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March 2018

ABOUT US

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“.

 

 

Dear international friends;

welcome to our site; we hope you enjoy your visit here and come to see us again.

‘Serbian Animals Voice’ (SAV) is a completely volunteer run organisation made up of animal volunteers from several countries in Europe, including England (UK), Serbia, Germany, Austria and Italy.

SAV was originally founded for exposing the abuses of; and campaigning for, the better treatment of all stray / street animals within the Balkans states; particularly Serbia. Our main aim with SAV has been to try and help stray / roaming animals; basically dogs and cats; through the use of the written word and photographs.  We also promote stray adoption when we can.

 

Help and adoption is especially promoted on our SAV Facebook page which has over 1,300 members.

There are major and very informative contributions from all sides of the Serbian animal supporter network; which includes many photos of animals looking for forever homes or help with their living costs.

You can visit SAV Facebook by clicking on the following link:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/SerbianAnimalsVoice/

 

Serbia as a nation basically has some good animal welfare legislation – you can read more about this by clicking on https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/about-serbian-animals/ .   The only (for us and all campaigners) problem has always been that despite this good ‘paper’ legislation, the reality is actually very different.

There is very little action by the Serbian government or regional authorities in the way of creating / implementing a real management long term stray numbers reduction plan.  We promote a long term national sterilisation, vaccination and microchipping service as the only way to ever eliminate the stray animal issue.

Money currently spent by authorities catching and killing stray animals could instead be put into a national sterilisation scheme; which is much more cost effective  whilst at the same time gradually reducing the number of strays on the streets.  Good public education on this issue is also vital.  The public must be educated never to turn their own ‘homed’ but unsterilized pet animal onto the street each day, as many do.  When they do; homed animals mix with strays and, hey presto; we end up with another litter of street strays !

 

Although the national Serbian legislation requires that stray animals be protected; the government and authorities still adopt a ‘catch and kill’ approach many years after the introduction of national legislation to supposedly ‘protect’ strays from suffering.

Serbia is currently an EU ‘Candidate Country’; which means it is 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 development.

As the SAV team comprises several current EU citizens and member state taxpayers; we really want to witness a return for the money we (EU taxpayers) 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.  We want to see Serbia actually enforcing its national legal legislation for strays.

To become an EU member state, Serbia should be taking action for Serbian animals in accordance with the requirements of the Copenhagen agreement – which is existing EU law that declares that any country seeking EU accession (ie Serbia) has to prove that it is enforcing its OWN national legislation – which is simply known as the EU ‘rule of law’.

It is only when any accession state such as Serbia 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.

http://ec.europa.eu/enlargement/policy/policy-highlights/rule-of-law/index_en.htm

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.

http://ec.europa.eu/justice/events/assises-justice-2013/rule_of_law_en.htm

http://www.euractiv.com/sections/eu-priorities-2020/once-year-europe-will-hold-dialogue-over-rule-law-310894

Serbia is currently (and has since legislation was introduced over 10 years ago) failed to enforce its own national legislation with regard the treatment of stray animals; and we show this many times giving several examples on the many posts of this site.

Serbian animal welfare laws exist on paper but there is never any attempt by the regional authorities to enforce them – Thus, in our opinion, as it is not applying its own ‘rule of law’; Serbia is NOT meeting the EU membership requirements (the Copenhagen legislation) of enforcing its own ‘rules of law’, and as such, Serbia, in our opinion; and that of the law; should not currently be considered as a suitable candidate country for EU accession.

When, and only when we see the Serbian government / regional authorities actually enforcing EXISTING Serbian legislation for the protection of stray animals, will we as an organisation consider that Serbia should be given any opportunity to even start to become an EU member state.

SAV is a completely volunteer run organisation and we are completely self funded.

As you can see from taking a trip around the site; we do not have anything relating directly to donations for ourselves; instead; if you would like to donate to an ‘animal’ organisation, we ask you to consider giving your money directly to animal organisations / shelters of your choice via the links and posts we publish.

To do this we can direct you to the SAV Facebook section;

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/SerbianAnimalsVoice/

SAV Facebook has over 1,300 members; many of them from independent Serbian shelters who are always in need of help and support.  The SAV Facebook site acts as a link and mutual support network for many of the groups; whilst at the same time allowing them to put out appeals for help and support; which also includes promoting so many beautiful dogs and cats which are looking for ‘forever homes’.  If you can help them with finding forever homes for their animals; we would all appreciate it.  Here are just a few of the faces:

 

We may also ask you on the Homepage – https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/  – please when you can; offer your support by e mailing, letter writing or petition signing, which we may request.

We are entirely self funded. 

We are not after your cash, but animals in need around the World are are – please help them.

 

We have also recently (March 2018) introduced a new section to the site called ‘Animal Org’s’;  https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/animal-orgs/  – which gives direct web site access links to the sites of many major animal welfare organisations located all over the globe.

We consider this a very useful section of the site as it allows the visitor to further investigate web sites of international animal welfare groups and to get a better understanding of what they are campaigning for.

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 or the above SAV Facebook link, and give directly to them; thus entirely by-passing us.  

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 as volunteers out of affection and respect for all the animals of this world that suffer every day.

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The SAV Team is comprised of campaigners from England (UK), the Republic of Serbia, Germany, Austria and Italy.

 

 

England

Mark Johnson (Founder)

– Kent, England, UK.

 

Mark (Russian sealer left) – campaigning against Russian seal hunt

– read more further down on this page.

 

There is nothing wrong with being a devil when the need is right to fight for animals.

Be a pain in the bum if you feel the need !!

 

Mark – Career Past

“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, and the creation of SAV a kind of ultimate destination for me really; 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) Photographed in The Netherlands – Touring the EU member states in 1997 with UK farm animal welfare organisation ‘Compassion In World Farming – CIWF – –  campaigning against (EU) intensive animal factory farming.

 

Below – RAF  Tornado Badass Pilot Mix:

 

Fly low level through Wales in an RAF Tornado:

 

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RAF Tornado go low and fast (down and dirty) at Cad East:

German Air Force (GAF) Tornado =

GAF gets down and dirty in Canada – low level:

Close ups of GAF during take off:

 

A few of Mark’s photos from the past:

A ‘Dirty Tail’ German Navy Tornado drops in for fuel to RNAS Culdrose after a few blasts up and down the English Channel.

– click on any of the images to get a much larger version with more detail.

This goes for many pictures throughout this site.

 

Below – RAF Tornado Air Defence Variant (ADV) – Longer Nose.

 

 

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Above – Mark and Golda send a message about animal killings.

 

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Below – Beautiful Golda enjoys the Kent snow in the back yard and then gets indoors in the warm !

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Mark – Animal Work – A History Of

Mark is an Englishman who has been involved directly with live animal transport investigation work and campaigning in England, UK, for around 27 years.

Mark worked with television comedy scriptwriter Carla Lane for many years; and had the position of investigator for her animal charity throughout the years of horse export investigations.  Through undercover investigation work, visits to UK horse markets, and trails in Europe, it was shown that horses were being exported from the UK whilst being declared as ‘going for riding’.  In reality, the animals were being exported to Europe for their meat.  What was declared on the export licenses was a complete and utter lie to get around the complexities of exporting  sentient animals for one thing when they were actually going to their deaths !

After all the investigative work was completed and documented, the pair teamed up in London one day and made formal presentations to the UK Government Ministry – DEFRA (previously  MAFF) about all the investigation work.

Wonderful Carla – (Marks favourite photo of her)

 

Kent County – Home of SAV

SAV is based in ‘Kent’ which is a county lying directly South East of London.

Kent is known as ‘The Garden of England’ because of all the beautiful different varieties of fruit that is grown there.

 

You can see exactly where Kent is; along with some great shots of the county, by visiting:

 

https://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en&site=imghp&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1276&bih=543&q=kent+england&oq=kent+england&gs_l=img.3..0l7j0i5l3.5391.9629.0.15898.12.12.0.0.0.0.67.621.12.12.0….0…1ac.1.30.img..0.12.621.2HMLYuXgprU

 

The symbol of Kent is the White Horse – or ‘Kent Invicta’.

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“Invicta” has been a motto for centuries. Roma Invicta is a Latin phrase, meaning “Unconquered Rome”, inscribed on the Statue of Rome. It was an inspirational motto used until the Fall of the Western Roman Empire in 476 AD. This symbolic statement was later printed onto gold coins, to help boost the morale of the failing Empire.

For Kent, It dates back to the invasion of England by William The Conqueror. As the official motto, it appears on the coat of arms of Kent County Council.

Legend has it that, while marching from the battle site at Hastings, William marched on to London on his way to the capital (this was the capital in 1066) Winchester. While passing through Kent, the local people picked up branches and marched at William’s men. Scared, William and his army took flight and took a different route to London. As the people of Kent felt that they had chased William away, they adopted “Invicta” as a county motto.

The (Kent) county has a great historical past.  It is full of ancient history (Bronze / Iron age, Roman and Viking onwards) – Julius Caesar landed in Kent when he first invaded Britain in 55BC. 

Caesar lands in Kent – 55BC.

There are some fantastic historic buildings and houses (see the above link) , but as a county is also the modern day ‘Gateway to Europe’; being the English county located on the ‘English Channel’ and closest to France and Belgium. 

The county is also home is also the ‘Channel Tunnel’ (or ‘Chunnel’); 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.

 

‘The Chunnel’ –  31 Miles of the Worlds Longest Underwater Tunnel

27 + Years of Live Animal Exports

Along with Bear Bile Production, live animal exports are Mark’s BIG HATE.

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Above – Mark and friends (Ellie and Liza) campaign against

live calf exports – Dover, Kent, England.

 

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Above – an exported British calf is crated

– probably photographed at its destination in France.

 

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.

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Compassion In World Farming (CIWF)

Web site link:

 http://www.ciwf.org.uk/

 

Prior to his work as EU Correspondent and web site producer for KAALE; Mark was for around 11 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 opposing live animal transport.  Over this time he became very involved with all aspects of farm animal issues; especially live transport, which is still the major hate today.

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 2 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).  CIWF became involved with the investigations when trails were set up from the UK into mainland Europe.

 

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Joanne was the founder of a local animal rights group near to where he lived.

As a group they had a lot of success and became involved with many animal issues – Hunting, Vivisection, Live Export, Circuses, the Primate trade and more.  Mark took on the role as the main group contact regarding live animal transport.  It was via this group that Jo and Mark first met.

 

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Above – (posh frock time) 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 27 years or so has meant that the export of live farm animals is a top ‘hate’ and will always be campaigned against – be it in the UK, Europe, Australia, South America, North Africa, Anywhere !

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In the early hours of one morning, after investigating yet another consignment of UK horses being exported to the EU; declared as ‘going for riding’ but really destined for the meat trade; Mark returned home and decided that he just had to get something down on paper to express what he had experienced so many times, with the real knowledge of what was happening to these beautiful 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 so many times during these horses journey.

Mark penned the following to sum his immense anger and feelings of the scam events through an official government Ministry that allowed 14 beautiful horses to be exported to Europe each week for meat; whilst passing and stamping the paperwork to say that they were ‘going for riding’.

The poem was called:

EXH6 – For Beautiful Horses Betrayed By The System

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‘EXH6’ is the official export license which is required for horse exports from the UK.

Mark says – ” eventually some time very late that night Jo and I climbed into bed; but my thoughts very much remained with those utterly innocent animals – I was asking myself questions like: where were they now ?; what were they experiencing ?; how was this being allowed to happen when Jo and I could see all the wrongs on paperwork, why cannot the Ministry officials ! – or was it a case that they did not want to look at any great detail ?”.

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 particular nights events was an impossibility.

Things have not changed all these years later; and (Mark says) “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.

I guess this is why I start this page with:

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Live animal export investigations changed me in a lot of ways.

You smell it, see it and hear it – and that causes changes.

 

 

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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).

It still goes on in 2018 after all these years !

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Above – Old Days; local campaigning  – Mark and Trevor on the Streets

about Animal Rights issues.

EU Papers, Official Investigations and the Rest

In his position as the EU Correspondent 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 live 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 live transport is:

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Above – We say evidence – and they say problem ?,

the bent roof; what problem !!

 

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Above – Dutch livestock transporters at Dover, Kent, England.


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Above picture – A ‘sealed box’ Dutch trailer filled with live sheep 

(all photos – V. Cameron)

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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.

 

 

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If you care to click on the following link below you will see a written summary of just 1 of the 5 trails in France which were 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 and the EU ignorance.  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:

JH.04.03.2010_REPORT on NON-COMPLIANCE with RESTING TIMES in relation to CONTROLPOST at F-HEAUVILLE

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This work, which involved 5 undercover investigations, took around six months and was completed in September (2010). 

Dozens of copies of the investigation report were 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, as well as dealing with specific SAV daily issues / operations, Mark is still involved with campaigning to stop long distance live farm animal transport across the whole of the European Union.

Now the UK is going to leave the EU; campaign groups in the UK are putting massive pressure on the UK government to stop live animal exports.  It is hoped national UK legislation relating to this will be ready to be introduced on the day the UK formally leaves the EU in 2019.

This will be just one of the many issues of SAV regarding future 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”.

The Russian Seal Pup Slaughter Campaign

 

 

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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.  This was run in parallel with live export investigation work.

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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.

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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 ! – News that made all the work and campaigning worth it – you see; in the end, victories do sometimes arrive !

Read a little of Mark’s Russian seal pup campaign memories in London and at the EU in Brussels, Belgium, by clicking on the following 2 links:

 

SAV Russian Seal Pups by Mark

 

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Mark and Robert Downing Street

Above – SAV Mark (dressed as a Russian sealer); with Mark Watts MEP and the wonderful Robert Mouland (Right of egg) 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. 

As you can read in the above links (Part 2), things got a little edgy to start with – especially when the Belgian police took out their guns – but after discussions it all settled down and nobody was shot.

Robert EU Demo Brussels

 

Having worked for 25 years in military aerospace, 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.

 

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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 ?

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Above – Vegan Faces

 

 

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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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zeVz5R2lDQk

 

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Above – ‘Arianne’ – was taken in as a flea ridden, approximately 50% of her coat gone, street Urchin, by Mark, many years ago.

Now a beautiful, very affectionate little cat; really showing her ‘Tortoiseshell’ coat beautifully.

 

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Beautiful ‘Golda’

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:

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2013/12/08/beautiful-golda-081213/

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Beautiful Golda enjoying the snow in Kent

 

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Below – The message that has not quite hit home correctly !

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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.  Why ? – because it is born in you.  Do most kids at the age of 4 rescue earwigs that have fallen into the water of the bird bath ?

As I say, I think you are born an animal campaigner, full stop !

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Mark (chilling on trike !) and Sheba enjoy each others company

in the garden – (probably around 1966)

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Above:  ‘Sheba’ – first dog to care for and become a best friend – and the start of major respect for all 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, as well as my work experience in aerospace to compliment each other.  What I learn from one issue I then apply to the campaigning of the other.

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.  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 – to improve their welfare.

 

 

MS – A Real Pain In The … – Everywhere !

 

“I will never support animal testing for anything”

Mark was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in 2000 after time working overseas.  Here is an insight into MS:

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qj9Qqr0mtQ0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cy004eeHTLw&feature=related

 He is a supporter of forward looking (non animal medical) research.

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2015/06/10/uk-dr-hawden-trust-announces-new-medical-research-scholarships-that-do-not-involve-any-animal-testing-or-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 18+ 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 now, 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 international 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 eventually putting themselves out of business; you have achieved your target(s) – 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.

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 !!

 

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 Interests

Mark has been a very (massive really !) Bonsai tree keeper for many years.  He now has around 40 in his collection.

Graham at Kaizen Bonsai (in Norfolk, England) produces some great bonsai videos.

Here is Graham – and a bonsai for less than the price of a decent shirt !

 

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 our trees in our bonsai garden:

 

 

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Above and below – one of the cats, who just has to get in the photos !

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Above – Arianne keeps an eye on the situation.

 

The Japanese Cherry – early blossom but no leaves yet.

 

 Below – |One of four San Jose Junipers.

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His other main interest is music.

But first, we have to start with some classic comedy from Marty:

Mark is a massive fan of ‘The Cure’ which was founded in England by Robert Smith.

 

 

 

He also loves listening to 2 singers from home county Kent –

Siouxsie and Kate Bush.

Siouxsie Sioux:

 

Kate Bush:

Dave Gilmour (Guitar) with Pink Floyd playing the Pompei ruins

 

… Morrissey – Top man when it comes to animal rights issues;

 

 

‘Interlude’ – Morrissey with Siouxsie Sioux (Above)

 

Rick Wakeman:

… and an older Rick plays the Radio 2 Nursery Rhyme Challenge!

Slash from Guns N Roses:

Hugh Cornwell and Caz Campbell:

The Clash – London Calling – a great track !

John Lennon with Cheap Trick;

and not forgetting the brilliant Nige;

Stranglers – Dutch Moon.

Sinead – complete with tears – really moving !

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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gjErrTO8jk

And you must always finish with ‘Planty’ and the boys at Led Zepp – there is only one track – Stairway:

 

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):

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Animal Issues.

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, we 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.

 

Volunteering

 

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Team SAV has been a volunteer at the Forestry Commission Woodland Park named ‘Jeskyns’ which is very close to home.  Denise is the ranger there. 

 

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 no less than 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.  Over 750 different varieties of apples are grown in the Jeslyns orchards.  The orchards are visited and pollinated by bees from our ‘Bee Hotels’ which are located around the site.  All the apples which result are either given away to visitors to the site or are sold at local events to put some money back into the upkeep of the site.

 

 

Here you can visit some Jeskyns site info:

 

Photographs from around the site:

 

https://www.facebook.com/pg/jeskynscommunitywoodland/photos/?ref=page_internal

 

 

A leaflet and map of the parkland:

 

https://www.facebook.com/pg/jeskynscommunitywoodland/photos/?ref=page_internal

 

Jeskyns is designed to be a community woodland / parkland for dog owners and their dogs, families; horse riders; cyclists etc to have a great time out.  Here is a video of the site – taken a while ago when the new trees were smaller and younger.  You can see the café, complete with toilets and a great place to get a cuppa and something to eat after you have given the dog a great walk !

In the video below you can also see some of the apples from the Jeskyns orchards being put out for the public to take:

 

 

It’s a Boy !! – We have constructed Dormouse boxes as part of our contribution to the iste, as Dormice are an endangered species.  We are having some results from our breeding programme and welcomed our new arrivals last year – find out more here:

 

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2017/08/11/england-new-arrival-no-1-at-the-jeskyns-dormouse-boxes-great-news-11-817/

 

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Over the last few years we have made some bat boxes which are also located in the parkland.  See more pictures of them here:

 

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2016/08/25/england-bat-boxes/

 

 

Above – Our latest project has been to construct a few Hedgehog houses to encourage breeding of these beautiful little woodland animals.  You can see a few pictures of the hedgehog houses in this recent post we did on Jeskyns:

 

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2018/02/26/england-jeskyns-hedgehog-houses-bee-hotels-and-fairy-gardens/

 

 

About 5 years ago SAV 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.

 

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 they had just finished putting the hotel together.  

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Above – we drill out the individual chambers in the logs – the bees lay their eggs within and then seal up the entrance with mud as can be seen.  When the new bee hatches and is ‘ready to go’; it just breaks through the mud seal and flies off (hopefully) to the orchards to pollinate all the apple trees.

On the left is a new replacement log; the older and now very much used ones are elsewhere but you can see them above as new in the earlier pictures with Denise and Mark.  In time; everything gets old ! – In the near future we hope to replace all the old logs – and this process is under way.  Below are some new replacement logs drilled and ready to replace the old ones.

We also made over 50 Dormouse nesting boxes for the park, in order to try and encourage more dormice into the area.  You can see some of the dormouse boxes finished before delivery to Jeskyns here:

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Above – a sleeping Dormouse

Below – asleep in a box.

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UPDATE 11/8/17 – NEW ARRIVAL – It’s a Boy !

Our first new arrival (a male) found today whilst doing an inspection of the boxes – hopefully the first of very many !

Looking very strong and healthy.

3 nests found in 3 boxes, but only 1 mouse.  Maybe there are others and they were out shopping or something – certainly not ‘at home’.

Below – Volunteers do pond clearing

Finally; a saying that encourages us (and hopefully you) to plant more trees:

 

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gjErrTO8jk

 

(Mark) – In memory of a brilliant mate and avid anti live animal exports campaigner – Mr. Mike Tucker from London.

 

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An anti live export vigil was held in London town every day for many years.  Outside of the Ministry MAFF – responsible for exports, Mike would wear his suit and bowler hat; grab his broom and sweep down the steps of MAFF – telling them to ‘clean up their act’ on the issue of live animal exports.

 

He was a massive hit with everybody – bus drivers would hoot as they passed; and so many walking people would give him fruit or cups of tea to keep himself going.

Mike died about 4 years ago; just before we made some real strides in stopping exports from the UK.  He would be really chuffed; delighted; to know that we are on the verge of securing new legislation from the UK government which will STOP all live animal exports as soon as we are out of the EU (Brexit).  We very much hope that legislation will be ready to be introduced the day we leave the EU – March 2019.

A great friend and Spitfire aircraft nut ! – when he came to stay we often visited all the Spitfire museums as part of our days out.

Thanks Mike for all your totally hard and dedicated work to get the export ban.  You wont see the actual day; but we now have a guarantee that in the UK it will happen; and very soon.

 

Well done fella – UK Job Done !

 

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VENUS

 

“About me? – I don`t suffer, I don`t live in a concentration camp, no one wants my flesh, no one wants to make a bag out of my skin, no one takes my kids for the circus… I’m an uninteresting case compared to all those I’m writing for, and for who I will write further.”

 

Well, I could put all about me in a three sentences: My Name is Venus. I work as a singer at the theatre of a 250,000 city in South Germany, I’m married, no children, three cats.

I don’t remember when I started fighting for the rights of the animals, but I remember all the animals that I have saved so far.

And I also remember very well, that 15 years ago I decided not to eat, to wear or exploit animals under any form.

 

The picture is of my cat Papardella. She looks better than me. Like every animal that I have saved so far.

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ANIMAL BUDDIES IN THE SAV TEAM

 

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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:

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Above – ‘Utata’ (with Danica at Shelter ‘Felix’, Serbia)

Below – ‘Twinnsie’ (with SOI Dogs, Thailand – fighting the dog meat business)

 

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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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29FaTYldzHU&feature=youtu.be

LATEST REPORT

26/8/15 – a new message in from Twinnsie – please check it out at:

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2015/08/26/thailand-team-member-twinnsie-gives-us-an-update-and-great-street-dog-sterilisation-news/

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Team SAV – Fighting for Better Animal Welfare

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The SAV principal members continued:

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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.

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https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2015/06/07/serbia-june-2015-things-have-reached-a-very-critical-situation-at-shelter-alex/

AZIL August appeal

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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:

https://serbiananimalsvoice.wordpress.com/2010/07/25/serbia-latest-pictures-from-epar-shelter-subotica/

https://serbiananimalsvoice.wordpress.com/2010/07/02/serbia-june-2010-new-pictures-of-the-rescued-stray-dogs-at-epar-shelter/

https://serbiananimalsvoice.wordpress.com/2009/11/22/serbia-more-photographs-from-epar-shelter-subotica/

https://serbiananimalsvoice.wordpress.com/2009/11/20/serbia-new-photographs-from-epar-shelter/

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  !!

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Martina and Lisa are founders of the following:

EUROPE-WIDE MANDATORY CCTV IN ALL SLAUGHTERHOUSES AND MONITORING

PETITION LINKS ON OUR WEBSITE :

http://www.europewide-cctv-in-all-slaughterhouses.eu

GERMANY     http://www.petitionen24.com/europaweite_videouberwachung_an_schlachthofen_und_dokumentation

UK

http://www.europewide-cctv-in-all-slaughterhouses.eu/petition-uk

IRELAND

http://www.europewide-cctv-in-all-slaughterhouses.eu/petition-ie

SPAIN

http://www.europewide-cctv-in-all-slaughterhouses.eu/peticion-es

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.

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EUROPEAN ALLIANCE FOR CCTV IN SLAUGHTERHOUSES

Members List see:  http://www.europewide-cctv-in-all-slaughterhouses.eu

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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.

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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.

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Italy

Paola Ghidotti

– 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.

Links:

http://legalaction4animalrights.net/

https://twitter.com/paola_ghidotti

http://www.care2.com/c2c/group/LAAR

https://www.facebook.com/groups/LegalAction4AnimalRights/

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LegalAction4AnimalRights/

Care for Chinese Animals

 

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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.

Links:

http://careforchineseanimals.net/

http://twitter.com/chineseanimals

https://www.facebook.com/CareforChineseAnimals

http://www.care2.com/c2c/groups/careforchineseanimals

Victories for the animals

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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.

Link:

http://victoriesfortheanimals.wordpress.com/

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