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(E) If you wouldn't wear your dog, please don't wear mine - Visnjic
By Nenad N. Bach | Published  01/3/2003 | Media Watch | Unrated
(E) If you wouldn't wear your dog, please don't wear mine - Visnjic
Distributed by CroatianWorld

 

Goran Visnjic

Goran Visnjic, star of NBC's television show 'ER' poses with his dog Bugsy in an ad produced by PETA, in it's anti-fur ad targeting Eastern Europe. Workers began posting the billboards in Zagreb, Croatia Friday, Jan. 3, 2003. Visnjic is a native of Croatia.(AP Photo/Robert Sebree) 

Op-ed

To paraphrase it:

"If you wouldn't wear your dog, please don't wear mine" - Nenad Bach -

This add is so indicative of what is our potential. You remember Paul Hogan(Crocodile Dundee) and his "I'll put another shrimp for you add" that increasedAustralian tourism for 80% (not sure about percentage, but huge one). 

Can you imagine Goran Visnjic on the walls of Dubrovnik recitingShakespeare and maybe putting some olive oil and barbequing  fish "foryou". We need people with vision who can promote our Magic Kingdom ofCroatia.

Nenad Bach
Editor - in Chief
CROWN

Animal Rights Group Ads Feature Visnjic 

By The Associated Press 


ZAGREB, Croatia (AP)--An animal rights group kicked off its first antifur campaign in eastern Europe with roadside billboards featuring Goran Visnjic and his pet dog Bugsy. 

The billboards show a picture of Visnjic, star of NBC's ``ER,'' cradling Bugsy and the slogan: ``If you wouldn't wear your dog, please don't wear any fur.'' 

Workers began posting the billboards in Zagreb early Friday. 

Michael McGraw, a spokesman for Norfolk, Va.-based People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, said billboards would also be displayed in the city of Split and later in other eastern European cities. 

He said the billboards would be followed by a leaflet distribution campaign during which activists would target fur-wearers who are walking dogs. 

The campaign is also being run by local group Animal Friends Croatia. 

Visnjic, who grew up in Sibenik, said in a statement released by PETA that he decided to support the campaign after he and his wife read a magazine article about fur. 

``We were disgusted,'' the 30-year-old actor said. ``What's going on? Civilization is advancing, but some people are going backward. Today we can use many different materials to warm ourselves without killing other beings.'' 

Visnjic joined the cast of ``ER'' in 1999. He plays Luka Kovac, a Croatian doctor who immigrated to the United States after the violent deaths of his wife and children. 
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On the Net: 
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Web site: http://www.peta.org  

NBC Web site: http://www.nbc.com/ER/index.html  

http://www.austin360.com/aas/life/ap/ap_story.html/Entertainment/AP.V9540.AP-Visnjic-Animal.html 

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