Blood On Our Hands
Animal Rebellion turned the fountains of Trafalgar Square red yesterday, demanding that the government transition toward a just and sustainable plant-based food system – to end the environmental devastation caused by animal agriculture; reduce the risk of more disastrous zoonotic pandemics; improve human health; and end the horrific suffering of billions of innocent, sensitive, social, and intelligent factory farmed animals.
I can be seen holding the right edge of the banner on the left (black shades and boots, grey otherwise). It was a gorgeous day, and there were smoke grenades, and chalk-painting, and dramatic arrests, and I got to pass out stickers and everything.
I had the even greater honour of meeting all the speakers, who were amazing humans. The second speaker in particular (Bel, in the orange tabard) was extraordinary - her speech made me cry (twice), and her words ought to be shared through the entire cosmos. (A little hard to make out in early parts of the video, but worth it.) The third speaker, Mina, took a back seat to no one in terms of intelligence and passion. (Perhaps not unrelatedly, she's more audible.) The last speaker, Todd, reading a letter to the government, makes the whole case exceedingly well, and makes it well worth listening to the end.
There were sister actions in 20 cities worldwide, including Chicago, Amsterdam, and Barcelona – and we got picked up by the BBC, the Guardian, and even the Gray Lady herself. 🙂