„When I was old enough to realize all meat was killed, I saw it as an irrational way of using our power, to take a weaker thing and mutilate it. It was like the way bullies would take control of younger kids in the schoolyard.” – River Phoenix
Do not abandon animals because of the coronavirus
Associations of the Animal Protection Networks that take care of a large number of abandoned animals on a daily basis, point out that the World Health Organization has made it clear that dogs and cats cannot contract the new coronavirus COVID-19 and that they cannot infect humans with this virus, as warned by the Croatian Ministry of Agriculture, too. Therefore, we have urged all pet caregivers not to abandon their dogs and cats, but to listen to the experts and behave responsibly towards the animals they care for.
Fish are to be loved, not killed
At the evening booth, organized on Wednesday, March 11th 2020, at Zagreb’s King Tomislav Square, we screened animated movies
about the Jadran the fish, the trademark of the “Respect Our Sea” campaign, which points to the alarming facts of fish farming and fishing, and the problems of the destruction of marine ecosystems.
10 Ministries for the firecracker use ban!
Although the public hearing on the complete, year-long ban on use of the F2 and F3 category firecrackers and bandoliers ended on February 7th, we still receive a lot of support for it. In addition to the Government of the Republic of Croatia, the tenth ministry also supported the ban on firecrackers: the Ministry of Construction and Physical Planning. We expect the ban to take effect as soon as possible.
Let’s stop the construction of the Zoo in Varaždin
While developed countries are abandoning the concept of zoos, the Mayor of the city of Varaždin has announced the construction of a mini-zoo. Therefore, we have stated that zoos are prisons for animals, which are forced to spend their entire lives in the same monotonous environment. Zoos cannot have an educational purpose because animals are prevented from expressing their natural behavior and needs, resulting in severe depression, stereotypy and other psychiatric disorders. Afterwards, the Mayor of Varaždin denied the announcement of the zoo construction, but only time will tell if Varaždin will allow the exploitation of animals.
Castration saves lives
Scenes of puppies and kittens left in boxes near shelters, injured, sick and malnourished animals are what we come across on a daily basis. Therefore, more than 70 countries in the world celebrated World Spay Day. We urged everyone to mark it – local communities with prescribing permanent sterilization, veterinary clinics with discounts on castration procedures, and animal caregivers to get information on the benefits of castration, as well as to help dogs and cats under their care.
Illegal bear keeping
MEPs have sent a letter to Croatian Minister of Agriculture Marija Vučković demanding that the Ministry of Agriculture implement Animal Protection Act, which is currently being violated, as well as to end illegal bear keeping in Croatia. We supported the appeal of the MEPs and called for the urgent relocation of the remaining bears to the shelters, a cause we have been fighting for for years.
Veganuary’s record-breaking success!
In 2019, 250,000 people from all over the world signed up for Veganuary, and this year the campaign broke a new record with as many as 400,000 people registered. The Croatian version of Veganuary, called Vege Challenge, which we run, is also breaking records this year, and four times as many people signed up in January as opposed to last year! You can also recommend others to sign up for the Vege Challenge onwww.veganopolis.net.
Ambassador of the Regica Foundation
Maja Sertic, who rescued 15 dogs from Pula’s pound last December, became an ambassador for the Regica Foundation. The foundation was founded in December of 2014 and has so far helped 114 dogs and cats through our program of free and affordable castration. Due to lack of funds, the Foundation’s work stagnated, so Maja’s help came at the right time. She urged everyone to adopt dogs and cats instead of buying them, and anyone who wants to help the Foundation can donate through www.zaklada-regica.org.
- We are announcing that the Animal March is being delayed until further notice due to the coronavirus epidemic, but when this is all over, we will come back in greater numbers and louder.
- We asked veterinary clinics for assistance in implementing the Animal Protection Act.
- We asked our MEPs to support the European Green New Deal.
- We reminded all LAU’s of their legal obligations.
- We held a workshop on the implementation of the Animal Protection Act.
- Read an interview with our Luka on Nature, Activism and Veganism.
- We supported the ban on breeding animals for fur in Bulgaria.
- We thank Vegehop who surprised us and generously decided to donate HRK 1 from each menu sold in March.
Now, more than ever, we need your help because we had to cancel many activities due to the coronavirus pandemic that were meant to help with our finances.
Also, the earthquake devastated our office; its repair will be a great expense… 3
Thank you all for supporting, following our work and participating in our activities.
Your Animal Friends Croatia
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