Serbia: Video Exposes Serious Concerns For Both Animal And Human Health.

 

Video link:

 

http://www.prva.rs/web-tv/info/exploziv/32021/exploziv—17032017.html

 

We currently have only a few basic facts relating to this.  They include:

It is in a region called ‘Mosorin’ which is to the North of Belgrade and to the East of the city of Novi Sad.

The location is on a meadow type land; and in the video you can see a 3 metre deep hole / pit down which villagers and farmers are supposed to put (dump) the bodies of dead animals.  Despite this so called ‘disposal facility’; villagers leave dead animals on the surface ground of the meadow area – as you can clearly see.  Dead cattle carcasses are strewn over the whole area.  We are talking mainland Europe here, not a desert region in Africa !!

You can also see in the video campaigners from ‘Animal Rescue Serbia’ going down into the disposal pit area to rescue many dogs which have become trapped there.  We cannot confirm but we have a very strong suspicion that these dogs are strays which have been enticed into the area by the easily available ‘food’’ source which they can get from the dead cattle.  This is an issue which we have been exposing for many years – see a lot more (and almost identical pictures) at  https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/about-serbian-animals/

We cannot confirm, but looking at the footage, rather than the use of the disposal hole / pit for the dumping of animal bodies; everything else (including cardboard, cans litter) seems to be thrown down there !  It appears that no cover for the hole / pit exists which could cause very serious injury to both humans and animals especially wandering at night.  Is this how the dogs became initially trapped in the hole / pit we ask ? – did they fall during darkness ?

Live sheep are wandering round the meadow area in this video and can be clearly seen.  We ask if they are not also vulnerable to also falling into the hole at night, just like the dogs which are now being rescued.  Looking at the square access to the ‘hole’ into this pit, there is a lot of dirt on the immediate surface and no visible signs of any cover (in the video) or securing facilities for a cover.  Thus we believe that this pit is open at all times.

We think that the stray dogs which fell into the hole may have survived down there by eating the one dead animal in the hole, which can be seen in the video.  There is no water access.  How did this farm animal get there ? – disposed of as dead or simply fallen whilst alive ?

We understand that the Republic Veterinary Inspection has associated with events here and that they are supposed to be producing a report on this; but we do not hold our breath.  We also question if this facility is formally acceptable; as decomposing animal carcasses in the hole (maybe including dead dogs as well as cattle) would break down / decompose and make their way into the water table which could be used for drinking water by humans in the area.

We question also the fact that Serbia is a ‘Candidate Country’ for membership of the European Union (EU).  Does the EU find facilities such as this acceptable we would ask ? – hence the urgent need for the official report from the Republic Veterinary Inspection to be produced – which we can then forward on to departments at the EU – making them fully aware as necessary.

We hope to be able to provide further updates to this, but we are unsure at present if the Serbian Ministry will actually take it any further or if this will be yet another situation deemed ‘ok’ and which will be swept under the carpet.

SAV – with full help and information from Slavica.

 


Comment from Venus:

I don`t know if I would see the same pictures in a desert region in Africa as those from the European region of Mosorin in Serbia.

I have never been to Africa. I know, however, that such pictures were given in Europe 500 years ago. When the people themselves lived in pits. But this is not the issue now. I know with certainty that I would not care if a man falls into the pit. The pit has been made by human hand against animal life. Therefore, I would not care whether a one falls, or the criminals of the village drink contaminated water. First of all, I would be interested in the life and safety of animals living in the area.

I would close immediately this hole dangerous for animals. And I would make a video of it. Because I take over the work of the city, the authority, and that must be documented. I would send the video to the responsible ministry with the reference, I also sent it to Jean Claude Juncker, the President of the European Commission. Not because I expected something from the last. But when the Ministry learns this, hope does not put the matter under the carpet. Why the hole is open is secondary.

The main thing is to close it. For the safety of the animals.

There is a nice Japanese saying: ” Fix the problem, not the blame”.

 Venus

 

 

 

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Serbia: This Little Guy Has Been Waiting A Year For A Forever Home – Can You Help ?

 

Almost a year in a Pansion.

Still waiting home.

Please share and help this beautiful boy find a home.. he is waiting too long

Contact  https://www.facebook.com/ana.bojic.39  

https://www.facebook.com/groups/SerbianAnimalsVoice/permalink/10154939056885516/

 

USA: Dangerous !

 

USA: President Trump – “Making America Cough More Again” !

SAV Comment – Sensible nations like the UK and France already have major daily taxes on polluting vehicles that have to drive into cities such as Paris and London.  £11-50p a DAY in London

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_congestion_charge

 

So Trump is going to build more polluting cars !  – but we ask; where is he going to sell them all ? – Europe certainly will not buy – they are trying to reduce pollution in their nations, not create more.  Free gas mask with every flight to the USA !

Above USA air pollution map

Mark,

Today in Detroit, President Trump took another giant step backwards in our fight against climate change. He just directed the EPA to start dismantling critical clean car standards.

With this announcement, Trump and climate-denying EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt are caving to pressure from car companies and the oil industry — and sending one more undeniable message that they will continue escalating their assault on our environmental laws and years of climate progress.

Will you speak out now against this giveaway to big polluters and show Donald Trump and Scott Pruitt that you and thousands of others across the country won’t back down from this full-blown fight for our environment?

DENOUNCE THEIR ACTIONS: Tell Trump and Pruitt you’re committed to fighting their dangerous anti-environment agenda every step of the way.

Keeping these clean car standards in place would cut in half dangerous carbon pollution from cars and trucks, save us billions of dollars a year on gas and reduce our dependence on climate-wrecking fossil fuels. Dirty tailpipe pollution from transportation now rivals power plants as the largest source of carbon pollution in the U.S.

This attack on the clean car standards is just the latest salvo in President Trump’s assault on our climate progress and the EPA.

Trump and Pruitt are also poised to slash the EPA’s budget by 24% and cut one of every five EPA staff members. And they’re filling top-ranking EPA positions with like-minded climate change deniers and friends of the fossil fuel industry.

NRDC is escalating our rapid response operation to stop them: Mobilizing public opposition … preparing to challenge the administration in court … and prevailing on our allies in Congress to stand up and strongly oppose any attacks on our environment, our climate and our health.

We’re counting on NRDC supporters like you to help us generate a nationwide outcry that Trump and Pruitt will be unable to ignore.

If Trump and Pruitt succeed in forcing through their reckless, pro-polluter agenda, the impacts on our environment and our climate could be nothing short of catastrophic.

More smog … more severe storms and skyrocketing temperatures … more poisonous chemicals dumped into our drinking water … and no end to the toxic sea of pesticides killing our bees and other pollinators — putting our food supply in grave jeopardy.

I’ve got news for them: We won’t be silent. We won’t be complacent. We fought hard for the victories we’ve achieved — and we’ll fight even harder to protect them now. Are you with me?

We’re putting Trump and Pruitt on notice. Add your name to our petition today, and tell them you’re standing strong against their brazen attempts to roll back our climate progress and fundamental environmental protections.

Thanks for all that you do to protect our air, water and health. I’ll be in touch soon with more ways that you can get involved.

Sincerely,

Rhea Suh
President, NRDC

 

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England: Front It !

I guess that in reality I should be labelled as ‘a typical, mainstream European’. 

I have spent many happy times in mainland Europe, and have many friends there.  I campaigned right across the Netherlands with CIWF calling for drastic improvements to farm animal welfare conditions. 

 Above – Campaigning in the Netherlands – 1997.

Until I finished ‘the day job’ to go further into animal welfare, I had some 25 years being involved a great deal / primarily with Panavia ‘Tornado’; a military aircraft project made by a consortium of European nations – UK, Germany and Italy.  At the height of its service, it was the best.  It still is in service with all these air forces, and others including Saudi Arabia.

 

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

So, a career on the (European) Tornado; a British European, someone who has great love and respect for the peoples and places of Europe; it was obvious, when we had the UK referendum on continued membership of the EU, I would vote in the ‘Remain’ camp – lets stay as UK members of the EU – Right.

Wrong; big wrong ! – and here is why; what influenced me to vote ‘Leave’ –  to get out of the EU; to vote in favour of the UK packing its bags and opting to go it alone.

Ever since I was a young kid of probably 8 or 9, I sadly witnessed truckloads of live animals heading down to South East Kent ports (Dover etc) for their onward trip into Europe and eventual slaughter. I lived and grew up in Kent county; on the South East corner of England –‘The Gateway to Europe’; the closest and most direct route into Europe.   I knew nothing of the live export trade at the time; apart from the fact that I knew even then that it was wrong to make animals suffer; crammed into trucks for many hours; maybe days; going to their deaths.  I asked questions with family and friends about what I was witnessing as a youngster; but nobody could really give me satisfactory answers to the questions I asked.  I don’t blame any of them; it happened and most people accepted it; but for me, it caused a real problem; and the big question – why should it be allowed to go on ?

In life, with most issues you often have 2 options; you either turn your back and run away to hide from the ‘problem’, or you stand up and ‘front it’ as we say in the UK.  For me, from a young kid onwards, the live animal exports campaign was going to be a ‘front it’ issue – I wanted more – I wanted to be a voice for the suffering animals.  So, one cold and snowy Winter day in 1988 I think it was, I was in the car listening to my local county radio station – ‘Radio Kent’; when they announced that a girl was attempting a demo at Dover port that day against the live trade in exported farm animals.  For me that was it; a ‘front it’ moment for what I so detested.  Despite the snow and rather bad road conditions, I headed off to Dover to take part.  Her name was Trudi and we became very close friends.  We still keep in contact today – what, 30 years on.

 

Above – Trudi with friend.

Over many years that followed, I continued to join with many other campaigners who had decided to front it for the animals.  There were good times, but there were a lot of bad – we laughed when there was something good, but often we witnessed huge amounts of animal suffering – and we cried together; regularly.  In the early days, I was wrongly led along the garden path in a wonderland direction that informed me that was called EU legislation for the ‘protection’ of all animals in transport – a kind of Dick Whittington situation – all roads leading to London are paved with gold as the story has it.    So why ‘front it’ ? – our wonderful EU are ensuring all is ok, and the bad in the animal transport industry would be hit.  Well, the more I became involved with live export work, the more I learned; and very quickly I learned that existing EU legislation on the protection of animals in transport was about as hard as a marshmallow.  Some would say that knowledge can be a bad thing – but for me it really shone the light on the abuses and ignorance of EU political powers to make things better.

In South East England we campaigned and fought hard – fronting it – for the animals at Dover docks and other SE ports attempting to be used by the animal exporters over the years:  The trade was stopped for a while at Dover; we had won; but then high court action by a haulier forced Dover to take the trade back.  In the meantime; exporters tried anything they could to get their animals into Europe. 

Dover exports – from Mark’s own collection.

Flying calves from Coventry airport in an old busted up plane was one attempt.  It was here that Jill; campaigner and still hero to many; lost her life under the wheels of a calf truck she was trying to stop getting to the airport –

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78o0Uh9J_aQ

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFeKx_M-EJ0

In the following you can see some ‘front it’  footage from our campaigns to stop live exports over the years.  go to 1 min 23 / 24 seconds and 2 mins 18 / 19, 3 mins 28 /29 etc you can see ‘Seal man Robert’ – white jacket with horizontal stripes – who Mark campaigned with on Russian seals; see other articles in ‘About Us’.  https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/about-us/ 

 

Campaigning against live animal exports in Southern England:

 

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GK6h_66TwkM

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAGB5UOHSZs

 

So where are today ? – 25 / 30 years on we all ask ? – the EU must have gotten better in its efforts for live animal export enforcement – right ?

Wrong; the EU has deteriorated from gutter crawling at best on this issue, to a point now where it and its reputation have gone entirely down the drain.  As an Englishman, I considered the issue of the UK leaving the EU long and hard over many months.  Having been a voice at SAV for the last 10 or 11 years also; and having penned some 30 export investigation reports to the EU ‘masters’  over the years; knowing the continual suffering involved in this trade; I had, over time, learned a few things about the EU and its attitude to animal welfare.

And so, last June, I decided to put my vote on the paper and get out of the EU; away from the utterly useless dummies that they have the helm.  Those who can very adequately ‘talk the talk’, but who do very little when reality comes along and asks for enforcement of the (EU) legislation, in the form of prosecutions against member states and / or people involved, to be taken. 

The final issued which swayed my vote was the complete and utter uselessness of people such as Bernard Van Goethem at the EU.  Here we have a Veterinary (I thought they helped suffering animals ! )  working at the EU in Brussels which shows the reality of the way in which Brussels really sees animal suffering and welfare issues.  Have a look at a few of our links to see what Mr ‘I can do nothing’ Van Goethem has said about our live export cause over the last few years.

 

No, maybe first I should get you to see the excellent video made by the even better friend Lesley at ‘Eyes on Animals’ http://www.eyesonanimals.com/  in the Netherlands.  This video (one of many) shows the conditions and suffering endured by EU ANIMALS being exported live to Turkey; for slaughter:

 

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

 

 

Or how about the video from the EU Animal Welfare Eurogroup:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEvug4cGcBk

or a video on in-weaned calves and lambs transported in Europe :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIf2FQltZbE

 

A few of our SAV posts relating to live exports:

 

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2016/09/05/nl-the-situation-in-turkey-gets-no-better-in-fact-even-worse-blame-mr-van-goethem-and-his-in-effective-team-at-the-eu/

 

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2016/07/21/mr-van-goethem-and-eu-others-all-talk-and-no-action-a-real-head-in-the-sand-situation/

 

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2016/06/07/eu-must-ensure-animal-welfare-or-mr-van-goethem-will-get-you-and-the-next-joke-is/

 

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2016/06/06/the-eu-excuses-get-more-pathetic-by-the-day-contact-mr-van-goethem-and-show-your-disgust/

 

 

As Lesley says in her video above,

“We want to know if the EU Regulations and the treaty of Lisbon are being complied with.  After 5 years of sending endless complaints and inspections reports to the responsible authorities, the only conclusion to draw is that animals exported top third counties are NOT protected at all.  This trade is a systematic violation of Article 13  of the Treaty of Lisbon.  Behind the statistics and legislative promises there has only been suffering”.

 

There is an answer – to get OUT of the EU.  Donald Tusk and all his merry men, the un elected Commissioners; sit like tin pot gods in their crumbling ivory tower.  They have no interest or cares for the issues and the citizens of Europe; only themselves and their mighty powers at the top of the outdated institution called the ‘EU’. 

The UK has decided to do the wise thing and get out – several other EU nations are looking at what happens on this before they have the guts to act and follow.  By being independent, the UK will ensure that, though the endless work and campaigns of groups and citizens, that animal welfare is put higher up the tree than it already is under so called ‘EU legislation’.  The UK WILL STOP all live animal exports – we can guarantee that; currently only the UK and its EU membership has stopped it (UK) from taking independent action. The UK government will listen to its citizens when it goes it alone – we will ensure that as part of the ‘front it’ campaigns; for animals, human rights, whatever !

Now we read that self glorified Donald Tusk is trying to act the hard man for the EU. 

http://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/779329/Brexit-news-European-Union-bosses-fallout-EU-summit-Poland-May-Article-50?utm_source=CRM&utm_medium=Email&utm_content=Tusk_savages_May&utm_campaign=Brexit_email

 

What a pity he could not act the hard man when it came to making sure the EU enforced existing EU Regulations and rules.  HIS LACK OF ACTION is the very reason why nations such as the UK are now going to go it alone.

The Tusk Junker Ivory Tower called the EU has had its first brick now removed..  There will be others, we can be sure of that.  Lack of decent EU management has commenced the crumbling of the EU.  But then what else can you expect with the Junkers, Tusks and Van Goethems doing nothing with regard to listening the the citizens of Europe ! – they are the ones to blame.

Time will tell; but by remaining in the EU and witnessing its crap legislation, which exists only on paper, but not in reality, current member states will continue to submit endless reports and evidence – only for it to be utterly ignored by the hieracrchy of the EU – the Commissioners and such like.  We know this because of the evidence we have presented for the last 11 years on the situation for stray animals in Serbia.  Despite presenting untold evidence to Commissioner Hahn and his staff at the ‘EU Enlargement Commission’ on non compliances of the rule of law by Serbia; we have been utterly ignored; just like Lesley and the situation in Turkey.

 

Above – Serbian sheep being exported – compliance with EU Regulation 1/2005 ?

Given to the EU Enlargement Commission as Evidence of Non Compliance – Result :  Evidence Ignored.

Now Serbia is going through the phase of ‘Candidate Country’ to become a member of the EU.  No doubt the EU will be all hugs and kisses if Serbia joins, and to hell with the enforcement of rules and regulations – they don’t enforce now; so why do it in the future ! – much the same could also be said for the EU and its paper legislation.

 

The reality is very different to what is documented ! 

Remember – brick No 1 (UK) of the EU has now been removed.  There will be many more.  ?  Finland next ?

Like the Phoenix, will the EU rise again from its ashes ? – only when the blinkered fools at the top are replaced and the citizens of Europe, and their wishes, are actually listened to and followed up with hard, formal actions.

I voted for the UK to leave the dying tower called the EU – probably the best move I have made in a very long time.

Now we watch to see if others in Europe actually front it, or do they simply walk away – Status Quo and all that.

Mark.

EU – Listen, Act and Enforce – or Face the Consequences !

 

 

 

 

The Bear Issue !

Cancel Cruel Circus Whose Bear Urinated on Herself

Petition Link:  https://animalpetitions.org/199038/cancel-cruel-circus-that-saw-a-bear-urinate-on-herself-due-to-stress/

Target: Susan Bulling, Events Coordinator of Lancaster Event Center

Goal: Ban the James Cristy Cole Circus from using animal acts in its show.

The Lancaster Event Center is planning on hosting a circus put together by the James Cristy Cole Circus which has featured a cruel bear show during past performances. The bear show, which is produced by Castle’s Bears, puts terrified bears in crowded, loud arenas. It is time to stop supporting this cruelty.

Click on the petition link to read more.

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Dear Mark,

A bear cub wakes up in a cage. She cries out, scared, then paws at the rusty metal bars and tries to bite through them, but there’s no way for her to escape the trainer who is heading her way.

 

He ties a rope tightly around her neck and yanks her across the room. He yells, hitting her with a stick. It’s painful and confusing—she doesn’t understand what he wants.

But the day’s misery is not yet over. The trainer tethers her to a wall by the rope still around her neck, forcing her to stand upright on her hind legs. It’s agonizing for her—she’s used to being on all fours—but if she doesn’t remain standing, she could choke and die.

 

Bear cubs exploited by circuses are enduring torment like this right now—but you can help us stop it. We are opening people’s eyes and turning the public away from such exhibits—especially young people, their key audience. Please strengthen PETA’s work for bears and all other animals by making a generous gift today.

A PETA investigator documented that bear cubs in circuses and animal-training facilities across China endured precisely this kind of cruelty, but such abuse is not unique to that country. Circuses around the world confine animals to cramped cages and use violence and intimidation—exactly like that uncovered during this investigation—all the time. These animals are forced to perform repetitive contortions that, to them, are baffling, uncomfortable, and even physically damaging. It’s suffering on a global scale.

PETA’s exposé did more than just reveal the deplorable treatment of animals held captive by circuses. It also inspired tens of thousands of compassionate people to speak out against those who exploit animals for entertainment. Together with our international affiliates, we’re pushing back against cruel spectacles and achieving many victories—from 80 German towns’ decisions to ban wild-animal circuses to the forthcoming closure of the notorious Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in the U.S.

 

Please help us keep the momentum going. Donate to PETA today and help strengthen all of our vital work for animals.

As always, thank you so much for your support and for all that you do for animals.

Kind regards, Ingrid E Newkirk

Founder