Dozens of animal rights activists are expected to descend on Tel Aviv's
Rabin Square on Thursday, to protest against animal cruelty.
protest, which marks World Vegan Day, was organized by a group of vegan and
animal rights activists who plan on tattooing their arms with the number 269
-- a number that is branded into calves -- as a sign that they identify with
the suffering of livestock.
More than 100 people have said they
would attend the event, which its organizer, Tal Gilboa, hopes will make a
lot of noise.
This is not the first time the 269 group has organized
a public display to walk the talk against animal cruelty. On October 2,
World Farm Animals Day, members of the group put on a public display at
Rabin Square in which they pretended they were farm animals and had other
activists drag them -- nearly naked -- through cages, and branded their
bodies with the number 269 using a white-hot branding iron. The activists
hoped that by identifying with one calf, they could materialize the pain
that animals suffer on a daily basis.