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The animal friends of Croatia
Friends Croatia's yearly city march against the country's
farming and export of chinchilla fur.
South East Europe's
most promising hope to end animal cruelty
Many Eastern European
countries are notorious for their lack of animal protection
laws, but Animal Friends Croatia is attempting to bring their
country's appalling animal cruelty to a halt - and at the
same time set an example to the rest of East Europe ... and
perhaps the world.
The war is over - give
animals a chance
Croatia began in around 2000, and their first target was the
antiquated modus operandi of the Croatian Government. With
next-to-no animal welfare laws, which commonly leaves cats
and dogs hanging from trees by roadsides, Animal Friends set
out to persuade bureaucrats in Zagreb to adopt a new bill.
This move particularly impressed Looking-Glass, because it
reflected a growing trend of a new generation of Croatians
who simply wanted to climb out of an archaic, war-torn incumbency
and step onto a road to recovery with a strong sense of compassion
as their guide.
Any tourist with a keen eye will realize that not all is well
with the animals of Croatia. According to Croatian law, any
cat or dog more than 300 meters beyond town limits is considered
strayed and therefore allowed to be killed, and hanging of
the animals is permitted.
Other typical methods of disposing of the unwanted are similar
to Greece; tying up live kittens and puppies in airtight bags
and throwing them into dustbins, the sea or rivers. And again
like Greece, there are also allegations that the government
lay poison on town streets outside the tourist season, leading
to horrific, slow deaths for the animals.
But the Croatian tourist industry is growing fast, even outstripping
popular destinations like Spain and Greece. Above all, the
property market is booming, as British and other west European
buyers continue to clamour for a piece of Croatia, causing
the fastest growing property phenomena anywhere in Europe.
At worst, it may mean Croatia begins to adopt the vulgar characteristics
of the Costa Del Sol, but on the good side, this transition
and popularity could eventually be what turns round the government's
way of thinking. As Ghandi suggested, ''You can judge the
moral progress of a nation by the way it treats its animals'';
and no western tourist wants to see dead animals on the street,
and certainly don't want to be part of a culture that causes
any kind of unnecessary suffering to them. So along with Animal
Friends pushing from the inside of Croatia, things have to
change for the sake of growing relations with the rest of
Young people of all ages are keen to educate fellow Croatians
about the negative impact of animal cruelty.
more tourists flocking to the country each year, the sight
of animals hanging
trees (too shocking to show on this page) means traditions
and laws have to change.
Goran Višnjic spreads the word accompanied by a faithful friend.
Passion and desire for
an animal-friendly Croatia
Today, Animal Friends Croatia
has grown and stretched in various directions, spreading the
animal welfare message across their country. Thousands now
support the organization who put on effective and peaceful
events in their main cities, often with artistic flourish.
Much to the dismay of
a growing army of Croatian animal lovers, fur is high on their
country's export agenda, being the largest producer of chinchilla
fur in the world.
But Animal Friends have some famous celebrity friends at hand
to offer support with their anti-fur campaigns. Star of American
TV Series ER, Goran Višnjic even lends his dashing looks to
their campaigns, and on the streets, performances by fire-eaters
add extra high-octane drama to the anti-fur message. Inventive
outdoor "theatrical" performances, fashion shows
and concerts are regular campaign activities on the organization's
From campaigns on circus animals, beagles, birds, seals, dolphins
and even promoting vegetarianism with free tasty treats for
passers-by in city squares, Animal Friends are hammering their
message home to a new, more environmentally sensitive wave
of East Europeans.
All it needs now is a
change of heart from legislators inside a picturesque building
at St Marc's Square, Zagreb. But although the government still
hasn't warmed to the mass appeal young of Croatians, there's
always hope, thanks to the continued pressure from their country's
foremost voice for the animals.
that Animal Friends will continue pressure on the Croatian
Government as their No.1 priority; the proposal of a Croatian
animal welfare bill for the 21st century to be proud of -
and which might inspire all countries of Eastern Europe to
If you would like to offer
support to this passionate and inspiring organisation, visit
their website and find out ways you can help.
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high octane anti-fur message for the people of Croatia.
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