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An estimated 28,000 activists attended the Official Animal Rights March across 25 countries this year, according to Surge Activism.

?Marches were held in cities including London, New York,Los Angeles, and Berlin.

Of the 28,000 attendees, it is estimated that more than 10,000 attended London’s march on August 25.

Going bigger

The organizers at Surge Activism took to Instagram to celebrate the unprecedented turnout.

The post reads: “Thank you so much to all of the incredible organisers and attendees who made this happen!

“How much bigger do you think we can we go next year??”

The march

The first Official Animal Rights March took place in 2016 and drew an estimated 2,500 activists.

In the last two years, the march has effectively quadrupled in size in London alone – and expanded to 24 other cities, in North America, New Zealand, Australia, and Europe.

This year’s London event included a march through city center followed with speeches by accomplished advocates and activists.

Presenters

Among the presenters were activists Ed Winters, better known as Earthling Ed, and 12-year-old Aiyana Goodfellow.

Also included was Evanna Lynch – actor and advocate of Harry Potter fame – who spoke on compassion, empathy, and effective advocacy.

Emily Court

Emily Court is a writer and content creator published in Plant Based News, Raise Vegan, Living Vegan and The Financial Diet. A self-described "recovering vegan hothead," she is now a pragmatic member of Vancouver's vibrant and growing plant-powered community. Hailing from Halifax, Nova Scotia, she holds a BA in Spanish and certificate in Intercultural Communication from Dalhousie University, where her thesis focused on topics of cultural and gender-based discrimination. She aims to apply a privilege-conscious...