1463667_10202885835649707_421322744_nThe Association of Animal Welfare Organizations and many activists (and their dogs!) from all over Bosnia Herzegovina organised protests today, Sunday, 15th December, in front of the building of Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia & Herzegovina. Some activists from Serbia and Croatia also joined the protest.


Official public media reports state that 200 people attended the protests, other media report that there were 300 people. (PLEASE NOTE: see this post regarding these reports. There were in fact thousands, not hundreds of protesters.)

We also heard that during the protest a car that was passing by stopped and people threw out a German Shepherd.. it was taken to dog pension by activists…


Local news reports (in Serbo-Croatian):

Hundreds of citizens protest in Sarajevo against the euthanasia of dogs
Several hundred citizens of the protests said: Stop euthanasia of dogs!
Sarajevo: “The solution to the problem – yes, kill dogs – NO” 


I know it seems like not much has been ‘happening’ regarding the amendments — but the activists in BiH have been working very hard to do everything they can, with media reports, TV interviews/forums etc and the protest march today.

jelenaPINKTVFor example a few days ago there was a TV forum on PINK TV all about the amendments and why the existing law was not implemented – all guests were activists or veterinarians.  State veterinary inspector Inga Dujmovic was there, Snezana Vidovic an actress from Zenica, the leader of SAPA Animal welfare organisation, Aida Cizmic from Prijatelji Mostar association was a guest as well, and activist Jelena Paunović attended.

Representatives of the pro-kill law group UGRIZ (Stop bite – Stop ugrizu – and on FB and the MP Nermina Zaimovic Uzunovic (original proposer of the amendments ) did not want to come to the debate because they claimed that the TV station has had biased approach in favor of activists from the very start that the show was ordered and paid for by activists.

Also, Dalida Kozlic, lawyer and activist, was a guest in a TV show, “Answer to people” – a live TV show on Federation of BiH TV. Other guests were MP Nermina Zaimovic Uzunovic, Adnan Omerdic (from Stop bite – Stop ugrizu), Nihad Fejzic (dean of Veterinary faculty in Sarajevo), Semir Efendic (a mayor of Novi Grad where illegal hygienic service kills stray dogs) and Slavo Jovicic (SNSD) who is against the amendments. We hope to have a copy of this with translated subtitles soon.

1476268_10202885870730584_705765481_nWhat we can do, once again, is to continue to help with financial support. The activists need our support with donations to help them continue to campaign. Even if the law goes through, there is much they can do: all shelters need to be closely monitored to try to ensure that any ‘euthanisation’ as required by these proposed amendments is humane and that all other aspects of the Animal Welfare Law are implemented. Any amount will help, no matter how small.

You can donate as per the instructions below via Paypal to (mark for ‘advocacy’) or there is a YouCaring fundraiser especially for this: in BiH are doing their best to campaign against these amendments and to educate everyone in their country to the truth of what is happening.

U Sarajevu psi dnevno napadnu četiri čovjeka: Održani protestWE HAVE THE RIGHT TO LIFE

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Funds are needed not only to help individual rescues and to help us keep safe the rescued dogs we are sponsoring but also to continue our advocacy work in Bosnia, uncovering the truth about what is happening there.

On our sister site, Animal Welfare Advocates for Bosnia, you can set up a monthly donation via PayPal, or if you want to make a one-off donation, please go to your PayPal account (or set one up, it’s very easy) and send the money to: . Click on the image below to be taken to PayPal’s home page.


Or if you want to use the customised PayPal form, click the link below. However, a transaction fee and a percentage (2- 5.4%) will be deducted by PayPal for any contribution made.

If you want your contribution to go to a specific dog or cause, please make a note in the PayPal comment box. If you wish to contribute via bank transfer or have other difficulties or questions, please go here.


This site is dedicated to Vučko. Read his story and don’t let him have suffered and died in vain. Please help the stray dogs and cats in Bosnia-Herzegovina. The situation there is utterly dire, Vučko is but one amongst many horrifically abused animals. Go here to find out how to help them.  Money is needed for food, medicine and foster housing. Even just one dollar or one euro will help.


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