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Thousands gather in Tel Aviv to march for animal rights

Organizers say it's one of the largest animal rights demonstrations in history.


September 11, 2017 | Prev
Activists marched through Rabin Square in Tel Aviv with signs advocating an end to animal cruelty.Activists marched through Rabin Square in Tel Aviv with signs advocating an end to animal cruelty.Photo: Vegan Friendly
September 11, 2017

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.

Thousands of people protest animal abuse and cruelty in Tel Aviv Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017.Signs advocated compassion and love for all animals and an end to scientific experimentation on animals. (Photo: Vegan Friendly)

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.

Israel is a haven for vegans, boasting dozens of vegan-friendly restaurants and markets.Activists distributed fliers promoting veganism. (Photo: Vegan Friendly)

“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.

vegan barbecue photoMore than 10,000 people showed up at a 2014 vegan barbecue in in Israel. (Photo: Vegan-Friendly Israel)

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