Petition Closed

Violence against animals and violence against humans are interconnected and represent a serious threat to civil society.   Evidence is overwhelming. 

Letter to
Mayor of Sarajevo Professor Doctor Alija Behmen
The Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina Chairman of the Council of Ministers of BiH, Dr. Nikola Špirić
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Chairman of the Council of Ministers of BiH, Dr. Nikola Špirić.

I am deeply concerned by the most recent event of animal abuse in Ilidza, Sarajevo, where a group of unidentified perpetrators put a firecracker into the mouth of a stray dog, which exploded and completely destroyed his upper jaw. The dog was found after a couple of days and taken to the vet, where he was euthanized due to excruciating caused by this inoperable wound.

Sadly, this is not an isolated act of violence but the mayhem of ongoing neglect and animal abuse. The signatories of this petition demand strict implementation of the existing Law governing the welfare of animals. It is of major concern to the citizens throughout BiH that the laws are not upheld and that the crimes of animal abuse go unpunished. Such violence keeps spreading with disastrous consequences both to people and to animals. pose a serious threat to the civil society.

Evidence of the connection between violence against animals and violence against humans is overwhelming. A growing body of research has shown that people who abuse animals rarely stop there. According to mental health professionals, animal abuse constitutes aggressive and antisocial behaviour, which is a reliable predictor of violence against people. Abusing an animal out of fun in their youth was the most statistically salient motive for predicting later interpersonal violence as adults. Sources are many, to name just a few:

The Link Between Animal Abuse and Human Violence
A volume of contributions to the 2007 international conference at Oxford (Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics), on the relationship between animal abuse and human violence.
http://www.oxfordanimalethics.com/what-we-do/publication/the-link-between-animal-abuse-and-human-violence/

Childhood Animal Cruelty Methods and Their Link to Adult Interpersonal Violence
Journal of Interpersonal Violence
http://jiv.sagepub.com/content/26/11/2211.abstract

The Effect of Inmates' Self-Reported Childhood and Adolescent Animal Cruelty
International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
http://ijo.sagepub.com/content/52/2/175.abstract

I urge you to take steps that the Law on Animal Welfare introduced in 2009 is applied in this particular case, as well as on all other cases of animal cruelty towards stray dogs and cats.

Thank you for your time
Gordana Sokorac