10/27/12 Network Against Animal Abandoning

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Animal Friends announces a new meeting of animal protection associations

- Good examples of animal shelters and a workshop for writing criminal charges

This year's meeting of the Network Against Animal Abandoning is taking place on October 27, 2012 from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. in the Cultural Informative Center (Preradoviceva 5, Zagreb).

The Animal Protection Act, which came into law on January 1, 2007, is still barely implemented in practice. Due to the lack of awarness about the importance of adopting animals, spay/neuter and microchipping programs, and mostly because of not punishing and not levying fines, the number of abandoned animals is growing and therefore the burden to the local communities is even greater. Obligations regulated by the Animal Protection Act are still not fulfilled.

By punishing those that are responsible, providing educational programs for citizens and spay/neuter programs together with adoption and microchipping, would largely help reduce the problem of animal abandonment, thus improving the health, civilizational, and ethical picture of local communities and the society in general.

Precisely because of all these reasons, meetings of the Network Against Animal Abandoning provide information about existing problems and enable discussion between participants about possible solutions.

On the tenth meeting of the Network Against Animal Abandoning there will be talk about ammendments to the Animal Protection Act, with a goal to actively include all associations from Croatia in creating legislation that would respect in their work.

The agenda is:

10:00 – 10:15 a.m. Accreditation and welcome speech
10:15 – 10:35 a.m. Ethical codes of the veterinary profession (Andelko Gaspar, dr. med. vet., secretary of the Veterinary Chamber)
10:35 – 11:00 a.m. Collaboration of associations and local governments (Aleksandra Hampamer, president of the association Friends, Cakovec)
11:00 – 11:30 a.m. Attracting and retaining volunteers (Ivana Crnoja, president of the Association Victories, Osijek)
11:30 – 12:00 noon Ammendments to the Animal Protection Act and Rule book of Shelters (Luka Oman, president of Animal Friends)
12:00 noon – 12:30 p.m. Break for refreshments and getting acquainted
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Workshop for writing criminal charges (Jadranka Dragovic, head of Info pet center in Zagreb)
1:30 – 1:45 p.m. Q&A, socializing of participants (after 2 p.m. outside the hall, in the bar of Cultural Informative Center)

More information about the work of the Network Against Animal Abandoning can be found here.

The Meeting of the Network Against Animal Abandoning is open to the media.

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