12/23/01 Christmas

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Our event last Thursday, wherein twenty members of our organization participated, was very successful. We received many positive responses from passers-by and people were quite interested in our campaign. We therefore would like to let you know that the action will be repeated on Sunday, December 23, at 12:00 A.M. on Ban Josip Jelacic Square, by the big Christmas tree.

We show the public how animals are treated, but we also provide alternatives to end the suffering of, and the violence against these innocent creatures. Animals can not speak up for themselves, so we will be their voice. We want people to become aware that their present lifestyle causes great suffering to animals. As the holiday season is near, we fear that dinner plates will be filled with animal suffering.

Like many of our members, you too can decide to celebrate Christmas without meat. All it takes is a good will and respect for all forms of life. That's what Christmas is all about! Animal Friends will be holding a peaceful protest and will hand out leaflets and recipes to help make this Christmas cruelty-free. The event will take place on Sunday, December 23, 2001. We strongly believe that the holiday season shouldn't be a reason to hurt animals. Let's celebrate Christmas without unnecessary violence, enjoy delicious vegetarian food and cakes, and let animals live!

We are surrounded by Christmas decorations and shop windows full of merchandise, pictures and costumes of Santa Claus. We are buying presents and are listening to Christmas carols on the radio. Everybody is ready to send their message of love and peace to the world. But at the same time, millions of dead animals are ending up on our dinner plates. Is THIS the message of "love and peace" that we want to send out?

Would it be the purpose of Christmas, or any other holiday, to cause great pain to animals and fill our stomachs with their corpses? All around the world, people are dying of starvation, but the "Western holiday spirit" ends up with great amounts of food being thrown into the garbage. Millions of turkeys, pigs, chickens, cows and other animals will suffer for a celebration that should be all about compassion and love.

By organizing this event, Animal Friends will try to get the public's attention to the tremendous suffering of animals during a Christian celebration. We will hand out leaflets with information about the torture and abuse that animals have to go through for our "peaceful" holidays. These leaflets will also contain a few simple and tasty vegetarian recipes for the upcoming holiday season.

We hope to see you Sunday December 23 at 12:00 A.M. by the big Christmas tree on Ban Josip Jelacic Square!




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