Hundreds of compassionate people gathered in Los Angeles yesterday to commemorate the ninth annual National Animal Rights Day (NARD).
The emotional event, one of more than 30 that took place in cities around the world, served as both a time to honor animals that have passed, many by human hands, as well as recognize and raise awareness that all animals should be protected by law.
Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara, and Donna D’Errico were among the many notable advocates that participated in a memorial march on Beverly Boulevard in honor of the billions of animals that are senselessly killed each year as a result of factory farming, animal testing, and other archaic and inhumane practices.
“This is how we, the human race, treat animals. Do you want to be part of this,” questioned a sign held high above the demonstrators, many holding victims of the barbaric industries.
Fortunately, enlightening events such as this and other critical animal protection awareness campaigns, have more and more people answering with a resounding NO!
It was equally important at yesterday’s Our Planet Theirs Too event to recognize steps that are being taken towards ending the unnecessary suffering of animals and shifting humanity to a cruelty-free, plant-based lifestyle. The day ended on a positive note with inspired speeches, entertainment, and delicious vegan food.
National Animal Rights Day events also took place in New York, London, Paris, Frankfurt, Copenhagen, Mumbai, Hong Kong, Perth, Toronto, and Montreal, among other cities.
WAN looks forward to a time when all animals are safe, protected, and free from human consumption and greed.