posted by: Megan Drake
June 9, 2011
The very first National Animal Rights Day was held Sunday, June 5 at Union Square Park in New York City and those in attendance are saying positive things about it.
Organized by Aylam Orian from the National Coalition of Animal Rights Organization, the day was called "Our Planet -- Theirs Too."
"We started the event with a requiem ceremony for the billions of animals that die at the hands of humanity every year in different industries," said Orian, "and then we transition to a big festival that showcases the alternatives that exist already… not using animals or hurting animals in any way, we really want to show people that another world is possible.”
Some animal activist friends of mine from the Philadelphia area attended and had good things to say.
"We had such a great day at Sunday's Animal Rights event in NYC," said Marianne Bessey of Peace Advocacy Network. "[We] gave out tons of flyers, and dozens of circus DVDs. Many of the people stopping by our table were random New Yorkers," instead of other Animal Rights folks.
With a goal of education on animal rights issues, veganism and animal cruelty, it sounds like the day was a success. "The goal was to open people's eyes and show them how humans as a whole treat animals, and mourn the fact Americans kill hundreds of animals each year," said organizer Aylam Orian in New York Daily News.
The Universal Declaration of Animal Rights was adopted from a meeting in London, England in September, 1977. Its primary message is: "All animals are born equal and they have the same rights to existence." It remains 34 years later that animals are still thought of as property with no rights under the law. And it's sad to say that for the most part, that is true.
Community outreach and education is what it will take to change people’s minds. And events like the first National Animal Rights Day certainly help. Kudos to people like Aylam Orian and Marianne Bessey who advocate on behalf of the voiceless animals among us.
Be they factory farmed animals, abused pets and wildlife or circus and other entertainment animals, the more education provided, the better chance each animal has of finally finding protection from the real animals among us: humans.