South Africe: Exposed – The Terrible Suffering of Goats.

As first reported by The Washington Post, a disturbing PETA Asia investigation—the first of its kind—reveals that workers dragged, roughly handled, threw around, mutilated, and even cut the throats of fully conscious goats, some of whom cried out, in South Africa, the world’s top mohair producer. This groundbreaking footage highlights just some of the abuse documented on all 12 of the angora goat farms the eyewitness visited.

After talks with PETA, Arcadia Group has stopped placing orders for mohair products across its eight brands, which include Topshop. Gap Inc. has also agreed to stop placing orders containing mohair, including for its Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic, and Athleta brands. And Inditex, one of the world’s largest clothing retailers and owner of Zara, will ban mohair from its seven apparel brands by 2020. The H&M group—including its eight brands—has decided that it will no longer source mohair, effective immediately. After hearing from thousands of compassionate shoppers like you, Anthropologie announced that as of March 2019, it “will not buy or produce products containing mohair.” And Express, Inc., announced that it has “[no current or] future plans to include mohair in our assortment.”

Shearing is extremely stressful to goats, who are prey animals and therefore terrified of being pinned down, vulnerable, and completely defenseless. Goat kids, who were being shorn for the first time, cried out in fear.

Some shearers lifted the goats up off the floor by the tail, likely breaking it at the spine. When one goat struggled, the shearer sat on her. After shearing, workers threw the animals across the wooden floor and hauled them around by their legs.


The coats of some of the goats were matted with feces. To clean off the mohair before shearing, one farmer dumped rams into tanks of cleaning solution and shoved their heads underwater, which he admitted would poison them if they swallowed it.

Shearers are paid by volume, not by the hour, which motivates them to work quickly and carelessly, leaving the goats cut up and bleeding from the face and ears. They cut off swaths of skin and, according to farmers, even teats. As workers crudely stitched them up right on the filthy shearing floor, they were given no pain relief whatsoever.

Many goats were subjected to mutilation of their ears with pliers that punched sharp needles through them, causing them intense pain and, as one farmer described it, to “scream terribly.” Another farmer said his goats “shout and roll around” when castrated without anesthetics because “it’s bloody painful.”

Still another farmer said, “We … just cut … off” a goat’s ear if it is believed to be cancerous. Yet another used a knife to cut into a goat’s torso—apparently without any pain relief—to try to drain what she called an “abscess.”



England: ‘That’ Day in Brussels – 1997 – Mark’s Memories.


‘That’ Day in Brussels – 1997 – Mark Memories.

We fought hard for the Russian seal pups; the ‘Whitecoats’ – mere babies who should not have been murdered for a crappy fur hat.  In the end, after many years campaigning, we achieved the victory that had been fought for so many years – the Russian seal pup slaughter / hunt was stopped ! – ‘Job Done’.

The following shows a typical Russian seal farm – young seals being held until their coats are the right colour – then they are slaughtered.  Mouth bleeding is a typical sign of high stress in young seals.  This is what the campaign targeted.

Copy of Outline data


As part of our campaign for the baby seals we took ourselves to Brussels a few times.

After a bad time in London with the Met police (I’ve met the Met and got the bruises to prove it) at Downing Street – we decided to take the campaign to Brussels and the EU.  The Belgian police were no better – very trigger happy as you can read here.  But in the end it was all worth the fight – the baby seals were safe and we had not been shot – good all round.  Here are Mark’s memories of one eventful trip to Brussels (EU) to meet up with the Commissioner re illegal Russian seal pelts getting into the EU.

Mark (Sealer), Mark Watts MEP and Brilliant Robert – Outside Downing St. – London.


“And so thanks to the (London) Metropolitan police, things went a bit pear shaped (or ‘tits up’ as we say in the UK) and to a point, our presentation of the petition at the door of number 10 was dealt a blow that made it rather, or drastically less effective than it should have been. Regardless of their attempts to cause us problems, plastic bag after plastic bag of petition cards against a Russian seal pup cull, and more importantly, 10,000 signatures calling on the British government to act, were delivered unceremoniously to the door of number 10. One good thing which had been planned by us anyway, and which did happen as a result of events at Downing Street, was that the giant Easter egg was afterwards taken to one of the nearby London hospitals where it was handed over to one of the children’s wards to be used as I think, a big storage container for their toys on the ward to go into. There were no quibbles at the hospital regarding special security activities and the egg was simply accepted for what it was, which was a gift for the sick children in the hospital ward.  At least we had no problems there. Who are the real children in this case, you have to ask ! – those in Downing St. or the sick youngsters at the hospital ? – I say the formerThinking ahead, we also had plans for action in Europe.  Surely things will go better there – wont they ?

The issue of Russian seal pup skins being imported into the EU had been a major problem for many years.  We had been to London in an attempt to get PM John Major and the British government to raise the issues of Russian seal pup killing at every opportunity. He utterly failed big time.  As there was very little progress here it was now time to take up the other stage of our campaign; that being to take our issues to Europe; next stop Brussels !

Cut to October 1997. – I have taken something like a very welcome three days holiday from work and have driven down to Ramsgate harbour in Kent where I am meeting up with Robert and the others to head to Brussels, Belgium, and the European Union offices. We are all going over to Belgium by a single minibus which has been chartered especially for the trip. At Ramsgate I park my car in the long-term car park and hang around the short time until Robert and the others arrive in the minibus. There are seven of us making this trip, all friends and supporters of Robert’s efforts for the Russian seal pups. I climb on board the minibus and we go through the normal procedures in order to catch a ferry to Ostende that evening. Despite being a large vehicle, the minibus is fairly well kitted out with all the gear there we are taking with us to Brussels; things including stands, display boards, flags, the life sized seals from London and a complete Russian tundra display, which is made up of white fleece type sheeting and dustbin sack after dustbin sack full to the brim with white polystyrene chips which will be shaped on the display to represent the snowfall.

In his very supportive role, Mark Watts MEP has again offered his help, support and services during our trip to Brussels. From what I can recall the ferry which took us to Ostende was at the time, a new catamaran type vessel; and we left Ramsgate at about 6 PM in the evening. Being made by one of the new ferries operating the service, the crossing to Ostende was fairly quick, considering that the journey usually takes approximately 4 hours by normal (older type) vessel.  Once at Ostende harbour, we had no problems in clearing both customs and passport control. As anyone who is a regular to Europe will know, Ostende to Brussels is literally a simple journey of between one and two hours down the A10 and E40 motorways, almost a straight line heading in a south easterly direction.

And so by just taking our time and not rushing anything at all, we were in Brussels around about 10 PM that same evening. As we had a meeting within the EU the following morning, we just drove around for a short time that night to make sure that we were familiar with our route to the European Parliament buildings ready for the following morning. It has to be remembered that everything being done on this trip was funded solely by Robert and the rest of the crew who were supporting him. As such, we were not in any position to be able to afford good hotel rooms in central Brussels for the night; instead, for us, it was going to be a case of undergoing ‘economy measures’. Once we were happy with the route to be taken to the European Parliament buildings the following morning, we took the minibus down into what we first envisaged to be a side street, but one which turned out to be one which was still fairly busy even at 11 o’clock in the evening. From memory, the road forming this street was divided by a central tree-lined, grassed area; one side of the road heading off in one direction whilst the other side of the central reservation was for traffic going in the opposite direction. On both parts of the roads there were shops, bars and cafes. Have you ever tried sleeping in a minibus with six other adults ? – If not, then I would very much suggest that you had been doing the right thing throughout your life; or have had a lucky escape ! To say that it is a ‘challenge’ would very much be an understatement, and this scenario was something that we were all going to have to endure that night during our stay parked up in a very busy side street in Brussels. All the doors were opened on the bus, and the multitude of arms and legs of all the occupants sprawled out in just about every direction found on any compass; and as always in such situations, there was a degree of almost continual talking and giggling.

As luxury in the form of adequate sleeping quarters was not a paramount issue in the minibus, we all attempted to grab some shut eye during the time leading up to, and around midnight. I think it fair to say that virtually nobody in the crew was able to get any sleep at all seeing the conditions we were in within the minibus; and so there was a unanimous decision made around witching hour that it might be better for all of us to bail out of the bus and ‘sleep rough’, by trying to get our heads down on the grass under the trees that formed part of the central reservation between the roads. Don’t ask me how we got them or where they even came from, some of the shops I guess, but all I can recall is that we ended up with a hefty amount of large, empty cardboard boxes under the trees. Fortunately, the weather for many days before had been dry and warm, so it was a case of just selecting your cardboard box, finding somewhere to lay it, crawling in and attempting to get some sleep !.

I recall looking across out of my box at Robert; this brilliant seal campaigner guy who was scheduled to meet up with an EU Commissioner the following morning, and seeing him prising himself snugly into a large cardboard box on a side road in Brussels which had become his bed for the night.  He looked your typical street dosser type guy.  Me being me, my wicked sense of humour crept in and I was in two minds to get out of my box and go round to all the crew; dropping a pound coin into their hands and whispering “here love, go and get yourself a cup of tea”, or something similar.  I restrained !

By about 3 am I think I had probably had about ten minutes sleep, if that, during the last two or three hours.  Taxis and vans making early deliveries to the city centre and all the shops in the road were blasting up and down on each side of us; and, it was just the very last place you could, or would  choose to get your head down for anything which even resembled a good sleep.  I got talking to Audrey, one of the crew, at around 3 am; and we decided that there was little enjoyment to be had where we were, so it was a case of walking the streets for a while. We crawled out of our boxes, dusted ourselves down and set off in the direction of ….. anywhere.

We had a good walk round for a few hours, whilst witnessing the night sights and ‘offers’ of downtown Brussels and making friends with the many cats who appeared out of the darkness and came over to us for a bit of attention.  They got it; at least they had a good night.  I was a bit annoyed that I did not have anything to give them to eat; and I hope that they forgave me for not dishing up bowlfuls of food.  Audrey and I discussed anything that decided to rear its head; from “dust to the state of the nation” (Stranglers – ‘Giants’ album) and the time passed by quite quickly; it had turned 6 am before we even realised.


I have this real thing about nice teeth; and to me, a beautiful set of teeth on a girl are just as important as the size of any of her bits or the length of her legs.  Well I am probably exaggerating when I say that, but I do consider oral hygiene a very important thing.  So by 6 am I was rather keen for two things; a good strong cup of hundred mile coffee and then after that, a good session with the toothbrush !


All the crew had escaped from their cardboard boxes by the time we returned from our walking tour of the Brussels streets, and together we headed off with one thing in mind; that being to find an early morning café where we could get something to drink and eat; followed by (in my case anyway) a good teeth cleaning session.  We were lucky and found this place just along the road; and I think the guy who owned the place had thought that all his birthdays had come at once, with all these crazy Brits turning up on his door at 6-30 am and ready to drink all the coffee that he had and eat anything that could be eaten within his café.

All I can recall is after having something good to eat and drink, descending these stairs in the café; and going into a room and having a wash and very welcome and essential teeth clean.  Afterwards I wandered back upstairs to meet up with all the crew.  One by one, each person went down and had a wash and personal hygiene experience; and by 8 am or 8-30’ish, we were all tanked up with coffee and croissants; ready to go and in a dishevelled sort of way, meet up with the pristine hierarchy from the EU.


It was not perfect as is often the case under such circumstances; none of us had a fresh suit or anything formal to change into; I my case, we had either walked the streets of Brussels the night before, or been encased in a reject cardboard box dosing under a few trees on a busy roadway for a few hours.  Whatever, we were all rather deprived of sleep; but as the saying goes; ‘shit happens’ !- I guess that was a night of shit for me.

Robert went to a box shoved into a section at the rear of the minibus, and suddenly produced a whole bunch of fresh, new white T shirts for us all to wear.  They were great, and each had “European Animal Welfare – Very Much Alive” written across the chest, complete with an excellent picture of a baby whitecoat Russian seal pup.  It was a very welcome addition to, and diversion from the clothes which we had worn whilst travelling from Ramsgate.  We all looked the part now, and were ready to do action at the Brussels HQ of the European Union !

We wormed our way through the busy Brussels morning rush-hour by way of the route we had taken and planned the night before to the EU headquarters. I recall driving into the so-called public car park, and thinking to myself that we would probably have made faster progress if we had been provided with an Apollo moon buggy rather than a large van we had; such were the amount of potholes and ‘varying undulating terrain’ that formed this wasteland which had obviously passed EU regulations by putting ticks in boxes under the heading of ‘adequate car parking facilities’.

It did not take that long for all of us to unpack the van of all its display equipment and then to manhandle the gear across to the main reception area at the entrance to the EU Parliament building. As it was early morning, we had arranged to do a live link up with BBC Radio Kent, our home county station, but as always where the media are involved with anything relating to animal welfare issues, the actual events are very much often overplayed and given as totally different portrayal to those who listen or read.

Rather than describe our planned meeting with the EU Commissioner to discuss the situation regarding the import of seal pup skins from Russia, as organised by Mr Mark Watts MEP; BBC Radio Kent broadcast to its listeners that Animal Rights activists from Kent had stormed and taken over the EU Parliament !.

This was obviously not quite reality.  Also, why are we always called ‘animal rights’ when in fact we are dealing with animal welfare issues ? – I can only suggest that the term ‘rights activist’ immediately conjures up a harder image to the press and media who wish to make a stronger story.  Readers / listeners no doubt are lured into the view of the whole place as being taken over by balaclava clad terrorists armed with a multitude of coloured spray cans; smashing and spraying our way through corridors, turning over tables and chairs and basically, causing fear and havoc amongst all the employees at the EU.  Actually, we were people who worked and who had simply gone to the EU parliament for a day to express our concerns as EU citizens about the killing and import of Russian seal pup skins into the EU !

We ended up managing to get through to BBC Radio Kent and explain that the situation was rather different in reality to that which they were portraying to their listeners. Our visit had been arranged by Mr. Watts MEP; and the nearest we got to any table was going to be one in the restaurant or, at the meeting with the Commissioner.  I hoped they would both remain on all their legs at both venues; and as for spray cans, they were in my garage at home; to be used on car repairs !

Campaign Demo Outside the EU Offices – Brussels.

Brilliant Robert Kneeling at front holding ‘Shame’ Benner

To further what can be described as ‘glitches’ in our day; we had as a group the pleasure of experiencing at first hand the activities of the Belgian police. From what I gathered that morning, the large paved area directly in front of the entrance doors to the EU Parliament comes under the classification of being ‘EU territory’ rather than ‘Belgian’ territory. As such, the Belgian police, whilst being in existence for security reasons, do not have specific Belgian authority with regard their policing of this area. Maybe it was just me, I don’t think so, but the message had not quite gotten through to one senior Belgian police officer who was patrolling around the main doors of the Parliament entrance.

Chances are that he had not been fully briefed / informed that we were attending on that day and that we had been given permission by the EU Eurogroup for Animals to set up a media display outside at the entrance to the Parliament. Not knowing this situation, we casually walked across with all of our display directly into the entrance area, where we proceeded to start unpacking and constructing our Russian seal pup display. Witnessing this, our Belgian police officer friend did a very good portrayal of the space shuttle – he kind of went into orbit with all burners blazing !!.

All I can remember for the next few minutes was having pistols pointed at us by the Belgian police, lots of shouting and a great deal of pandemonium by many people. Fortunately for us, Mr Mark Watts MEP arrived on the scene, had a quiet discussion with Robert and then made his way over to explain and calm down the situation with the Belgian police. I can remember thinking to myself what I would have to tell my family back home if things had carried on as they initially were for those first few minutes with the Belgian police. My mum would probably have asked if I had a nice day in Brussels, to which I would’ve responded something along the lines of being shot in the legs or head by a Belgian police officer ! – Apart from that, the day would have been really good; look at the bullet removed from my head; now that’s a souvenir !

Once all the preliminary misunderstandings had calmed down and been put right by various EU parties who appeared on the scene, we continued to set up our display at the entrance to the Parliament building portraying Russian seal pup hunting. By this time we had gathered the attention of a lot of people going into the building, as well as certain representatives from various EU press who stopped, took some photos and asked a few questions about our aims and campaign.  In the end it turned out to be a very positive morning. Mr Michael Elliott from the AW Eurogroup arrived and joined up with us and with Mr Watts MEP to have some photographs taken”.


Here is a few bits of old data that we used in our campaigning.


Photos are of the campaign and also seal farming in Russia.


Spain: Elephant Killed After Circus Truck Overturns on Highway During Move To New Venue.

Elephant Killed After Circus Truck Overturned on Highway Illustrates the Problem With These Shows

Life for an elephant forced to perform circus tricks is far from natural. These gentle giants are bound by chains and shipped like cargo from location to location. Circus employees tie heavy chains around the elephants’ ankles to limit their ability to move, preventing them from lying down or even having social interactions with other elephants. As you can imagine, transporting wild animals is dangerous for not only the animals themselves but also the people around them.

In yet another wreckless circus accident, a circus truck carrying five elephants in Spain was recently overturned on a motorway.

One elephant has been pronounced dead after they rolled off the road and into a ditch, Sky News reports. The four surviving elephants stood over their friend’s body. Elephants are highly intelligent creatures and will often mourn the death of a fellow elephant. 

The motorway was closed off for two hours while fire personnel and concerned drivers tried to help.  

Two of the elephants involved in the wreck suffered large cuts to their faces and legs. Is an hour of the circus really all that fun when you consider the expense animals have to pay?

The injured elephants are being treated by veterinarians in a public facility and from there, they will be moved to a clinic.

This latest incident is just another example of why circuses that force wild animals to perform are highly unethical and dangerous for all involved.

“This terrible incident symbolizes all that is wrong with the use of animals in traveling circuses,” said Animal Defenders International President Jan Creamer. “Instead of a life in the wild, these incredible animals are being carted around the country, confined and forced to perform.

Please don’t visit a circus with animals and help stop their suffering today.”

We hope that the circus involved in the crash has the compassion to send the four surviving elephants to an accredited sanctuary, where they can live out the remainder of their days in peace (another circus in Spain retired their animals to a sanctuary just last year, so it’s possible!).

The growing majority of the public agrees that they don’t want to watch captive animals perform silly tricks. Over 40 countries worldwide have banned the use of wild animals in circuses, including ScotlandIndiaItalyIranIrelandRomania, the U.K, and the Netherlands, so why are we still forcing animals into this horrific life?

If you are looking forward to the day when animals used in entertainment will be just a mention in history books, SHARE this article to spread awareness about what’s wrong with circuses!

Image Source: The Save Movement/Facebook 






China: Bear Bile Farming To End In China By 2022 ?

Proposal introduced to end Bear Bile farming in China


From Animals Asia

At the National People’s Congress and the Chinese Peoples Political Consultative Conference meetings in March 2018 (Beijing); a proposal was raised to end bear bile farming in China by 2022 similar to the proposal put forth in Vietnam last year.


7 steps were proposed, including:


  • Banning the breeding of black bears by 2022

  • Banning bear farming by 2022

  • Eliminating everything to do with the bear industry by 2035

  • Speeding up research and approval of synthetic bear bile products

  • Working with international conventions such as CITES to improve the protection level of the black bear.


It is significant that these proposals are being raised at high level gatherings in China.

The fact alone that the motion was allowed to be made public is very encouraging.


Paws crossed that this will progress into actual legislation now.


Russia: Stray Dogs and Football Just Dont Seem To Mix.

Stray dogs and football just don’t seem to get along.

Photo – Daily Mail (UK)


Please have a look at our recent post re stray dogs being killed in Morocco:


The reason for the shooting of the dogs is an upcoming visit from the FIFA, where the city should deliver a good picture. Namely, Morocco wants the 2026 World Cup to be held in the North African country.  Sadly, stray dogs are seen as a blight on the landscape – so Morocco wants to get rid of them – by shooting.


We have a petition link for Moroccan stray dogs – you can visit it here:


Unfortunately, Morocco is not the only place where stray dogs and the football elite seem to clash.   The World Cup is being held in Russia this year, 2018.


Russia is planning a mass slaughter of stray dogs ahead of the this year’s World Cup; despite assurances this will not happen, animal rights campaigners claim.

Some £1.4million has been assigned to host cities to pay for deployment of ‘canine KGB’ death squads, according to Ekaterina Dmitrieva, director of the City Animal Protection Foundation.

Animal campaigners are furious that FIFA is turning a blind eye to the ‘butchers’ and refusing to press the Russian government over the ‘scandal’.

Deputy premier Vitaly Mutko – Vladimir Putin’s ex-sports minister mired in controversy over the Russian doping scandal – recently ordered host cities to set up temporary animal shelters for the estimated two million strays in these locations.

But Dmitrieva insisted that that cash has been paid already to pay for armed teams – nicknamed ‘canine KGB hit squads’ – and poisons to wipe out homeless dogs and other animals.

Photo – Daily Mail (UK)


She said: ‘The tenders have been signed, the money is sent to contractors.’

Her demands to switch the cash to sterilising, immunising and caring for the animals has been met with silence, she said.


Is this not typical – Serbia being another – cash which could be spent on sterilising, immunising and caring for the strays in properly run shelters is again being used to simply kill animals.  Governments and authorities appear to miss the fact that you cannot eradicate every stray dog in an area – and those left the cull will reproduce and gradually bring stray numbers back up to what they were before – or even more.  This action by stray death squads does nothing to resolve the long term issue of strays in any location.  It is a simple ‘short term hopeful fix’ by the authorities.  We predict that many strays will be back on the streets within a very short time.  Cities and towns may look squeaky clean whilst those oh so well behaved football fans roam the streets; but shooting strays to clean up any town is a short fix which will not last.  It appears that the Russian authorities, just like the Serbian government; are too thick min the head to understand this.

But then maybe they want the corruption associated with a never ending supply of stray dogs to be killed.  Some people in high places are getting very rich out of a never ending supply of strays which they can kill and claim back money off the government for.  In Serbia for example, just one stray killed can get a government bounty payment of up to 500 Euros  paid directly to regional authorities from government funds.  And the average wage in Serbia ? – about 300 Euros per month.

Big money to be made by some from endless stray dog killing as we have always said.  But the EU, OIE and the rest of the big players just do not really want to listen to us or more importantly, do anything about this corruption that is ‘stray dog control’.

Further reading:


Open shelters ??

Serbia; New Actions For Serbian Animals. Voices For The Voiceless !

UPDATE 20/4/18


Further to our post and the letter to the OIE below, we would like to offer our thanks to animal supporters who have supported our issue by copying and sending additional copies of the letter to the OIE and others.  This has come as a surprise to us, but we very much welcome the additional support.


Thanks go to the following campaigners for supporting us:


Chantal Buslot – Belgium


Maria Schneider, – Germany

 Anneke Andries, – Netherlands

Hennie Oosterman;  David Weisman; Susan van Ockelen; Jeanet Verweij;  Miranda van Ittersum; – Netherlands.

Jean S.;  Armand Beaufort; Lisette G.; Aurelie B.; Cheryl Minottes; – France.

Yvonne Suters; Inge Schroeder; Wolfgang Beckingen; Mireille Dautz;  – Germany.

Tina Bartels; John Summers; Henry T.; Vickey Osborn;  Teddy Miller; – United Kingdom.

Amanda Fields; Jurgen Sorens; Rita Suffolk; Mary Dalton; Joseph Pritchard; Kimberley Fields;  – USA.

Simon Sears; Beverly Woods; Anita Brewer; Daniel Russell; Petra Stafford;  – Australia.

 Andrea Sreiber – Serbia


Hi all; this is Mark;

First; there have not been many posts on the site recently, and I apologize for this.

The reason is that we have been very busy re Serbian animal campaigning – I will try to cover what we have been doing as quickly as I can; with additional attachments as necessary.


Overview – Both the Serbian government / authorities have a illegal approach to (stray) dog and cat management which is completely different to us.  We work within the law and try to promote it; they work against the law.  You can read more about Serbian animal law at which is on our site.


So; time again for another gripe in speaking out for animals in Serbia.  The OIE – or ‘World Organisation for Animal Health’ (Health ??) has a website which can be viewed at   The attitude of the OIE in the Balkans has been very much one of allowing stray dogs to be killed under the guise of ‘disease control’.  Naturally, this works perfectly for the Serbian government and regional authorities who wish to kill off as many strays as the can – and reap the financial rewards that are associated with doing this.


Our view, which is supported by Serbian law, is different.  We do not feel that healthy stray animals should be murdered just to comply with the term ‘disease control’.  As you can read in  since 2005 there have been national (Serbian) laws which should give the right of life and protection to stray animals.  Despite being ‘law’; the government and authorities have ignored our suggestions of a national sterilisation approach which would gradually reduce stray animal numbers; in favour of an attitude of killing as many strays as they can.  This works in several ways in their favour – they get a ‘head count’ financial reward for every animal which they kill (up to 500 Euros per animal); and by not sterilising as we suggest; they have a continual source of new strays on the streets to catch and kill for this financial ‘bounty’.  Some people may thus be getting very rich financially our of adopting this attitude; we have a tendency to call it ‘corruption’.


Ok; so now we need to give people the facts.  Slavica has worked brilliantly hard to draft out a letter re this issue.  We have then taken this draft and attempted to make it read better English.  Slavica’s letter defined all the legal Serbian legislation with regard to the supposed ‘protection’ of Serbian strays – ie what the Serbian law says on paper and which the courts should work to re legal issues.  We took the letter further by making suggestions of the ‘rule of law’ which is required to be shown by any member state wishing to join the EU.  Serbia is one such country; it is currently an EU ‘Candidate Country’ applying for EU membership.

The EU ‘rule of law’ issue is an important one; as it requires that any state seeking EU membership needs to show / prove that it is enforcing all of its own national laws.  If it cannot do this, then effectively EU membership should not be permitted.  As we have always shown since the foundation of SAV back around 2005; Serbia has been NON Compliant with Serbian law regarding the treatment of stray animals.  So, this new letter needed to make this clear.

A formal letter was produced which has now been presented to the Serbian government.  Copies have also been provided to the EU ‘Enlargement Commission’ who are responsible for new member states.  We suggested in our review of the draft that certain contacts at the EU dealing specifically with the ‘rule of law’ be informed of this current situation of non compliance.  This has been done.


You can see a full copy of Slavica’s letter here – along with an additional copy of the letter which has been presented by the ‘No Kill Coalition’ who are based in the capital of Serbia; Belgrade.

Original EPAR letter – ENGLISH:

OIE, StrongProtest,ENG. 19.04.2018..

Original EPAR Letter – SERBIAN


NO KILL COALITION Copy Letter – Belgrade, Serbia – ENGLISH:

OIE ,strong protest 19.04.2018.

So, here we now have it.  A formal letter of the current situation for Serbian animals and the non compliances with existing Serbian laws sent to all those who should be informed of the situation; and this includes the OIE.

In an additional way, via Slavica also, we have today (19/4) been provided with a copy of the formal EU Progress report for 2018 in relation to Serbia.


A copy to this is given here if you wish to review:


EU Progress Report (2018) on Serbia:



This official report from the EU on the situation in Serbia is not especially good, and in many ways backs up what we have been saying for many years especially with regard to corruption.


On pages 20 and 21 there is a lot which shows that corruption is still prevalent within Serbia, which comes as no surprise to us.  The EU had made several suggestions to attack this; and hopefully we would like to see actions regarding animal welfare get involved with this anti corruption policy.


Now that all the evidence has been provided to both the Serbian government, and more importantly, the ‘rule of law’ enforcement personnel in the EU; we can only hope that the evidence and non compliance with national legislation will work in favour of the animals in the future.


Who knows, we may even see the day come that we have campaigned for over so many years – the day when national stray sterilisation, vaccination and microchipping takes priority over the corrupt and money making attitude of many officials who simply want to undertake a stray dog kill approach as we are currently experiencing.


Stray sterilisation is the way to control and eventually eliminate stray animals on the streets.  A policy which is better in the long term for all – strays and humans.


Whatever; our fight to be a voice for the voiceless will continue what ever happens in the towers of importance.


For the animals – Mark.





Australia: The Real Horrors Of Live Exports Now Exposed – And A Crap Aussie Government.

Translation Service: 


Please make sure you get everyone to sign this petition:





Video link –

Dead animals thrown overboard

One would think that animals arrive alive in a live export. Video footage released by the Australian news magazine 60 Minutes shows for the first time the complete range of maladministration in Australian living exports. The conditions on board are so severe that many animals starve to death, die of thirst, are trampled or succumb to the enormous heat on board. Their dead bodies are simply thrown into the sea. A brave crew member could no longer watch the conditions and documented on five different trips the horror that he had to watch every day.


Overcrowded ships and panting animals

Approximately 60,000 animals are loaded onto a ship for a trip from Australia to the Middle East. Due to the narrowness, many sheep do not have regular access to food and drink. Only the strongest make it to the troughs. All of them stand and lie for days in their own fecal matter and suffer from the enormous heat and high humidity on the ship. The pictures, which were taken in August 2017, show heavily panting animals with their tongues hanging out. In the midst of them decaying conspecifics who could no longer withstand the unbearable temperatures.


No protection for pregnant animals

Although pregnant animals are not allowed to be exported under Australian law, the eyewitness reports that some sheep had to give birth in these circumstances. The little ones often had no chance of survival, as they were lost in the crush their mothers or were trampled by the surrounding animals. The whistleblower also reports that crewmembers have been repeatedly called upon to slit the lambs’ throats. Over 2,400 animals were dead at the end of the journey.


Illegal trade

The conditions on board contradict the Australian animal welfare laws on several levels and are actually illegal.

When Minister David Littleproud was confronted with the footage, he merely stammered that Australia had the highest animal welfare standards in the world for live exports. But for the first time pictures prove the law violations, which increases the pressure on the Australian Ministry of Agriculture.

The Minister of Agriculture promised to hold those responsible to account and prompted preliminary investigations. In addition, the shipment of other animals, by the export company “Emanuel Exports” on which the recordings were created, prevented for the time being. A first and important step towards countering a complete ban on cruel livestock exports.


Video (english) and petition are there, please sign.


(Translation: Venus) (english)


For 60 years, cruelty to animals on live export ships has been kept secret.

There’s no ‘nice’ way to send animals halfway around the world to be killed for meat.

A live sheep isn’t ‘cargo’. He breathes. He thinks. He can suffer.  This simple fact may be lost on wealthy live export companies. But it wasn’t lost on one concerned crew member who was horrified by the suffering he witnessed on live export voyages…

This footage exposes an industry acting unlawfully. It reveals what millions of gentle animals have endured for decades, in secret.

And with it — a chance to end the cruelty.

More than 100,000 litres of urine and faeces accumulates on a typical live export ship every day sheep are on board. The ship won’t be ‘washed out’ until after they’ve disembarked.

As the northern summer kicks in, on-board conditions can turn catastrophic.

When temperatures soar — and predictably they do —  weeks of untreated waste buildup ‘melts’ into a thick, deadly soup. Any animal needing to lie down to rest risks being buried in excrement.

Corrosive ammonia chokes the air and burns the eyes and throats of those on board. Distressed animals rapidly overheat. Their hearts race as they gasp for oxygen. Trapped in what is essentially a ‘giant oven’, extremely heat stressed animals collapse before  literally being cooked alive. Other heat stressed sheep may die slowly over the following days. Those who survive a ‘heat event’ will continue to suffer in this putrid bog, now littered with the decaying bodies of their dead companions.

Imagine being born on a live export ship. The noisy vibrations the only sound you’ll ever hear. The inescapable stench of faeces the only air you’ll ever breathe…

These babies aren’t supposed to be born at all. Live export companies are legally required to ensure all ewes are pregnancy tested by ultrasound and certified not pregnant. And yet, heavily pregnant ewes are being shipped for slaughter like every other animal. Only — they’ll endure the trauma of live export while going into labour and giving birth.

Very few lambs born on a live export ship will ever see the outside world. Many will be  trampled, lose their mothers, or be killed by distressed crew members who are routinely ordered to slit their throats.

All this suffering is in aide of one thing: making wealthy live export companies even wealthier. And as it turns out, ‘business as usual’ on one of these ships to the Middle East isn’t just cruel, in many ways it’s illegal.