Hundreds of animal rights activists covered themselves in fake blood and took over a public square in Paris to protest against “animal suffering and meat consumption”.
The vegan protesters staged an “open air slaughterhouse” at the Place du Palais Royal on Saturday as part of the 269 Life campaign group’s events for the World Day for the Abolition of Meat, which has taken place every year since 2009.
While many of the activists lay sprawled out in the square covered in red paint, another man was suspended by his legs as two others dressed as butchers stood next to him, in a powerful visual statement.
The 269 Life group who staged the demonstration refer to the slaughter of animals as a “holocaust” and claim “veganism is is an essential step that any responsible and sensible person must take”.
A statement on their website reads:
We aim to bring the pain and horror other animals face each and every day out of the suppressed darkness and into the realm of everyday life. Most people are well aware of what is being done to other animals, and yet remain apathetic in the face of the atrocities committed in their name, even after witnessing the utmost graphic evidence.
The World Weeks for the Abolition of Meat (WWAMs) is held every year at the end of January, May and September.
The events are are used to promote the idea of “abolishing the production and consumption of the flesh of sentient beings”. The group has called for the production and consumption of meat to be made illegal on “ethical grounds”.