First National Animal Rights Day Held in New York City

The very first National Animal Rights Day was held Sunday, June 5 at Union Square Park in New York City and those in attendance are saying positive things about it.

Organized by Aylam Orian from the National Coalition of Animal Rights Organization, the day was called “Our Planet — Theirs Too.”

“We started the event with a requiem ceremony for the billions of animals that die at the hands of humanity every year in different industries,” said Orian, “and then we transition to a big festival that showcases the alternatives that exist already… not using animals or hurting animals in any way, we really want to show people that another world is possible.”

Some animal activist friends of mine from the Philadelphia area attended and had good things to say.
“We had such a great day at Sunday’s Animal Rights event in NYC,” said Marianne Bessey of Animal ACTivists of Philly,  “[We] gave out tons of flyers, and dozens of circus DVDs.  Many of the people stopping by our table were random New Yorkers,” instead of other Animal Rights folks.

With a goal of education on animal rights issues, veganism and animal cruelty, it sounds like the day was a success.  “The goal was to open people’s eyes and show them how humans as a whole treat animals, and mourn the fact Americans kill hundreds of animals each year,” said organizer Aylam Orian in New York Daily News.

The Universal Declaration of Animal Rights was adopted from a meeting in London, England in September, 1977.  Its primary message is: “All animals are born equal and they have the same rights to existence.”  It remains 34 years later that animals are still thought of as property with no rights under the law.  And it’s sad to say that for the most part, that is true.

Community outreach and education is what it will take to change people’s minds.  And events like the first National Animal Rights Day certainly help.  Kudos to people like Aylam Orian and Marianne Bessey who advocate on behalf of the voiceless animals among us.

Be they factory farmed animals, abused pets and wildlife or circus and other entertainment animals, the more education provided, the better chance each animal has of finally finding protection from the real animals among us: humans.

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Photo credit: Booth at first National Animal Rights Day by Marianne Bessey, PAN


Kay M.
Kay M5 years ago

hope it comes back every year.

Jennifer C.
Past Member 6 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Claudia W.
Claudia W6 years ago

Many people don't want to believe that animals have rights because it makes it easier to kill them, rob them of their habitat, and/or eat them with less guilt or concern.

As much as possible, I try not to hurt even a fly. It is hard to respect or cause no harm to all creatures. Everything we do has an effect on some living creature. (Its me or the black widow living in my window well). But we should not harm other creatures for greed, excessive (or any) food consumption, or entertainment. Respect all living creatures and take only what you need and in moderation.

Educate, educate, educate.....especially the next generation.

Robby C.
Past Member 7 years ago

The way people treat non-human animals is often reflective of the way they treat people. I'm all for animal rights!

Roberto Vivas
Roberto Vivas7 years ago

I strongly believe in Animal Rights and those who support are considered my true friends, together we are millions strong,,,

Eternal Gardener
Eternal G7 years ago


Anja N.
Justin R7 years ago

Great! Canada needs to follow!

kenneth m.
kenneth m7 years ago

Thanks animal friends I support animal legal defense fund. Aldf. Look it up. It's lawyers fighting for the animals.
Try to help more please

kenneth m.
kenneth m7 years ago

Those ass holes losers that voted no to animal rights. NO,!!!
Animals were here first and I hope will be here long after people kill them selves off
Be kind to all animals

caterina caligiuri

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