Stop the cruel slaughter of stray dogs in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • Petitioned Suad Zeljković

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Prime Minister of Sarajevo Canton
Suad Zeljković

Stop the cruel slaughter of stray dogs in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina

    1. Annie Štambuk
    2. Petition by

      Annie Štambuk

      Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

I live in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. A city that has not yet recovered from the war in the 90s, can barely take care of it's peope, let alone stray dogs. So our goverment is once again taking an easy way out: the reopening of the Sarajevo Pound, whose sole purpose is to torture and kill strays. An institution that has killed millions of strays in the crulest ways ( with axes, iron bars, electrocution and starvation) cannot be reopened. It is our obligation to prevent the vicious slaughter of innocent stray dogs.

In my life I've never been bitten by a stray dog, and neither has anyone who's treated them nicely. Most of the strays are frightened, starved and sick. They need to be put in shelters where they will be given proper medical care, food, love and warmth. They are not to be put in an unhygenic enviroment, where they will face even more starvation and torture, and where they will eventually be butchered with axes or beaten to death.

These strays face enough problems already. Last year in February a group of hunters collected some dogs from the town square, took them to the woods, shot them and threw them in a mine field. A couple of years ago, a dog was raped with an umbrella and some kids put a fire cracker in another dogs mouth and let it explode. Needless to say, he didn't survive. As you can see, the situation is already awful as it is, and the last thing these dogs need is more torture. I urge all of you who are kind-hearted and care for the well-being of animals to sign this petition and and signal boost it. With enough signatures I will contact the local association for animal wellfare, and we will deliver this to the Goverment of Sarajevo Canton. Hopefully, we will be successful.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 9,000 signatures
    2. Awful news

      Annie Štambuk
      Petition Organizer

      Unfortunately, we failed. The bill has passed and it will now be legal to kill strays after 15 days spent in shelters if no one adopts them. Once again, the dogs will suffer, and there is little we can do about it. The shelters are not well equipped (not enough food, cement cells, no heating during the winter etc), so things will only get worse for them. I do not think that the dogs should remain on the streets, but right now, it seems like a better option. On the streets, somebody may feed them whereas in the so called shelters, they will be starved and then killed in awful ways. There is little to nothing we can do. I hope the kindhearted people will stand against this and start rioting. What you can do is send letters to those that are responsible for this, especially Nermina Zaimović-Uzunović, the person who proposed changes in the law. She has stated that the best solution to this problem is ruthless killing. Here is her e-mail:

    3. Reached 8,000 signatures
    4. People that you can contact

      Annie Štambuk
      Petition Organizer

      Prime minister of the Canton, Suad Zeljković
      Lagumdžija Dr Zlatko, President of the Social Democratic Party of BiH
      Milorad Živković, Ph.D, First Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives
      Sulejman Tihić, Second Deputy Speaker of the House of Peoples of the Parliamentary Assembly of BH
      Dr. Valentin Inzko, The High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina

      I want to thank all of you who signed this petition from the bottom of my heart. These people listed above have the power to change the current state in our country, but refuse. I hope at least some of you will contact them and tell them what you think about this brutal behavior. If we still fail, there is one last thing you can do: stop using Bosnia as a tourist destination, and boycott it in every possible way!

      Vlada Kantona Sarajevo

      Aktuelni izvještaj o napretku Bosne i Hercegovine te Strategija proširenja Evropske Unije za 2014. godinu teme su o kojima se jučer raspravljalo na redovnom sastanku Odbora regija EU - radne grupe za Zapadni Balkan, a u čijem je radu učestvovao i predstavnik Kantona Sarajevo u Briselu Dino Elezović.

    5. Not so good news

      Annie Štambuk
      Petition Organizer

      Unfortunately, we were unsuccsessful. Changes in the law on animal protection and welfare have been proposed, and many have already agreed on them. These alterations, if accepted, will allow the euthanasia of stray dogs after 15 days spent in shelters. As i previously stated, this is a very poor country that can't afford humane euthanasia, so these dogs will be tortured, starved to death etc. We will know the final result by the end of November. Even if the bill doesn't pass, things can only get worse for dogs. The government refuses to build a proper shelter or to organise a spay-neuter program, so these dogs will remain on the street. This is a very primitive country and most of it's people will stop at nothing to get rid of stray dogs. Even now, people are torturing and killing strays, and they can hardly be stopped. They are abusing them and some have also started setting dogs on fire. If you want to do something about this, in another update I will list people that you can contact

    6. Reached 7,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Almina Sehic CHICAGO, IL
      • 4 months ago

      Too sad to pass

      • 5 months ago

      This is totally unexceptable please put an end to killing the stray dogs in sarajevo

    • Diana Mutimer GIRVAN, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 5 months ago

      Spay and neuter is the only humane way to reduce numbers of strays

    • Njanja Topic MCLEAN, VA
      • 5 months ago

      I love sarajevo. I'm from there, and whenever I visit I see stray dogs and i want to help them so badly but I can't just take all of them home.

    • Doris Volmar BAESWEILER, IA
      • 5 months ago



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