One of AFC’s new campaigns is Green Monday, known worldwide as “Meatless Monday,” during which people in Croatia are invited to follow a vegan diet for one day a week. The campaign is proceeding well and helping to bring awareness to the health benefits and ease of being vegan. AFC also encourages citizens to show compassion for animals who are victims of hunting, and in Golden Year 8 (2011) launched a poster campaign with Croatia’s Miss Sport, Kristina Vilk, asking citizens to avoid and condemn hunting both as a sport and a form of entertainment. To promote plant-based cooking, AFC organizes workshops and holds the annual ZeGeVege Festival of Sustainable Living in the capital city Zagreb’s main square. In Golden Year 9 (2012), the Festival’s fifth year, ZeGeVege attracted over 60,000 attendees and 40 local vendors.
AFC also conducts regular anti-fur and anti-live-animal-transport campaigns, presenting film footage of the breeding of chinchillas and other animals. Many viewers are appalled by the films’ gruesome images of stressed, frustrated animals living in dirty cages, without adequate food or water. It is AFC’s belief that in time people will reject the fur industry and stop wearing fur altogether. In January Golden Year 4 (2007), Croatia introduced one of the most progressive laws in Europe prohibiting the breeding of animals for fur, and banned animal testing for cosmetics and cleaning products. Thus, Croatia is no longer one of the world’s main cultivators of chinchillas for fur.
Expressing the group’s vision for the future, AFC coordinator Alen Crnčan says, “Our vision is a vegan world, a world where all animals, including humans, live freely, without exploitation for any reason, and live according to their natural instincts and needs, complying with what nature gives them including their freedom and family. This is the vision of the Association. It is what we want to achieve through our actions.” We wish AFC great success in all its endeavors and may God continue to bless its staff and volunteers.
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