Bosnia: The Sad Saga of Prnjavor “Shelter”

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Due to the organized action by animal rights activists from around the world, 14 dogs have been saved from a dog “shelter” in Prnjavor, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). People from BiH and around the world are continuing to fight for the lives of approximately 20 other dogs still located at the “shelter.”

Activists from Sarajevo visited the “shelter” in Prnjavor yesterday and managed to save two dogs. Bojan Veselica, a man who has been fighting for these dogs over the last two years since the “shelter” was established, told us that he is grateful for the response he has received from people worldwide willing to help the dogs that faced a certain death.

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Unhappy dog at Prnjavor shelter

“In all of this darkness, I would like to point out one positive thing and that is that these dogs are not hungry regardless of how difficult it is to obtain enough food. For years I have been collecting leftovers from restaurants and feeding dogs with it. While in other “shelters” dogs are starving, in this “shelter” dogs sometimes receive big pieces of fresh meat, as disgusting as that may sound. However, the best food for dogs is the food made for them,” said Veselica.

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To recap, the “shelter” in Prnjavor has been in existence for two years. The attention of the world was recently caught after we published an article in English regarding this particular “shelter.” Activists from the United States started two YouCaring pages to collect donations to purchase needed dog food and to conduct emergency sterilization of the shelter dogs.

http://www.youcaring.com/nonprofits/sterilise-the-dogs-of-prnjavor-shelter-in-bosnia-/270214

http://www.youcaring.com/pet-expenses/food-urgently-needed-for-prnjavor-shelter-in-bosnia/270363

However, as new dogs are constantly brought, the saga of “shelters” in Prnjavor (and nearby Derventa) will sadly not be finished with the adoption of the currently remaining 20-something dogs.

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Bosnia: Corruption, Neglect, and Forgotten Dogs of Presilica „Shelter“

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Close to a major town of Doboj, Bosnia and Herzegovina, a dog „shelter“ is located in the area called Presilica. If you have any knowledge of what shelters look like in civilized countries, then it is hard to call this place a shelter.  That is due to the reality that Bosnia is a country in which its most developed economic branches are crime, money laundering, and immensly corruption institutions, while the rest is neglected and misused.

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If things were not as they are – if designated inspection institutions did their job – the management of this „shelter“ for dogs would be fined 100,000 EUR due to a series of irregularities under the Animal Protection and Welfare law. However, those who are violating the law are  unpunished as a direct result of corruption. In reality, all laws in Bosnia only exist in order to be broken.

Due to problems on the road, we didn’t arrive in Doboj until night time. The road from Doboj to Preslica was covered in thick fog and we were barely able to fight through the fog and darkness in order to reach these forgotten dogs. As soon as we arrived at the „shelter,“ the activists from Sarajevo fed the dogs found in cages.

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This shelter is operated within the broader sports-recreation center in Presilica. The area where the „shelter“ is located also contains a nursing home.  In general, „shelters“ for dogs in Bosnia are located in waste depots because dogs are only seen as municipal waste. In Doboj, they take it a step further: far from town, in the middle of the forest, waiting for death are both the forgotten dogs and elderly people.

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Furthermore, in conversation with activists from Doboj, we discovered that last week dog catchers captured 20 dogs in Doboj. The activists claim that they were immediately killed by local hunters. By the time the activists arrived at the „shelter“ in Presilica to check on the dogs, they found the hunters with guns drinking „rakia“ at the shelter, but not a trace of the caught dogs.

While dogs are massively being executed across „shelters“ in Bosnia, the Senior State Veterinary Inspector for Animal Welfare publicly admits that shelter inspections fall within the scope of her job, but she refuses to answer why she is not doing her job and conducting inspections of statewide dog shelters.

NOTE: Poor quality of pictures is due to the darkness, fog, and low quality of our camera – it is the only one that we have.

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Jumbo – A Story of an Unlucky Dog and Good People

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Written by: Emina Divković

The times are such that no one is suprised to see a dog on the street. This has become a normal occurence to all of us. I am not even suprised by a wave of thoroughbred dogs roaming the streets. Humans have long ago stopped differentiating between living beings and things, so when they get old or boring, they throw their best friend out on the street. People move swiftly through life, taking each step down the street without noticing a single abandonded soul. They don’t even offer them a look, let alone a touch.

Still, everyone noticed him because it was impossible to ignore him. His large body and sleepy eyes did not leave anyone feeling apathetic. We watched him for a few days, but when we saw that his presence evoked fear and jitters, we had to take him to a shelter. We all know what happens to dogs who are perceived as dangerous.

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However, Jumbo was everything but dangerous. The presenence of his large body scared people, but in reality he was only lost and confused. He was abandoned, alone, and left to fate. Jumbo was not a resourcefull street dog who was going to find his way somehow. Jumbo is a fullbred Brazilian Fila, which until yesterday ate out of a bowl and had walked around someone’s yard.

What happened to his owner that led him to leave Jumbo in the street at mercy of god’s will? Maybe he wanted a big agressive dog, but Jumbo did not fit that profile, or maybe he grew too much? We will never know…

He ended up on the street like many others. While others were more agile and skillful, Jumbo was just a scared giant. He is a small soul trapped inside of an enormous body. His legs shiverred when we first brought him to the shelter. His gaze was down and his ears were lowered as if he was asking for all of this to just end quickly.

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We could not offer him much, just a free box, food and a casual touch. In the beginning it was most important to us that no one hurt him.

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Jumbo did not do well in the shelter, it was too loud and stressful, so despite receiving adequate food, he began to lose weight. During the most critical period he only had 27 kg. Wounds started opening up across his body and it was frightening just to look at him. We didn’t know if the shelter was the problem, or if he missed his owner, a warm bed or what else, but it was horrible to see how we were slowely and surely losing him. The veterinarians were unable to help, they just advised us to shorten his misery – in essence, one dog more or less.

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But we couldn’t just let him go! We couldn’t surrender because we fell in love with him! Only one woman who would visit him was able to entice a single wag of his tail. With a look full of hope he was telling her, „Help me!“

A decision was made! Jumbo had to temporarily go with his new mom. Unfortunately, that wasn’t easy to pull off because the woman already had 17 rescue cats, two dogs, and a number of feathered animals. But, she had to make room for Jumbo too.

Jumbo moved to his new home and we had hope that progress was made. Step by step things were returning back. Jumbo was gaining weight once again and his wounds were healing.

With time Jumbo became frisky! He became a happily silly dog whom you had to love no matter what he did. You could do anything you wanted to him, but you couldn’t get too close to Dina (the woman who took him in). He loved her unconditionally, followed her every step and reacted to her every word. Their love was mutual and strong but painful because we knew that he couldn’t stay there.

How could we destroy his world once again? How could we ruin the sense of life in those eyes full of hope? We gave everything to find him a new home, but because of his size that did not go easily.

One day after we have lost all hope, we received two calls, which has never happened before, from two young ladies who were interested in offering Jumbo a home.

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Months passed by, we were checking potential homes and in the end we decided on Sindy. The only worry was how Jumbo would get along with her two dogs. Excitement and tension was present in all of us, and you can only imagine what it was like for the two almond-color eyes in tears to see him off.

Sometimes you have to give up a piece of your own heart in order to help. Sometimes you must say goodbye even though your soul is fighting against it. Sometimes you must walk across thorns in order to reach the stars.

Jumbo experienced everything in order to finally enjoy unconditional love and blessing. He is happy and we are proud of his strong soul and our determination. He is one of our big successes and strength for another tomorrow.

When things start going down hill, we remember him and remember that nothing is impossible.

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State of Affairs and the Need for Action

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Written by: Jelena Paunović and Dalida Kozlić

Every day hundreds of stray dogs are tortured and killed as a result of widespread money laundering schemes in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). Government authorities have established mass concentration camps for stray dogs across the country. They are illegal, but the police and prosecutors refuse to investigate and punish those who are involved and responsible for killing of dogs. The only way that we can fight this injustice is by organizing a mass legal and media campaign. If we do not act now, the 2009 Animal Protection and Welfare Act will be amended and we will be left with an even larger slaughter of stray dogs in BiH.

Tortured dogs and cats can be found all across BiH. They are subjected to daily harassment by ordinary people and public institutions with the backing of elected officials, law enforcement, and judicial entities. Dogs that are not outright killed are taken to public “shelters” owned by politically-connected individuals. These “shelter,” which function as concentration camps for animals, are used as schemes to collect public funding intended for the provision of the animal welfare law. The owners bill the government for services that are never used, such as spay/neuter programs, animal food, veterinary examinations and treatment, and euthanasia supplies. In reality, the stray animals are tortured and killed in worst possible ways using methods that would have invoked envy of the medieval Inquisition.

This problem is further compounded by the mainstream media’s refusal to investigate and expose the prevalent corruption and inhumane treatment of animals. While they are willing to write sensationalized stories of dog attacks, the media is silent on the systematic elimination and torture of animals, as well as pervasive corruption driving this problem. The lack of journalistic integrity is fueling the atmosphere of misinformation and fear among citizens of BiH, which highlights the immediate need for increase in alternative sources of information.

Currently in B&H, Journalists for Animals (JFA) is the sole media outlet dedicated to investigating and writing about animal cruelty and corruption in B&H. JAF was founded by Jelena Paunović, an activist and journalist from Sarajevo who has dedicated many years to investigating and writing about this ongoing problem. She is supported by Dalida Kozlić, a lawyer dedicated to advancing legal protections of animals in BiH. Journalists for Animals is available in Bosnian and English languages and it offers a comprehensive archive of information documenting the plight of stray dogs as a result of the government’s corruption and incompetence.

Operating with extremely limited resources, Journalists for Animals has served as the sole media provider of information regarding the corruption and organized crime related to stray dogs. JFA is committed to investigating abuses of power and mismanagement of public funds which are funneled through illegal “shelters,” veterinary stations, institutions and others with authority to address the problem of stray dogs. We want to ensure that individuals behind animal cruelty, animal concentration camps, and systematic elimination of stray dogs in B&H are exposed to the world and subjected to consequences under the law. JFA is also dedicated to educating and mobilizing the public to demand the implementation of the existing Animal Protection and Welfare law to humanely resolve the problem of stray dogs in B&H. Finally, JFA’s activities are ultimately driven by our desire to give a voice to thousands of animals under duress and save as many innocent lives as possible.

While JAF is currently publishing articles as often and as quickly as possible, we are eager to do more before it is too late. With support of donors like you, JFA is committed to expanding our journalistic and legal capabilities to investigate illegal operations behind animal cruelty, collect information, educate the public, and put pressure on the authorities to act! Every dollar donated will be used for the purposes to mount a massive campaign to stop animal atrocities that are happening in B&H every day.

We sincerely invite you to support us through donations and by helping us to spread the word about JFA to your friends and the broader animal welfare community.

For more information, please contact journalistsforanimals@gmail.com and visit our website journalistsforanimals.wordpress.com.

Thank you for your support!

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Bosnia: Mud and Hopelessness in Tuzla’s Dog Shelter

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Written by: Emina Divković

Last year we were more or less happy. We had hope that things were finally moving forward and that some key questions were being resolved. Dogs had enough food every day. We succeed in realizing several big projects, which literally pulled many dogs out of mud. Dog adoption was going better than ever and we managed to drastically reduce the number of dogs. We kept pushing each either forward like we had done from the beginning and telling each other that we cannot relax because there was a lot more to do ahead.

Despite the fact that we managed to create a little breathing room, there was still a lot of work and need to conitnue to collect resources. We finally felt some relief and for the first time things didn’t seem to be a hopeless battle. We were prepared for the winter with supplies of hay, blankets, food and other necessary resources in order to ensure a somewhat normal life for the dogs in the shelter. Of course, we were not able to pull all of the dogs from the mud, but we tried our best to make their lives easier as much as possible.

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We worked hard and waited for the summer…We dreamed of new projects, new facilities and new successes. But, the summer never came…The waiting turned into agony and then literally to drowning in major flooding. First, massive flooding made the terraine a living hell with mud literally up to our knees. The road to the shelter was impassable due to large craters that opened up, which made it nearly impossible to even reach the shelter by foot.

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Endless rain made the dogs restless. Many got sick, many languished in silence and within a month many lost weight despite the fact that they were regularly fed. Everywhere you turned there was suffering and we were left without any solutions. We comforted each other by telling ourselves that it could be worse and that we could lose some of the facilities that we worked so hard to build. Many dogs could have lost their lives during this period.

We also learned that woes come in bunches as we experienced a resource shortage in addition to the severe weather. After the county government cancelled all of its support to help cover veterinary costs, we once again found ourselves ten meters under water where we still remain…without any mercy or interest, the county continued to send us new dogs while we were drowning in costs and fear that things were becoming undone.

Veterinary costs are enormous because we have around 600 dogs. New dogs which arrive to our shelter are severely underweight and weak. They require additional care. We’re bursting at the seams and we just keep going in circles. Once again we are fighting hopelessness and we do not know how this time we will reach safety.

Winter is upon us and we require a lot more food than during the summer months. Bills are mounting and help from the county is nowhere in sight. If we are unable to create some solutions in the next few months, we will be forced to release many dogs back on the streets.

I am asking all good people to find mercy for these creatures and help us overcome another winter in hope of a better summer. Until then we will continue to fight against people without heart and soul in the name of those who wag their tales at us even where we are bankrupt.

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These poor souls rejoice when they see us even though we are broken and overwhelmed by worry as this has gone far beyond just love. This is a responsibility and a promise that one day things will get better. Five hundred of them are in happy homes and that is what is keeping us alive and forcing us to keep going. Help us to ensure that the next five hundred dogs will also find happy homes and love far from the mud and the smell of the depot where our shelter is located.

Contacts:

https://www.facebook.com/emina.divkovic?fref=ts

https://www.facebook.com/groups/330001807080905/?fref=ts

Prnjavor: Dogs on these photographs will be put to sleep in five days! Adopt them!

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Do you already know what you will be doing this weekend or this Sunday more precisely? While you are making your plans to rest, these dogs on the photographs are waiting for their journey of no return, euthanasia! On Sunday, November 30th, dogs on these photographs will be put to sleep based on regulations. They have already spent a long time in a shelter for abandoned dogs in Prnjavor, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Some of the dogs have been there for 18 months while law limits their stay to only 30 days.

Thanks to Bojan Veselica, the only volunteer who is caring for these shelter dogs, the limit on the stay of the dogs was extended. Unfortunately, the time has come because there are no more resources left to take care of the dogs, so they will be put to sleep. We spoke to Bojan who told us more about the fate of these unlucky dogs.

-After a long time spent at the shelter, there is no more room for them. The law imposed limit for keeping dogs is 1 month, but I managed to keep some of them for 18 months. No one ever asked for them or wanted them. This is their last chance…In Prnjavor, there are many abandoned animals that need to be placed in shelters and that is why these dogs are going to be euthanized within 5 days based on the law.

Bojan has tried everything to find homes for the dogs, but he has not been very successfully. Only as a result of outreach over social media, he has managed to find homes for five dogs thanks to some people who felt badly for them. No one has asked for the rest of them…

Bojan is asking all animal lovers to take a look at the photographs and contact him in case they would like to adopt a dog. Anyone interested can reach him via email at veselica@gmail.com.

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-Here it is very rare to find homes for dogs, even puppies are unwanted. These five dogs that we found homes for is a huge success! – said Bojan, desperate that he cannot do more for these dogs.

Look at the photographs, choose a dog you like, and save a life! If anyone deserves another chance, it is them!

If you are not able to adopt a dog, please share this text to spread the word to as many people as possible.

We hope that together we can save more lives!

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Cigo – Vaccinated against rabies and other infectious disease, 1 year old, scare and traumatized. He has over 40 kilograms, a big dog but a big baby. He is not aggressive in any way. He will be adopted only to people who are able to dedicate time to help him rehabilitate.

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Sarajevo: The severely beaten puppy has died

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Yesterday, in the late hours of the night, residents of Sarajevo found a severely beaten puppy. Despite the best effort by veterinarians to save his life, the puppy succumbed to his injuries early this morning.

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Bosnia: My country is losing its charm…

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Written by: Senka Filipović

Photo: Public domain

For too long I chose to avert my eyes and ignore the plight of dogs in Bosnia. I love dogs, I saved a Bosnian dog with the help of my wonderful father, but the entire problem felt too overwhelming, painful and helpless to fully go down that path. I knew of some animal welfare activists and hoped that there were others somewhere who would take on this cause.

I also had a hard time accepting this reality of Bosnia. The country has been through so much, everyone needed a break, and I just really wanted to latch on to something positive about it. Bosnia is a beautiful and wondrous country, and I found it so refreshing to see my country start showing up in newspapers and magazines across the world as a new travel destination and not just as some country shackled by its recent history of war and ongoing problems of ethnic divisions, poverty, unemployment, corruption…There wasn’t a person that I met to whom I did not say, “Go to Bosnia, you will not be disappointed!”

But, now I am disappointed. I am disgusted and sad and mortified. And let me show you why if you have the stomach to review just a single week worth of animal abuse and cruelty in Bosnia that regularly goes ignored and unpunished.

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A puppy brutally beaten by an alleged group of children in Sarajevo

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A loved neighborhood dog hanged in Gradiska, Bosnia

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A shelter in Doboj, Bosnia where animals are neglected, starved, and abused

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A starved dog saved from a horror shelter in Banja Luka, Bosnia

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A dog run over by a car and left helpless by the side of the road in Ilijas, Bosnia. He was later taken by activists to Sarajevo for help where he ultimately lost his battle

 Yes, with a reality like this, I would say that the charm of Bosnia is becoming dangerously low…

This post only highlighted cases of animal cruelty over a span of about one week that were likely committed by ordinary citizens of Bosnia. Simultaneously another battle is raging as the government-led campaign to eliminate stray dogs using inhumane methods is in full force and in direct violation of the 2009 Animal Protection and Welfare Law.

Note: Senka Filipović  is an animal welfare activist. She was born and raised in Sarajevo, Bosnia and she currently lives in New York City.

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Tuzla: A working group was formed with the goal to resolve the problem of stray dogs

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Tuzla is not an exception when it comes to the years-long problem of a large number of stray dogs on the streets. Similar problems that belong within the domain of environment are present in other cities of the neighboring countries, which is the reason why they are often recognized as priorities at conferences and forums held by the Foundation of Tuzla Society.

With the goal to systematically resolve the problem of stray dogs in Tuzla, the Foundation of Tuzla Society, in collaboration with the Global Fund for Community Foundations, has established a working group which is trying to develop an optimal solution to this pronounced problem in the city.

The working body consists of Jasna Jašarević i Selma Memišević (Foundation for Tuzla Society), prof. Jasmin Ferizbegović i Lejla Tirić (JP Veterinary Station Tuzla), Alma Bubić (Sanitation Service, Tuzla County), Maid Fazlović (Civil Protection Service, Tuzla County), Edin Dizdarević (JP Sanitation Tuzla), Anto Bosankić (Ministry of Spatial Planning and Environmental Protection), Džemila Agić i Vanja Rizvić (Center for Ecology and Energy), dr. Azra Džaferagić Franca (Public Health Department TK), Tamara Zakomac (JU Mixed High School Tuzla), Andrijana Čajić i Aldina Sejranić (Association for Animal Protection „Nirina“).

The group met two times so far during which they decided that all parties involved must be systematic and coordinated in its work in order to implement quality solutions. They also addressed the issue of the growing number of residents reporting dog bites to their doctors which further rings the alarm for concrete solutions.

“The existence of a central database with information about dogs and their owners would make the work of the overseeing authorities much easier,” proclaimed in agreement the members of the local authorities, veterinary station, public health sector, sanitation services, non-profit sector, and the association for animal protection.

Registration of dogs is currently in the process, but it continues to be sporadic and mostly motivated by owners’ desires to travel abroad with their pets; the sense of pet ownership responsibilities still remains underdeveloped. That is the reason why it is difficult to return a lost dog to their owner, while irresponsible owners go unpunished for abandoning their pets.

In the upcoming period, the working group will move forward with presenting solutions to reduce the number of stray dogs on the streets of Tuzla and through a series of activities to sensitize the public to this problem.

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Reactions to the attack on Maja Sujodzic and Dalida Kozlic: It is unacceptable for an institution to use violence against residents

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Associations Link plus, Feniks and Animal Hope – Riska strongly condemn the attack on activists Maja Sujoldzic and Dalida Kozlic that took place as they tried to enter a veterinary center in Sarajevo neighborhood Reljevo.

Institutions cannot be allowed to use violence against residents who are trying to point out illegal work of animal hygiene services and veterinary centers and who are standing up for the rule of law in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH).

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) have warned that killing of abandoned dogs and cats is an inefficient measure for resolving the problem of abandoned animals; and Declaration 26 of European parliament, adopted three years ago, recommended responsible ownership (dog chipping, vaccinations, sterilization of cats and dogs, and owner education) as the solution for resolving this problem in European countries.

The law for Animal Protection and Welfare of Animals in BiH was passed in accordance with European standards and recommendations of international organizations. The law is not being implemented meaning that cats and dogs in BiH have still not been marked and recorded in a central registry. That means that six years after the law was adopted, the state institutions have not implemented a single measure or met preconditions for efficient and lawful solution to the problem.

By accusing activists that they are obstructing the solution to the problem, using certain media outlets to create a toxic atmosphere against activists, and employing violence against residents who try to enter a public institution, Canton Sarajevo authorities are demonstrating that they do not intend to change their style of work unless they face strong international pressure to do so.

As a result we are calling on organizations across the world to direct written messages to the Canton Sarajevo government to support activists who are committed to a lawful, efficient, and humane resolution to the problem of abandoned animals.

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And also, once you have made your donation, please ensure that you ‘view transaction details’ (or click on the link ‘details’ beside your donation, or click on the ‘Confirm Receipt’ button if it is there), and click ‘confirm receipt’ otherwise the funds are not able to be used for several weeks. Thank you!