YUGOSLAVIA: ANIMAL AGENCIES ARRIVE IN KOSOVO TO TREAT THOUSANDS OF SICK ANIMALS AND THOSE INJURED BY THE WAR
- Title: YUGOSLAVIA: ANIMAL AGENCIES ARRIVE IN KOSOVO TO TREAT THOUSANDS OF SICK ANIMALS AND THOSE INJURED BY THE WAR
- Date: 3rd July 1999
- Summary: VARIOUS UNIDENTIFIED LOCATIONS, KOSOVO, YUGOSLAVIA (JULY 3, 1999) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. SCU COW GRAZING BEHIND TWO GRAVESTONES 0.08 2. SLV/CU HERD OF COWS GRAZING (3 SHOTS) 0.23 3. SLV BURNED OUT BUSES IN ROAD PAN TO COW TIED TO STAKE 0.33 4. PAN DOWN KFOR VEHICLE DRIVING PAST A DEAD COW AT ROADSIDE 0.45 5. VARIOUS SICK DOG IN CHARRED RUINS OF HOUSE (4 SHOTS) 1.08 6. PAN DAMAGED HOUSE 1.20 7. CU/SV WORLD SOCIETY FOR PROTECTION OF ANIMALS (WSPA) MEMBERS LOOKING AT MAP (2 SHOTS) 1.30 8. SV (SOUNDBITE) (English) Gerardo Huertas (specialist in disaster zones) "It is nonsense (we are not saving animals before humans) the animals, especially the livestock, is going to be playing a crucial part of the survival of these people especially when winter comes - if no-one helps them put their veterinary services together again, they are going to perish. The aid from other agencies is not going to keep them for ever - they need to be helped to get their act together. Domestic animals play an important role in the recovery of the mental health of these people. We also have to be careful about rabies - we are vaccinating the dogs especially in the cities" 2.28 9. VARIOUS TETHERED COW (3 SHOTS) 2.39 10. VARIOUS DOG SEARCHING FOR FOOD IN RUINED HOUSE (3 SHOTS) 3.07 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
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- Location: VARIOUS UNIDENTIFIED LOCATIONS, KOSOVO, YUGOSLAVIA
- Country: Yugoslavia
- Duration: 00:03:08
- Story Text: Animal welfare agencies have arrived in Kosovo to
treat thousands of sick animals and those injured during the
war in Yugoslavia.
For many ethnic Albanian refugees, now returning home, their
livestock offers them the best hope for the future.
When Serb troops forced ethnic Albanians to flee their
homes and villages the animals were left behind.
Livestock - including cattle, goats and sheep - roamed
freely.Pets including dogs and cats had to fend for
Some were knocked down and killed.Others died of
starvation or disease.
Many were simply shot by the Serbs.NATO bombing also
claimed its share of victims.
Now charity workers are trying to save those animals
caught up in the conflict.
Gerardo Huertas of the World Society for the Protection of
Animals denies they are putting animals before people.He says
good, healthy livestock will be vital to the people of Kosovo,
especially come the winter.
And having domestic pets around helps overcome some of the
mental torture being experienced by those returning to
But Huertas warns rabies could pose a serious problem
unless the stray dogs of the cities are properly vaccinated.
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