01/22/04 Animal Friends Virovitica

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Animal Friends established a branch-office in Virovitica

Animal Friends is an organization counting ten branch-offices throughout Croatia. On Thursday, January 22, another one will be established in Virovitica, since the town has shown sufficient interest and awareness of the need to have an organization for animals' rights.

Before the foundation of the branch-office, members of the organization will visit the primary school in Virovitica, where they will talk with children and afterwards deliver symbolic awards to the children with special needs from the 8th grade. All eleven pupils had participated in the contest entitled "How do I understand animal protection," organized by Animal Friends, IWNS from Bulgaria, and Allavida as the principal organizer.

The event will take place on Thursday, January 22, 2004, beginning at 11:00 A.M. on the premises of the primary school, where members of the organization will give special thanks to the children and their school-master, Nevenka Gruban, for having participated in the contest.

The official ceremony will be held at 6:00 P.M., at the restaurant of HVO. It will be introduced by the presentation of the organization, followed by the video projection of the short film "1994" and a brief discussion on animal protection and animal rights.

The film "1994" was shot in 1994 by German organizations for animal rights. It is a systematic survey of all fields of animal exploitation for human benefit and entertainment (fishing, killing of dolphins and seals, capturing wild animals, zoo, circus, rodeo, experiments on animals, hunting, food industry, leather and fur production, abandoned animals, and animals killed in traffic) with musical background. The movie lasts 30 minutes and has Croatian subtitles.

The purpose of the branch-office in Virovitica will be primarily educational. Its members will raise the awareness of public with their campaigns and programs, thereby drawing attention to the cruelty with which animals meet in all fields of human activity.




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