Serbia: New Draft Proposals By The Government Will Allow Animals To Be Killed Within 15 Days; Including All Dogs and Cats in PRIVATE Shelters, and Even Those Who Have Been Offered Homes. Angry ? – Then Sign and Pass On The petition Thank You.

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UPDATE – April 2015.

We have been joining our Serbian animal campaigner colleagues for several years now in what seems a never ending battle with the authorities to improve the treatment of Serbian stray animals; and most importantly; control and reduce stray (street) animal numbers by using a properly orchestrated ‘no kill’ strategy.

Please click on the following link below to read and see the situation for Serbian stray animals; and what we have undertaken in recent years to try and improve their lives.  The EU also has big responsibilities on this issue which it is NOT addressing.  Now more than ever (early 2015); we need EU wide legislation on a ‘NO Kill’ stray dog management and control programme.  With something in place such as this; nations already in the EU, such as Romania; and nations seeking EU membership, such as Serbia, would then be obliged by EU law to enforce the EU wide regulations, rather than making up or simply ignoring their own national legislation / rules as they are doing at present.

Link – ‘About Serbian Strays’ –  


Update 1/4/15Very soon we aim to provide a sample letter on this site (written in both Serbian and English); which you will be able to copy and send to the Serbian ministers and government regarding this issue.  We will provide the sample letter and also all the e mail addresses.  

You only need to copy and send to help us with the campaign !

We are currently working on this and will provide the information on this site (and SAV Facebook) in the near future.  

This is being given priority over other issues at present. – SAV.



Petition links (English and Serbian):



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Dear friends,

Last week, a draft version of Ministry of Agriculture working group’s proposals for the amendments to the existing Animal Welfare Act in Serbia has leaked on the social media.

It introduced the concept of “quarantine for a lost and abandoned animals,” which lasts 15 days, after which the animals can be “killed humanely.”

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We believe that the amendments to the Law which was never fully implemented are counter-productive and unacceptable and that in no way it will solve the problem of abandoned animals with killing thousands of healthy animals.

This process should include representatives of civil society from the beginning, as enforced by the “Guidelines for the involvement of civil society in the process of adopting regulations” adopted by the Government of the Republic of Serbia on 26 August 2014.

If these amendments get accepted it would allow dog catchers to kill all dogs that have no individual owner, within 15 days of catching them.

This is to include all dogs and cats in PRIVATE shelters, even those who have been offered homes.

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We believe the Government of Serbia is using this amendment to try and quickly ‘clean-up’ the streets of Serbia to make them look more favourable as candidates for EU membership.

They keep forgetting that they have other methods of actually successful stray animal population management that is not detrimental to animals.

What could be the reasons you might ask yourselves – well the obvious reason for this new kill policy is because dogcatchers, local government officials, veterinarians and many politicians, all take money from the public purse by being involved with an animal killing strategy.

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So the public money is continuously being used for killing with no real long term programme to reduce animal numbers by other methods.

We join other animal welfare associations and organisations in support for Serbia to lead the way in animal welfare.

They can do this by setting up country-wide Catch, Neuter, Release (CNR) programmes. Using the government facilities of dog catchers and pound vet facilities, this approach could help Serbia get its stray population under control humanely.

We are all aware that the unpunished culture of owners letting unneutered pets roam free has created this problem.

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Killing 80,000 innocent animals WILL NOT SOLVE THE PROBLEM.

However, sadly the new amendment don’t just stop at the stray animal population but also deal with experimental, food chain, hunting/wild animals and the amendments are far from favourable for all those sentient beings.

This is why we have to act and be their voice NOW!


Please sign this petition and share it widely to raise the awareness of this urgent situation in Balkans so that Europe and the world doesn’t get another Romania.

Also let us support the College of Agriculture students who have organised a peaceful protest against the proposed killings on 4th April 12noon in Belgrade.

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Petition links (English and Serbian):



April is “National Pet First Aid Month” – Pet First Aid Essentials to Know Before an Emergency.

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4 Pet First Aid Essentials to Know Before an Emergency

by Susan Bird

April is “National Pet First Aid Month.”

If your pet suddenly experienced a medical emergency or needed some quick medical care, would you know how to handle it?

Here are some basics that will help all pet guardians be prepared to help animals in trouble:

  1. Have the Right Supplies Ready

It’s imperative to have certain necessities immediately at hand in case your animal friend suddenly needs your help. Create an animal first aid kit that contains at least these things:

Emergency contact information: Always keep handy the phone numbers for your veterinarian, a nearby emergency after-hours veterinarian, and (for USA only) the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center (1-888-426-4435; note that there is a fee associated with this call). You don’t want to be scrambling to find these numbers when you need them.

Muzzle: Injured dogs often bite. Have an easy slip-on muzzle available. If you don’t have one, you can substitute strips of cloth, a necktie, a dish towel, a knee sock or any number of other soft fabric items. You may need to restrain a cat in a towel or pillow case, but be sure its nose is free to breathe. Never muzzle a vomiting animal, of course.

Bandages and Gauze: You’ll need the non-stick kind, not the adhesive bandages you use on yourself when you cut your finger. Try to find the self-cling kind at a pet supply store. If you don’t have any, you can use strips cut from towels or other fabrics.

Poison response supplies: Activated charcoal, hydrogen peroxide (3 percent) or milk of magnesia might mean the difference between life and death if your pet swallows something poisonous. Always contact a veterinarian for guidance before attempting to administer a treatment for poison or inducing vomiting.

Digital thermometer: Buy a pet thermometer. A regular human thermometer won’t do, because animal temperatures run higher than ours. A dog’s normal temperature ranges from 100.5 and 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit, for example. Remember to take a temperature rectally, not by mouth. Lubricate with petroleum jelly first.

Also keep on hand things like antiseptic wipes, disposable non-latex gloves, adhesive tape, a foil emergency blanket, tweezers, blunt-end scissors, ice packs, a leash, a pet carrier, an eye dropper, and a plastic non-needle syringe for administering oral medication, and towels. Know where your pet’s medical records are.

  1. Know How to Safely Handle an Injured Animal

First, remain calm. Breathe and think clearly. If you are frantic, your pet will know that and become more fearful himself.

If your dog is in a lot of pain and not vomiting, muzzle him. Yes, he’s your buddy, but pain and fear may make him snap at you nevertheless. If he’s been injured in a fight or other aggressive setting, he may still be amped up. Don’t put your face close to your injured pet and don’t hug him or her — it might hurt.

Don’t move an injured pet before checking him or her to determine what sort of injury he may have sustained. You may need to splint a broken bone or stanch some bleeding before you can transport him to your veterinarian’s office.

  1. Basic Procedures To Learn Before Emergency Strikes

If you can, take a course from a knowledgeable source like the Red Cross about how to help your pet in an emergency. Learn how to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on your dog or cat. Understand how to treat electrical shock or to care for injuries to the eye, feet and ears. Understand how to react in urgent care situations. When seconds count, you don’t want to be fumbling around, unsure of what to do.

  1. Let Technology Assist You

Your smartphone can be your best ally in a pet medical emergency. Download the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control mobile app or the Red Cross Pet First Aid app. Both offer substantial information that might mean the difference between life and death in an emergency.

Just as you should have plans in place for your family in the event of a fire or natural disaster, you need to pre-plan for a medical emergency for your furry family members. It’s the obligation of every pet guardian to know what to do at a moment’s notice when your companion animal is in trouble.

Are you ready?

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Viet Nam: Ex Bile Bears Finally Arrive At ‘Animals Asia’ Sanctuary After Epic 4 Day Road Trip. See The Stories and Pictures Here. Congratulations to Jill and All The Crew At AA.

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Celebrate – Its ‘Moon Bear Monday’ Folks !!!

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Following on from our recent post and the epic road journey that the bears have had to get to their new sanctuary home with Animals Asia;

… we can now report that today (30 March 15) they have finally all arrived safe and sound at the facility.

The best way to catch up with all the news and photos of the arrival after 4 days on the road is to visit the AA Ben Tre Rescue Timeline – here is the link to some great reading:

This has been a wonderful job and all credit must be given to everyone who has taken part in this rescue.  Thanks also to Jill who as always has done such a superb and professional Animals Asia job to ensure that everyone has been able to closely follow this rescue and re homing right from the very start.  Thank you Jill – magic job which is now complete.

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Please give anything that you can to support the wonderful work of the AA crew who have been involved with this superb bear rescue.  The bears are now free from their lives at bile farm; and they can look forward to many years of superb care, freedom and super food as provided by the staff and supporters of this excellent organisation which we are so proud to be members of here in the UK.

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Welcome to your new and vastly different, SO MUCH BETTER future life bear friends – Now with people who will always care for you rather than abusing you as others have done in the past – YOU ARE FREE !

Australia: Is The Animal Abusing Australian Government Now On The Verge of A Huge Live Animal Exports Deal With Animal Abusing China ? – Read On and Watch the Videos – And Decide Who Is Right / Wrong !



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As the lady in the second video says; we ALREADY regard the Australian government and exporters as the lowest kind of humankind on the planet – and yet despite the great work and demonstrations shown by many Australian citizens against this trade; the government is still continuing to only support the industry whilst completely ignoring all the animal cruelty atrocities which are presented time after time, after time, after time.

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Now we are finding that the Australian government is on the verge of setting up a deal with China (yes China ! – The animal abusing Australian government does a deal with animal abusing China) – Australia is finalizing plans to ship an estimated one million cattle to China each year. If the $1 billion deal is signed, the number of cattle exported would double from its current levels.

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The Australian government are interested in one thing and one thing only – and it is something they are world leaders in – causing untold animal abuse and suffering –       and making money from live exports; from massive animal abuse and suffering.  They are a dead bead, dragknuckle Australian government that are just hell bent on propping up an animal abusing industry which leads the world in animal abuse.  In the UK we have been supporting our Australian anti-export friends for many years.  And now we are getting news of some excellent activity in the USA……………………..

For the first time ever, U.S. animal rights activists are staging a protest against Australia’s live export trade. The organizer, Loretta Smalls, says it’s “a show of solidarity with thousands of our Australian brothers and sisters who are fighting to ban the horrific practice.” The protest will take place at the Australian consulate in Los Angeles on April 15th.

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Please watch the videos and then write and tell us that the Australian live export industry and government are supportive of animal welfare !!  – also tell us if you think the Australian government are some of the biggest animal abusers on the planet – does the videos below not show this ? – these are Australian animals exported by a disgusting industry.

Further Links:

Australia & China Inching Closer to Horrific Live Export Deal

Activists Dispute Government Report Claiming Australian Animals Are Treated Humanely in Live Export Trade

Australia To Double Number of Live Cattle Exported

Australian News Airs Damning Undercover Footage of Live Exports

TV Host Jane Velez-Mitchell Launches Her Own Animal Rights Show

We hope by watching some or all of the above, you will now have decided about the Australian governments decision to support the live export industry at the cost of enforcing good and strong animal welfare.  They are in final discussions to export live animals to China for Gods sake !!

This is what the Chinese do to live animals:

Will their treatment of Australian animals be any different ? – NO !!

Does the Aus Government Care ? – NO.

And now; thanks to a dragknuckle Australian government; we will probably be witnessing over 1 million live animals exported to this kind of suffering and fate by the Chinese if the Australian-China deal goes ahead.

And all this animal abuse and suffering; for what ? –  in political terms they call it ‘a good, vibrant economy’.   In the real world where normal people live; we call it ‘untold animal abuse and suffering for profit – nothing more; nothing less’.

Big shame on a dragknuckle Australian government led by the biggest dragknuckle of them all –

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Australian Export Demo:

If you can do the protest in Australia; then here is the news for the next big one – from our friends at

Dear Mark

Due to the Easter long weekend and many being away, we have decided to hold the Tydeman Rd outreach one week later on Saturday 11 April at 10.00 AM

Can you spare one hour to join us and our signs and banners at the corner of Tydeman Rd and Queen Victoria St, North Fremantle (we meet outside Post Office), as part of our monthly public awareness campaign – to create more exposure of this horrific trade and remind the public where these animals end up.

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Feel free to bring your own sign, or we will have plenty to go around, and please wear your Stop Live Exports T shirt if you have one; if you do NOT have one, we’ll have some there to sell.

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+61 (0) 457 309568
+61 (08) 6270 4489

Postal Address:
PO Box 499, Fremantle,
Western Australia, 6959

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USA / S. Korea: Aurora, Colorado USA Is Sister City To South Korea’s Seongnam – Capital Of The Dog Killing Nation !

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[Undercover Video] Horrors of the Moran Dog Meat Market in Seongnam, South Korea! See it to believe it!

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People of the USA:

If you want to help fight the grisly South Korean dog and cat meat trade and make a difference in South Korea, here are a few quick actions you can take that could save millions of dogs and cats each year.

Aurora, Colorado became sister city to South Korea’s Seongnam in 1992.

Click HERE for Press Release “Aurora Sister Cities International to host Korean Open House”!

Aurora Sister Cities International to host Korean Open House

Aurora is working to revitalize its sister city relationship with Seongnam, Republic of Korea. As part of that initiative, Aurora Sister Cities International will hold an open house, Aug. 14, 6 to 8 p.m., at the Aurora Municipal Center, 15151 E. Alameda Parkway. The entire community is invited to attend this outreach event and participate in the planning and development of the sister city programs. Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan will provide an overview of the many benefits to Aurora in partnering with this progressive and dynamic Asian city.  

Yet Seongnam, South Korea is responsible for the horrendous torture and killing of dogs and cats. The largest market in South Korea that sells dogs both dead and alive for meat is the infamous “Moran Market” in Seongnam in Gyeonggi-do province.

It is estimated that one third of all dog meat consumed in South Korea(2.5 million dogs each year) are distributed through this market. If you have ever wondered what a hell would be like, just take a visit or watch the videos on the Moran Market. This place is a “Hell on Earth” with helpless dogs in cages after cages waiting for the uncaring customers to order them to be slaughtered on the spot by electrocution, hanging, beating, and then thrown into boiling water sometimes while they are still alive. Dogs are being killed in full view of other terrified dogs in cages, in public and in broad daylight.

Millions of dogs tortured all their lives in unimaginable misery and agony in dog farms around the country come to meet their tragic and frightening ends at this market. Also, many abandoned and stolen former pets end up in this market.

Please watch the undercover videos from Seongnam’s Moran Market:

No matter where you live, please SIGN OUR PETITION and CONTACT Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan and Aurora City Council Members .

To make this easy we’ve included text for your call and emails below.

Email addresses: ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ;

Send letter (Use below suggested message or petition):

Mayor Steve Hogan
15151 E. Alameda Parkway
Aurora, CO 80012 USA

Call Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan. 303-739-7015

Call Aurora City Council Members.

Sally Mounier 303-739-7502
Renie Peterson 303-739-7506
Marsha Berzins 303-739-7508
Molly Markert 303-739-7516
Bob Roth 303-739-7510
Bob Broom 303-739-7015
Barbara Cleland 303-739-7524
Brad Pierce 303-739-7514
Debi Hunter Holen 303-739-7518
Bob LeGare 303-366-0113

Sign the PETITION.

Join our FACEBOOK EVENTto invite friends.


Dear Mayor Steve Hogan and Members of the Aurora City Council:

Please watch undercover video from the Moran Market in Seongnam, South Korea:

The city of Aurora should not be a sister city to any city that allows dogs and cats to be tortured and eaten. Please urge the Seongnam Mayor Jae-Myung Lee and Gyeonggi-do Governor Kyung-Pil Nam to close down Moran Dog Meat Market and all other illegal dog farms and slaughterhouses, markets, truckers and restaurants who serve their products. An online petition calling for your support in ending the horrendous South Korean dog and meat trade can be found at:
The favor of your reply is requested.
Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Your Name & Address

Various: Some Excellent News Snippets From Harmony Fund.



March Winds Blow Kisses to the Dogs of Romania


Yet again, our spectacular monthly supporters have enabled us to provide aid to three dog rescue centers in Romania. You’re providing food for more than 2,000 dogs here!

We thought you might enjoy seeing how that aid impacts a single dog.

This is Sienna who was found in a grocery store parking lot. She was hungry and shivering and was spotted by our beloved rescue partner Norica Prigoana who runs a very special rescue center in Gherla.

Norica took Sienna home for a warm bath to raise her body temperature, and after several good meals and time under the blankets, Sienna began to come around.

Every month Harmony Fund sends aid to sponsor the rescue, veterinary care and sheltering of street dogs in Romania who are injured or simply hungry & alone. The caregivers of these animals are some of the most selfless and devoted rescuers on the planet.


New Bosnian Dog Sanctuary – Love Abounds!


It’s a bit hard to get a photo of the stray dogs of Travnik standing up. Every time Bosnian rescuer Anela Elkazevic approaches, they simply fall over as the excitement of receiving affection washes over them. It’s hard to believe that gentle souls (like this one being warmed in blankets) are among the dogs under threat from a new task force of dog catchers. But many of the dogs can stop running soon. The fence is going up around the new sanctuary at this very moment and dogs will start pouring in next week.

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This gorgeous piece of land, pure wilderness, will become a haven for the dogs. We’ll start with fencing and then housing will be erected for a caretaker and for the dogs.  Volunteers from Germany will be helping to organize spay/neuter for the incoming dogs and to also help host an adoption program.

“You are amazing!” Anela wrote a few days ago when we sent funds to commence work. “Thank you very much!! Now we can start. This is a dream come true!”

Anela says the homeless dogs chase after her car to follow her home after she feeds them. She thinks of how many have chased after the cars of the families who left them. Soon, very soon, they’ll all be home and the only running they’ll do is to chase each other through those gorgeous, great big fields.

Delivery of 7,000+ meals to Turkish Street Cats 

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We’d love to take you all on a balloon ride over the streets of Avsallar, Turkey. This is something you simply must lay eyes on to appreciate. Volunteers here walk the streets for six to eight hours each day, feeding the hungry street animals. The sacks of food are wheeled along in carts and so many of the cats and dogs come running when they see the “chuck wagon” approaching. In a community where animals are chased and poisoned and stoned, we bring them love and good food. The lucky ones are adopted internationally. All of this is made possible by our monthly supporters.

Want to Volunteer in Turkey?
We’re in the middle of another round of spay/neuter here and always on the hunt for volunteers to come and spend a week and lend a hand feeding animals in the street. If you are interested, please email

European Games Campaign Making Headway?

Those of you who follow us on Facebook may know that we’ve been hosting the international protest against the round-up of dogs in advance of the upcoming European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan.  After watching undercover video and hearing reports from local residents that dogs were being rounded up to cleanse the streets, we went to work to force the European Games leadership to be held accountable for the welfare of dogs in host cities like Baku.

Here’s what we now know:

More than 20,000 people have signed our petition.

2 million people have experienced the campaign through social media.

This week, the state veterinary staff was seen administering rabies prevention to street dogs – instead of grabbing them and driving away.

The Communications Director for the European Games has been fired.

And we’ve been sponsoring the rescue of dogs through Baku Animal Rescue

It’s very difficult to penetrate such multi-million dollar events, but it’s possible that this time, we are being heard.

Food Delivery for Shelter in Donetsk, Ukraine


“At this time, we are only surviving because of your support.”  Those are the profound words uttered by Viktoria Vasilyeva who runs the PIF shelter in Eastern Ukraine.

“The situation with food for the dogs is desperate and we’re sending SOS signal wherever we can,” shelter worker Vita explains. “We’re collecting money to buy it in Russia because it’s possible to transport it to Donetsk as humanitarian aid in the end of March. We’re currently monitoring dog food prices on the Russian market because in Donetsk and other Ukrainian cities they are sky-high.”


In a thousand full moons, we couldn’t begin to express the depth of our gratitude for all of you who have donated to help. Please accept our apologies for asking for continued support for the animals here ,but the need is ongoing and substantial. We do need help.

Joyful Recovery as Paralyzed Street Dog Can Walk Once More


Frank was hit by a car a few weeks ago in Bosnia. Luckily a girl found him and started calling for help. She knocked on the door of her teacher, asking what to do.

“I got a call from my friend saying her student had found a dog in the middle of the road and he can’t move,” Suzana Demiraca told us. “I took him in. People helped locally to get the X-rays, food and diapers. He was very emaciated, dirty, scared, shocked and old (missing incisors). Radiographs showed a hip dysplasia on one leg and a broken femur on the other. So we took him to the surgery on a debt, because we couldn’t waste time, and risk leaving him paralyzed for the rest of his life. A week after the surgery I started massaging his legs, and after a few days of doing that we started doing some exercises. And then after two weeks, when the vet came to do a check-up Frank stood up!”

Suzana wrote us asking for help to pay for Frank’s veterinary debt and we were happy to help. After all, what greater joy than helping a dog to walk again. Frank is now walking fairly well and will be adopted by a woman in Italy who will bring him to physical therapy to continue his special care.

A TREMENDOUS THANK YOU to all of you who support the Harmony Fund and touch the lives of thousands of animals like Frank each and every month.

Please Consider Sharing & Donating

Though it’s always very uncomfortable to ask, we’d be so grateful for a donation from anyone who feels compelled to help us continue to save lives in the month ahead. And, if you perhaps might consider sharing this email with other animal lovers, we’d be more grateful than words can say.

Click Here to Make a Donation for the Animals 

Serbia: Felix Shelter Latest Pictures (end March 2015) of All The Beautiful Cats In Their Forever Home.

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The latest (end of March 2015) pictures of some of the cats at

Shelter Felix.

Danica must be so proud of them all – from their terrible beginnings of existing on the streets to a life now of a secure home, love; warmth and very regular food !

And we are sure you will agree; they are all in such magnificent condition – Congratulations Danica !!

All of the kitties in the shelter are safe and loved for life,

but they still do need help to aid with their keep.

Please give anything you can – thank you.

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