On Saturday April 6 2019, passionate animal rights activists rallied in Melbourne Australia to support the “March to Close all Slaughterhouses”. As a long-time vegan, environmentalist and tree hugger, I went along to show my support and document the rally.
Coinciding with other animal rights gatherings across the globe, the peaceful march kicked off with several speakers at the Treasury gardens and then all supporters marched united through the heart of the meat section of renowned Victoria Market calling for the end of all slaughterhouses.
As long as there are slaughterhouses there will always be battlefields. – Leo Tolstoy
The energy was palpable and to my eyes and ears there seemed to be thousands of compassionate animal rights supporters gathered, although only ‘hundreds’ was mentioned in the conservative mainstream press.
Demonstrations, rallies, marches and public meetings are powerful ways of expressing public opinion on issues and certainly this rally hopefully had ‘planted the seed’ of the injustices of slaughterhouses and animal agriculture in the thoughts of the many onlookers and shoppers.
Guest speakers of the rally were;
- Yamini Narayanan – Senior Lecturer in International and Community Development at Deakin University, Melbourne
- Harley McDonald-Eckersall – Dedicated and committed activist
- Dr Tamasin Ramsay – Animal Justice Party
- Kristy Alger – President of Animal Liberation Tasmania,
Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) was a Russian writer regarded as one of the greatest authors of all time. He was also a Humanitarian, Warrior for Peace and Philosopher. He became vegetarian at the age of 50 and he (and now widely acknowledged and accepted) equated violence against animals with violence in human society.
This following paragraph is sourced from the blog Tolstoy’s Ghost
“I think one of the experiences that made Tolstoy such a confirmed vegetarian and supporter of animal rights was a visit he paid to a slaughterhouse in the early 1890s. He records his experience in “The First Step,” which he wrote as a preface to Howard Williams’ The Ethics of Diet. It’s a vivid description of what happens in a slaughterhouse and the reactions of the men who participate in the killing”. Source