Horror Behind Closed Doors of Dog Shelter

Behind closed doors of a concentration camp for stray dogs

Praca is a shelter for stray dogs in Bosnia, owned by the private company Murai commerce Ltd. Vogosca. This company is owned by Muriz Alic, a businessman very close to the Bosnian authorities.

The shelter was opened in 2012 despite the fact that it was not built in accordance with the provisions of the Bosnian Act on Protection and Welfare of Animals nor the Ordinance on establishing and conditions that shelters for stray animals must fulfil,

This illegal decision and the contract between the owner of Praca and the prime minister of Canton Sarajevo is the reason the shelter was not in fact built in Sarajevo Canton (a canton is an administrative division).

The problem has always been that dogs are caught in Canton Sarajevo but it is the veterinary inspection of Podrinje Canton  – not Sarajevo – who is authorised to check the dogs.

Also, it was illegal to sign a contract with the owner of Praca without public contract award procedures.

How many dogs have died in Praca, no one knows.

The Act on Protection Act and Welfare of Animals of Bosnia and Herzegovina is a lex specialis (the main legislation) in the field of treating animals in Bosnia and Herzegovina. This law, as well as related by-laws is the main legal framework for all other laws and by-laws that are enacted by the legislative authorities at any level of organization of authority in Bosnia and Herzegovina which regulate the relation, keeping and treatment of animals.

According to provisions these laws every municipality is obliged to establish and finance shelters for stray animals as well as hygienic services, which are obliged to catch and transport stray animals to veterinary stations and shelters.

Two very important ordinances were legislated in 2010: ordinances on establishing shelters and the conditions that shelters for stray animals and hygienic services must fulfil.

Both ordinances provide very strict and humane ways of establishing and maintaining of shelters and hygienic services.

And yet Praca is the biggest horror shelter in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Muriz Alic is one of the politically eligible persons who construct so-called shelters for stray animals. These shelters are in fact concentration camps.  False spay/neuter programs are invoiced for, so too food which the animals never receive. Veterinary examinations and treatment, and the means for euthanasia are invoiced for. In fact animals are abused and killed in these shelters. They do not have water, food or suitable accommodation. They freeze in winter and in summer are exposed to extremely high temperatures.

This poor boy shared a pen with 2 other dogs. Sarajevo rescuer Caki Bravo wrote: “Monsters took them both and killed… blood is in box.. his friends were fighting with killers 😦 they were very friendly dogs… This one was hiding from them I guess and because of that he is not killed.”

While all these atrocities happen, local authorities finance people who own these shelters.

We believe thousands of dogs have been killed or have died of hunger and diseases in Praca since 2012. Preliminary information from an “investigation source” tells us that more than 2 million Euros has been allocated for dogs from the budget of Canton Sarajevo, but this money has never been used for food, veterinary care or improving conditions in the shelter. Money has disappeared into the pockets of the authorities of Canton Sarajevo.

Volunteers and activists have been visiting Praca for years. Donations from people outside of Bosnia and the work of the volunteers is the only source of food, veterinary care and rehoming for dogs in the shelter. But the prime minister of Canton Sarajevo Elmedin Dino Konakovic, the most notorious of all persons in this story, has other plans.

P.C. Veterinary station Ltd. Sarajevo, Veterinary Inspection of Canton Sarajevo and the Veterinary faculty of the University of Sarajevo are conducting a project called “Monitoring of Infectious and Parasitic Diseases of Zoonotic Type of the Population of Stray dogs in Sarajevo“. This project is the instigator of a mass action concerning catching and removal of stray dogs.

The project is valued at 133.000 KM, approximately  68,205.00 Euros. This project provides funding for the euthanasia of 300 dogs, which are assumed to be sick (i.e. without any medical examination). Essentially, in preparing the project, authorities have decided to illegally kill almost all dogs.

According to this project, funds are also provided for 500 dogs to be microchipped, vaccinated and placed in shelters (which are illegal since they do not comply with the laws).  There is no clear information what will be done with a further 200 dogs which the project also provides funds for catching.

According to provisions of the animal welfare laws of Bosnia and Herzegovina, it’s prohibited to kill dogs that can treated and cured by veterinarians. Also, according the provisions, it is strictly prohibited to experiment on stray animals.

In addition, by law, only the Veterinary Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina is obliged to control diseases amongst the population of all animal species in the country and only the Veterinary Office can conduct projects of control, prevention and suppression of such diseases.

The Act for the Protection and Welfare of Animals is the main legislation concerning treatment of animals in Bosnia. Authorities of one canton (administrative division) must implement this law and it is a criminal offence to finance activities that are done in accordance with illegal decisions of lower level authorities.

It is important to emphasise that 68,205.00 Euros is allocated for this one project, a project that is used as a ‘reason’ for the mass removal of stray dogs from the streets of Sarajevo. Hundreds of thousands of Euros are allocated for the hygienic services as well as for shelters – both of which are not running in accordance with the laws –  and these funds will be laundered through these hygienic services and shelters which deal inhumanely with the animals.  These hygienic services and shelters receive funding for food, medications, treatment, and the catching of stray animals, but the animals do not receive any of this.

The official report says that 2000 dogs have arrived in Praca since 2016, yet 200 dogs is the number in the shelter now.

Activists take and re-home as many dogs as it is possible but still it is not known what has happened to more than 1000 dogs from Praca.

On the 4th October World Animal Protection Day activists arrived and brought 500 kg of food to Praca. They found part of kennels covered in blood and dogs had disappeared.

It was confirmed that veterinarians of Cantonal Veterinary Station ltd. of Canton Sarajevo killed the dogs by direct order of the director Almir Dzankovic.

Cantonal Veterinary station Ltd. is essentially a dog slaughter house, so too the public company veterinary station Novi Grad ltd., by Lokom. These veterinary stations are financed by Government of Canton Sarajevo.

When activists found out that dogs had disappeared, they reported the case to the Bosnian Podrinje Proscuteros’s office. The investigation is being conducted.

The quick reaction of activists stopped the plans to kill more dogs in Praca. But dogs are suffering in awful conditions there.

More than 50 activists were in Praca last Sunday. When they arrived, they saw police there. Someone, and that someone surely was the owner of Praca and his coordinator, told the police that they organised an unorthorised demonstration. I explained to the police officer that according to Ordinance of establishing of shelters and conditions that shelters for stray animals must fulfill, everyone is allowed to visit the shelter every day and that the coordinator (Hamdo Alic) had wanted to cause problems because there were so many of us. When we entered into Praca, we saw horror that activists had been seeing for months…

Hamdo Alic threatened the journalist of Zurnal who was recording dead bodies that had been found in the shelter. Hamdo Alic said he had a gun and he would kill all activists.

The activists will not give up. They are preparing amass demonstration on the 11th November. They will need all possible help to organise a high level protest. Media and newspapers are covering this story daily. Activists they need support from embassies and foreign medias.

We are in possession of an official document signed by the main prosecutor of Canton Sarajevo, Dalida Burzic, who stated the following: “…funds that had been allocated for dogs, were stolen without any doubt, and the question remains where dogs have disappeared to…” The number of this case is T 09 KTP 0072282 16 2.

The government of Canton Sarajevo is planning to buy Praca shelter from Muriz Alic and his company. This is illegal since the government of Canton can’t own a public company in another canton. Praca isn’t placed in Canton Sarajevo. This means that the plan is to kill all dogs that are placed in the shelter and it has been confirmed from many sources.

Dalida Kozlic L.L.B, lawyer and activist

Media coverage of the crisis:

Dnevni Avaz article: the truth always finds the way to the public. Thank you to Bajramovic Alen. Interview with Dalida Kozlic concerning the killing of stray dogs in Sarajevo and the criminality and corruption behind the abuse of dogs in public shelters.

Other articles:

http://www.zurnal.info/novost/20724/tri-i-po-miliona-za-masovno-ubijanje-pasa

http://avaz.ba/vijesti/bih/309463/azil-za-napustene-pse-sa-podrucja-ks-u-praci-opcinsko-vijece-najavljuje-aktivisti-traze-zatvaranje-dok-vlasnik-ocekuje-prodaju-azila

https://ba.voanews.com/a/4058363.html

http://zurnal.info/novost/20719/krvavi-boksovi-izmet-lesevi-i-stakori

https://www.facebook.com/studiowashington/videos/10155471944731084/?hc_ref=ARTMr9x38kWE2zyMwfB6qT5liLqMyAh3y2_IxYDxCwQQBa9ptS1tkIXGQoXErMSEF08

https://www.facebook.com/studiowashington/videos/10155470849086084/?hc_ref=ARTq4dWJ6KhbGYU8bSrXtrwyhvRRpVZLmu5Eo0WiSXC4wLSMXpbnECruwLZVk60XMio

http://zurnal.info/novost/20593/ko-ce-odgovarati-za-visemilionsko-pranje-novca

https://www.oslobodjenje.ba/vijesti/bih/grobnice-u-praci-tri-i-po-miliona-za-masovno-ubijanje-pasa-video

http://ba.n1info.com/a219539/Vijesti/Vijesti/Azil-za-pse-u-Praci.html

HOW TO HELP:

Please join the protest on 11.11. Organise a protest in your own country/town.

Please support the many rescuers and activists. They need everything from moral support to financial help to keep the rescued animals safe or transported out of the country. Some of the rescuers’ FB pages are below:

Dalida Kozlic
Edina Pasic
Fahrudin Caki Bravo
Caki’s Facebook group
We are part of the solution / Mi smo dio rješenja – Facebook group

Below are the addresses to write to for the company who have a contract for Praca. Please be polite.

The head of Sarajevo canton district (who ordered the round up of dogs last year, during the Sarajevo film festival to clear 7000 dogs from the streets) premijer@vlada.ks.gov.ba
Head of company running Praca – murai.komerc@gmail.com
Head of local council – premijer@vlada.ks.gov.ba
The mayor of Sarejevo – grad@sarajevo.ba
Vet who killed the dogs – stup@vetstanicasa.ba
British Embassy in Sarejevo – britemb@bih.net.ba
Bosnian Embassy in London – embassy@bhembassy.co.uk
Bosnian Embassy in Berlin – mail@botschaftbh.de
Dogs Trust – international@dogstrust.org
Dogs Trust Bosnia FB page – message this page: https://www.facebook.com/DogsTrustBiH/
IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare) – info@ifaw.org
Network For Animals – info@networkforanimals.org
World Animal Protection – info@worldanimalprotection.org

Please sign the Petition (in Bosnian) to find UK look for: Ujedinjeno Kraljevstvo

Other ways to help can be found HERE.

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Monstrous Killing and Injuring of Stray Dogs in Zenica, Bosnia!
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DONATIONS
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: donations@awabosnia.org as a ‘gift’. 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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Dog Catchers Continue their Killing Spree for Personal Revenge

Dalida Kozlic L.L.B, lawyer and activist writes:

The most notorious illegal dog catching group works for PC “Veterinary station Novi Grad” Ltd., owned by PC “Lokom” Novi Grad. They are infamously known as the Lokom dog catchers”.

The Lokom dog catching service was established by the authorities of Novi Grad Sarajevo on the 30th May of 2013. This so-called “Hygienic service” was not established and registered neither in accordance with article 29 of Bosnia’s Act Protection and Welfare of Animal nor in accordance with the bylaws that hygienic services must fulfil.

Since then, thousands of stray dogs have been killed in Sarajevo.

This illegal hygienic service invoices for food, medications, veterinary services, placement, fuel, and catching of dogs for placement in shelters. Note that these invoices are for dogs that are dead, killed by the service.

Evidence for this was presented to the Bosnian police officers and prosecutors in 2013. The Prosecutor’s office of Canton Sarajevo started investigating the allegations and evidence that I presented in numerous criminal reports against Lokom. It is one of the most severe violations of the Criminal Code in Bosnian history.

The official document signed by the main prosecutor of Canton Sarajevo Dalida Burzic provided the following information: “…funds that had been allocated for dogs were stolen without any doubt, and the question remains where dogs have disappeared to…” The number of this case is T 09 KTP 0072282 16 2.

PC “Lokom” Ltd. is owned by municipality Novi Grad. In 2014 Lokom established its own veterinary station that has been financed by authorities that pay for dogs to be killed. In PC “Veterinary station Novi Grad” Ltd. thousands of dogs are killed and no one has ever managed to visit the area where the dogs are placed. Establishment of the Lokom’s veterinary station claims that the hygienic service and the shelter for stray animals have been established as the part of the station, but in reality the situation is different.

The Act on Protection Act and Welfare of Animals of Bosnia and Herzegovina is a lex specialis (the main legislation) in the field of treating animals in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Act, as well as related by-laws, is the main legal framework for all other laws and by-laws that are enacted by the legislative authorities at any level of organization of authority in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which regulate the keeping and treatment of animals.

According to provisions of the Act on Protection and Welfare of Animals every municipality is obliged to establish and finance shelters for stray animals as well as hygienic services that are obliged to catch and transport stray animals to the veterinary stations and shelters.

Two very important ordinances were legislated in 2010: Ordinances on both establishing shelters and the conditions that shelters for stray animals and hygienic services must fulfil.
Both ordinances provide very strict and humane ways of establishing and maintaining of shelters and hygienic services.

In order to establish a hygienic service and a shelter for stray animals, legal persons shall fulfil very strict conditions that are provided by the Act and these ordinances. If conditions are fulfilled, then a legal person is entitled to get necessary permissions and to establish a hygienic service and a shelter.

Lokom and its veterinary station have never fulfilled the conditions nor obtained necessary permissions, but its dog catchers have been catching dogs illegally for years.

This illegal dog catching service is one of many illegal hygienic services in Bosnia that receive money from budgets of different municipalities. Those hygienic services kill stray animals, but they receive money for food, medications, treatments, catching of stray animals as well as their placement as if they were alive.

The public must know that this hygiene service is illegally formed within P. C. “Lokom”. It is not licensed and registered by the court for an activity of removal of stray dogs. Despite this fact, these illegally acting dog catchers of “Lokom” have been catching and killing stray dogs for almost four years. We know that a legal shelter for stray animals is not formed by the municipality of Novi Grad, yet the municipality has formed an illegal pound in  the veterinary station “Novi Grad” Ltd., which is located in Reljevo.

You can read about and see the documentary about dog catchers of Lokom here on this post in In Memory of Vucko. The direct link to the documentary is here.

Authorities of Breza have been harassing me and my family for years because of our legal investigations and rescue activities, and the mayor and his cronies are united against stray animals in my own town just because of a desire for personal revenge.

The Mayor of Breza, Munib Zaimovic, issued an illegal decision to engage dog catchers of Lokom to catch and kill dogs in Breza. Also, he signed a contract with PC Veterinary station of Novi Grad. Lokom dog catchers have been trying to catch dogs in Breza since then.

After I had filled a criminal report and an official complaint to the veterinary inspection, we managed to stop them in their illegal activities, but the first time they had visited Breza it was in secret, and many dogs had been caught and then killed.

Two dogs have been saved.

Please send emails demanding that this situation be stopped, send them to your embassies, international animal welfare organisations (you can find details of these here) as well as to the mayor of Breza to the following email addresses: nacelnik@breza.gov.ba, vijece@breza.gov.ba, and  privreda@breza.gov.ba 

Draft of a letter:

The Bosnian Act on Protection and Welfare of Animals is one of the best in Europe but no one is interested in this. Corrupt authorities are often involved in illegal killing of stray and wild animals because of money laundering.

Stray animals are victims of killing and torture. Politically eligible persons construct so-called shelters for stray animals, which have the function of concentration camps, and they invoice false spay/neuter programs, as well as for the food that would never be given to animals. They invoice for veterinary examinations and treatment, and at the end means for euthanasia. In reality, the stray animals are abused and killed. It represents a series of violations of the Criminal law as well as the Animal Protection and Welfare Act of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The actual Animal Protection and Welfare Act is an absolutely enforceable and functional law and it is not enforced because of political interests and money laundering.

The illegal dog catching service of PE „Veterinary station Novi Grad“ Ltd., which is owned by PE „Lokom“ Ltd. Novi Grad Sarajevo is one of the most notorious examples of organised crime and illegal killing of stray animals in Bosnia and Herzegovina. If you engage those people to catch dogs in Breza, you will be directly involved in organised crime and therefore criminally responsible. A mass of evidence has been presented to persecutors and those who are criminally responsible for those offences will be prosecuted. The question is: will you be one of them?

The problem of overpopulation of stray dogs is a direct consequence of the failure to implement, as well as a series of obstructions and misuse, of the Act on the Protection and Welfare of Animals in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The law came into force in 2009. The Act on Protection Act and Welfare of Animals of Bosnia and Herzegovina is a lex specialis (the main legislation) in the field of treating animals in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Act, as well as related by-laws is the main legal framework for all other laws and by-laws that are legislated by the authorities at any level of organization of authority in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which regulate the keeping and treatment of animals.

According to provisions of the Act on Protection and Welfare of Animals every municipality is obliged to establish and finance shelters for stray animals as well as hygienic services that are obliged to catch and transport stray animals to veterinary stations and shelters.

Two very important ordinances were legislated in 2010: Ordinances on both establishing shelters and the conditions that shelters for stray animals and hygienic services must fulfil.
Both ordinances provide very strict and humane ways of establishing and maintaining of shelters and hygienic services.

By attempting a partial and non-systematic implementation of the Act, the agony of stray dogs on the streets as well as citizens will only further widen, and budget funds will be spent on non-purpose, illegal and unsystematic attempts to solve the problem. Instead of solving problem with a legal solution, authorities have been financing the killing of stray animals in illegal pounds for years. Financing of illegal pounds is a violation of the provisions of Act on Protection and Welfare of Animals, as well as a serious offence in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

There are many illegal shelters for stray animals that are established and led by persons who are close to Bosnian authorities. In these places animals are beaten, cut, clubbed, raped or tortured in many horrific ways and they do not have water, food, adequate accommodation. They freeze or they are exposed to extremely high temperatures.
While all these atrocities happen, local authorities finance people who own those shelters.

There are many illegal hygienic services that receive money from budgets of different municipalities. Those hygienic services kill stray animals, but they receive money for food, medications, treatments, catching of stray animals as well as their placement as if they are alive.

A failure to implement the Act on Protection and Welfare of Animals is the result of a series of abuses and obstructions as well as the authorities dealing only with the consequences and not with the causes of the problem, and causes are the abandonment of animals, irresponsible ownership and uncontrolled reproduction.

Increased numbers of dogs on the streets is always and only a direct result of irresponsible ownership, and failure to implement preventive measures that are provided by the Act on Protection and Welfare of Animals, such as punishing those who abandon animals; the full identification of ownership and pets; spay/neuter projects with vaccination and tagging of stray animals in an appropriate form and number, and education and information campaigns which are aimed to raise public awareness about the causes of the problem.
The Act on Protection and Welfare of Animals very clearly and precisely provides solutions for dealing with an overpopulation of stray animals in Bosnia. The first legal obligation of authorities is to build shelters for stray animals, which purpose is to care for stray animals until they are adopted. Conditions that all shelters must fulfil are provided by the Ordinance on the establishment and the conditions that must be fulfilled by shelters for stray animals in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Another legal obligation of authorities is the registration of ownership of animals.

the State Veterinary Office enacted the Ordinance on registration, micro chipping and identification of ownership of animals Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2017, but a unified register of ownership of animals has not been established. Abandoning of animals by their owners is a direct generator of the problem, and the cause of abandoning of animals is the policy of impunity of people who leave their animals.

When the registry of tagged animals and owners of animals is established, it will enable the identification, prosecution and punishment of abusers of the law. The implementation of repressive measures will directly affect the consciousness of citizens and achieve the functions of general and special prevention and repression. Because of the absence of a register of breeders, illegal breeding causes increasing of numbers of stray animals.

Although it is their legal obligation, municipalities and cities refuse to finance construction and maintenance of shelters for stray animals because of poor financial conditions, but we witness everyday improper and illegal spending of budget funds. Also false information about the cost of maintaining shelters are published. If violators of provisions of the Act on Protection and Welfare of Animals are punished, the funds raised from fines ought to be directed to the construction and maintenance of shelters for stray animals. Also implementation of the Act of Protection and Welfare of Animals can be financed by funds collected from obligatory vaccination of dogs against rabies. Until shelters for stray animals are built, municipalities can help by financing of feeding of stray animals, and authorities are obliged to implement spay/neuter projects.

If the shelters for stray animals, which must be “centres for treatment and adopting of stray animals,” are built and maintained in accordance with state regulations and ordinance, and if there is an appropriate policy of establishing and managing shelters, the cost will be low. Quality education and raising awareness of citizens will increase the percentage of adoption of abandoned animals.

Hygienic services are directly related to the existence of shelters for stray animals and because of this, establishment of hygienic services cannot be an independent measure to solve the problem and to decrease population of stray animals. Hygienic services must be established in accordance with the provisions of the Ordinance on the establishment and the conditions that hygienic services must fulfil in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The purpose of a hygienic service is capturing and transport of stray animals to veterinary stations and shelters. Certainly the establishment of legal hygienic services is necessary, but hygienic services cannot exist and work without implementing all other legal obligations of authorities, especially without building shelters. If hygienic services work without implementing all provisions and measures provided by Act on Protection and Welfare of Animals, those services do not solve the problem and they are a perfect ground for different abuses and misuses.

Only by full implementation of the Act on Protection and Welfare of Animals, misuse and illegal killing in shelters and hygienic services can be prevented. Also, all responsible authorities such as the Veterinary Office, the Veterinary inspection, authorised official veterinarians, police, etc., must be involved in the implementation of the Act on Protection and Welfare of Animals, and it is their legal obligation. Authorities have failed to fulfil their legal obligations and many authorities responsible for implementation of the Act have actually violated the Act on Protection and Welfare of Animals. Such illegal behaviour must be punished and prevented.

Preventing of abuse, which are particularly related to the fact that stray dogs can “disappear” is only possible by consistent implementation of all the measures stipulated by the Act on the protection and welfare of Animals in Bosnia and Herzegovina by the SVO, Inspectorates of veterinary inspection, authorized official veterinarians, police officers and others. Such engagement is so far absent, even in many of the cases of violations of the law by those responsible for its implementation.

You should be aware that the partial and manipulating misuse of the Act on Protection and Welfare of Animals only makes an even greater and longer-lasting problem. Problem of overpopulation of stray dogs can be solved by registration of ownership of dogs, engaging a certified trainer for the protection of animals to educate people, assistance in developing of a strategy to solve the problem of stray animals and finally building self-sustaining shelters for stray animals.

Without complete and consistent implementation of the Act on Protection and Welfare of Animals, the problem of overpopulation of stray animals will not be solved. It is important to end the illegal practice of partial implementation of the law which is a criminal offence and which causes the problem to become even more complicated and difficult.

I ask for your involvement in these matters, to ensure the safety and well-being of the strays of Bosnia Herzegovina.

Best,


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 IF YOU WANT TO SUPPORT DALIDA KOZLIC’S RESCUES AND HER LEGAL WORK, PLEASE JOIN HER FACEBOOK GROUP HERE.

Or you can donate to her YouCaring fundraisers for September, for pension costs here, and  here, for food. Or directly to her paypal here: eldar.kozlic1@gmail.com. 

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Hunters – the most notorious killers of stray animals in Bosnia Herzegovina
Unimaginable cases of torture and killing of stray animals in Bosnia
Mass poisoning of stray dogs in Zenica, Bosnia

Poisoning of dogs ordered in Donji Vakuf, Bosnia
Monstrous Killing and Injuring of Stray Dogs in Zenica, Bosnia!
Dogs found slaughtered outside Shelter in Sarajevo
Puppy Flung off Bridge in Sarajevo, Bosnia
Puppy dies after horrific attack in Bosnia Herzegovina
Loved Street Dog Hanged in Gradiska, Bosnia!

Boy steals puppy and hangs it – Prnjavor, Bosnia Herzegovina

Dog’s Skull Deliberately Crushed in Bosnia Herzegovina

Another Dog Tortured by Wire in Bosnia
DOG TORTURED WITH WIRE IN BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA!
Puppy burned alive in Bosnia Herzegovina!
Dog Beheaded in Bosnia

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DONATIONS
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: donations@awabosnia.org as a ‘gift’. 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.

The Importance of Fighting Against Cruelty to Animals

Dalida Kozlic L.L.B, lawyer and activist writes:

“Animal cruelty is more than just a legal issue; it is a community issue. If you improve animal welfare in a community, you improve public safety for everyone.”
~ Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings–Blake

Years of an experience in the field of the legal protection of animals have taught me to recognise evil in its worst forms. The truth is that every rescuer of animals faces the most disturbing and the saddest cases in the world.

Animal welfare advocates face evil in its worst form; they face the most evil people and witness what evil people can do to innocent and helpless creatures.

Cruelty to animals is now seen as a part of the landscape of family violence and a risk to human health, safety and welfare with strong links to child maltreatment, domestic violence and elder abuse.

Animal welfare advocates believe that people are at risk when animals are abused and that animals are at risk when people are abused.

Those scientific and research facts and evidences can be linked with the increasing cases of animal abuse in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

A growing and compelling body of research is confirming these links and clarifying animal abuse as a predictor and indicator crime that often signals serious interpersonal aggression and familiar dysfunction. People who abuse animals have been found to be significantly more likely to commit violent crimes, domestic violence and other antisocial behaviour.

We often write about illegal killings of stray animals due to the dog catching services and in the public shelters. Unfortunately, not only these authorities are involved in the widescale slaughter of Bosnian stray animals (illegally), but “ordinary people” are often those who commit the most horrendous crimes against animals (stray, wild, endangered, pets, etc.).

Bosnian post – war society is generally mentally ill. There is a mass diagnosis of PTSD and people must accept the fact that most of them haven’t dealt with personal traumas in the right way. The problem is Bosnian people generally think that they know everything. Unfortunately, there is no less educated and less self-aware population in Europe who thinks that they can solve everything in this world.

The fact is that the same people have been leading this country for almost 30 years. Not only are they leading it, they are stealing everything they can. And they get an opportunity to steal and torture their own people every four years when elections are held. Bosnian people know how corrupt and criminalised their politicians are, but still they vote for them.

Also, the fact is that we went through unimaginable suffering and torture during the four year war and aggression. Almost 200.000 people were killed and one million had to leave our country. War traumas are amongst the worst traumas a person can experience. Still we were better humans during the war. We had more empathy for other people as well as for animals. Bosnian people mostly refused to kill their pets and eat them during the war (yes, there was no food here). Most of people shared whatever they had with their animals.

What happened after the war?

If you ask me, we have turned into a psychopathic society. The level of frustration by living in this complicated and as some say cursed country is increasing all the time, but Bosnian people are passive. They are always passive towards those who harass them so they have turned their aggression onto animals.

Animals are the biggest post war victims in Bosnia. They are legally protected – when we look at the legislation. But practically speaking, they are exposed to psychopaths who wander in the streets.

Cruelty to animals has become a serious legal and community issue  in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

People are afraid of dogs; dogs are the subject of discussion and debate. Meanwhile we are one of the poorest and the most miserable countries in the whole of Europe, so the deprived people take their frustration out on those who cannot protect themselves. Dogs are a channel for the anger people should feel towards those who are responsible for the way we live today. Dogs have become public enemy number one and the lightning rod for a society which suffers from all kinds of problems. If this society thinks about how to kill as many dogs as possible rather than how to make a living, surely we have a problem? We are a psychopathic society that suffers from mass aggression and a society that has misdirected its aggression.

Not only does public debate presents animals as demons (mostly dogs), people are treating animals like demons and there is an increasing number of cases of animal abuse done by individuals –  not only by hunters or authorities.

Animal abuse can be a symptom of a personality disorder, but also the disorder of society as a whole. The tendency to abuse, torture and kill animals is one of the most important symptoms of the psychopath – sociopath. Psychopaths or sociopaths are people without a conscience who enjoy abusing of animals and humans. Those people usually behave and look like normal people.

Zoo sadism is a pleasure (psychological, physical or sexual) that one gets abusing animals.
It is a manipulation and a desire to inflict physical and psychological pain to a being that cannot defend itself against any kind of attack. The abuser of animals has no conscience; he does not sympathize with other living beings. Most serial killers were animal abusers. People who abuse animals are aware it is prohibited by law and punishable and that it is a morally appalling act, but the desire to manipulate and to express their own complex onto a helpless creature is so strong they have to repeat their sadistic acts.

Animal abusers are rarely mentally ill people, but animal abuse is a symptom of severe mental disorder. The mentally ill are rarely aware of the consequences of their actions, while mentally disturbed people are aware of their actions and their consequences. Animal abusers are psychopaths who intentionally know what they do and who are fully aware of their actions and the consequences, but do not empathize with other living beings. The most important thing for them is to be satisfied by expressing power and control over the helpless creature and thus cure their frustrations and / or complexes.

When we link all these facts with population of hundreds of thousands traumatised by passive people, we can get a worrying perception about possible animal abusers who turn their aggression and desires towards animals.

The fact is that we are surrounded by psychopaths and animal abusers who are organised in groups (hunters or dog catchers) or they work alone and torture animals on their own without any payment or by participating in hunting or a publicly funded dog catching organisation.

Bosnian society does not understand that animals are unable to fight for themselves and there is a complete lack of empathy for those who suffer. This means that society as a whole has a pathological feature. Individuals and society do not want to understand that animal abusers are people with pathological

personality features, who tend to become abusers and killers of people (if not already). Prosecution and punishing of animal abusers are the basic functions of protecting animals. Special prevention sends a message to abusers that if they re-offend their offence against animals, they are to be arrested and punished. The general prevention message is sent to the society. If the state and the judiciary do not tolerate animal abuse, the problem is recognized as a deep social anomaly and that each abuser is to be punished. But in Bosnia this does not happen.

NOTE: Dalida Kozlic is responsible for dozens of rescued strays. If you want to help her, you can donate to her July Shelter Costs YouCaring here, or make a direct Paypal Donation to her at eldar.kozlic1@gmail.com

RELATED POSTS:
Hunters – the most notorious killers of stray animals in Bosnia Herzegovina
World Stray Animals Day in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Unimaginable cases of torture and killing of stray animals in Bosnia
Mass poisoning of stray dogs in Zenica, Bosnia

Poisoning of dogs ordered in Donji Vakuf, Bosnia
Monstrous Killing and Injuring of Stray Dogs in Zenica, Bosnia!
Dogs found slaughtered outside Shelter in Sarajevo
Puppy Flung off Bridge in Sarajevo, Bosnia
Puppy dies after horrific attack in Bosnia Herzegovina
Loved Street Dog Hanged in Gradiska, Bosnia!

Boy steals puppy and hangs it – Prnjavor, Bosnia Herzegovina

Dog’s Skull Deliberately Crushed in Bosnia Herzegovina

Another Dog Tortured by Wire in Bosnia
DOG TORTURED WITH WIRE IN BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA!
Puppy burned alive in Bosnia Herzegovina!
Dog Beheaded in Bosnia

 

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DONATIONS
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: donations@awabosnia.org as a ‘gift’. 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.

Hunters – the most notorious killers of stray animals in Bosnia Herzegovina

Dalida Kozlic L.L.B, lawyer and activist writes:

At this moment, I am writing and collecting evidence for ten criminal reports against animal abusers and killers in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Half of these criminal reports are against hunters and hunting organisations that have killed stray animals in different areas of Bosnia in the past few months.

Hunters have always been involved in illegal massacres of stray animals, particularly because the hunting lobby is extremely powerful in Bosnia and hunting organisations have always received money for for killing dogs. The reason for this is hidden by the fact that many politicians are members of different hunting organisations.

Before the legislation of the Act on Protection and Welfare of Animals in 2009, organised groups of hunters had killed stray dogs in all cities in the country, even in the middle of the day. It was illegal, but no one wanted to investigate and punish hunters because they received money from the Bosnian municipalities for those atrocities.

The Act on Protection and Welfare of Animals of Bosnia and Herzegovina was legislated and entered into force by Parliamentary Assembly in 2009. Also, torturing and killing animals is a criminal offence in Bosnia and Herzegovina. This Act strictly prohibits killing of stray animals except for five very specific veterinary reasons and according to this Act, it is allowed to kill a stray animal in hunting areas only if all other legal possibilities of catching that animal have failed and that particular animal or pack of stray animals presents a real danger for wild animals.

The Act on Protection and Welfare of Animals of Bosnia and Herzegovina is a lex specialis (the main legislation) in the field of treating animals in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Act, as well as related by-laws, are the main legal framework for all other laws and by-laws that are legislated by the legislative authorities at any level of organization of authority in Bosnia and Herzegovina. What this means is that the laws regarding hunting must be in accordance with the Act on Protection and Welfare of Animals of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

A legal basis is one thing; however illegal practice is a completely different thing in this country.

Prior to 2009, members of hunting organisations killed stray animals in urban and rural areas in broad daylight and they cut the tail of every corpse to prove what they had done to get money for their crimes. Municipalities paid a great deal of money for this illegal and monstrous “work“. After 2009 when the Act on Protection and Welfare of Animals was entered into force. hunters started killing stray animal secretly. In the most cases employees of utility companies that are owned by different municipalities catch stray animals and take them to hunting areas in forests, while the hunters wait for these animals to kill them. Since all hunting organisations are partly financed by municipalities, they just get more money for breaking the laws.

In rural areas killing stray animals is not so secret and hidden, mostly because people in villages generally support the killing of stray animals and they themselves even possess illegal hunting weapons.

Police and prosecutors as well as veterinary and hunting inspectors are obliged to investigate and stop these crimes, as with cases of illegal dog catchers, corruption and political involvement stop implementation of the law.

In my practice I have had many of cases of illegal killing of stray animals by hunters. I was even a victim of a shooting in the centre of Breza in 2004.

One of the most horrendous cases happened in 2008 when my dad and I stopped a car that was driven by hunters and found in the car six alive dogs and one dead dog. They were driving dogs to be killed somewhere in a rural area. (Warning graphic pictures).

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Such atrocities still occur but not so publicly. It is impossible to comprehend what groups of psychopaths with guns will do to innocent animals. What I have seen in ditches and secret mass graves is impossible to describe.

We must not only stop the ‘work’ of the dog catchers, we must stop the hunters from their notorious work. This aspect of protection of animals is equally important for animals in Bosnia.

Being chased and shot at by a psychopath who thinks he is a powerful because he has a licence to possess a gun is one of the worst and most painful things I have ever seen and a campaign against this cruel practice must begin.

 

RELATED POSTS:

Unimaginable cases of torture and killing of stray animals in Bosnia
Mass poisoning of stray dogs in Zenica, Bosnia

Poisoning of dogs ordered in Donji Vakuf, Bosnia
Monstrous Killing and Injuring of Stray Dogs in Zenica, Bosnia!
Dogs found slaughtered outside Shelter in Sarajevo
Puppy Flung off Bridge in Sarajevo, Bosnia
Puppy dies after horrific attack in Bosnia Herzegovina
Loved Street Dog Hanged in Gradiska, Bosnia!

Boy steals puppy and hangs it – Prnjavor, Bosnia Herzegovina

Dog’s Skull Deliberately Crushed in Bosnia Herzegovina

Another Dog Tortured by Wire in Bosnia
DOG TORTURED WITH WIRE IN BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA!
Puppy burned alive in Bosnia Herzegovina!
Dog Beheaded in Bosnia

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DONATIONS
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: donations@awabosnia.org as a ‘gift’. 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.

World Stray Animals Day in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Dalida Kozlic L.L.B writes:

Something very personal….

It is estimated that there are about 600 million stray animals in the world. Every year the 4th of April is marked as “World Stray Animals Day”.

Stray animals are the ones that live on the streets without having an owner, or that have lived their lives without being domesticated. Stray animals usually feed on any rubbish that is left outside, which is why you find them close to populated areas. Some of the animals, although living wild on the streets, are fed by people. This is why they are sometimes known as “community animals”.

Many hundreds of thousands of animals worldwide have been poisoned, clubbed to death, euthanized or killed in other ways to solve the stray dog problem. But all these barbaric methods only lead to a short term decrease in the population density (the World Health Organisation
and the WSPA released a report stating the
most effective method is a combination of:
sterilisation, education on responsible dog ownership, and registration – identification of both animal and owner).

Bosnia and Herzegovina is famous by its barbaric methods of killing of stray animals despite the fact that the Bosnian Act on Protection and Welfare of Animals is one of the best laws in Europe and torturing and killing animals is a criminal offence in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The 4th April, the World Stray Animals Day, was a sad day for all rescuers, so too are all days in the year.

All of you who have read my articles know them to be realistic and factual reports of a lawyer about the situation for stray animals in Bosnia and Herzegovina. My intention has always been to present you with facts as well as the legal background of happenings here and the concrete actions which can be done to help Bosnian animals.

When I started writing about the World Stray Animals Day and events in Bosnia, I wanted to present another realistic picture with all the needed facts, but there were some things that I cannot get out of my mind…

Being a rescuer in Bosnia is tough work. I have written many articles about this such as “The Silence of dogs” and “When activists do the work of the authorities”.

I often read the posts of my colleagues. I read about the animals they have saved and sometimes when we have time, we sit and talk about everything that is going on. I have noticed that none of us talks about the future, we all talk about the past or the present. We see no future.

This text isn’t about us, this text is about stray animals and the need to emphasise their suffering as well as the suffering of all animals every day, not only on days when there is some “special” (usually sad) occasion.

I am writing this because dark shadows of a dirty media campaign against stray dogs are appearing here again. General elections should be held in October 2018 and a few big scandals have happened in the past few months. Politicians need some subject to occupy the minds of primitive people and to spread fear.

They have been talking about a new war a lot recently, but obviously people don’t buy this spin anymore and after hearing and reading stories about a new war and political scandals, arrests and published articles about criminality of politicians, I have noticed headlines about “dangerous stray animals” again.

Dogs are a channel for the anger that people should feel towards those who are responsible for the way we live today. Dogs have become public enemy number one and the lightning rod for a society which suffers from all kinds of problems. If this society thinks about how to kill as many dogs as possible rather than how people can make a living, here the problem starts. We are a psychopathic society which suffers from mass aggression and a society that has misdirected its aggression.

The authorities don’t want to give up on making the situation worse for stray animals, but the rescuers won’t give up our fight to save them.

Animals suffer in silence and making the difference is the biggest thing we can do. Making a difference means being their voice. We must be their voice as well as their saviours.

Saving one life makes a difference; every saved life is worthwhile and important. Being the voice of animals is something that can change things for all animals, and that can end this nightmare once and for all.

Only by full implementation of the Act on the Protection and Welfare of Animals, will misuse and illegal killing in shelters and by hygienic services be prevented.

At this moment, animals are being caught and killed by dog catchers, hunters, psychopaths, utility workers and many other awful people who are ready to do everything for money here.

At this moment, only social networks are presenting the facts about massacres in Bosnia.

At this moment, only rescuers take care of stray animals thanks to help of good people.

At this moment, we are left on our own to fight against corrupt authorities.

At this moment, animals of Bosnia have you and us.

We need to change this, we must draw the attention of international media, organisations and embassies. “In Memory of Vucko” is the biggest online database of Bosnian horrors that can help all of us to find a way to influential organisations and politicians. If we had achieved this in 2009 when the Act on Protection and Welfare of Animals was enacted, we could achieve this now too.

As an experienced rescuer and lawyer who knows our situation deeply, I am frightened to admit I feel in the next period of time we will face a new aggressive campaign which means even more dog catchers and killers.

I wish I were wrong, but I have seen the worst in my work, I have seen things that I do not have strength to mention…  

If you want to support Dalida in her work, what she needs most is support to keep her rescues safe so she can not worry about fundraising and focus on her legal work fighting for the rights of strays of Bosnia. You can send money via Paypal to: eldar.kozlic1@gmail.com and you can join her Facebook group

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

Unimaginable cases of torture and killing of stray animals in Bosnia
New Risk of the Law Changing: the Strays of Bosnia Will Suffer!
Mass poisoning of stray dogs in Zenica, Bosnia
Hunters Killing Dogs Again
Seven Years of Lobbying for National Pet Register in Bosnia Comes to Fruition
Dogs Have Become Public Enemy Number One
Money laundering behind killing of stray dogs in Sarajevo
Evidence of crimes against dogs ignored 
Illegal Catching and Killing of Dogs in Sarajevo
Terror for strays on the streets of Sarajevo
Monstrous Killing and Injuring of Stray Dogs in Zenica, Bosnia!
The responsibility of an animal rescuer

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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.

New Risk of the Law Changing: the Strays of Bosnia Will Suffer!

Screen Shot 2015-04-05 at 18.58.49Dalida Kozlic L.L.B, lawyer and activist writes:

The Bosnian War was an international armed conflict that took place in Bosnia and Herzegovina between 1992 and 1995. Casualties were not only people. Animals also were casualties and suffered during the war. Bosnia and Herzegovina did not have an Animal Protection and Welfare Act until 2009. The Animal Protection and Welfare Act of Bosnia and Herzegovina was only legislated and entered into force by Parliamentary Assembly in 2009. Cruelty towards and killing animals is a criminal offence in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

This Law regulates the responsibility of humans regarding the protection and welfare of animals in terms of breeding/owning; providing shelter and food; protection from cruelty; the well-being of animals during authorised slaughter, ensuring animals are not exposed to stress during transportation, wildlife protection, treatment of abandoned animals, pets and laboratory animals, establishing ethics committees and expert councils/boards, as well as conducting the supervision of the implementation of this Law and penalty measures for all violators of this Law.

The government of Canton Sarajevo has sent an official request to Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina to enact amendments to the Act on Protection and Welfare of Animals. The prime minister and ministers in the government of Canton Sarajevo demand that article 14 (euthanasia) of the Act is changed. This article allows euthanasia of stray animals only because of veterinary reasons. It is prohibited to kill stray dogs in shelters. Amendments to this article would allow authorities to kill healthy stray animals in shelters if the animals are not adopted.

CULLtureThe proposal of this amendment is not in legislation procedure yet, but we are expecting that one of the leading national parties, the Party of Democratic Action (SDA) will accept this request and start legal procedure to enact these “KILL” amendments. Dino Konakovic, the prime minister of Canton Sarajevo, is a member of the SDA.

As you all know, we had a similar situation in 2013, when rescuers and animal welfare advocates managed to stop the legal procedure to enact a “KILL LAW.” We need your support again.

The Bosnian Act on the Protection and Welfare of Animals is one of the best in Europe but no one is interested in this: corrupt authorities are often involved in the illegal killing of stray and wild animals as a way of money laundering.

Stray animals are victims of notorious cruelty. Politically eligible persons construct so-called shelters for stray animals. These shelters are no better than concentration camps, and the authorities invoice for spay/neuter programs that they do not undertake, as well as invoicing for for food is never given to the animals. They invoice for veterinary examinations and treatment, and at the end, for means for euthanasia. In reality, the stray animals are tortured, and killed in worst possible ways. All this represents a series of violations of criminal law as well as the Animal Protection and Welfare Act of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

While these atrocities are occurring, local authorities are also financing people who own these shelters. It is money laundering. Also many stray animals are abused and killed on the streets.  Authorities do not nothing to find and punish animal abusers.

10892019_955233547821769_7086032730255842381_nThese proposed amendments, allowing the euthanasia of healthy stray animals, has as their purpose a means to conceal the massacre of stray animals that is already occurring.

Should these amendments be in Parliamentary legislation procedure it will be critical to apply pressure to stop the amendments. International focus and support would be the only solution. International animal welfare organisations, embassies, media, as well as individuals will have to press BiH authorities, insisting they do not change the law, but rather to implement it. The authorities must seek out legal and humane ways to solve the problem of over population of stray dogs in BiH.

The problem of overpopulation of stray dogs is a direct consequence of the failure to implement, as well as a series of obstructions and misuse of the Act on the Protection and Welfare of Bosnia and Herzegovina, which has been lasting since 2009 when the law came into force. The Act on Protection Act and Welfare of Animals of Bosnia and Herzegovina is a lex specialis (the main legislation) in the field of treating animals in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Act, as well as related by-laws, are the main legal framework for all other laws and by-laws that are legislated by the legislative authorities at any level of organization of authority in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which regulate the relation, keeping and treatment of animals.

By attempting only a partial and non-systematic implementation of the Act, the agony of stray dogs on the streets as well as citizens will only widen further, and budget funds will be spent on non-purpose, illegal and unsystematic attempts to solve the problem. Instead of solving the problem with legal solutions, authorities have been financing the killing of stray animals in illegal pounds for years. Financing of illegal pounds is a violation of the provisions of the Act on Protection and Welfare of Animals, as well as a serious offence in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

P1020736Failure to implement the Act on Protection and Welfare of Animals is the result of a series of abuses and obstructions as well as of the authorities dealing only with consequences and not with the causes of the problem, and the causes are the abandonment of animals, irresponsible ownership and uncontrolled reproduction.

Increased numbers of dogs on the streets is always and only a direct result of irresponsible ownership, and failure to implement preventive measures that are provided by the Act on Protection and Welfare of Animals, such as punishing those who abandon animals, the full identification of ownership and pets, spay/neuter projects with vaccination and tagging of stray animals in an appropriate form and number, and education and information campaigns which are aimed to raise public awareness about the causes of the problem.

The Act on Protection and Welfare of Animals very clearly and precisely provides solutions for dealing with an overpopulation of stray animals in Bosnia. The first legal obligation of authorities is to build shelters for stray animals, whose purpose is to care for stray animals until they are adopted. Conditions that all shelters must fulfil are provided by the Ordinance on the establishment and the conditions that must be fulfilled by shelters for stray animals in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Another legal obligation of the authorities is the registration of ownership of animals.

screen-shot-2016-10-12-at-21-39-28Finally, after seven years the State Veterinary Office enacted the laws on registration, micro-chipping and identification of ownership of animals Bosnia and Herzegovina, but it has not yet established a unified register of ownership of animals.

If the registry of tagged animals and owners of animals is established, it will enable the identification, prosecution and punishment of people who abandon animals. The implementation of repressive measures will directly affect the consciousness of citizens and thus help solve the situation. Because of the absence of a register of breeders, illegal breeding causes an increasing of number of stray animals. Irresponsible or unregistered breeders and breeding contributes to increasing the number of stray animals.

Although it is their legal obligation, municipalities and cities refuse to finance the construction and maintenance of adequate shelters for stray animals, but rescuers and concerned citizens witness everyday improper and illegal spending of budget funds. Also false information about the cost of maintaining shelters is published. If violators of the provisions of the Act on Protection and Welfare of Animals are punished, the funds raised from fines ought to be directed towards the construction and maintenance of shelters for stray animals. Also implementation of the Act of Protection and Welfare of Animals can be financed by funds collected from legally obligatory vaccination of dogs against rabies. Until shelters for stray animals are built, municipalities should finance the feeding of stray animals, and authorities are obliged to implement spay/neuter projects.

14225350_1114575611942665_3682593145194114853_nIf the shelters for stray animals, which must be “centres for care and adopting of stray animals,” are built and maintained in accordance with state regulations and law, and if there is an appropriate policy for establishing and managing shelters, the cost will be low. Quality education and raising awareness of the citizens will mean an increase in the percentage of adoption of abandoned animals.

Hygienic services are directly related to the existence of shelters for stray animals and because of this, the establishment of hygienic services cannot be an independent measure regarding decreasing the population of stray animals. Hygienic services must be established in accordance with the provisions of the laws on the establishment and the conditions that hygienic services must fulfil in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The purpose of a hygienic service is capturing and transport of stray animals to veterinary stations and shelters. Certainly the establishment of a legal  hygienic services is necessary, but hygienic services cannot exist and work without implementing all the other legal obligations of the authorities, especially without building shelters. If hygienic services work without implementing all the provisions and measures provided by the Act on Protection and Welfare of Animals, those services do not solve the problem and they are perfect grounds for different abuses and misuses of the laws.

22Only by full implementation of the Act for the Protection and Welfare of Animals, will misuse and illegal killing in shelters and by hygienic services be prevented. Also, all responsible authorities such as the Veterinary Office, Veterinary inspection, authorised official veterinarians, police, etc., must be involved in the implementation of the Act on Protection and Welfare of Animals, and it is their legal obligation. Authorities in Bosnia have failed to fulfil their legal obligations and many authorities that are responsible for implementation of the Act have actually violated the Act on Protection and Welfare of Animals. Such illegal behaviour must be punished and prevented.

Prevention of abuse, which is particularly related to the fact that stray dogs can “disappear”,  is only possible by consistent implementation of all the measures stipulated by the Act on the protection and welfare of animals in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

You should be aware that the partial and manipulating misuse of Act on Protection and Welfare of Animals, which has been in practice so far, only makes for an even greater and longer-lasting problem. The problem of overpopulation of stray dogs can be solved by the registration of ownership of dogs, engaging a certified trainer for the protection of animals to educate people, assistance in developing of a strategy to solve the problem of stray animals and finally the building self-sustaining shelters for stray animals.

Without complete and consistently implementing of the Act on Protection and Welfare of Animals, the problem of overpopulation of stray animals will not be solved. It is important to end the illegal practice of partial implementation of the law which is a criminal offence and which causes the problem to become even more complicated and difficult to resolve.

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Related posts:
Dogs Have Become Public Enemy Number One
When Bosnian Activists do the Work of the Authorities
Bosnia: Let’s Respect Animals and their Right to Life
Dog Shelters in Bosnia: A Complex Situation
Veterinary Office of Bosnia: is it possible to solve the problem of stray dogs?
The “Aggressive” Dogs of Sarajevo
Stray Dogs of Sarajevo to be Killed in Election Ploy
Bosnia: Sarajevo set to become the next Bucharest
Horror Camps for Animals in Bosnia
ANTI KILL-LAW FIGHT CONTINUES
KILL-LAW DEBATE IN BOSNIA
BOSNIA ABOUT TO IMPLEMENT KILL LAW!
THE HORROR SHELTERS OF BOSNIA – SOMETHING MUST BE DONE!
Bosnia Killing Dogs – No Different to Romania!
Concentration Camp for Man’s Best Friend

 

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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.

Hunters Killing Dogs Again

15401413_10209780245296466_1718022661_nDalida Kozlic L.L.B, lawyer and activist writes:

Before the legislation of the Act for the Protection and Welfare of Animals in 2009, organised groups of hunters killed stray dogs in all cities in Bosnia Herzegovina, even during the middle of the day. It was illegal, but no one wanted to investigate or punish the hunters because they received money from Bosnian municipalities for these atrocities.

The law for the  Protection and Welfare of Animals of Bosnia and Herzegovina was legislated and entered into force by Parliamentary Assembly in 2009. This law is very specific about what methods can be used to catch stray dogs: by hygienic services and these services must use every available and legal method. If these services fail to catch stray dogs using these methods, and if, and only if, these dogs are killing wild animals, then hunters are allowed to kill the dogs, but only in areas 300 metres or more away from houses.

Many hunting organisations ignore the law and still kill stray dogs in villages as well as rural areas in Bosnia even when those dogs are not causing harm to wild animals.

On the 19th November, a group of dogs who had lived in a landfill site in Breza, near Sarajevo, were killed by a group of local hunters.

Citizens of the village Kamenice, found a dead body of a dog that had been fed by local people. There were wounds from a gunshot all over the corpse.

This is not the first time this has happened in this particular landfill site. There are pictures and videos that prove that local hunters kill stray dogs in this village and criminal reports have been filled with Police station in Breza as well as with the Prosecutor’s office of Zenica – Doboj Canton.

The main inspector for hunting organisations has been officially informed about this crime and we are waiting the results of his investigation.

The hunting organisation that is established in Breza is a notorious hunting organisation. Many of its members have been reported and investigated due to killing of stray dogs, torturing of animals, as well as illegal hunting.

Despite the fact that Bosnia Herzegovina has one of the best animal welfare laws in Europe, 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. Implementation of the law is obstructed in part because of money laundering activities. However, animal welfare activists will not cease trying to bring perpetrators to justice.

Related posts:

Slaughter of stray dogs at landfill site, Bosnia
Slaughter of stray dogs in Bosanska Krupa, Bosnia

Puppy Flung off Bridge in Sarajevo, Bosnia
Brutal Murder of Dogs in Zenica, Bosnia

Extermination of dogs at Breza Coal Mine, Bosnia

Mass killing of stray dogs in Banovici, Bosnia

Dogs Poisoned in Donji Vakuf, Bosnia

Another Mass Killing of Dogs in Bosnia

Dogs Brutally Slaughtered in Bosnia HerzegovinaPuppy dies after horrific attack in Bosnia Herzegovina

Loved Street Dog Hanged in Gradiska, Bosnia!

Boy steals puppy and hangs it – Prnjavor, Bosnia Herzegovina

Dog’s Skull Deliberately Crushed in Bosnia Herzegovina

Dog Slaughter in Mostar, Bosnia Herzegovina

Yet another brutal dog murder in Bosnia Herzegovina
Another Dog Tortured by Wire in Bosnia
DOG TORTURED IN BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA!
More than 40 killed dogs found in garbage dump
Poisoning of Dogs and Cats in Glamoc, Bosnia Herzegovina
Puppy burned alive in Bosnia Herzegovina!
Mass Murder of Dogs in Bosnia Herzegovina
Dog Massacre in Dobosnica, Bosnia Herzegovina
Mass Poisoning of Dogs in Bugojno, Bosnia
Dog Beheaded in Bosnia

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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.