Aftermath of the Pope’s visit: Police Harassment of Bosnian Activists

11427844_10205652039893911_195948490_nBy Dalida Kozlic, lawyer and activist in BiH

While a team of the illegal dog catching service was catching dogs in the centre of Sarajevo in preparation for Pope Francis’s arrival (see: Pope’s Visit to Sarajevo Means Death for Dogs) an incident occurred at the veterinary station of Novi Grad Reljevo. A handful of activists were trying to save stray dogs who had been caught by the dog catchers. While they were trying to find out what had happened with the dogs, the activists were attacked by the dog catchers. Both sides were injured, the activists acting in self-defence. The dog catchers are attempting to turn this incident into a judicial and media spectacle, using a falsely presented incident to turn focus away from their criminal activities.

There is enough evidence to prove the activists are innocent and that they were injured by the dog catchers, but they are being harassed by the police every day. In addition, political pressure is being placed on the Prosecutor’s office to send an official request to the court to make an order for the activists to be taken into custody.

Thanks to Damir Alagic, one of the best Bosnian defence attorneys, activists have not been taken into custody, but the police has continued to harass activists and it is certain there will be a politically motivated court procedure against them. Damir Alagic has already filled criminal reports against the dog catchers, in addition to filing complaints regarding forged media reports and harassment of activists by both police and the media.

The activists need our help: if you can help with legal costs which currently amount to 1330 thanks to 170 euros already donated, please donate via Paypal to donations@awabosnia.org and mark “legal costs”.

This case has serious implications for animal welfare in Bosnia. We need to support the activists, a case against them is a case against ALL activists and animal welfare advocates in the country and indeed, against the hundreds of thousands of dogs and cats who need their help.


Please read related articles/blogs on this site for more information:

Three Dogs Saved – But Does the Pope Care?
Pope’s Visit to Sarajevo Means Death for Dogs

Sarajevo Demonstrations Against Illegal Dog Catchers
Former Military Base in Sarajevo involved in dog killing?
“DOG-CATCHERS” OF SARAJEVO CAUGHT IN ACTION!
AUTHORISED SLAUGHTER OF DOGS IN SARAJEVO
2014: What is happening to the strays of Bosnia Herzegovina?
Animal Advocates Assaulted in Sarajevo
Bosnia: Let’s Respect Animals and their Right to Life
Veterinary Office of Bosnia: is it possible to solve the problem of stray dogs?
The “Aggressive” Dogs of Sarajevo
The Campaign Begins With a Slaughter: You will kill the dogs, but what will you do with the beasts?
Stray Dogs of Sarajevo to be Killed in Election Ploy
Stop the Killing of Strays in Sarajevo
Bosnia: Sarajevo set to become the next Bucharest
BOSNIA: kill and slaughter until the dog is no more…
Bosnia Killing Dogs – No Different to Romania!
ANTI KILL-LAW FIGHT – NOW WHAT?

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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.

Three Dogs Saved – But Does the Pope Care?

Thanks to the power of social media, our previous blog “Pope’s Visit to Sarajevo Means Death for Dogs” has been viewed over 2000 times. Thanks also to the power of social media, the fundraiser posted on that blog for “Caki” Bravo has nearly reached its goal. Caki is one of the rescuers involved in desperately trying to save dogs from the dog catchers who were removing dogs in preparation for the Pope’s visit yesterday.

Caki was out on the streets yesterday, along with Edina Pasic of Andjeo Sarajevo and others, trying to save dogs who they have fed for years.

Three dogs that we know of were saved…
11303720_10203933221431649_1483654689_nThis elderly female dog above was always with a friendly male dog in the area. Sadly people saw dog catchers taking him and so she was the only one in the area that was left. She was rescued and taken to safety.
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This is survivor number two .. a lovely female dog who would make a perfect pet, but never rescued since there was always another dog in greater need who was injured or suffering. She appeared late at  night after the killing started, she was shaken and scared.

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And this is the third dog, a skinny, lonely big male that was the only survivor of his pack it seems. He is screaming to be a target of the dog catchers because of his size. He is friendly but we think he was smart enough to fear those men. Really lovely calm big male…

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All three dogs are now under Edina Pasic’s name in pension. She desperately needs help to keep them safe until we can find forever homes for them.

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Dalida Kozlic, a young, unemployed lawyer who is instrumental in the fact that Bosnia even has an animal welfare law, has been adcloseupvising the rescuers on what to do about these illegal activities. We’ve helped Caki, now we need to help Dalida and Edina. Between them they have nearly 200 dogs they have rescued from the streets, dogs who would have been killed or worse. Bosnia has been documented to have one of the highest records of animal abuse in the world. Dalida has been making enquiries to find out if the dog from the awful picture to the right is still alive and if so, if it can be rescued:

If you can’t donate, can you share? This is Dalida’s YouCaring:
Screen Shot 2015-06-07 at 13.01.12This is Edina’s YouCaring:
Screen Shot 2015-06-07 at 13.02.32If you prefer to donate directly via Paypal, you can donate as per the instructions at the bottom of this page, just be sure to mark which rescuer you would like your donation to go to.

Does the Pope even know what happened in his ‘honour’? We don’t know. We very much doubt he was informed of the hundreds or thousands of messages sent to his twitter feed and via e-mails sent to the Vatican (unfortunately most of the e-mail addresses we found don’t seem to be working).

But we are sure he would be horrified. Don’t forget Pope Francis blessed a service dog of a visually impaired journalist and had a homeless dog attend his birthday:

Please keep up your posts to the Pope’s twitter feed. Please keep sharing this blog. Please keep helping the rescuers struggling so hard on the ground in Bosnia. Perhaps word will somehow get to His Holiness and a real difference can be made, not just to a terrifyingly small number of strays….. for this sweet dog’s sake, please let us all try to make a difference….

And if you can offer a home to one of these dogs, please contact us at info@awabosnia.org

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Please read related articles/blogs on this site for more information:

Pope’s Visit to Sarajevo Means Death for Dogs
Sarajevo Demonstrations Against Illegal Dog Catchers
Former Military Base in Sarajevo involved in dog killing?
“DOG-CATCHERS” OF SARAJEVO CAUGHT IN ACTION!
AUTHORISED SLAUGHTER OF DOGS IN SARAJEVO
2014: What is happening to the strays of Bosnia Herzegovina?
Animal Advocates Assaulted in Sarajevo
Bosnia: Let’s Respect Animals and their Right to Life
Veterinary Office of Bosnia: is it possible to solve the problem of stray dogs?
The “Aggressive” Dogs of Sarajevo
The Campaign Begins With a Slaughter: You will kill the dogs, but what will you do with the beasts?
Stray Dogs of Sarajevo to be Killed in Election Ploy
Stop the Killing of Strays in Sarajevo
Bosnia: Sarajevo set to become the next Bucharest
BOSNIA: kill and slaughter until the dog is no more…
Bosnia Killing Dogs – No Different to Romania!
ANTI KILL-LAW FIGHT – NOW WHAT?

_____________________________________________

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.

paypal_banner

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.

______________________________________________

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.

Pope’s Visit to Sarajevo Means Death for Dogs

Screen Shot 2015-06-05 at 17.04.04JUNE 7 UPDATE HERE: Three Dogs Saved – But Does the Pope Care?

June 5:
The notorious “dog catchers” of Sarajevo have been systematically ‘cleaning’ the stray dogs from the streets of the city in preparation for Pope Francis’s visit tomorrow. Many of the strays are dogs that our rescuers have cared for and fed for months, if not years.

Activists were able to photograph the dog catchers in action: 11423944_10205652040373923_1459042788_n11330509_10205652040173918_1540326357_n11427844_10205652039893911_195948490_nDuring his one-day visit, Pope Francis will meet with the Bosnian bishops, members of the presidency and the representatives of other religious communities in the country. The visit is likely to bring large number of Catholics to the Bosnia’s capital, some estimating that around 100,000 people will come from the neighbouring countries. Preparations for the visit have already begun, and they will include not only religious, political and ceremonial, but also substantial security arrangements.” And… killing dogs.

Pope Francis adopted his papal name in honour of the patron saint of animals, St. Francis of Assisi, and recently sparked an animal rights debate when he said “One day, we will see our animals again in the eternity of Christ… Paradise is open to all of God’s creatures.

In March 2013 Pope Francis “…blessed a golden Lab, the service dog of a visually impaired Italian journalist. Last December, on his 77th birthday, he invited four homeless men and one homeless dog to his birthday breakfast at the Vatican.”

We are certain that the Pope would be appalled and horrified at what is happening in Sarajevo in HIS honour, and indeed at what is happening to animals in the country of Bosnia Herzegovina in general. You know what this is, you only need to scroll through these blogs. closeupRescuers and advocates are out on the streets doing whatever they can to save dogs. You can help them by donating to keep their rescues save in pension until they find forever homes for them. One such rescuer is Caki Bravo, who was instrumental in helping animals during the awful flooding of last year. You can help Caki by going here: https://www.youcaring.com/CakiBravoRescues

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We are begging for a call to action:

The Pope has a twitter account: please tweet to the account asking him to tell the Bosnian authorities to STOP removing the dogs from the streets: https://twitter.com/pontifex

Also you can contact the Vatican’s press office at av@pccs.va – and a list of Vatican email addresses is here: http://www.vaticanhistory.de/vat/html/vatikan_e-mail-adressen.html Please send emails, and feel free to use any photographs from this blog to send to them.

You can also copy and paste this list of email addresses into one email: cultdiv@ccdds.va, vati335@csaints.va, cepsegretaria@evangel.va, vati059@ccscrlife.va,  pcjustpax@justpeace.va, corunum@corunum.va, office@migrants.va, cultura@cultr.va, pccs@vatican.va, pcomm.arch@arcsacra.va, eucharistcongress@org.va, asv@asv.va, academy.sciences@acdscience.va, scavi@fsp.va, ornet@ossrom.va, tipvat@tipografia.va, lev@publish.va, sedoc@vatiradio.va, ctv@ctv.va, accreditamenti@pressva.va, vis@pressva-vis.va

JUNE 7 UPDATE HERE: Three Dogs Saved – But Does the Pope Care?
JUNE 11 UPDATE HERE: Aftermath of the Pope’s visit: Police Harassment of Bosnian Activists
13425_10206975866062246_592115921099283898_n Please read related articles/blogs on this site for more information:

Sarajevo Demonstrations Against Illegal Dog Catchers
Former Military Base in Sarajevo involved in dog killing?
“DOG-CATCHERS” OF SARAJEVO CAUGHT IN ACTION!
AUTHORISED SLAUGHTER OF DOGS IN SARAJEVO
2014: What is happening to the strays of Bosnia Herzegovina?
Animal Advocates Assaulted in Sarajevo
Bosnia: Let’s Respect Animals and their Right to Life
Veterinary Office of Bosnia: is it possible to solve the problem of stray dogs?
The “Aggressive” Dogs of Sarajevo
The Campaign Begins With a Slaughter: You will kill the dogs, but what will you do with the beasts?
Stray Dogs of Sarajevo to be Killed in Election Ploy
Stop the Killing of Strays in Sarajevo
Bosnia: Sarajevo set to become the next Bucharest
BOSNIA: kill and slaughter until the dog is no more…
Bosnia Killing Dogs – No Different to Romania!
ANTI KILL-LAW FIGHT – NOW WHAT?

_____________________________________________

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.

paypal_banner

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.

______________________________________________

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.