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Vegan revolution: activists unite in Pune for animal justice

The rally witnessed participation of 200 volunteers and activists.

pune Updated: Apr 29, 2019 16:25 IST
Dheeraj Bengrut
Dheeraj Bengrut
Hindustan Times, Pune
Pune,Vegan revolution,animal justice
Animal activists gather at the Animal Liberation March at Sambhaji Park, JM Road, on Sunday. (Milind Saurkar/HT Photo)

Animal activists from across the country gathered at Sambhaji Park, JM road on Sunday, and carried out an an awareness rally for animal rights and to promote the vegan movement.

Dietary vegans (or strict vegetarians) refrain from consuming animal products, not only meat but also eggs, dairy products and other animal-derived substances.

The rally, organised by Animal Liberation March India began at 4.30pm. The rally witnessed participation of 200 volunteers and activists. “Our mission is to promote the vegan movement, the fastest growing social justice movement for animals,” said Anjor Chandran, animal rights activist from Delhi and the head organiser of the event.

“Animal exploitation is peaking as species after species are being bred in captivity, tortured and killed in the most inhuman ways, almost all of them in violation of both legal and ethical considerations. On one hand, India is projected to be one of the largest growth areas for consumption in chicken, beef, and mutton. And on other hand now there is a huge response to the vegan movement in India which is a good sign of positive change,” said Anni Lankin, animal activist from Finland who had specially come to India for the march.

A similar rally took place in Bengaluru in November 2018. People from neighbouring states of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala participated in the event.

“Through these rallies we are attempting to influence people into following a vegan diet.We demand that people must not use any type of diary product, boycott industries which use animal skin or body parts as raw materials such as leather shoes. Volunteers come in from Maharashtra, Delhi, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Finland, the USA and the UK were present at the rally,” added Chandran.

First Published: Apr 29, 2019 16:25 IST