05/17/17 Animal Protection Act before the Government

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Historical moment: After more than 10 years, Croatia gets a new animal law

- May 18, at 10 A.M., Markov trg: Animal Friends will support good proposals from the Ministry of Agriculture

After more than 10 years, Croatia has adopted a new Animal Protection Act! The proposal of the law should be passed to the Government on Thursday, May 18th, 2017. Animal Friends activists will arrive at the Government house on Markov square at 10 o’clock, bringing positive messages to demand an improved, long-expected law that will protect the animals that Animal Friends has at heart.

Luka Oman, the president of Animal Friends, invites politicians to support this Law - no matter their political leanings or aspirations - for the greater protection of animals. "We emphasize that this Law is in the interest of the Croatian Republic, which is defined as an animal welfare country, and this is one of the essential elements by which future generations may evaluate our society as forward or backward. We also expect members of the Government and all parties and parliamentarians to support the new Act."

The head of the Ministry of Agriculture, Minister Tomislav Tolusic, has shown that he values the public’s voice and demands to improve animal protection. This law aims to ban the breeding of animals for fur (in January, all European citizens and Croatians saluted this proposal), and the progress on animal abandonment will mark another historic moment.

Minister Tolusic supports no-kill shelters, claims that current shelters will adopt a no-kill policy, and has stated that Croatia (as a civilized state) must adopt such a law. He announced further efforts to increase dog microchipping and involve local communities in the implementation of this Law and its many regulations. These regulations aim to bring improvements and financial savings. The milestone is also preventative, reducing the rates of animal abandonment, conducting castration procedures, and implementing advertising and hosting programs.

The new law would ban: sexual intercourse between man and animals, throwing firecrackers on animals, keeping dogs permanently tied or chained, the sheltering and use of animals in circuses, and the sheltering of wild animals in catering facilities, among many other positive regulations. The Ministry acknowledged more than 1000 comments from a public discussion during the drafting of this law.

The Animal Friends Association believes that Croatian society must abolish violence against animals, which in previous years has led to activism and proposals to positively reform legislation. Animal protection is above party interests, and Animal Friends encourages politicians to act for the public good.

Proposals for legal changes and more information can be found here.

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