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I usually protect your feelings and don’t go into details about the difficulties that homeless cats face here in Montenegro. The situation, though, turned out to be more serious and much worse than I initially hoped. To keep quiet about it would mean to hide a very important truth.
I’ll understand if you opt not to read any further, as it’s a hard reading. I chose to write about it, because I tried many other options and they don’t work.
The general attitude towards homeless animals here is revolting. It’s one thing when they teach their kids to kick cats and spit or piss on them just for fun, calling it “a game”, it’s another when they intentionally kill them. I hoped for a long time that the poisoning of homeless animals was a myth which started from a couple of episodes in the past. Recently I learned it’s a current reality. One of the homeless cats I took care of was intentionally poisoned. They put the poison in the fish. I found both the dead cat and the poison, and it took me four hours of very intensive work to get anybody to at least remove the poison from the street.
Here’s the screenshot of the email that I sent to local newspapers. The email is about the events of that day when I found the cat. Only two newspapers published the story. The articles in Montenegrin language (warning: the articles contain the dead cat photos) are here and here.
No organisation at all wants to deal with such situations. They don’t even bother to remove the poison as fast as possible. It took me four hours to get them do this. Imagine how long it would have taken, if I hadn’t insisted on it.
The vet I talked to told me she regularly deals with the intentional poisoning of animals, but many poisoned animals are simply discarded by street cleaners.
Some citizens understand that the poisoning of animals is wrong, but there are many others who see no problem in it at all. The majority I talked to think the matter isn’t worth dealing with. And all of those people believe there’s nothing that can be done about it.
So, let’s look at the whole situation: there are no shelters for cats at all, the 3-4 shelters there are in the whole country are dog only, and they are in a horrible state with no normal funding and no tolerable conditions for the dogs; no authorities think it’s their responsibility to deal with the poisoning of animals; the majority of people do not try to change the situation.
What do I have left in the midst of this apathy, absurdity and lawlessness?
Well, I have just a wish left, and that’s the wish to inform you, and as much of the world as possible, about what’s going on here.
Nobody knows where Montenegro is? Well, it’s opposite Italy, across the sea, and it’s either Europe or wants to be Europe as it hopes to enter the EU. And homeless animals are poisoned there regularly.
Please, help me spread this information.
I’m also looking for any helpful links on the topic; blogs, organisations, articles, anything. If you have anything on your mind or any comment at all, please, leave it below the post or send them to my email firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also share your thoughts about this situation on Igor Lukšić’s blog, who is the Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of Montenegro, and who also happens to blog on wordpress, or, at least, he’s registered on wordpress and blogged until the end of 2011. He’s a talented young politician who was born exactly here, in Bar, Montenegro, and maybe he knows what can be done about the horrific situation with homeless animals in Montenegro.