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Jessica Scott-Reid: If Toronto’s animal rights activists disturbed your weekend, they succeeded

The very point is to interrupt public life to bring your attention to the 800 million farmed animals, three million fur bearing animals and countless marine animals slaughtered unnecessarily in Canada each year.

JESSICA SCOTT-REID: ‘If you are annoyed with animal rights activists right now, after having your weekend or Monday morning disrupted, then they — we — have succeeded. Last Saturday, I attended Toronto’s first ever Animal Liberation Conference, held at The University of Toronto. I ran a workshop to help animal advocates get more active in the media.

The next day I joined the Official Animal Rights March, an annual event, which also took place that day in London, U.K., San Diego and Orlando, Auckland, N.Z., Cologne, Germany, and likely some other places. And then I went home. The real activists though, they stayed. They were just getting started…

Toronto animal activists are now taking a page from environmental activists, particularly Extinction Rebellion out of the U.K., engaging in non-violent civil disobedience and disruption. The very point is to interrupt public life, your everyday doings, the norm, to bring your attention to the 800 million farmed animals, three million fur bearing animals and countless marine animals slaughtered unnecessarily in Canada each year.

“Disruption causes the public to notice animal victims and question the status quo. It forces the public to choose: which side are you on?” explains Toronto activist, Anita Krajnc, who made headlines in 2015 after she was criminally charged for offering water to thirsty pigs on their way to slaughter. She was eventually acquitted, in the precedent setting case…

As we learn more of the sentience of non-human animals, their capacity to experience intense fear and pain, as well as the inherent cruelties within Canadian animal agricultural systems and the harmful impact of animal agriculture upon the environment, a shift is certainly necessary, now. Activist groups are ready to make that happen, growing more educated, more desperate, more organized, and bigger’. SOURCE…

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