This year’s World Day for Farmed Animals can be called a smashing success by numbers alone. Over 12,000 people spanning 95 countries participated in a one-day Fast Against Slaughter. Over 1,700 activists distributed our informative “Have We Been Lied To?” booklet for the 200 Brochure Challenge. 17 slaughterhouse protests occurred in the United States and Canada alone.
As empowering as those numbers are, WDFA 2014 was also a smashing success in the unity it created around the world. On October 2nd, 2014, activists passionate for animal rights from small, remote towns to large, buzzing cities felt connected to farmed animals and their suffering, and connected to compassionate human beings in a one-day Fast Against Slaughter. Through pledging to abstain from food for one day, in solidarity and remembrance of farmed animals starved en route to slaughter, thousands of people around the world were connected in this peaceful, awareness-raising act. FARM’s social media pages were abuzz with participants proudly pledging to fast, sharing links and pictures, and forming bonds with and supporting other people. When the fight for farmed animals rights can at times feel so isolating, the Fast Against Slaughter reminded people of why we fight, and gave them hope to push on.
Here are just some of the overwhelmingly positive responses we’ve received from participants of the Fast Against Slaughter:
“It was a humbling experience having felt what animals go through before slaughter. I now have a deeper understanding of the cruelty they go through in order to fulfill our appetites.”
This was my first time fasting and it was an extremely eye-opening experience. You truly share in the solidarity. I am proud to have participated.
“I am now going completely vegan instead of just cutting out eggs and milk.”
It not only helped raise awareness but for people who are already vegan it is a good time to reflect on what we are doing and reinforce the reasons we chose this lifestyle.
“It was the easiest fast I’ve ever undertaken I think because this fast was not for me personally, but rather for a bigger cause. Seeing the unity across the globe and the great number [of people] who participated gave me strength and hope that animal activists are making a difference and increased my will to continue.”
Really emotional and moving day. Feel closer and more connected than ever to the animals.
“It helped me gain confidence in my willpower and compassion!”
Vegetarian before the Fast Against Slaughter. Vegan after.
To see some of the thousands of fantastic pledge pictures, visit our Facebook photo album, or search with the hashtag #FastAgainstSlaughter on Twitter and Instagram. Also check out pictures from FARM’s protests at the Perdue chicken plant and the USDA headquarters in Washington, D.C. and Toronto Pig Save’s WDFA demonstration in Canada.
To get the full scoop on all the WDFA 2014 activity, read the full report here.
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