BOSNIA! IMPLEMENT HUMANE STRAY-DOG AND CAT POPULATION CONTROL AND TREATMENT
PLEASE GO TO THE FOLLOWING POST: A CRY FOR HELP: WHY IT’S CRITICAL THE BiH ANIMAL WELFARE LAW IS NOT CHANGED
THIS POST HAS THE FULL DOCUMENTARY 'KINOFIL' WHICH WILL EXPLAIN WHAT THE ACTIVISTS IN BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA HAVE TO DEAL WITH AND WHY THEY NEED OUR SUPPORT, AND ALSO WHY IT'S CRITICAL WE CONTINUE TO LOBBY FOR THE ANIMAL WELFARE LAW TO BE IMPLEMENTED AND NOT GIVEN 'AMENDMENTS'. Thank you!
Animal abuse is rife in Bosnia Herzegovina and the problem of companion animal, particularly dog overpopulation has become a problem of epidemic proportions; there are no humane animal control programs in place and the corruption occurring at management level in many public dog 'shelters' means that shelters are part of the problem, with dogs left to starve or being "euthanised" by injections of bleach or clubbing. The general populace of this country views stray dogs and cats as nothing more than a vermin to be exterminated – or worse.
It is critical that the government of Bosnia Herzegovina immediately implement a mandatory spay neuter program for strays (catch-neuter-return) and also for owned pets; mandatory microchipping; prosecution of animal abusers and corruption in shelter management and education of the populace in the importance of humane treatment of all animals. The link between animal abuse and crimes against people has been documented for decades and needs to be understood by the government and people of Bosnia Herzegovina. Please read the petition letter for the full story!
For more information:
In Memory of Vucko - Blog raising awareness and funds to stop animal suffering in Sarajevo and Bosnia-Herzegovina
Particularly relevant pages from In Memory of Vucko:
Care2 Petition: Demand Investigation into Horror Shelter in Hresa, Bosnia
Thinktank Policy Brief on the issue of animal welfare in Bosnia Herzegovina November 2012 (PDF)
Making the Link - A study to identify psychological effects of children regularly exposed to uncontrolled community animal abuse and evaluation of efficacy of interventions.
Occupy For Animals
Occupy for Animals - Petitions to the European Union
"Recognizing that man has a moral obligation to respect all living creatures and bearing in mind that pet animals have a special relationship with man"
- European Convention for the Protection of Pet Animals, Strasbourg, 13.XI.1987
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