Here below is some important news in relation to EU stray animals – it is given in both English and German links.
English – eci_press_release-2
German – evpressemitteilung-6-10-16
For years we have been campaigning to be a voice for the street / stray animals of the EU; to get them treated humanely and without suffering and the killing which regularly takes place in several EU member states.
A dog catching / killing team at work in Serbia
As you know, we have worked the same for Serbian strays within Serbia. The government has always intentionally ignored our evidence that sterilisation undertaken on stray animals over a period of time leads to the decline in strays.
The ECI shows that, and as outlined in the attached PR; that neuter and return is CHEAPER than the catch and kill tactics used by some states; including Serbia. As the PR indicates, member states who do apply the no kill policy not only enhance their own reputation with their own citizens, but also enhance their reputation with citizens from abroad and other EU member states.
We have shown the corruption of the system used by authorities to put money for animal welfare into their own back pockets instead. Serbia wishes to become an EU member state – and is currently in the process of application, whilst being handed billions of Euros by the EU for same. Again, money destined for animals ending up in the back pockets of corrupt officials. We have never seen Serbia apply the ‘rules of law’ for Serbian stray animals. Application of the rule of law by any nation seeking EU membership must be shown by that nation prior to membership. One could argue that the way in which Serbia deals with its stray animals is just one of the issues preventing Serbia from becoming an EU member state.
The verdict of the European Court is expected within the next few weeks. We very much hope that the court acts in favour of EU animals and most EU citizens in taking positive action for stray animals, Unless nations such as Serbia and Romania do take positive animal reduction strategies based around the ‘no kill’ approach; but instead aimed at long term sterilisation attitudes; Serbia will continue to wander as an outcast nation that is not wanted by the majority of EU citizens who do care for animals and their welfare.
It is also down to Serbian citizens – taxpayers – to ask if the current methods of stray animal ‘control’ are actually working; are the people getting anything back for the money they are paying out ? – are stray animal numbers actually on the decline, or as we suspect, are they actually increasing despite all the money the government and regional authorities are throwing into killing strays ?
Regardless of the outcome, there are very interesting times ahead on the horizon for the welfare and humane treatment of stray animals throughout Europe.
Filed under: CAMPAIGNS - Global Animal Welfare Issues, DOCUMENTS, GENERAL NEWS - International / National / Regional, LETTERS, PHOTOGRAPHS - **WARNING** (Animal Suffering), SERBIA (Central Serbia: Capital - Belgrade) and (Serbia, SHINTERS (Dog catchers), The "Serbian Animals Voice (SAV) ALLIANCE |