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THE WAR IS OVER BUT THE BRUTAL MASSACRE OF ANIMALS ADVANCES

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  • Alexandra Yurkiw
    PLEASE CROSSPOST THE WAR IS OVER BUT THE BRUTAL MASSACRE OF ANIMALS ADVANCES During the past several weeks we have been contacted by countless Serbians
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 19, 2005
      PLEASE CROSSPOST

      THE WAR IS OVER BUT THE BRUTAL MASSACRE OF ANIMALS ADVANCES

      During the past several weeks we have been contacted by countless
      Serbians concerned about the startling escalation of blatant animal
      abuse in their country. Due to widespread corruption and a "fear factor"
      regarding retribution that still exists in Serbia, these individuals
      requested that we tell their story while keeping their identities
      secret. Following, are facts and observations recounted by Serbian
      citizens to the writers of this article.

      Ever since the end of the war, Serbia has been inundated with abandoned
      street animals, the majority of whom are brutally murdered. Like so many
      other places in the world, most citizens and civil authorities are not
      educated in humane animal issues and furthermore, do not care.
      Sterilization (spay/neuter) is not widely practiced. The animal welfare
      laws that do exist are not enforced and improving animal welfare is not
      a priority of Serbian government officials.

      While it is understandable that the country is still in transition due
      to its history of war, Serbian citizens reporting the injustices to us,
      rumor that ample documentation exists detailing rampant corruption not
      only among Serbian authorities but even within some of the non
      governmental organizations (NGOs) purportedly engaged in animal welfare.
      Thankfully, a small minority of compassionate people are working
      diligently to bring about positive change for both companion and farmed
      animals. Obviously and sadly, they cannot do it alone.

      Ten years have passed since Serbian hostilities were laid to rest It is
      absurd and unacceptable to use the war as an excuse for abuse, neglect,
      indifference and inaction. Yet, torturing, poisoning and brutally
      killing dogs and cats is still occurring without punishment for the
      perpetrators of these vicious animal related crimes. The "Serbian scene"
      is of growing concern to civilized people everywhere. Serbian animal
      welfare advocates have witnessed brutal trapping methods, the ruthless
      beatings of dogs to death and poisonings, resulting in agonizing deaths.
      Hunters wantonly shoot abandoned companion animals for sport.

      Our sources estimate that the city of Belgrade savagely destroys about
      six thousand dogs annually. The city "fathers" hire the "professional
      pest" control firm EKOSAN to exterminate the unwanted animals--innocent
      victims of human animal cruelty. The government claims that humane
      practices are exercised yet documentation and verbal reports from animal
      workers details graphic images of dogs in Belgrade's "OVCA" dog kill
      shelter being viciously destroyed. So much for official Serbian
      credibility

      Other Serbian observers report that many of the so called humane
      societies work in "close" relationship with authorities who advocate
      destroying the stray animals. Witnesses have observed dogs and cats
      being destroyed using brutal methods by "dog catchers" to round up the
      animals. "Workers" at kill shelters lack training in humane animal care
      and control and legal issues pertaining to animal rights. Witnesses have
      observed dogs and cats being destroyed using brutal methods within these
      same "shelters". There are also reports of the "disappearances" of
      sterilization and euthanasia equipment. Furthermore, documentation is
      available showing dead dogs, skinned and heaped together -- the victims
      of a mass execution. All this, in a Belgrade shelter! Is this what the
      Serbian hierarchy terms humane euthanasia?

      Equally as sad and reprehensible is the Belgrade zoo, one of the oldest
      zoos in Europe. Housing approximately two thousand animals, the zoo has
      acquired a notorious reputation due to the unacceptable treatment of the
      animals in their "care". The zoo director has close ties to the Serbian
      hunting lobby as well as Belgrade's city hall. Documentation is
      available from Serbian animal welfare advocates showing these animals
      confined within squalid living conditions and consequently ill and
      distressed. Many of these animals exhibit abnormal behavior, such as
      bar biting, over-grooming, self mutilation, head bashing, circling, leg
      chewing, etc. Furthermore, many animals that were born in the zoo
      throughout the years have disappeared. The zoo claimed that new tigers,
      bears and a hippo were born recently but the animals appear to have
      vanished.

      Documentation

      Album: abandoned animals horror story- Serbia

      <http://www.care2.com/c2c/photos/view.html/view/87/576833221/abandoned_a
      nimals_horror_story__Serbia/>
      http://www.care2.com/c2c/photos/view.html/view/87/576833221/abandoned_an
      imals_horror_story__Serbia/

      Album: Hell Zoo - Belgrade

      <http://www.care2.com/c2c/photos/view.html/view/87/576833221/Hell_Zoo___
      Belgrade___/>
      http://www.care2.com/c2c/photos/view.html/view/87/576833221/Hell_Zoo___B
      elgrade___/

      The Gallery
      <http://www.care2.com/c2c/photos/view.html/view/87/576833221/>
      http://www.care2.com/c2c/photos/view.html/view/87/576833221/

      Written by:
      Alexandra Yurkiw
      &
      Marijo Anne Gillis - Founder
      Welfare for Animals in Greece
      Welfare for Animals Global, Inc.
      (a New York non-profit advocacy & political lobby group)
      Tel. (212) 427-0587 Fax (212) 427-6381
      E-Mail <mailto:Twinkieperkyebby@...> Twinkieperkyebby@...

      "Compassion for all life - the way to a better world"

      HOW YOU CAN HELP

      Please copy and paste the letter which follows to the list of
      authorities found below ( which you can also copy and paste) and blind
      copy me at <mailto:Twinkieperkyebby@...> Twinkieperkyebby@...

      Dear Sir:

      The brutal treatment of companion, farmed and zoo animals in Serbia is
      coming to the attention of the world. We are horrified to witness man's
      lack of compassion, indiscriminate cruelty and the Serbian government's
      indifference and inaction regarding the criminal treatment of Serbian
      animals.

      This negative publicity will surely reverberate throughout the world and
      result in sanctions from civilized governments and concernedcitizens who
      are able to travel and spend tourist dollars. Surely, the Serbian gross
      national product depends in part on the influx of money from neighboring
      nations.

      We respectfully and urgently request that you take notice and action of
      this reprehensible situation which is fast resulting inthe deterioration
      of Serbian status within the global family.

      Put a stop tothe brutal, vicious killing of domesticated street animals
      by government officials, civil workers and ordinary citizens. Please
      request the aid of international animal welfare organizations who are
      adept at planning and implementing humane welfare programs. Implement a
      spay / neuter program throughout the country and attempt to initiate
      humane education programs in the school system. Request assistance in
      the design of coherent and straightforward animal protection
      legislation. Once in place, and so important, implement and enforce that
      legislation and initiate prosecution and punishment for perpetrators of
      animal related crimes. If need be, until Serbia is capable of tending
      properly to her zoo population, extend an invitation to experts in the
      proper and humane care and management of confined species.

      Please enter this new millennium and posture with compassion and a
      civilized stance regarding animal welfare.
      .
      Name and contact info.

      Please send letters to:

      Office of Prime Minister VOJISLAV KOSTUNICA
      <mailto:predsednikvladesrbije@...>
      predsednikvladesrbije@...

      Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management
      <mailto:office@...> office@...

      Serbian Minister of Science and Environmental Protection
      <mailto:info@...> info@...

      Please write to the Serbian Embassy located in your country

      Serbian Embassies Worldwide

      Embassy of Serbia and Montenegro
      UK
      londre@...

      Embassy of Serbia and Montenegro
      USA -
      ambassador@...

      Embassy of Serbia and Montenegro
      Canada
      yembas6289@...
      diplomat@...

      Embassy of Serbia and Montenegro
      France
      ambasadapariz@...

      Embassy of Serbia and Montenegro
      Germany
      info@...

      Embassy of Serbia and Montenegro
      Austria
      yukon.salzburg@...

      Embassy of Serbia and Montenegro
      Spain
      madrid@...

      Embassy of Serbia and Montenegro
      Australia
      yuembau@...

      Embassy of Serbia and Montenegro
      Israel
      yuamb@...

      Embassy of Serbia and Montenegro
      Netherlands
      yuambanl@...

      Embassy of Serbia and Montenegro
      Sweden
      yuemb.telecom@...

      Embassy of Serbia and Montenegro
      Argentina
      yuembaires@...

      Embassy of Serbia and Montenegro
      Denmark
      yuembdk@...

      Embassy of Serbia and Montenegro
      Brazil
      embiugos@...

      Embassy of Serbia and Montenegro
      Italy
      amb.jug@...

      Embassy of Serbia and Montenegro
      Poland
      YUABAPL@...,

      Embassy of Serbia and Montenegro
      Portugal
      yuemba@...

      Embassy of Serbia and Montenegro
      Switzerland
      info@...

      Embassy of Serbia and Montenegro
      South Africa
      yuembpta@...

      Embassy of Serbia and Montenegro
      Hungary
      ambjubp@...


      Embassy of Serbia and Montenegro
      Czech Republic
      yuambacz@...

      Embassy of Serbia and Montenegro
      Romania
      ambiug@...

      Embassy of Serbia and Montenegro
      Egypt
      yugoemb_kairo@...

      Embassy of Serbia and Montenegro
      Japan
      embassy@...

      Embassy of Serbia and Montenegro
      Greece
      beograd@..., yuamba@...

      Embassy of Serbia and Montenegro
      Mexico
      ambayumex@...

      Embassy of Serbia and Montenegro
      China
      yuamba@...

      Embassy of Serbia and Montenegro
      Ukraine
      AMBAYU@...

      Embassy of Serbia and Montenegro
      Turkey
      ambscgank@...

      Embassy of Serbia and Montenegro
      Belgium
      ambaserbiemontenegro@...

      Embassy of Serbia and Montenegro
      Russia
      ambasada@... <mailto:ambasada@...>

      Embassy of Serbia and Montenegro
      India
      embscgdelhi@...

      Embassy of Serbia and Montenegro
      Norway
      yu.amb.oslo@...

      Embassy of Serbia and Montenegro
      Finland
      info.ambascghki@...
      ambascghki@...

      Embassy of Serbia and Montenegro
      Bulgaria
      ambasada-scg-sofija@...
      embassyscgsofia@...

      Embassy of Serbia and Montenegro
      Croatia
      ambasada@... <mailto:ambasada@...>






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