Baltic animal protection organizations have successfully completed an international project launched in February this year. During the project, the organizations created an innovative digital manual for young activists, organized a spectacular demonstration in Riga and held several events to increase their skills and strengthen cooperation.
The project was funded by the European Union and included participant organizations from Estonia (Loomade Nimel), Latvia (Dzivnieku Briviba), Lithuania (Tušti Narvai) and Poland (Otwarte Klatki). As part of the project, a 48-page digital manual "Becoming Active for Animals" was created. The manual focuses on the possibilities for youth to participate actively in promoting animal welfare and is first of its kind to appear in the Baltic states.
“We are very happy to present this manual for young animal advocates and hope that it will be of use not only for animal rights activists, but also for the civic society as a whole,” said Katrina Krigere, main coordinator of the project. The manual presents topics such as management, fundraising, teambuilding, strategy and media communication in a reader-friendly way. It is available on the webpage http://nearnetwork.org/, which was created specifically for this project and includes information about Eastern European animal rights organizations.
In July, a blended training event was organized in Latvia for 44 young animal protection volunteers to gain new skills and knowledge necessary for active participation in the shaping of national policies regarding animal welfare and agricultural transparency. At the same time, a spectacular visual demonstration was organized in Riga to draw attention to the problems of animal welfare and agricultural transparency. The demonstration received widespread media attention.
The project also included a number of smaller events and undertakings to improve the communication and cooperation among participating organizations, including the creation of a common system for sharing informational resources between the animal protection organizations.
“We are happy that we successfully completed the project and achieved all the objectives. As we know, children and youth care more and more deeply about the well-being of animals, but on the other hand they witness animal welfare problems in agriculture and entertainment industries. This is where the interests of young activists and the European Commission meet, since the EU Strategy for Protection and Welfare of animals 2012 – 2015 also sees animal welfare severely compromised in the EU and consumer information and education as one of the most effective means to alleviate the issue. With this project, we have been able to make our own contribution for solving this problem,” said Krigere.
The project was organized in the framework of strategic partnership programme and was made possible by the support of European Union programme Erasmus+.