Dec 28, 2014
Look them in the eyes!
Over 3,000 people took to the streets yesterday for the largest animal rights
demonstration ever held in Israel. The demonstration was started as an
Israeli-led initiative on Facebook, and turned into a global protest with 40
demonstrations simultaneously held in various cities worldwide. For the first
time ever, all those acting for animals joined forces: Dog shelter volunteers,
cat feeders, anti-vivisection groups and pro-farm animal organisations – as well
as many caring citizens from all over Israel.
Under the banner "Look them in the eyes!", over 3,000 people joined forces
yesterday in Tel Aviv for a demonstration uniting all those acting for animals –
dog and cat shelters, anti-vivisection groups, and vegetarians and vegans
fighting for those animal exploited in industrial farms.
View the demonstration
photo album in Facebook.
Ori Shavit, animal activist and one of the organisers, said at the event: "They have no voice, but have a soul. They have no words, but have feelings. Just like us, they want and need to live. Not being caged, enslaved and abused in any conceivable way by human imagination – they aren't items of clothing, amusement products, invading species, walking testing laboratories. They're only one thing – animals. They own their lives and we should remember that, respect that and return that to them. Not only because we have to, but because we, who have the voice and the power, could."
Dr. Asaf Harduf, an animal activist and criminal law expert, who initiated
the demonstration, said: "I am ashamed of the justice system of which I am part:
of its helplessness, its ignorance of animals. A system where shredding
thousands of chicks each day - is legal. A system where inserting chemicals
into the eyes of bound rabbits and rummaging in the helpless bodies of fully
awake monkeys - is legal. A system where selling fur torn out of foxes - is
legal. A system where the execution of cats and dogs simply because they have no
home - is legal. But I'm also proud – of all of you who came today. We are here,
on a battle for life, until we can look them in the eyes."