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Report from Serbia - October 26

Members of WSPA in Serbia are claiming that massacre is NOT happening! making us look crazy- and animals dying without help!

Please- visit this page I have made> www.C4SAIN.bravehost.com

U will see what I want to tell U-

WSPA is "present" under names of their members here- who just takes donations and are appearing on TV- and DOING NOTHING 4 ANIMALS!!

member of WSPA in Belgrade (ORCA org.) is now changed her name in Animal rights- because I have made allegations against them that they are using animals for profit-

the leader of ORCA said on TV that he supports animal testing since it helps humans!!!! and then 3 days after that- they said they are now AR org.??!!!

they are trying to hide the truth about massacre of stray animals, because they have a big profit from it---


5.2 million dinars approved for STRAY DOG MASSACRE! Sunday, 2:23 AM

WHAT AUTHORITIES SAY:

Belgrade: 5.2 million dinars approved for sterilization of abandoned dogs


July 19, 2006

BELGRADE - Belgrade authorities have set aside 5.2 million dinars (62,000 euros) for massive sterilization of abandoned dogs at the shelter for dogs and cats in Ovca, near the Serbian capital.

Unwanted and unsterilized stray dogs and cats are one of Belgrade's biggest problems.

The city of Belgrade has assigned the funds to the Veterinary Station „Belgrade", for the project „Plan for massive sterilization of abandoned dogs in multipurpose objects of the Shelter for dogs and cats" in Ovca.

– The sterilization of 250 dogs per month will begin on September 1st 2006. About 1000 dogs will be sterilized this year, and the same dynamics will be repeated the following year, depending on the situation in city streets. Since, in the meantime, the Regulation on labeling and tracking of dogs is passed and started being enforced, we hope that the number of stray dogs in the streets of Belgrade will diminish – says Elizabet Paunovic, Belgrade's Deputy Secretary for Environmental Protection.

The Belgrade-based non-governmental Organization for Respect and Care of Animals – ORCA expressed satisfaction with decision of the Belgrade authorities.

Within the effort to control the number of stray dogs and cats in a humane way, according to the procedures of the World Health Organization and the World Organization for Animal Protection, the city of Belgrade has adopted the Strategy to solve the problem of stray dogs within city limits. The strategy states that sterilization is the best way to successfully perform a humane regulation of the population of dogs and cats, and thus keep their number under control.


Photos- Subotica, Dogs in plasitc bags

Before brutal death these dogs were kept in cramped place* in cages size 1, 5x1, 5meter, 30 dogs in one tiny cage. Without food and without water, on filthy and wet concrete floors. Under "humane euthanasia", officials imply use of T-61 which works as respiratory blockade -animals die by suffocation- (T-61= banned in many EU countries- T 61>> CAS Type 1 Name 4,4'-methylenebis (N,N,N-trimethylcyclohexanaminium), diiodide, mixt. with 2-(dimethylamino)ethyl 4-(butylamino)benzoate monohydrochloride, N,N-dimethylformamide & N-(2-ethyl-2-(3-methoxyphenyl)butyl)-4-hydroxybutanamide. Chemical Synonyms T-61 Tanax CAS Registry No.66424-27-9 ) Methods of killings are always the same- brutal and inhumane. Wide use of various poisons like Nuvan,Kreozan are recorded.. Various methods of clubbing to death: by hack-picks, by head smashing onto the floor, hanging, etc, . These are pictures of "New strategy for stray animals" that Authorities propose.


Belgrade: 5.2 million dinars approved for sterilization of abandoned dogs

WSPA response re Serbia (October 10, 2006)
Dear Peter:

I have just received a copy of the WSPA response re the situation in Belgrade, below.

What it states, in gist, is that WSPA intends to ignore many independently gathered witness statements to the effect that the Serbian pound killing methods fall well short of normal definitions of "euthanasia," and that regardless of whatever policies may exist on paper, something quite different appears to be occurring at street level.

The practice of shelter workers pocketing sodium pentabarbital, ketamine, and other drugs for street resale, while abusing the animals in their care, as may be happening in Serbia, unfortunately occurs in the U.S. and Britain as well as abroad.

Prevention requires vigilant management. Detection requires interviewing the witnesses, as well as supervisors who may either be unaware of what is going on, or inclined to deny and ignore it.

Some of the WSPA critics in this situation have obvious axes to grind and have been grinding them for quite a long time, but what Jelena Zaric learned is that they are not alone. They are simply amplifying complaints that come from ordinary members of the Serbian public.

Thank you,


Merritt Clifton, editor, ANIMAL PEOPLE.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: "WSPA"
To:
Date: Mon, 9 Oct 2006 09:42:21 +0100
Subject: RE: PLEASE READ NOW.........Dogs to be killed by WSPA Diploma man


Thank you for your recent email regarding the situation in Serbia. The dog catchers named do not have a WSPA diploma and are not WSPA representatives. WSPA provided training in humane catching in Serbia to and participants have been issued with a certificate of participation which is not a diploma or qualification in anyway. They are not acting illegally in catching the dogs, nor is it illegal for dogs to be euthanised, which is unfortunately an element of stray control management in most countries. WSPA will not be taking any further investigative action as two staff members recently visited Serbia, where they assessed WSPA member societies as satisfactory and met with other Serbian societies also to gain a full insight into the allegations. WSPA have issued advise to the Serbian Ministry of Agriculture on proposed animal welfare legislation which if approved should improve the stray dog situation in Serbia.

Regards,

Kathryn Thorpe
Supporter Care Officer.

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, October 2006:


Investigating Beslic's allegations, Belgrade activist and journalist Jelena Zaric told ANIMAL PEOPLE that, "Belgrade owns one killing pound, in the OVCA district, and sponsors several private killing pounds around Serbia," some of which appeared to be implicated. The OVCA pound practices apparently represent the norms.

Taking statements from six witnesses to OVCA pound procedures, Zaric concluded that it "does not work to law, does not possess appropriate management, and the workers do not possess the skills needed to work with animals.

"Captured animals are kept without water, food, and proper medical care," Zaric summarized from the witnesses' statements. "Sterilization is performed on animals who are in very bad health, and are held further without proper post-operative care.

"Killing methods," that Zaric was told about, "include injecting various toxic detergents, injecting the concentrated insecticide Nuvan, various kind of oral poisoning, suffocation by plastic bags or ropes, hanging, clubbing, smashing animals' heads with heavy doors, smashing restrained animals on the floor, and injections of T-61," a paralytic lethal agent used mainly to kill mink on fur farms, used by some U.S. animal control agencies until banned in 1986.
--

Merritt Clifton
Editor, ANIMAL PEOPLE

On 10/12/06, Merritt Clifton wrote:
From: "Peter Davies"
To: < anmlpepl@whidbey.com>
Subject: WSPA DIPLOMA
Date: Thu, 12 Oct 2006 11:08:50 +0100
Organization: WSPA

Dear Merritt
In answer to your two questions of 5 October:

a. Mr Zec has no credentials from WSPA. He does have a certificate of attendance |(only) at a WSPA Humane Dog Catching Course which was held in his country circa 2003. I understand he now employed as a Municipal Dog Catcher (not everyone's favourite occupation) in Pancevo, a small town in the country.

b. We have no evidence that he is claiming to represent WSPA in any way. If that evidence is forthcoming our only course of action would be to write to him and his employers requiring him to desist from such activities. So, if anyone can give me sound evidence that he is actively portraying himself as a WSPA representative or following instructions from WSPA, I will take action. But, as I say, we have no evidence as yet.
regards
Peter

Subject: Serbia
Date: Wed, 11 Oct 2006 10:22:59 +0100
From: "Peter Davies"
Sender: "Vicki Thomas"
To:

Dear Kim,

I write in response to the messages emanating from Serbia which you have received.

WSPA is a federation of over 700 animal welfare organisations in 144 countries. This federation is diverse both in terms of the focus and the scope of its animal welfare work. All the Member Societies are striving to do the best they can for animals in their countries but they inevitably face a variety of challenges and difficulties. Given the large number and diversity of Member Societies it is not surprising that there are differences of opinion on animal welfare issues and of course differences based on the place of animals in any given society. It is important to bear this in mind before jumping to criticise the activities of any organisation in any particular country. This also applies to criticism of international organisations such as WSPA. Earlier this year WSPA held a symposium for its Member Societies which was attended by 370 delegates from 184 Member Societies from 110 countries. The overwhelming opinion of those present was that WSPA was doing an excellent job in building a global network of animal welfare oganisations and improving animal welfare standards worldwide.

WSPA bases its animal welfare policies on the best current scientific evidence available, and the practical application of this knowledge. It accepts that there will be criticism from some quarters about its work but this should be based on facts and not inaccurate or false information. We also recognise the great harm done to the global animal welfare movement by the spreading of inaccurate and of false information around the world, particularly via the internet.

WSPA is therefore both upset and disappointed to hear from many of our Member Societies about the allegations concerning WSPA from an organisation based in Serbia, not least because they are untrue. Without going into great detail I would draw to your attention the following points:

The dog catchers named in the e-mail do not hold a WSPA diploma neither are they WSPA representatives

WSPA did provide training to municipal dog catchers in humane catching of stray animals in 2003 at which the participants were presented with a certificate of attendance

The dog catchers are not acting illegally in catching the dogs, nor is it illegal for dogs to be euthanized in Serbia

WSPA staff members have recently visited Serbia to assess the WSPA Member Societies to: evaluate a recent WSPA-funded disaster relief intervention delivered by three animal welfare groups in Belgrade. While there, WSPA staff also met with other Serbian societies to investigate these allegations which we established to be unfounded.

WSPA has issued advice to the Serbian Government on proposed animal welfare legislation which, if approved, should improve the stray dog situation in Serbia

WSPA is deeply offended and distressed by the continued circulation of these e-mails, not only because they are untrue but also because they denigrate all the good work done by WSPA staff and that of the entire Member Society Network worldwide. Furthermore this kind of activity brings pleasure only to those who do not care about the welfare of animals and are only too happy to see animal welfare groups at each other's throats.

WSPA will continue to urge all genuine animal welfare organisations and individuals to stop wasting precious time and energy in spreading such damaging allegations, and to focus their collective efforts to end animal abuse throughout the world.

Yours sincerely
Peter
--
Merritt Clifton
Editor, ANIMAL PEOPLE

Dear Peter:

I received the allegations about the state of animal control in Belgrade & suburbs from a fellow journalist, who found six independent witnesses.

That doesn't necessarily mean that all of their reports were current & accurate, but it does significantly increase the odds.
Cheers,
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++=
--

Merritt Clifton
Editor, ANIMAL PEOPLE

Dear Peter:


What Jelena Zaric is trying to explain, below, without getting herself killed, is that some of the Serbian animal control agencies that work with WSPA are run by suspected & alleged war criminals, of notorious name, who are better known for their thug connections than for humanitarianism toward either beast or human.


Please take her information into account, but do not share her name and contact info with anyone without getting her permission first. I have had sources & colleagues shot through the head for talking to me before (a vealer served eight years for murder in one of the cases), & would rather not have it happen again.

Thanks,


Merritt Clifton, editor, ANIMAL PEOPLE

Dear Ann, following is what Merritt told me about: Kim and people telling stories about what WSPA do...

Dear Jelena:

Kim Cooling has held a grudge against WSPA for many years, going back before the tenures of the present WSPA management.

Slavica Mazak Beslic also has an ulterior motive, in that her shelter is at risk of being closed, and she is trying to defend her own substandard practices by attacking others.

Nonetheless, you did speak with quite a number of other witnesses to the alleged deficiencies of animal control in Belgrade, and WSPA has a history of sending people to "investigate" shelters  who have a background in sheltering but not in investigative work.

Thus they overlook problems that don't exist on the particular days that they are present.

I would like to see WSPA become motivated to do some actual investigative work. If they investigate and find that the allegations are all false, excellent, but they do need to investigate, not just casually visit, before issuing glib assurances.

Thanks,
--
Merritt Clifton
Editor, ANIMAL PEOPLE


+ corespondence among activists:

----- Original Message -----

From: Diana Ratnagar

To: Romula

Cc: Coolingkim@aol.com ; epar@yunord.net

Sent: Monday, October 09, 2006 11:17

Subject: Re: WSPA - FROM KIM / SRI LANKA

Dear Romula,

This mail did not surprise me. I fully agree regarding WSPA. I have interacted and worked with them beginning the late 1960s & 70s in India and England on more than one issue. Moreover, there was a time when their representatives used to go into our slaughter houses and actually TEACH how to kill. They also inefficiently taught how to kill stray dogs. Old and long stories... I tried without success to find out who exactly were behind this organisation. However I am quite convinced it is a front for doing other things.

Love,


Diana

chairperson@bwcindia.org
Beauty Without Cruelty - India
4 Prince of Wales Drive, Wanowrie
Pune 411 040. INDIA
Tel: +91 20 2686 1333 / 2686 1166
Fax: +91 20 2686 1420
Cell: +91 98 221 94494
Website: www.bwcindia.org

----- Original Message -----

From: Romula

To: 'Romula'

Sent: Monday, October 09, 2006 1:58 AM

Subject: WSPA - FROM KIM / SRI LANKA

----- Original Message -----

From: Coolingkim@aol.com

To: epar@yunord.net

Sent: Sunday, October 08, 2006 2:38 AM

Subject: WSPA

I have felt that WSPA need to be investigated for deception for many years.

They openly advertise for funds using graphic images of stray dogs being electrocuted, stating they do not believe in killing strays, but prefer humane methods of controlling the canine stray population by spay and neuter programmes. However, this is far from the truth and there is a great deal of evidence to prove this, including the situation in Serbia and elsewhere. I also had an interesting conversation with a member of staff from WSPA confirming their preference for stray dog destruction policy, at a time when they were openly advertising for funds for spay and neuter schemes.

When I petitioned the King of Thailand in 2000 against the skinning of dogs there, WSPA were the only animal welfare organisation who refused to give me a letter condemning the barbaric trade in dog fur. They stated they didn't want to upset the Thai Government.

Their work with the bears (or lack of it) was exposed in the Mail on Sunday some time ago, as was their slow response to the tsunami-' Sorry, we're on vacation' -Peter Davies.(Animal People)

Many hands-on organisations know what about WSPA's dubious dealings. I have yet to speak to a group who have a good word to say about them. It's a shame the public aren't as aware.

Thousands of strays have been gassed and poisoned for years in Sri Lanka despite claims by WSPA that they are working with the government to help the animals. No consolation to the dogs and puppies dragged into the gas chambers every day, and those being chased around by men in the streets, stabbed with a pole syringe laced with strychnine.

I agree with your views that we need to speak out and expose this shambolic organisation once and for all. We need to do this primarily for the animals because they are paying the ultimate price.

Kim

Kim works with the street dogs in Sri Lanka .



---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Epar <epar@yunord.net>
Date: Oct 14, 2006 11:01 AM
Subject: Fw: PLEASE READ NOW.........Dogs to be killed by WSPA Diploma man
To: arka@eunet.yu, jezajeza@gmail.com

----- Original Message -----

From: Epar

To: anmlpepl@whidbey.com

Cc: Mark Johnson

Sent: Saturday, October 14, 2006 01:01

Subject: Fw: PLEASE READ NOW.........Dogs to be killed by WSPA Diploma man

----- Original Message -----

From: Epar

To: anmlpepl@whidebey.com

Cc: Mark Johnson ; Operation Toby

Sent: Saturday, October 14, 2006 00:38

Subject: Fw: PLEASE READ NOW.........Dogs to be killed by WSPA Diploma man

Esteemed Mr. Merrit Cliffton,

in attachment are two photos.That dogs was collected by Mr Vladimir Zec which is chef of dogcatchers of JKP HIGIJENA ,Pancevo ,which have diploma of WSPA for humane catching-but for mass killing of stray dogs in Serbia, for money of cities budget, and this is in opposite to Law of veterinary of Serbia and punishable with article 269.of Criminal Code of Serbia, from 1-th January 2006.year.

We expect that WSPA take back that diploma in form of one public act.

Thank You for Your time.We hope You will contact us.

Best regards

Adrijana Nadj,vice president of FRIEND-EPAR

Slavica Mazak Beslic, president of FRIEND-EPAR

Serbia

----- Original Message -----

From: Epar

To: wspa@ wspa.org.uk ; wspa@wspausa.org ; wspa@wspa.org.au

Cc: Operation Toby ; Mark Johnson ; Zelda ; Diana Ratnagar

Sent: Friday, October 13, 2006 23:34

Subject: Fw: PLEASE READ NOW.........Dogs to be killed by WSPA Diploma man

I must to say taht shelter EPAR is legal no kill shelter.

Nobody can not to destroy this shelter on legal metter,

1. in agreement with Law veterinary- we sended 8 times request for antirabic vaccination to vet.inspectors and to Director of veterinary of Serbia;

2. Destroy of all dog houses which commanded building inspector, is in oposite with Law of building, because nobody in Serbia need not building permit for wooden doghouses and for dog houses of straw balls.All dog houses in dog shelter epar are from wooden and from straw balls.

3. Now all our 450 dog are in nice big boxes: 8meter x 8 meter to 4 meter x 6 meter .

It was very difficult to build 97 boxes without any help-except help in form 4468 euros from OIPA,- and for this humanitarian help we must pay tax 40 000 din-or 500 euros, and at the same time to bay dog food, medicine, things for desinfection for every day for 450 dogs.

4. We have refrigeration room with minus 20 degree for keeping food.Every days we preapare fresh food, all our dogs are in very good condition.

5. We have recovery room for dogs who arrives as violence and quarantine for new dogs.

6. Every day we have at the shelter doctor veterinary as volunteer, and technicer of veterinary as volunter.

7. We have rehomed 278 dogs in first 6 months of this years -and it is very important that we allways , before rehoming, made checking: is this place where dog go better then its place at the shelter- and we allways made contract with new owners in which new owners made with EPAR obligation that dog will be back: a) if something would be wrong , b)and if new owner would not make theirs obligation and cannot do everything what it is need for dogs welfare.

8.All male dogs at the shelter EPAR are neuthering- thank you to very kind and very proffesional vets of OIPA, and we have not pregnant dogs , we have control of reproduction.

9. all of this we made for period of tree years, with ourselvez money, and to this moment nobody did not help to this shelter, except Murchig Animal Welfare Trust 2 times about dog food, and OIPA as we wrote, and we are very grateful to them on that very important help.

So our shelter have no risk of being closed i agreement of laws, and we can not understand meaning of:

"she is trying to defend her own substandard practices by attacking others.." and if we good understand that are words of Mr. Merrit Clifton about work of our president Mrs Slavica Mazak Beslic.And we please that Mr. Merrit answer to us what is in this work substandard , and suggest to us something better, we will discuss about his suggestions, because it is important ,if it is possible to do better for dogs at the shelter EPAR, and we know that Mr. Merrit have very big expiriens in this matters, and we will be very grateful to him on useful suggestions.

But we are not content with activity of serbin WSPA members , and with WSPA who since today did not delete that dogcatchers diplomes or certificates on name of dogcatchers firm which abuse this document, in spite now everybody on our planet know that man and that public services for collection of cities garbage abuse that documenten and used its for to do more effective mass killing for money of cities budget.

About laws, and what is legal what is illegal in the matter of stray dogs and cats , many peaple of WSPA have wrong information.There are new ,very important laws.

And it is truth :

1. New Law of veterinary, from 25.Oktober 2005. year ,command to take care of stray dogs and cats- that mean sterilisation, mark, rehoming and keeping animals in shelters-not mass killing healty dogs and cats, and

2.New Criminal Code of Serbia command, in article 269. from 1-th January 2006. year, which command that everybody who kill animals in oposite of law must be punish up to 3 years imprisonment.

If to somebody is not clear poin 1. and point 2. ,please ask for official translate of this Laws in original, and please dont do missinterpreting of this laws, in situation which is at the same time difficult ,because we have very hard work with Public Attorney General of Serbia in the matter of implementation of those laws .

Excuse us, if our work is not useful for somebody of WSPA, but we mean that it is useful for stray dogs and cats in Serbia, and we must go further at the same way.

We have only one motiv: to protect animals rights which laws in Serbia command and give to the animals, nothing more.

Sorry, we have not e-mail address of Mr.Merrit Cliffton, but we want to contact him , too.

Thank You for Your time.

Regards

Adrijana Nadj, VICE-presidente of FRIEND-EPAR-

The Society friends of animals FRIEND-Estimation and Protection of Animal Rights, Serbia

----- Original Message -----

From: Jelena Zaric

To: Arka ; Coolingkim@aol.com ; epar

Sent: Friday, October 13, 2006 16:08

Subject: Re: PLEASE READ NOW.........Dogs to be killed by WSPA Diploma man


Dear All,

I will paste some of my correspondence with Merritt Clifton (Animal people) and his correspondence with Peter Davis- (dir. WSPA …),

Peter is trying to cover up the truth, …

I have sent them ARKAs reports, they are perfect for back up info. But no one commented that??? They all together ARE avoiding the truth. Please read letters from Peter, and before that bare in mind following:

As Merritt wrote me;

You-Kim, held a grudge against WSPA for many years,
going back before the tenures of the present WSPA management…????

And, that Slavica might have an ulterior motive( in that
her shelter is at risk of being closed), and she is trying to defend
her own substandard practices by attacking others….???

And as he said, I did speak with quite a number of other
witnesses to the alleged deficiencies of animal control in Belgrade,
and WSPA has a history of sending people to "investigate" shelters
who have a background in sheltering but not in investigative work….???

As I assume---We are not relevant as I see??? Who's word do count then?

About Peter's comments -----you decide for your self what is it for you to do after reading and thinking it over-

Please do not write immediate reply- but first let us see what is it to do- you may share this with your close associates, and other activists involved in this…

If we are to do this – to really get involved in WSPA fraud….We should act in coordinate moves (it's my humble opinion and from past experience…)

We should see how many allegations against WSPA work in foreign countries..?

And we should make one presentation supported with arguments from all sides involved…

Please, stay calm after reading this,--- I know its hard- as I had hard time controlling my self, I already sent Merritt some harsher words.. but enough is enough- what else we have to do –for someone to take our word in account.??!!!

Take care

J.

LETTERS:

Subject: Serbia
Date: Wed, 11 Oct 2006 10:22:59 +0100
From: "Peter Davies"
Sender: "Vicki Thomas"
To:

Dear Kim,

I write in response to the messages emanating from Serbia which you have received.

WSPA is a federation of over 700 animal welfare organisations in 144 countries. This federation is diverse both in terms of the focus and the scope of its animal welfare work. All the Member Societies are striving to do the best they can for animals in their countries but they inevitably face a variety of challenges and difficulties. Given the large number and diversity of Member Societies it is not surprising that there are differences of opinion on animal welfare issues and of course differences based on the place of animals in any given society. It is important to bear this in mind before jumping to criticise the activities of any organisation in any particular country. This also applies to criticism of international organisations such as WSPA. Earlier this year WSPA held a symposium for its Member Societies which was attended by 370 delegates from 184 Member Societies from 110 countries. The overwhelming opinion of those present was that WSPA was doing an excellent job in building a global network of animal welfare oganisations and improving animal welfare standards worldwide.

WSPA bases its animal welfare policies on the best current scientific evidence available, and the practical application of this knowledge. It accepts that there will be criticism from some quarters about its work but this should be based on facts and not inaccurate or false information. We also recognise the great harm done to the global animal welfare movement by the spreading of inaccurate and of false information around the world, particularly via the internet.

WSPA is therefore both upset and disappointed to hear from many of our Member Societies about the allegations concerning WSPA from an organisation based in Serbia, not least because they are untrue. Without going into great detail I would draw to your attention the following points:

The dog catchers named in the e-mail do not hold a WSPA diploma neither are they WSPA representatives
WSPA did provide training to municipal dog catchers in humane catching of stray animals in 2003 at which the participants were presented with a certificate of attendance
The dog catchers are not acting illegally in catching the dogs, nor is it illegal for dogs to be euthanized in Serbia
WSPA staff members have recently visited Serbia to assess the WSPA Member Societies to: evaluate a recent WSPA-funded disaster relief intervention delivered by three animal welfare groups in Belgrade. While there, WSPA staff also met with other Serbian societies to investigate these allegations which we established to be unfounded.
WSPA has issued advice to the Serbian Government on proposed animal welfare legislation which, if approved, should improve the stray dog situation in Serbia

WSPA is deeply offended and distressed by the continued circulation of these e-mails, not only because they are untrue but also because they denigrate all the good work done by WSPA staff and that of the entire Member Society Network worldwide. Furthermore this kind of activity brings pleasure only to those who do not care about the welfare of animals and are only too happy to see animal welfare groups at each other's throats.

WSPA will continue to urge all genuine animal welfare organisations and individuals to stop wasting precious time and energy in spreading such damaging allegations, and to focus their collective efforts to end animal abuse throughout the world.

Yours sincerely
Peter

Subject: WSPA DIPLOMA
Date: Thu, 12 Oct 2006 11:08:50 +0100
Organization: WSPA

Dear Merritt
In answer to your two questions of 5 October:

a. Mr Zec has no credentials from WSPA. He does have a certificate of attendance |(only) at a WSPA Humane Dog Catching Course which was held in his country circa 2003. I understand he now employed as a Municipal Dog Catcher (not everyone's favourite occupation) in Pancevo, a small town in the country.
b. We have no evidence that he is claiming to represent WSPA in any way. If that evidence is forthcoming our only course of action would be to write to him and his employers requiring him to desist from such activities. So, if anyone can give me sound evidence that he is actively portraying himself as a WSPA representative or following instructions from WSPA, I will take action. But, as I say, we have no evidence as yet.
regards
Peter

On 10/10/06, Coolingkim@aol.com < Coolingkim@aol.com> wrote:



---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Coolingkim@aol.com
To: epar@gmail.com
Date: Mon, 9 Oct 2006 04:43:19 EDT
Subject: Fwd: PLEASE READ NOW.........Dogs to be killed by WSPA Diploma man



---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: "WSPA" < wspa@wspa.org.uk>
To: < Coolingkim@aol.com >
Date: Mon, 9 Oct 2006 09:42:21 +0100
Subject: RE: PLEASE READ NOW.........Dogs to be killed by WSPA Diploma man

Thank you for your recent email regarding the situation in Serbia. The dog catchers named do not have a WSPA diploma and are not WSPA representatives. WSPA provided training in humane catching in Serbia to and participants have been issued with a certificate of participation which is not a diploma or qualification in anyway. They are not acting illegally in catching the dogs, nor is it illegal for dogs to be euthanised, which is unfortunately an element of stray control management in most countries. WSPA will not be taking any further investigative action as two staff members recently visited Serbia, where they assessed WSPA member societies as satisfactory and met with other Serbian societies also to gain a full insight into the allegations. WSPA have issued advise to the Serbian Ministry of Agriculture on proposed animal welfare legislation which if approved should improve the stray dog situation in Serbia. Regards, Kathryn Thorpe Supporter Care Officer.

 

From: Coolingkim@aol.com [mailto: Coolingkim@aol.com]
Sent: 06 October 2006 01:12
To: WSPA
Cc: wspa@wspausa.com
Subject: Fwd: PLEASE READ NOW.........Dogs to be killed by WSPA Diploma man

Hope you will stop this killing. If not your organisation will be held responsible


Decision on pet keeping



Article 11.

Dogs and cats

In the multiple family facilities per one apartment maximum number of dogs to be owned is one and one cat, as for their offspring's maximum is four months.

In the apartment with multiple users, in the facilities from article1, dogs and cats can be owned only with neighbors' consent.

Dogs of following breed can be owned and held in the apartment only with consent of residential council:

German shepherd, Belgian shepherd, rotvailer, Doberman, German boxer, snaucer-big (both varieties), black terrier, Argentina dog, bull mastif, mastiff, Napule masti, perinea mastiff, sarplaninac, Kavkas shepherd, Airedale terrier, American Stafford terrier, bull terrier (normal size), Stafford terrier, as all dogs with mix decedent from mentioned breeds.



Article 12.

In residential facilities it is prohibited to have cats and dogs on balconies, terraces, on the attic, in the garage, shack, and flower gardens or in any commune room, and are prohibited in elevators.



Article 13.

Pit-bull terriers are prohibited on territory of Novi Sad.



Article 14.

In family residential facilities mentioned in article 5. 2.2 and 3. of this decision, and in back yards, maximum 2 dogs and 2 cats can be present and as for their offsprings maximum is until the age of 4 months.



Article 15.

In family residential facilities, from article 5. 2. 2. and 3. of this decision, dogs, must be kept in isolated area with appropriate dog housing or in appropriate dog house chained on a chain which is no longer than 3 meters and not shorter than 2 meters.

Isolated area, or appropriate dog house must be at least 10 meters far away from nearest/neighbor residential or business area.



Article 16.

In commune yards of residential facilities, (from article 5. 2. 2. and 3. of this decision,) dogs can be kept under conditions and on ways assigned under Article 15. of this decision, only with consent of other residents and users of commune yards.



Article 17.

The owner of the dog can take his dog out on leash.

The leash (from act 1. of this article), can not be longer than 2 meters.

Dogs from breeds mentioned in Article 11. Act 3. of this decision can be taken out only if they wear a protective muzzle/gag on snout, and on leash which is not to be longer than 1 meter.



Article 18.

The owner of dogs under breeds mentioned in article 11, in facilities from Article 5. act 2., of this decision, is obligated to put a visible sign "beware of the dog" on entering doors or other visible spots.



Article 19.

Persons younger than 16 years of age CAN NOT go out with dogs mentioned in article 11. 3. of this decision.



Article 20.

The Dog Owner is obligated to mark his dog under accordance with special legislations on dog marking and data collecting of marked dogs.

The owner of dog older than 3 months is obligated to report his dog to veterinary service for registration.



Article 21.

For owning a dog in facilities mentioned in article 5. 2., local communal tax it is to be paid in accordance with decision of Novi Sad City Hall.



Article 22

Dogs are allowed on selected public commune green areas which are chosen by the directive of city management juridical for communal work.



The Act from note 1. of this article, is addressed to basic proposal of Public communal enterprise "Gradsko zelenilo" Novi Sad



Article 23.

Streets up keeping it is to be done by enterprise under contract with Novi Sad City



Article 24.

Dogs can freely move around under owners' control, on selected areas.

Dogs from Article 11. are to move freely only with protective muzzle/gag on a snout.

Particularly, hunting dogs during the hunt, Service dogs during police search, and Shepherds during the work can move freely without protective muzzle/gag on snout only under owners' supervision.

During the time spent on public areas, owner is obligated to have in his possession the Certificate on dogs marking and vaccination.



Article 25.

Un-marked dog, without protective muzzle/gag on snout and without leash, and is happen to be found on any of the public areas is to be considered as "stray" dog.

If marked dog without owners' presence is to be found on any of the public areas he will be considered as dog without supervision.

Every dog whose owner refuses to give his personal documents and certificate of dog ownership to communal inspector on his/hers demand is to be considered as dog without supervision.



Article 26

If a cat or a dog leaves dirt behind them on any of public area or commune facilities, the owner is obligated to immediate clan up after the animal without delay.



Article 27.

The dog/cat owner or keeper is obligated to regularly vaccinate his animal against rabies (in accordance with persisting regulations).



Article 28.

In cases of dogs'/cats' disappearance, the owner/keeper is obligated to report the missing case in the next 24 hours to the enterprise/authorized person in firm for dog/cat catching (which is under contract with City).

The report (from act 1. of this article) must contain the time and location of dogs'/cats' disappearance, breed, close description and name of missing dog/cat, and data about vaccination and marking.

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