25.08.07. Lipicanci i dalje gladuju, a političari ih zanemaruju
Prijatelji životinja kontaktirali su Europsku komisiju (Upravu za zdravlje i dobrobit životinja)
Udruga Prijatelji životinja kontaktirala je Europsku komisiju (Upravu za zdravlje i dobrobit životinja) jer smatraju neoprostivim da su konji i dalje izloženi izgladnjivanju i nebrizi, a da se njihov povratak još niti ne nazire.
U svom dopisu Prijatelji životinja osuđuju srpske vlasti zbog toga što još nisu zaustavili izgladnjivanje konja lipicanaca i vratili ih u Hrvatsku, no osuđuju i hrvatske vlasti zbog nedovoljnog zalaganja za životinje iz Lipika te traže pritisak nadležnih u Europskoj uniji.
Animal health and welfare, Directorate D
Mr. Bernard Van Goethem, Director
August 24, 2007
SUBJECT: Requesting help for Lipizzaner horses
Dear Mr. Van Goethem,
We would like to inform you about the ongoing problem with about 80 starving Lipizzaner horses in Serbia.
Horses have been illegally taken from horse - stables in Lipik, Croatia during the war in 1991, and have been in Serbia since then, currently on a private ranch in Novo Naselje, a district of Novi Sad where they are mistreated.
Croatia and Serbia have been trying to find a solution to this problem for years now. They also agree that the horses are Croatian ownership and that they should be returned to Croatia, but still the horses have not been returned. Croatian minister of Agriculture, Forestry, and Water Management Petar Čobanković and his serbian counterpart Slobodan Milosavljević will have a meeting next Monday or Tuesday to discuss the return of those noble horses back to Croatia. So we, Animal Friends Croatia, are kindly asking you to use your influence in both Serbia and Croatia to solve this problem, in order to help the Lipizzaner horses who are starving while two countries are negotiating a solution.
Animal Friends Croatia is an animal protection and rights organization. We are active on the entire territory of Croatia, but we also support international initiatives, given the fact that, unfortunately, the suffering and exploitation of animals do not know borders imposed by man.
Trusting in your conscientiousness and concern for animals, we are joining the request made by Freedom for Animals group from Belgrade to intervene in order to solve this case in a satisfactory manner as soon as possible for the horses' benefit.
We would also like to make a reasonable proposal, backed by serbian Freedom for Animals group, that the horses should be allowed to move back to Croatia, where they will be offered permanent and appropriate care.
We sincerely hope that our benevolent appeals will encourage you to prevent any further suffering and possible death of the Lipizzaner horses.
Please do all what is in you power, so that your reputation contributes to the solution of this problem.
Thank you very much!
With best regards,
President of Animal Friends Croatia
P.S. You can find more information about us and situation with Lipizzaner horses - with photos - on our web site: www.prijatelji-zivotinja.hr/index.en.php?id=811