GB No. 11, spring 1993
FRONT WYZWOLENIA ZWIERZĄT
ANIMAL LIBERATION FRONT
In Poland, vegetarianism and the fight for the rights of animals are still very often considered to be a kind of
eccentricity of people who have problems adapting to life in a 'normal' society. However,
attempts are made at finding a way out of this "underground." We can see more
and more registered organizations, which do not, however, match those of the west yet.
What we mean here is both the range of their
activities and the social support they enjoy.
The other kind of
organizations which act in support of animals are informal movements, through which
especially young people find a way of reaching their aims. One of such group is Front
Wyzwolenia Zwierząt (Animal Liberation Front), which was founded in 1988 in Grudziądz. At
the beginning it was active only in this area, while now it is present also in Bełchatów,
Białystok, Bydgoszcz, Gdynia, Gdansk, and Kołobrzeg. We also took part in campaigns
covering the area of all of Poland organized by other groups with which we cooperate. We
keep in touch with the local press and radio, which are getting more and more interested
in our activities.
This is what we have achieved so far:
- we have carried out several campaigns consisting of
putting our posters on walls in the streets (anti-fur and pro vegetarian);
- we have organized meetings in Grudziądz secondary
schools as well as at the Copernicus University in Torun;
- we have organized a travelling exhibition about the
rights of animals, which has been shown in Gdansk, Gdynia, and Sopot schools;
- we have also taken part in organizing celebrations of
the Day of the Earth (vegetarian feast, films);
- we have picketed the Grudziądz slaughter-house twice (we
distributed leaflets, one of the banners, saying, "I am a butcher and I kill animals
so that you might devour them," accompanied by a dummy of a butcher);
- we have organized a protest against vivisections in
Bydgoszcz. Around 50 people took part in it. We distributed leaflets prepared and printed
especially for the occasion (2,000 pieces), which included among other things lists of
names of western companies which test their products on animals and of those who do not do
it. We also distributed several thousands of those leaflets all around Poland. They also
accompany the new record of the Deserter group entitled "Blasfemia" (Blasphemy);
- every year we piquet circuses, and last February we
started our campaign against circuses (printing postcards the revenue from which
contributes towards the fund of the all-Polish operation "Circus Without
Animals." We have also handed a petition signed by 3000 people which demands banning
circuses that show trained animals from the area of the city to Bydgoszcz authorities. The
operation has also been initiated in Grudziądz. We do not know yet how Bydgoszcz
authorities are going to react to this campaign and whether they will pass any appropriate
regulations or not;
- we have been the first in Poland to display
anti-advertising boards, which we have made by ourselves, in city centres. Their subjects
were: furs, meat, circuses, vivisection. Among the media we use are also banners which we
display during independent concerts;
- in order to promote the notion of the rights of animals
we also distribute T-shirts with designs we print on them;
- one of our major achievements has been a video (VHS)
film in the form of an pseudo advertisement against fur. It was a very original thing in
Poland. We have managed to engage very many people into work on this film. We copy it for
all those interested in the problem so that they can use it during meetings they organize.
Apart from that the film has been shown on the local Bełchatów and Lódź T.V. stations;
- we have picketed shops selling fur in Gdynia and Gdansk;
- an inseparable part of Front Wyzwolenia Zwierząt is the
paper we issue entitled "Mamkły, Mampazury" (I Have Fangs, I Have Claws), which
has been mentioned in mass media all around Poland;
- one of the members of Seym (Polish Parliament) has
enabled us cooperate on amendments to be introduced to the draft of the new act concerning
protection of animals(!); and,
- we have taken part in organizing a 1st May demonstration
in Bydgoszcz in 1993. Apart from watchwords about the rights of animals the demonstration
also had anti -nationalistic, -clerical and -racist character.
We also want to prepare an exhibition
about the rights of animals, which we are going to show during various kinds of meetings
and shows in many cities. However, lack of visual material such as posters, large
photographs or slides showing harm done to animals, is a great obstacle here. We would be
most grateful if you helped us. We are also interested in getting in touch with people
from other countries, who defend animals.
FRONT WYZWOLENIA ZWIERZĄT
(ANIMAL LIBERATION FRONT)
P.O. BOX 223
86-300 GRUDZIĄDZ 1
THE CIRCUS IS FUNNY...
NOT FOR ANIMALS!
Is the circus wholesome family fun or a
hangover from the days of bear-baiting?
Many people feel that the spectacle of
performance animals is degrading to both animals and audience.
There is mounting evidence from scientists
and biologists of stress, even suffering among circus animals.
In this time of ecological crisis of our
planet, we must recognize that the training of animals is a relic of past times, and
actively protest against training.
Information: KLUB "GAJA",
P.O. Box. 261, 43-301 Bielsko-Biała 1
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