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.

 

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

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

Another Mass Killing of Dogs in Bosnia

16737_775656839188409_341943167549004975_nAlmost a year to the day, another mass killing of dogs by hunters. These dogs, some of them very young, lived at the landfill site, Perna, in the Bosanska Krupa (northwestern) region of BiH.

1796587_775657155855044_8609278864464613458_nToday, animal rescuer and activist Amra Dervisevic went to Perna to pick up a dog named Medo, she had found him a home. Instead she found the dead bodies of about 50 dogs, most of the bodies buried and hidden under piles of trash. She could not find Medo, but no doubt he was killed with the other dogs.

Amra Dervisevic states that the hunting club L.D. “Grmec” Bosanska Krupa is responsible for the killings, and that the ‘event’ was  coordinated by J.K.P.”Cistoca” (communal public company responsible for garbage disposal in Cazin Municipality). This company catches stray dogs in town and dumps them at the landfill in Perna, and then hunters come and kill the dogs.

Amra writes:  “I went to find Medo today (he found an adopter) but I didn’t 1503583_775656965855063_4101648016260750984_nfind him, I didn’t find anyone. They were all killed, every single one of them, and then covered in piles of trash. More than 50 poor souls… Who else could’ve done than the hunters, H.S “Grmec”. Bosanska Krupa has done the same thing again, despite of all the charges and poaching, and not obeying the Law protecting the animals, and the hunting law. And J.K.P “Cistoca” still takes, not only stray animals, but animals with owners who just happened to run away. 10926185_775657009188392_2564423338011612763_nThe communal police should do an inspection of the landfill site – they would find numerous irregularities, but it’s far more important to worry about what I’m doing. BiH mayors are first in all segments when it comes to entering the EU, and yet they’re breaking the laws all together. Is there a law for these criminals? Is there a good lawyer to fight them? I know they’ll see this. They have no idea in how much pain I’m right now, and these poor souls that never harmed anyone. RIP my angels.”

10384812_775657285855031_9127889095679483985_nIn order to investigate these contraventions of the Animal Welfare Law, activists need support to hire lawyers. If you can assist in funding legal investigations please donate as per the instructions below via Paypal to donations@awabosnia.org, but make sure to mark your donation as ‘legal costs for Perna killings’. 

10968440_775656745855085_819871687335543096_nIn Bosnia and Herzegovina torture and killing animals is a common occurrence. In adults the offence is punishable by fine or imprisonment, however the arrest and prosecution of perpetrators of such crimes very rarely occur, but the activists will not cease from attempting to bring the perpetrators to justice.

Please send emails to the officials involved in the area, letting them know you are aware of what is happening and that it contravenes the laws of the country:

JKP Čistoća d.o.o. Cazin
Public Utility Company
info@cistoca.ba

Armin Halitovic
Mayor, Bosnaska Krupa Municipality
armin@arminhalitovic.ba

Nermin Ogrešević
Mayor, Cazin Municipality
nacelnik@opcinacazin.ba

Elmedina Kavazović
Chief of Staff, Bosanska Krupa Municipality
opcina.bosanskakrupa@bih.net.ba

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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.