SAN DIEGO (CNS) – National Animal Rights Day – an annual event that honors the billions of animals killed each year for food, clothing and experimentation – is coming to San Diego for the first
SAN DIEGO (CNS) – National Animal Rights Day – an annual event that honors the billions of animals killed each year for food, clothing and experimentation – is coming to San Diego for the first time, have organizers announced on Saturday.
The event is scheduled for 1 p.m. June 5 at Mission Bay Park, located at 2688 E. Mission Bay Drive, and will be one of 85 such ceremonies worldwide, including one in Los Angeles.
Organized by the nonprofit ‘Our Planet, Theirs Too’, the protest “aims to show the public first-hand the results of our society’s brutal treatment of animals and to commemorate the 56 billion animals that are killed each year for food. , their fur and skins, laboratory tests and entertainment,” according to the organizers.
Activities will begin with a public requiem ceremony in which dozens of volunteers will stand in a unified formation displaying posters of real animals that have died at human hands. The ceremony is designed as a mass memorial service for the billions of animals who die each year, and will include speeches, lyrics, songs and large-scale audio-visual presentations.
The second part of the event is a celebration, during which attendees and the public are invited to hear community members talk about what inspired them to become animal advocates.
Plant-based drinks and snacks will be served.
During the event, the Declaration of Animal Rights will be unveiled and can be signed. The scroll pronounces the rights of all animals and bears thousands of signatures from people around the world, in multiple languages.
Aylam Orian, the 52-year-old Los Angeles actor who founded NARD in 2011, told City News Service last year that “all forms of mass confinement, abuse, and then slaughter of animals are harmful to human health, the planet, and of course, the well-being of those trillions of animals.They have rights of their own, which are no different from the basic rights that humans claim to have.
Orian — whose credits include “Stargate Origins” and CBS shows “NCIS: Los Angeles” and “Code Black” — credits a trip to Madrid in 2010 with inspiring him to form the NARD movement. He saw the group Animal Equality leading a small silent protest with laptops showing passers-by animal deaths on factory farms, and a light went out.
He started doing his own little video demos in New York, but he felt they weren’t affecting enough people. Then, in December 2010, he attended Animal Equality’s larger-scale protest in Madrid’s Plaza del Sol on International Animal Rights Day, a ceremony that includes dead animals.
This prompted Orian to bring together various animal rights groups in New York for a meeting, including PETA and Mercy for Animals, wondering “How can we join forces and create a great day like this, as in Spain, where we leave our differences aside (and) everyone mobilizes their energy towards this sole objective of representing animals?” he explained in a 2017 interview with the Green Party’s animal rights committee.
Orian’s goal is to raise NARD’s profile until it becomes an annual presence in the public consciousness.
“The ultimate goal is for this to become Memorial Day for animals in every city. Just imagine if every city in the United States or the world had a recognized national animal rights day…if it was part of the culture and everything everyone knew about it, just imagine the impact it would have – animals have their own day where everyone thinks of them, commemorates them,” he said in the 2017 interview.
“Let’s hope that a day when we don’t eat animals will really serve as a memorial day to remember what we used to do to animals, like Holocaust Day in Israel, which it’s is the function – remember what happened and `Never Again.’
More information can be found at https://thenard.org.