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Stop killing of brown bears in Bosnia & Herzegovina, please take action

October 30, 2010

Immediate, please sign: Stop killing of brown bears in Bosnia & Herzegovina

Targeting: Dr. Radivoje Bratic (Ministarstvo poljoprivrede, šumarstva i vodoprivrede RS)

Started by: NOA

According to the info from the press agency, SRNA’s website, the text announces the commercial hunting of a brown bear, one of the rarest species in the country and in the European region, allegedly because of the damage the bear made on the buildings and lifestock. The bears are usually hunted from hunting stands where the animals are lured by a bait and then viciously killed. These bears are only guilty of being alive and they are worth more dead.

The text from the press agency SRNA

ČELINAC, 25 October (SRNA) – Members of the hunting association “Fazan” from the town of Čelinac made final preparations for the hunting of a brown bear that in the past month on several locations, made the damage estimated at about 5,000 KM, said the president of the association Sveto Đajić.

“In the villages Dragojevici, Dzomba and Skatavica a bear killed 13 sheep, brakeing into cottages and abandoned buildings, and recently got eep into the villages, Lipovac and Popovac where it destroyed a beehive and tried to break into a barn,” Đajić added.

A game warden, member of the association, Zoran Orašanin states that the at the site Lipovac, where normally there are no good conditions for the habitat of brown bear, he spotted a bear with two cubs and two adult bears, one of which is a valuable trophy.

Based on the hunting plans, as well as damage caused to the villages, the hunting Association “Fazan” received approval from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management of Republika Srpska to organize capture and killing of one specimen of this rare animal.

Orašanin stated that on the site of Majstorovic garden, “where he observed frequent movement of bear hunting stand, a prerequisite for organizing the hunt, is prepared.”

“The law requires that a bear is hunted only from a hunting stand which means that the chase is prohibited. Hunting stand is made according to high standards, preparing a carcass that will attract the bear and we have already several interested parties of hunters who are willing to participate in this commercial hunt, which will come in handy for repairing budget of our organization, “said Orašanin.

In the hunting society “Fazan” they are considered that there are too many bears in their hunting ground, which means that there are conditions that the competent Ministry also “sentences to death” the other bear as already suggested.


Please remember to sign Stop killing of brown bears in Bosnia & Herzegovina

Protest letter in English

It has come to my attention that a particular brown bear is being hunted by a local group known as Fazan; this bear has been accused of killing sheep and damaging outbuildings, and I am requesting you provide immediate relief on behalf of this non-human animal so callously and brutally targeted for destruction. Although I have no evidence of either scenario, I suspect that to establish endorsement, pro-killing enthusiasts and supporters exaggerate potentially dangerous situations and exploit community fear, dispelling any measures to protect wildlife. Indeed, the human animal is deceptively clever and duplicitous in gaining support for the vicious killing of a non-human animal who is worth more dead than alive to calculating hunters.

Of utmost concern is the unethical agenda of this decision, and the goal of death by these hunters. Hunting is inherently cruel, yet this hunt is particularly savage, fundamentally cruel, and based on inequity and accommodating promoters, employing cheap baiting tactics to attract the bear, a decidedly unmerited and cruel strategy to lure this creature to his death. Although the desire to protect personal property is understandable, doing so via death and destruction by hunting aficionados reveals more of a selfish maneuver than a selfless endeavor. Indeed, manipulating the situation by labeling the bear as deadly destroys any recourse on behalf of the bear or diplomatic decisions. Furthermore, it is important that you are aware that the brown or grizzly bear, ursos arctos, is considered a threatened species in many locales, and is also listed by the UN Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) as at risk or endangered depending upon location, and that hunting them could be considered an international crime .

Therefore, I respectfully request that, based on the established brutality involved as well as the potentiality for facilitation of illegal animal commerce and trade, you please vacate any licenses provided and dispense with any further hunting operation against the one, or any other, brown bear and instead seek non-lethal interventions as necessary. Please leave your reputation free of such brutal, inequitable hunting enterprises, and do not allow economical benefits, hunting sympathizers, and distorted accusations to dominate over ethics and judicious resolutions.

I know your time is limited, and I thank you for your attention to this urgent concern.


Protest letter, Bosnian

Hajka na smedjeg medvjeda


Dosao/la sam do saznanja da je organizovana hajka na određenog mrkog medvjeda od strane lokalne lovačke skupine poznate kao Fazan u Čelincu. Ovaj medvjed je kako se navodi, ubio nekoliko ovaca i napravio štetu na gospodarstvenim objektima, a ja tražim da odmah spriječite brutalno uništavanje ove vrste životinja. Iako nemam dokaza ni za jedan ni za drugi scenarijo, ne sumnjam u to da oni koji podržavaju hajku i ubijanje, da bi uspostavili podršku javnosti, pretjeruju oko podataka u vezi potencijalno opasnih situacija i iskorištavaju strah zajednica, i stavljaju po strani mjere za zaštitu divljih životinja.Zaista je čovjek jedno lukavo biće u dobijanju podrške za brutalno i kukavičko ubijanje životinje, koja je više vrijedna mrtva nego živa.

Najproblematičniji je nemoralni dnevni red ove odluke a to je ubijanje mrkog medvjeda od strane lovačkog društva, dočekušom. Lov je sam po sebi okrutan, ali ovaj oblik lova je posebno divljački, u osnovi najokrutniji, a temelji se na nepravdi i pomirljivim promotorima. Korištenje jeftinih taktika kako bi se medvjedi namamili u vlastitu smrt. Iako je želja da se lična imovina zaštiti, razumljiva, ali smrt i uništenje sprovedena od strane lovaca više otkriva da se radi o sebičnim manevrima nego nesebičnim nastojanjima. Zaista manipulira se situacijom tako da se medvjed označava kao smrtonosna štetočina i svako pribjegavanje diplomatskim odlukama se izbjegava.

Nadalje, važno je da ste svjesni da se smeđi/mrki medvjed ili Grizli, Ursos Arctos, smatra ugroženom vrstom u mnogim zemljama pa tako i u BiH, a također je na popisu Konvencije o međunarodnoj trgovini ugroženim vrstama (CITES) na listi ugroženih vrsta ovisno o lokaciji, te da hajka i lov ove vrste bi se moglo smatrati međunarodnim kriminalom.

Stoga Vam šaljem zahtjev da na temelju utvrđenih brutalnosti koje su uključene u ovom slučaju, kao i potencijalne nezakonite trgovine životinjama ukinete dozvole za lov i odustanete od odluke o ubijanju ovog ili bilo kojeg drugog mrkog medvjeda i umjesto toga tražite mirnim putem razrješenje situacije. Molimo Vas da sačuvate svoj ugled bez takve brutalne i nepravedne vrste lova, ne dopuštajuci ekonomske koristi, nedajući podršku simpatizerima lova, i iskrivljenih optužbi kako bi dominirali nad etikom i promišljenom odlukom.

Ja znam da je Vaše vrijeme ograničeno, i zahvaljujem Vam na pažnji u vezi ovog hitnog slučaja.

[Your name]

If you prefer, you can send a message of protest to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management of Republika Srpska via the following:

Trg Republike Srpske 1, 78000 Banja Luka
Tel: 051/338-415   Fax: 051/338-865, 051/338-866

Additional information:

Related, U lancima ropstva i pohlepe

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. October 30, 2010 6:02 pm

    What are you doing pls stop killing the bears


  2. Nadja Böthin permalink
    October 31, 2010 2:53 am



  3. karen lyons kalmenson permalink
    October 31, 2010 6:51 am

    now what is the purpose
    for bear killing
    is hunting something
    you would call thrilling
    what if the bear
    turned the rifle on you
    then what do you think
    you would do?


  4. ana molina permalink
    October 31, 2010 9:01 am



  5. October 31, 2010 4:08 pm

    We’re supposed to share with the animals, NOT expect to have every inch of land for ourselves…and if we didn’t take up so much space, this poor bear wouldn’t have wandered into livestock………arrogance and greed have won yet again, and soon future generations will be left with no wildlife at all!!!


  6. nadja permalink
    November 3, 2010 8:25 am

    stop killing of brown bears!!!!

    uzas ljudi su postali toliko samozivi i neverovatno koliko ne koriste mozak za razmisljanje al bitno da smo se samo prozvali najinteligentijim bicima na planeti zemlji! pitam se onda zasto ta najiteligentnija bica unistavaju planetu zemlju i sve zive stvorove na njoj?! di je tu inteligencija?!


  7. cc king permalink
    November 20, 2010 6:00 am

    May the sacredness of all life in its totality be respected. Please stop killing and mistreating the animals.


  8. Anne Kopp permalink
    December 7, 2010 2:22 pm

    Stopp killing of brown bears immediately.
    Nobody can withdraw itself from its responsibility.
    As a boomerang will back come everything on you.
    That is the cosmic law.


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