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Record 12,000 vegan activists take part in London’s Official Animal Rights March

The number of people attending the march from London's Hyde Park to Parliament Square has skyrocketed since it was first held in 2016. Rallies have been planned in more than 40 cities across the globe this year.

JAMES HOCKADAY: ‘Thousands of animal rights campaigners marched through London demanding an end to the exploitation of animals. Around 12,000 activists were pictured holding placards saying ‘meat is murder’ and ‘think with your heart, not your stomach’. The number of people attending the march from Hyde Park to Parliament Square has skyrocketed since it was first held in 2016. Around 10,000 people marched through London last year, compared to 2,500 at the event’s debut.

Rallies have been planned in more than 40 cities across the globe this year. The event is organised by vegan activist collective Surge and volunteer movement Animal Rebellion, which uses non-violent civil disobedience tactics to make their voices heard. Animal Rebellion is planning a two-week blockade of Smithfield Market – the UK’s largest wholesale meat market from October 7. The new group is hoping to get 10,000 people to take part, with around 2,000 signing up so far.

As well as taking a stand against animal cruelty, the group also wants to persuade people that ditching animal products can help prevent climate change. A spokesman for the group, Dan Kidby, said: ‘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’.’ SOURCE…

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