On 27 November 2001, Viva! Poland was born. Juliet decided to launch Viva! in Poland as it was a country that had been hugely restricted in free speech and where vegan organisations had been banned – so the launch of Viva! Poland was met with great excitement. Its debut was Journey to Death, a campaign to end the live export of horses from Poland for meat.
Viva! Poland has grown under the excellent direction of Cezary Wyzynski, into the largest animal rights group in Poland with major campaigns against fur, vivisection, animals in captivity, carriage horses, and factory farming. Viva! Poland also runs an animal sanctuary near Warsaw taking care of and providing safety to hundreds of animals.
Located about an hour out of Warsaw, the Korabiewice Viva! Poland sanctuary houses around 520 animals per year.
The sanctuary is a beautiful place, 60 acres of pretty fields and with a road running through a section with enclosures for dogs on either side, as well as cat houses with enclosed gardens. It is also home to about 40 horses, some rescued from the meat trade, 40 goats, 12 rescued pigs, cows, chickens and geese who bite your bottom given the chance! There are also 14 beautiful Arctic and silver foxes, and two raccoon dogs, rescued from the fur trade.