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SAV Petition To The EU Enlargement Commission Now Launched Regarding Serbian Animal Welfare – Please Sign and Crosspost – Thank You.



We are running our EU / Serbian petition in parallel with the one by ‘Anima Mundi’ to shut down dog hell hole in Vardariste, Skopje, Macedonia – Scroll further down on this page to read and see more about this.

Please also make sure that you sign their petition at:



The EU / Serbian Petition

As promised at the start of the week, our petition regarding Serbian animal welfare enforcement being properly enforced before Serbia is allowed EU accession (membership) has now been created.


You can see it and sign via the following link:


You will see that we have entered the following text into the petition, which is targeted at the EU Commissioner for Enlargement, Mr J. Hahn.

The following is the wording of the petition:

Title Serbia must fully enforce its own national animal welfare legislations prior to membership of  the EU.

Whom do you want to petition EU Commissioner J. Hahn – Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations.

Why should people sign

Serbia is currently undertaking the process of applying for EU membership (called ‘accession’).  Existing animal welfare legislation in Serbia is good, but in the vast majority of cases it is not regularly / ever being enforced by:

Serbian government, regional authorities or the national police.

By the EU Commission’s own admission; ‘there is legislation in place (Serbian Animal Welfare Laws), but this is not fully implemented’.

By not implementing its own existing laws; which include animal welfare; Serbia is not upholding a fundamental principle required by any nation to gain EU accession; which include:

  • ensuring the implementation of all the nation’s own “Rules of Law” national legislations

  • “paying full regard to the welfare requirements of animals” in accordance with the key principles required for all EU member states as defined in Article 13 of the EU Lisbon Treaty (TFEU).

Serbia is currently failing in this and its own national animal welfare legislations.  As a consequence, it should not currently be considered for EU accession until it fully implements and proves to the EU Commissions, EU animal welfare NGO’s and the EU Animal Welfare Intergroup / Eurogroup, that it IS actually fully implementing ALL existing Serbian animal welfare legislations.

EU Commissioner J. Hahn is responsible for EU Enlargement Negotiations which include Serbian accession.  Within his responsibilities, he must ensure that a PRE- EU membership Serbia:

  • fully complies with Article 13 (TFEU)

  • fully respects Serbian welfare of animals legislation

  • pays full regard to, and implements the welfare requirements (legislations) for all animals (wild and domestic) within Serbia

  • starts to provide on going financial support to Serbian animal shelters rather than attempting to close them down as is often the situation.

For more information on animals in Serbia please visit https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/


Additional note:

We have already seen dramatic failures in animal welfare controls by the EU in newer member states such as Romania.  We don’t want Serbia to be yet another example of a new nation being allowed to join the EU without all the national legislation being properly and correctly enforced beforehand.

As the EU Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations; Commissioner Hahn has responsibility for overall Serbian accession into the EU.

This petition is calling on him to ensure that the Serbian authorities are made fully aware that (via the petition and SAV for example), the whole world is watching them and their attitude to animal welfare.

Serbia has some good national legislation for animal welfare, but it is NOT being enforced.

As the EU has responsibility to ensure that nations seeking EU accession such as Serbia, fully implement all their own national legislation; or “Rules of Law” as it is described by the EU; then Serbia has to take a lot of action to ensure that there is correct and long lasting implementation of its own laws for all animal welfare.

We will be watching to ensure that the EU does live up to its promise of ensuring there is implementation of the rule of law by Serbia prior to EU accession; and as an animal welfare NGO, we will naturally be watching Serbia itself to see where there are improvements and possibly failures in implementing national legislation.

Please support our petition by signing – and pass on to the moon and back to all your friends, supporters and fellow campaigners.

Thanks and Regards – Mark and SAV.


You can see it and sign via the following link: