In New York City, hundreds of animal rights activists took to the streets to participate in the global March to Close Down All Slaughterhouses. The 1.5 mile march began with a rally on the steps of the NYC Public Library and ended with a mass die-in in Union Square. New York is one of 37 cities in 16 countries that are participating in the annual march. TheirTurn spoke to onlookers along the parade route to get their reaction to the march and the message.
At the rally, Carla Athena Tejada, an animal rights activist who organized the NYC march, told participants: “It is our goal to have others see what we see and know what we know — that this violence is unnecessary and that we demand the abolition of this exploitation.”
Kathy Stevens, founder of Catskill Animal Sanctuary, which rescues and advocates for farm animals, said, “If I’ve learned anything in 17 years of running an animal sanctuary, it is that animals want their lives just as much as we want ours. In the ways that truly matter, we are all the same.”
According to StopAbattoirs, the organization that coordinates the global marches, 60 billion land animals and more than 1,000 billion aquatic animals are killed each year. That translates to 164 million land animals and almost 3 billion aquatic animals being slaughtered each day.