Rabies: Why China Needs To Become A 21 Century Nation – And Dog Killing In Nepal – Disturbing Video – Please Take Action.


If a person can contract rabies from butchering animals that are infected with the rabies virus or have already died from it, a person can also contract rabies from beating a rabid dog to death  (as in the recent Nepal footage), as blood, saliva and/or brain tissue inevitably goes flying around in the process. This is one very good reason to discourage the public from the all too common practice of beating suspected rabid animals to death.

 A Side of Rabies With Your Dog Meat in China

People in China and other Asian countries are dying of rabies. But
it’s not because dogs are biting them — it’s because they are biting
dogs, eating 18-80 million a year just in China.

“Rabies is a major problem in China. The country’s Ministry of Health
says it has the 2nd highest rate in the world after India.” And it’s
getting worse. Human rabies cases appear to be on the rise in China
based on the most recent numbers available. “In 2007, there were 3302
confirmed human rabies cases in China, nearly 21 times the number
found from the entire period between 1990 and 1996.”

It’s not just eating the meat that causes rabies. Slaughtering,
processing and cooking it may be even more dangerous.
After a rabies
outbreak led to human fatalities in Viet Nam, government officials
“reported that 70 percent of deaths were from dog bites but up to 30
percent were thought to be linked to exposure during slaughter or

“In a 17 Mar [2009 — see comment below] study from Hanoi published by
the PLoS Medicine journal, researchers pointed to 2 cases of human
rabies in Viet Nam where the patients were believed infected while
butchering a rabid animal — in one case a dog, the other a cat.”

“In the 1st patient’s case, he had prepared and eaten a dog that had
been killed in a road traffic accident; rabid dogs were known to
inhabit the neighbourhood. The 2nd patient had butchered and eaten a
cat that had been sick for a number of days.” Other people who ate the
same meat did not fall ill.

According to the Welcome Trust rabies is a very serious — and in
nearly all cases fatal — disease. It is estimated to kill over 30 000
people each year in Asia, and the number of cases in China and Viet
Nam is increasing. Symptoms include agitation, severe spasms, fever,
fear of water and inability to drink liquids, and eventually death.
There is a vaccine for rabies and even a treatment that can [very
rarely] cure the disease after infection, but it must be administered
very quickly after the patient contracts rabies. “Once a person shows
symptoms, the disease is almost invariably fatal.”

[Byline: Piper Hoffman]
Communicated by: ProMED-mail <promed@promedmail.org>

This report cites figures in support of an assertion that rabies
virus infection is increasing in China and wishes to correlate this
with increasing consumption of dog meat in China. In support of this
contention the article cites 2 cases [which actually occurred in 2009
– Mod.CP] in Viet Nam where rabies was contracted by an individual
slaughtering an accident-injured dog [see: Rabies, via dog/cat
butchering – Viet Nam archive number 20090318.1092], and another
slaughtering a cat.

Eating dog meat is common in many Asian countries, but research
conducted as part of the South East Asia Infectious Diseases Clinical
Research Network identified a potentially lethal risk associated with
preparing dog meat. In research published on 18 Mar 2009 in the open
access journal PLoS Medicine, Heiman Wertheim and colleagues from the
National Institute of Infectious and Tropical Diseases and the
National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology in Hanoi, Viet Nam,
report on 2 patients admitted to hospital showing signs of rabies
infection. Neither patient was thought to have been bitten by a rabid
animal in the preceding months see: Wertheim H, et al: Furious Rabies
after an Atypical Exposure. PLoS Medicine. 17 Mar 2009 [available at
It is clearly probable that rabies virus can be transmitted during the
course of slaughtering and butchering dogs and cats, if the person
involved has exposed abrasions or wounds
. However, rabies virus cannot
be transmitted through consumption of cooked meat since rabies virus
(and related rhabdoviruses) are heat sensitive and rapidly lose
infectivity at normal environmental temperature and humidity.

Vaccination and dog licensing are mechanism for controlling rabies
virus infection, not banning consumption of dog meat. – Mod.CP





(NP) Swift action by animal protectors in Nepal in the wake of botched stray killing

Fri Mar 15, 2013 2:35 am (PDT) .

Posted by: “Lisa Warden” foghorndoghorn

Animal protectors in Nepal were quick to respond when police in Kathmandu engaged in a botched killing of a street dog in the city last month. The killing was filmed and uploaded to youtube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkUNXTlcVJs).

The footage shows a dog hiding in a drain at the side of the road. The dog is shot and injured by a police officer. The dog then runs out of the drain, and one of the officers eventually manages to club it to death.

The issue was brought to the attention of Animal Welfare Network Nepal (AWNN), a coalition of animal welfare groups and concerned individuals working in the country.

Shristi Singh Bhandari, Communication Director at Animal Nepal submitted the following update to AWNN on March 6, 2103  (certain names have been redacted):

<<Dear all,

I am sending you my follow up on the recent shooting of the stray dog in kathmandu:

1. After receiving the video, I went to talk to the local people who had witnessed the killing about the issue. They told me that the dog had bitten several people and they were scared to walk by the street. SO they called the local police to attend to the matter. The police told them to tie the dog up to observe if he had was rabid, The locals obviously did not agree to do so. They again called the police to take care of the situation, so they came and you know the rest.

2. I went to talk to the nearby police station where they had reported the dog. The officer who was at the station told me that the police officers had been dispatched by the Kamalpokhari police station and not from the local section.

3. I went to talk to Inspector Kunwar from Kamalpokhari branch about the matter. He was very supportive and said that they indeed had make a mistake but the main order had been handed out by xxxx of Hanuman Dhoka district police station. The inspector proposed to work together in future that still needs to be discussed.

4. Then I went to Hanuman Dhoka t o talk to xxxx who was super rude and non cooperative. He said it was an emergency situation and he did what he had to do and that he does not have time to look for animal welfare groups and that he will not dispatch any letters regarding what happened and that we were more than welcome to stage a protest.

5. SO I got in touch with Rana bahadur Chand who is the head of Hanuman Dhoka and told him about the situation. He said he was shocked to find out how xxxx had behaved and that he himself had not seen the video. He said he will be more than glad to release the circular stating an order to contact animal welfare groups to handle such cases in future and a letter to AWNN stating the case. So he has asked to draft a letter for them so that they can sign and send it to everyone necessary. I on the other hand told him that in case he does that we will send a press release thanking him for his cooperation. So we are drafting a letter and will send him that by 2 today and hope to get it back by tomorrow morning.He has called us to work with the police in such matter. Once the strike is over I will be going to meet him with our brochures and information.>>

A letter was drafted to send to the police that they would then issue as an apology for their actions, plus a circular for the police to issue to their officers regarding future handling of suspected rabies cases. AWNN was subsequently invited to attend a still-to-occur gathering of police to sensitize  them about animal welfare issues.

Kudos to the animal protection community in Nepal for swift and effective action.

Lisa Warden


Re: (NP) Swift action by animal protectors in Nepal in the wake of botched stray killing

Fri Mar 15, 2013 5:49 am (PDT)

Posted by:  “Lucia Animal Nepal” animalnepal

Thanks Lisa.

Today our team met Kathmandu Police Chief Rana Bahadur Chand, to hand over our petition with 4000 signatures (see http://animalnepal.wordpress.com/2013/03/01/take-action-against-brutal-dog-killing-by-nepal-police/).

He informed us that he has send out a circular to all police offices to not kill dogs but instead inform animal welfare agencies when dealing with an agressive dog.   Chand promised to send a letter of apology to the Animal Welfare Network Nepal.

The chief said he loves animals and that he and a number of colleagues oppose animal sacrifice.

We have also been asked to educate police officers about animal welfare.

This is an encouraging development but much work remains to be done. Poisoning is still the preferred method to ‘limit’ stray dog populations by virtually all municipalities in Nepal. AWNN in August organised a seminar on humane dog management, during which a number of local government promised to stop the poisoning, see

We request international campaigners to continue to be involved in the Nepal situation. With no animal welfare legislation in place, and hardly any humane dog management taking place outside Kathmandu Valley, Nepal really needs encouragement in this area.



 FROM Animal Nepal website:

Take action against brutal dog killing by Nepal Police

Kathmandu, March 1, 2013 – Animal Nepal today expressed its shock at the brutal killing of a dog by the Nepal police in Baluwatar, Kathmandu. The dog, which reportedly bit two people, was killed brutally with the help of a gun and bamboo sticks, in full view of the public. The killing was recorded by video and uploaded on youtube. 

Animal Nepal today handed over letters to the Inspector of Police, the Chief District Officer and the Kathmandu Municipality, requesting the authorities to take immediate action.

According to Animal Nepal, “the images of ‘man’s best friend’ dying such an agonizing death are heart rendering and deeply traumatizing for children and other members of the public.”

Despite the fact that humane solutions like Animal Birth Control/Anti Rabies have been introduced in Nepal a decade ago, authorities continue to kill dogs inhumanely using strychnine poison, guns or sticks. The incident shows that Nepal badly needs an Animal Welfare Act, to provide protection for canines and other animals.

The campaigners invite all concerned citizens to sign this petition, as well as send emails to the municipality through this link, and to the Nepal police at  info@nepalpolice.gov.np. The CDO can be reached by fax at 009 771 4267619.

Charmaine Tham: Recruit dogs to prevent rabies – continual killing is NOT the answer.

Excellent video link: 


Charmaine Tham: Recruit dogs to prevent rabies

Charmaine Tham, the Vice President of Vets Beyond Borders, has worked as a veterinarian and educator on several dog health programs. She has worked on a project to reduce human rabies deaths in India.
Note: We want you to see these talks exactly as they happened!

SAV CommentPlease pass on to ignorant Serbian politicians – even those who have a vested interest in making money out of continually killing dogs.  As the video shows; killing is not the answer; it does not work !

Serbia: Zajecar City – Stray Dog Capture Using the False Declaration of ‘Rabies’.


Below is an un-edited text which has very recently been provided to us.

We are currently working to obtain contact details for all organisations and persons detailed.  These will be posted onto this site as soon as further information is obtained in order that further action can be taken.

Some of our past posts relating to the invention of ‘rabies outbreaks’ to justify the mass killing of stray animals:










Good day. I want to appeal a huge animal abuse in east Serbia town named Zajecar.

It all began in early March, two days after “rabies” alarm was raised – of course, false alarm. Stray dogs, and even dogs with owners (example: Ogi, poodle, who was repeatedly smashed onto the concrete, until he died) were being caught!
Dogs were being hunted down all over the town and the surrounding area. They were caught with snatchers made of thin wire which cut into their throats choking them; they were then pulled to the truck and stuck to the ground upon which the second dogcatcher would grab the dog’s throat with big pliers, lift and throw the dog onto the truck. The trucks are modified i.e. the back part is removed, and something like a cage is welded onto it.

Mass captures and killings were authorized by the Veterinary unit JKP and AZRA PRODANOVIĆ – Chief Veterinary Inspector of the Republic of Serbia. (JKP – Javno Komunalno Preduzece – Municipal Utility Company)
We have written to KURIR, BLIC, NOVOSTI, to no avail. We have also contacted animal protection associations EPAR and ORCA, who did respond and, as they said, sent letters to JKP. RADIO TELEVIZIJA ZAJEČAR – a local TV station – reported on the action.
The authorization was valid until 10th June 2010, meaning they “needed” 3 months after the false rabies alarm was raised, giving them plenty of time to catch and kill dogs!!!
The dogs were held in JKP Kraljevica in cages for a length of 2 to 3 days after which they were killed. Some dogs were killed the same day they were caught due to lack of space. Another reason for killing them immediately was, according to our information, because the photographs of dogs, one on top of the other, held in cages, were published!!!!

EPAR organization sued JPK at the very beginning of the action but nothing happened. ORCA organization wrote to them but nothing happened!!!!
JKP KRALJEVICA is where the dogs were held and killed. Dead bodies were taken to the dump HALOVO in close proximity to Zajecar, where they were buried. We have also received information that some dogs were buried alive – that was a rumor spreading through the town. The reason for this was, as we were told, that in order to put a dog down the drug T61 has to be administered one gram of the drug per kilo weight, and the dogs were not given the proper dose of the drug, meaning they were still alive when buried on Halovo!!!!!!!
The most important and at the same time the saddest fact is that on 17th March 2010, the Director of JKP Kraljevica hung a sign on the gate, as ordered by the Republic Veterinary Inspector Azra Prodanovic, forbidding VISITING, FEEDING, TAKING PHOTOS AND RE-HOMING of the dogs!!!!
People came a few times to try to re-home a dog, to feed them, and they WERE NOT ALLOWED TO DO SO!!!!! When they asked WHY?, they were told “the boss said so”!!!
They were told to come on Monday 22nd March 2010. The citizens came and found COMPLETELY EMPTY CAGES, all the dogs to be seen on the photographs below, about a hundred of them, were gone, disappeared mysteriously in the night between 20th and 21st of March 2010!!!

They caught and killed over 800 dogs starting from march to june.  Declaration of rabies is ended around 15th June.

And all over started again on 19th October, again they declared rabies in Zajecar, and started to haunt and kill all stray dogs. They haunt them every day, and kill them every day, because Zajecar doesn`t have dog shelter. Today they caught them, today they kill them all.

Our dog catching service who works for PUC Kraljevica, does not have licence to catch stray dogs in normal conditions, because EPAR from Subotica in past times sue them. And they came to an idea, declare rabies, haunt and kill all stray dogs in Zajecar, until next false rabies declaration.

Director of puc Kraljevica is Miloš Jotović, and two dog catchers who does this horrible things are Nebojša Vladulović, and Saško who is on video choking a dog. We cannot find his full name and sur name, its well hidden. This is address of puc kraljevica bellow.





Switchboard: (019) 421-747
Director: (019) 421-222
Secretary: (019) 421-917
Accounting: (019) 422-872
Fax: (019) 425-234

Goran Bračun from Zaječar filmed this dog animal abuse in park full of children, and his is the witness of choking. He tryed to save the dog from dog catchers, but he was pushed away by them, and he started to film for evidence. Police who came later said that Goran is the one who is making problems, not dog catchers, he wanted to show to police the dog, video, police just said to him that its not in their jurisdiction, and told him to address to society for the protection of animals. Goran was on television PINK and B92 news, in ALO and KURIR newspapers, and no one paid attention.

We have sent you original video of choking dog on 30.10.2010 and another video who is combining all pictures of abused dogs and choking dogs.

So can you please help us, this is again happening every day in Zajecar, and must be stopped.
Thank you.

Serbia: Campaigners Request for Proof Relating to Unlawful Acts of Animal Killing by the Republic Veterinary Inspection.

Below you will see Serbian campaigners request for proof relating to unlawful acts by the Republic veterinary inspection. This is because they never demanded an anti-rabies vaccination programme for wild animals. Instead they appear to have supported and tolerated the mass unlawful killing of dogs and cats; in addition, using money from city budgets, the Republic veterinary inspection undertook the implementation of animal killings, of mass animal killings, by undertaking practices which are not compliant with the Serbian veterinarian law relating to animal welfare.

Campaigners want to show that the public attorney of Zajecar has ignored the evidence presented by the campaigners and has made no effort to collect any other proof associated with this. By using the law relating to the freedom of public information, campaigners are now collecting proof of the unlawful acts of the public attorney.

The following information / documentation is in Serbian, but it is hoped that by publishing this, the information and the requests will be made public for the citizens of Serbia to read and further, to understand the illegal acts which are going on.


Osnovno javno tuzilastvo ,Zajecar

MUP RS -molimo prosledite kao forward  OJT Zajecar, na sluzbenu e-mail adresu


Predmet : Zahtev

ovlascenom licu  u skladu sa Zakonom o slobodnom pristupu informacijama od javnog znacaja, da u zakonskom roku, na adresu u potpisu, dostavi traziocima  kopiju kompletne dokumentacije koja se nalazi u predmetu  formiranom po nasoj prijavi i dopuni prijave – videti dole .


S postovanjem

Prijatelj-EPAR/OIPA Srbija/Alijansa za zastitu prirode,prava zivotinja i prava ljudi

24000 Subotica, Matka Vukovica,9

**—– Original Message —–**

From: EPAR

To: opstinskoutu123@nadlanu.com ; muprs@mup.gov.rs ; Regionalna kancelarija ; Min.polj. Kabinet ministra ; Uprava za veterinu ; Opstina Zajecar

Sent: Monday, November 01, 2010 12:53 AM

Subject: Urgencija 31.10.2010. na Dopuna 25.3.2010. /Urgencija na : Prijavu17.3.2010. , Zajecar

MUP RS – molimo vas  da prosledite

PU Zajecar i Osnovnom javnom tuzilastvu Zajecar  , kako bi isti postupali  po zakonima i prestali krsiti ljudska prava  svojim  nepostupanjem po zakonima Srbije

Rep veterinarska inspekcija,Zajecar

Gradska uprava, Zajecar

Urgencija  31.10. 2010.  – 


sa zaljenjem  moramo reci da vi  niste postupili po prijavi  od 17.3.2010.  , i u kosuljici predmeta kod OJT Zajecar   sumnjamo da imate   dokaze osim onih koje smo mi dostavili  – a ni po njima niste postupali , jer da jeste , ne bi se desavala  ponovo ista kriminalna dela  koja smo prijavili  17.3.2010.  ,ponovo  30.10.2010.  na  isti   brutalan nacin , isti pocionioci  ,   i  ova ponavljanja  krivicnog dela  su posledica nepostupanja   Osnovnog  javnog tuzilastva  u Zajecaru , policije PU Zajecar  i inspekcijskih sluzbi  imaju za posledicu   krsenja ljudskih prava  tim nepostupanjem  po sluzbenim duznostima i po zakonima Rep Srbije.

Vi : Osnovno javno tuzilastvo, Zajecar  , PU Zajecar  , i inspekcijske sluzbe – kako rep veterinarska, tako lokalna komunalna :   krsite ljudska prava  u Srbiji  svojim nepostupanjem i ignorisanjem krivicnih dela prema zivotinjama  i  tolerisanjem zloupotrebe  novca poreskih obveznika kojim  se ta  kriminalna dela  finansiraju.

Molimo vas da prestanete krsiti  nasa ljudska prava ignorisanjem zakona  i Ustava Republike Srbije i da pocnete postupati u skladu s vazecim zakonima i Ustavom Republike Srbije.

Ukoliko  to ne ucinite , mi cemo  biti primorani  da  se obratimo  Odeljenju za ljudska prava  Ujedinjenih Nacija .

S postovanjem

Prijatelj-EPAR/OIPA Srbija/Alijansa za zastitu prirode, prava zivotinja i prava ljudi

24000 Subotica,Matka Vukovica 9

**—– Original Message —–**

From: EPAR

To: muprs@mup.gov.rs ; opstinskoutu123@nadlanu.com

Cc: JKPO@Kraljevica ; kabinet@mfin.gov.rs ; mpue3@nadlanu.com ; office@minpolj.gov.rs

Sent: Thursday, March 18, 2010 2:15 PM

Subject: Urgencija na : Prijava17.3.2010. , Zajecar

Urgencija i Dopuna  

Takodje  u interesu svih gradjana Srbije ,molimo da  zatrazite  dokument kojim je besnilo  u Zaječaru prijavljeno OIE , bez obzira čija je nadležnost  da  to učini , jer je prijavljivanje zaraznih bolesti životinja  OIE obavezno .

Takodje je  u interesu svih gradjana Srbije , značajno da zatražite dokumentaciju o sprovedenoj  medicinskoj proceduri prema onim licima  koja su  našli lisicu  i bili u kontaktu za  besnilom zaraženom lisicom i mestom na kojem su  našli rezervoar virusa rabiesa.

Takodje  naglašavamo da je  počinjeno nedozvoljeno ubistvo 127 pasa  po ceni od 132.450 dinara ,mada  su  od 5.3.2010. bili  posmatrani , pred očima  tih istih veterinara , bez  simptoma  besnila – jer  njihovi leševi  ,ni jedan, nisu  nakon ubijanja podvrgnuti  laboratorijskoj analizi na  prisustvo virusa rabiesa, što bi bilo  neophodno i obavezno učiniti , ako je rabies razlog njihovog lišavanja života.Umesto toga  svi leševi su zakopani na  gradskoj deponiji ,koja nije legalno mesto za zakopavanje leševa ubijenih zbog sumnje na rabies , niti ikakvih leševa životinja , jer za to mora postojati legalno mesto-stočno groblje, kako bi leševi bili  neškodljivo uklonjeni.Na ovaj način leševi su dostupni drugim životinjama da ih iskopavaju i razvlače , te šire rabies zbog kojeg su ovi psi poubijani navodno, što ustvari poništava  postojanje indikacije za lišavanje života i  dokazuje da su počinitelji ubistava imali saznanje o njenom nepostojanju , jer u slučaju   osnovane sumnje na kontakt s  rezervoarom rabiesa  ovakav način odlaganja leševa predstavlja opasnost od širenja rabiesa i opasan je  kako za životinje tako i za ljude.

Prijatelj-EPAR/OIPA Srbija/Alijansa za prava životinja

24000 Subotica, Matka Vukovića,9

**—– Original Message —–**

From: EPAR

To: opstinskoutu123@nadlanu.com ; muprs@mup.gov.rs

Cc: mpue3@nadlanu.com ; kabinet@mfin.gov.rs ; JKPO@Kraljevica

Sent: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 1:23 AM

Subject: Prijava17.3.2010. , Zajecar

Osnovno javno tužilaštvo, Zaječar

MUP RS- molimo prosledite PU Zaječar na postupanje, kao i Osnovnom javnom tužilaštvu u Zaječaru ( u slučaju da je adresa koju smo dobili od rep.javnog tužilaštva promenjena )



Prijavljujemo  da  šinterska služba ( ovaj termin koristi područno- nadležna rep.veter.inspekcija )  Javnog komunalnog preduzeća “Kraljevica”, Zaječar , radeći  “na crno” , ilegalno ,  po ništavnom ugovoru  izmedju JKP”Kraljevica ” i Opštinske uprave, Zaječar  , ilegalno obavlja poslove koje nije dobila putem javnog tendera ,  i za koje ima zabranu rada Rešenjem republičke veterinarske inspekcije , nego ilegalnim načinom , kršenjem Zakona o javnim nabavkama, Zakona o lokalnoj samoupravi ,Zakona  o komunalnim delatnostima – nedozvoljenom opštinskom odlukom- videti Odluku Ustavnog suda  objavljenu u  Sl.gl.RS br.9/2010 o zakonitom načinu –  ,radi sticanja materijalne dobiti ( videti  bankovni listing o transferu novca s žiro računa opštine na žiro račun  jkp”Kraljevica”  u poslednjih 5 godina za  poslove hvatanja i uništavanja pasa i mačaka lutalica ) , pored privrednog prestupa , čini krivično delo  zlostavljanja  i ubijanja velikog broja životinja ,koje  drži u nezakonitim  uslovima  i bez mogućnosti zadovoljenja elementarnih fizioloških potreba  ovih životinja, uz kršenje Zakona o veterinarstvu i Zakona o dobrobiti životinja.

Takodje  prijavljujemo da područno nadležna republička veterinarska inspekcija nije –  a bila je dužna to činiti-  vršila nadzor postupanja  lovačkog udruženja gradjana , koje je pak  bilo dužno postupati , u skladu s članom 55. Zakona o veterinarstvu  , a koje nije tako postupalo, što je  područno nadležna rep veterinarska inspekcija nedozvoljeno  tolerisala , izlažući gradjane Zaječara , cele Srbije i šire , opasnosti od rabiesa .

Zahtevamo pokretanje istražnog postupka  zbog :

1.  dugogodišnjeg krivičnog dela zlostavljanja i ubijanja  velikog broja  životinja ( pasa , mačaka, lisica ) do kojeg je dovelo nepostupanje rep.veterinarske inspekcije , koje je upravo u toku .

Nepostupanje područno-nadležne republičke veterinarske inspekcije dovodi do pojave rabiesa  u  područjima nepostupanja te inspekcije.

2.  dugogodišnjeg privrednog prestupa  usled  nezakonitog trošenja novca iz opštinskog budžeta   finansiranjem  poslova po osnovi ništavih ugovora , sklapanih  bez javnog tendera- koje je upravo u toku  i ubijanjem  zivotinja koje je u Srbiji zabranjeno , nesprovodjenjem nihovog zbrinjavanja  niti kontrole i kaznjavanja neodgovornih vlasnika –  nepostupanjem komunalne inspekcije ,usled cega i dalje postoje   napusteni psi koji predstavljaju  namerno odrzavanu tezgu  za  nekontrolisanu zaradu .

S poštovanjem

Društvo prijatelja životinja “Prijatelj”-  EPAR/OIPA Srbija/Alijansa za prava životinja

24000 Subotica, Matka Vukovića,9




Serbia: Time to Now Ask the OIE for the Balkans Regions About Rabies in Serbia – SAMPLE LETTER to be Sent Before 27/07/10 Please – ACT IMMEDIATELY to Stop Mass Animal Killing

The B92 news situation item given later in this post is a summary of recent events relating to Serbia and the OIE – the OIE being the World Organisation for Animal Health.

Whilst we welcome the move by the OIE to hold an international seminar in Belgrade relating to veterinary medicine which can do nothing but move Serbia a step forward in animal welfare terms from its current dark ages perspective / philosophy towards policies and goals of the 21st Century, we still have very many concerns that the OIE are not being given the full facts by Serbia when it comes to disease control policy.

In other words, we still feel that inaccurate or even non existent alleged Rabies outbreaks in the country are constantly, and misleadingly, being used as an excuse by the Serbian authorities to allow them to continue to undertake mass killings of stray animals, regardless of any disease detection or not.  As we show in the data below, the Veterinary Law of 2005 which is fully supported by the Serbian Constitutional Court, FORBIDS the killing of animals (strays); instead they must be given care. 

This is a policy which we feel the Serbian authorities to do not wish to undertake; in their misguided attitude, killing stray animals is esier than population management programmes.  There is no forward vision by the authorities that a sterilisation prgramme over time will dramatically reduce stray animal numbers; killing strays only continues a current policy of pouring water into a bottomless barrel; un-sterilsed strays produce more strays as offspring. 

Only when the authorities actually understand the reality and accept that stray sterilisation programmes are the way to reduce stray numbers in Serbia, will we ever see a reduction in populations and a long term saving in costs.

The only exception to this case of providing care to stray animals, is when it is applied to Rabies infected areas, which then allows animals, including strays, to be killed.  If there is no rabies in an area, then the demands of the legislation as directed by the Serbian Constitutional Court must be applied, and this declares that stray animals must be protected.

So we ask, is a national widespread rabies outbreak a simple invention of the government and authorities so that they can continue to kill and yet appear to be within the law ?, or is it a reality ?

It is time that the OIE were informed about the views of the animal welfare organisations once again. 

 Personnel who should be asked at the OIE include –

Dr Nikola T. Belev – Regional Representative

Dr Stanislav Ralchev – Technical Assistant

Dr Anatoliy Vlasov – Regional Expert

Dr Caroline Planté – Sub-Regioanl Representative

Dr Jean-Pierre Vermeersch – Project Manager.

We are perfectly within our rights as world citizens to ask the OIE – the world orgainsation for animal health, to consider our view that Serbia may be inventing rabies outbreaks to allow the continued killing of stray animals, rather than taking time and including financial investment to reduce stray numbers by sterilisation, vaccination, microchipping and a public education programme targeted at responsible owned (pet) animals.

At the end of this post you can find a sample letter which can be copied and sent by yourself to all the above representatives of the OIE, expressing your concerns about what we view as the continued ILLEGAL killing of stray animals in Serbia.

At the Belgrade veterinary meetings scheduled for the end of July, we require the representatives of the OIE to put on the agenda the issue of stray animal killings right across Serbia; especially when associated with the alleged mass Rabies outbreaks that appear nationwide as declared by the government and authorities.

Is this simply a license to continue killing strays by the government ?

We want answers from the OIE and from the Serbian government; and the Belgrade meetings are an ideal situation for this all to be provided to a global audience – and that is us.

We hope that by copying and sending the sample letter (provided below) to the very personnel involved with the OIE in Serbia, some note may be taken of our requests and that the Serbian government may be held to account in Belgrade at the end of July for its continued illegal killing of stray animals.

Past SAV posts relating to the above:



As we say in one of our posts given above, and what we consider a very important fact that must be remembered and which is given again here:

It should be remembered that the original (old) legislation to allow stray killing – named Pravilnik 29/94, was overwritten by Article 168 of 2005, the result being that all killing of animals was forbidden apart only from cases for Rabies infected areas, which were covered by application of Articles 64 and 65 of the Veterinary Law.

*** This is the important point, that animal killing is illegal apart only from cases for Rabies infected areas, which were covered by application of Articles 64 and 65 of the Veterinary Law ***.

It would seem strange that there are alleged mass outbreaks of rabies across Serbia now.

In effect, Article 168 of 2005 which does not allow animal killing is replaced by legislation that DOES ALLOW animal killing, simply because there is allegedly rabies in areas.  The word ‘rabies’ being the one which specifically gives right to animal slaughter rather than animal protection.

Even more strange that rabies is supposedly breaking out right across Serbia; which therefore allows all strays and wildlife to continue to be killed by ‘by-passing’ legislation of Article 168 of 2005 – the no kill animal legislation

No rabies in area = legislation Article 168 = NO animal killing, only animal care.

Rabies in area = Articles 64 and 65 of the Veterinary Law = allows Mass animal killing, including wildlife.

So, we suggest that a national rabies outbreak has suddenly arrived en masse, even been invented, devised etc in order that the continued mass slaughter of all animals, including strays and wildlife, can continue, when in fact, Article 168 which should allow for the care of animals, is very conveniently being by-passed 

The 2005 Veterinary Law Article 168 demands the care of animals, not the killing.

This has recently been verified to Serbian animal campaigners by the Constitutional Court of Serbia as being the legislation which should be applied. 


News B92 Tv station :

Belgrade, 8 July 2010 –

Serbian Prime Minister Mirko Cvetkovic and Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management Sasa Dragin met today with President of the Regional Commission of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) for Europe Nikola Belev.

Cvetkovic and Dragin thanked the OIE for the decision to hold an international seminar on veterinary medicine products in Belgrade on 26–28 July, as well as for its continued support to Serbia’s veterinary sector.

Belev delivered greetings from OIE Director General Bernard Vallat and voiced his pleasure at Serbia’s exceptional progress in veterinary medicine and food safety over the last few years.

He underlined the importance of permanent control and supervision over contagious animal diseases, which can jeopardise animal and human health, as well as threaten the environment and the country’s economic development.

Belev especially pointed out the economic underside of contagious animal diseases to any country, as well as the current dangers threatening the region, such as African swine plague, rabies, foot-and-mouth disease and foot-rot.

He said he is pleased that new regulations regarding disease control have been adopted over the last year in Serbia and voiced his full confidence in Serbia’s capacity to control these diseases.

He shared the expectation of the OIE and the EU concerning the establishment of an appropriate structure of veterinary services for their member states and providing financial and administrative capacity for these services.

The President of the OIE Regional Commission for Europe confirmed that he was very pleased with the way Serbia established its veterinary system, as well as with our country’s communication and cooperation with the OIE and the EU.

He outlined that the meeting in Belgrade will gather approximately 50 participants from European countries – members of the OIE, as well as representatives from international organisations.

The seminar will be organised by the OIE in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management and the Ministry’s Veterinary Administration.

The conference is of great importance not only in terms of improving the registration and quality control and operations of veterinary medicines and medical supplies, treatment and control of infectious animal diseases, but also from the standpoint of food safety.



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Letter to copy and send:

Dear regional representatives of the OIE for the Balkans states;

Whilst I welcome the move by the OIE to hold an international seminar in Belgrade at the end of July 2010 relating to veterinary medicine, I also wish to express my views and concerns to you in advance of this meeting, with the hope that you will quesion both Serbian Prime Minister Mirko Cvetkovic and the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management, Mr. Sasa Dragin on what I have to say.

My concerns include:

the original (old) Serbian legislation to allow stray animal killing – named Pravilnik 29/94, was overwritten by Article 168 of the new Serbian Veterinary Law in 2005, the result being that the killing of all animals was forbidden apart only from cases for Rabies infected areas, which are covered by application of Articles 64 and 65 of the Veterinary Law.

Under the existing Veterinary Law, as supported by the Serbian Constitutional Court,  it is now the national Serbian law that animals, including stray animals, must be given care rather than be killed.

Serbian authorities and government are not enforcing this existing Serbian legislation.  I now feel that with the sudden drastic increase in alleged Rabies outbreaks right across Serbia, the authorities are simply using rabies as an excuse to detour around the existing animal protection law of 2005  (the Veterinary Law) – where rabies can still be used as a legitimate reason for continuing to kill animals.

I feel this is a deliberate attempt by the Serbian authorities to continue their policy of killing stray animals regardless of what existing Serbian legislation requires.  I go as far as to say that I feel that rabies is being used by the autorities throughout Serbia to continue with their killing frenzy rather than adopting the legal national requirement of caring for stray animals.

I also have concerns that you, the OIE, who are responsible for ensuring global disease control and recording global disease outbreaks, are not actually being informed of all these alleged rabies outbreaks by the Serbian authorities, quite simply, because they do not actually exist.  They are simply an excuse to allow the continued killing of stray animals, which is against existing Serbian national legislation.

I also have large concerns that there is no real programme for the future by Serbian authorities to make any long term attempt at stray animal population reduction.  A programme which would include sterilisation, vaccination and microchipping for both stray and also pet (owned) animals is the only way that Serbia can ever hope to reduce the vast numbers of animals which it currently has on the streets.  Public education is required here also, and again the Serbian authorites are showing no attempt to become involved in this.  Serbian autorities are interested in one approach to stray animal control only; and that is to kill everything.  This is doing nothing to reduce stray animals numbers and in the 21st century, is simply not acceptable to normal decent global citizens.

Serbia is wishing to become a future member of the European Union (EU).  In her Issue 1, June 2010 newsletter,  Paola Testori, the EU Director General for Health and Consumers; who is responsible for animal welfare, declares:

“The Treaty of Lisbon, which came into force last December (2009), has created an explicit duty regarding animal welfare under EU law.  Article 13 of the Treaty speaks of animals as “sentient beings” that must be respected in the EU decision-making process”. 

My current opinion is that Serbia is not showing any attempt to enforce its own national animal welfare legislation, that it certainly does not comply with the requirements of the Treaty of Lisbon, and that in no way does it show that it (Serbia) accepts animals as sentient beings.  One only has to witness their treatment of stray animals over many years to support this view.

As a global animal welfare campaigner, I am asking you, the OIE, the World Organisation for Animal Health, to step up onto the stage at the Belgrade meetings this July and acting on my behalf, demand a proper response from the Serbian authorities as to why they are continuing to use the rabies threat as an excuse to detour around caring for animals under existing Serbian legislation as they are required, and that in my opinion, with their current global status of being a nation of stray animal killers, what they aim to do about it prior to any membership of the EU.

Until the Serbian authorities change their attitude to stray animal population controls through a no kill, sterilisation strategy, which I trust you as the OIE, an animal welfare defending global organisation will support, I have no alternative but to continue campaigning for the protection of Serbian stray animals as endorsed by the Serbian Constitutional Court.

It is the Serbian authorities and government who need to move from a Dark Ages approach to animals and progress into the 21st Century; no one else.

I trust that you will make my views on Serbian animal welfare policy, or the lack of it in the 21st Century, clear to the Serbian authorities at the July, Belgrade meetings.

Respectfully yours;

 ***Name and nationality***.

Serbia: Loznica City – Further ‘Rabies Necessary’ Killings By Hunters and Shinters Acting Under Orders From Government.

*****  UPDATE 03/06/10 –

The veterinary investigation shows that the dog in the photographs below was beaten, that both his front legs were violently fractured.
The main cause of his death was suffocation due to being hung as shown, – in public – in the park where he has lived since he was sterilised.

The activist who cared for this dog is in hospital with a heart condition after witnessing this to the animal which he looked after.  And why the killing ? – allegedly because of rabies –  all strays must be killed.

Update ends.


Original Story:

Pictures have just arrived from Loznica, where a dog belonging to a local animal welfare activist has been killed.  It is suspected that either shinters or hunters did this.


The man who saw this done to his dog has had to be taken to hospital with heart problems.

The ‘official’ answer to this from Zvonimir Rot ,on behalf of Mr. Micovic states that the killing of dogs and cats is necessary as a method of prevention and the dispersion of rabies.  It continues that dogs and cats must be killed immediately on the streets in areas where rabies is present.

E mail contact details are left on the mail below in order that people can send messages to those authorising the killings if they so wish.


From: *Zvonimir Rot* <zvonimir.rot@minpolj.gov.rs <mailto:zvonimir.rot@minpolj.gov.rs>>
Date: 2010/6/1
Subject: Odgovor na PITANJE

To: radavolizivotinje@gmail.com <mailto:radavolizivotinje@gmail.com>
Cc: Uprava za veterinu <vetuprava@minpolj.gov.rs <mailto:vetuprava@minpolj.gov.rs>>, Zoran Micovic <zoran.micovic@minpolj.gov.rs <mailto:zoran.micovic@minpolj.gov.rs>>

Поштовани грађани Лознице и Бање Ковиљаче,
 Поводом појаве беснила на Вашој територији и упућеног дописа у име Др Зорана Мићовића желим да вaс обавестим следеће:
 Поштујући Закон о ветеринарству и Правилник о утврђивању мера за рано откривање, дијагностику, спречавање ширења, сузбијања и искорењивања заразне болести беснила и начину њиховог спровођења, када се на основу дијагностичког испитивања потврди присуство болести, Министар пољопривреде, шумарства и водопривреде доноси Решење о проглашењу зараженог и угроженог подручја и налаже мере у истим.
 Као једна од мера налаже се лишавање живота паса и мачака луталица, што је у складу и са Законом о добробити животиња који прописује, да се ради спречавања ширења, сузбијања и искорењивања заразних болести животиње могу лишити живота, чак и на јавним местима.
 Све друге мере се односе на власничке псе и мачке.

На основу члана 6. Закона о ветеринарству власник, односно држаоц животиња је дужан да се стара о здрављу и добробити животиња  и да предузме све мере заштите здравља животиња ради спречавања појаве и ширења заразних болести животиња и зооноза. Беснило је нарочито опасна заразна болест и зооноза. Као мера спречавања ширења ове болести обавезна је вакцинација паса и мачака, старијих од три месеца, и касније ревакцинација на годишњем нивоу. Тако се једино може спречити ланац преношења вируса са дивљих животиња, у овом случају лисица, на псе и мачке, и наравно на људе. Животиње познатих власника, осим што имају познати здравствени статус на беснило, у зараженом и угроженом подручју морају имати и контролисано кретање, тако што се мачке држе у безбедно ограђеном простору, а пси при извођењу у шетњу морају ићи на повоцу и са брњицом.

Пси и мачке луталице, осим што имају непознат здравствени статус, њихово кретање нити је могло нити може бити праћено, те веома лако могу бити преносиоци болести ако дођу у контакт са бесном лисицом, те је стручно и оправдано лишити живота те животиње.

У циљу искорењивања ове болести, и уз помоћ предприступних (ИПА) фондова Европске Уније, почело се са реализацијом  вишегодишњег пројекта оралне вакцинације лисица.

Борба са беснилом је тешка и дуготрајна, али Управа за ветерину спроводи све законске и стручне мере како би била и успешна и са што мање последица по здравље и добробит животиња, а наравно и самих људи у околини.

Срдачан поздрав

Звонимир Рот

Zvonimir Rot
Viši savetnik
Uprava za veterinu
Ministarstvo poljoprivrede,
Šumarstva i vodoprivrede
Omladinskih brigada 1
B e o g r a d

Zvonimir Rot
Special adviser
Vetrinary directorate
Ministry of agriculture,
forestry and water managment
1 Omladinskih brigada
B e l g r a d e

Tel./Fax: +381 11 2602320

www.minpolj.gov.rs <http://www.minpolj.gov.rs/>
zvonimir.rot@minpolj.gov.rs mailto:zvonimir.rot@minpolj.gov.rs


Further to this we have a picture which again has arrived from Loznica.

This female dog was killed by having wood inserted into her vagina.

Her body was thrown into the local pound at Loznica city.

It is thought that this act is one of revenge by hunters.

Past links relating to Loznica city animal abuses:







Serbia: Rabies Across the Nation ‘Legally’ Allows Animals to be Killed. But Has the OIE Been Informed by the Serbian Ministry of These Alleged Nationwide Outbreaks ? – Or Just a ‘Creational Excuse’ to Continue With Mass Animal Killings As Always ?





Serbia – the Rabies issue goes on and on.

Prelim:  27/05/120.

Today, SAV have been in contact by telephone with the OIE; the ‘World Organisation for Animal Health’, http://www.oie.int/eng/en_index.htm  starting in Brussels and then moving through to Paris, the headquarters of the OIE.  We need to ascertain exactly the situation regarding Rabies in Serbia; including;


  • How large are the alleged outbreaks ?
  • What animal species are involved ?
  • Are / have the OIE been informed and kept up to date of these alleged rabies outbreaks in Serbia by the OIE ‘official delegate’ in Serbia – Dr Zoran Micovic, Chief veterinary Officer, Ministry of Agriculture and Water Management ?
  • If they have not been informed by Dr Micovic, then why not ? – he is the official delegate for the OIE in Serbia 
  • Are the OIE monitoring the situation in Serbia with regard the alleged infected regions ? 
  • Are the OIE encouraging the use of Serbian authorities to undertake a national oral vaccination programme of all animals which could be affected ? 
  • If not, why not ? 
  • Is the OIE aware that Serbian hunters could be out killing many wildlife animals which are NOT affected by rabies, and that this may be supported and even encouraged by the Serbian government and authorities ? 
  • What is the official reporting procedure / structure that the Serbian OIE ‘official delegate’ in Serbia – Dr Zoran Micovic should be undertaking to keep the OIE informed of what is happening ? 
  • Where is this documentation being held ? 
  • Is the information available to animal welfare NGO’s such as SAV ? 

SAV aim to be in discussion with the OIE Sub-Regional Representative in Brussels during next week (31/05-04/06) in order to further investigate and ask / discuss the alleged Serbian rabies outbreaks.

It is understood that 170 million Euros were given to Serbia by the EU during the financial period 2009/10, and that some of this money was provided for the vaccination of animals against rabies within Serbia.

So, what is the situation now ? – we hope to obtain more answers during the coming week(s) when we hope to be in discussion with the OIE.



According to information supplied from our contacts within Serbia, we are told that Rabies is ‘everywhere’ in Serbia.

Whilst it is not doubted that there are some cases of rabies within the country, it has to be questioned what are the real reasons for all these alleged ‘everywhere’ outbreaks.  More importantly, it has to be asked why, when provided with such huge amounts of financial support from the EU, and with such a wide range of (animal) oral vaccines for rabies available now, the Serbian government has allegedly still not shown any intention on embarking on a nationwide programme of oral rabies vaccination for all stray animals (ie. Dogs and cats) and wildlife such as foxes ?

We ask, would this (oral vaccine) thus prevent hunters and the government from using rabies as the reason to undertake their mass enjoyment of the mass killing of animals in Serbia ? – a way and excuse to allow for large number killings of stray animals. 

Very Important Point:

It should be remembered that the original (old) legislation to allow stray killing – named Pravilnik 29/94, was overwritten by Article 168 of 2005, the result being that all killing of animals was forbidden apart only from cases for Rabies infected areas, which were covered by application of Articles 64 and 65 of the Veterinary Law.

This is the important point, that animal killing is illegal apart only from cases for Rabies infected areas, which were covered by application of Articles 64 and 65 of the Veterinary Law.

It would seem strange that there are alleged mass outbreaks of rabies across Serbia now.

In effect, Article 168 of 2005 which does not allow animal killing is replaced by legislation that DOES ALLOW animal killing, simply because there is allegedly rabies in areas.  The word ‘rabies’ being the one which specifically gives right to animal slaughter rather than animal protection.

Even more strange that rabies is supposedly breaking out right across Serbia; which therefore allows all strays and wildlife to continue to be killed by ‘by-passing’ legislation of Article 168 of 2005 – the no kill animal legislation. 

No rabies in area = legislation Article 168 = NO animal killing, only animal care.

Rabies in area = Articles 64 and 65 of the Veterinary Law = Mass animal killing.

So, we suggest that a national rabies outbreak has suddenly arrived en masse, been invented, devised etc in order that the continued mass slaughter of all animals can continue, when in fact, Article 168 which should allow for the care of animals, is very conveniently being by-passed.

Reference – https://serbiananimalsvoice.wordpress.com/2010/05/04/serbia-temerin-city-their-animal-shelter-death-after-3-days-and-a-national-public-attorney-who-says-all-is-ok/


Is rabies the new alibi which is being ‘created’ by Serbian authorities in order that they can undertake mass killings of both strays and wildlife animals such as foxes ?

In the financial period 2009 / 10, the EU allegedly donated 170 million Euros to Serbia for vaccination of animals against rabies and swine flu.  So what has happened to the money ?

Serbia is a relatively small country in terms of landmass and we envisage that a rabies oral vaccination programme could be undertaken nationwide within a 1 month period.

Immunity of animals against rabies would start approximately 2 weeks later and animals would have an immunity against rabies for a period of 3 years.



“Dog rabies control programs by parenteral vaccination in developing countries often fail because an insufficient number of dogs can be vaccinated. Oral vaccines allow for easy mass vaccination and is proposed for the vaccination of large ownerless dog populations. Intervet/Schering Plough Animal Health is in the process of developing an oral rabies vaccine.

Previous rabies control programmes using baits containing other oral rabies vaccines to vaccinate foxes in some European countries and wildlife in certain US states, have been successful”.

http://www.rabies-vaccination.com/intervet-oral-rabies-vaccine.aspOral vaccine strain – SAD – B19

“The vaccine virus SAD B19 is the most widely used oral vaccine virus to immunize wild life in Europe. The distribution of more than 100 million vaccine baits in 13 countries has resulted in a significant decrease in the rabies incidence or complete eradication of terrestrial rabies in baited areas.

Vaccine induced rabies has not been reported from any country where this vaccine virus has been used. However, this vaccine has some residual pathogenicity for certain rodent species after intracerebral inoculation”.

“In developed countries the risk to humans has been minimized mainly due to mandatory rabies vaccinations of dogs and other pets. Progress in the control and elimination of wildlife rabies has been made through successful oral vaccination programs”.


Publication links


 Other information sources and links:



“There is an immune response to the rabies antigen which creates antibodies to fight off the disease.  After two to three weeks the “blueprint” to create rabies antibodies exists in the animal’s immune system which can easily be created should the animal be exposed to a rabid animal”.


Recombinant rabies vaccine (V-RG)

Aerially distributed wildlife rabies vaccine in a bait from Estonia.

In 1984 researchers at the Wistar Institute developed a recombinant vaccine called V-RG by inserting the glycoprotein gene from rabies into a vaccinia virus.[5] The V-RG vaccine has since been commercialised by Merial under the trademark Raboral. It is harmless to humans and has been shown to be safe for various species of animals that might accidentally encounter it in the wild, including birds (gulls, hawks, and owls).[6]

V-RG has been successfully used in the field in Belgium, France, Germany and the United States to prevent outbreaks of rabies in wildlife. The vaccine is stable under relatively high temperatures and can be delivered orally, making mass vaccination of wildlife possible by putting it in baits. The plan for immunization of normal populations involves dropping bait containing food wrapped around a small dose of the live virus. The bait would be dropped by helicopter concentrating on areas that have not been infected yet. Just such a strategy of oral immunization of foxes in Europe has already achieved substantial reductions in the incidence of human rabies. In November 2008, Germany had been free of new cases for two years and is therefore currently believed as being rabies-free, together with few other countries (see below). A strategy of vaccinating “neighborhood dogs” in Jaipur, India, (combined with a sterilization program) has also resulted in a large reduction in the number of human cases.[7]

Modern vaccines

The human diploid cell rabies vaccine (H.D.C.V.) was started in 1967. Human diploid cell rabies vaccines are made using the attenuated Pitman-Moore L503 strain of the virus. Human diploid cell rabies vaccines have been given to more than 1.5 million humans as of 2006.

Aside from vaccinating humans, another approach was also developed by vaccinating dogs to prevent the spread of the virus. In 1979 the Van Houweling Research Laboratory of the Silliman University Medical Center in the Philippines, then headed by Dr. George Beran,[3] developed and produced a dog vaccine that gave a three-year immunity from rabies. The development of the vaccine resulted in the elimination of rabies in many parts of the Visayas and Mindanao Islands. The successful program in the Philippines was later on used as a model by other countries, such as Ecuador and the Yucatan State of Mexico, in their fight against rabies conducted in collaboration with the World Health Organization.[4]

In addition to these developments, newer and less expensive purified chicken embryo cell vaccine, and purified Vero cell rabies vaccine are now available. The purified Vero cell rabies vaccine uses the attenuated Wistar strain of the rabies virus, and uses the Vero cell line as its host.


We hope that discussions with the OIE next week will provide more of an insight into the rabies situation in Serbia.  After all, the OIE should be informed of all rabies outbreaks in order that they can keep their world disease outbreak database updated.

And as we have shown, the OIE allegedly does have a Serbian ‘official delegate’ in the form of Dr Zoran Micovic, Chief Veterinary Officer, Ministry of Agriculture and Water Management.

We trust that Dr Micovic would be informing the OIE of all the Serbian rabies outbreaks; but we also appear to be witnessing on the OIE web site that there is in fact nothing which appears to substantiate this !

Strange !

Maybe next week will clarify the situation or shine a light on a bit more of what is happening.