Target: Jerko Ivanković-Lijanović, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management; Fehim Škaljić, Chairman of the Bosnian Parliament; and Nermina Zaimović-Uzunović, member of the House of Representatives of the Parliamentary Assembly
Goal: Stop the euthanization of thousands of stray animals in Bosnia
Nermina Zaimović-Uzunović, a member of the Bosnian-Herzegovina House of Representatives of the Parliamentary Assembly, has proposed an amendment to the Animal Protection and Welfare Law that would allow for the euthanasia of healthy stray animals in shelters if they are not adopted within 14 days of their stay.
This amendment is a direct response to the growing number of abandoned animals on the streets of Bosnia, a problem caused by the government’s own failure to implement the existing Animal Protection and Welfare Act of 2009. Proper execution of the act would have adequately maintained the stray population, without the need to resort to euthanasia.
Euthanasia, as a solution, is both costly and inhumane. It is five times more expensive than implementing a more practical solution such as spaying and neutering, and requires a team of trained professionals to administer the drug. Furthermore, euthanasia does not adequately deal with the cause of the problem, only its consequences. It is an easy way for the Bosnian government to avoid assuming responsibility for its own inaction.
This needs to be stopped. By signing this petition, you are urging the Bosnian government to stop the amendment of the Animal Protection and Welfare Act, in order to ensure that innocent stray animals will not be killed.
Dear Jerko Ivanković-Lijanović, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management; Fehim Škaljić, Chairman of the Bosnian Parliament; and Nermina Zaimović – Uzunović, member of the House of Representatives of the Parliamentary Assembly,
The proposed amendment of the Animal Protection and Welfare Act, allowing for the euthanasia of strays within 14 days of their shelter stay, is an inhumane and costly way to deal with the growing population of abandoned animals. Instead of feeding large sums of money into euthanizing these animals, the money can be used to effectively implement the existing Animal Protection and Welfare Act, established in February of 2009.
By taking this more humane approach, the stray animal population can be adequately maintained. I am urging you to reconsider amending the act and to invest the necessary funds into finding the root cause of the problem instead.
[Your Name Here]
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