Largest Animal Rights Protest In The Middle East Saw 15,000 Animal Lovers This Weekend

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While the middle east is known as a geographic region where freedom of speech is limited and protesting often result in chaos and arrests, the State of Israel is one of the few exceptions where people have the freedom to protest and the people are making the most of it. This past weekend, over 15,000 animal lovers in Israel put on the LARGEST animal rights protest flooding the streets of Tel Aviv, Israel.

This weekend’s protest was the largest of Israel’s kind in a country where most protests are more towards human rights and political stability. With organizers from multiple animal rights groups like Let the animals live Israel and Ban Live Export, this protest has shown the world that people in middle east are starting to see value in the life of animals as well as people and are willing to take steps to stand up for them. Looking at a sea of cards and giant banners and everyone wearing the same uniform truly shows how unified these people are.

Here at America, Canada, UK and EU, we have the freedom of demonstration but hardly any of us exercise it with our demonstrations reaching using in the hundreds tops. As most of our rallies are in the dozens, it puts us to shame when compared to these developing nations. It really show how we need to step it up and show more concerns for the animals if we want to start shaking government and companies. It is OUR country and OUR neighbours and OUR communities that are creating a market for animal cruelty importing animal trophies. While developing nations like Kenya are hosting thousand people rallies and protests to stop exports, we need to step up our game and start hosting similar thousand people rallies to stop imports on our shores.

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**notable comments from Israel reader danielaszt:

“We woke up about animals some time ago. 7% of Israelis are vegan and loads more vegetarian. We have more vegan and vegetarian restaurants than anywhere else in the world (ratio) and you would be hard pressed to find any restaurants here that don’t offer veg and vegan meals. Our national foods are even vegan: falafel, chummus or vegetarian: sabich. We managed, with the spearheaded efforts of the largest animal freedom fighters here – to get Mazor farms – A well known breeder of monkeys who were then exported to medical testing facilities in the US to close and moved all the monkeys to a sanctuary.”

Source:

https://www.facebook.com/Let.the.animals.live.Israel?fref=photo

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50 thoughts on “Largest Animal Rights Protest In The Middle East Saw 15,000 Animal Lovers This Weekend

  1. Hi there – thanks for covering our very important protest. I would like to offer a couple of corrections.

    1- If you know any Israelis then you must be aware that in Israel, there is absolute freedom of speech. We Israelis are outspoken and our government supports these rights in the same way the US does to the first amendment. We have no limits on our freedom of speech here.

    2- We woke up about animals some time ago. 7% of Israelis are vegan and loads more vegetarian. We have more vegan and vegetarian restaurants than anywhere else in the world (ratio) and you would be hard pressed to find any restaurants here that don’t offer veg and vegan meals. Our national foods are even vegan: falafel, chummus or vegetarian: sabich

    3- We managed, with the spearheaded efforts of the largest animal freedom fighters here – to get Mazor farms – A well known breeder of monkeys who were then exported to medical testing facilities in the US to close and moved all the monkeys to a santuary.

    We still have a long way to go to stop all and any animal cruelty but we are working on it and won’t stop until every cage is free.

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      • Cecil’s Pride is a crowdsourced blog highlighting news on different animal rights initiatives. We would love to have a more complete snapshot of how the animal rights movement is shaking things up in Israel. Feel free to email the editor an overview and movement report at editor.cecilspride@gmail.com

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    • The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (The Hare Krishnas) go out on the streets of almost every major city in the world everyday and distribute books by our spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada, and we also chant the Holy Names of God (Krishna) congregationally. We preach and practice lacto-vegetarianism and have been doing this now for fifty years. We host free vegetarian love feasts in most of our hundreds of centers worldwide every week and have many farms worldwide where the ‘radical’ concepts of cow protection and ox power are practiced. Not everyone is still asleep.

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    • With all due respect Daniel, Israel is far from “absolute freedom of speech”. This depends on the subject matter and what the country thinks about it. You can check out the example Israel forced Google to take off a website from the search results because it was calling for activism against the Israeli banks and the way they steal from the people. And you definitely don’t have the freedom of speech if you’re not Jewish and talking about the issues in our country.

      Yes, relatively Israelis are more compassionate about animals and that’s amazing. Being vegan here (at least in central Israel and slowly growing in other places) is getting easier and easier.
      I just wish we had more compassion for other humans and other issues as well.

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  4. All animals deserve to live a happy life , we don`t need to eat meat they all have feelings and a heart if in any doubt wack the video s about slaughter then if you have a heart you will never touch meat again . let all animals live stop killing them .

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  5. Animals are so important and they sadly need protection against so much abuse and cruelty. So many countries have absolutely no respect for animals and this needs to ends. Any abusers of animals need to be recorded on a database and never have animals again. Lauren Lovelle is an songwriter from the UK releasing an album next April and wants to collaborate with a well known singer the song will be focussed on the the message of helping animals around the world! Take a listen and get in contact:-https://soundcloud.com/laurenlovelle

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  9. Why would you title this article in a way that groups an entire region? As a middle eastern from Kuwait, I think your doing a disservice by not leaving the word middle eastern out of it and inserting the word Israel. You can’t compare apples with oranges, and considering the fact that people don’t actually ever click on articles and bother reading them, and considering people like yourself included don’t bother researching the truth, I find it extremely misleading and your not giving credit to where it’s due. This would never happen in any of the other Muslim middle eastern countries FYI. Your talking about countries that are Muslim and have no respect or value for human lives (especially Jewish ones) and less for the lives of animals. Your talking about countries that are allegedly democratic, but protests need approval from the ministries that control the population. Your talking about a religion whose prophet hated animals, and warned against having them inside the home since they attract demons. You can’t ever compare Israel to any of those countries that are light years behind the rest of the western world. “people in middle east are starting to see value in the life of animals”, I see cases of abuse that seem to be escalating every single day in the Middle East and importations of wild and domestic animals is at an all time high, so your claim is just plain false. “Most of our rallies are in the dozens” again false. Budget hearings in Miami alone have animal advocates showing up in the hundreds every single time, and there’s several rallies in DC that take place on a yearly basis that attract thousands. Where are your sources?

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  13. We held the biggest animal rights protest in NYC history for the past 25 years with 300 attendees in Sept 2014. You would be absolutely right that we need to rise up in America in augmented numbers. We have been planning to do exactly that and it is on tap for 2016 with our #sleepoutforanimals campaign. Our next protest is October 16, 2015 Friday night with six locations nationwide US. If anyone cares to join us as we rise up for animal rights please contact me – our difficulty is dissemination of information and lack of funding which will be overcome in the coming months and our uprising will come to fruition. nokill-newyork.org

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