As a proud vegan I’m more than happy to be a part of this amazing, inspiring event which brings light to the life of humans, animals, and all the creatures of the Earth. Please come with us!
On 2nd October, hundreds of people will march through central London to mark the World Day for Farmed Animals. Walking behind the “Stop the Slaughter” banner, the protesters will march along Regent St, Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square, past Downing St and the Houses of Parliament. We will be calling for a move away reliance on livestock farming, for the sake of animals, people and the environment.
Organisers explain “October 2nd is chosen as World Day for Farmed Animals because it is the birthday of (Mahatma) Gandhi, who fought for a world free of violence towards all creatures”. Tolstoy famously wrote “While ever there are slaughterhouses, there will be battlefields.” The march has been organised by a coalition of local and national campaigning groups from across the country including Veggies Catering Campaign, Animal Aid, Viva and the Animal Rights Coalition.
We will meet at 12 noon Cavendish Square (Oxford Circus tube) London W1G OPR for rally and speakers, and then march through central London. The march has been organised to protest against the cruelty to all farmed animals and to challenge the assumption that it is ever ‘OK’ or ‘natural’ to exploit any animal for its meat, milk or skin.
Despite greater public knowledge about the appalling conditions within factory farms, these systems are continuing to expand in Britain and across the whole planet. In the UK alone, 900 million animals are killed each year for food. Yet one person can save the lives of thousands of animals in their lifetime by becoming vegan.
Meat, fish and dairy production are hopelessly unsustainable and a major cause of world hunger. Forty per cent of the global grain harvest and over 80% of all soya is used for animal feed. Ten kilos of grain, and 100,000 litres of water, are required to produce just 1 kilo of beef. Meanwhile millions of people in developing countries go hungry for lack of water and basic foodstuffs like grain.
The consumption of animal products is also a major factor in climate change and global warming; according the UN livestock farming creates more greenhouse gases (18%) than all of the world’s transport systems combined (13%). (Livestock’s Long Shadow published by the UN in 2006.) Also according the UN, livestock farming contributes on a “massive scale” to air and water pollution, land degradation, and loss of biodiversity. Meat and dairy is also a major cause of many of the so-called modern ‘diseases of affluence’ such as diabetes, obesity, many cancers and heart disease. And virtually all of the infamous epidemics and food poisoning outbreaks of recent years, such as salmonella, foot and mouth, swine flu, bird flu and E Coli, are directly linked to animal products.
The National March for Farmed Animals will focus all of these three issues. We will be calling for a world without farmed animals which will be more sustainable, healthier and more peaceful.
www.farmedanimals.org.uk, 07757355362, firstname.lastname@example.org