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Slovenian Independence Leader Dies

Written by PETA | February 25, 2008

Janez Drnovsek, the Slovenian president who led his country to independence in 1991, died this weekend at the age of 57. Mr. Drnovsek’s prodigious accomplishments included building a stable democracy in Slovenia and preparing the way for his country to join the European Union in 2004. He was also passionate about animal rights: An ethical vegan, Drnovsek urged Slovenians to be kind to animals with the same keen awareness of the suffering of others that gained him a reputation as a champion for oppressed people and a progressive leader who refused to stay silent in the face of injustice. Drnovsek became vegetarian after he was diagnosed with cancer in 1999, and he credited his diet with prolonging his life as he battled the disease over the next nine years. In a 2005 interview, he discussed the philosophy behind his decision to adopt a vegan diet:

“If we think for a moment how man manages animals and what impact he has on animal world, we could say he was not human at all. Just think of all slaughterhouses and production of beef or poultry where conditions for animals are impossible. … It is not that people are bad—they just don’t think about it. When the final product is in front of them on the plate, they don’t think what was has been before and how it got to this stage.”

Drnovsek was a man of principle, courage, and most of all, compassion, and his example inspired countless people to look with fresh eyes on the world around them and live their lives in a way that showed kindness to all beings. He will be greatly missed.

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  • erica says:

    man i’ve never had a chance to meet the guy its great what he did for his country. thats 3 people that died before i got to meet them.

  • Pamela L. says:

    I just finished reading Mr.Drnovseks’2005 interview. What a heartwarming experience it was to read about his opinions viewpoints and statements on how animals should be treated. What a compassionate intelligent caring individual he was. I have made a copy of this interwiew and will show it to many people who are already vegetarians as well those who are on the fence. It is an inspiration to the movement of animal rights and welfare. Rest in peace Janez Drnovsek I am sure you will be sorely missed by your people and even by those of uswho never had the great fortune to meet you. You have left us with renewed hope of ending much of the cruelty our animals are now enduring. God Bless

  • liliana says:

    Another beautiful soul that leave us I hope they get another good soul and compasionate for animals for president

  • Brandon Becker says:

    Your last paragraph sums him up well. Thanks for posting this.

  • Judith, Freedom Fighter for Animals says:

    How very sad to lose another truly compassionate human being. Rest in peace gentle soul. Judith

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