Belgian Support to AFC Animal Welfare Bill Campaign

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From our friend Yolande Van de Bogaert from Antwerp, Belgium

SUPPORTED BY ORGANISATIONS AROUND THE WORLD, ANIMAL FRIENDS HAS LAUNCHED A CAMPAIGN TO CHANGE THE ANIMAL WELFARE ACT OF CROATIA
WORLD'S SOLIDARITY FOR THE ANIMALS.

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Na de wereldwijde reactie op de gruwelijke beelden van dierenmishandeling verzocht het Cabinet van President Stjepan Mesic van Kroatië de dierenrechten organisatie "Animal Friends Croatia" een nieuw wetsontwerp op te maken. De huidige wet omvat enkel de veehouderij, fokkerij, jacht en slachting van dieren, maar niets aangaande dierenbescherming. Met dat nieuw wetsontwerp willen ze daar verandering in brengen en vragen ze wereldwijde steun.

Duizenden organisaties over de hele wereld vroegen ze brieven naar de regering en de media van Kroatië te sturen, alsook naar de Europese Commissie en onze media.

Zouden ze hun doel niet mogen bereiken, vragen ze om een boycot van Kroatië. In andere woorden: geen toegang te bieden tot de Europese Commissie, en de boycot van de Kroatische producten en toerisme. Eerstdaags zullen er dan ook brieven volgen om deze wereldwijde campagne te ondersteunen. Door deze te tekenen, opsturen en verder te sturen hopen wij ze bij te staan.

Hierna volgt hun wetsontwerp:

En réponse a l'affluence de lettres de protestation concernant les mauvais traitements des animaux en Croatie, l'association de protection des animaux "Animal Friends Croatia" (AFC) fut invitée par le Cabinet du Président Stjepan Mesic à présenter un nouveau projet de loi.

Actuellement, la loi est insignifiante a ce sujet. Elle ne traite que de l'élevage, l'abattage et la chasse. Aucune trace de protection de l'animal.

"Animal Friends Croatia" prétend inclure un traité concernant cette protection indispensable à la loi d'un pays candidat a l'Union Européenne.

L'AFC demande l'aide de milliers d'organisations mondiales. Elle nous invite a écrire les lettres qui suivront prochainement au Gouvernement de Croatie et a leurs agences de Presses, de meme qu'à la Communauté Européenne et à nos Médias.

Si elle n'atteint pas son but de cette façon, elle nous prie de boycotter les produits et le tourisme de Croatie.

Aidons-la en signant et en envoyant les lettres et en les passant a nos amis.

Ci-joint leur projet de loi:

After a meeting with the representative of Croatian President Stjepan Mesic the Animal Friends Croatia has recently drafted up an Animal Welfare bill. The existing Animal Act is in our opinion very poor and made exclusively for killings and farming of the animals and not for their own protection. Now we want the whole world to support our initiative and the Croatian Government to introduce the changes.

WORLD'S SOLIDARITY FOR THE ANIMALS

After a meeting with the representative of Croatian President Stjepan Mesic the Animal Friends Croatia has recently drafted up an Animal Welfare bill. The existing Animal Act is in our opinion very poor and made exclusively for killings and farming of the animals and not for their own protection. Now we want the whole world to support our initiative and the Croatian Government to introduce the changes.

What we want to be incorporated in the new Law are the bans on fur farming, animal circuses acts, testing of cosmetics and household products, live transport, killings of protected and endangered species, farming and killing of exotic species, use of animals in promotion purposes, as well as the improvements of the animal farming and slaughtering, better conditions in zoos and for companion animals.

Changes and improvements of the existing Law are necessary for Croatia's approaching to the European Union and it will also bring Croatia closer to other western countries that had made such improvements before. By adopting our proposal Croatia would take a huge step towards respecting animal rights and it would also impose herself as the compassionate country. With the new Animal Welfare Act Croatia would become one of the most compassionate and rightful countries.

Thousands of the organisations around the world have been asked to help us change our law. We pleaded them to write letters to the Croatian Government and media, as well as to the addresses of European Union and the western media.

We want to bring Croatia closer to the western trends of ethical treatment of animals, and to change its status as the country of unspeakable animal cruelty. Such actions would surely help Croatia's admitting to the EU and other European integration, but it would also help our tourism and our good reputation.

The fact that implies Croatia could become one of the first countries that adopted Animal Welfare Act and thus improved a status of animals is that the suggestion itself came from the Cabinet of President Mesic. Let the Croatia be a bright example to all other countries that care for the animal rights. And let President Mesic be one of the first politicians that took such a significant step and a leading example for all other world leaders.

But, if our demands will be ignored and not accepted, we will ask foreign organisations and individuals that support our campaign to boycott Croatia. This means they would insist upon not admitting Croatia to the EU and the boycott of Croatian products and tourism. Let's not forget the enormous influence of those organisations in past similar campaigns.

It is time for global animal rights changes the time for Croatia to take historic role as the leader of those changes.

Zagreb, Croatia, May 5, 2002

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