This evening, local animal rights activists, along with national nonprofit Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM), will hold a vigil at Bidwell Park to commemorate World Day for Farmed Animals.
World Day for Farmed Animals features a coordinated, targeted series of vigils, events and demonstrations at slaughterhouses around the world to oppose the abuses it says are inherent in animal agriculture.
The peaceful gathering will also include public outreach and chalking sidewalks with pro-vegan messages and images.
Date: Sunday October 2
Time: 6-8:30 p.m.; candle-lighting at 7 p.m.
Location: Bidwell Park, Bidwell Parkway at Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo
"This vigil memorializes and speaks out for all of the animals who have suffered and died needlessly at the hands of the meat, dairy and egg industries," said area resident Rachel Pawelski. "On World Day for Farmed Animals, we intend to tell the public that all animals raised for food face a gruesome slaughter and deserve our respect."
In addition to Buffalo, events will be held in more than 100 U.S. cities and in several other countries, including Canada, England, Spain, Chile, India and Israel.
"There are 65 billion farmed land animals killed for food every year, who are confined, mutilated and bred to grow so large, so quickly, that many of them literally suffer to death," said Michael Webermann, FARM executive director. "Each year, World Day for Farmed Animals seeks to expose the public to the shocking truth of animal agribusiness, and hold companies accountable."
World Day for Farmed Animals has been observed annually for more than 30 years. The international day of action typically includes vigils, marches and demonstrations, and takes place each year on or around Oct. 2 in conjunction with the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, an outspoken advocate of nonviolence toward animals.
"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way in which its animals are treated," Gandhi famously said.
For more information, visit www.DayForAnimals.org.
Farm Animal Rights Movement is a 501(c)(3) national nonprofit organization working to end the use of animals for food through public education and grassroots activism. FARM believes in the inherent self-worth of animals, as well as environmental protection and enhanced public health. The organization is based in Bethesda, Maryland, and works through a volunteer network in all 50 U.S. states and two-dozen other countries.
For more than 30 years, as FARM has grown, so has public awareness of farmed animal abuse and the benefits of veganism. For more information, visit http://www.farmusa.org.