Romania: Carmen Tells Of Her Meetings At The EU Regarding Romanian Stray Animals.

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Carmen tells and EU journalist about her very recent meetings in the EU regarding the situation for stray animals in Romania.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCi60m33qzg

When Carmen returns to Romania we may make contact with her over the issue of Serbia and its treatment / policy against stray animals.

Before she left Romania for her meetings at the EU, we contacted Carmen to give her our full support.  We asked her to also mention the situation for strays in Serbia when she met the EU personnel, and this she promised us she would do.

When we have more information from Carmen on her return to Romania we shall publish it.  In the meantime, please watch the video for a review of events.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCi60m33qzg

See also:

Janusz Wojciechowski MEP: Killing dogs in Romania

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9eZuVkH7xA&feature=share

 

 

‘Ho Chi Greaseball’ Cameron Kisses Chinese Presidents Backside Whilst Thousands Of UK Steelworkers Loose Jobs Thanks To Cheap Chinese Steel Imports.

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Go Home Now You Animal and Human Rights Abuser

– We Don’t Want You Here !

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Ho Chi Greaseball Checks Out His Next Cheapo Chinese Built Home

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This Wall Should Keep 15,000 British Steelworkers From My Door; Can I Have One Round My New China House ?

and Human Rights In Tibet – I Never Bring That Up

I Am A ‘Suck Up To China’ British PM !

and George Also

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Further reading:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/chinese-ambassador-says-jeremy-corbyn-will-not-question-the-chinese-president-over-human-rights-a6698826.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-34571910

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Serbia: It Now Appears The Sheep Exported Live To Israel WERE From Serbia; Despite The Threats.

Our recent post on this site said – “The Serbian government / Ministry are claiming that animals were NEVER exported from Serbia in the first place and that we are wrong in what we say”.

Well it would appear that upon further investigation at our request by the EU, the EU Commission has been informed by the Serbian Ministry of Agriculture that the animals did originate from Serbia; in direct opposition to what was said to us earlier.

When Serbian campaigners questioned the Ministry about this issue in the recent past they were informed that they were ‘wasting Ministry time’.

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2015/09/26/further-news-about-exports-to-israel/

But as a result of campaigners continuous “questioning” to the Ministry on the issue; they were then threatened with closure the shelter “Alex” (for stray dogs and others) as some kind of vindictive revenge for asking normal questions about the export consignment.

Now it appears that the Serbian Ministry are telling the EU that the animals did originate in Serbia; and that they were shipped to Israel in accordance with EU Reg 1/2005 and all IATA standards.  We cannot currently prove or disapprove this at the current time.  Possibly all was correct in the air; but why did the Serbian Ministry deny any involvement with the export consignment ?

Yes we agree, the photos on the posts were only taken in Israel; we have never denied that and make that clear in our posts.

But this does prove that the Serbian authorities will make threats to close down animal shelters within Serbia if questions about their work is asked by welfare campaigners.  Suddenly we have a letter from the EU informing us that the lambs that we were informed ‘Serbia had no dealing with’, have suddenly been ‘exported from Serbia by air in accordance with all the regulations’ –  and a threat made by the Serbian authorities to close down a shelter (Alex) if we kept on ‘wasting Ministry time’ !

Here is the EU letter we have just been sent to confirm the situation:

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Past links and photos:

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2015/09/26/further-news-about-exports-to-israel/

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2015/09/18/serbia-breaking-news-serbia-exports-live-sheep-to-israel/

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2015/09/21/england-sav-now-write-to-eu-commissioner-hahn-regarding-serbia-israeli-live-animal-transport/

Was our persistence a waste of time ? – we think not.

But the very worrying aspect of this is the threats made to welfare groups by the Serbian Ministry when outsiders question them or anything they do – a shelter could have now been closed and animals back on the street to be killed by shinters and authorities.

Does this not stink of some kind of corruption ? – see our new post on the Romanian situation  – https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2015/10/20/romania-serbia-mr-janusz-wojciechowski-mep-video-interview-killing-dogs-in-romania-just-the-same-as-killing-dogs-in-serbia/

As EU citizens and investigators, Do we continue to investigate (and take the Serbian Ministry threats for shelter closure) or do we just shut up and let them continue without any programme of stray animal management – just like Romania ? – see the above link.

Crunch time folks !

Serbia – if you are going to join the EU; then clean up your animal welfare policies and enforce them; as EU welfare groups from across the continent will be hot on your heels all the time to show where you are failing – and report you as a consequence.

 

 

 

 

Romania / Serbia: Mr Janusz Wojciechowski MEP Video Interview: Killing dogs in Romania – just the same as killing dogs in Serbia.

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Janusz Wojciechowski MEP: Killing dogs in Romania: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9eZuVkH7xA&feature=share

The title could and should also be for the killing of dogs in Serbia as well as Romania.

President of the EU Wojciechowski animal welfare intergroup Janusz Wojciechowski MEP gives a very interesting and informative interview on the dog situation in Romania; the huge finances involved (supplied by the EU) which are NOT being put into sterlilisations and other areas of good animal welfare control.  Instead it is going into authority corruption; just as we have said and shown in Serbia over many years of work.

Everything said by Mr. Wojciechowski in the video which can very easily also be applied to the stray animal killing and corruption which is going on in Serbia.  Remember that Serbia is currently going through EU accession !

We have learned a lot from this interview and we will now be looking at also taking the same issues to the EU authorities; Commissions and animal welfare Intergroup regarding Serbia’s disgusting treatment of stray animals.

The people at the EU Enlargement Commission responsible for Serbian accession have completely ignored all the data we have presented to them.  They are never in response to us – we and all of our evidence are simply ignored.

So now we have to move on and take alternative action(s).

We will aim to also use ‘Public Health’ across the EU as the basis for our evidence.  We know that Serbian campaigners can also put pressure on their national authorities about this issues – especially as Serbia wants to join the EU !

As Mr. Wojciechowski declares; the non implementation of providing basic shelters and sterilisations for all stray animals by the Romanian authorities in “very bad”.  It is seen that between 250 and 500 Euros of EU money – almost double the monthly wage for Romanians; is being paid by the authorities for the killing of every single stray animal in Romania; whist the same authorities are putting not one Euro into shelters and stray animal sterilisations to reduce animal numbers in the long term. 

Oh how all of this stinks of the very same actions by Serbian government and ministry, and regional authorities.  Corruption is the big player in Romania, as has now been exposed to the EU Commission and authorities – and the very same thing is happening in Serbia.

We have been trying to expose the corruption and lack of progress by the Serbian authorities for many years.  Now the EU is waking up to what is happening in Romania; we have an obligation to provide the EU with all the on going evidence we have regarding the situation in Serbia.

As Mr. Wojciechowski says in the video; Public Health is an EU wide issue, not a national issue as the Romania authorities want everyone to believe.  Everthing can be mirrored directly into the Serbian authorities actions and what is being said by the Serbian government and authorities.

The coming months will be interesting !

Video link –  Janusz Wojciechowski MEP: Killing dogs in Romania:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9eZuVkH7xA&feature=share

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Further update 20/10/15.

The above post, including the video link, has now been sent to the EU Animal Welfare Intergroup; members of the EU Enlargement Commission (for Serbia) as well as to Enlargement Commissioner Hahn at the EU.

Our first formal report should finally be produced within the next week and we will provide a link to it on this site for all to see.  The report, if necessary will be the first of several detailing the evidence we and others have provided to the Enlargement Commission as well as information from other organisations and groups undertaking animal welfare in Serbia.

If the EU Commission is unprepared to enforce the Serbian authorities to act within Serbia for stray animal legislation; then we are now preparing to take our case to the European Courts.  Our report(s) are / will be produced in order to provide full details of what lack of action the EU Enlargement Commission is taking in Serbia regarding enforcement of  ‘the Rule of law’; which they at the EU proudly promote and inform us is a paramount requirement for any new state seeking EU accession.

This has now gone beyond ‘Serbia’ national legislation.  With the money the EU is providing to Serbia; just like Romania, for alleged animal welfare; none of it is being used to the benefit of animals.

If we have to show this to the EU courts, then we will.

Over the next few weeks we will consider what way we are now to move on, and how we will do it.

For the above video link, replace ‘Romania’ with ‘Serbia’ – this will form the basis of our case.  Corruption at the expense of animal deaths.

Public Health in Serbia will now become an EU issue for the new EU member state called Serbia that wishes to join.

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USA: Rhino Hunter Sues Airline So He Can Bring His Animal Trophy Home.

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American Hunter Corey Knowlton. (Photos: Facebook; Martin Harvey/Getty Images; Flickr)

Rhino Hunter Sues Airline So He Can Bring His Animal Trophy Home

Hunting groups claim Delta’s ban on big game hunting trophies is ‘discriminatory.’

 

Taylor Hill is an associate editor at TakePart covering environment and wildlife.

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Last year, when Texas big game hunter Corey Knowlton purchased a $350,000 permit to hunt and kill a critically endangered black rhino in Namibia, he did so with the intention of bringing the dead animal back to the U.S. with him.

But that was before a Minnesota dentist shot Cecil, Zimbabwe’s most famous lion, and commercial carriers, under mounting public pressure, banned the transport of lion, elephant, tiger, and rhino trophies on their flights. United, American, and Delta Airlines all joined South African Airways and Emirates, which put such policies in place earlier in 2015, in enacting the ban.

So when Knowlton tried to bring his prized carcass back after a much-scrutinized May 2015 hunt, Delta allegedly denied his request to transport the animal from southern Africa. To Knowlton and a consortium of pro-hunting groups, that’s discrimination against hunters.

In a lawsuit filed Oct. 15, Dallas Safari Club, Houston Safari Club, Conservation Force, Knowlton, and others argue that Delta’s ban on big game trophy transport is unlawful, “robbing the species of the enhancement tourist hunting provides,” the suit claims.

RELATED:  Group Gets Death Threats Over Plan to Hunt Endangered Rhino

Essentially Knowlton and the pro-hunting groups are arguing two points: Delta can’t discriminate against what its passengers can transport if it’s been deemed “legal cargo” by federal authorities, and the new ban is hindering conservation efforts raised through trophy hunting permit fees like Knowlton’s.

“Delta cannot discriminate against passengers or cargo,” the suit continues. “Trophies of the ‘Big Five’ [lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, rhinoceros] are not dangerous goods. Delta’s irresponsible embargo appears to be based on misinformation and a misunderstanding of the legal status of these goods, and motivated by a desire to placate a noisy and ill-advised group of Facebook posters, at the expense of conservation programs, wildlife, livelihoods of local peoples, and the interests of plaintiffs.”

Delta Airlines has not responded to a request for comment regarding the suit.

The lawsuit reeks of a publicity stunt, according to Chris Green, executive director of Harvard Law School’s animal law program—and a bad one at that.

“I cannot think of a less sympathetic plaintiff to challenge Delta’s commonsense policy than Corey Knowlton—the Texan who paid to kill one of Africa’s rarest black rhinos,” Green said in an email. “No rational airline ever would want to be associated with transporting this endangered animal’s butchered body out of Africa just to go hang on some rich American’s wall.”

Green was integral in pushing the trophy transport issue into the public domain earlier this year. In May he created a petition calling for Delta to change its policies; it garnered nearly 400,000 signatures.

Now, with the ban in place, he sees the hunting groups’ court challenge and the arguments listed as “desperation.”

“Multiple studies (some of them by the hunting industry itself) have determined that only around 3 percent of trophy hunting revenues ever trickle down to the local communities impacted by such hunting,” Green wrote.

In one of these studies, it was shown that large, captivating species such as elephants are worth a lot more alive than dead—76 times more. That’s because tourists are willing to spend big bucks to visit ecotourism camps in Africa for the chance to see and photograph elephants. The study estimated that just one elephant, over the course of its life, would generate $1.6 million to the local economy compared with the $23,000 or so the animals’ tusks would bring to the black market from poaching or the $40,000 estimated cost for a 10-day legal elephant trophy hunt.

“As we saw with Cecil, nearly all of the income from big game hunting ends up concentrated in the hands of a few (often Western-run) hunting operations that have nothing to do with conservation,” Green wrote.

As for Delta not meeting its legal obligations as a “common carrier” and discriminating against hunters, Green said that’s a stretch.