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March In Paris Demands Closure Of All Slaughterhouses (Video)

March In Paris Demands Closure Of All Slaughterhouses (Video)

If you thought that France was a nation of meat-eaters, think again.

Saturday, June 2, saw a big march in Paris, as several animal rights groups came together to demand the closure of all slaughterhouses in France. At the former slaughterhouse Vaugirard, where on an arch the statue of a bull can be seen, an obelisk was temporarily placed : “For the dead animals in slaughterhouses, so that one day the blood of beasts will stop flowing. ”

It was here that Georges Franju shot some of the movie “Le Sang des Betes” (Animal’s Blood) in 1949. Part of the demonstration involved reading what Franju wrote as he recounted his first experience witnessing the slaughter of animals: “The first time I went there, I came back home, cried for two days, hid away all the knives, I just wanted to die.”

If you check out the video of this march, you will see that the plea “Fermons les Abattoirs” (Let’s Close The Slaughterhouses) means more than just the slaughterhouses. One of the speakers at the march says that just like Martin Luther King, they have a dream, which is to bring an end to spilling the blood of all creatures. “Cessez le cauchemar des animaux” is her plea. (Stop the nightmare that all animals endure.)

Take a look at this video to get a sense of the fiery French calling for everyone to go vegetarian.

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4:51AM PST on Dec 2, 2012

“How can we ourselves find peace when we are the living graves of murdered animals?"
-George Bernard Shaw

4:50AM PST on Dec 2, 2012

"You have just dined, and however scrupulously the slaughterhouse is concealed in the graceful distance of miles, there is complicity.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

10:19AM PDT on Sep 20, 2012

With rallying like this, we could really put a dent in the slaughterhouse business!

1:00PM PDT on Sep 7, 2012

It does not take much to become a vegetarian..just picture the meat on your plate is your dog.

I do not even hesitate "no thank you" give my vegetables and fruits..cereal with soy milk Ann..

2:43AM PDT on Sep 2, 2012

OUI OUI OUI!!!!!!!!
THATS THE WAY IT SHOULD BE PROTESTED!!! BRAVO!!!! IT WAS VERY MOVING!!!!!

6:06AM PDT on Jun 15, 2012

thanks for sharing :)

8:55AM PDT on Jun 14, 2012

If we had to witness the cruelty and slaughter of sentient beings, we would all be vegetarians.

12:19AM PDT on Jun 14, 2012

LOVE THIS!!

5:13PM PDT on Jun 13, 2012

Yes!

9:23AM PDT on Jun 13, 2012

You'll have to be more specific, Colleen.

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