As you can see from the images above, the use and abuse of non-human animals is unfathomable, but all prevalent. It has been part of our daily lives since the dawn of humanity. We have gotten accustomed to relying on animals for almost everything we do. And while we raise our children on animal books, puppets, films and television shows, we have devised well-oiled systems, unimaginable in their cruelty, to raise, kill and use every part of these animals for all our needs: from food to fashion, cosmetics and household products to medicines, manual labor to sports and entertainment. In the year 2014, 100 billion animals were killed in slaughterhouses all around the world. In the United States alone, 10 billion land animals and 20 billion sea animals were killed for food. 10 million animals died in laboratories, 3 million were killed for their skin and fur, and 200 million were killed by hunters. That's 80 MILLION living beings A DAY!
If these animals could freely talk, their cries would come from every farm, slaughterhouse, meat market, testing lab, breeding factory, fishing pond, hunting ground, circus, zoo, religious temple, pet store, city shelter, restaurant, and dinner table in every home on every street. These individual beings, who have a soul, a unique character and a will to live, are just like us: they come in all shapes, colors and sizes. Some of them have feathers, some of them have fur, some of them have paws and some have tiny little legs. But they all share the very same thing we have in common too: they have the right to live. With their offspring and families. Happy and free.
The National Animal Rights Day was created to give a voice to these billions and billions of anonymous nameless beings. On this day, we stop everything else, and remember them. We mourn their loss, express their pain through ours, and reach out on their behalf to anyone who has a heart to listen. We also celebrate the living animals who are part of our lives, and the great strides that are being made every year towards ending the suffering of animals, and transitioning mankind to a plant-based lifestyle. We will do so until all animals are free and have equal rights to human animals on planet Earth.