Animal Friends is a non-profit, non-governmental organization, founded in 2001 with the aim to promote animal protection and animal rights as well as veganism, as ethical, ecological and healthy lifestyle.
Last year marked the 15th anniversary of our association, but with plenty of work to do, the anniversary went by unnoticed in a busy atmosphere.
This year started as intensely as the previous, and since our financial situation is precarious, we need your support to achieve our goals. So please, show your support by becoming a member or by making a donation, and we will continue to work just as hard on creating a world in which the voices of the oppressed are loud and clear!
Before the time flies by again, we would like to share with you some of our biggest accomplishments in the first 15 years of our work:
1.Fur farming ban
2.Ban on keeping dogs chained in Zagreb
3.Ban on wild animals in circuses
4.Experiments at Zagreb's Faculty of Veterinary Medicine halted and beagles adopted
5.Shelters opened after the slaughter of rehomed dogs in Zagreb
6.Introduction of mandatory microchipping of dogs
7.Ban on the sale and import of seal fur
9.Companion animals in public transport
10.First Croatian product carrying V-Label
11.Founding of Animal Protection Network
12.Spaying/neutering of over 500 animals per year
13.The dolphinarium in Vodnjan discontinued
14.Vegan lunch with the President
15.Veggie Challenge and Veggie Guide to vegan products
In more than eight years of its activity, AFC has organized over 300 campaigns and demos which have focused on animal suffering in the food industry, laboratories, fur farms, hunting and fishing, the entertainment industry and which have promoted the ethical way of living.
Animal Friends Croatia currently has more than 3,500 members, both in the country and abroad, and over 24,000 supporters.
Apart from educating through public demos, information stalls, lectures and movie projections, protests, performances and more, the organization has worked on changing relevant bills and legislation.
The organization has been active abroad and has established many successful connections and relationships with similar organizations in other countries.
Animals deserve rights, regardless of how they taste or how convenient it is to experiment on them. Like humans, animals are capable of suffering and have an interest in leading their own lives. They are not ours to use for food, clothing, experimentation, or entertainment.
As an activist, you can educate people in your community and positively affect their attitudes and lifestyles. You just need the desire to generate positive change and to believe that your voice and actions matter.
Some activists focus on one issue, while others speak out on several different topics. The choice is yours. The important thing is that you do something, not assume that "someone else will take care of it."
Today, with ever growing animal rights movement all over the world it is easy to be an activist. Remember, you are not alone. Therefore, step in and speak up!