“Be the voice of those who can’t say ‘Stop’, who can’t say ‘That hurts’, who can’t say ‘I’m so afraid to die’. Be the voice of the animals!” – Miley Cyrus
8th VeggieFair took place in Zagreb
This year, on May 28, we organized a VeggieFair (VegeSajam) at Jelačić Square in Zagreb, with 23 exhibitors and many vegan products. Fair’s growing popularity and recognizability shows that veganism is becoming more popular and recognizable as a sustainable, healthier and ethical diet, and, in general, a way of living.
Academy of Business Skills
Luka Oman, the president of our association, successfully completed the Academy of Business Skills, organized by the School of Social Economics / ACT Group and passed on the acquired knowledge to make our team more successful in achieving our goals. We thank the organizer and all the lecturers on a very useful learning year.
Veganism and who it concerns
We held a lecture “Veganism and who it concerns” at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb, as a part of the “Philosophical and Scientific Aspects of Veganism” conference. We noted that veganism as a comprehensive concept of sustainable living concerns everyone, whether they are interested in this growing global movement or not. We also organized a cooking workshop where we showed how to prepare simple and delicious vegan meals.
Against the exploitation of horses for wood hauling
We appealed to the State Inspectorate and Police concerning the exploitation of horses for wood hauling, which is taking place on the Gračanska Road in Zagreb. This is a shameless breach of the Animal Protection Act, all the while horses are exposed to pain and suffering because of the work that can be simply done by machinery. We also appealed to the City of Zagreb not to allow the exploitation of horses for wood hauling in any way, and look up to the City of Split and Marjan who prohibit this practice.
A meeting at the cat-loving Čistoća Varaždin
We held a meeting with the employees of Čistoća Varaždin, whose offices are a home to 19 carefree cats. We praised them for helping the abandoned animals and taking a responsible care of them, which includes castration, microchipping and vaccination. We’ve been collaborating with Čistoća Varaždin for some time now, and in our co-operation produced truck banners that point to the necessity of adopting animals instead of buying them.
We contacted all units of local self-government about the legal obligation to conduct regular dog microchipping controls. We hope that this will increase the number of microchipped dogs in cities and municipalities, as well as the implementation of the Animal Protection Act in general. We also held meetings with the leaders of local communities in Ivanac, Popovača and Kutina, where we emphasized the importance of implementation of the Animal Protection Act, especially regarding the control of microchipping and castration implementation.
Prada rejects fur
The Prada Group, one of the world’s largest luxury goods companies, announced that it will no longer use animal fur in its designs or new products. We are proud that Croatia also prohibits the breeding of fur animals, as well as that Prada will join the Fur Free Retailer Program, an international program which is also implemented in Croatia.
Love is not for sale
On June 15th 2019, from 8 AM to 4 PM, come by Jelačić Square in Zagreb, where the members of the Animal Protection Network will present themselves. You will be able to meet some of their furry members / animals who need fostering and find out all about the importance of sterilization and microchipping of dogs. The message of this event is to always adopt animals, not buy them.
- On May 31st and June 1st we attended VeganMania in Graz, and on June 7th to June 10th we also participated in VeganMania in Vienna. We are looking forward to the Croatian VeganMania – the ZeGeVege festival, which will be held this year on the 6th and 7th of September.
- On May 24th, we supported the students’ protest on climate change, as a part of the Global Movement “Fridays For Future”. We are happy that the activist awareness among the youth is slowly rising, as there is an undeniable link between climate change and animal breeding.
- We again reacted that it is necessary to release all bears that are held in captivity in Croatia and move them to the sanctuaries – an action that needs to be done as soon as possible.
- We called for the viewing of the great Croatian film “The Invisibles” that was shown on HRT1. We also encourage you to look at an excellent Animal Rights report, which was shown in the “HRT Puls” show.
- We held a lecture for the children of Popovača in the city’s Library. We have drawn the attention to the fact that the fish also feel pain and that they are at a risk of overfishing.
- On the Kindergarten Open Door Day, held on June 2nd at Bundek, we hung out with kids and parents. We pointed to the importance of developing empathy in children, as well as the great need for vegan meal options in kindergartens.
- Even though our summer campaign is just getting started, we have already reacted by warning about leaving the animals behind because of the vacations. We also deem the fine of 30,000 kuna to be far too low – there is no justifications in abandoning the animals that depend on us.
- As we depend greatly on the donations and membership fees of our supporters, we encourage you once more to become our member or support us with a donation. Also, everyone is always welcome to acquire their volunteer hours with us, so feel free to contact us if you are interested in volunteering.
Many greetings from Your