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A group of animal-rights advocates conducted a vigil outside a local
slaughterhouse Friday to call attention to what they say is the
inhumane treatment of animals.
The group began gathering at 5 p.m. in front of Rancho Veal at 1522
Petaluma Boulevard North. It swelled to about 45 people by 5:45 p.m.
"We were there to mourn and memorialize the animals and remind people
that this is animal cruelty," said Lisa Soldavini of Petaluma, a
member of Northbay Animal Advocates who helped organize the vigil
along with Kate Danaher.
"People who eat meat are disconnected from the suffering that takes
place at slaughterhouses. We wanted to make the connection for them
and call attention to the slaughterhouses where the actual killing
The event coincided with World Farmed Animals Day, an annual event
observed by animal-rights groups that coincides with the birthday of