AnimaList No 146

15 years, 15 accomplishments

In our 15 years of existence, we have organized numerous performances, public actions, and petitions for animal welfare and their rights. We’ve also fought in ways less visible to the public. Because of these numerous and urgent activities, the 15th anniversary of Animal Friends Croatia was quiet (and very busy). We want to take some time and share with you the 15 biggest accomplishments from our first 15 years of existence. Support us by becoming a member, and together, we’ll achieve even more victories!


Voice for the invisible

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In a year that began with the ban on fur farming and continued with the announcement of the long-awaited ban on kill shelters, we continue drawing attention to the most vulnerable animals—those invisible to most people. On billboards in Zagreb, you can see a shocking photo of a calf, taken by famous Canadian photographer Jo-Anne McArthur, with the message “for those who cannot speak for themselves”. Devaluing and reducing animals to objects lead to violence, especially in slaughterhouses and on farms. Modern life is full of routine cruelty to animals, but we can demand change through our lifestyles and food choices.

President supports no-kill shelters

Predsjednica In an official statement, president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović said: “By implementing the decision to abolish the killing of animals in shelters, Croatia will achieve a level of protection of animals appropriate to European standards and pay tribute to all organizations that have been making great efforts for years to implement real and effective protection of animals.” This directly supports the praiseworthy decision of Minister Tolušić, and it’s good news for the six existing no-kill shelters. In the long-term, these shelters have shown that their way of working is more humane and cost-effective.


Campaign #StopTheTrucks

shocking truths about the horrific conditions and cruelty suffered by animals exported from the European Union. United behind the campaign #StopTheTrucks, these organizations joined forces with us and other members of the Eurogroup for Animals in order to submit a request for a ban on the transport of live animals to the European Commission. Sign the petition to stop the transport of animals here, and advise people close to you to change their diet to avoid taking part in this horrific industry.

Goodbye to free plastic bags!

We thank everyone who supported our long-standing campaign against plastic bags by participating in a public hearing proposing to ban free plastic bags. We supported the proposed introduction of a mandatory fee for lightweight bags, but suggested setting down a minimum charge per bag and extending the ban to all plastic bags. We’ve also asked for the immediate enforcement of the ban, which is now scheduled to come into force in 2019.


News Flash Summary

  • We visited the organization Zavod za zaščito rejnih živali Koki in Slovenia to talk about the shelter’s plans and hang out with its newcomers and senior residents. Check out the beautiful photos of animals.
  • We sent a letter to the mayor of Rijeka proposing that Rijeka, following the examples of Zagreb and Osijek, should ban the practice of keeping dogs permanently tied to a chain, and it should allow and regulate the entry of pets in public transport vehicles.
  • The editorial staff of the show Good Morning, Croatia made a report on AFC’s Veggie Challenge, featuring statements from the people who accepted the Veggie Challenge, went vegan, and improved their life and diet.
  • We had a stall at the three-day Veganmania festival in Vienna to announce this year’s ZeGeVege festival in Zagreb.
  • We held meetings in the Office of the President of the Republic of Croatia and in the Ministry of Science and Education concerning the right of meal preference and the introduction of vegan options in kindergartens and schools.
  • New on the Web
    a) Video: The Earthlings Experience, Croatia
    b) New video footage on YouTube: Moby & The Void Pacific Choir – A Simple Love, CarbonWorks – Samurai, Ban on fur farming
    c) The recipe for muffins on Green Monday
    d) The updated List of fur free retailers

  • Anyone who wants to help animals, other people, the environment and their own health should visit and apply for the popular Veggie Challenge.

    The start of this year has been as challenging as any. Support our work by volunteering, becoming a member, or donating.

    Visit our Facebook page and YouTube channel, follow our work, and actively support the promotion of animal rights!

    Thank you all for your help through donations of vegan food, office stationery, and other services.