On June 28, the Saeima (Parliament of the Republic of Latvia) in the third and final reading adopted the amendments to the Animal Protection Law, which stipulate a complete ban on using wild animals on circus shows. The ban will come into force this month.
On January 28th a March for the Animals, an initiative organised by an animal rights organization Open Cages, stormed down Gediminas Avenue in Vilnius, Lithuania. Around 1000 participants crowded in to raise the public awareness of ethical problems associated with fur industry.
The animal rights organisation “Dzīvnieku brīvība” has published footage and images depicting the treatment of hens in Balticovo JSC poultry farms. The recorded material reveals cruelty towards the animals as well as their horrible living conditions.
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.
On June 29, organizations from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland organized an international demonstration in Tallinn to support a ban on fur farming in the Baltic states. The demonstration was attended by 100 people wearing dark clothes to commemorate the millions of fur animals who have died and to emphasize strong cooperation between animal rights activists from different countries.