Pro-vegan animal-rights activists march through Downtown Vancouver to call for closure of slaughterhouses

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      While activists held a Red Umbrella march for sex-worker rights on Saturday (June 8), the following day another march wore red for a different reason.

      In support of the animal-liberation movement, pro-vegan activists organized a march through Downtown Vancouver yesterday to call for the closure of slaughterhouses.

      The peaceful but vocal Vancouver March to Close All Slaughterhouses was held on June 9.

      The march began at the Vancouver Art Gallery and travelled along Robson Street, Denman Street, Granville Street, and West Georgia Street before returning to the art gallery to hold a demonstration and holding an afterparty at English Bay.

      Participants wore red t-shirts to symbolize blood and chanted slogans to protest the exploitation and killing of animals and use of animal products for human consumption and products.

      According to B.C. Meat Inspection and Licensing, there are 57 licensed slaughter establishments in the province, which includes four in the Greater Vancouver Regional District (Surrey, Langley, Abbotsford, and Pitt Meadows) and five in the Fraser Valley Regional District (Chilliwack and Aggasiz). These establishments are licensed to slaughter cattle, sheep, goat, lamb, llama, alpaca, poultry, hogs, bison, horses, rabbit, emu, and ostrich.

      The campaign calling for the closure of slaughterhouses originated in France in 2012.

      Meanwhile, organizers are also holding a screening of the Australian animal-rights documentary Dominion to be held at 6:30 p.m. tonight (June 10) at UBC Robson Square, hosted by Liberation B.C. The event will include a discussion with Australia’s That Vegan Couple.