The Green Animal Welfare Forum and the RespekTiere association from Salburg (Austria) demonstrated against the unbearable animal rights situation in the Balkan state in front of the Serbian embassy in Vienna.
Animal rights and animal welfare are not part of the Serbian government’s agenda.
The policy of the Balkan state is attested to inactivity in animal welfare.
Dogs, cats, etc. are being hawked and are condemned to a dreary, unlawful life that is at the mercy of any human arbitrariness.
Like domestic animals, wild animals in private zoos, large and small, are condemned to all the agonies of pathetic animal husbandry.
“It’s great that Serbia wants to join the European Union.
Now is the perfect opportunity to prove that this country is ready for real change, “explains Cosma Stöger, chairwoman and spokeswoman for the Green Animal Welfare Forum, a network organization of Green Vienna, on the sidelines of the demo.
She adds: “I was allowed to accompany ‘RespekTiere’ to Serbia last year to get a picture of the situation.
What I saw there was at times indescribably shocking.”
“RespekTiere” Association has now* written a letter to the Serbian government in the Serbian language that supporters can send to Belgrade!
Serbia, the II. – concrete cases! Letter to the President, NOW !!
Now, after several protests in front of the embassy or consulate of Serbia, let’s move on to the next stage of the campaign!
We have drawn up a friendly but specific letter which is to be addressed to the decisive points; to the embassies in our countries, to the President of Serbia, to the Prime Minister and to the veterinary authority!
Please help everyone, from now on every vote counts!
Here is the letter to copy, please send it in the Serbian version!
Ladies and gentlemen!
Have a wonderful, good day!
I would like to ask you to finally give animal welfare a higher priority in your country!
The reward is certain: for people will know how to appreciate any such effort! Animal welfare is a major concern of the population – don’t look the other way and take action!
As a candidate for accession to the European Union, it must be high time to introduce the corresponding reforms.
Take the appropriate steps and you can be sure of applause from all sides!
If you do not do it, the protests against Serbia’s accession to the EU will not subside.
There is no excuse for cruelty to animals, you will surely agree! Stop Cruelty to Animals Now !!!
with best regards
Please put your letter in your own words or copy the template (wording as above):
Poštovane dame i gospodo!
Želim Vam prelepi dan!
Ovom prilikom bih želela da Vas zamolim da pružite svoju pomoć, da bi zaštita životinja u Vašoj zemlji konačno dobila veći značaj. Nagrada za to je izvesna: drugi ljudi će znati da cene svaki takav trud! Zaštita životinja je važno pitanje za stanovništvo – nemojte skretati pogled, nego budite aktivni! Za državu koja je candidate za pristupanje Evropskoj uniji sada je krajnje vreme da se pokrenu odgovarajuće reforme. Napravite odgovarajuće korake i biće Vam osiguran aplauz sa svih strana! Ako to ne učinite, protesti protiv pristupanja Srbije Evropskoj uniji neće utihnuti. Ne postoji opravdanje za mučenje životinja – sigurno ćete se složiti s time! Zaustavite mučenje životinja – zaustavite ga odmah !!!
Sa srdačnim pozdravom
Please write today !!! ** The animals have no voice, they need us !!!
Serbian Embassy in Vienna: firstname.lastname@example.org
Serbian Embassy in Berlin: email@example.com
Serbian Embassy in Bern: firstname.lastname@example.org
President Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic:
Prime Minister Serbia, Ana Brnabić: email@example.com
Ministry of Veterinary Affairs (Uprava za veterinu, v.d. direktora: Emina Milakara) e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
P.S: (Incidentally, this “now *” means a while ago, exactly two years. But the letter remains as a good letter to those responsible and can be sent at any time. The same applies to the “today !!! **”)
And I mean…The street dogs in Serbia (perhaps with the weak exception of Belgrade) are among the poorest of the poor: the city does not take care of them or catch them, the residents complain about the strays, they are run over or mistreated in rows.
The status of four-legged friends in Serbia is rather low in terms of legislation.
The urban dog catchers, who continue to go about their “business” despite the Corona crisis, collect stray dogs and bring them to the urban institutions, a practical hell for animals.
All measures that endanger the life of the stray animals are actually illegal, because the stray problem was created by humans.
But there is also one thing to keep in mind: it’s not that people don’t like dogs, it’s that they are scared of them. In a country like Serbia, problems with dogs quickly become political problems.
Fear is deliberately stoked in the population in order to justify government actions.
It is very likely that the catastrophic situation with the stray in Serbia will be interpreted as a reason to refuse the country entry into the EU.
For the Serbian government it is still a national disgrace, which became known thanks to the massive protests across Europe, and is considered a grave disgrace for a country that has been standing at the EU door for a long time and begging to come in.
My best regards to all, Venus