An animal rights group kicked off its first antifur campaign in eastern Europe with roadside billboards featuring Goran Visnjic and his pet dog Bugsy.
Croatia’s most famous export, actor Goran Visnjic, costar of the international smash TV series ER, and Animal Friends Croatia (AFC) have joined with international pressure group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
The arresting image was launched in Goran’s native Croatia-PETA’s first-ever campaign in Eastern Europe-on billboards in Zagreb and Split, as well as on leaflets that members of Animal Friends Croatia will hand out to fur-wearers walking their dogs in parks. The ER doc’s prescription for fur-free fashions will also be plastered on billboards and leaflets around the United States.
The billboards show a picture of Visnjic, star of NBC’s ER, cradling Bugsy and the slogan: If you wouldn’t wear your dog, please don’t wear any fur.
Visnjic, who grew up in Sibenik, said in a statement released by PETA that he decided to support the campaign after he and his wife read a magazine article about fur. “My wife and I were disgusted,” he says. “What’s going on? Civilization is advancing, but some people are going backwards. Today we can use many different materials to warm ourselves without killing other beings. Ninety percent of the people seeing a person wearing a fur coat think that person is an idiot.”
Goran believes that animal protection is an issue that crosses all political and social boundaries. “Somebody once asked me, when war was happening in my country, why don’t you do more for humans, against wars?” he says. “It’s our own stupidity that people are so violent to each other. What people do to animals is a one-sided war, and animals are innocent and cannot protect themselves. It’s important to be a protector of this planet, not a destroyer.”
Help Goran spread the message about fur-industry cruelty by distributing leaflets at dog parks in your area. One look at this debonair duo and folks might just hang up their minks once and for all.
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