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ORCA, in cooperation with NALED, initiated the establishment of a working group for the development of the National Strategy for the solution of Abandoned Animals issue. This initiative was presented at a round table organized for local governments, members of NALED.
Key challenges for which the National Strategy should provide an answer and offer a solutions
The National Strategy must include all stakeholders: the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management, the Ministry of Public Administration and Local Self-Government, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Justice, the representatives of cities and municipalities, the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, the Veterinary Chamber and the associations dealing with the development of local Governments, and associations for animal protection and environmental protection.
ORCA considers that the Animal Welfare Act should not be changed in the part relating to measures aimed at solving the issue of abandoned animals.
For several years, ORCA has been working on creating a social consensus and support for the initiative of treating the abandonment of animals as a criminal offense in the Criminal Code of Serbia and in that way influencing one of the most important cause of the issue.
The initiative for the drafting of the National Strategy for the solution of the problem of Abandoned Animals is well accepted and the Ministry of Agriculture has started consultations and preliminary discussions with all stakeholders. Due to this development, we are very pleased and the times to come will show whether there is enough capacity for a long-lasting, humane and efficient solution of this problem in our society. ORCA will monitor the development of this initiative and inform the public about it.
More information on ORCA activities that address the problem of abandoned animals can be found on balkandogs.orca.rs
We invite all interested associations and individuals who want more information about our initiative, to contact us via email firstname.lastname@example.org