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Masked animal rights activitists campaign in Romford town centre

PUBLISHED: 10:04 13 February 2018 | UPDATED: 10:15 13 February 2018

Pictured are members of the Romford group of Anonymous for the Voiceless (AVA) at a protest in South Street in Romford. Photo: Connor Anderson

Pictured are members of the Romford group of Anonymous for the Voiceless (AVA) at a protest in South Street in Romford. Photo: Connor Anderson

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A group of vegan animal rights activists have been campaigning in Romford town centre against the slaughter of animals.

Pictured are members of the Romford group of Anonymous for the Voiceless (AVA) at a protest in South Street in Romford. Photo: Connor AndersonPictured are members of the Romford group of Anonymous for the Voiceless (AVA) at a protest in South Street in Romford. Photo: Connor Anderson

Members of the Romford group of Anonymous for the Voiceless (AVA) - which is a world wide group - stood in South Street on Sunday afternoon (February 11) wearing masks and showed videos of distressed animals to passing members of the public.

Connor Anderson, 19, is one of the founder members of the Romford group, and explained what the campaigners were doing.

He said campaigners take 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.

AVA has groups that meet all across the world, with demonstrations taking place in America, South Africa, Belgium and France.

Connor said that this was the Romford groups first demonstration, but that they are hoping to carry out similar ones at least once a month.

He said: “Romford has a bit of a bad reputation and we expected to receive abuse from people but most people were really receptive.

“We had quite a lot of people ask more about the group, and ask how they could join.”

On the AVA 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.”

Twenty-one activists took part in the event, and Connor said that a number of campaigners had travelled from other areas of the country.

For more information about AVA visit here

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