June 26th 2013 Demonstration held on the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

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PRAGUE, Republic’s square – June 26th 2013 Demonstration held on the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.

269mainCzech animal rights activists have once again, for the fourth time, joined the worldwide campaign 269life. It originated through an event, when three Israeli activists got themselves branded with hot iron, baring number 269. Serial number of a random calf in an Israeli factory farm. Similarly to billions of other animals in farming production, this calf, too, died in a slaughterhouse. Number 269 has thus become an international symbol of fight against enslavement and holocaust of animals. The movement set off a wave of solidarity around the world.

 These days our society lives in a paradox of cruel practices in exploitation of animals.  They are very similar to those, which only in recent history, had been committed on humans. While we gradually judge cruelties against our own kind wrong and we find them unbelievable, when it comes to animals, we consider such actions ‚normal‘. Why? We all know, that animals feel pain, grief, joy or mother instinct as much as we, humans, do.

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ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVISTS TO BE PUBLICLY BRANDED WITH HOT IRON

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poster_2013_06_26PRAGUE – On Wednesday June 26th 2013, another 269 event will take place, already in its 4th edition.

This time the organizers stiffened up and at 5 pm on the Republic square, activists will be not only tattooed, but also branded with hot iron, which is regularly used around the world to brand farmed animals. This public act aims to bring attention to the pain and suffering we, the people, cause to billions of animals without even considering, that all living beings feel pain equally to us, humans.

The protest will take place on the International Day in support of victims of torture (violence) and calls on the general public to realize, that the most casual reason or justification to violence is the feeling of superiority. The same superiority we already know from history – when black people were serving the white majority, when women were deprived of right to vote, or when Jews lost the right to life in itself. Today, most of us condemn these actions. However, we keep forgetting the most widespread form of violence and slavery happening daily in slaughterhouses, factory farms, laboratories or circuses. Even nowadays gas chambers are used to kill living beings. Even today sentient beings are held locked up in cages. Even now the lives of thinking beings are terminated ‘without a hitch’. The Holocaust has not yet ended. Continue reading „ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVISTS TO BE PUBLICLY BRANDED WITH HOT IRON“