AnimaList newsletter special 2018

“The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.” – Albert Einstein

An overview of our 2018 activities

In our special edition of AnimaList, we present the annual review of our activities and achievements in 2018.

We Organized the Adopt! Campaign

Brothers Filip and Luka Vidović
Brothers Filip and Luka Vidović, collaborating with us in the campaign “Adopt!” appeared in front of the cameras to join forces for abandoned animals and to call for adoption. Aside from the video, the Vidović brothers and the dog named Lola posed for photographs for the billboards in Zagreb, Osijek and other cities.


We Marked Meatout Day

Meatout Day
We marked the first day of spring with the appeal to stop eating meat through the Meatout campaign which has been celebrated worldwide ever since 1985. Check a video of us sharing free vegan food at Petar Preradovic Square in Zagreb, in cooperation with Vegan Thugz. Croatian newspaper Vecernji list joined us in the Meatout this year. In cooperation with us, it published a vegan cookbook as a gift to the readers of its daily newspaper!


We Organized the 7th VeggieFair

7th VeggieFair
The 7th edition of VeggieFair took place in Zagreb’s Jelacic Square on May 21. A wide selection of vegan food was presented through various tastings and special offers. Zagreb’s mayor, Mr Milan Bandic, was among the visitors of VeggieFair who had an opportunity to test their strength by participating in push-ups on pumpkins and win vegan desserts.


We Organized the Campaign: “Microchipped dog, caretaker in peace”

Microchipped dog, caretaker in peace
Actress Ksenija Pajic and dog Amy are the new faces of “Family to the seaside, dog to the street?!” campaign, which promotes responsible adoption. The slogan “Dog microchipped, caretaker in peace” highlights an important theme of the Animal Friend’s campaign, which is the legal obligation of dog microchipping. The campaign was also helped by three playful dogs from the Zagreb’s animal shelter in Dumovec.


We Started the Campaign: “Respect Our Sea”

Respect Our Sea
In collaboration with the organization Eurogroup for Animals, we made a campaign called “Respect Our Sea”. The aim of the campaign was to educate Croatian citizens and tourists about respecting the sea and sea life. We placed 30 billboards in 15 cities with message: “Leave fish in the seas, better have peas. Sea animals feel pain just as we do. Respect their life and freedom.” Also, we published a vegan cookbook “Green Dishes for Blue Sea”.


We Issued a Book: “Vegan Nutrition for Children of Kindergarten Age”

Vegan Nutrition for Children of Kindergarten Age
In cooperation with nutritionist Ivana Šimić, we issued the book “Vegan Nutrition for Children of Kindergarten Age”, which is intended to kindergarten teachers, caretakers and parents. It brings plenty of useful information, guidelines and recipes for raising vegan children. We distributed the book to all kindergartens in Croatia, as well as other institutions.


We Helped with Spaying of Dogs in Roma Settlements

Spaying of Dogs in Roma Settlements
Big campaign of spaying/neutering dogs in the Roma settlements of Medjimurje County was held. Plenty of volunteer work was done in the animal sanctuary Friends (Prijatelji), where over 3,000 dogs were spayed. The shelter thanks all the vets and volunteers, and adds that donations of food, medicine and construction material are always welcome, as well financial help.


We Organized the 11th ZeGeVege festival – Croatian Veganmania

11th ZeGeVege festival
11th ZeGeVege Festival of Sustainable Living took place on September 7th and 8th at Zagreb’s main square. There were more than a hundred domestic and foreign exhibitors with food sampling and promotional sales, lectures and cooking workshops, as well as an entertainment program, and restaurants offered a variety of delicious dishes. All of this makes our festival the biggest in this part of Europe. Check first and second part of our festival’s photo gallery.


We Marked World Animal Day with a Veggie Picnic

Veggie Picnic
On October 6th, we participated in an event organised by the city of Zagreb at Bundek lake, marking World Animal Day. We were there with our info stall, alongside with Animal Protection Network. We organised a Veggie picnic which offered a selection of tasty vegan food.


We Drew Attention to the Importance of Permanent Sterilization

Don't turn a blind eye, castrate!
We encouraged more than 140 cities and municipalities to prescribe permanent sterilization of dogs and cats, and started a campaign “Don’t turn a blind eye, castrate” which was joined by numerous celebrities, showing that the topic is truly important. We have shown that it is important to work on the source of the problem, instead of dealing with the consequences of long-term negligence and failure in implementing the Animal Protection Act. Besides all this, through our program for cheaper castrations, we helped to spay and neuter 615 cats and 97 dogs in 2018.


We Marked the Anniversary of Animal Protection Act Implementation

Anniversary of Animal Protection Act Implementation
On Friday 26th October 2018, precisely on the day the Animal Protection Law came to force in 2017, we organised an impressive action. Together with four-legged friends who are searching for home and banners with shocking photographs we pointed out to the need for all local communities to conduct control of dog microchipping and to prescribe permanent sterilization (spaying/neutering) as a breeding control of dogs and cats.


We Organized a Performance on the Occasion of World Vegan Day

Performance on the Occasion of World Vegan Day
On the occasion of World Vegan Day, we organised a ‘bloody’ performance. We wanted to portray the responsibility of each individual for their own choice of food on their plate and remind everyone that eating animals and animal products is neither necessary nor justified. We invited everyone to spread information about the numerous benefits of a vegan lifestyle and to recommend the Veggie Challenge to their friends.


The President of AFC was Appointed the Minister’s adviser

Luka Oman - The President of AFC
The Ministry of Agriculture has appointed Luka Oman, the president of Animal Friends Croatia, as a special adviser for the animal protection to the Minister of Agriculture. He performs this function without employment or any compensation for work and travel expenses. This does not prevent him from investing extraordinary efforts to raise the standard of animal protection in Croatia and take part in numerous meetings where he presents concrete proposals for the improvement of implementation of the Animal Protection Act.


We Organized March for the Animals and Animal Rights Week

March for the Animals
The second March for the animals was held on December 8, 2018. A colorful procession with banners was not discouraged by the rain, as we were all motivated to spread the message of compassion for animals. You can take a look at the great atmosphere of this year’s March in the Photo Gallery on our website and Facebook. As a warm-up for the March, we held the Animal Rights Week. The week started with a banner making workshop for the March, followed by a great lecture given by Vedran Romac, an activist workshop by Zagreb Animal Save, an educational lecture by Goran Pejakovic, and, as an icing on the cake, a feline get-together at the Cat Caffe.


We Started a Campaign “Love is not for Sale”

Love is not for Sale
With a new campaign, the Animal Protection Network wanted to send a message that animals are not suitable as Christmas presents. For this occasion, billboards were placed in over 20 cities all over Croatia with a clear message: “Love is not for Sale“, presented by abandoned animals. Animals are not commodities nor a suitable gift, so if a family decides to get an additional member, the Network suggests: Adopt, Don’t Shop!


The President of AFC Received a Peace Prize

Luka Oman Received a Peace Prize
Luka Oman, the president of the Animal Friends Croatia, received a special Recognition for the promotion of peacemaking, non-violence and human rights “Krunoslav Sukić”, awarded by the Center for Peace, Nonviolence and Human Rights Osijek. He received the award for pioneering work on the promotion of animal protection and veganism, as well as being a “contemporary conscientious objector who showed exceptional care and sacrifice for others.”


We Insisted on Banning the use of Pyrotechnics

Banning the use of Pyrotechnics
During yet another holiday season, we asked everyone not to use pyrotechnics, because the loud noises of firecrackers and fireworks put both domestic and wild animals under major stress and fear, which can even cause death. We pointed out that pyrotechnic devices are dangerous to humans as well, especially children who often end up with hand or eye injuries, so we asked for their ban during the whole year.


We Promoted Compassionate Holidays

Compassionate Holidays
We invited people to spend Easter and Christmas holidays with vegan dishes on their tables. For Easter we offered a free online cookbook, and during Christmas we cooperated with the local newspaper in publishing a Christmas themed vegan cookbook in one of the newspapers editions.


In addition to these activities, let’s take a moment together to remember some other important events and initiatives we have engaged in:

  • On the occassion of World Health Day, we pointed out the numerous benefits of veganism for each individual and the health of the whole humanity.
  • In a big fire on a farm PIK Vinkovci, 10,000 pigs have died in agony. We filed a criminal charge against PIK, due to a justified suspicion that the farm did not take necessary precautions to protect the lives of pigs and save as many animals from the fire as possible.
  • We marked Earth Day and prepared ten reasons for taking meat, milk, eggs and honey out of your diet and sent a message: Save the Planet with your fork!
  • We called out dog breeders, who potentionally make over 7 million kuna in just 10 days from online puppy sales, and many of them avoid paying taxes this way.
  • We appealed to croatian retail chains to stop selling live fish and crabs intended for human consumption. Stores souldn’t be places where animals are killed or torchured.
  • During the summer we pointed out to the suffering of animals exported for food, who have to endure being in confined trucks at temperatures up to 37°C.
  • We gave our support to animal welfare organizations in Serbia during their fur-ban campaign, and we held a fur themed performance in Belgrade.
  • We sent a letter of complaint to the tourist board and the representatives of the city of Čabar on behalf of Animal Protection Network, warning them on unethicality and unlawfulness of their event “Fat Dormouse Night”, and asked for its cancellation.
  • Animal Protection Network sent a letter to the minister of agriculture, Mr Tomislav Tolušić, regarding the Ministry’s tender for co-financing the reduction of a number of predators in wildlife in 2018. The members of the Network and many citizens were badly surprised that the Ministry plans to finance hunters to reduce the number of foxes and jackals by killing them.
  • We attended meetings of working groups for implementing the Animal Protection Act in cities across Croatia.
  • We commended the President for her noble act of adopting a dog in Virovitica shelter.
  • Alongside other animal protection organizations and shelters, we attended the open house day in the Presiden’t office themed: Adopt, don’t shop!
  • We gave our support to the charity concert „Let’s adopt friends“, which was organized to raise funds for reconstruction of the largest dog shelter in Croatia, the one in Čakovec.
  • We wrote a letter to the Board of Veterinary Medicine and Food Safety to instruct their veterinary inspectors how to properly interpret Article 59. of the Animal Protection Act, regarding circuses with animals.
  • We organized a lecture held by Dr. Will Tuttle themed „Healing the World: A View at Nutrition“.
  • We sent a letter to the major and tourist board of the city of Lipik regarding their manifestation „Slavonian pig slaughter in Dobrovac“.
  • We filed a report against the only chinchilla breeder left raising them for fur in Croatia, and asked the Ministry of agriculture to sanction him for breaking the Animal Protection Act.
  • We commented on the new Hunting Law.
  • We left our commentary in the public consultation on primary and secondary school curricula regarding veganism and animal protection.

Thank you all for your support, for following us, and participating in our activities. Stay with us this year too, support us through membership, donations, or in any way you can so as we can achieve many new successes together.

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