ABOUT US

OUR MISSION

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.

OUR AMBITION

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…

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.

Orca O nama

OUR VALUES

RESPECT

Respecting the value of life and being compassionate with those who need help, we treat people, animals and the environment responsibly.

systematic approach

We believe that the best effects can be achieved through a comprehensive understanding of the phenomenon and proposing systemic and long-term solutions.

strategic approach

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.

groundedness

All the attitudes and activities we pursue are grounded in science, ethics, and practices that are best for humans, animals, and the environment.

preservance

We are persistent in pursuing activities to reach our goals. We do this consistently and enthusiastically.

cooperation

We believe that achieving animal welfare is only possible through the cooperation of all social actors.

OUR TEAM

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

predsednica Upravnog odbora ORCA

Dragana Tar

President of the ORCA Board

prof. dr Nevena Vučković Šahović

prof. dr Nevena Vučković Šahović

Member of ORCA Board of directors

član Upravnog odbora ORCA

Dušan Bajec

Member of ORCA Board of directors

prof. dr Tamara Džamonja Ignjatović

Member of ORCA Board of Directors

EMPLOYEES

Elvir Burazerović

ORCA director

projektna menadžerka ORCA

JELENA ILIĆ

Project Manager ORCA

finansijska koordinatorka ORCA

Marija Jovanović

Financial Coordinator ORCA

stručna saradnica za programski razvoj ORCA

dr Jelena Burazerović

Programme Development Associate ORCA

stručna saradnica za oblast obrazovanja ORCA

ANA DINIĆ

Education Associate ORCA

KATARINA STANOJEVIĆ

Communications Assistant

menadžer interne komunikacije ORCA

LAKI

Internal Communications Manager ORCA

VOLUNTEERS

Orca volonteri

We are proud of our volunteers!

NETWORKS AND MEMBERSHIPS

Sectorial Civic Society Organizations(SCSO)SCSO
National Convention on the European UnionNational Convention on the EU
The European Forum on Nature Conservation and Pastoralism – EFNCP

http://www.efncp.org

CEEweb for Biodiversity

http://www.ceeweb.org

Species Survival Network – SSN

http://www.ssn.org

Council for Food Production Improvement

http://www.vet.minpolj.gov.rs

Ethics Committee for Experimental Animals Welfare, University of Belgrade Faculty of Medicine, http://www.mfub.bg.ac.rs

Ethics Commitee for Experimental Animals Welfare, University of Belgrade, Faculty of Agriculture: http://www.agrif.bg.ac.rs
Ethics Commitee for Experimental Animals Welfare, University of Belgrade, Faculty of Biology, University of Belgrade: http://www.bio.bg.ac.rs
Ethics Commitee for Experimental Animals Welfare, Institute for Animal Husbandry: http://istocar.bg.ac.rs
Ethics Commitee for Experimental Animals Welfare, Institute for Application for Nuclear Energy: https://www.inep.co.rs/en/

Ethics Commitee for Experimental Animals Welfare, Military Medical Academy: http://www.vma.mod.gov.rs
Ethics Commitee for Experimental Animals Welfare, Institute of Virology, Vaccines and Sera “Torlak”: http://www.torlakinstitut.com/en

The Serbian Philanthropy Forum: https://www.srpskifilantropskiforum.org/

National Association of Parents and Teachers promotes and strengthens cooperation between parents, teachers and schools in order to successfully initiate changes in education and solve the specific problems that all actors are facing in the educational process. https://obrazovanje.org/

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.

OUR PHILOSOPHY

SOCIAL CHANGE

We believe that everyone has a personal responsibility to society, reflected through the active commitment to social change that we want to achieve.

INDEPENDENCE

We are independent in decision-making and achieving our goals, activities and programs.

INTEGRITY

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.

RESPONSIBILITY

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.

TRANSPARENCY

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.

Vegetarian organization

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

International Organization

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
AND PRESERVE
THE LIVING WORLD
AND PROVIDE
WELFARE FOR ALL!

OUR VISION

Preserved nature, a safe and healthy world for humans and animals!