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Lawsuit Against Four Igualdad ARAs

Lawsuit against four Igualdad Animal / Animal Equality activists for chaining themselves at a slaughterhouse in protest for the International Day of the Animals

Four activists from Igualdad Animal/Animal Equality have been sued by the slaughterhouse in Leganés (Madrid) for a supposed crime of coercion, for chaining themselves this past 4th of October, 2006 -International Day of the Animals - to the entrance of the slaughterhouse, preventing in this way trucks with animals access to the facility, while they held signs with phrases like "Vegetarianism saves animals - Stop Speciesism," "Don't consume their exploitation," "Respect to the rest of the animals" and "Humans also are made of meat," and yelled various slogans in defense of the animals. The trial of the four Igualdad Animal/Animal Equality activists will take place next Monday, March 19, at 11 a.m. in the court, Juzgado de Instrucción N� 1 de Leganés (Madrid).

The activists are being charged for the crime of coercion, supposedly for having exercised "violence" to impede the activity of the slaughterhouse. The "violence" that this crime refers to would be that of chaining themselves to the truck entrance as part of a peaceful protest. Regrettably, the violence which the nonhuman animals are victims of today, remains unquestioned and is considered legal. Nonhuman animals are considered property of humans, resources for our benefit whose interests are never justly taken into account, on grounds of prejudice of specie - speciesism - similar to racism or to sexism.

Hundreds of animals are murdered every hour in the countless slaughterhouses outside the cities. In Spain alone, they kill more than 38 million pigs, 700 million birds (chickens, hens, turkeys and ducks), 71 million rabbits, 20 million lambs... individuals capable of feeling, that have never had the opportunity to enjoy their life and are subjected to all types suffering.

The weight of the suit imposed by the slaughterhouse and coming trial, will not stop our protests: no slaughterhouse can keep us from fighting against their activities, nor will it prevent us from continuing to inform others about the injustice the rest of the animals suffer.

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Sharon Núñez | International spokesperson
Tel. (+34) 915 268 612 / (+34) 675 737 459
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