SCIENCE MAY HAVE FOUND A CURE FOR MOST EVILS;
BUT IT HAS FOUND NO REMEDY FOR THE WORST OF THEM ALL;
THE APATHY OF THE HUMAN BEING.
Mahatma Gandhi, (1869–1948)
“To my mind, the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being. I should be unwilling to take the life of a lamb for the sake of the human body. I hold that, the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man“.
‘Serbian Animals Voice’ (SAV) is a completely volunteer run organisation made up of animal volunteers from several countries in Europe, including England, Serbia, Germany, Austria and Italy.
SAV was specifically founded for the better treatment of all animals within the Balkans states; particularly Serbia. Our main aim within Serbia has been to try and help stray / roaming animals; dogs and cats; and to get national legislation enforced by the Serbian government.
Serbia has some good animal welfare legislation – you can read more about this by clicking on the tab ‘About Serbian Animals’ located at the top of the page. The problem has always been that despite this good legislation ‘on paper’, the reality is that there has been very little in the way of a real management long term numbers reduction plan or action by the government and authorities to enforce any of the existing legislation.
Serbia is currently going through the ‘accession’ process of attempting to become a future member state of the European Union (EU). As a result of this, the EU is providing Serbia with many millions of Euros in advance of its membership to help with infrastructure development. As SAV comprises several current EU citizens and taxpayers; we thus want a return for the money we are pumping into Serbia – the return being that we want to see the reality – or drastic improvements by the Serbian government in the way that Serbian animals are treated.
Serbia should be taking improvement action for animals in accordance with the requirements of the Copenhagen agreement – existing EU law; which declares that any country seeking EU accession has to prove that it is enforcing its OWN national legislation – more simply known as the EU ‘the rule of law’. It is only when any accession state can prove to the EU that it (the state) is actually enforcing its own ‘national’ rules of law, that this state should then be considered as being in agreement with the rules of EU membership. Only then can the candidate country (in this case Serbia) be considered for EU membership.
Obligations for candidate countries
Countries that want to join the EU have to make sure that:
their judiciary is independent and impartial. This includes, for example, guaranteed access to justice, fair trial procedures, adequate funding for courts and training for magistrates and legal practitioners.
their government and its officials and agents are accountable under the law and that political leaders and decision-makers take a clear stance against corruption.
the process by which laws are prepared, approved and enforced is transparent, efficient, and fair. Laws must be clear, publicised, stable, fair, and protect fundamental rights.
Serbia is currently failing to enforce its own national legislation with regard the treatment of stray animals; and we show this many times in the posts of this site. Serbian animal welfare laws exist but there is never any attempt by the authorities to enforce them – Thus, in our opinion, Serbia is NOT meeting the EU membership requirements of enforcing its rules of law, and as such, Serbia should not currently be considered as a suitable candidate country for EU accession. Only when we see the Serbian government enforce EXISTING Serbia legislation for the protection of animals, will we as an organisation consider that Serbia should be given any opportunity to become an EU member states.
SAV is a completely volunteer run organisation. We are completely self funded. As you can see from the site we do not have anything relating directly to donations for ourselves; instead we ask you to consider giving your money to animal organisations of your choice via the links and posts we publish on this site. Over the past three years we have spread our wings to encompass many other animal welfare issues from around the world, as well as still campaigning hard for animals within Serbia.
We ask you please when you can to support any e mailing, letter writing or petition signing which we may request on any of our posts.
We DO NOT HAVE ANY FINANCIAL INTERESTS FOR THE GROUP, and we are entirely self funded.
As you can see, we do NOT have any SAV donations link on the site.
We are not after your cash, but animals in need around the World are are – please help them.
All we ask is if you are considering giving a donation to us, you instead find the group or organisation of your choice from our hundreds of posts, and give directly to them; by-passing us. There are lots of animal groups around the world who are desperate for donations – we will attempt to show some of these site ‘donations’ links and then leave the rest to you to decide if and where your donation goes.
No financial benefits or incentives of any kind are given to any person undertaking work for the SAV Team – it is all voluntary. We run this site only out of respect for all animals.
There have been / now are many well known animal welfare campaigners. Please Click on the following link to see many of these:
The SAV Team is comprised of the following principal members from England (UK), Republic of Serbia, Germany, Austria and Italy:
Mark Johnson (Founder)
– Kent, England, UK.
“Sometimes angels can be devils too !”
Sanctum Sanctorum – Phantasmagoria – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_LGZzVo0A8U
RAF ‘Tornado’ (It kind of gets in your blood !)
The Mach Loop in Wales.
Tornado boys go low, fast and dirty through the valleys.
German Tornado boys get down and dirty out over Goose Bay
– shows what a good little machine it is !
Why do Tornado’s always look dirty all around the lower tail section ? (see the sooty black tail area in the above pic – click on it to enlarge)
Good question – it is fitted with engine thrust reversers which have clamshell type doors.
When they operate, all the engine exhaust is blown up and out across the lower tail – hence dirty tails over time.
Have a look:
‘This is what it feels like’ – some great in cockpit footage from the latest RAF Typhoon Eurofighter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCqiiOO3ZzI
Fly as a Tornado GR4 (617 Squadron – ‘The Dambusters’) backseater over the North Sea between the UK and the Netherlands: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=fvwp&v=r_8unmkdRsc&NR=1
Old RAF footage showing Tornado, Jaguar (single seater) and Buccaneer (2 seat) doing their bit in the Gulf – see the Tornado getting down and dirty over the desert and flying through the canyons: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1NDllRFbsY&feature=endscreen&NR=1
RAF Tornado out over the Falkland Islands – South Atlantic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKCLJ0O7J6w&list=PLEB763AE8EA1A0DCB
‘The Boys from Bahrain’ – RAF operations: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJV-3Pto0Kg
Some brilliant footage of French Air Force ‘Mirage F1’ pilots going down and dirty on ops out over Chad: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUBWdhwJTT0
German Air Force Tornado =
GAF gets down and dirty in Canada – low level:
Close ups of GAF during take off:
“I had a bloody good time doing military fast jets for 24 years; ‘down and dirty’ with the best – ‘RAF Tornado’.
.. but to be honest, the animal rights / welfare person in me has always been just as strong as the ‘proper’ day job Marky, a kind of ultimate destination for me really; and there is nothing quite like the satisfaction to be gained by anyone, anywhere, helping to save the lives of, and improving the welfare of animals in need; no matter how big or small their dedication, contribution or effort; everyone simply does what they can to make things better !
– I am delighted to be an animals voice; one of many, in this crazy, cruel, (and unfortunately) money-driven world”
Mark Johnson – Founder SAV – Kent, England UK.
Above – (SAV founder Mark) Touring the EU in 1997 with UK animal welfare organisation ‘Compassion In World Farming – CIWF – – campaigning against (EU) intensive farming.
Above – Mark and Golda send a message.
Below – Golda enjoys the Kent snow in the back yard !
Mark – Animal Work – A History Of
Mark is an Englishman who has been involved directly with live animal transport investigations and campaigning in England, UK, for around 26 years. In 2003 he made formal presentations to the UK Government Ministry – DEFRA (previously MAFF) in their London HQ regarding his investigation work into the export of British horses to mainland Europe for meat, although he / it was proven that the animals were not identified as officially going to Europe for slaughter. Proof was obtained by the undercover trailing of live horse transporters into Europe, supplemented with export licenses and a lot of other hard work !.
Mark lives in the English County of Kent which is located on the South East corner of England – you can exactly where by visiting this link:
Kent county is known as ‘The Garden of England’ because of all the beautiful fruit that it produces –
Kent, which is also known as the ‘County of the White Horse’ (or ‘Kent Invicta’) is full of ancient history (Bronze / Iron age, Roman and Viking onwards) – Julius Caesar landed in Kent when he first invaded the UK in 55BC. Kent has some fantastic historic buildings and houses (see the above link for more) , but as a county is also the modern day ‘Gateway to Europe’; being the English county closest to France and Belgium, and as such has major ferry and rail ports serving these. There is also the Channel Tunnel; where you can put your truck or car on the train, take a train ride right under the English Channel and be in mainland Europe within an hour and a half maximum.
25 + Years of Live Animal Exports
Above – Mark and friends campaign against live calf exports
– Dover, Kent, England.
Above – an exported British calf is crated – probably in the Netherlands
Mark was the EU Correspondent, Legal Beagle and web site producer for local (Kent, England, UK based) animal welfare and anti live export organisation, “Kent Action Against Live Exports (KAALE)” for about 11 years.
Compassion In World Farming (CIWF)
Web site link:
Prior to his work as EU Correspondent and web site producer for KAALE; Mark was for around 10 years the Kent representative for CIWF – Compassion In World Farming – http://www.ciwf.org.uk/ which campaigns about all aspects of farm animal cruelty as well as live animal transport.
Over the years, Mark gained many good friends at CIWF by being part of the team.
In 2003 at an event in London, England; Mark, accompanied by partner Joanne (see her photos below), was presented with the CIWF – http://www.ciwf.org.uk/ award for ‘Campaigner of the Year’ in recognition of his work into the UK live export trade (calves, sheep, pigs) and also for his investigative work as part of the CIWF Investigations Unit into the export of live horses to Europe for the meat trade; (as detailed above).
Above – Joanne (Jo) in her floppy ‘Paddington bear’ hat !
Above – at the London 2003 Event
To this day, Mark will never forget what was witnessed in the investigations into beautiful, live horses being exported from the UK to Europe as a scam for the meat trade under the guise of ‘riding horses’. This, combined with live farm animal export work over the last 26 years or so has meant that the export of live farm animals is a top ‘hate’ and will always be campaigned against – be it UK, Europe, Australia, South America, North Africa, Anywhere !
In the early hours of one morning, after investigating yet another consignment of UK horses being exported to the EU; Mark returned home and decided that he just had to get something down on paper to express what he had experienced many times, with the real knowledge of what was happening to these animals despite what the paperwork said. Gorgeous Jo was at home and supportive as always. Unable to just go to bed and sleep that night; something had to be recorded as a simple memory of what ‘official’ wrongs had been experienced that earlier day during these horses journey. Mark penned the following to sum his immense anger and feelings of the scam events that allowed 14 beautiful horses to be exported to Europe for meat; whilst being declared as ‘going for riding’.
Mark says – ” eventually some time very late that night Jo and I climbed into bed; but my thoughts very much remained with those innocent animals – I was asking myself questions like: where were they now ?; what were they experiencing ?; how was this being allowed to happen when I can see the wrongs on paper, why cannot the officials !”.
Jo (being a big animal campaigner herself in the past) always did what she could to make the best out of a rather bad ‘animal experience’ situation; but simply switching off from that nights events was an impossibility. Things have not changed all these years later; and in my mind I am still there; watching, hearing, smelling what is in my opinion, just one of the biggest issues of animal abuse on the planet – anything to with the LIVE EXPORT trade. Despite the bad times, it only strengthens your resolve to work harder and put this business of utter cruelty into the history books where it belongs.
Above – When was this ? – around 1991 probably. Joanne; with Mark and Trevor campaign outside an English supermarket buying produce from the Faroe Islands – responsible for the whale slaughter (see picture below).
Read Mark’s memories of that night’s investigation and the abuse of beautiful, innocent UK horses via the following poem link:
EU Papers, Official Investigations and the Rest
In his position with KAALE, Mark wrote and submitted over 28 formal papers / official complaints to the EU and EU member state ministries / authorities in relation to live animal transport investigations (breaches of EU Regulations in Transport – Regulation 1/2005) which were undertaken during the period 2003-2013. In 2012, Mark formally wrote to the EU Legal team regarding investigations by Dutch colleagues into the treatment of British calves exported from the UK to other EU nations such as Hungary.
As a result of providing all this evidence of abuses during years of transport from the UK, combined with the recent new video of animals suffering at the Turkish border by Eyes on Animals; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udReHkAumrY&feature=youtu.be which has continually been presented to the EU by them for the last 5 years or more; you could say that as nothing has changed, the EU Commission attitude to animals suffering during transport is:
Above – problem ?, what problem !!
Above – Dutch livestock transporters at Dover, Kent, England.
Above picture – A ‘sealed box’ trailer filled with live sheep (all photos – V. Cameron)
During 2010 – In addition to the daily running of SAV, Mark worked with the same Dutch investigator friends at ‘Eyes on Animals’ http://eyesonanimals.com/ , as well as with ‘Animals’ Angels’ (Germany) http://www.animals-angels.de/startseite,en_ORG.html and PMAF (France) http://www.pmaf.org/ to produce a 125 page official investigation report for the EU Legal Affairs team in Brussels, Members of the European Parliament (MEP’s) and UK Parliamentarians – a report which specifically investigated live animal (calves) transport between certain, specific (EU) member states.
If you care to click on the following link below you will see a written summary of just 1 of the 5 trails which was undertaken and clearly proved that Irish calves were not being given adequate food and rest at an approved Staging Post facility after they had made the crossing from Ireland to France. Remember, this is just 1 of the 5 investigation reports that we produced in our ‘overall’ document of 2010; and lists all the non compliances with the EU Regulation 1/2005 for this specific trail / investigation are given at the end of this specific investigation report. Remember also that these investigations and reports do not just appear by magic. Many people, their time, money and several vehicles are often involved – they all take effort and time to record all the exact details which you can see detailed in the report. Thus, it can be annoying in the least when all this work is undertaken, compiled and presented to the EU, and then they do nothing about it ! – something is wrong somewhere; hence our gripes as detailed in many current posts re live animal transport. This is typical of the work involved to ‘do the trail / investigation job’ properly; and when you do and then get completely ignored at EU level you begin to ask questions about those same people and the EU ‘organisation’ who are supposed to be ‘enforcing’ the ‘animal welfare’ regulations.
Click on the following link to read a very small part (1 of 5 investigation reports) of the overall trail / investigation report:
This work, which involved some 5 undercover investigations, took around six months and was completed in September (2010). Dozens of copies of the investigation report have been forwarded to the EU Commission legal department, to the EU Food and Veterinary Office (FVO), to animal welfare spokespersons of each of the UK main political parties, and also to animal welfare campaigners located around Europe. A second print run of the report was undertaken during 2011 due to further demand for copies.
At this present time (2015 / 16), as well as specific SAV issues / operations, Mark is still involved with campaigning to stop long distance live farm animal transport across the whole of the European Union. The EU Commission are the only people that can only change or amend EU legislation; therefore it is the EU Commission to which all the evidence must be presented in order to obtain changes in the regulations affecting ALL live farm animals in transport across the EU. Individual member states cannot / do not really wish to become involved with taking the issue of live exports any further than they have to; and so this is why the EU Commission issue is so important and starting to be addressed more here at SAV on this site.
Mark says – “At SAV, we are ditching contact with providing relentless rule breaking evidence to the UK government; as they never consider what we have to say or present to them. We consider UK authorities are no longer worth dealing with. So instead, SAV will now move to present evidence. data, e mails and letters directly to the EU Commission (Commissioner Tonio Borg) asking them to take on the wishes of many millions of citizens across the EU by vastly reducing transport times from their current down to a simple one off journey time of a MAXIMUM of 8 HOURS. This will be just one of the many issues of SAV regarding future EU campaigning; and we hope that you, our wonderful supporters will keep in touch with this issue and support us by sending e mails and sample letters to the EU Commission and others as necessary when we ask with our posts”. UK campaigning to the UK government is now being left to other groups; as we consider and have experienced no progress on the issue of UK live animal exports for many years. This is why now we are concentrating all efforts towards the EU only – the people that CAN change legislation throughout all member states and which as one of them, the UK would be required to comply with.
UK groups can continue to lobby the UK government, as can other welfare groups in Europe lobby their own national governments; but we think you have to move up a gear with the campaign; and as a result, we will concentrate specifically and directly towards the EU Commission in Brussels – the real place where new rules can be produced and old existing ones amended to the better; in order to achieve an outcome of better EU legislation for all EU live farm animals which are being transported across the entire series of member state nations of the EU.
The Russian Seal Pup Slaughter Campaign
Russian Seal Pup Hunting / Farming.
From around 1998, Mark teamed up with good friend Robert Mouland (founder of European Animal Welfare) to give Robert support with his Russian seal pup campaign.
Above – Robert talks Russian seal pups with the (then) UK MEP, and now British Member of Parliament (MP); the brilliant Caroline Lucas (Green Party).
Everybody knows about the Canadian hunt; but many less knew at this time that the Russians were undertaking their own seal pup hunt in the White Sea region of Russia. Mark and Robert joined with others to fight this campaign on many fronts – it saw them taking the fight to the Russian embassy in London, handing in a massive petition at Downing Street, London, and also taking the display and campaign to the EU Parliament in Brussels, Belgium. During a lot of this campaign they were always supported by Mr Mark Watts MEP of the European Parliament.
After many years of campaigning, in 2004 came the wonderful news from the Embassy of the Russian Federation that the Russian seal pups were safe – the Russians did not kill any baby seals in 2004. It has continued to be the case ever since. Job done !
Read a little of Mark’s Russian seal pup campaign memories by clicking on the following:
Above – Mark (dressed as Russian sealer); Mark Watts MEP and the wonderful Robert Mouland at the entrance to Downing Street, London.
Below – The arranged official demo of the ‘British Mob’ organised outside the European Parliament offices in Brussels, Belgium – the brilliant Robert front centre kneeling (with Mark Watts MEP to right); Mark (SAV) at back (to right of ‘Ruthless’ banner – in baseball cap.
Having worked for 24 years in the military aerospace industry, he now devotes all of his voluntary time to animal welfare campaigning, with ‘SAV’ (Stray animals and global animal welfare issues – this site) and Live Animal Export investigation work / campaigning being his two main areas of interest. Mark campaigns about many issues of global animal welfare, especially factory farming, fur, bear bile production and hunting.
Mark has been a Veggie / Vegan for about 26 years and has always had a policy of never eating anything “that ever had a face” !! – why should a beautiful animal have to die to put a meal on my plate ?
He has one cat named ‘Arianne’ (picture below) – who he named after a girl on a Led Zeppelin track – Led Zepp being one of his favourite bands:
Above – ‘Arianne’ – Taken in as a flea ridden, approximately 50% of her coat gone,
street Urchin, by Mark, about 4 years ago.
Now a beautiful, very affectionate little cat; really starting to show her ‘Tortoiseshell’ coat.
His beautiful dog ‘Golda’ died from heart problems on 8th December 2013 aged eleven years.
See the post left by Mark in memory of Golda at:
Beautiful Golda enjoying the snow in Kent
Above – our car (we think anyway !) after a good nights snowfall.
Mark has been a dedicated animal campaigner since he was given his first dog ‘Sheba’ at the age of four.
Mark (chilling on trike !) and Sheba enjoy each others company
in the garden – (probably around 1966)
He is especially devoted to stopping the worldwide long distance transportation of live animals, a campaign which he is still involved with and which he shares with the day to day running of SAV.
Above: ‘Sheba’ – first dog and the start of major respect for animals
and the long road named ‘animal welfare’
I use both my main areas of work; live animal exports and the expose of Balkans animal suffering, to compliment each other. What I learn from one issue I then apply to the campaigning of the other. The EU legal department relationships that have been established in my live export work over many years will in no doubt become very useful when Serbia and other Balkans states become EU members. I predict that a lot of evidence and paperwork will be going to Brussels then, detailing the animal abuses and illegal things which we are finding in places such as Serbia.
But for all visitors of this SAV site; there is one simple but vital thing to remember –
“Good Animal welfare campaigning is about making a difference for all the animals of the world who suffer, not about making a name for yourself. No matter who you are, where you are or what little or big campaign thing you are able to do, just do it; you may very well be the ‘one’ individual that makes that final difference and brings success to any specific campaign”.
We all do what we can; no more, no less. And we do it for the animals of this world.
MS – A Real Pain In The … – Everywhere !
Mark was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in 2000 after time working overseas. Here is an insight into MS:
He is a supporter of forward looking (non animal medical) research.
Animal testing is a thing of the past and should only be in history books now – and I say that as an MS sufferer; someone who wants a cure for something; but which will not come through animal testing, as animals don’t suffer from MS; so why artificially create it in them and then attempt to find a cure using them ? – it makes no sense. Animals are different to humans – So why not find out using genetics what makes animals different from us (re autoimmune illness) and why they dont get MS and yet we do ? – that to me is progressive research; not simply cutting up animals aka big pharma.
Marks MS causes him lots of problems every single day, but he is still one of the ‘walking wounded’. “Despite the huge problems with MS for the last 17 years, you can still live your life and above all, fight for the better treatment of animals and their welfare”. “That is how it has been, how it is, and that is how I intend it will continue”. Every single day is devoted to animal welfare issues when I feel ok, as well as trying to keep my MS problems under a certain amount of control; which kind of keeps me fairly busy to say the least !!
“SAV visitors are increasing all the time, we have a great network of support, and that gives me a great pleasure and a purpose in life – to inform people about the terrible global animal suffering which goes on. All animal cruelty campaigners, such as with this (SAV) site, are in the business of putting themselves out of business; but unfortunately, that day is a long way off. Regardless, all you can do is try to inform people about the range global cruelty issues and gradually things will improve for the better; I think that is a definite.
Hopefully at this present time, I am doing something a little correctly in achieving that” !
Thanks for visiting the site – there are hundreds of past posts on many different global issues for you to access – take your time and search them out. Hopefully we will see you again real soon !!
Bloody Right !
Mark has been a very (massive really !) Bonsai tree keeper for many years. He now has around 40 in his collection which he keeps at home.
24/3/17 – Today all the trees have been given their first fertiliser for this year.
Mark uses ‘Green Dream’ which is supplied by Graham at Kaizen Bonsai.
Here is Graham – a bonsai for less than the price of a shirt !
Collecting trees for Bonsai – Free Trees !
Here is the link for all you budding UK bonsai growers – http://www.kaizenbonsai.com/shop/bonsai-tree-fertilisers-tonics/green-dream-natural-bonsai-tree-fertilisers – harmless to pets, fish, wildlife and the environment – would we use anything else !
Here are some of the trees immediately after their first feeding. They are looking good and we hope this year we are going to have some real beauties. It is late March and most of the leaves on all have only been breaking over the last week.
Above – The Larch buds are now really opening up.
End of 24/3/17 Pictures.
The following pictures of some of Marks trees were taken in mid October 2016 – just as we are moving towards Winter here in the UK. The trees leaves on some species are starting to change colour now; but they are still all very beautiful. We have around 6 San Jose Junipers which will keep their foliage over the winter. There are also English Yew to name another. These are just a few selected shots of some trees; but not all of them. Finally now we are getting regular rain after a period of dryness and excessive heat – which makes tree keeping a little harder !
Bonsai and the garden
Spring 2017 has sprung in the Bonsai garden.
We are now starting to see the first signs of a new Spring season
in the beloved bonsai garden.
Here are a few pictures taken 17th March.
The trees are just coming out of Winter dormancy and have not had any work done on them.
Regardless, it is our favourite time of year – new life – plants, animals etc.
Enjoy our trees !!
The Japanese Cherry
His other main interest is music; and he is very much an ‘old rocker’ at heart. He is also a great follower of bands such as The Damned, The Stranglers and Siouxsie and the Banshees, and artists such as the late, great David Bowie, to name but a few.
He is a big fan of ‘The Cure’ which was founded by Robert Smith – see one track here and other tracks from some of his favourites:
…. and a track from Siouxsie – a Kent girl – our home county:
… Morrissey – Top man when it comes to animal rights issues;
‘Interlude’ – with Siouxsie Sioux – see ‘Shadowtime’ above…
… and The Damned:
… and an older Rick plays the Radio 2 Nursery Rhyme Challenge!
How many artists did you get ?
Hugh and Caz Campbell:
New Order – Blue Monday. Think we have all been there !
John Lennon with Cheap Trick;
and not forgetting the brilliant Nige;
Stranglers – Dutch Moon.
Sinead – complete with tears – really moving !
The Irate Caterpillar – Hugh Cornwell. Hugh was the original lead vocalist with the Stranglers – now replaced by Baz – see above in woolen hat.
The best of British – ‘Madness’
Pink Floyd – one of the very best of British
The superbly brilliant David Bowie – Hero for more than one day !:
For the Taiji dolphins – a must watch.
Watch the London Taiji demo (with music by Bowie) which took place on Saturday – 16/1/16 by clicking on the following:
Guitar Stories with Mark Knopfler:
And you must always finish with Led Zepp – there is only one track:
He has really enjoyed seeing many of them play live at different venues.
Naturally; running a site such as this also means that he has to have a certain degree of computer skills. Photography is also an interest; especially that we have now entered the digital image age.
He loves taking pictures of ‘natural’ things, such as these ones below which are of flowers in the back yard (Campsis and Hibiscus):
Below are a few other shots of plants taken in the garden:
Animal rights – a huge interest, like running this site; but that goes without saying really.
The aim of the SAV site is to operate as a non profit making, volunteer run organisation which we hope will provide supporters with a different array of animal issues from around the world. Whenever possible we try to encourage supporter involvement; by actions, petitions and e mail letter writing.
On this site, I never ask for help with any funding
– instead, if you wish to make a donation towards helping animals, the choice is yours. I attempt to give links in each post to the organisations which are associated with the issue; so you can then act further and follow up with financial help if you so wish.
Mark has been a volunteer at the Forestry Commission Woodland Park named ‘Jeskyns’ which is very close to where he lives. Denise is the ranger there. The links to Jeskyns are:
About 5 years ago he made a ‘Bee Hotel’ where new (mainly solitary) bee eggs are laid in the chambers. Solitary bees are very good pollinators. The hotel is situated very close to all the Jeskyns orchards which with the bees help with all the fruit tree pollinating; producing a massive selections of apples each year; an amazing 756 different varieties of apple are grown on site in the Jeskyns orchards.. These are given away (donation if possible always welcome) to visitors when they call at the café on site for a cup of tea and some food after walking their dogs – you can see lots of the apples on the Facebook link above.
September is also Kentish cobnut season – a nut which the county is very famous for. It is a cultivated variety of Hazelnut. http://kentishcobnutsassociation.org.uk/the-cobnut/technical-information/
In the picture below you can see Denise and Mark when the just finished putting the hotel together. Mark has his wrist strapped after a break.
Mark has also made over 50 Dormouse nesting boxes for the park, in order to try and encourage more dormice into the area. You can see one of the dormouse boxes here:
Above – a sleeping Dormouse
Below – asleep in a box.
Marks latest project for the park is the construction of bat boxes. He has made an initial 3 to date and these are being used as a trial. Further ones will follow if the initial boxes prove successful. You can see one of the bat boxes here:
Jeskyns is a great place for dog walkers. There are lakes in which your four legged friend can take a swim anytime that they wish; followed by a brisk walk all over the park which covers an area of 360 acres. There is woodland, gravel paved walks for bikes and wheelchair users, ponds, orchards and wildflower meadows. Plenty of special events for children are always organised throughout the school holiday periods.
In memory of, and with respect to the great David (‘Ziggy’) Bowie
– Hero (for more than one day) !
Watch the London Taiji demo (with music by the brilliant David Bowie) which took place on Saturday – 16/1/16 by clicking on the following:
Above: Ziggy Bowie; Below – ‘Ziggy Cat’
ANIMAL BUDDIES IN THE SAV TEAM
As well as our own personal animal friends, we are very happy to have a few adopted animal friends that form part of team SAV;
– ‘Utata’ and ‘Twinnsie’.
‘Utata’ lives at Shelter Felix in Serbia and ‘Twinnsie’ was saved from the cruel dog food business in Thailand.
Here are a few pictures of ‘Utata’ the cat, who is under the excellent care of Danica at Shelter Felix; and also a video link showing ‘Twinnsie’ our little dog in Thailand:
Above – ‘Utata’ (with Danica at Shelter ‘Felix’, Serbia)
Below – ‘Twinnsie’ (with SOI Dogs, Thailand – fighting the dog meat business)
The 2015 Christmas message from our girl: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhOI_Ptj6RA
Below – the link to see Twinnsie and her 2014 Christmas message:
26/8/15 – a new message in from Twinnsie – please check it out at:
The SAV principal members continued:
Dr. Medicine Slavica Mazak Bešlić
– Subotica, Serbian Republic
Situation as of – April 2013
Slavica is the President of the organisation EPAR, which is based in Subotica, Serbia. In 2010, Slavica stopped running the animal shelter part of EPAR, which was called Friend – EPAR. The animal shelter section of EPAR has now been taken over by a lady named Adriana. Friend – EPAR shelter was the biggest No Kill shelter in Serbia; and this policy is now continuing through Adriana.
Adriana has now given a new name to the shelter that she works with; the old Friend – EPAR shelter. This shelter is now called (shelter) ALEX.
Slavica continues to run EPAR as an organisation, but this is now specifically dedicated to more legal matters such as campaigning for the implementation of existing national legislation; bringing charges against those who are illegally doing cruelty to animals, and charges against hunters, environmental destruction work etc.
Important – the links below show many photographs of the old Friend – EPAR shelter.
Here below are some old photograph links to what was originally Friend – EPAR shelter, and which is now called ALEX:
Slavica is a medical doctor with specialist practice in gynecology and obstetrics, and a superspecialist for untrasound techniques in gynecology.
Slavica worked as the senior / manager of the department for tumors at the city hospital in Subotica (Serbia) for over 15 years.
She has undertaken numerous operations associated with tumors in gynecology, such as the Wertheim – Meigs technique.
She now operates her own private gynecology facility known as “Ginekos”, still within Subotica city.
Slavica has always supported animal welfare / rights. She allocates the vast majority of the finances from her gynecology speciality into funding the construction and operations of stray dog and cat shelters, and has often had to endure personal attack, criticism and negative experiences from many of the local authorities around the Subotica area.
Slavica has endured personal criticism of her work for the animals by others working within administration departments of Belgrade City authority.
Slavica shares her home with animals that she has rescued from the local streets as strays.
Here are some photographs of just a few of the dogs living at shelter Alex
– but always available for adoption !!
Martina and Lisa are founders of the following:
EUROPE-WIDE MANDATORY CCTV IN ALL SLAUGHTERHOUSES AND MONITORING
PETITION LINKS ON OUR WEBSITE :
FACEBOOK LINKS with translations of the petition text in over 25 European languages also on our website
Please support our europe-wide petition, sign and share with all your contacts be it family, friends, acquaintances or colleagues. Thank you.
EUROPEAN ALLIANCE FOR CCTV IN SLAUGHTERHOUSES
Members List see: http://www.europewide-cctv-in-all-slaughterhouses.eu
MARTINA PATTERSON (Germany) – founding member
Nothing is impossible – those who give up have already lost!
Born 1957 in Cologne (Germany), living in Zülpich with husband and 2 adopted dogs. Two grown-up foster sons that have already moved home.
Working part-time for the WDR, a broadcasting company. Vegetarian.
Apart from my regular work, I have been an animal advocate since 1995 dedicating 8 hours a day to that task.
Publishing a daily newsletter sent out to individuals, animal rescue and animal rights organisations, the media and political associations to raise awareness on a broader scale.
Mailing international circulars to assist finding forever homes for abandoned animals in the care of animal protectors or still in the street or kill shelters.
Mailing international circulars with information and petition links to co-ordinate efforts with other animal, nature and human rights protection organisations to raise awareness on these issues and create synergies to remedy shortcomings and social evils. This is the only way to create a problem awareness within society and politics.
In 2012 I learned that the EU Agricultural Committee confirmed that each year about 75% of farm animals in the EU are being slaughtered insufficiently stunned or not stunned at all. In breach of the EU regulations a horrendously large number of animals is being slaughtered, cut up, amputated and bleeding out while fully consicous. I was so totally abhorred by this news that I started an e-Petition and decided to advocate for mandatory CCTV and independent monitoring in slaughterhouses till such an EU regulation has been put into effect.
Whether meat consumers, vegetarians or vegans – we all have a legal and moral obligation to ensure that the unlawful and unnecessary suffering of animals is prevented and controlled in practice and guarantee that such animal abuses cannot be committed.
LISA BOLDIZSAR (Austria) – founding member
They said “it is impossible to be done”. Then one came along who did not know and made it possible.
Born 1954 in Vienna, living in Austria.
Over 20 years working experience as executive in a number of multi-national corporations and international trading companies.
An animal advocate since 1976 and volunteer for animal rescue organisations in Austra, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy and Romania.
Co-petent of Petition CCTV in all slaughterhouses since 2013.
Team SAV – Fighting for Better Animal Welfare
– Milan, Italy
Paola is an Italian girl who does wonderful work for animals; and she has been the founder of the following:
World Wide Legal Action 4 Animal Rights
World Wide – (Legal) Action 4 Animal Rights is a dynamic global group, it is an online animal rights resource with the mission to advocate for animal-rights and to help reduce animal suffering through education and non-violent action.
Animals are counting on compassionate people like you to give them a voice and be their heroes by learning about the issues they face and taking action.
Legal Action for Animal Rights” groups started in 2007 as a yahoo group. Since then it has gown into an international network consisting of groups and individuals from around the world who have united together for our one common goal: to help animals
World Wide Legal Action 4 Animal Rights supports non violent action and peaceful actions.
Thank you in advance for helping us make a difference in the lives of so many by spreading the message of love and respect for all animals.
Care for Chinese Animals
Founded by Paola Ghidotti (Italy) in 2011, “Care for Chinese Animals”, is a growing group of individuals from around the world, united to support China’s Animal Advocacy.
We work in collaboration with animal advocates in China to inform and educate the general public about Animal Rights Issues in China. This group’s aim is to network and raise support to the animal rights activists working within China.
The Chinese Animal Rights activists are doing a great job in China to inform about the dog/cat meat and fur trade, to save the animals.
Animal suffering in China is huge and growing. Whether it be by individuals or in industries, millions of cats, dogs, rabbits, foxes, bears, cows, pigs etc. are horribly abused.
At the same time, there is no legislation to protect them whatsoever, which leaves local animal welfare groups stand empty-handed in their battle against cruelty in China.
China has only some laws protecting endangered species of wild animals, but no protection for other animals within the country.
We stand next to Chinese activists.
Victories for the animals
Here on this site is a selection of victories that have helped make the world a better place for animals.
Every action we take, every letter we write, every time we speak up for animals, it gives them another chance to live.
You know, that when it comes to helping the animals who suffer on this planet, there are no boundaries, no borders and no language barriers. We unite together, join hands and campaign to end all suffering, and WE SEE the results here in the VICTORIES FOR THE ANIMALS !
Never underestimates the power of the written word: while a single letter or email may not seem like much, the collective expression of many people’s opinions can help bring about real change. When you send letters and ask yourself “will this do any good?”, let this be a reminder that, together, our voices can be quite loud, and people do listen.
EUROPEAN UNION (EU)
Compiled by Mark Johnson (SAV)