Macedonia: SAV Now Supports EU Eurogroup for Animals by Formally Writing letter to EU Commissioners Expressing Concerns About Conditions and Animal Suffering at Vardariste Holding Facility, Skopje, Macedonia



SAV are now presenting a formal complaint to the EU Commissioner about the terrible situation for strays in Macedonia.



Please refer to our recent post regarding Macedonia:

South East area of England Member of the European Parliament (MEP), Dr. Caroline Lucas,   who is also the President of the EU Eurogroup for Animals  , wrote a formal to Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou, The European Commission, DG Health and Consumers, Brussels, who is responsible for animal welfare issues within the EU.  Carolines letter of 30th November relates to European Parliament / EU Eurogroup animal welfare concerns in both Macedonia and Bosnia-Herzegovina but drawing special attention to the situation regarding stray dogs in Skopje, Macedonia.

A copy of Caroline’s letter to Commissioner Vassiliou can be viewed by clicking on the following link:

Brussels letter stray dogs and cats

To provide additional support to the letter (dated 30th November) to the Commissioner by Dr. Lucas, SAV have now also written a formal letter, complete with the supply of 12 photographs of the conditions in which animals are being kept to the following:

Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou –

and also Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner  –

expressing our concerns about many issues relating to the animal holding / death facility at Vardariste, Skopje.

A copy of SAV’s letter to Commissioner Vassiliou and Commissioner Ferrero-Waldner  can be viewed by clicking on the following link:

Commissioner letter Macedonia Dec 2009

Within the letter, we have informed the Commissioner(s) that a formal petition has also been established by SAV to EU Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn, asking him to seriously review the lack of action being taken by many Balkans states regarding animal welfare legislation implementation prior to allowing these same states EU accession (membership).

We will keep you informed of any response(s) which either we or Dr. Lucas at the EU Eurogroup for Animals have returned from the Commissioners.

Commissioner Olli Rehn Petition Link 


Past SAV post links relating to the Vardariste, Skopje holding centre and the suffering of all animals which go there: