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The 2018 Animal Liberation March in San Francisco

June 9, 2018 by Leave a Comment


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An estimated 1,200 animal rights activists took to the streets of San Francisco to participate in a dramatic march for animal liberation. Organizers made planned stops at Sephora, Uggs and Burger King to draw attention to the cruelty of animals in the cosmetics, clothing and food industries.  They also staged a mass die-in to draw attention to the plight of elephants and other animals exploited in the entertainment industry. TheirTurn spoke to  onlookers along the parade route to get their reactions:

Organized by the global animal rights network Direct Action Everywhere (DxE), the march was one of several high profile actions staged during the organization’s one-week Animal Liberation Conference, which was held in the nearby city of Berkeley. After the march, DxE staged a rally in Union Square featuring renowned activists James Aspey; Natasha from That Vegan Couple and Wayne Hsiung, co-founder of Direct Action Everywhere.

2018 Animal Liberation March hosted by the animal liberation network, Direct Action Everywhere (DxE)

The march was organized by the global animal rights network Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) and was one of several high profile actions staged during the organization’s one-week Animal Liberation Conference, which was held in the nearby city of Berkeley.


Onlookers React to New York City’s March to Close All Slaughterhouses

June 5, 2018 by Leave a Comment


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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.”

NYC organizer Carla Athena Tejada delivers opening remarks at the rally before the March to Close Down All Slaughterhouses

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.

The 2017 March to Close Down All Slaughterhouses in Paris. The 2018 March takes place on June 23rd (photo: stopabattoirs.org)


Hundreds Mourn Victims of Animal Agriculture at Ashes of Speciesism Funeral

May 26, 2018 by Leave a Comment


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Over 300 activists attending the 2018 Animal Liberation Conference in Berkeley participated in a funeral procession for farm animals in front of City Hall to remember the victims of animal agriculture and draw attention to the need for an animal rights amendment to the U.S. constitution.

During the funeral, which lasted approximately three hours, mourners marched through the streets of Berkeley with a deceased piglet named Chloe and then buried her in a public park in front in front City Hall. Participants also eulogized five rescued farm animals and spread their ashes under and their photos, which were displayed in the park.

Hundreds of animal rights activists participate in DxE’s funeral for victims of the animal agriculture industry.

The funeral was organized by the global animal rights group, Direct Action Everywhere, which hosted the Animal Liberation Conference.


Thousands Attend NYC Vegetarian Food Festival

May 23, 2018 by Leave a Comment


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Thousands of New Yorkers lined up outside of the Metropolitan Pavilion in Manhattan to await their chance to taste hundreds of plant-based foods being sampled at the 8th Annual New York City Vegetarian Food Festival.  The two-day festival featured over 120 vendors and three stages of entertainment and expert presentations on health, nutrition and advocacy.

“Eight years ago, it was just a little space, and now we’ve got two floors and 8,000 people,” said Nira Paliwoda and Sarah Gross Feoli, the founders of U.S. VegCorp, which produces the festival. “It’s not just for vegans and vegetarians. It’s for everybody that loves great food and compassion.”

2018 NYC Vegetarian Food Festival


Animal Rights Activists Protest NY State Veterinary Medical Society Over its Support of Declawing

May 14, 2018 by 3 comments


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Animal rights activists with The Animals’ Battalion staged a protest at the annual convention of the New York State Veterinary Medical Society (NYSVMS) over its effort to block legislation that would outlaw declawing in New York state.

“Veterinarians who declaw are mutilating animals while masquerading as their caregivers,” said protest organizer Roberto Bonelli of Animals’ Battalion. “We will expose the hypocrisy of NYSVMS until it puts the welfare of its patients ahead of the extra profits made off of these cruel amputations.”

The NY State Veterinary Medical Society lobbies to block cat declawing legislation

The dozen protesters were met by Marriott security guards and police who attempted to move them off of hotel property, but that didn’t stop them from conveying their message to the many veterinarians who were entering and exiting the hotel. Several of the them stated that they disagreed with NYSVMS pro-declawing position.

Declawing is amputation, as it consists of removing the entire bone out of which the claw grows.

Contrary to public perception, cat declawing is not a simple nail removal. During the surgical procedure, veterinarians cut through nerves and ligaments to remove the last knuckle of each of a cat’s digits.

The Paw Project, an advocacy group that is working to ban cat declawing nationwide, states that the surgery causes many potential problems for cats, including prolonged joint and back pain, early onset arthritis, painful abscesses, infection, and behavioral issues which result in owners abandoning them.

According to the Paw Project, declawing is already banned or deemed unethical by professional veterinary organizations in many countries around the world, including Australia, Austria, Brazil, Croatia, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

Two elected officials in NY State, Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal and Senator Joseph Griffo have introduced a bill (A.595/S.3376) in the state legislature to ban cat declawing.  The NYSVMS is lobbying in opposition to the bill.

Animal rights activists with The Animals’ Battalion protest at the annual convention of the New York State Veterinary Medical Society over its efforts to block anti-declawing legislation.

Your Turn

Sign The Paw Project petition to ban declawing in New York.

If you live in NY State, ask your Assembly Member and Senator to support the bill (A.595/S.3376) to ban declawing.