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National March for Farmed Animals to hit London

Release date: 
Thursday, September 30, 2010

A NATIONAL March for Farmed Animals will be taking to the streets of central London this Saturday (October 2).

The event, which has been organised by a coalition of local and national campaigning groups, including Viva!, Animal Aid, the Animal Rights Coalition and Veggies Catering Campaign, will voice mass protest at the continuation of factory farming and the cruel treatment of farmed animals.

Protestors will meet at 12 noon in Cavendish Square, for a rally, with speakers, before beginning the march through the capital.

Viva! founder and director, Juliet Gellatley, says: “Viva!, together with many supporters, will be at the forefront of the event, calling for a move away from the reliance on livestock farming, for the sake of animals, people and the environment. It is unbelievable in this day and age that such barbaric and outdated practices, under which animals suffer, are allowed to continue.

Despite greater public knowledge about the appalling conditions within factory farms, these systems are continuing to expand. In the UK alone, nearly 900 million animals are killed each year for food.

Saturday is World Day for Farmed Animals - so it is hoped that the National March will show the public and government that there can be a different way to feed the world and that this inhumane cruelty should be unacceptable in the 21st century.

The march will follow a route along Regent Street, Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square, past Downing Street and the Houses of Parliament.

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For more information about this media release, contact Viva! press officer Helen Rossiter or campaigns manager Justin Kerswell, or call 0117 944 1000. On the day, call the media mobile on 0794 453 3021.

Notes to Editors

Factory Farming

Pigs in crates, cows on concrete, chickens in cages - animals have been turned into machines.

Baby animals torn from their mothers: fattened, mutilated, pumped with drugs. All end their lives hung upside down in slaughterhouses - surely the greatest massacre of all time'

Each of these creatures has the same complex feelings as the cats and dogs who share our
homes; is a unique individual with their own personality, and values their life. Yet, in the UK, nearly 900 million are imprisoned and treated like products in factories.

Think of almost any environmental catastrophe and you'll find livestock at the heart of it.
Farming animals is one of the main sources of gases that cause global warming - more than all the world's transport. It makes many species of plant and animal extinct across the world because rainforests - where most of the world's species live - are cut down for farmed animals to graze, and so that animal feed can be grown.

Pesticides, hormones, drugs and chemicals used for livestock are the main cause of water
pollution worldwide. The massive use of antibiotics in factory farms has helped to create
superbugs. Feeding farmed animals takes up 70 per cent of all agricultural land. Many times more people could be fed on a plant-based diet.

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