Over the weekend, Zagreb, the capital city of Croatia, was decorated with vegan flags and colors in celebration of World Vegan Day thanks to a collaboration between city officials and local animal-rights group Animal Friends Croatia (AFC). Twenty-two official city poles were outfitted in vegan flags and two landmarks The Mestrovic Pavilion (also known as “The Home of Croatian Artists”) and The Zagreb Fountains in front of the National University Library were lit up with the vegan flag’s green, blue, and white colors and vegan messaging. Additionally, information booths teaching passersby about veganism were set up in Zagreb’s Ban Jelačić Square.
“We are extremely glad that the vegan features have decorated the streets and squares of Zagreb,” AFC said in a statement. “We want the message of compassion to reach as many people as possible and we are convinced that vegan flags will encourage many to try veganism and positive change for health and the environment, as well as change the perception of our attitude towards animals. It is absurd that we love some animals, admire others, hunt others, and breed others just to turn them into products we can do without.”