Serbia: 45 Animal Welfare Organisations Now Speak Out In Opposition To Attempted Changes In Fur Farming Policy By Government.

45 Serbian welfare organisations now combine to speak out about the proposed changes in the Serbian fur farming laws.

See our old SAV posts:

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2018/06/09/serbia-latest-on-belgrade-fur-meeting-respect-for-animals/

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2018/06/06/serbia-serbia-animal-welfare-organisations-banned-from-public-sessions-to-consider-keeping-fur-farms/

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2018/03/23/serbia-we-now-launch-the-new-petition-with-respect-for-animals-to-ensure-that-serbia-introduces-its-fur-farming-ban-in-2019-your-support-needed-to-do-this/

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http://www.respectforanimals.org/serbia-latest-respect-for-animals-director-makes-the-case-for-fur-farm-ban-in-belgrade/

 

 

 

This is the best translation of the letter that we can get – SAV:

 

Republic of Serbia
National Assembly of Serbia
Nikola Pašića Square 13, Belgrade 11000

Item: support to ban animal animals for production of furs

Honorable sirs,
You will be told by defense law on animal animals 89. Who says it will be held from member 7., attitude 1. Points of 37 of this law, from 1. January 2019.
The Republic of Serbia has a law-enforcement law on animal animals that includes animal protection, and will appear to be based on. By Removing all members of the law, Serbia’s Republic will stop by the shoulder of a 27.-Year-old European countries and take a significant step towards a 27.-Year-old.
In the procedure skin and furs use to 300 different chemical, according to European commission data. It’s a chemical compound that kontaminiraǰu land and public vodovode. That way comes to the utroška of these resources, because it is created by massive surface soil and water. The European Union has been making a major concern for the impact of these compounds in the air, and the air force is marked as a leading problem in the industry’s production of production. Also, the biological waste of animals contains high-end concentration and phosphorus. Gas in the animal junkyard, as well as the burn body of animals, affect the level of air pollution. The European commission has said that the pollution air has been taken care of.
According to data data from the site of a 18-Year-old agency’s website, it can also be used to 18 times more than. Tax-based tax in Serbia is zanemarl̂iv and minoran (biggest farm held by a 300.000-Year-old year-on-year tax, and in Serbia there are only 5 Farm Farms per.
To create a single bunde is killed between 150-200 Chinchilla, which is completely relieved future that there are many alternative natural coats. In terms of captivity, animals who are in charge of fur have no conditions to act in accordance with. They were given a physical response to the joints and bones and the konstanstno have been detailed by extreme fear with a hard-working instinct for escape that has no conditions to survive.
Serbia’s law of Serbia will be among the countries who care about animal animals and environmental environment and health people.

We can definitely not be able to create a quashing or an existing member from a member of 37. Laws.

With Respect,

1. Freedom for animals Belgrade, agent snow milovanović
2. Association for animal protection and development of civil consciousness “Phoenix” Belgrade agent milica ranković
3. LINK PLUS BELGRADE AGENT NATASHA VUKMIROVIĆ
4. Uzzž “friend” UB agent susana goǰković
5. Association for rights and protection of animal orpak kruševac – agent lela bucek
6. Association of citizens of Alpha Belgrade – Agent Jovan Mitrović
7. Hope for animals of riska belgrade agent miles of krivokuća
8. Association,, help of animal-help animals ” legally agent gold korǰenić
9. Animals for animals and nature, Belgrade
10. Nvo ” legally legally radenka živanović
11. Association of citizens of Pro Anima, Belgrade agent mirica
12. Association for protection and real animal “Klempa” Zemun
13. Association to worry about the animals of beta belgrade
14. Association of spaske kraljevo, agent Daniel Jović
15. Epar-Oipa Serbia, subotica, agent slavica mazak bešlić
16. Association to worry about animal timočke krajina beta – (Zaǰečar) – responsible person: miliǰana nikolić
17. Association to worry about animals of timočke beta beta – (Kn̂aževački) – responsible person: tiǰana božinović
18. Felix – Felinološko Society, subotica, agent clear lazic
19. Society for protection of animal-Prizorgo-Bačka Topola Agent: Thomas chest
20. Fans of animals and nature of green paws “, tomaševac Alexandra Radoǰčić
21. Animal Protection Association “Bobby” Upper Milanovac Agent: Vesna Marinkovic
22. Association of citizens of kanis, syrmia mitrovica buyer Adrian and ǰasminka vuča
23. Society for animal protection and nature’s ekolibriǰum dawn dawn kolarski
24. Association of citizens of “Anima Subotica” from subotica, agent željko elesin
25. Association for rights and protection of animal Mia, Belgrade Jelena Zarić, representative
26. Foundation Leviathan, Headmaster Paul bihali
27. Society of around cats / Asylum for cat ‘Zenka’ Belgrade ljubica landeka
28. Association of animal protection
29. Association for animal protection “Jupiter” Rum, rum, legally agent smil̂ana kolund̂ić.
30. Association for protection of rights animals “Buck” Municipality, nadal̂ agent svetlana đorđin
31. Society for animal protection ” ” Agent Pavlović Marianne
32. Association for rights and protection of animal maǰdanpek “Belka” Representative of Igor Janković
33. Association for protection of animal new United States new now CEO: Dinah Đušić
34. Animal Protection Association, pine agent nikola nedel̂ković
35. Association for protection of animal šumadiǰskog regions red paw ” agent radmila filipović
36. Animal Rescue Serbia
37. Company for protection and study bird of Serbia
38. Association of citizens of apatinska plovarica
39. Association of citizens of green vrbas
40. Coalition for life no kill coalition
41. Bc У. of help animals animals
42. Association for animal protection and nature’s best friend, vranje
43. Society for animal protection
44. Society for animal protection and environment of the environment
45 “European initiative 17”, Belgrade

 

 

Република Србија
Народна скупштина Републике Србије
Трг Николе Пашића 13, Београд 11000

Предмет: Подршка забрани узгоја животиња ради производње крзна

Поштовани,
Обраћамо Вам се ради одбране Закона о добробити животиња, конкретно Члана 7., Става 1., тачке 37 која забрањује држање, репродукцију, увоз, извоз и лишавање живота животиње искључиво ради производње крзна и коже и Члана 89. који каже да ће се забрана из Члана 7., Става 1. Тачке 37 овог Закона, примењивати од 1. јануара 2019. године.
Република Србија има напредан Закон о добробити животиња који обухвата заштиту животиња, индиректно се рефлектујући на добробит животне средине. Применом свих чланова Закона, Република Србија ће стати уз раме развијених европских земаља и начинити значајан корак ка придруживању Европској унији у контексту отварања Поглавља 27. Нема јаких аргумената који би били повод за пролонгирање или брисање спорног члана овог Закона .
У процедури штављења коже и крзна користи се и до 300 различитих хемикалија, према подацима Европске комисије. У питању су хемијска једињења која контаминирају земљиште и јавне водоводе. На тај начин долази до утрошка ових ресурса, јер се стварају огромне површине необрадивог земљишта и контаминиране воде. Европска унија је исказала највећу забринутост за утицај испарења ових једињења у ваздух, те се загађеност ваздуха наводи као водећи проблем у индустрији производње крзна. Такође, биолошки отпад животиња садржи високу концентрацију нитрогена и фосфора. Гасови у животињском отпаду, као и спаљивање тела животиња, утичу на степен загађености ваздуха. Европска комисија је утврдила да је загађење ваздуха водећа еколошка брига у процесу штављења коже и крзна.
Према званичним подацима завршних рачуна са сајта Агенције за привредне регистре може уочити и до 18 пута већа добит која је остварена код произвођача крзна од вештачких материјала него код произвођача крзна животиња. Порез на добит који уплаћују произвођачи крзна у Србији је занемарљив и миноран , као и број запослених на фармама које се баве узгојом животиња ради крзна , па не постоји ни економски интерес Републике Србије да се укине забрану. ( Највећа фарма која држи чинчиле годишње уплати око 300.000 динара пореза ,а у Србији постоје само 5 фарми чинчила по званичним записницима ветеринарске инспкеције)
За израду једне бунде сурово се убије између 150-200 чинчила, што је потпуно неоправдано будући да постоје многе алтернативе природном крзну. У условима заточеништва, животиње које се узгајају за крзно немају услове да се понашају у складу са природним нагонима и инстинктима који су својствени њиховој врсти. Развијају им се физички деформитети у зглобовима и костима и констанстно су изложене екстремном страху уз снажно развијен нагон за бег који немају услова да остваре .
Применом Закона Република Србија ће се сврстати међу земље које брину о добробити животиња и животне средине и здравља људи. Тиме се дефинитивно не можемо похвалити укидањем или одлагањем постојеће забране из члана 37. Закона.

С поштовањем,

1.Слобода за животиње Београд , заступник Снежана Миловановић
2.Удружење за заштиту животиња и развој грађанске свести “Феникс” Београд заступник Милица Ранковић
3.Линк плус Београд заступник Наташа Вукмировић
4. УЗЗЖ “Пријатељ” Уб заступник Сузана Гојковић
5.Удружење за права и заштиту животиња ОРПАК Крушевац – заступник Лела Буцек
6.Удружење грађана Алфа Београд – заступник Јована Митровић
7.Нада за животиње Риска Београд заступник Миља Кривокућа
8.Удружење ,,Помоћ животињама-Хелп анималс” Законски заступник Злата Корјенић
9.Солидарно за животиње и природу, Београд, невладина организација заступник Александра Дудић
10.НВО “ЕТИКА” Лозница Законски заступник Раденка Живановић
11.Удружење грађана ПРО АНИМА, Београд заступник Мирица Тома
12.Удружење за заштиту и права животиња “КЛЕМПА” Земун, законски заступник Јелена Драгутиновић.
13.Удружење за бригу о животињама Бета Београд Заступник Јелена Веселинов
14.Удружење Спаске Краљево , Заступник Данијела Јовић
15.ЕПАР-ОИПА Србија, Суботица, заступник Славица Мазак Бешлић
16.Удружење за бригу о животињама Тимочке крајине БЕТА – (Зајечар) – одговорна особа: Милијана Николић
17.Удружење за бригу о животињама Тимочке крајине БЕТА – (књажевачки огранак) – одговорна особа: Тијана Божиновић
18. Felix – Фелинолошко друштво, Суботица, заступник Јасна Лазић
19. Друштво за заштиту животиња-Призорго-Бачка Топола заступник:Тамаш Коша
20. Љубитељи животиња и природе “Зелене шапе”, Томашевац Александра Радојчић
21. Удружење за заштиту животиња “БОБИ” Горњи Милановац Заступник: Весна Маринковић
22. Удружење грађана Канис, Сремска Митровица заступници Адријана Недељковић и Јасминка Вуча
23. Друштво за заштиту животиња и природе Еколибријум заступник Зора Коларски
24. Удружење грађана”Анима Суботица” из Суботице, заступник Жељко Елесин
25. Удружење за права и заштиту животиња МИА, Београд Јелена Зарић, представник
26. Фондација ЛЕВИЈАТАН , управитељ Павле Бихали
27. Друштво љубитеља мачака/Азил за мачке ‘Зенка’Београд Љубица Ландека
28. Удружење за заштиту животиња ‘Псећа срећа, Милан Цветковић, Нишка бања, Ниш
29. Удружење за заштиту животиња “Јупитер” Рума, Рума, законски заступник Смиљана Колунџић.
30. Удружење за заштиту права животиња “БАК”Србобран, Надаљ заступник Светлана Ђорђин
31.Друштво за заштиту животиња “Друид” Алексинац Заступник Павловић Маријана
32. Удружење за права и заштиту животиња Мајданпек “Белка” Представник Игор Јанковић
33. Удружење за заштиту животиња Нови Сад Спанс Нови Сад Председница: Дина Ђушић
34. Удружење за заштиту животиња Борске шапе,Бор заступник Никола Недељковић
35. Удружење за заштиту животиња Шумадијског Региона “Црвена Шапа” Крагујевац заступник Радмила Филиповић
36. Animal Rescue Serbia
37. Друштво за заштиту и проучавање птица Србије
38. Удружење грађана Апатинска пловарица
39. Удружење Грађана Зелени Врбас
40. Коалиција за живот No Kill Coalition
41. П. У. Ж. ПОМОЋ УГРОЖЕНИМ ЖИВОТИЊАМА Велико Градиште
42. Удружење за заштиту животиња и природе Најбољи пријатељ, Врање
43. Друштво за заштиту животиња Алекс Суботица
44. Друштво за заштиту животиња и животне средине ” Храбро срце” Врбас
45„Европска иницијатива 17“, Београд

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Serbia: Latest On Belgrade Fur Meeting. Respect for Animals.

 

http://www.respectforanimals.org/serbia-latest-respect-for-animals-director-makes-the-case-for-fur-farm-ban-in-belgrade/

 

Serbia latest: ‘Make Fur History’ event in Belgrade boosts keep the ban campaign

 

Respect for Animals Campaigns Director, Mark Glover, has today (7 June 2018) been in Belgrade countering the misinformation from fur industry lobbyists, who are desperately seeking to delay or cancel the upcoming fur farming ban in Serbia. Along with local campaigners, Mark presented the Fur Free Alliance’s Make Fur History exhibition to political figures and media representatives. Mark was joined by Stevan Lilic, Ljibjana Gledic, as well as Tamara Jevtovic, Snezana Milovanovic and Maida Sabeta  from Freedom for Animals.

Serbia had already passed legislation banning fur farming due to come into effect in January 2019, but the ban is now at severe risk. On Tuesday, the agricultural committee decided to proceed with the deletion of the existing Serbian fur farming ban after a discussion full of false information supplied by fur trade lobbyists. In sensational and outrageous scenes, animal advocacy organisations were shockingly banned from proceedings. This decision will go to the Ministry for further procedure. The Ministry will create the ‘proposal’ which will then be delivered back to the parliament, probably in the early autumn.

The Make Fur History event was quickly considered to have been a success. Genuine political and media interest was generated and the misinformation by the fur trade comprehensively exposed.

The Make Fur History exhibition was launched earlier this year in the European Parliament by the Fur Free Alliance and Eurogroup for Animals. The exhibition exposes the facts about how real fur is produced and explains why more national bans on fur factory farming are needed across Europe.

Chinchillas are the only animals kept for fur in Serbia. The intense battery cage system used on fur farms deprives chinchillas from the opportunity to express their natural behaviour – such as running and jumping – and causes severe welfare problems. International studies have shown behavioural disorders, such as stereotypies, pelt-biting and infant mortality, are highly common on chinchilla fur farms. Learn more about welfare problems on chinchilla fur farms.

Mark Glover said:

This exhibition allows us to reveal the reality on fur factory farms, to present the facts about the animals bred and killed for their fur and to show why the fur industry belongs in the past. I strongly urge the Serbian government to keep the ban, due to come into effect in January 2019.

Iraq: Serbian Vulture Held For Ransom In Iraq and Probably for Falconry. One Problem – Vultures Are NOT Used for Falconry !

 

 

25/4/18 – Today we have been working with Slavica in Serbia regarding 2 Griffon Vultures which appear to have been kidnapped (or birdnapped ?) in Iraq after they had flown more than 2,500km from a wildlife centre in Serbia.  One of the birds was fully ringed by a specialist in Serbia; and so via the data on the rings it carries, be traced back to Serbia.  The other bird is un ringed, but not all birds from Serbia were ringed at the time, and it is possible that this second bird ‘paired up’ with the ringed bird for migration, arriving in Iraq.

 

The really sad part about all this is that it is expected that the birds may have been kidnapped for falconry purposes; as a ransom was requested by telephone.  But vultures are never used in falconry; as they only eat from dead and decaying corpses already on the ground.  Falconry does not work in the same way;  Wherever the birds are located; they are effectively the property of the Serbian state.   If they are injured in Iraq for example, then they can be sorted by a specialist within Iraq but then they have to be released back into the wild if and when they recover.

 

Here is the link to the letter (draft only – without headers) which has been sent to Iraq, UK and USA embassies in Iraq, asking for involvement in this case.  The Iraq embassy in Serbia has also been asked to take action.

Gyps fulvus_Iraq_eng

In the following pictures you can see the original time in Serbia when the bird was taken and ringed by specialist ornithologists.  The ring numbers which were fitted can be clearly seen to show that the bird originated and is recorded as being Serbian origin.

It is hoped that these pictures can be used to help identify the bird in Iraq if it is captured back from the people asking for a ransom.

 

 

 

 

 

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

SANG

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

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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 https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/about-serbian-animals/ 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 http://www.oie.int/   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 https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/about-serbian-animals/  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

OIE,plusSaucesniciOstarPotest,SR.19.04.2018..

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:

ec_progress_report_18

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Further Actions On Serbian Fur Farming – Write To Your Embassy Now.

Regarding our recent post on Serbian fur farming which was worked at as a campaign with ’Respect for Animals’ (England)

http://www.respectforanimals.org/

http://www.respectforanimals.org/serbia/

and the ’Fur Free Alliance’ (International); https://www.furfreealliance.com/  which can be fully viewed at:

 

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2018/03/23/serbia-we-now-launch-the-new-petition-with-respect-for-animals-to-ensure-that-serbia-introduces-its-fur-farming-ban-in-2019-your-support-needed-to-do-this/

we are inviting everyone to make immediate contact with the Serbian embassy in ’their’ nation to send a letter of protest.  Use the links below to find ’your’ embassy in your country.  This is followed by a Sample Letter which you can copy; or amend as required.

To find your national Serbian embassy; contacts and their e mail addresses; use the following sites:

 

https://www.embassypages.com/serbia

 

This one is probably the best and more formal:

 

http://mfa.gov.rs/en/embassies/serbian-diplomatic-missions/serbian-embassies

 

 

 

SAMPLE LETTER TO COPY AND SEND; or amend to your own requirements.

 

To ???? – this will depend on the nation in which you live and ‘your’ Serbian embassy.

Ambassador of Serbia

URGENT REQUEST : re the Serbian ban on fur farming that is to take effect

 

Excellency,

We are writing with regard to the Serbian ban on fur farming that is to take effect on January 1st 2019. We were alarmed to find that the Serbian legislation to end fur farming was discussed during a regular meeting of the Sector for Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management of the National Assembly of Serbia, held on 20 February 2018. In accordance with the Animal Welfare Act 2009, the Serbian ban on the widely-condemned practice of fur farming is due to become effective in 2019. In the last nine years Serbian fur farmers have thus been given the opportunity to transition to a more economically stable and sustainable industry. With less than one year left before the transitional period runs out, any change to the previously agreed upon legislation would raise serious questions regarding the Serbian legislative process.

The fact is that, in the last two decades, 16 European countries have voted for legislation to end or limit fur farming, most recently the Czech Republic and Germany. Due to the significant ethical concerns and serious animal welfare problems associated with fur farming, legislation to ban the cruel practice entirely has been passed in the United Kingdom, Austria, The Netherlands, Slovenia, Croatia, the Republic of Macedonia, Czech Republic and in the Walloon and Brussels regions of Belgium as well as in San Francisco and other cities in the United States, which recently banned entirely the sale of fur. Even in Norway and in Denmark – the heartlands of the fur farming industry – legislators have taken steps, to either ban the industry entirely (Norway) or partially (fox farming is banned in Denmark), on the grounds of animal welfare. Hungary is another country where a partial ban on fur farming is in place.

Due to stricter welfare regulations, fur farming has been entirely phased out in Switzerland and partially phased out in Sweden, where neither foxes nor chinchillas can be bred for fur. Recently the German government voted for stricter regulations that will see fur farms in Germany close their doors by 2022. Furthermore, debates on fur farming bans are currently ongoing in Poland, Luxembourg and Belgium. Public opinion polls consistently show that fur farming is considered unacceptable by the majority of citizens in countries across Europe. There is an increasing awareness on animal welfare issues and ethical concerns on the uses to which animals are put in society. It is therefore of upmost importance that political discussions on chinchilla farming are factually correct and supported by science. Both the short-tailed chinchilla and the long-tailed chinchilla are listed as critically endangered species on the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources List of Threatened Species. Short-tailed chinchillas are considered to be extinct in Bolivia and Peru, but are suspected to be recovering in other areas. In 1996, there were only 42 colonies of long-tailed chinchillas left, and the population has declined ever since. The fur industry’s claim that breeding chinchillas for fur benefits the conservation of the species is incorrect, indeed it is the fur trade itself that is responsible for the depletion of the species.

Given the fact that chinchillas are the only animals raised for fur in Serbia, it is important that scientific facts on chinchilla farming are taking into consideration when fur farming legislation is at stake. A large number of veterinarians and animal welfare experts agree that it is impossible to ensure the welfare of chinchillas in factory farms. Keeping chinchillas in small cages prevents them from running and jumping (a species-specific behavior of chinchillas), and from engaging in social behavior that would satisfy their natural needs. Although chinchillas in nature are monogamous, under fur farming conditions they are forced to mate with multiple males, by wearing a polygamous necklace that restrains them from moving.  Furthermore, the unnatural conditions in which chinchillas are kept and bred causes stress related abnormal stereotypical behavior, fear, reproductive disorders and offspring mortality. The natural life expectancy of chinchillas is between 10 and 20 years, but chinchillas bred for fur live 8 months on average. To prevent damaging their pelts, chinchillas are electrocuted on Serbian fur farms, a killing method that is widely condemned as inhumane.

Animal fur is a non-essential fashion product which cannot be produced in an ethical way. Animals bred for fur are kept in tiny wire mesh cages for their entire lives and killed by inhumane, painful methods. In today’s society, modern consumers are increasingly aware of the animal welfare problems on fur farms and are not willing to buy products of extreme animal cruelty. Consequently, an increasing number of international fashion houses are making commitments to drop animal fur from their collections.

We urge Serbia to stay true to your legislative commitment to ban the farming of animals for fur. We ask that you uphold the wishes of the public and the politicians who voted in favor of the Animal Welfare Act 2009 and end this internationally condemned industry from operating in your country, as previously agreed, by January 1st 2019.

Thank you for your attention to this very important and urgent matter.

Respectfully,

 

Your name and nationality (and e mail addy if you wish).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Serbia: We Now Launch The New Petition With ‘Respect for Animals’ To Ensure That Serbia Introduces Its Fur Farming Ban In 2019. Your Support Needed To Do This.

 

We are not a specialist organisation which campaigns against the fur trade; but we do know a few who do ! – we have always supported a fur farming ban anywhere and everywhere; as you can see on this site.  So when the issue of problems with the proposed Serbian fur farming ban came up; we were happy to become involved and call on our specialist friends to help us with a campaign.  Here is the result:

For many, many weeks now, SAV have been directly working covertly with specific Serbian campaigners; the leading UK anti fur organisation; ‘Respect for Animals’  http://www.respectforanimals.org/  and the ‘Fur Free Alliance’ https://www.furfreealliance.com/  regarding the situation for animals used in fur production in Serbia.

 

http://www.respectforanimals.org/serbia/

 

By current legislation, Serbia is supposed to ban fur farming from 1/1/19.  Effectively it has the rest of this year (2018) to be allowed to continue with fur farming.  After that the ban should come nationally into force.  The Serbian law for animal welfare states that under Article 89; the breeding of animals for fur production is forbidden from 1/1/2019.

 

 

Above and below – Inside a Serbian Chinchilla Fur Farm.

 

 

Despite the industry having the past 10 years to accept and undertake changes in accordance with the legislation banning fur farming; some politicians and all of the fur breeders in Serbia want the law to be changed; effectively banning the ban.  One MP, and the person who is also the President of the Committee for Agriculture, Mr Marijan Risticevic. wants the proposed ban to be stopped and for fur farming to continue after 1st January 2019.  Effectively they want to change national Article 89 legislation after 9+ years specifically for their own interests.

 

According to the animal welfare law of 2009 to which the fur ban relates; Article 7 point 37 declares that the BAN on the breeding of animals for fur (Article 89) will commence on 1/1/2019.

 

As animal welfare campaigners; we are fighting for the fur ban to remain in place for the 2019 introduction.  After all, the industry has had 9+ years to date now to prepare itself for the ban.

 

http://www.respectforanimals.org/serbia/

 

 

Firstly, we need to give some information on fur farms within Serbia:

According to information we have, there are currently 32 Chinchilla farms in Serbia where the animals are used for fur (garment) production.  Each of these farms has different numbers of animals; but 2,500 (per farm) is not uncommon.

We can say the fur farms above seem to be officially documented by the Ministry as fur farms.  What does not appear to be documented is:

The maximum capacity for each of the farms; and how many animals are actually kept there at the present time

There appears to be nothing written about the origin of the animals kept on the farms (see CITES etc below); including their sex; where they are skinned or what is done with the animal carcass after the pelt has been removed.  The issue of carcass disposal is important as it may relate to contamination of water tables used for human water consumption.

An original request was made for work permit information of all these farms back in June 2015.  It was only in August 2017 that the information requested was provided by the Serbian Ministry of Agriculture; even then only after the Commissioner for information of public interest demanded that the Ministry forwarded this information.

Serbian campaign group EPAR asked that the veterinary inspection section of the Ministry to visit all of the 32 fur producing farms

From the visits, they also asked that the government inspection team(s) establishes the origin of each individual Chinchilla animal and the origin of the first pair of chinchillas at each farm.

Chinchilla it must be remembered is an ‘Alohtone’ species to Serbia; which means that it is not natural to Serbia.  Alhotone species have come into human activity within Serbia; and as such, they are living outside of their native or natural distribution range.  In other words, Chinchilla used for fur production in Serbia are not a native animal species within Serbia.

 

http://www.respectforanimals.org/serbia/

 

Chinchilla are native to the Andes mountains regions of South America. 

The chinchilla has the densest fur of all mammals that live on land. The chinchilla is named after the Chincha people of the Andes, who once wore its dense, velvet-like fur.

A single, full-length coat made from chinchilla fur may require as many as 150 pelts, as chinchillas are relatively small.  Though it is illegal to hunt wild chinchillas in South America, the wild animals are now on the verge of becoming extinct because of continued illegal hunting. Domesticated chinchillas are still bred for fur.

 

Serbian campaigners asked the Ministry to provide CITES documentation proof for the import of every animal which was not born in Serbia; but instead imported into Serbia. CITES is the ‘Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species’ of Wild Fauna and Flora, also known as the Washington Convention) is a multilateral treaty to protect endangered plants and animals.

They also asked for photo documentation of the conditions under which animals were being kept on fur farms in Serbia.  This was to take into account the water provided and what was done with ‘dirty’ water from the farms; the methods of killing used on each farm and also what chemicals (including their waste products) were used on each farm.  Lots of very specific and detailed information was requested.

 

 

Now we are very pleased to launch the petition to keep the Serbian ban from 1/1/19.

Here is the link on the Respect for Animals site which you sign.

 

http://www.respectforanimals.org/serbia/

 

Please note that after you have given a few basic details to sign, you will also need to complete the Verification code which is shown before you can send the petition in your name.  This is important and must be done to add your name to the petition.

 

Please crosspost the petition link to all your contacts and get them to sign.

 

Thanks SAV, Slavica and ‘Respect for Animals’.

 

 

Potpišite ODMAH i podržite zabranu uzgoja životinja radi krzna u Srbiji!

Zbog nedavnog velikog napretka pokreta protiv krzna u Srbiji, industrija krzna trenutno vrši ogroman pritisak na Vladu Srbije kako bi se odložila zabrana uzgoja životinja radi krzna (koja treba da stupi na snagu 1.1.2019. godine) – prateći primer Bosne.

Na skorašnjem sastanku Odbora za poljoprivredu, šumarstvo i vodoprivredu Narodne skupštine Srbije, održanom 20. februara 2018, šireni su propaganda i dezinformacije u vezi sa uzgojem činčila radi krzna. Pošto bi se glasanje Skupštine u vezi sa amandmanima moglo odviti kroz par nedelja, moramo biti brzi. Već smo pisali srpskim političarima, a srpskom parlamentu je poslato i pismo od strane Fur Free Alliance – međunarodne koalicije za borbu protiv krzna.

Potrebna nam je vaša pomoć u potpisivanju pisma ambasadi Srbije kako bismo zajedno ubedili Vladu Srbije da ostane pri Zakonu o dobrobiti životinja iz 2009. i proglasi kraj uzgoju životinja radi krzna  1.1.2019. godine.

Uzgajivači krzna u Srbiji hoće da odlože zabranu za 10 GODINA. Molimo Srbiju da proglasi kraj ove industrije koja se osuđuje širom sveta (na osnovu prethodnog dogovora) do 1. januara 2019. U ime životinja koje pate, PRIDRUŽITE NAM SE.

 

 

PISMO AMBASADI SRBIJE: CEO TEKST (letter of the Embassy of Serbia:  full text )

Obraćamo vam se u vezi sa zabranom uzgoja životinja radi krzna u Srbiji koja treba da stupi na snagu 1. januara 2019.

Uznemirilo nas je otkriće da je pomenuta zabrana bila predmet rasprave tokom redovnog sastanka Odbora za poljoprivredu, šumarstvo i vodoprivredu Narodne skupštine Srbije, održanog 20. februara 2018.

U skladu sa Zakonom o dobrobiti životinja 2009, zabrana uveliko osuđivane prakse uzgoja životinja radi krzna u Srbiji treba da stupi na snagu 2019. godine. Srpski uzgajivači krzna su, dakle, u prethodnih devet godina imali priliku da pređu na ekonomski stabilniju i održiviju delatnost. Bilo kakva promena prethodno dogovorenog zakona manje od godinu dana do isteka prelaznog perioda povlači ozbiljna pitanja u vezi sa srpskim zakonodavnim procesom.

Činjenica je da je, u poslednje dve decenije, 16 evropskih zemalja izglasalo zakone kojima se zabranjuje ili ograničava uzgoj životinja radi krzna, najskorije Češka i Nemačka. Zbog značajnih etičkih briga i ozbiljnih problema dobrobiti povezanih sa držanjem životinja radi krzna, zakon o potpunoj zabrani ove okrutne prakse usvojen je u Velikoj Britaniji, Austriji, Holandiji, Sloveniji, Hrvatskoj, Makedoniji, Češkoj i u dve regije Belgije, Valoniji i Briselu. Čak i u Norveškoj i Danskoj – srcima industrije krzna – zakonodavci su počeli sa preduzimanjem mera da ili potpuno (Norveška) ili delimično (uzgoj lisica radi krzna je zabranjen u Danskoj) zabrane industriju krzna, na osnovu interesovanja za dobrobit životinja. Mađarska je još jedna zemlja u kojoj je na snazi delimična zabrana uzgoja životinja radi krzna.

Zahvaljujući strožim regulacijama o dobrobiti životinja, uzgoj životinja radi krzna je u potpunosti iščezao iz Švajcarske i delimično iz Švedske, gde ni lisice ni činčile ne smeju biti uzgajane radi krzna. Skoro je Vlada Nemačke glasala za strože regulacije koje će do 2022. godine dovesti do zatvaranja farmi krzna u Nemačkoj. Nadalje, pregovori o zabranama farmi krzna još uvek se vode u Poljskoj, Luksemburgu i Belgiji.

Ankete javnog mnjenja konzistentno pokazuju da većina građana zemalja Evrope uzgoj životinja radi krzna smatra neprihvatljivim. Postoji porast svesti o pitanjima dobrobiti životinja i etičkim brigama o načinu na koji društvo iskorišćava životinje. Stoga je od izrazite važnosti da su političke diskusije u vezi sa uzgojem činčila faktualno tačne i naučno potvrđene.

I kratkorepa i dugorepa činčila su na IUCN listi kritično ugroženih vrsta (IUCN – Međunarodna unija za očuvanje prirode i prirodnih resursa). Kratkorepe činčile se smatraju istrebljenim iz Bolivije i Perua, ali se naslućuje njihovo obnavljanje u drugim područjima. Godine 1996. preostale su samo 42 kolonije dugorepih činčila, a od tada je populacija samo opadala. Tvrdnja industrije da uzgoj činčila radi krzna doprinosi očuvanju vrste netačna je, zapravo je trgovina krznom ta koja je odgovorna za smanjenje broja jedinki vrste.

 

Pošto su činčile jedine životinje koje se drže radi krzna u Srbiji, važno je uzeti u obzir naučne činjenice o uzgoju činčila onda kada se zakon o uzgoju životinja radi krzna stavlja na kocku. Veliki broj veterinara i stručnjaka za dobrobit životinja se slaže da je nemoguće osigurati dobrobit činčila na farmama. Držanje činčila u malim kavezima sprečava ih da trče i skaču (ponašanje specifično za činčile), i da se upuštaju u društveno ponašanje koje bi zadovoljilo njihove prirodne potrebe. Mada su činčile u prirodi monogamne, pod uslovima farmi krzna ženke su prisiljene na parenje sa velikim brojem mužjaka, tako što im se stavljaju ’’ogrlice za poligamnost’’ koje ih sprečavaju u kretanju. Nadalje, neprirodni uslovi u kojima se činčile drže i razmnožavaju prouzrokuju stres, abnormalno stereotipno ponašanje, strah, reproduktivne poremećaje i uginuće potomstva.

Prirodni životni vek činčila je između 10 i 20 godina, međutim činčile uzgajane radi krzna u proseku žive 8 meseci. Kako bi se sprečilo oštećenje kože i dlake, činčile se na srpskim farmama ubijaju strujnim udarom, metodom koja se uveliko smatra nehumanom.

Životinjsko krzno nije neophodan modni proizvod i ne može se proizvesti na etički prihvatljiv način. Životinje uzgojene radi krzna drže se u malenim žičanim kavezima čitavih njihovih života i ubijaju se nehumanim, bolnim metodama. U društvu današnjice, moderni potrošači su sve svesniji problema dobrobiti životinja na farmama krzna i nisu voljni da kupuju proizvode ekstremne okrutnosti prema životinjama. Kao posledica toga, sve veći broj internacionalnih modnih kuća se posvećuje izostavljanju životinjskog krzna iz svojih kolekcija.

Podstičemo vas – Srbiju – da ostanete pri svom zakonu o zabrani uzgoja životinja radi krzna. Molimo vas da podržite želje javnosti i političara koji su glasali u korist Zakona o dobrobiti životinja 2009. i u svojoj zemlji – kako je prethodno dogovoreno, do 1. januara 2019 – okončate ovu industriju koja se osuđuje širom sveta.

 

Aleksandra Dudić

Solidarno za životinje i prirodu, Beograd,

nevladina organizacija

Pere Segedinca 5

11070 Beograd

tel 064/151-4554

  1. adresa: sindikatzazivotinje@gmail.com

 

 

 

Serbia: Time Is Running Out To Help Kiki, Kuci and Lela. We Have Tried To Help – Where Are You ?

https://www.youcaring.com/jasnapanic-1110602

We have donated twice to help here – and we are the only donors.

Why ? – where are all the global animal people ?

Is a 5 or 10 Euro donation too much to ask of people.

Small donations add up to the required amount.

We are not picking money off our money bonsai; but we are trying to help.

Where are all the animal supporters who visit this site every day ?

Please give and give now, before the end of the month.

 

 https://www.youcaring.com/jasnapanic-1110602

 

Paypal: marijaradojcin78@gmail.com

Help for KUCI, KIKI and LELA

Dear friends, Thanks to you and your unselfish help, these beautiful dogs remain on safe place and with a food. Situation we have is that we need help for them every month. February has passed covered with all your financially help and support. 

March is almost here and we will need all your help and support again. They know they are calm and peaceful, because they have friends in you and your help. Nobody is easy, months are coming, and obligations are there. Their existence on safe is always questionable, but I always effort myself to secure them safe place and food for normal life. Luckily, without you all this would be impossible. We need help for March:

– KIKI 40 euros for accommodation and 20 euros for food 

– KUCI 40 euros for accommodation and 20 euros for food 

– LELA 20 euros for accommodation and 20 euros for food 

Sum 160 euros 

https://www.youcaring.com/jasnapanic-1110602