Two hundred mourners stood in Melbourne's Federation Square, each holding the body of an animal who was the victim of violence, neglect or exploitation at the hands of humans. The animals included pigs, calves, dogs, chickens, cats, and lambs. The memorial was organised by Animal Liberation Victoria to draw attention to the hidden suffering of animals in our society, and mourn their deaths.
The bodies were respectfully and slowly brought out to the mourners, accompanied by the striking of a drum for each body. ALV founder Patty Mark gave a short speech, followed by a minute’s silence in memory of the 64 billion land animals and between one and three trillion water animals who are slaughtered around the world each year for human use.
ALV believes that like us, these animals have an interest in living and not suffering and that we cannot ignore their interests simply because they do not belong to our species.
Video: Greta Robenstone