Day long vigil in Glasgow for victims of animal agriculture

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Around 100 Vegan and animal rights activists held a protest in Glasgow city centre in a day long vigil for the animals lost daily in slaughter houses.

A group of the protestors held their placards high in St Enoch shopping centre before they were ushered out by security staff.

The vigil started at George Square, in the heart of the city, where the group set up their protest around the central column of Sir Walter Scott.

Some held placards with various slogans while others showed off footage the group had caught from vigils outside slaughterhouses.

They then moved off in single file along the footways of the city covering Argyle St, Buchanan St and Sauchiehall St where they doubled back and stood on the steps outside the concert hall, where hundreds of passers-by took pictures and read the messages that were on show.

The night finished off with a candle-lit vigil outside the Gallery of Modern Art.

photo by Simon Holding

“The point of the vigil is to remember the animals in the animal agriculture”, said Dee Bussey, one of the organisers of the vigil.

“It’s also for one day in one city to shed light on the animal agriculture industry and give slaughterhouses glass walls”, Dee added.

The vigil was also a chance for the group to introduce new faces to activism, encouraging them to be a part of other movements.

“There’s a lot of new activists here today which is fantastic. We want more people to come to Go Vegan Scotland, Earthlings Experience, Anonymous for the Voiceless”, Dee continued.

There were mostly positive reactions on the ground as the vigil passed through Glasgow with one very passionate individual shouting expletive laden rants outside McDonalds.

“F**k off, cows are here for people” he repeated numerous times before being dragged away by his partner before he could articulate his thoughts to our reporter.

Another bystander was seen to applaud the procession as they passed saying “Well you know I just wanted to show my support, it’s time to wake up.

“I’ve been vegetarian for 25 years plus, and vegan on and off, I just struggle with cheese. I think it’s really great to see that the movement is growing, that’s marvelous. People need to wake up to what they are putting in their bodies”.

Save Movement Scotland hold vigils outside Scottish abattoirs, gathering video footage of the conditions inside the transportation trucks that hold the animals on the way to slaughter.

Recently that footage has been harder for them to obtain as some companies involved have started to cover up the vents on the side to stop cameras from peering inside.

If you wish to learn more about the work they do check out the website for the global movement.

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