Petition opposing Vucic intention to ban evening dog walks

NEWS 27.03.2020 16:03
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A civil society organization tried to submit a petition to the Serbian government opposing President Aleksandar Vucic’s announced ban on walking pets for 20 minutes every evening during the state of emergency imposed during the coronavirus pandemic.

Dog owners have been allowed to walk their pets for 20 minutes not more than 200 meters from their homes between 8:00 and 9:00 pm. The curfew which was first imposed between 8:00 pm and 5:00 am was extended and now last 12 hours from 5:00 pm to 5:00 am. Permission to walks pet dogs was granted by Internal Affairs Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic. President Vucic told a news conference earlier this week that permission to walk pets would be revoked very soon, saying that it’s enough to walk dogs early in the morning and in the afternoon.  

The Kreni – Promeni (Start – Change) organization said that it had collected 5,000 signatures in support of the petition.

A press release said that organization members tried to hand the petition in to the government but were told to mail it in. The organization sent the petition in by mail and e-mail.  

The petition calls for the decision to allow evening dog walks to remain in force, possibly shortened to a half hour period to give the pets 10 minutes longer outside.