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A LAW FOR THE ‘ROSES’: Hundreds of animal rights protesters march to kick-off annual Animal Liberation Conference

The protest aimed to push for an animal bill of rights called Rose’s Law, which would grant animals the right to be free, to not be exploited, abused, or killed by humans, and to have their interests represented in court.

LOLA PROCTOR: Hundreds of animal rights protesters marched in San Francisco Saturday afternoon to demand the end of factory farming, chanting, “Humane slaughter is a lie! Animals do not want to die!” “We believe in a world where every animal, every human being is treated with decency and kindness,” Wayne Hsiung, founder of animal rights group Direct Action Everywhere, told a crowd in Dolores Park.

The protest aimed to raise awareness for animal rights, recruit more people to join the effort, and push for an animal bill of rights called Rose’s Law, which would grant animals the right to be free, to not be exploited, abused, or killed by humans, and to have their interests represented in court.

The march was part of the weeklong Animal Liberation Conference, which kicked off Friday in Richmond and will continue with workshops, lectures and trainings at the California Ballroom in Oakland. The conference is meant to inspire people to take action against the factory farming industry.

“Everything could stay the same, or we could leave our comfort zones behind and do everything we can to change it,” said 19-year-old Zoe Rosenberg, who rescued the hen that Rose’s Law is named after from a poultry farm in 2018. “The choice is yours, but I, for one, hope that we will all come together and fight until every animal is safe and happy and free”…

A motorcycle group called Cage Free Vegans led the mile-and-a-half march, which started at Dolores Park with a “die-in” outside of Whole Foods and ended at San Francisco City Hall. As marchers filled the streets, cars honked either in support or in frustration.

“I wanted to be with people who also care about veganism for health, for the planet, for the animals, for whatever reason,” said Hannah Riddle, who was attending her first demonstration. She said she hoped the march would spur people to talk about animals’ rights. SOURCE…

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