LARGE DEMONSTRATION IN PARIS CALLS FOR THE CLOSURE OF SLAUGHTERHOUSES
Paris: On Saturday, June 2nd organizers from multiple animal
organizations staged a large scale demonstration at the symbolic location of
the old slaughterhouses of Vaugirard in the 15th Arrondissment, where
Georges Franju partly shot the movie Animal’s blood in 1949: “The first time
I went there, I came back home, cried for two days, hid away all the knives,
I just wanted to die,” said Franju, recounting his first experience
witnessing institutionalized slaughter.
The following is translated
(loosely from French into English, courtesy of the organizers): Most people,
like Georges Franju, are shocked by the slaughter of animals where we
witness firsthand the suffering, the distress, the hopelessness, and the
terrible fright of sentient beings. We know that we would have the exact
same feelings if we were in these circumstances. We know there is no ethical
justification for killing an animal that has an interest in living and
avoiding suffering. Slaughterhouses are a major moral question for our
society and confront us with our contradictions and our cowardice.
As many famous personalities before them, the protesters will demand the end
of the killing of animals for the sake of producing food, and pay their
respects to the billions of animals put down in slaughterhouses or
fisheries, the countless victims of our eating and cultural habits, our
dietary beliefs, and the power of lobbyists.
A commemorative stone
will be placed upon one of the statues at the entrance of the old
slaughterhouses. Then, the protesters will march to the square Joachim du
Bellay where the 3rd edition of the Vegfest, a public debate society, will
put forward credible alternatives to the “products” of the slaughterhouses.