Dogs Poisoned in Donji Vakuf, Bosnia

Screen Shot 2015-03-10 at 16.50.33As reported widely on online media portals, citizens of Donji Vakuf in Bosnia have poisoned a large number of stray dogs in the last few days, actively violating the Animal Protection and Welfare law of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the worst possible way. The law unequivocally prohibits indiscriminate killing of abandoned animals and prescribes punishment for abandoning and torturing abandoned animals. The Criminal Code of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, specifically Article 318, defines torture and killing of animals as a criminal offense that carries a prison sentence of up to one year.

The perpetrator(s) of this crime are currently unknown. We have been told: “The local residents are systematically poisoning the dogs using various means that range from mixing crushed glass with their food, to using Demestos and various other toxins. Everyone is aware of what is happening and they are all keeping quiet.”

A video was taken of this dog during its last moments, after being poisoned (we do not know why the dog was not immediately taken to a vet):

 

The dogs were poisoned on city streets, in the doorways of buildings, in the city parks. The Veterinary Station of Donji Vakuf has confirmed that poison was used to kill the dogs, given the symptoms. The veterinary station stated that half the dogs killed had been sterilised in the local campaign.

11009843_946939138713871_2155767341383437387_nIn this way, the perpetrator of this crime by poisoning dogs has broken the intentions of our institution and the Municipality of Donji Vakuf that control of the dog population is implemented through sterilization,” stated Addis Ždralović, Director of the Veterinary Station Donji Vakuf. This information has been confirmed by the authorities in the municipality of Donji Vakuf.

The first case of poisoned dogs was recorded on Sunday, March 01, just two days after Radio Donji Vakuf published information neutering of dogs in Donji 10431534_946938858713899_8596105584268860455_nVakuf had begun, in cooperation with the Veterinary Station and Mayor of Donji Vakuf.  We have also been notified that an owned dog was poisoned and died.

Residents have used this brutal and unlawful method to tackle a problem that will have consequences on the consciousness of younger generations, sending a message that breaking the law goes unpunished and that it is acceptable to torture and kill animals. The silence of the inspectors, veterinarians, and police, who do nothing to investigate these atrocities and punish the perpetrators is shocking.

In Bosnia and Herzegovina torture and killing animals is a common occurrence. In adults the offence is punishable by fine or imprisonment, however the arrest and prosecution of perpetrators of such crimes very rarely occur.

You will find links to other reports of such crimes at the end of this blog.

FOUR THINGS YOU CAN DO TO HELP:

cuko otrovan1. Please send emails and faxes to the officials involved in the Donji Vakuf municipality, letting them know you are aware of what is happening and that it contravenes the laws of the country. Please ask them to ensure this incident does not discourage further sterilisation programs, that they must  engage the support of the local police and media in implementing these programs. Please ask them to investigate this crime and to ensure that the populace are informed about the animal welfare laws of the country and the humane procedures that can be successfully enforced to ensure control of stray dog populations, and that in fact killing animals is not a solution, on the contrary, the problem is further complicated because animals migrate and the territory of the killed dogs becomes occupied by other, less socialized individuals.

Huso Sušić, Mayor of Donji Vakuf
Email: huso.susic@donji-vakuf.ba
Fax: Fax: + 387 30 / 509-615

Municipality of Donji Vakuf 
Email: opcinadv@bih.net.ba
Fax: + 387 30 / 509-615

Nedžad Karahodžić  (Komandir/Zapovjednik – police inspector) 
Policijska stanica Donji Vakuf
Telephone-fax copy + 387 30-205-550
Emails: mupsbk@bih.net.ba
glasnogovornik@muptravnik.com.ba
administracija@muptravnik.com.ba

Zvonko Mandić
Inspectorate: Odsjek inspekcije Bugojno
Fax +387 30 251 051
E-mail: sbkprivreda@bih.net.ba

Ivica Sivonjić – Assistant Chief, Travnic Municipality:
Phone and fax: + 387 (o) 30 511 791/ (0) 30 511 277 ext 214
E-mail address: ivica.sivonjic@opcinatravnik.com.ba

You may use the following letter as a draft. Please personalise the letter, addressing the person you are sending it to, and signing it with your name:

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Dear

We are aware of the recent illegal poisoning and killing of dogs in Donji Vakuf. We understand that citizens have even killed dogs who are already sterilised under a publicly funded campaign.  We ask that you ensure the perpetrators of this vile act are brought to justice, and that the citizens of your municipality are educated regarding the effective and legal method of curbing the stray dog population: TNR (trap, neuter, release). We ask you to ensure the government authorities, the police, the local media and the veterinary inspectorate work together in implementing the BiH animal welfare laws and continue to implement sterilisation of stray dogs. Dog shelters are not the solution, as is evidenced throughout Bosnia Herzegovina whereby these ‘shelters’ become worse than concentration camps for dogs and are used to launder public money.

The animal welfare laws of Bosnia Herzegovina are good, applicable laws but the issue of the failure of the BiH authorities to apply even the barest minimum of the law to ensure the safety of the animals must be immediately addressed. We are sure you are aware of the numerous studies showing that those who are cruel to animals are likely to commit crimes against people. Furthermore, if you do not bring the perpetrators to justice, you send a message to the younger generations that breaking the law goes unpunished and that it is acceptable to torture and kill animals.

We urge you to implement internationally agreed-upon guiding principles on humane stray dog population control and management and allocate resources to ensure such principles are followed in an ongoing and systematic manner, which is the only viable solution to curbing stray dog and cat populations.

Yours,

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2. Email your Embassy in Bosnia-Herzegovina, asking them to work with the Bosnian authorities to ensure that the animal welfare laws of the country are enforced, that the citizens are educated in studies showing there is a direct link between animal cruelty and cruelty to humans, and that the most effective means of stray animal population control is through consistently applied sterilisation programs. To find your embassy, go here: http://embassy.goabroad.com/embassies-in/bosnia-and-herzegovina

3. Contact any international animal welfare organisations you know, asking them to send letters as per the instructions above.

4. In order to investigate these contraventions of the Animal Welfare Law, activists need support. If you can assist in funding legal investigations please donate as per the instructions below via Paypal to donations@awabosnia.org, but make sure to mark your donation as ‘VAKUF’. Or you can donate to the YouCaring set up for Dalida Kozlic, animal activist and lawyer.

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News reports (in Bosnian):

AVAZ.BA-  UZNEMIRUJUĆE FOTOGRAFIJE Na ulicama Donjeg Vakufa otrovano 15-tak pasa lutalica!
radiodonjivakuf.com.ba – Do sada je iz grada odveženo 10 otrovanih pasa  
Radiosarajevo.ba – Uznemirujuće fotografije: Otrovani psi na ulicama Donjeg Vakufa
blic-portal.com – GRAĐANI DONJEG VAKUFA UZELI ZAKON U SVOJE RUKE: Uznemirujuće fotografije likvidacije pasa lutalica
TNT.ba – Na ulicama Donjeg Vakufa otrovano 15-tak pasa lutalica!

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DONATIONS

Funds are needed not only to help individual rescues but also to continue our advocacy work in Bosnia Herzegovina, 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: donations@awabosnia.org . Click on the image below to be taken to PayPal’s home page.

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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.

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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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The Silence of Dogs

By Dalida Kozlic L.L.B, lawyer and activist, Breza, BiH

It was a long time ago when people used to love dogs in Bosnia… Dogs as well as other animals have always been victims of an evil system and evil people in Bosnia, but “ordinary” people used to protect them,  used to say that it was wrong to torture and kill animals, they used to cry when they saw injured, tortured and killed animal, they used to cry…

10930860_10204605411408853_7931070278025801026_nNow… Everything is different. I live in one of the most corrupt countries in the world, the country where killers and criminals live normally. People are not afraid of killers, rapers, abusers, robbers, corrupt politicians, doctors, professors. People are only afraid of dogs. Bosnian people have forgotten the war, they have forgotten how it looks and feels to be hungry, thirsty and abandoned. Frustrations are not focused on the people who are responsible for the fact that fifty-percent of our citizens are unemployed, for the fact that old people eat rubbish from containers, that criminals who enjoy living a normal life.

Frustrations instead are focused only on the homeless, hungry, thirsty and tortured animals, and especially on stray dogs. Dogs are considered to be devils in Bosnia. Bosnian people are cowards who are afraid to fight against a corrupt and evil system. Instead of fighting for a normal life, people have chosen to fight against those who do not have homes and who do not have a voice to fight for their own rights or a means to defend themselves.

Bosnia is a country of paradoxes. People and authorities only talk about a united country and how a united country is the most important issue for Bosnian people, but when the Act for the Protection and Welfare of Animals is to be implemented, people and authorities have no interest. People talk about justice, but when they must file a criminal report against offenders who commit the criminal offence of torturing and killing of animals, they do not care if justice is served, and in fact they do not want justice. People are not interested in the fact that animal abusers also kill and torture people.

1689163_10202340886117136_854513720_nAnimal rights activists are also victims. They fight for Bosnian laws, but people say that they are not normal and the police chase them because they want to “protect Bosnian laws.” Another Bosnian paradox!

Do you know how difficult it is to fight against dog catchers? Do you know how difficult it is to watch helpless dogs caught by criminals and fight for their freedom? Do you know how a frightened dog looks like?

Dogs know everything. They know who an evil person is; they know what the real fear is… Every dogs wants a home and a lovely family. What do they have in Bosnia? They have people who feed them and try to save them from dog catchers, and they have fear…

No one knows when the dog catchers will come. In other parts of Bosnia no one knows when evil killers will come with rifles and kill dogs. No one knows who will kill an innocent dog because the news media say that dogs are dangerous. It is illegal, but people do not care… who cares for laws…

1621986_10202204745553707_1638232790_nWhat can we see when “THEY” arrive? We see extreme violence against those who do not have the voice and who do not have any weapon to use to stop their butchery. Butchers use all illegal and notorious methods to catch and kill dogs. Stray animals are victims of torture. Politically eligible persons construct so-called shelters for stray animals, which have the function of concentration camps. The stray animals are tortured and killed in worst possible ways, with methods the medieval Inquisition would be envious of. Animals are beaten, cut, clubbed, raped or tortured in many other horrific ways. Animals do not have water, food, accommodation, they freeze or they are exposed to extremely high temperatures. Also, animals are killed with wires, glass shreds, poison and also firearms. It is illegal and represents a series of violations of Criminal law as well as Animal Protection and Welfare Act of Bosnia and Herzegovina, but no one cares…

Do you know what we see in eyes of tortured animals? We see fear, pain and suffering, but also we see something that no one can explain. They have look which says, “My world is destroyed”, “I have been betrayed”. There are no words to explain the pain in their eyes. There are no words to explain how tortured dogs behave, how frightened they are, but only tortured animals know what they feel in their souls.

That is Bosnia, a place where helpless animals are victims of collective frustration… a place where dogs are not humans’ best friends… a place where dogs have become enemies of people, a place where is normal to see a river of blood on the street and hear screams of innocent souls…

It was a long time ago when dogs used to be happy with people in Bosnia. Only the silence of dogs has remained in Bosnia.

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URGENT: Dalida Kozlic faces prosecution on 19 March 2015 for enforcing the laws of the country. She will be accused of preventing dog catchers from carrying out the brutal and illegal seizure and slaughter of stray dogs on the streets of Sarajevo. Dalida’s father faces similar charges. they could be fined from €250 up to €2500, even though the law is on their side. Please donate to the YouCaring Fundraiser to help Dalida:
Please support Dalida in endless battle for Bosnian strays! 
Or if you prefer you can help Dalida with a direct donation via Paypal to: eldar.kozlic1@gmail.com

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DONATIONS

Funds are needed to help individual rescues, for spay-neuter projects, for education also to continue advocacy work in Bosnia, uncovering the truth about what is happening there.

Donations are managed by AWABosnia, an independent group of animal advocates. On their website, 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: donations@awabosnia.org. Click on the image below to be taken to PayPal’s home page.

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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 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.

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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. Even just one dollar or one euro will help make a difference.