Serbia: Not Even An EU Member State Yet, But Already Wants To Dismiss New EU Wide Legislation On Stray Animal Population Management ! – Should Serbia Join the EU On These Conditions ?

The Veterinary Director of Serbia, Mr.Zoran Micovic, has said on Serbian tv named: Beogradska hronika (18.10.2011), that after several citizens in Belgrade were attacked by stray dogs, he (Micovic) said that Serbia  must and will change the laws  because it is not possible to do animal controls without killing dogs and cats,  and that citizens must be protected first.

He declared that killing will be permitted as is done in Slovenia and other EU countries.

But now, passed just this month, there is now the EU Written Declaration relating to stray dog population management control. 

Unfortunately, as is so often the case with Serbian politicians, Mr. Micovic did not follow up the news about this Written declaration, even though it is part of his job task.

The wording of the EU Written declaration is as follows below.

This has now been adopted / approved in the fist stage by the EU Parliament:

 WRITTEN DECLARATION

pursuant to Rule 123 of the Rules of Procedureon dog population management in the European Union

Daciana Octavia Sârbu, Elisabeth Jeggle, Raül Romeva i Rueda, Adina-Ioana Vălean, Janusz Wojciechowski

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0026/2011

Written declaration on dog population management in the European Union

The European Parliament,

–          having regard to Article 13 of the Lisbon Treaty,

–          having regard to the European Parliament resolution of 5 May 2010 on the evaluation of the Animal Welfare Action Plan 2006-2010,

–          having regard to Rule 123 of its Rules of Procedure,

A.            whereas, according to the Treaty, animals are sentient beings and the EU and Member States must pay full regard to the welfare requirements of animals,

B.            whereas in some Member States, stray animals pose a threat to public health and safety,

C.            whereas some Member States are taking extreme measures against stray animals,

1.         Calls on the Commission to ensure that the principle mentioned in Article 13 of the Treaty is respected by the Member States;

2.         Calls on the Member States to adopt comprehensive dog population management strategies which include measures such as dog control and anti-cruelty laws, support for veterinary procedures including rabies vaccination and sterilisation as necessary to control the number of unwanted dogs, and the promotion of responsible pet ownership;

3.         Ask the Commission to encourage the Member States to introduce the mandatory identification and registration of every dog, by means of EU-wide compatible systems, in order to avoid the spread of diseases;

4.                  Instructs its President to forward this declaration, together with the names of the signatories, to the Commission and the governments of the Member States.

So under the regulations of this new WD, Slovenia and the rest of EU member countries will actually be obligated to do changes to their own national legislation so that  the killing healthy dogs/cats going under the name of ‘euthanasia’ will be forbidden.

Sterilisation, identification by micro-chipping, responsible animal ownership for all owned animals will need to be undertaken as per the requirements of the WD.

This is the only way that dog and cat population numbers will ever be reduced in the EU; something which animal welfare campaigners have been saying for years, and which even now, the Serbian government still wants to dismiss !

But it must also be remembered, as it is a very important point; Serbia is wishing to  become a member state of the EU.  If it does, then it will be required to introduce all the EU legislation into its own national legislation – and this includes the requirements of the WD on dog population management in the EU.

So Serbia and the Veterinary Director of Serbia, Mr.Zoran Micovic; if you want to come into the EU, then you abide by the regulations of the EU.  If you do not, then you remain out of the EU.  The choice and requirements are simple for most people to understand; even though you still consider that you are in a position to ‘invent’ your own set of regulations which are non compliant with the new standards which have just been approved within the EU !

We can confirm that activists in Serbia are now currently informing the Serbian press and media that Mr.Zoran Micovic is way out of touch with the current situation in the EU – a situation of membership that his government is so keen to join.  We suggest that he takes a good long look at the wording  of the WD and changes his approach to ensure that this is adopted within Serbia; and not his old paaroach of kill, kill, kill as it has always been in the past.

FROM NOW, WE WILL BE WATCHING THE APPROACH OF Mr.Zoran Micovic AND HIS SERBIAN GOVERNMENT VERY CLOSELY.  IF THERE IS AN APPROACH TO DEVIATE FROM THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE WD, THEN WE WILL BE MAKING REPRESENTATIONS WITHIN THE EU TO ALERT THEM TO SERBIAN NON COMPLIANCE; WHICH WOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED GOOD FOR A STATE STILL WISHING TO JOIN !!!

Veterinary inspectors in Serbia have never taken the correct approach to stray animal management.

They do not punish irresponsible owners who do not have their animals sterilised, but who still allow their dogs and cats to go onto the streets every day to reproduce with un-sterilised stray street animals.   A continuous cycle of ever increasing stray animals results.  Yet the government is so thick it does not seem to, or want to, understand that something corrective has to be undertaken.

The EU written declaration should now start to address this problem.

For the Serbian government, the choice is a simple one – either play by EU rules (the WD) and become a member state, or ignore it and stay out of the EU.

Whatever your choice; we are watching and will take necessary action that we consider is required.

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