Serbia Investigations – EU ‘Candidate Country’ ?

Serbian Investigations – An ‘EU Candidate Country’. Do we Expect This from EU Member States ?


I want to pick up again on some of our (SAV) past work in Serbia; not for any specific reason; just that it fits well into the recent post by Venus which deals with stray animals within the EU -here is the link:   – I have also added some links and video footage at the end of this post.

Firstly, welcome to everyone and anyone who visits the site from around the globe – it is good to see you and I hope you and I hope you find our articles of interest.

Secondly, and very importantly; never judge the way of a nation by the actions of just a few folk that live there. Serbia has some brilliant animal campaigners, and it has been my pleasure over the last 15+ years to work with many of them – people who have my full respect and people that I can call friends. There are some great little private, individual shelters where people are doing everything they can for animals – check out this SAV Facebook site of ours to see what I mean:

I threw together some information about Serbian animal welfare legislation some years back – visit here for more of the same:

Today I want to track back to an issue we dealt with many years ago – that of the welfare of animals on some Serbian farms. Please remember, Serbia is currently a nation which is a ‘Candidate Country’ to join the EU. To become a member state, it will supposedly enforce all the legislation required of it under EU rules. But we know these don’t work anyway, and the EU never enforces its own legislation; as we have proven so many times with animal transport breaches over the years regarding Regulation 1/2005.


So, the (EU) rules say that all farm animals must be kept to certain standards – which is a joke really considering how many times we have helped to expose EU wrong doings in the past:

Going back; we looked into specific farm animal welfare in the past. As part of the CIWF campaign team in the past; I was able to call on their extensive experience to help me with regard a few things about EU / Serbian farm animal welfare legislation. Phil helped me a lot and contributed to one of the articles I did on SAV.

Have a look at these pictures that we published at the time – taken on a Serbian farm:


If you are / have been a meat eater in the past; would you want to eat meat that has been raised in this way ? – this is footage that was taken undercover on a Serbian farm a few years back. It is totally non compliant with EU standards; as detailed in the following links:

Watch this video:

Remember, Serbia is now a Candidate Country to become an official EU member state.

In the end, the Serbian authorities had to come clean and confirm that the sheep had been shipped live from Serbia. And just for the record, all the shelters threatened with closure by the authorities as part of this expose were left to carry on with their excellent work.

Remember – Serbia is a EUROPEAN NATION – we expect better animal welfare standards of it.

Still to come – out expose of Serbian Zoos and the terrible conditions which animals have to endure – fighting to survive daily whilst the authorities ignore meeting their legal requirements to undertake inspections.

Best regards to all;



One Response

  1. Unfortunately the world is a great country, every where I lay the eye, I find horrible and disgusting situations in which animals are involved.
    As long as there is “speciesism”, men who will eat meat/fish and animal products… the abuses will continue.
    It is painful to note that some improvements can be made only with force actions (PETA or other animal welfare associations). But only a few, too few.
    In “civilized” countries we have little creatures tortured and vivisectional , or abused in laboratories. In Korea and China they eat our pets. Atrocious suffering is inflicted on bulls in Spain. In Switzerland wolves are killed and if the hunting law changes, the beavers, the swans, the heron, the lynx will be targeted… Shall I continue?
    Man in addition to destroying Planet Earth with his reckless behavior, will lead to the destruction of all living creatures

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