A Record-Breaking 12,000 Activists Took Part in London’s Annual Animal Rights March
Last Saturday, an incredible 12,000 people took to the streets of London for The Official Animal Rights March, the most attendees ever in the event’s three-year history. Organized by grassroots group Surge, the march gathered 2,500 activists for its debut and quickly gained traction, with 10,000 activists taking part last year.
Surge’s website states:
The purpose of the march is to unite the vegan community globally and to inspire vegans to speak up for animals in their everyday lives and get active in their local communities.
Attendees held signs and marched to Parliament Square, stopping along the way at the famed Trafalgar Square, where they listened to inspiring speeches from well-known activists like Ed Winters (also known as Earthling Ed) and documentary filmmaker James Hoot.
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We took over the streets of London in the thousands and demanded animal liberation. We took a stand as a growing movement, united for positive change. One of our main aims of #theofficialanimalrightsmarch is to unite the vegan community globally, to provide each other strength and to inspire vegans to get active in their local communities. I cannot express my gratitude enough towards everyone who came, showed support and made their voice heard. I am so happy that so many vegans showed up to take part in their first ever form of activism, I hope you feel inspired to continue speaking up everyday for the animals. This year, it was an honour to introduce Animal Rebellion at The Official Animal Rights March 2019. On October 7th, we will be taking over the UK’s largest meat market, Smithfield Market, in an act of civil disobedience. We will occupy and rebel against the systems which enslave, mutilate and murder animals. 2,000 people have already signed up to this historic action and the media coverage has begun, with the announcement trending on The Guardian homepage. I hope you will join us. For more information follow @animal_rebellion or head to their website www.animalrebellion.org ✊ Images by @laurenmarina, @e.llaphillips & @anabrdley. #animalrights
Dan Kidby, spokesperson for event co-organizer Animal Rebellion, stated:
Animal Rebellion’s message to the public, policymakers and the future citizen’s assembly is that we need to urgently end the industries of animal farming and fishing, and transition to a plant-based food system in order to avert climate breakdown, mass extinction and ensure justice for farmed animals.
The Official Animal Rights March is a global movement, with marches in 25 cities. On the same day as the London event, around 1,000 activists marched in Cologne, Germany. As they moved through the city, they chanted, “Animal liberation in one generation.” Next Sunday, August 25, even more people are expected to join the march in Berlin.
These marches, with thousands of animal activists around the world, are a true sign that times are changing! Feeling inspired? Help raise awareness for animals by attending the next protest or parade in your city. You can also join our digital advocacy network for simple actions that have a huge impact.