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Animal rights activists around the globe are fasting today, in solidarity with farmed animals.

The action marks the 36th annual World Day for Farmed Animals, started by the Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM), which works to ‘end the use of animals for food through public education and grassroots activism’.

World Day for Farmed Animals takes place annually, on or around October 2, in concurrence with Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday. Gandhi once famously said: “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way in which its animals are treated.”

Animal suffering

“There are 160 million animals each day that suffer in transport to an untimely demise. These sentient beings are denied basic needs for days as they suffer in the shadows,” said Ally Hinton, FARM Marketing Director.

“Activists fast in solidarity this World Day For Farmed Animals with the 70 billion farmed animals who will meet this fate in 2018.”

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Maria Chiorando

Maria is the editor of Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle.