Thousands gather in Tel Aviv to march for animal rights
Organizers say it's one of the largest animal rights demonstrations in history.
In what organizers are calling one of the biggest events of its kind, an animal rights demonstration lit up the streets of Tel Aviv, Israel, on Saturday, as activists from around the world marched with messages of non-violence, compassion and veganism.
At least 30,000 people were said to have attended the event, according to activists from Vegan Friendly, Anonymous for Animal Rights and Let the Animals Live – all nonprofits that helped organize the march.
“We’re talking about all kinds of animals – animals in the food industry, animals in the wild, and cats and dogs. All the people who are coming here tonight are caring people who don’t want to see animals being harmed," said Shira Hertzanu, media relations director for Anonymous for Animal Rights.
That so many people turned out for the Sunday evening protest is little surprise to Israelis. The country is a hot spot for vegans, boasting dozens of vegan-friendly restaurants and markets. The Daily Meal named Tel Aviv No. 1 for vegan travelers in 2015. This Mediterranean seaside city is also home to the world's largest vegan festival, Vegan Fest Tel Aviv.
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