Small group holding laptops in Bournemouth Square

Activists stand in silence for ‘animal rights’ in Bournemouth Square

A group of activists stood together in a circle on Sunday to show the public footage of animal agriculture.

The individuals stood in the circle had tape over their mouths in what they named ‘The Circle of Silence’.

The circle, which consisted of 4 people, were holding laptops and tablets showing undercover footage of animals in farms and slaughterhouses.

‘We’re standing with our mouths taped, to be a voice for those who can’t speak – the animals.’

The organiser of the local event, Emilija Soljic, said: ‘This is to spread awareness about veganism, and show the truth to the public.’

Graphic images

The images included animals such as cows, chickens and pigs around the UK in distress from standard farming practices.

The other members of the group, known as ‘outreach’, were talking to the members of the public and asking them questions about morality.

They were also giving out cards, with the words ‘Today We Are Silent For The Silenced’.

Friendly activism

The card also had links to websites and documentaries on veganism and the health benefits of a plant-based diet.

Hakay Ross, a member of The Circle of Silence and a vegan activist, said: ‘We’re here standing up for what we believe is a way for the future, and we want it to be in a positive, loving and compassionate way,’

‘We’re standing with our mouths taped, to be a voice for those who can’t speak – the animals.’

The group were met with many comments and conversation from the public, some of who admitted to not having thought about their food choices before.

One onlooker, Ross said, commented that their child could not watch a chicken being cooked because they always ‘wondered where the head was’.

‘There was also one guy who said he didn’t want to talk about it, and walked away,’ Ross said.

‘But that’s still positive, because he’s mentally having to bring his attention to something he doesn’t want to deal with then having to walk away from us.’

The group are to hold the event once a month in the town centre.

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