Serbia: Part 2 – The Illegal Killing of Stray Animals by Government and Regional Authorities.

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Please note – The EPAR letters to the OIE are still to be included.  At present they are not included in the text; we have to transfer them onto the system asap.


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From 2005 through the rest of the decade; the issue of Serbian strays; along with my live export investigation work, was a paramount issue. SAV was getting more visitors on a daily basis; and the world was beginning to learn about the attrocities in a European nation named ‘Serbia’. My idea of trying to be a voice for the animals of Serbia; with lots of hard work and input also from Slavica, a Serbian campaigner; was starting to get the message across.    There was no time for ‘wheel watching’ – but there were desks to bang !


Were we crazy ? – probably; Diana; a German girl and friend of mine, joined up also and together we made an effective little team. Language was a big problem, but gradually we got things sorted and with our mutual aim of wanting to help the animals, we moved on.

Fortunately, Diana was a brilliant English speaker and writer; much like Venus; and we discussed methods of promoting the Serbian strays issue. In 2008 we decided that one way to do this was to compile a report and present it to the ‘International Court of Justice for Animal Rights’ – Fondation Franz Weber; located in Montreaux 1, Switzerland.

We compiled a comprehensive report, with many photographs, providing detailed information on how Serbian stray animals were being abused.

We called it ‘The Case for Serbia’s Strays’; and you can see the front page of the report here:


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Please note – both myself and Diana had to give our addresses and contact information; along with lots of other info specific to the report. We still do not want to show this; hence this is why only the front page is shown.


We worked with Slavica also; who made fantastic contributions at a time when she was having major health issues.


In 2009 we also produced a report for 3 EU parliamentarians -Mr Alain Hunchinson MEP; Mr David Hammerstein; and Mr Neil Parish; who were producing a written declaration at the EU on the welfare of pets and stray animals. The declaration called for harsh punishments for abandoning and mutilating both pets and Europe’s stray animals. It was hoped that this proposal of new EU wide legislation would see the EU lading thee way forward in establishing both new and more stringent animal welfare standards for both existing EU member states and also for future accession states, which would include Serbia.


A copy of both the front page of our report to Mr Hutchinson, along with one page from our Summary in the report are given below.

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Sadly for the animals of the EU; and as we have shown many times regarding EU ignorance relating to the transport of live farm animals across the EU, there was no progress or adoption of legislation which would cover better stray animal welfare legislation in all EU member states. It is still the same today, 2020.


These are just 2 of the reasons why we personally hate the EU institution and target their lack of compassion whenever we have the opportunity. We undertake a lot in both time and money to present evidence and information; as do many other European welfare groups; and you simply get shot down by EU legislators who think they are more important than the issue. We all hate the EU and what it does NOT do for the welfare of animals – enough said !


So, now we move on back into 2020 and all the things we have outlined in our recent post


Here are a few videos which show the ‘shinters’ at work catching dogs at various location around Serbia. This is the main issue that is being contested in our other post, as the actions are illegal with existing Serbian animal welfare legislation. It is all outlined in the other post (link above). We also enclose a video of a recent protest (9.2.2020) which took place to protest against all the killings outlined in the other post. It is great to see many people now attending the demos, and getting information about what is happening illegally with the stray dogs. We send our support to all the protesters who have recently started to campaign against the abuse, and we are sure that the public involvement will grow and grow.

Videos still to be downloaded.


Public demonstration link – Serbia:


Shinter teams at work in Serbia:

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There are tons more that we could write here about all this – a book literally of the campaign work; but we simply ask people to look at the SAV Archives which are on the left hand side of the site to read and see more of our past work.

It has not been an easy ride; and many people (including us) have been threatened in different ways for their actions in exposing the wrongdoings within Serbia – for ‘being that voice for the animals’; the very thing I set out to be when SAV was formed back in 2005 –


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There were threats about exposing live animal exports from Serbia; which it constantly denied –

An angry government (which had always denied the exports but who we proved did undertake them) then decided to try and take revenge on campaigners and animals shelters such as those run by Slavica by attempting to close them down. Like the Serbian dogs, it was a kind of ‘kill your critics’ policy by the government; they were angry at being exposed by investigations and they tried therefore to shut up all those involved with the exposes.

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The good news was that they failed. All the shelters who were threatened because of being part of the ‘truth’ team continued to operate, and still do today. As the song by Depeche Mode says; “you can run but you cannot hide” – I think this is the attitude and aim of all animal campaigners; to expose the truth whatever the threats or risks. It is a kind of global animal rights attitude / philosophy brotherhood; and at WAV / SAV we are very happy to play a tiny part in that.



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I personally want to pay tribute to Slavica and all other animal friends in the Balkans region who despite the threats and terrible things they see and hear, have the tenacity to carry on with their so very important work by exposing the truth. Well done all of them !


See also from our site:



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Some you win, some you lose – and as a whole, Serbia remains a loss for us; animals there still suffer terribly through the wrong attitudes of government and authorities; but we hope we have made a bit of a difference and helped campaigners out there to expose and shine a light on the suffering using our sites WAV and SAV. People across the world are now, thankfully aware of the wrongdoings in the Balkans states; and public opposition to the current approaches of governments and authorities there will change given time; which we hope will be sooner rather than later. They have to !

We are proud to be a small cog in the massive wheel of animal liberation and the aim of ending all global animal suffering. The fight goes on, as always !


For Suffering Animals;

Regards Mark


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