1st International Veggie Pride
- from Veggie Pride:
Does the idea of spending an amazing extended weekend in the company of vegetarians and vegans from around the world tempt you?
We invite you to Geneva for the first international Veggie Pride, which will be held with the aim of unifying our ethical ideas and having a good time in good company. As well as this, we will also be holding a large demonstration in the international city of Geneva, where the headquarters of the UN and WHO are to be found.
This is an unmissable event if you want to have the opportunity of discussing, exchanging and sharing ideas as well as meeting people proud of their choice not to eat animals.
The program from 16 to 20 May in Geneva:
- Conferences in a unique setting,
- The famous Veggie Pride march on the streets of Geneva,
- Letters to the WHO and the UN
- Delicious vegan food
- Concerts by talented artists and a Veggie Party,
- Meetings and discussions
Most of the event will be taking place in a relaxed and pleasant atmosphere, encouraging people to feel comfortable and making interesting meetings and discussions possible.
Below you will find a text inviting people to come to Veggie Pride that you can pass on to others.
The PDF of the flyer announcing this event is available on the website VeggiePride.ch, although if you would prefer it, we can also send you pre-printed leaflets by mail.
Let us know if you want to participate in the event and feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
We look forward to seeing you in Geneva!
The team organizing the first international Veggie Pride.
18 MAY 2013 – GENEVA (SWITZERLAND)
VEGGIE PRIDE, YOUR VOICE FOR THE ANIMALS!
International demonstration for the victims of farming and fishing
What is the Veggie Pride?
All animals want to avoid sufferingand live a happy life. Moreover, everyone knows that it is wrong to unnecessarily kill a sentient being. However, billions of animals are killed globallyeach yearfor a wholly unnecessary practice: the consumption of animal products.
Veggie Pride seeks to highlight this contradiction. It is a political demonstration of individuals who refuse to eat animals for ethical reasonsand it aims to change the current situation in two ways in particular.
The current prevailing cultural viewis that the interests of animals are not important and that it is not wrong to kill them for consumption purposes. The value that our culture gives them is so small that some do not hesitate to compare sentient beings that feel emotions with carrots.
Veggie Pridechallenges this dominant cultural view, condemning the slaughter and creating a public debateon the legitimacy of the murder of animals. In addition, Veggie Pridedoes not use ecological or health arguments. It therefore promotes the idea that the interests of animalsare significant in themselvesand constitute a sufficient reason for the abolition of this practice. This is why the banners, placards and leaflets used in the demonstration will always be focused on the principal victims of meat consumption: the animals.
Parallel to these dominant cultural views, a major obstacle impedes any expression of solidarity with animals: a system of social repression. This is particularly visible in the almost systematicrefusal to offer balanced vegan meals in public or private institutions, which may lead some to renounce to their beliefs or else be content with a nutritionally deficient diet. Doctors learn almost nothing about nutrition and are unable to provide vegans and vegetarians accurate information. The mediahave a mocking or critical attitude against “extremist" vegetarians, when mentioning any topic related to vegetarianism, instead of allowing any real debate of ideas. When someone says that s/he is a vegan or vegetarian for the sake of animal interests, this sometimes provokes unpleasant reactions, contempt and even aggressiveness. This constant social pressureeffectively prevents many vegans and vegetarians from opening the debate on the legitimacy of the
slaughter of animals for consumption.
Veggie Pride denounces this system of social repressionand has named it “vegaphobia”, demanding that vegan and vegetarian rights are respected. Indeed, in this current situation, the rights that society gives to us are the only way that other animals have any indirect rights at all, as such, they are invaluable and we must demand that they are respected.
Thus, we will in particular demand respect for these vegan and vegetarian rights:
* Theright to obtain balanced vegan meals in any public or private institutions,
* Theright to impartial and appropriate medical information,
* Theright to be provided with necessary resources to raise their children in accordance with their beliefs,
* Theright to refuse any work contrary to their ethical beliefs.
A petition can be signed online asking respect for these rights, please sign and share: http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/Respect_of_the_rights_of_vegans_and_vegeterians/
When and where?
Veggie Pride will take place on Saturday, May 18, 2013 in Geneva. It will open at the start of the World Week for the Abolition of Meat (WWAM), which takes place from May 18th to the 25th.
The Veggie Pride will take place on Saturday, May 18 in Geneva. It will be an international event for the first time and activists from many different countries are expected. As well as the Veggie Pride, various other actions and events will be held from May 16th to the 20th; conferences, an event in front of the UN, another at the World Health Organization, an initiative asking society to recognize legal rights for animals (right to life, to liberty, and to be no one’s property), etc.
All events will be authorized. Given the high cost of living in Switzerland, we will offer vegan food and housing at the lowest price possible.
IN A SOCIETY
THAT PAYS LITTLE ATTENTION
TO THE SCREAMS OF ANIMALS,
WE WILL MAKE THEM HEAR OUR VOICES!
WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE HEARD,
WE WON'T STAY SILENT ANY LONGER!
SO GET OUT YOUR PLACARD AND USE YOUR VOICE IN GENEVA 2013!
If you wish to help the team organizing the Veggie Pride 2013, please take this survey and let us know the days you are planning on coming to:
Contact: info (@) veggiepride.ch
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