Category: Stray Animals

Serbian Investigations – An ‘EU Candidate Country’. Do we Expect This from EU Member States ?


I want to pick up again on some of our (SAV) past work in Serbia; not for any specific reason; just that it fits well into the recent post by Venus which deals with stray animals within the EU -here is the link:   – I have also added some links and video footage at the end of this post.

Firstly, welcome to everyone and anyone who visits the site from around the globe – it is good to see you and I hope you and I hope you find our articles of interest.

Secondly, and very importantly; never judge the way of a nation by the actions of just a few folk that live there. Serbia has some brilliant animal campaigners, and it has been my pleasure over the last 15+ years to work with many of them – people who have my full respect and people that I can call friends. There are some great little private, individual shelters where people are doing everything they can for animals – check out this SAV Facebook site of ours to see what I mean:


I threw together some information about Serbian animal welfare legislation some years back – visit here for more of the same:

Today I want to track back to an issue we dealt with many years ago – that of the welfare of animals on some Serbian farms. Please remember, Serbia is currently a nation which is a ‘Candidate Country’ to join the EU. To become a member state, it will supposedly enforce all the legislation required of it under EU rules. But we know these don’t work anyway, and the EU never enforces its own legislation; as we have proven so many times with animal transport breaches over the years regarding Regulation 1/2005.

So, the (EU) rules say that all farm animals must be kept to certain standards – which is a joke really considering how many times we have helped to expose EU wrong doings in the past:


Going back; we looked into specific farm animal welfare in the past. As part of the CIWF investigation / campaign team in the past; I was able to call on their extensive experience to help me with regard a few things about EU / Serbian farm animal welfare legislation. Phil helped me a lot and contributed to one of the articles I did on SAV.

Have a look at these pictures that we published at the time – taken on a Serbian farm:

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If you are / have been a meat eater in the past; would you want to eat meat that has been raised in this way ? – this is footage that was taken undercover on a Serbian farm a few years back. It is totally non compliant with EU standards; as detailed in the following links:

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Remember, Serbia is now a Candidate Country to become an official EU member state.

We provided our evidence and photographs to the EU Commissioner for Enlargement – Commissioner Hahn; several years ago; as a result, we were ignored; as many animal welfare groups are when they show up the EU for the non enforcement of its own EU standards. We accept that our evidence will be ignored; whilst we hear great words regarding standards coming from EU ‘mouths’.

We also provided photographic evidence of dead pigs which had literally been dumped on the roadside. See the pictures here. Why had they died ?; of what ?; and why were their bodies not disposed of in accordance with proper legislation requirements ? 


Stray animals (Dogs) are a big issue in Serbia as we have recently pointed out. Do farm animal carcasses such as these pigs strewn over the roadside not act as a source of attraction for hungry and desolate stray dogs ? – the whole system fails for animals, whilst at the same time the EU opens its arms to new member states; with the ‘EU Utopia’ prophecy in which there is nothing wrong !


Finally, we also took the issue of Serbian live animal transport to the authorities; who were adamant that sheep exported to Israel for slaughter had not been sent live from Serbia. Some Serbian shelters were also targeted with closure if we carried on with our expose.

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Now you know why we hate live animal exports !


In the end, the Serbian authorities had to come clean and confirm that the sheep had been shipped live from Serbia. And just for the record, all the shelters threatened with closure by the authorities as part of this expose were left to carry on with their excellent work.


Remember – Serbia is a EUROPEAN NATION – we expect better animal welfare standards of it.


Still to come – out expose of Serbian Zoos and the terrible conditions which animals have to endure – fighting to survive daily whilst the authorities ignore meeting their legal requirements to undertake inspections.


Best regards to all;

For the animals – Mark.



Stray animals: abandoned friends


Pro-Brexit supporters burn an EU flag during a UKIP demonstration in central London


In many European countries brutal mass murders are used against the high number of abandoned stray dogs. Through state subsidies and the establishment of killing stations, the killing of dogs has become a lucrative business that has to be stopped as soon as possible!

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For each animal caught, the dog catchers commissioned by the towns receive a certain amount – to earn as much as possible, however beastly any means are right: The stray dogs are pursued and hunted, poisoned and abused, tortured and killed in a cruel manner. Just before major international events, such as the Olympic Games or the World Cup, tens of thousands of dogs are killed to clean up the streets of large cities.


With our petition we demand a ban on legal dog kills in Europe and the financial support of nationwide castrations by the countries.
Killing stations are to be closed and abolished. No stray animals should be killed anymore for an international sports event.
All collected signatures will be submitted to the European Parliament.

Please sign now, because your voice saves the dogs life!

Read the petition letter here >>

Petition Gegen das Töten von Straßenhunden in Europa

My comment: Stray animals were once family members. They were faithful, happy, thankful for giving them a home.
Brainless people, without moral education, without any responsibility for the fate of the weaker ones, have put them on the street.
In Spain every 6 minutes an animal is abandoned on the street.
Then they starve, they suffer.

The accession of many southern European countries to the EU has brought no benefits for the animals.
On the contrary! The introduction of state animal shelters has become a hell for the strays, and these homes in many EU countries are being commercialized and operators are getting money per day and per dog. The more dogs they catch and the less they spend on care, the more lucrative this business is.

In the streets they are poisoned, shot, burned, beaten to death, almost no one cares about the stray animals. In most southern countries, the strays dare not on the road during the day; they wait for the night, they run through the empty street emaciated, sick, injured, hungry and look for a piece of bread in each garbage container.
Only a consistent castration campaign across Europe could get the problem under control, at least so that it does not get bigger.

Many abandoned friends are waiting in the animal shelters.
And they demand nothing more than a little food, a little caring, and loyalty.
There is certainly enough love in the heart of a feeling person for a new friendship.

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My best regards to all, Venus



By Mark:

I want to pick up more about what Venus is saying here. I founded SAV back in 2005 in order to try and help the stray dogs (and cats) of Serbia. As Venus says, For each animal caught, the dog catchers commissioned by the towns receive a certain amount – to earn as much as possible, however beastly any means are right: The stray dogs are pursued and hunted, poisoned and abused, tortured and killed in a cruel manner.

Stray dog abuse in Serbia is rife – and we campaigned about improving the situation for many years. People in government and in the regional municipalities are getting very rich on the back of animal killing – money from central government funds being paid out for every animal killed. We campaigned for the ‘kill’ money to be invested into a campaign of national sterilisation for strays; our efforts were met with ridicule by the (very rich as we are thanks) officials. Killing strays made them money, so killing strays is what they continue to do.

You can check out all the information with regard Serbian strays at – the ‘Did you Know’ pyramids show just how many strays can be produced by a pair of dogs or cats over a series of years. It is mind blowing to realise that so called intelligent people who are at the heart of government and local municipalities put their own financial interests ahead of a national plan to reduce the numbers of stray animals roaming the streets.

Its simple; remember; a sterilised animal will never produce any more young; so why not the national sterilisation campaign in Serbia ? – sadly, officials put their own financial status way above the welfare of animals – the killing machine is what they encourage; and sadly; no sterilisation provides them with an endless supply of dogs and cats to round up and slaughter – getting rich as a result thanks very much.

Here are a few more links to our past work in Serbia. Remember, this is just one nation in Europe where this killing frenzy happens. Until the EU does something; the slaughter of innocents will continue. Very sadly; pigs and chickens make money for nations in international EU trade – stray animals do not. Things need to change.


Regards Mark.


Serbian links to our work for strays in Serbia:


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The ‘Shinters’ – Dog Catchers. Contains some disturbing video footage.

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Illegal activities –

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In the following video link you can see a (Serbian) stray dog which has been sterilised by animal welfare organisations – checked and given treatment for disease and illness; and fitted with a red ear tag to show that it has been sterilised. This means nothing to the authorities, as you can see in the footage; the poor dog is darted ready for collection (and death) by the shinters who can be seen balaclava clad waiting across the street to move in and take the dog. This dog is innocent and has been sterilised; it will produce no more strays. The red tag means nothing to the authorities; their aim – to just kill, kill and kill.


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Serbia - stray dogs drowned and then hund from trees

Above – Dogs drowned and then hung from trees !


Don’t tell me the EU is anything good – it is crap ! – Mark.


Serbia: Cute or What ? – In Need of a Forever Home.

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This little guy is looking for a forever home where it will be safe and loved.

We still run SAV Facebook in addition to the other sites – you can check it out via this link: 

Loads of wonderful animals looking for safe and loving homes – can you help them in any way ? – please visit the site above and see what animals require your help.

Regards Mark. 




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Greece: the dogs of Corfu

Dogs are brutally killed in Corfu! Slain, poisoned or buried alive. There is nothing that “humans” would not be able to do. Nothing but brutal animal cruelty! If they are left helpless, then they may still have a small chance of survival. But in dog shelter is a blood fight for survival. With living conditions that may have been copied from Romania.



Greece: the dogs of Corfu (Video)


My comment: The fight against animal cruelty in Greece has long been necessary – and from the EU side!
And? Nothing was done and will be nothing. Because these abandoned, helpless creatures do not make a profit.
Greece has now reached an incredible level of brutality and fascism against animals.
It is supported by a cowardly, indifferent society, which is largely responsible for the misery of stray animals, but/and also by corrupt and work-shy officials who do not even know the animal welfare law and if so, they ignore it.

The few active animal rights activists have turned their homes into shelters and try day and night to improve this situation. And, as a rule, they are warred, offended and despised by those who are primarily responsible for this misery.
Corfu is otherwise a very beautiful island, but who hears, sees and experiences the animal cruelty around it, can not enjoy a holiday there.

Best regards to all, Venus

India: Latest News from ‘Animal Aid Unlimited’.



Two amazing high school students in Bombay just added hundreds of young people to the Animal Aid family through “Take a Paws,” a sensational fundraiser for Animal Aid Unlimited.


Held in their high school (Bombay International School) Diya Chitrabhanu and Ananyaa Mehra took care of every aspect of this special event from staging performances, selling tickets for 3 weeks prior to the event, and collecting over 2 lakhs (about USD $3000) in donations from students and many other donors.

This money will provide medicine for more than a hundred animals in treatment for wounds and illnesses.

Diya and Ananyaa sold Animal Aid tee-shirts and caps, food and gave everyone who attended not only entertainment but animal protection information and inspiration. Attendees watched singers, dancers and Animal Aid rescue videos, and were moved by Diya and Ananyaa’s powerful vision of a kinder world where animals are protected by all of us.UN LAB Middleware Label: Petition Body Ends


Badly wounded but cheerful older dog, Moti thrived after his rescue

The massive hole near Moti’s ear must have hurt so badly, but his tail wagged when he greeted his rescuers and he was the best little patient ever. He had a very serious maggot wound with dozens of small tunnels bored through his flesh. We removed the maggots, cleaned and dressed the wound, changing his bandages daily for several weeks. We felt that because of his loving nature he thrived on care and attention and this helped him heal especially fast.


Street animal rescue saved darling Moti’s life. Please donate.


Celebrate the Caregivers: Shanta Bai!


Shanta Bai Gameti has been with Animal Aid for six years, cheerfully helping animals by making sure hundreds of blankets and towels are washed and hung out to dry every day so that dogs, and large animals too, can have fluffy and dry bedding. This might sound like a minor task but it is not. Even though we do have a washing machine, it can only take small loads and even those loads have to be thoroughly rinsed clean before loading. So it’s hand and muscle work. We celebrate Shanta Bai today for her enduring high spirits, serving countless animals by keeping them clean and comfy.


We thank you deeply for all you do, are, and inspire for animals.

AAU Indian founders

Founding family Erika, Claire and Jim,

and the whole Animal Aid Unlimited team.

UK: Government Tries New Ban To Stop Dog Meat Being Eaten in UK; But Bureaucrats Stop It for Fear of ‘Offending Cultural Sensitivities In the Far East’ !


WAV Comment:  This was intended to stop any dog meat being eaten by folk when in the UK.  We are not talking a ban in Vietnam or Korea; this is in the UK.  But now scared UK desk pushers have got the jitters that the UK is ‘offending cultural sensitivities in the Far East’ by not allowing dog meat to be eaten here in the UK.  Seems that the UK is not allowed to make laws for the UK for fear of upsetting someone from somewhere else. 

Maybe we will have to introduce bullfighting into the UK very soon for fear of upsetting ‘Spanish Tradition’.  Don’t nations governments make laws for their own nations any more ?

Mr Gove is a good man who tried to stop this – the scared UK pen pushers giving in to animal abuse on cultural grounds once again ! – Pathetic !!

 The Yulin Dog Meat Festival is held annually in China's Guangxi province

A NEW legal ban on eating dogs (in the UK) has been blocked by Justice Ministry bureaucrats for fear of offending cultural sensitivities in the Far East.

Environment ministers have drawn up a new criminal offence in Britain of possessing dog and cat meat.


 Michael Gove ordered the ban in the summer despite dog meat being rarely eaten in the UK

Mr Gove (above) attempted the right thing with a ban IN HIS COUNTRY- the UK.


Former DEFRA Secretary Michael Gove ordered the move in the summer despite the sickening practice being rare in the UK.

Dog groups persuaded him that it would send a powerful message to South East Asian countries where the practice is still rife, matching a similar law passed in the US last year.

But The Sun can reveal that nervous civil servants have stepped in to halt the ground-breaking move.

 A ban on eating dog meat in the UK has been blocked over fears of offending South Asian countries


Campaigning Tory MP Giles Watling was told by the MoJ that one of the reasons it acted was that it would be “culturally insensitive” of the Government to dictate to other nations what they should eat.

Mr Watling told The Sun last night: “Dogs are our companion animals. We do not eat them, and that is a very important message to send to the rest of the world.

“It’s not culturally insensitive because we’re not telling them what to do – we’re just telling them what we do.

 Their meat it is considered both a delicacy and a health tonic in the Far East

“We shouldn’t be worrying about that, so I was surprised that was the MoJ’s objection.”

Justice officials also argued that it would be difficult to enforce the law and the current ban on transporting or exporting dog and cat meat suffices.

Eating dog is already banned in Germany, Austria, Taiwan, South Australia and Hong Kong.

An estimated 30 million dogs a year are slaughtered to be eaten, across China, the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia.

Most are stolen off the street.

 A new legal ban on eating dogs has been blocked by Justice Ministry bureaucrats for fear of offending cultural sensitivities in the Far East

Their meat it is considered both a delicacy and a health tonic.

The World Dog Alliance mounted a campaign in the UK last year for a full ban on any activity relating to the eating of dogs.

A series of MPs back a ban, including former Foreign Office minister Sir Alan Duncan who dubbed it “a disgusting habit”.

A Ministry of Justice spokeswoman said: “We currently have some of the strongest animal welfare laws in the world.

“The government is currently considering whether any changes are needed in this area in the UK and will set out any plans in due course.”