AnimaList No. 60

‘The fact that the meat on my plate was once a living, breathing creature became something I could no longer ignore or justify as food.’ – Owain Yeoman, the actor from the shows ‘The Mentalist’ and ‘Kitchen Confidential’

EVU Talks in Zagreb

This year on May 1-2 in Zagreb our organization was the host of the annual European Vegetarian Union meeting called EVU Talks. On the occasion of the EVU Talks we showed the premiere ‘Meat the Truth’ in Croatia. The documentary in which Marianne Thieme in an interesting way speaks about the connection between the meat industry and global warming was shown on May 2 in the Cultural Informative Center (KIC). We want to thank the Human Rights Center Zagreb and KIC for kindly supporting us in realizing this event.

‘Speared Bulls’ for the Rescue of the Bulls

Lying naked on the street and ‘bloodied’ by the banderillas piercing their back, our activists protested on May 7 in Rijeka against the cruel Running of the Bulls and the bullfights that take place in July in Pamplona, Spain. The demonstration was also directed against the bullfights Bikijadas in Croatian Dalmatinska Zagora. This all was organized in collaboration with PETA. After this demonstration we held a lecture about animal rights in Molekula.

P&G Responsible for Animal Torture

On our info stalls in Zagreb and Dugo Selo on May 16 we marked the Global Boycott P&G Day, where we handed out the latest ‘Black & White List’ of companies that do (not) test their products and ingredients on animals and with the list of companies that are part of the HCS. P &G, with more than 250 brands, is responsible for the torment and death of thousands of animals per year on whom it tests cosmetics, cleansers and companion animals food.

Another Inconvenient Truth

On Wednesday, May 20, we had an info stall in Pula, alerting citizens of the huge impact of livestock on global warming. In the evening hours of the same day we showed the documentary ‘Meat the Truth’ in the Gallery Cvajner.

Adopting is Cool

The event ‘Adopting is Cool’ was held in collaboration with the Zagreb City Department for Agriculture and Forestry and the Shelter for Abandoned Animals in Dumovec in order to promote adopting instead of buying animals. During the event donations were raised to buy an infusomat for the dogs in the Shelter for Abandoned Animals in Dumovec. Croatian celeb Maja Vucic and about ten other guardians of the dogs from the Dumovec shelter supported the action that took place on May 23 on the Zagreb’s main square.

News and Announcements

– Please join the action ‘Protect the Whaling Ban, Protect Whales!’ launched by WSPA. On June 22 over 80 of the world’s governments will meet to decide the future of the world’s whales. At the International Whaling Commission’s annual meeting in Portugal, member countries will consider a proposal to allow coastal whaling – effectively lifting the international ban and spelling disaster for whales. Please take this important action to uphold the blanket ban on commercial whaling and protect whales from the cruelty of a slow, painful death by exploding harpoon by clicking here.

– On May 5 the European Union has banned the trade in seal products! The legislative resolution was adopted with 550 votes in favor, 49 against and 41 abstentions. The EU was the primary market for Canadian seal products, and the Canadian government estimates the loss of the EU market will cost Canada’s sealing industry $6.6 million (CAD) annually, which should result in ending the baby seals massacre.

– Our activists participated on May 10 on the Health Race 2009 organized by the medical journal The race was held on the occasion of the Year of Sport.

We held a lecture at the Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb and brought vegan meals as support to the students who were on strike for free scholarship. We also held lectures at the University of Applied Health Studies and King Tomislav elementary school.We visited the kindergarten ‘Utrina’ with the dog Curo.

– We reacted on an article ‘Carrot as a Stick‘ in Vecernji list newspaper in which its author states untrue and insulting views about vegetarianism as a way of life.

– This year too we organize a socializing at our vegan BBQ, which will take place on Zagreb’s lake Bundek on June 13.

– Melvita is the new company on our ‘White List’ which also satisfies the Humane Cosmetics Standard (HCS).

– We invite you to visit our MySpace, Facebook and Twitter profiles, while on our YouTube channel you can see the latest videos.

– During the summer days volunteers are welcome in our group! You can also volunteer in the Vegetarian center on the Croatian Island of Brac. Volunteers there have a free accommodation and they can count on a good vacation. For more information please contact Jenny Gage by visiting her web site

Besides volunteering, you can also become our member. Your support is much appreciated and very important in our work for animals.

Thank you!

Your Animal Friends Croatia