Each year, our societies exploit and kill hundreds of billions of animals. These slaughters happen for unnecessary reasons, in order to get dispensable food and materials. By acting against other animals like that, we attack their fundamental interest to enjoy their life without suffering.
Until recently, our societies were engaged in this violent exploitation without questioning themselves. The prevailing ideology justified disregarding non-human sentient beings. This ideology is called “speciesism”. Like other ideologies based on disdain and domination, speciesism relies on falsehood, omission, denial and violence.
These days, the speciesist order crumbles. Its very existence is called into question and attacked.
We now acknowledge that other animals have mental abilities that have been denied them in the past. We feel and understand that they are closer to “us”, humans, whereas we claimed only a few years ago that we were radically different.
Above all, we take into consideration what they feel and experience. Their lives and deaths are critical and essential to them, and thus critical and essential in themselves. Just like ours, and for the same reasons.
We know now that there is no valid justification for denying that what they feel matter as much as what we, humans, feel. More and more of us turn away from this exploitation and think that their fundamental interests deserve the same consideration as ours.
The very trivial act of eating sentient beings flies in the face of their interest to live without suffering and reflects that in this speciesist order, we are the masters and they are the slaves. When one refuses to eat flesh, one strongly breaks with the speciesist order. By going vegan, we implicitly claim that other animals matter, enough for us to stop taking part in their exploitation.
Individuals who turn away from speciesism and reject the consumption of sentient beings’ corpses have to face hostile reactions. Vegephobia, for instance: contemptuous attacks and mockeries aiming at discouraging conscientious objectors from persevering in their insubordination, or at silencing them or destroying their credibility. A lot of people are thus deterred from becoming vegetarians, let alone vegans, or even from claiming explicitly that they refuse to contribute to the slaughter of animals. But this vegephobia too is progressively undermined.
We are growing in numbers, and we dare to speak our minds about what we think and what we want. This speciesist order is unjustifiable, has done more harm than any other historical catastrophe and must be put down. Animal farming, breeding, fishing, hunting, as well as the sale and use of animal products must be banned.
Our societies are based on human domination, on the world and on the other sentient beings. We reject this barbaric order and claim that our civilization will change: we will keep the best it has to offer in order to create a better society based on moral, justice, kindness, sharing and equality.
A new world is possible: it’s underway!
The Veggie Pride is a peaceful and legal march whose purpose is to express publicly the existence of those who refuse to eat animals and their solidarity with the victims of animal exploitation, of slaughter and fishing.
Hundreds of people come to state that they don’t eat animals, out of respect, and they want society to rethink flesh consumption and unnecessary harm done to animals.
From 2001 to 2012, the march took place in France(Paris, Lyon and Marseille), bringing together French and Italian participants.
In 2008, a march took place in Italy (Milan).
The first international Veggie Pride took place in Switzerland (Geneva) in 2013, bringing together more than 1000 people. It placed an emphasis on the demands concerning the abolition of meat.
Since 2014, the march takes place in Paris for an annual gathering of about 1000 people.
In 2017, the Veggie Pride will express its opposition to speciesism, to vegephobia and to the exploitation of animals, while focusing on gallinaceous : chickens, turkeys, guinea fowl, quails…
The 17th edition of the Veggie Pride will take place in Paris, Place de la Bataille de Stalingrad, on October 7th, 2017.
► Let’s affirm our rejection of animal consumption and exploitation in large numbers;
► Let’s speak out against speciesism animals are victims of;
► Let’s assert our ethical way of life and reject stigmatization, aka vegephobia.
A vegan village, which will be the starting point for the march, will be held from 12h to 19h. Below, you will find a non-exhaustive list of the exhibitors you will find there!
Let’s keep the party going with The Veggie Pride after-pride event! It will take place from 7PM to 1AM.
The soirée will be a relaxing time for militants and participants, and will also give a chance to meet each other, to discuss what we can do and to project into a fairer, antispeciesist and vegan world. You can pay what you want for admission, to support the Veggie Pride.
Espace Jean Dame
17 rue Leopold Bellan , 75002 Paris
Métro Sentier (M°3)