The republic of Serbia officially filed their candidateship for a membership in the European Union. The population has a lot of faces. The major part consists of Serbian, Hungarian, Romanian, Bulgarian people and Roma.
The official language is Serbian. The majority of the Serbian population are Christians.
Serbia and its Protection of Animals Act
Article 269 of the Serbian criminal code (1.1.2006) says::
§1: Everyone, who agonzies an animal, causes pain to the animals or kills it, like described in this law, has to expect up to 6 months imprisonment.
§2: If someone causes pain or agony to more than just one animal a punishment of imprisonment up to 3 years can be enunciated.Everyone who is cruel or barbarous to a special protected animal (badger or bear), has to expect up to 3 years imprisonment.
Furthermore, article 46 of the Veterinary Law says: :
- Animals have to right to live.
- There is no law, which says that that animals have to be euthanized to solve the problem with the stray dogs.
- Every community has the obligation to care for abandoned dogs and cats.
- Every community has the obligation to finance the supply of the stray dogs, also according to the construction of animal shelters.
- Every community has the obligation to finance sterilization, medical supply and feed for the strays. As an alternative, the country can allocate premiums to volunteers who have, due to their job, contact to cats and dogs.
Daily routine in Serbia
Well, everyone, who is involved in animal protection from abroad, has heard a lot about the outrage against animals in Serbia.
Dogs, which had been striked dead, poisoned, burried alive, letting starved. Thousands were killed or bad injured by cruel capture manners and so on.
The existing Protection of Animals Act is not implemented in the practice. Even in Serbia it is not recognized, that the problem with the stray dogs can only be solved or changed by thinking prophylactical. That means: Decreasing the birth-rate.
At the moment, the Serbian government spends money for illegal killings, although the existing law says, that this money has to be spent for supply, sterilization, vaccination and chipping of the animals:
The “Shinters” (stray control teams) receive 5,000 – 10,000 Dinar for every captured and killed dog. In comparison to this, the costs for sterilization and chipping amount to 3,000 Dinar.
So with the money spent for capturing and killing a dog, 3 female or 5 male dogs could be sterilized or chipped....
After the capturing, done with worst bestiality, the dogs were cooped together in usually extreme narrow rooms, where they were left to their own devices without feed or water.
Because of the fulminating panic, most dogs start to bite. Then the bad hunger comes along. Most of the dogs already die during this “keeping time”. They are finally killed after a few days. Not even painless, no, but also killed in a brutal way, either by neurotoxic substance T61, gas or direct violence, even the Serbian Protection of Animals Act PROHIBITS THIS.
According to declarations of Serbian animal rights activists, about 1.5 million dogs should have been killed in Raca until today. That comes up to 90 % of all dogs, which had been admitted there.
Another rumor is that captured dogs, which had been sterilized and chipped, were deliberately contaminated and then again abandoned to infect as many as possible stray dogs.
The bottom line
Serbia has also a well worked out Protection of Animals Act, which is ignored consequently.
Instead of that, the authorities forbear that commercial organizations are assigned to “care about the problem with the strays”. This means brutal methods for capturing, mistreatment and killing.
There is no reasonable prophylaxis, even there exists a law for it.
Cognizant politicians and authorities ignore their own laws and the suffering of thousands of dogs and cats.
This has to be changed:
- The existing Protection of Animals Act finally has to be implemented practically: The law itself is well worked out, but no one takes it seriously, no politicians, no cognizant mayors and naturally not the inhabitants of Serbia.
- The population has to be illuminated and sensitized that they learn to deal with animals in a more reasonable way. That means that they let chip and sterilize them. There is only one way to reduce the number of Serbian stray dogs long-dated: vaccination, castration and identification of pets.
- Instead of spending so much money for illegal dog-catchers and killing camps, they should spend the money for state-aided castration programs.
- The thought of animal protection should already got across to the students at school, that the future generation awake to their Christian responsibility to our fellow creatures.
- Killings have to be abrogated without the ifs and buts. The infrastructure to the public animal shelters had to be guaranteed. The same with species-appropriate keeping. The mistreatment and abandoning of dogs has to be prosecuted criminally.
Here you can find more pictures about the daily routine in Serbia.
These pictures are, like a lot of other ones, very cruel, but they describe the situation very well – without using words.