Facebook Page for cctv In Serbian Slaughterhouses Launched – Lush to Support Scotland for Animals In Wanting ALL Scottish Slaughterhouses Fitted With cctv.


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A Facebook page for Serbia calling on the mandatory installation of cctv in all EU slaughterhouses has now been established.  It can be accessed via the link immediately below.

Serbia is currently undergoing procedures to become a future EU member state; therefore it is necessary that Serbia as well as all current EU member states install cctv into their slaughterhouses to ensure the better protection of animals.


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The cosmetics company Lush has agreed to formally endorse Scotland for Animals’ (SfA) campaign for mandatory CCTV.

During discussions SfA asked if they would also support the Alliance and they have now agreed to do this also.

Lush has stores across Europe so this is a massive boost.

See press release below.

Lush pledges support for mandatory CCTV

Cosmetic Giant Lush has pledged it’s support for the campaign for mandatory CCTV in Scottish abattoirs.

Charity Scotland for Animals is pressing for a change in the law to legislate for compulsory monitoring of killing areas in slaughterhouses.

Lush Spokesperson Rebekah Chapman: “We support Scotland for animals in their campaign for mandatory CCTV in slaughterhouses because every sentient being deserves dignity in dying. It has been proven by undercover footage and first hand accounts that this legislation is overdue”.

“We will continue to pressure the Scottish Government alongside SfA until the issue receives adequate recognition in parliament and a law which protects those most vulnerable – animals facing slaughter – is in place. This law not only protects animals, but improves the working conditions of slaughterhouse employees.”

Scotland for Animals Spokesman John Patrick: “It’s a privilege to have Lush backing our campaign, we look forward to working together”.

“The Scottish Government is sinking to ever grubbier depths in order to dodge doing the right thing here. Scotland needs to lead the way and ensure proper protection of animals at time of slaughter.”


Scotland for Animals initiated and has led the campaign for the introduction of legislation for mandatory, independently monitored CCTV in all slaughterhouses in Scotland.

In 2012 Scotland for Animals successfully pressed for the setting up of a Scottish Parliamentary Sub-Group to investigate possible changes to the law.

 Legislation for mandatory CCTV could be implemented via an amendment to the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006 and the Welfare of Animals at Time of Killing (Scotland) Regulations.

A joint Central Office of Information/ Food Standards Agency report was released in December 2012. This documents serious issues regarding bullying and harassment within abattoirs. Please see attached.

In September 2013 Scotland for Animals were expelled from the Scottish Parliamentary Cross Party Group on Animal Welfare for exposing removal from Parliamentary minutes of admissions by government officials that they lied regarding claims that mandatory CCTV could not be implemented under new national slaughter legislation.

Scotland for Animals are co-founders and sole Scottish representatives of the European Alliance for CCTV in Slaughterhouses. The Alliance will be formally launched in February.

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EU and USA: Vivisection News Latest.

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Non-animal research market booming

With a 15% compound annual growth rate, the market for in vitro and in silico methods of assessing safety and toxicology is projected to double by 2017. Traditional in vivo animal methods for assessing safety and toxicity continue to be replaced by alternative methods: in vitro and in silico. In addition, these alternatives are evolving into key technologies, practices, and resources for future medical applications in efficacy and precision. 

Having developed over the past 20 years into a global market recently estimated at $5 billion, in vitro and in silico products and services are now about the same size as the in vivo services (contract research organization) industry. While growth has levelled off and there have been significant reductions in some countries, the number of animals used in research globally still totals almost 100m a year. And new markets such as China could drive significant increases unless alternative methods are adopted.

Although the majority are mice, more can be done to encourage alternatives. Increased adoption of alternative methods by pharma seems inevitable as the industry focuses on increasing productivity and decreasing adverse reactions. But how fast is this uptake likely to go?  The cosmetics industry has been largely responsible for the initial technical and commercial successes, in the form of skin tissue substitutes.

Encouraged by regulatory initiatives dating back 15–20 years and public opinion pressures that have recently become more focused, these new developments ultimately enabled in 2013 the final passage in the European Union of an extremely stringent sales ban on animal testing.  This policy move may not seem especially relevant to pharma. Nonetheless, it reflects the alignment of technical (stem cells, imaging) as well as social developments (environmental concerns, consumer influence) that ultimately affect the cosmetics industry and pharma alike. Even allowing for conservative adoption by pharma, double-digit growth is expected for at least the next 5 years.


USA – Culture of negligence 

Karen Kline, senior laboratory investigator for animal-rights group Eleventh Hour for Animals, filed a complaint with the U.S. Dept of Agriculture detailing a “culture of negligence” toward animals used in University of Florida research. 

The complaint claims that the treatment of Louis, a macaque monkey euthanized in 2010, violated the Animal Welfare Act. The action follows the group’s 3-year-long battle with the university to gain access to public veterinary records, which were finally received in April.  Kline said the records revealed that researchers failed to treat Louis’ damaged hip, treating him for parasites for a year until he was euthanized. “He had a broken hip, and he wasn’t treated for it.

That’s animal abuse right there,” she said. “They are supposed to be scientists, but if they can’t fix a broken hip, what are they doing?” UF spokeswoman Janine Sikes said the university is aware of the complaint and will comply with any requests made by the USDA. “The University of Florida is subject to very stringent state and federal laws regarding the care of laboratory animals,” she said. “We take care to make sure our animals are kept in a healthy environment.” On top of the complaint, Kline also filed a lawsuit against UF for refusing to comply with an October request for public records about the treatment of 25 research primates.

Marcy LaHart, Kline’s lawyer, said the university’s attorney contacted her after the filing and said the lack of response was due to a communication error. Still, Kline said her organization is committed to informing the public about UF’s research practices.  “I need the taxpayers to see this and understand what is happening as far as the corruption in the University of Florida,” she said. “The animals need somebody to speak for them.” There’s still hope for the animals’ future, said Kari Bagnall, executive director of Gainesville’s Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary. 30% of the primates they house at their facility are former research subjects, and the number is only growing. “We’re hoping that the trend continues,” Bagnall said. “There is definitely life after research.” 


 USA – Piglet suffocated in lab

The 2012 death of a piglet being used in a paediatric research project at Vanderbilt University Medical Centre has re-ignited scrutiny of the Nashville health institution by animal rights activists. The piglet, according to a U.S. Dept of Agriculture inspection report, suffocated and died because of a failure by an outside contractor to reconnect an air supply system.

The death, which came to the attention of federal officials in a routine inspection, is the latest controversy to surface at the facility and has led critics of the use of animals in research to call for other federal action against the medical centre, possibly including fines. A USDA official said Vanderbilt had addressed the problem and no additional action was necessary. 

The medical centre, according to a series of published studies, used piglets in examining lung development problems in babies born prematurely.  “Clearly the situation at Vanderbilt is very serious,” said Michael Budkie, executive director of Stop Animal Exploitation Now.  In his statement Budkie cited prior citations at Vanderbilt, including fines imposed in 2010 relating to the deaths of 6 animals.  Vanderbilt officials dismissed Budkie’s comments by noting that his organization opposes the use of any animal in human research projects.

John Howser, a Vanderbilt spokesman, said Budkie’s organization’s “sole mission is to stop the use of animals in research.”  “The reality is most lifesaving procedures and medications in use today, for both humans and animals, would not have been possible without the ability to conduct prior research and training in animals,” he added. 

A USDA spokesman, Michael Booth, said Vanderbilt had undertaken corrective measures after the incident and the agency planned no further action.  He noted that those measures included the installation of a backup tank and signage warning against unauthorized personnel disconnecting the air supply.  Past findings involving Vanderbilt animal research include a 2012 USDA report citing a primate that suffered a fractured tibia. The animal was euthanized.  The same report cited the university for research animals being left without water for up to 48 hours. 

A 2011 report cited the university for having a researcher who was not listed as an approved surgeon performing brain surgery on a research animal. The animal suffered immediate complications requiring additional procedures, according to the report.  In 2010 Vanderbilt was hit with an $8,156 fine after a Galago monkey was tossed into a washer along with some bedding. The monkey died.

Vanderbilt was also cited at the same time in the death of 5 hamsters after they were injected with an improperly mixed chemical. Howser, Vanderbilt’s assistant vice chancellor for news and communications, said the university “remains firmly committed to the highest standard of care and the most humane protocols for all animals necessary to conduct research and training.”


UK England – Cruelty free products for London

The London Assembly has passed a motion supporting Cruelty Free International’s campaign to end the use of animals in household product testing and calling on the Authority to begin the process of moving towards using Leaping Bunny certified cleaning products.

The motion, which was introduced by Green Assembly Member Jenny Jones and seconded by Labour member Joanne McCartney states:

This Assembly welcomes the commitment by the Government to ban the use of animals to test household products, and supports Cruelty Free International in its campaigning to end such testing.

This Assembly calls on the Greater London Authority, the Metropolitan Police Service, the London Fire Brigade and Transport for London to only purchase cleaning products, where suitable products are available and subject to best value considerations, which have been certified by Cruelty Free International as not tested on animals under the Humane Standards for use in all buildings for which they are directly responsible for cleaning.

Where cleaning is conducted on their behalf by an outside contractor, this condition should be added to the next tender specification when it is published.”


EU / Italy – EU. may punish Italy for stalemate on animal research

A legislative stalemate over animal research could become costly for Italy.

On 23rd Jan, the European Commission asked the E.U. Court of Justice to impose a fine of more than €4.5m per month for failing to incorporate a 2010 E.U. directive on animal testing into its national laws. A new law on animal tests has been the subject of a fierce debate in Italy.  EU. directive 2010/63 aims to harmonize the protection of animals in research across the EU and minimize their use by requiring alternatives to be used when available.

All 27 EU. member states were supposed to have “transposed” the directive in national legislation by 10th Nov 2012. 6 other countries—Finland, Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, the Netherlands, and Poland—have failed to do so, for various reasons.

A spokesperson for the Environment Directorate-General says the commission may ask for punishment for those countries, too; their cases don’t all move at the same speed, he says. Whether a fine is actually imposed is up to the court. In Italy’s case, the directive’s transposition has become entangled in a struggle over the future of animal testing in the country. A draft law that is now wending its way through the political system would put far-reaching limitations on animal testing that go well beyond those required by the EU, and some wonder whether it is in compliance with the E.U. directive. If not, that could cause further problems for the country in the future.

The latest development in the political process came on the same day the commission referred Italy’s case to the court, when the Senate’s Committee on Health and Hygiene approved the current draft bill. The bill still has to go to a committee at the Chamber of Deputies before it comes back to the government for the president’s signature. Scientists say the law would damage scientific research in the country, and they recently launched a petition in protest. But the current version of the bill would postpone until 2017 three controversial bans: on drug abuse research involving animals; xenotransplantation; and breeding dogs, cats, and nonhuman primates for scientific purposes.

Countries are allowed to have more restrictive rules than those in the EU. directive only if they were already in place before Nov 2010. This is not the case for Italy, which could expose the country to a so-called infringement procedure by the commission. Emilia Grazia De Biasi, chair of the Senate’s Health and Hygiene Committee, has asked the government to assess whether the new law would be compliant with the EU. directive.  Italy should just transpose the directive without further modifications, as most countries have done, says Roberto Caminiti, a physiologist at the University of Rome La Sapienza and chair of the Committee on Animals in Research for the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies.

Postponing the most controversial restrictions in the law is “a clumsy attempt to have the best of both worlds,” he says. Caminiti says Italian politicians don’t know or care enough about science to resist the animal rights movement and blames media for spreading “misinformation” about animal research.  Ilaria Capua, a former avian influenza researcher and now a member of the Chamber of Deputies, agrees that Italy should respect its obligations within the EU and pass a law that is compliant with the directive.

Not doing so—and incurring a fine—is “expensive nonsense,” Capua says. But Michela Kuan, a biologist and a member of the animal rights group Lega Anti Vivisezione in Rome, says Italy’s problems weren’t caused by animal rights activists or the political debate, but by the animal research lobby. Kuan hopes that the 3-year delay will be taken out of the legislation. 

Science 27th January





England UK: Box Type Trailers Carrying Live Animals – Demand the EU Takes Tougher Action – Petition.



A Dutch ‘sealed box’ trailer filled with live sheep arrives at Dover UK 

– All Photos – Val Cameron.

Box trailer petition

This new petition specifically relates to the ‘box’ trailers which have been regularly seen at both Ramsgate and Dover (Kent, England UK).  Without adequate exterior identification that live animals are being carried, emergency rescue crews anywhere in the EU, called to an incident involving one of these specific trailers, could assume that other ‘goods’ are being transported rather than live animals, a situation which could subsequently result in animals being left locked in the trailer, where they could die due to lack of ventilation and / or being crushed due to lack of access by their rescuers who unaware that live beings are inside. 

This situation and the need for emergency crews to know that live animals are in transit has been verified in a written letter to the KAALE EU Correspondent from Mr. Van Goethem – Director of Veterinary and International Affairs at DG SANCO (Health and Consumers); the EU Commission responsible for animal welfare.  ]

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The petition can be accessed via the following link:


This petition is mainly aimed at EU residents as this is an EU wide situation.  But if anyone else wishes to sign, please feel free.  We urge all organizations within the EU to support and crosspost this petition link – Thank you.



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Kent Action Against Live Exports – KAALE – http://www.kaale.org.uk/

Serbia: Worrying – Young Children Torture and Kill 9 Young Puppies – Demand Action Is Taken – Petition to Police Director.

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Demand action is taken against Children who tortured and murdered nine puppies

They start by torturing and abusing animals, then they move on to humans.

These are the kind of children who will grow up as murderers, killers, psychopaths, etc

“We are appalled by the news that the children did this crime and murder. Children should be placed in a psychiatric institution, because if the child 10-11 years are able to cut puppys with a knife, to burn and finally stomp them , there is a serious need for psychiatric treatment, and this needs to be taken seriously”

Something strict and serious needs to be undertaken with them right now.

To: Milorad Veljovic – General Police Director

The petition is really important and could use our help.

Click here to find out more and sign:

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Created by
Lesley B. New Zealand

To be delivered to:

Milorad Veljovic – General Police Director


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We demand immediate action is taken against the Children who burned, cut and stomped to death nine puppies in Resnik, Serbia.

This is atrocious and disgusting that children are capable of an heinous act against 9 little puppies and we demand action right now leading to the arrest and responsibility of these murderers!!

The facts are that children that hurt and kill animals have the potential to grow up to be serial killers, they get the taste of killing with animals and eventually resort to humans.

These babies did not deserve this and the unimaginable pain and horror they went through in their last moments of life is just so heartbreaking and sad. Animal lover and activist Lana Dordevic commented ” We are appalled by the news that the children did this crime and murder. Children should be placed in a psychiatric institution, because if the child 10-11 years are able to cut puppys with a knife, to burn and finally stomp them , there is a serious need for psychiatric treatment, and this needs to be taken seriously.”

Just because they are children doesnt give them the right to get away with this horrible crime! The children and parents should be held accountable!

We know the picture is very disturbing and graphic but gives you some idea of what these animals went through.

Please lets not forget these and get them justice!!.

Belarus: Please take Action for the Hippos Forced to Perform Pathetic Dances and Tricks at the State Circus – Petition to Sign.



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Above – Does this performing animal not look as if there is no hope ?

– please sign the petition NOW!

We are urging people to please sign this petition against the abuse of animals in the Belarusian State Circus, Minsk.  During this barbaric show, for example, distressed hippos are forced to dance conga, climb ladders, trot, waltz and build pyramids. At one point, two of the animals are forced to lie down while the third one (weighing about a ton) is encouraged to climb over them.

It is pathetic abuse of animals – and to think people pay money for this so-called ‘entertainment’.  Maybe it says something about the people who run this circus and also the people who attend it to be ‘amused’ by the forced performances of these suffering animals.

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Please sign the petition at:


Thank you.

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Petition text

Three hippos are being coerced to entertain people in Eastern Europe, in what must be one of the cruelest entertainment shows today.

The three females (ranging from 3 to 7 years old) are the new attraction of the Belarusian State Circus, in Minsk.

Flyers and billboards are all over the city to promote the new Hippo Show, which started on January 31st and will last for about three months.

During this barbaric show, the distressed hippos are forced, among others, to dance conga, climb ladders, trot, waltz and build pyramids. At one point, two of the animals are forced to lie down while the third one (weighing about a ton) is encouraged to climb over them.

As you can imagine, the circus industry is as cruel as it gets – animals are often chained, caged or whipped. In addition, they are left to starve for days. Count the fact that Belarus has no laws for animal cruelty, and you have the recipe for disaster. In addition, the freezing temperatures in Minsk are extremely dangerous for animals that are used to the warm rivers of native Africa.

We ask the Belarusian Circus to immediately cancel this cruel show and send the hippos back to Africa, where they belong!

Read more: http://www.yousign.org/en/circus-hippos#ixzz2sdjesTi6

Read more about Belarus at  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belarus


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Russia: All Stray Animals Are Being Killed In Lead Up To Olympics – And After All That They (Putin) Will Learn Nothing, And Also Do Nothing – Pitiful Putin – Not Quite So Clever !!

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A pest control company in the Winter Olympics host city of Sochi has been given a contract to exterminate dogs during the Games.

Alexei Sorokin, director general of Basya Services, said his company was involved in the “catching and disposing” of dogs.

Thousands of stray dogs are roaming the streets of Sochi, according to Sorokin, who said some were biting children. He said he attended a rehearsal of the Olympic opening ceremony last week and saw a stray dog walking in on the performers.

“A dog ran into the Fisht Stadium; we took it away,” he said. “God forbid something like this happens at the actual opening ceremony. This will be a disgrace for the whole country.”

Stray dogs are not uncommon in Sochi and the surrounding area, and many tend to gather near construction sites where they are likely to get food and shelter from workers. Some have been able to get inside the Olympic Park.

Sorokin’s company operates in the Krasnodar region, including Sochi. He refused to say how many dogs it killed each year, calling it a commercial secret.

Last year a politician from the Krasnodar region supported the dog culling. Sergei Krivonosov said taking the dogs off the street was Russia‘s “responsibility to the international community and their elimination is the quickest way to solve this problem”.

He conceded, however, that this was not the most humane way of dealing with the problem, and said authorities should encourage dog shelters.

Sochi city hall announced a contract to catch and dispose of stray dogs in Sochi, but animal activists protested against the move. Authorities pledged to give up the practice and build animal shelters for stray dogs instead. Activists say there is no evidence that a shelter has been built.

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Petition link –


2000 dogs and cats’ll be killed for the Olympic Games (Sochi 2014)! Please help to stop this.

Petition Overview:

The Russian city of Sochi city has hired a private company to exterminate stray dogs during the 2014 Winter Olympic games. Claiming that it has an “obligation to the international community,” one politician from the regional parliament, Sergei Krivonossov, says that there is “an obvious problem with animals living on the streets” and that “exterminating is the fastest way to solve the problem.”

The city of Sochi stands to make 42,500 euros on the killing of the animals.

Animal activists have been protesting the Sochi government’s decision to cull stray animals and called on other solutions, such as sterilization and the creation of shelters. While the authorities have said they would build shelters, activists contend that there is no evidence that any have been built.

In 2012, reports about the killing of stray dogs in Poland and Ukraine in advance of another major sports event, EK 2012, led to international outrage and even a boycott of the tournament.

We need to take action now and stop the massacre!

Link – http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/winter-olympics/9682976/God-forbid-a-dog-at-the-Sochi-opening-ceremony

‘God forbid a dog at the Sochi opening ceremony’


Thousands of stray dogs have been living amid the mud and rubble of Olympic construction sites in Sochi, Russia, roaming the streets and snowy mountainsides, and begging for scraps of food.

But as the games drew near, authorities have turned to a company to catch and kill the animals so they don’t bother Sochi’s new visitors – or even wander into an Olympic event.

Alexei Sorokin, director general of pest control firm Basya Services, told The Associated Press that his company had a contract to exterminate the animals throughout the Olympics, which open on Friday (local time).

Sorokin described his company as being involved in the “catching and disposing” of dogs, although he refused to specify how the dogs would be killed or say where they would take the carcasses.

The dogs have been causing numerous problems, Sorokin said, including “biting children.”

He said he was stunned last week when he attended a rehearsal for the opening ceremony and saw a stray dog walking in on the performers.

“A dog ran into the Fisht Stadium, we took it away,” he said. “God forbid something like this happens at the actual opening ceremony. This will be a disgrace for the whole country.”

The strays tend to gather near construction sites where they have gotten food and shelter from workers. Dogs have even been able to get inside the Olympic Park and accredited hotel complexes and villages, in the coastal cluster of arenas and venues up in the mountains.

A pack of at least a half-dozen healthy-looking dogs roamed around a loading zone of a gondola, 400 metres above the Gorki Plaza in the mountain venues for the Olympics as construction work continued.

Olympic volunteers patted and cooed over strays that trotted into the park on Monday. Another dog dropped to the ground, sunbathing under the Olympic Rings near a public site where medals will be presented to athletes during the games.

Animal activist Dina Filippova is among the opponents of the latest dog-culling plan, saying city authorities are using the Olympics as an excuse to cover an ongoing practice.

“We should understand that it is done not only before the Olympics but constantly,” she told the AP in an interview in downtown Sochi, where she was trying to find homes for seven puppies she recently rescued near the Olympic Park. “Two killers from that company work for the city to kill 300 dogs a month.”

“It is not humane,” she added. “There is a humane way of solving the problem of stray dogs which is used in Europe and the United States and even in some countries of the former Soviet Union – that is a mass sterilisation which eventually leads to no stray dogs on the streets.”

Sorokin’s company operates in the Krasnodar region, which includes Sochi and the neighbouring area. He refused to say how many dogs they kill a year, calling it a “commercial secret.”

Sergei Krivonosov, a lawmaker from the Krasnodar region, last year supported the dog culling.

Krivonosov said taking the dogs off the street was Russia’s “responsibility to the international community and that their elimination is the quickest way to solve this problem.”

He conceded, however, that this is “not the most humane way” of dealing with the problem and that authorities should encourage dog shelters.

Sochi city hall last year announced a contract “to catch and dispose” of strays in Sochi – a move that animal activists vehemently protested. Authorities pledged to give up the practice and build animal shelters for strays instead.

Activists say there is no evidence that a shelter has been built. But city hall said in a statement on its website that it had opened a dog shelter on Monday for 100 dogs.

Shooting stray dogs has been common practice in many Russian regions despite activists’ efforts to push for more humane ways to deal with the issue.

Nadine Kincaid, an Olympic volunteer from Portland, Oregon, was surprised by how many dogs were roaming around Sochi.

“There’s a lot of dogs everywhere. Right behind where we’re staying, there’s a whole legion of dogs,” she said. “I come from a town where there’s leash laws and everyone has to pick up after their dogs, so that’s unusual to me to see that.”

Kincaid said she would be upset if the dogs were being poisoned.

“As an animal lover, for me that’s sad. But if they’re like stray cats, they can keep breeding and cause more problems. So I can see, maybe, why,” she added. “It’s sad, but what do you do if you can’t control them?”

– AP


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Stray dogs being killed to clean up Sochi for Olympics

SOCHI – The first day I arrived in Sochi, I was immediately struck by the number of stray dogs hanging around the media complex.

Sadly, today I can report there are very few.

Though you are still likely to encounter some of the stray animals almost everywhere you go in Sochi or in the mountain village of Krasnaya Polyana, the numbers are quickly dwindling as a pest control company has been hired to exterminate them.

The situation is very disturbing, with reports that the hungry dogs are being poisoned.

Sochi, like most places in Russia, is home to thousands of stray dogs and with the Olympic Winter Games just days away, the local authorities thought it best to order a cull.

It has sparked outrage with animal rights groups, who have been up in arms since Sochi announced almost a year ago that such action would be necessary and the city would spend 1.7 million rubles to get the job done.

The city backed off for a while, but attempts to come up with a more humane solution clearly failed and now a Russian newspaper has described the situation as “The Olympic slaughterhouse plan.”

Personally, I’m a dog lover and, in our North American culture, that means controlling the population by spaying and neutering our pets.

Such practice is seemingly not a consideration in Russia. One local man I spoke to said neutering a dog would ruin the animal, would prevent him from doing the job he was born to do, protecting his master.

It was his opinion that the stray dog problem exists because of that prevailing attitude and the unwillingness of dog owners to keep any puppies that might be born as a result. Russia is known for having irresponsible dog owners, and this is what you get.

So the strays wander the streets, all different shapes, sizes and mixed breeds. They sometimes travel in packs, and occasionally approach passersby with their tales wagging. Few of them seem to bother people, but certainly wouldn’t turn away from food or attention if offered.

One stray I encountered in Krasnaya Polyana started walking beside me as I set out on a 25-minute hike to the train station. He stayed with me the whole way, sometimes falling behind and occasionally running ahead and looking back at me as if to make sure it was OK for him to hang with me.

A black lab sleeps on the steps in the building across from mine most of the time as well, near the entrance to a restaurant kitchen. She was still there yesterday, but who knows how long that will last.

Alexei Sorokin, the owner of the Basia Services extermination company told ABC News that the cull is necessary for safety reasons. He pointed out that a dog wandered into a dress rehearsal for the Opening Ceremony recently, and wondered what other kind of trouble an animal could cause

“Imagine, if during an Olympic Games, a ski jumper landed at 130 kilometres (an hour) and a dog runs into him when he lands,” Sorokin told ABC News. “It would be deadly for both a jumper and for the stray dog. Dogs must be taken off the streets, even if that means putting them to sleep.

“Russia, in general, has irresponsible dog owners who, when they get bored of their home pet experiment, kick them out on the street. So parks are dumping grounds for unwanted dogs. We end up with many stray dogs who pose a threat to the population.”

Whatever the reason, it’s just not right.

The dogs only exist because of human negligence. It’s our responsibility to clean up the problem in a humane fashion.

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Stray Dogs in Sochi Targeted During Winter Olympics

By Nancy Barber Feb 3rd 2014

A pest control company in Sochi, Russia, told the Associated Press that it has a contract to kill stray dogs throughout the Winter Olympics. The city, apparently overrun with strays, has had this deal in place for years, as reported by ABC News.

Credit: Getty Editorial

Stray dogs are a common sight in Sochi and the surrounding areas. Many are seen near building sites where they receive food and shelter from construction crews. The strays have also been able to get inside the Olympic Park.

“A dog ran into the [Olympic] Fisht Stadium, we took it away. God forbid something like this happens at the actual opening ceremony. This will be a disgrace for the whole country,” said Alexei Sorokin, director general of pest control company Basya Services.

Sorokin’s company is involved in what he describes as the “catching and disposing” of dogs. Sorokin refused to say what methods were used and how many dogs were disposed of in a year.

Sergi Krivonosov, a lawmaker from the Krasnodar region of Russia, vocally supported removing dogs from the streets. Krivonosov believed that it was Russia’s “responsibility to the international community and that [the stray dogs’] elimination is the quickest way to solve this problem.”

Animal activists heatedly protested the contract last year when it was first revealed to the public. Authorities did pledge to give up the inhumane procedures and build animal shelters instead, but activists say that there has been no evidence of theses shelters being built.

Sochi City Hall, which first announced the contract with Basya Services, has remained silent on the issue.


A PEST control company which has been killing stray dogs in Sochi for years says it has a contract to exterminate more of the animals throughout the Olympics.

Alexei Sorokin, director general of pest control firm Basya Services, said his company is involved in what he described as the “catching and disposing” of dogs. Mr Sorokin refused to specify whether they shoot or poison dogs or say where they take the carcasses.

Thousands of stray dogs are roaming the streets of Sochi, Mr Sorokin said, and some of them are “biting children”.

Mr Sorokin said he attended a rehearsal of the Olympic opening ceremony last week and saw a stray dog walking in on the performers.

“A dog ran into the Fisht Stadium, we took it away,” he said. “God forbid something like this happens at the actual opening ceremony. This will be a disgrace for the whole country.”

Stray dogs are not uncommon in Sochi and the surrounding area, and many tend to gather near construction sites where they are likely to get food and shelter from workers. They have even been able to get inside the Olympic Park.

Mr Sorokin’s company operates in the Krasnodar region, which encompasses Sochi and the neighbouring area. Mr Sorokin refused to say how many dogs they kill a year, calling it “a commercial secret”.

Sergei Krivonosov, a lawmaker from the Krasnodar region, last year supported the dog culling.

Mr Krivonosov said taking the dogs off the street was Russia’s “responsibility to the international community and that their elimination is the quickest way to solve this problem.” He conceded, however, that this is “not the most humane way” of dealing with the problem and said that authorities should encourage dog shelters.

Sochi city hall last year announced a contract “to catch and dispose” of stray dogs in Sochi but animal activists vehemently protested the move. Authorities pledged to give up the practice and build animal shelters for stray dogs instead.

Activists say there is no evidence that a shelter has been built. The city hall would not immediately respond to calls and emails seeking comment.

Shooting stray dogs has been common practice in many Russian regions despite activists’ efforts to push authorities for more humane ways of dealing with the issue.


Rescuers mobilize as Sochi tries to kill off stray dogs

SOCHI, Russia — At the bottom of a steep muddy path to a fetid swamp, a rudimentary plywood-and-posterboard kennel looked like the last place anyone who cares about dogs would want to keep one.

But for the 14 formerly stray dogs bouncing and barking in the kennel Tuesday, these makeshift quarters represent salvation. The city of Sochi has hired a pest-control company to kill homeless animals by the hundreds, all in an effort to clean up the streets in advance of the Winter Games.

So Vlada Provotorova, a local dentist and a diehard dog person, recruited some friends and went on the ultimate rescue mission. “I felt like I had to do something,’’ said Provotorova as she fended off a playful leap from Katya, a German shepherd mix she picked up a few weeks ago.

She and her friends have been collecting all the strays they can and placing them in any shelter they can find, like the one in the swamp, in a space lent to them by a dog-friendly couple who breed mosquito fish in marshy pools.

It’s a losing battle, and Provotorova and her friends know it.

She estimates that between 5,000 and 7,000 dogs have been killed in the current cull, a figure no one in City Hall was available to confirm or deny. She and her friends have rescued “no more than 100.”

“It makes me sad,” she said.


Vlada Provotorova and friends place strays wherever they can.

Mass killings of strays may seem inhumane for Americans, who live in a world where a celebrity like NFL quarterback Michael Vick served prison time for his involvement in the killing of dogs. But the practice is not uncommon in Russia, despite pleas by activists that authorities find more humane ways of handling strays. Sochi city officials had planned to kill 2,000 dogs last summer, but an international outcry caused the city to drop the plan.

But with the Olympics coming up fast, the city hired Basya Service to engage in the “catching and disposal” of city dogs, according to a copy of the contract acquired by the Globe.

Alexei Sorokin, the director of the company, told the Associated Press that thousands of strays roam the streets of Sochi, “biting children,” and that one stray walked in on a rehearsal of Friday’s Olympic opening ceremony.

“God forbid something like this happens at the actual opening ceremony,” Sorokin told the agency. “This will be a disgrace for the whole country.”

Translation: It would be a disgrace for President Vladimir Putin, who has staked his prestige on these Games improving Russia’s image as a modern economic power. So Sorokin got the go-ahead to act.

But one international animal protection group said the killing of dogs would backfire.


A Winter Games worker led a dog off a snowboarding course during a training session Tuesday in Sochi.

“Killing street dogs, whether through poisoning, shooting or other means, is not only inhumane, but ineffective,” said Andrew Rowan, chief executive officer of Humane Society International, which advocates mass sterilization, vaccination, and community education to solve the problem of strays. “While Russia has the world’s attention with the Olympics around the corner, the current dog-killing program will only rouse an international outcry and taint the image of the country.”

Sorokin did not tell the Associated Press how the dogs are killed.

But Provotorova said she received pictures of dogs that had been shot with poisoned darts and taken away in trucks. One of the macabre images depicted a yellow, green, and magenta dart that she said had been used. It was impossible to confirm the authenticity of the photos, which she said had come from a Sochi resident who had witnessed the killings.

The 14 dogs she showed on Tuesday were all rescued from the train station in Sochi.

“We carry the ones we can — some of them are so big they won’t budge,’’ said Provotorova, who has received help from about 30 volunteers. “We sterilize them, we vaccinate them, we rid them of fleas, and we try to find a place to put them.”

Provotorova has adopted a labrador mix, Charlie, to join her two German spitzes.

Eventually she wants to take the other dogs north to Moscow, where she has yet to find permanent shelter. So she waits, with the animals she has saved. Provotorova said she and a few friends plan to go out in the coming days to try to collect more strays.

Authorities last summer pledged to give up the practice of killing dogs and build animal shelters for strays instead. But Provotorova said there was no evidence that any shelters were built. She is wary of any promises Sochi’s leaders might make now.

“After the Olympics,” she said, “They won’t do anything about it.”

Material from Associated Press was used in this report.

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Germany: What Do You Call A German Hunter Who Shoots An Elephant 20 Times After A 30km Chase ? – Answer: Ministry ‘Conservationist’ Mr Udo Wedekind !!!


At first; the facial images of the so called ‘man’ who killed the elephant in Botswana were blanked out.  Nobody was supposed to see him.

But now we have his full face photo and can present it to the world.

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Above – German ‘so-called conservationist’ Udo Wedekind poses alongside the 3 ton 7 metre elephant which he chased for 30km and which was shot over 20 times before dying

These images can now be sent to his colleagues at the ministry which is supposedly involved with …. that of ‘Animal conservation’ !!!

Below you will find the link which shows current prices for ‘hunting’ and killing animals in Zimbabwe, along with pictures of many animal killing cowards who have their photos displayed on the website: – the photos are graphic in many cases.

Prices: http://www.cmsafaris.com/mozrates.htm

Images: http://www.cmsafaris.com/zimbabwe-dande-hunt-trophy-gallery/gallery.htm

The elephant which was killed by this hunter ‘conservationist’ was in Botswana

What neither of the articles says about this ‘conservationist’ is that the elephant was shot 20 times, and it tried to flee repeatedly, was chased for some 30 km before finally, slowly, dying.

The guy is claimed, by his own admission, to be a “passionate hunter”, and has numerous trophies at home.

Conservation of species – He is quoted as saying that nobody had a right to tell him what to do or not to do, and that “my whole place is full of dead and live animals”.

A few years back he shot a male lion, who fled injured, and was only much later found and put out of his misery due to injuries. The trophy allegedly hangs on the wall of his office.

He’s now been moved, after protests, to the department of agriculture in Thuringia, of which he will be the president …


Above – ‘Conservation ‘ officer (aka hunter) Wedekind stands behind the elephant after a ‘tough hunt in hot conditions’.  His end result – ‘a real hunting victory’ !

NY Daily News link: 


German animal conservationist brags about killing elephant

German civil servant Udo Wedekind appeared in photos from an elephant hunt in Botswana, posing over the dead body of a three-ton pachyderm. The photos were allegedly taken at the same time Germany was appearing at conference in the country about elephant shooting. At the time, it was legal for foreigners to hunt the beasts, but a ban has since been imposed.

By David Harding / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

A German official whose job includes environmental protection and care of endangered species is being urged to resign after he boasted about shooting an elephant dead in Botswana.

A three-ton elephant has been gunned down by a German hunter who works as a conservation officer.

Udo Wedekind, whose job includes taking care of endangered species, was on a hunting trip to Botswana.

After gunning down the jungle beast, complete with ivory tusks, the German civil servant posed for trophy pictures, reported Thueringer Allgemeine newspaper.

He sent these to friends in Germany.

Alongside the images, he wrote:

“The hunt was tough, it was 37 degrees in the shade and was really humid. There was also thick bush, making the going tough,”

“It was really a challenge. I’m so happy that it ended with a real hunting victory.”

Botswana has passed a law banning elephant hunting by wealthy foreigners, who pay up to $50,000 for a license. However, Mr. Wedekind’s trip took place last year, before the ban was in force.

But his trip coincided with a Botswana conference on elephant shooting, which discussed ways of clamping down on the illicit ivory trade. German officials attended the event.

A German government official said “it wasn’t of interest” what civil servants got up to in their spare time as long as it was not illegal !!!

It is not the first time hunting in Botswana has proved controversial.

Two years ago, Spanish King Juan Carlos was widely criticized after pictures emerged of him standing beside the carcass of a dead elephant.

His trip came as Spain had entered a painful economic downturn, leading to claims he was out of touch with the people.

UK newspaper article link on the recent killing:


German conservation official shoots an elephant and poses with its corpse in Botswana

  • Udo Wedekind shot dead elephant in Botswana, south Africa, last year
  • Posed for photos alongside its corpse, before boasting about its size
  • From trunk to tail, it was 7.24m long and weighed three tonnes,’ he said
  • Mr Wedekind’s job includes the protection of endangered species
  • Commercial hunting was banned in African country last month

By Sophie Jane Evans


A German conservation official has shot dead an elephant in Botswana – before posing with its corpse.

Udo Wedekind, whose job includes environmental protection and care of endangered species, fired at the animal during a hunting trip in the African country last year.

He then posed for two pictures with its carcass, before boasting about its size and weight.

Boastful: Udo Wedekind poses beside the corpse of an elephant during a hunting trip in Botswana, South Africa

The senior regional government official – named as Mr Wedekind by Thueringer Allgemeine newspaper – then sent the photos to his friends in Germany.

Alongside the images, he wrote: ‘From trunk to tail the elephant was 7.24metres long. I would estimate he weighed in at about 3 tonnes.

”The hunt was tough, it was 37 degrees celsius in the shade, and was really humid. There was also thick bush, making the going tough.

‘It was really a challenge. I’m so happy that it ended with a real hunting victory.’

Sad: The German official, whose job includes environmental protection and care of endangered species, then boasted about the elephant’s size and weight. Above, Mr Wedekind waves from behind the animal’s carcass

Ban: Last month, Botswana banned elephant hunting by wealthy foreigners – some of whom were willing to pay up to £20,000 for a licence to shoot the animals.

Last month, Botswana passed a law banning elephant hunting by wealthy foreigners – some of whom were willing to pay up to £20,000 for a licence to shoot the animals.

However, Mr Wedekind’s hunting trip took place last year – before the ban came into force.


At the time of his trip, a conference about elephant shooting was taking place in the country.

The meeting – attended by several German officials – discussed ways in which to protect the species and the banning of the illegal ivory trade.

Today, Thueringen’s regional government environment minister, Juergen Reinholz, said: ‘It is not of interest what civil servants do in their free time as long as they follow the law and don’t break the rules.’


And finally ….

German article of today. The number of hunters (SAV – or is that ‘conservationists’ ??) in this country is steeply rising: 2013 a plus of 13.5 %. Men AND women.

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Text from the article in red says, “Hunters fufil a statutory duty, to which they are committed. They are the only officially recognized voluntary conservationists” (quote by the DJV – Germany hunting society)


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13,5 Prozent Zuwachs: Zahl der Jäger steigt

Berlin/Münsterland – 361.557 Menschen haben 2013 einen Jagdschein gelöst. Das sind knapp 4.500 oder 1,2 Prozent mehr als im Jahr zuvor. Seit der Wiedervereinigung steigt die Zahl der Jäger in Deutschland. Im vergangenen Jahr waren es 13,5 Prozent mehr Waidfrauen und -männer als 1991. Dies geht aus einer Statistik hervor, die der Deutsche Jagdverband (DJV) anlässlich der Messe Jagd und Hund vorstellte.

Eine aktuelle Befragung unter angehenden Jägern zeigt auch: Von der Hausfrau über Schüler und Facharbeiter bis zum Arzt sitzen Vertreter aller Berufsgruppen gemeinsam in den Vorbereitungskursen. Jäger kommen aus der Mitte der Gesellschaft. Der Frauenanteil liegt laut Umfrage bei 20 Prozent – doppelt so viele wie in der Jägerschaft. 120 bis 180 Pflichtstunden zu Themen wie Biologie, Jagdrecht, Wildbrethygiene, Schießwesen oder Natur- und Artenschutz müssen absolviert werden – entweder in Abend- oder Kompaktkursen. Am Ende wird eine staatliche Prüfung abgelegt.

Eine solide Ausbildung der Jäger wird immer wichtiger, betont DJV-Pressesprecher Torsten Reinwald: „Die Jagd steht mehr und mehr im öffentlichen Fokus. Jäger erfüllen einen gesetzlichen Auftrag, dem sie Rechnung tragen müssen. Sie sind die einzigen staatlich geprüften ehrenamtlichen Naturschützer.“

SAV Comment – from the above it is clear that in Germany the term ‘conservationist’ does not really differentiate from that of the term ‘hunter’ – both conservationists and hunters appear to be totally committed to killing animals as part of their ‘statutory duty’.   Any excuse for a good killing regardless – either by hunting or conservation; it is a statutory duty.  Lets hope that Udo Wedekind will forever suffer as a result of his so-called ‘conservation’ practices.  Elephant Karma – bring it on !!