01/16/06 Robert Boskovic Against Fur
Animal Friends and Robert Boskovic in a campaign for a ban on breeding animals for fur:
DO YOU KNOW THAT 200 CHINCHILLAS HAVE TO BE KILLED FOR ONE FUR COAT?
This month Animal Friends launches a big national campaign for the ban on breeding animals for fur in the Republic of Croatia. After a campaign in which Goran Visnjic sent a message of boycott against wearing fur "If you wouldn't wear your dog, please do not wear any fur" from a billboard three years ago, this year's campaign for the ban on breeding animals for fur is joined by another Croatian actor. Robert Boskovic will pose with a one-year-old chinchilla Pepo on leaflets, post cards, and 50 billboards which in mid January appeared in seven Croatian towns - Zagreb, Split, Osijek, Rijeka, Varazdin, Zadar, and Pula.
It is estimated that between 30 and 50 million animals are killed every year for their fur. Chinchillas, foxes, minks, raccoons and other animals spend their short lives on fur farms kept in tiny wired filthy cages, constantly pacing in circles from stress and boredom. Some of them develop self-mutilating behaviors and become aggressive towards other animals in cages.
Before the skinning, animals on fur farms suffer hideous deaths by gassing, having their necks snapped, electrocution, strangling, poisoning with strychnine, red hot iron rods thrust up their anuses. Sometimes animals "wake up" while being skinned.
A legal ban of this cruelty is the only solution for the animals bred and killled for their fur. Croatia, in which chinchillas are bred for their fur, should follow the example of countries like Great Britain and Austria that showed ethical and political maturity by banning the breeding of animals for their fur.
During the campaign for the ban on breeding animals for fur in Croatia, at the main city square in Zagreb a big international protest for the ban on breeding animals for fur will take place on February 4, 2006. Protesters from Slovenia, Serbia and Monte Negro, Germany, Austria and other countries will join activists from Animal Friends and Croatian citizens.
The national campaign for the ban on breeding animals for fur under the slogan "Do you know that 200 chinchillas have to be killed for one fur coat?" was supported by the agency for the integral market communicating Unexgroup.