Animal Issues

With the development of spirituality we begin to feel uncomfortable because all our activities are constantly associated with causing suffering to other beings.

Supporters of the concept of animal rights believe that all animals have a value and can not be viewed through the prism of utility to humans. We oppose the cruel experiments on animals. We do not support entertainment events with the use of animals for which they are mercilessly exploited or killed (hunting, bullfights, circuses or zoos).

  • Zoos

Zoos were once able to play an educational role, at the time when they were the only ones to show “wild” beasts. Today, however, modern techniques bring the zoos to the level of vestiges of another time. Animal reports, film, slideshows, themed exhibitions and imagery on the internet offer opportunities to understand and admire animals in their natural habitats without disturbing them.

 The difficulties of the reintroduction of captive animals in the wild: the preservation of species is a fashionable argument that zoos are willing to use to justify themselves. But the reintroduction of a few individuals faces difficulties to find a place of reintroduction not threatened by hunting, pollution, deforestation or poaching. To initiate a reintroduction is both to find suitable prey, to re-teach the animal to find food alone, to disengage it from man. The difficulty and cost of reintroducing a single captive annihilates the role of zoos, that claim to preserve species. To release an animal from its cage to nature is to condemn it to death. Zoos are still involved today in encouraging the trafficking of animals threatened by an ever-renewed demand for personnel in their establishments.

The risk of genetic mutation in captive animals: genetic drift constitutes a serious danger for the species; It is an absolute obstacle to a supposed role of preservation of species and genetic data, since in only a few generations captivity will have facilitated genetic mutations that transform the species.

Due to numerous accidents in zoological parks, which sometimes resulted in the mutilation of children, the facilities are very framed by the texts. These standards, even when they are met, can not guarantee a zero risk to the public. It is therefore essential to report any irregularities to the authorities.

  • Circuses

The animals at the circus are trained hard already when they are small in order to wipe out natural behaviors and instincts. They learn, with the help of rewards and punishments, to perform unnatural tricks and to be housed in tight spaces and transportation during the time outside the ring. Circus animals are transported around and shown up until their bodies and psyches are so degraded that they are considered obsolete.

The animals are often brought from abroad, where they are used permanently during summer and winter, in tours that are held often in countries that have no animal protection laws. That many circuses in Europe use systematic violence in order to scare the animals into submission is hardly a secret.

Circus animals living differs greatly on how their fellow species are living in the open. For example, the elephant in the natural environment walk daily kilometers with his flock. At the circus, these intelligent and social creatures have no opportunity to do their basic needs, which leads to stress and boredom. This may show up as stereotypical behavior, that is, a constant repetition of a movement such as rocking back and forth or manic chewing any object, sometimes directly harmful. It is also common for the animals to become apathetic or aggressive. There are plenty of examples of animals that suddenly run amok in the circus ring or harm other animals and their attendants.

Several countries, including Croatia, Bulgaria, Austria and Greece, have introduced a ban on wild animals in circuses. We believe that all European countries should adapt to a modern view of society that takes into account all living species.