Please read the latest post on In Memory of Vucko:
One Step Forward for the Strays of Bosnia Herzegovina!
All funds currently raised have been used by the activists (apart from $55 donated in the past couple of days, thank you!), and have contributed greately to this unprecedented news. However the fight is not over yet and they need to keep this pressure, so please share this fundraiser - the House of People's will sit in session at the end of January so the next days are very important. Thank you!
New post on In Memory of Vucko: PROTEST TO END THE BRUTAL KILLING OF DOGS IN ROMANIA & BOSNIA HERZEGOVINA
Everyone, if you can attend the protest in London on January 11th please do - and if not, please share with any friends who might be able to come. All details in the post above, thank you!
If the link above doesn't work, copy and paste the following link:
Animal Welfare Advocates for Bosnia Herzegovina
The activists in BiH have been working very very hard to do everything they can, with media reports, TV interviews/forums etc and a protest march today, 15 December in Sarjavo.
And few days ago there was a TV forum on PINK TV all about the amendments and why the existing law was not implemented - all guests were activists or veterinarians and state veterinary inspector Inga Dujmovic was there also, Snezana Vidovic an actress from Zenica, the leader of SAPA Animal welfare organisation, Aida Cizmic from Prijatelji Mostar association was a guest as well and then cantonal veterinarians and veterinarian who works with a group called LOKOM in Novi Grad Sarajevo (dog catchers that activists have problems with), Jelena Paunovic was a guest in audience and she asked questions (see attached picture).
Representatives of pro-kill law group UGRIZ (Stop bite - Stop ugrizu - http://ugriz.com/ and here on FBhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/stopugrizu/) and the MP Nermina Zaimovic Uzunovic (original proposer of law) did not want to come to the debate because they claimed that the TV station has had biased approach in favor of activists from the very start that the show was ordered and paid for by activists
Also, Dalida Kozlic was a guest in a TV show "Answer to people" - live TV show on Federation of BiH TV. Other guests were Nermina Zaimovic Uzunovic, Adnan Omerdic (Stop bite - Stop ugrizu), Nihad Fejzic (dean of Veterinary faculty in Sarajevo), Semir Efendic (a mayor of Novi Grad where illegal hygienic service kills stray dogs) and Slavo Jovicic (SNSD) who iw against kill law. We hope to have a copy of this with translated subtitles soon.
What we can do, once again, is to continue to help with financial support: https://www.youcaring.com/kill-law.
Thank you so much,
Animal Welfare Advocates For Bosnia-Herzegovina
At the session in BiH Parliament yesterday (December 5) the House of Representatives voted in the new amendments to the Animal Welfare Act. 20 voted yes, 14 no, 7 sustained.
BiH legislation process is one of the most complex in the world. I don’t understand it fully but, this is the gist:
The changes to the Animal Welfare Act were voted through yesterday by the BiH House of Representatives, BUT the changes now have to be supported by members of the House of Peoples, and will go through a similar process that they went through with the House of Representatives before they can be officially legislated – there is a first and second reading, and an ‘amendments’ phase. The House of People have fewer delegates than the House of Representatives, and the legislation process has more issues, but there are the same phases.
So: there are two more voting procedures and only if the amendments pass both times will they will become officially legislated.
I have teen told that it’s usual that the House of Peoples supports whatever MPs already agreed about and voted for in the House of Representatives, but we must not give up hope.
If the law is legislated, then there are further processes and issues: “Harmonization” is last part of the process. If the amendments are legislated in both Houses, then they need to be ‘harmonised’. Again I’m not sure of the specifics of this, but one activist has told me that if the law is legislated it will end up in the constitutional court since the currently proposed amendments have many contradictions – the whole law will have to be reworked and harmonized with itself because it “really looks abominable in the amended form.”
To sum up: the picture is unclear and there is still possibility for the amendments to be voted against or changed.
It is unlikely but……
Please keep writing to your MEPs, Embassies, media etc. All information is in the related posts listed below. If there is anything further we can do I will keep you updated. The situation in BiH has been bad for so long, including numerous and continued transgressions of the Animal Welfare Act. We just have to keep at it, keep uncovering illegalities and keep campaigning.
We also need to keep supporting the activists on the ground, so please share this YouCaring with your friends as we need to raise funds for continued investigations of shelters and other critical activities. THANK YOU.
14th November. Bad news.
The Legal - Constitutional Committee of the House of Representatives has refused to adopt any amendments that would mitigate what the SDP party has advocated: the amendments that will result in mass killing of strays.
Two votes were for these mitigating amendments, three against and there were two abstentions.
The next step is second reading on the 20th of November and then voting in the following B&H Parliament session - probably 15 days after this, we don't know.
I have extended both the goal for funds and the time frame, as it looks like this is going to be a long hard battle.
More information and updates on the Facebook event:STOP BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA FROM IMPLEMENTING KILL LAW!
A CRY FOR HELP: Why It's Critical The BiH Animal Welfare Law Is Not Changed
CRUCIAL POST FOR EVERYONE TO READ AS IT HAS LINKS TO THE FULL DOCUMENTARY 'KINOFIL' WHICH WILL EXPLAIN WHAT THE ACTIVISTS IN BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA HAVE TO DEAL WITH AND WHY THEY NEED OUR SUPPORT, AND ALSO WHY IT'S CRITICAL WE CONTINUE TO LOBBY FOR THE ANIMAL WELFARE LAW TO BE IMPLEMENTED AND NOT GIVEN 'AMENDMENTS'. PLEASE WATCH.
WE HAVE NOT ONLY REACHED OUR FIRST GOAL FOR FUNDS BUT EXCEEDED IT. YOU ARE ALL AMAZING, THANK YOU
I HAVE UPPED THE GOAL AS THIS FIGHT WILL NOT BE OVER ANYTIME SOON. EVEN IF THE PROPOSED AMENDMENTS ARE NOT IMPLEMENTED, THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS THAT ACTIVISTS NEED SUPPORT WITH: NOT LEAST OF WHICH THE MANY 'HORROR' SHELTERS OF BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA NEED TO BE VISITED ON AN ONGOING BASIS AND MONITORED AND PHOTOGRAPHED AND REPORTED.
BUT MOST OF ALL THANK YOU THE ACTIVISTS CAN MAKE A REAL DIFFERENCE WITH WHAT HAS BEEN RAISED TO DATE.