Animal rights activists have liberated two lambs, two broiler chickens and ten battery hens from pastoral and factory farms to mark both world vegetarian day (Oct 1st) and world farm animals day (Oct 2nd).
"The animals were rescued to spare them from slaughter and challenge the assumption that animals are food", states the communiqué Animal Liberation Aotearoa (ALA) received from the activists involved.
Spokesperson for ALA, Kali Sandbrook says, "This action is a timely reminder of where peoples' food comes from. As a society we are eating more flesh than ever with thousands of animals being mass produced and killed every day for human consumption.
In New Zealand every year, over 80 million animals are forced to live in horrendous conditions on factory farms, and over 100 million are slaughtered for food.