in 1996, but was stopped by official concerns that pig viruses could be introduced into the human population.

NZ medical authorities blocked the trials being re-started in Rarotonga, and LCT was later listed on the Australian stock exchange to fund monkey trials in Singapore.

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Non-animal research

Globally, scientific research uses millions of animals in experiments every year.
These experiments can cause pain, suffering and inevitably death for the animals used in them, for results that are of dubious relevance to human health.

So what is the alternative?

The Dr Hadwen Trust develops non-animal research methods to replace animal experiments. We enable scientific research and make medical progress without causing suffering to animals. We have successfully developed new non-animal research techniques that have saved thousands of animals and made a real contribution to the fight against human illness.

Animal experiments are an inefficient approach to medical research in a modern world, and the development of non-animal replacements is imperative. Abandoning animal research in favour of more advanced non-animal methods could ultimately speed medical progress – to the benefit of both humans and animals.

Spotlight on life-saving research without animal suffering

Huntington’s disease: Huntington’s disease (HD) is an incurable inherited genetic disorder that affects the nervous system. Currently, much research into HD is conducted on monkeys, pigs and rodents injected with toxic chemicals or genetically modified to mimic symptoms. However, results have been conflicting and there have been no major therapeutic advances so far. Our research at Sheffield University aims to produce a new non-animal model of HD using human skin cells from HD patients. This would be far more useful for understanding the underlying cellular mechanisms that contribute to the disease and enable fast screening of potential drugs.

Dr Hadwen Trust research wins non-animal replacement prize

Dr Hadwen Trust-funded researchers studying breast cancer have won a prestigious non-animal replacement prize at an event hosted by the National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs) and held at the House of Lords. Our researchers at Leeds Institute of Molecular Medicine and Queen Mary’s, University of London, constructed a
three-dimensional model of human breast cancer in the test tube using human cells.  Find out more…

Ricky Gervais, Joanna Lumley and other stars join cyber march for humane science

Comedian Ricky Gervais, actress and DHT Patron Joanna Lumley OBE and rockers Brian May CBE and Chrissie Hynde, have joined tens of thousands of people taking part in the Make Animal Testing History virtual march to Brussels to update the EU’s 20-year old law on animal experiments. Click here to see the celebrity avatars cheering on the marchers; click each avatar to see what they have to say.

“With all the non-animal techniques available now and in the future, we really don’t need to hurt animals to make medical progress.”
Ricky Gervais

‘Roadmap to Replacement’ needed, says the DHT, following 14% rise in animal experiments

The Dr Hadwen Trust was quick to respond to new Home Office statistics published July 21st that reveal a substantial rise in Britain’s animal experiments. With 2009 marking the 50th anniversary of the birth of the 3Rs* (replacement, reduction and refinement of animal experiments), far greater progress to replace animals with alternatives could and should have been made but instead animal numbers are now as high as they were in the late 1980s. The Dr Hadwen Trust said this was “a wake-up call moment for policy makers” and immediately wrote to the Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Conservative leader David Cameron, Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg and Green Party leader Dr Caroline Lucas, to seek political commitment to devising a national ‘Roadmap to Replacement’.

Animal research statistics 2008 at a glance

  • 39% increase in animal experiments since
    Labour came to power in 1997
  • 3.656 million animal experiments
  • 3.583 million animals
  • 14% rise in animal experiments
  • 16% rise in experiments on GM animals
  • 16% rise in monkey experiments
  • 17% rise in cat experiments
  • 9% rise in mice experiments
  • 82% rise in experiments on amphibians
  • 85% rise in fish experiments
  • 95% rise in pig experiments
  • Decreases in use of dogs (-18%), rabbits (-13%)

Click here to read our press release reaction…

* What are the 3Rs?
In 1959 two British scientists, William Russell and Rex Burch, were the first to define the concept of the replacement, reduction and refinement of animal experiments, now adopted throughout much of the world and incorporated into legislation. Whilst the Dr Hadwen Trust’s work focuses on the single ‘R’ of the replacement of animals, we recognise the enormous significance of the 3Rs concept in stimulating work on non-animal methods over the last fifty years.

DHT tells House of Lords Committee: EU needs new strategic vision to replace animals

In June the Dr Hadwen Trust’s science policy team presented oral evidence to the House of Lords EU Committee as part of its consultation with experts on the Directive 86/609 proposals. The DHT told the Committee that policy makers must embrace the vision of a world where animal experiments have either been fully replaced or are prohibited, and that as a solutions-led charity the Dr Hadwen Trust works to find the science to achieve that vision. Once again we promoted the establishment of an EU Centre of Excellence in Alternatives, incorporating a new strategic vision of science for the future. We believe that establishing an EU Centre would be one of the most significant achievements of the revised Directive, setting strategic goals for replacement science across all areas of animal use. The Committee’s newly published interim conclusions indicate that it agrees.

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