Europe and beyond ... anti-fur campaigners drive home the
Croatia has one of the most prolific
animal welfare groups in Eastern Europe, but the country is also
the world's largest exporter of Chinchilla fur.
Since being launched "Animal
Friends Croatia" (AFC) have achieved positive responses with
their aims to ban fur trading and to bring about new animal welfare
||Suported by PETA, Goran Višnjic,
Croatian actor from the TV series E.R. joined an early AFC anti-fur
campaign with his message "If you wouldn't wear your dog - please
don't wear any fur!"
Višnjic wanted consumers to know that for each fur coat, collar,
or cuff, animals are trapped, drowned, or beaten to death in
the wild or gassed, strangled, or electrocuted on fur farms.
He was inspired to speak out after seeing a magazine article
featuring fur. "[My wife and I] were disgusted," he said. "What's
going on? Civilization is advancing, but some people are going
backwards. Today we can use many different materials to warm
ourselves without killing other beings."
||In Zagreb and towns around the
country, campaigners dressed up as chinchillas while handing
out leaflets to women in fur coats. In the photo left, fire
eaters burn fur coats in the main streets of Zagreb.
Singer, Sophie Ellie Bextor has also helped to promote AFC's
message, and buses and billboards are regularly covered with
Even the city's fashion college have held impromptu fashion
shows at bus stations to help spread the message.
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