Serbia: Now That Stray Animal Control Programmes Go to Public Tender, Authorites Cut Budget By Two Thirds – To Ensure Animal Welfare Proposals Fail ???

We now have copies of the contracts between the Subotica government / authority and the public garbage firm ‘JKP Cistoca i zelenilo’ who have the contract to capture (and subsequently kill) the strays in the city.

In 2009 the city government awarded 5,400,000 dinars from the municipality budget, whilst an additional 5,800,000 dinars was given from the republic budget.

This closed shop system equals 11,200,000 dinars in just 2009 (12 months) alone to a public firm FOR THE CAPTURE AND KILLING OF STRAY ANIMALS.

Now that the contract for stray animals is open to public tender / competition, including proposals that can be presented by animal welfare organisations with a No kill policy;

the budget has now been reduced to 4,100,000 dinars for the first 12 months of the contract, followed by 6,100,000 over the next 18 month period.

This equals 10,200,000 dinars over a 30 month period (two and a half years) now that the contract has been put out for public competition !

This means that a closed shop city organised budget (NO PUBLIC COMPETITION) of 933,333 dinars each month for 2009

has now (FOR PUBLIC COMPETITION)

been REDUCED to 340,000 dinars per month.

*** We make that a CUT OF APPROXIMATELY TWO THIRDS ***.

As we have stated in our recent post:

https://serbiananimalsvoice.wordpress.com/2010/06/02/serbia-subotica-city-now-stray-animal-control-is-opened-up-to-public-competition-including-welfare-organisations-suddenly-the-budget-for-same-is-drastically-reduced-the-closed-shop-big-money-w/ 

“We consider that this immediately shows a fear factor in the depths of municipal authorities financial controllers – one which immediately shows that now that tendering is open to public competition, the vast fortunes of money which have been provided by authorities in the past, and which have been controlled by elicit groups and organisations within the authority, may now be lost by them when it has to be handed over to another party undertaking the work – such as the animal welfare organisations”.

For example; up to this present time, many contracts for things such as the control of stray animals within cities has had what could only be classified as political support and leanings – namely that the Director of one of the Shinter firms engaged in the capture and killing of stray animals, one Vlada Dragin, also happens (by just pure chance !) to be the brother of the Serbian Minister for Agriculture, one Sasa Dragin. 

Keep contracts within ‘the family’ along with the millions of dinars financially involved each year and you have basically what could be referred to as a bit of a closed shop !

Now ‘outside parties’, including animal welfare organisations, who propose an alternative ‘No Kill’ way of addressing stray animal control, are immediately given advance information that this budget for such tasks will be greatly reduced in the coming years.

A fear factor concern that things in the dynasty type establishment will not be controlled from within the close knit community now that all future contracts for animal control will be going out to public competition, or just the way things are now days ? – lets leave the decision up to you all to see what you think”.

Strange what happens to money when it is no longer under the closed shop control of a few individuals and has to be put out to public tender – the amounts available fall so dramatically !!

It leads one to question if there was any corruption going on in the past ?

Just for the record, here are the official copies of all documents associated with these past and future budgets.

Now why should animal welfare No Kill stray control policies be under threat from the government and city authorities ? – after all, if they win the public competition to control stray animal numbers, animal welfare organisations suddenly (under public competition) now have only have one third of the past money available with which to undertake their programmes !

Strange that, isnt it ? – or is it ?

Uk: Anyone for Tennis ? – Old Balls Used for Preservation of Harvest Mice in Leics and Rutland.

Source (BBC):  http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/leicester/10221571.stm

Harvest mice in Leicestershire get tennis ball homes

Around 200 balls are being made available

Old tennis balls are being used to help research and preservation of harvest mice in Leicestershire and Rutland.

The county council, concerned about the decline in numbers, has prepared around 200 balls with penny-sized holes for the mice to nest in.

Members of the public are being encouraged to report sightings of the creatures so records can be built up.

It is thought a change in farming methods has led to the mice losing their habitats.

‘Safeguard future’

The project is believed to be one of the biggest of its kind ever run in Leicestershire.

County Council wildlife expert, Helen O’Brien, said: “Little is known about the creatures’ current status locally so we need people to look in tall grass and fields and send in their information.

“The data will help us track numbers and tell us where we need to focus our attention to safeguard their future.”

The balls, donated by a local tennis club, are available for surveyors to distribute and monitor.

Anybody interested in taking part in the scheme can attend a training day at the county councils’s environmental resource centre in Birstall on 14 June.