Serbia: Attila’s Story – From Wild Stray To Shelter Beauty !

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We first laid eyes on Attila last spring, when he was a stray tom roaming the village but he was extremely distrustful of people and impossible to catch. We tried and put a humane cat trap in a field where he was seen on a few occasions, but he’d never dreamt of getting near a trap, much less entering it, so all of our efforts ended up with a huge failure.

After that he disappeared and we hadn’t seen him in months, although we were notified that various people were running into him from time to time. Unfortunately he was always at a different location, incredibly cautious and he was fleeing at high speed as soon as he saw anyone approaching him.

Finally, after months of waiting, worrying and trying to figure out how to catch the uncatchable one, we received information that he was wandering in a nearby field, so we put a humane cat trap out there for the zillionth time and kept our fingers crossed that he would enter the trap at last. And he did, eventually, although he was hissing, growling and tried his best to break out of the trap, but the steel wire endured his attacks and he was successfully transferred to a larger cage, still furious and utterly unhappy.


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His behavior changed drastically when he realized that he had his own cozy cat bed and regular tasty meals; in no time he began to knead his new bed and became as cuddly and sweet as can be.

The vet’s exam showed he was around four of five years old and FIV positive, which is not surprising considering the life he was leading. Anyway, he has been given Interferon since then and now the time is coming for his neutering surgery, which has to be done under inhalation anesthesia, as FIV positive cats are particularly sensitive when it comes to receiving anesthetics. He also needs to be vaccinated against contagious diseases and rabies, as well as microchipped before he can join the other cats.

Would you please consider contributing towards Attila’s expenses?

He will certainly become a magnificent fluffy beauty once he puts on some weight and we’re certain his coat will shine in all of its luxurious, fluffy glory after just some good food, love, care and maybe even a bath.


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This new chapter in his life has just begun and with your help, he’ll be getting healthier and more handsome by the day.

Thanks a lot in advance to all of you who are willing and able to help this gorgeous kitty boy become what he was meant to be from the very beginning!








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UK: From 6/4/16 ALL Dogs Will Be Required To Be Microchipped – Good News For Dogs; Bad News For Puppy ‘Farms’ !

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SAV Comment – SAV very much welcome any process that will ensure lost dogs are reunited with their rightful owners.  We also very much welcome this incentive as a major route to the removal of puppy farms from the (UK) country, which this legislation will cause.  As a campaign group for Serbia, we would very much welcome the introduction of a national system in Serbia similar to this in the UK, but we do understand that corruption dominates everything in Serbia and that such a system is very unlikely.  In Serbia, all dogs could be microchipped at the same time they are sterilised, using funding support from the government and the vast contributions made financially by the EU – This process could apply to both owned and stray animals.  Owners of ‘owned’ dogs could be fined for allowing / turning their dogs out onto the street each day to reproduce with currently un sterilised strays.  It is not rocket science to introduce such a scheme; but sadly Serbian politicians and authorities seem very reluctant to do so – we think they call it ‘corruption’.  All the time animals are not sterilised, the process of yet more unfortunate, sad strays being born to a pitiful life on the street continues.  Sadly, the current Serbian system only pays dividends to authorities for each stray killed; rather than investing the money into sterilisation programmes to reduce numbers over time. 

Only when Serbian groups / shelters ALL pull together to approach the government about this specific issue will we ever witness any progress in Serbia.  Groups cannot do it on their own, and people elsewhere cannot forever keep putting their money into stray animal upkeep by these same groups when at the same time there is no combined pressure being applied by these groups on the government as a united force.

Serbian groups need to work together to achieve a result for animals and to get them sterilised and microchipped.  This is what has been done in the UK (the ‘microchipping alliance’) – see below.  The Serbian government will only act when they are given major opposition by this front of united animal welfare groups.  This needs to come from ALL aspects of Serbian animal welfare groups, not just the odd one.

Legislation in Serbia needs to come from groups and organisations right across Serbia, not from elsewhere.  The groups currently on SAV Facebook need to unite and be a governmental opposition force !


From 6 April 2016 all dogs in England, Scotland and Wales will be legally required to be microchipped and their details registered on one of the authorised databases such as Petlog. Northern Ireland has already introduced this measure.

The idea behind this move, which has been campaigned for by numerous animal pressure groups working collectively as the Microchipping Alliance, a group which includes the British Veterinary Association, the Kennel Club, the Dogs Trust and the RSPCA, is to encourage all dog owners to take responsibility for keeping their pet.

How the system will work

Under the law owners are obliged to keep (your) details up to date on the database. Police and local authority employees will be issued with microchip reader scanners so that instant enforcement of the law can be carried out. A time window will be allowed for the owner to get the chipping done if their pet is caught without a chip. After which a £500 fine for failing to comply will be issued. Full details of the change to the law will emerge over the next few months.

If you sell or otherwise pass the dog on, you as the previous keeper are required to register the new keeper (the wording used is ‘keeper’ rather than ‘owner’ with regard to microchips).

Similarly if our your dog dies, you must inform the database that holds your pet’s details.

Puppies must be chipped at their second set of vaccinations – and around the time they are weaned – at 8 plus weeks.

Why is there seen to be a need for this enforcement?

The majority of owners are naturally very caring and responsible about their dog, how they treat it and its behaviour in society. The dogs kept by such owners are often microchipped already, in order that they can be more easily reunited in the event of the dog being lost.

Unfortunately some people who keep dogs very clearly are not responsible enough to have the care of a living creature in their hands. For one reason or another, neglect, abandonment and abuse of animals is common place, as is the casual breeding of dogs as an ‘easy earner’ from breading puppies in unsuitable conditions in order to earn a few pounds selling them down the pub, to full scale puppy farming businesses.

*** One of the intentions of the legislation is that dogs coming from puppy farms and other unregulated animal breeding will also be traceable under the law. ***

Dogs are stolen quite frequently and it is hoped that microchipping will help in ownership disputes and quicken the process of reuniting those dogs with their real owners.

With microchipping, keepers and their dogs will have an official relationship, rather as they did under the old dog licence. Additionally, the modern technology of microchipping will not only help lost dogs be re-united with their families, it will also connect liable human beings to abused animals. Mistreatment of animals will still happen even if dogs are micrcochipped, but now there will be some redress against the perpetrator on behalf of society and – equally importantly – on behalf of the dog.

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National legislation by a united animal welfare front – good news for UK dogs !



USA: Meat Is Murdering American Rivers – Will America Act Or Have Another Burger ?



Meat Is Murdering American Rivers

Government data shows that food processing plants are the biggest toxic polluters of waterways in the U.S.

David Kirby has been a professional journalist for 25 years. His third book, Death at Seaworld, was published in 2012.

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There is no question that industrial agriculture is polluting the nation’s waterways, but huge factory farms are not the only culprits: Food processing plants also dump millions of pounds of toxic waste into rivers, lakes, and streams, according to an analysis released by Environment America, a national coalition of advocacy groups.

The report listed the top 15 water polluters in terms of volume but focused mostly on Tyson Foods, which processes 73 million pounds of beef, pork, and poultry every week.

“Tyson Foods Inc. and its subsidiaries dumped 104 million pounds of pollutants into waterways from 2010 to 2014,” the report said, citing the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Toxic Release Inventory.

Of the 15 entities on the list, six are involved in food processing, including fourth-ranking Cargill (50.4 million pounds) and Perdue Farms (30 million pounds). Collectively, the six companies discharged 243 million pounds of waste, or 36 percent of the total.

“Over the years, we noticed that corporate agriculture is at or near the top of the list,” said John Rumpler, senior attorney at Environment America. Processing plants, he added, are the tip of the toxic iceberg when it comes to industrial agriculture.

“This doesn’t even begin to count the millions of tons of manure at factory farms,” Rumpler said. “The total pollution discharge, which is much larger than these self-reported direct discharge figures, do not get reported to EPA.”

Tyson’s direct discharges were second only to those of AK Steel Holding Corp., at 107.2 million pounds, and well ahead of the third-largest polluter, the U.S. Department of Defense, at 63.3 million pounds.

The sixth-largest polluter was oil-and-gas giant Koch Industries, with 34.2 million pounds. The company has spent millions to oppose environmental regulations and question global climate change.

At the bottom of the list was ExxonMobil, which discharged 15.3 million pounds, seven times less than Tyson.

The discharges, for the most part, are legal. Under the federal Clean Water Act, facilities can discharge toxic waste into waterways if they obtain a permit from the EPA. “Most releases reported to and tracked by the TRI Program are permitted under other EPA programs,” an agency spokesperson wrote in an email.

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Tyson spokesperson Gary Mickelson said in an email that Environment America “is misinterpreting the information we regularly provide the EPA.”

“We vigorously refute these misleading claims by Environment America,” Mickelson said. “The water we use is returned to streams and rivers only after it’s been properly treated by wastewater treatment systems that are government regulated and permitted,” he said.

But the EPA spokesperson confirmed that “Tyson-owned facilities reported releasing 104 million pounds of toxic chemicals in waste to surface water over the last five years.”

Almost all of Tyson’s releases were nitrate compounds, the EPA spokesperson said. Excess nitrates can lead to massive algal blooms that can choke waterways and kill huge numbers of fish. Blue-green algae releases gases that are harmful to humans.

High nitrate levels in drinking water can also cause “blue baby syndrome” in infants, which reduces the ability of blood to carry oxygen. Nitrates may also increase the risk of diabetes.

The EPA insists it is enforcing the law.

“EPA has taken a number of enforcement actions [against illegal discharges] in the last several years,” the agency spokesperson said.

Environmentalists contend the Clean Water Act is not being properly enforced.

Kelly Hunter Foster, senior attorney at Waterkeeper Alliance, said in an email that state and federal governments are mandated to control discharges, “but they are failing in nearly every way possible.”

The EPA has directed states to adopt limits on phosphorus and nitrogen discharges, but no state has applied them to all of its waters, while 27 states have not adopted any limits, Hunter Foster said.

“Because most states do not have these water-quality standards, Clean Water Act discharge permits end up being based on ‘technology based’ standards that are developed largely on cost without regard to the actual impact on water quality,” she said.

That means the toxic discharges will continue.

“It’s an awful lot of pollution,” Rumpler said. “If any of it is illegal, then someone needs to enforce the law. And if it’s legal, then those permits are obviously too weak.”


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