Two vegan advocates are carrying out a five-day fast ‘in solidarity with farmed animals’, in a bid to raise awareness about their plight.
The activists, Jake Jordan and Andrew Garner, are undertaking the five-day challenge as part of Manchester Pig Save – an organization dedicated to comforting animals on the way to slaughter.
Having started on Monday and ending on Friday, the fast is intended to ‘send a powerful message to society that animals are not property’.
Jordan, who is 21-years-old, told news outlet Warrington Guardian: “By taking this hunger strike we want to outline that abuse is defined as cruelty and violence – what is happening behind slaughterhouse walls is by definition animal abuse.
“We want people to look into the eyes of these beautiful animals and ask themselves whether eating meat, dairy and eggs is really worth putting any of these animals through the pain and suffering.”
He added: “Being against animal cruelty means being vegan and if we want to say that as a society we are against animal abuse, we must take that step forward as individuals towards veganism.”
Garner, who is also an organizer for the Save Movement, told the paper: “By fasting for five days straight, we are demanding an end of all slaughter around the world by encouraging consumers to adopt a vegan lifestyle.
“We will be hungry, weak and uncomfortable but it is nothing compared to what the animals go through when they experience hunger and thirst on their way to slaughter.
“If more people came to our events and saw the pigs before they are killed, they would see how beautiful and smart those animals are.
“They don’t deserve to die.”
The activists will donate the money raised from the fast to vegan animal sanctuary Hillside.
You can find out more about the hunger strikehere