ORCA is a civil society organization that helps people in Serbia and the Western Balkans care about the nature and wellbeing of animals in order to achieve personal, economic and social development.
We accomplish our mission through public advocacy, research, education and monitoring of the implementation of policies and regulations. We influence the adoption of better laws, their implementation and change in the society’s culture regarding nature and animals.
ORCA is the leading action driver, partner of citizens and institutions in the Western Balkans in the field of animal welfare and nature conservation.
ORCA BELIEVES THAT…
Everyone has the right to preserved nature and sustainable use of natural resources, and that animals should live a life free from the pain, suffering and stress human beings can cause them.
Nature conservation, animal welfare and human survival are linked to the extent that these issues cannot be viewed separately.
Man has a moral obligation and duty to provide the present and future generations with the availability of natural values without which life on Earth is not possible.
To the animals he keeps, man must provide the conditions appropriate to their needs. Otherwise, he must not keep them.
In all activities in the field of agriculture, fishery, transport, trade, research and technological development, as well as in other areas that can directly or indirectly affect the nature or animal welfare, full attention must be paid to the protection of nature, i.e. animal welfare.
The reasons why nature and animals are used must be constantly reconsidered in broad social dialogue.
Respecting the value of life and being compassionate with those who need help, we treat people, animals and the environment responsibly.
We believe that the best effects can be achieved through a comprehensive understanding of the phenomenon and proposing systemic and long-term solutions.
All activities are based on a clear and long-term strategy and the ability to respond optimally to the needs of animals, humans and the environment.
All the attitudes and activities we pursue are grounded in science, ethics, and practices that are best for humans, animals, and the environment.
We are persistent in pursuing activities to reach our goals. We do this consistently and enthusiastically.
We believe that achieving animal welfare is only possible through the cooperation of all social actors.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President of the ORCA Board
prof. dr Nevena Vučković Šahović
Member of ORCA Board of directors
Member of ORCA Board of directors
prof. dr Tamara Džamonja Ignjatović
Member of ORCA Board of Directors
Project Manager ORCA
Financial Coordinator ORCA
dr Jelena Burazerović
Programme Development Associate ORCA
Education Associate ORCA
Internal Communications Manager ORCA
NETWORKS AND MEMBERSHIPS
WHO STANDS BEHIND US
Behind us are citizens, partner organizations and institutions, the media, international donors and socially responsible companies. The work of ORCA cannot be imagined without these valuable associates who are aware of the importance of our approach and the results of our work.
We especially emphasize volunteers. For the first ten years, ORCA worked solely as a volunteer organization: volunteers laid the foundation for what ORCA is today.
We believe that everyone has a personal responsibility to society, reflected through the active commitment to social change that we want to achieve.
We are independent in decision-making and achieving our goals, activities and programs.
When raising funds, we take into account the goals, programs, actual needs and capacities of the organization. We handle the funds entrusted to us responsibly.
As a non-profit civil society organization, we are responsible for our work and we present the results to the public, our users, partners and donors.
All aspects of our work are available to the public, be it activities, results or funding.
QUALITY OF OUR WORK
We are dedicated to constantly improving the quality of our work.
ORCA IS NOT
An Animals Right and Liberation Organization
We accept the fact that man must use animals to meet his basic needs, provided that the pain, suffering and stress of the animals are avoided.
We consider farm animal welfare standards to be a key factor in the safety and security of food of animal origin and the environment. Therefore, we recommend eating those foods that are produced in compliance with animal welfare and environmental standards
ORCA has grown from a local organization founded by a group of students and professors at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Belgrade to one of the most influential civil society organizations in Serbia. Today, we implement activities in the Western Balkans.
Organization that deals with Animal Rescue
Although many think that ORCA is involved in the care and rescue of animals, we bring people together and launch actions, conduct research, disseminate knowledge, advocate better laws, monitor the implementation of policies and regulations, and thus work to change society’s attitude to animals and nature.
ORCA HELPS TO CREATE
THE LIVING WORLD
WELFARE FOR ALL!
Preserved nature, a safe and healthy world for humans and animals!