Animal rights activists in Romford town centre hail latest protest a ‘great success’
PUBLISHED: 15:46 28 March 2018 | UPDATED: 15:59 28 March 2018
Mike Clark @mooki_clark
A group of vegan and animal rights activists held their second protest in Romford town centre at the weekend and one of the founder members said that nearly 100 people listened to what they had to say.
Members of the Romford group of Anonymous for the Voiceless (AV) - which is a world wide group - were campaigning on Sunday (March 25) afternoon.
Campaigners were wearing masks and showed videos of distressed animals to passing members of the public.
Connor Anderson, 19, said that this time even more people listened to what they had to say.
He said: “The event was a huge success, we tallied 92 people going away having taken veganism seriously, which is more than a 50 pc increase on our first event. It was so refreshing to meet so many open minded people who were willing to take the needless cruelty in their diets seriously, and to make more compassionate choices in the future.”
He said campaigners took part in what is called the “cube of truth” where they stand in a square and hold iPads and digital tablets showing videos of the alleged treatments of animals in the UK - and if members of the public are interested, other members talk to them and explain what the aims of the group are.
He said that the purpose of the group is to raise awareness of the abuse of animals such as pigs and chickens in slaughter houses.
AV has groups that meet all across the world, with demonstrations taking place in America, South Africa, Belgium and France.
The group held their first protest in Romford last month.
On the AV website, it states the aim of the worldwide group is to “fully equip the public with everything they need in switching to a vegan lifestyle.
“We hold an abolitionist stance on animal exploitation.”
It claims to have held more than 2,300 demonstrations in 404 cities and 56 countries across the world, and that members have “convinced” at least 81,000 people to “take the needless violence in their diets and lifestyles seriously.”
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