On September 30, Kharkivites joined national March for Animals Rights. About 100 activists gathered on Maidan Konstytutsii, some of them joined the event together with their pets.
Activists and sympathizing residents marched along Sumska Street, stopping at the site in front of Kharkiv National Academic Opera and Ballet Theater and the Taras Shevchenko monument.
All participants had opportunities to speak in favor of animals as the microphone was installed in front of the monument. Organizers brought along three big banners and activists had various posters with the following slogans: “Stop Poison Stations!” “Do you have fun? And they are hurting!” “We demand recognition of cats as a part of the Kharkiv ecosystem,” “Mockery isn’t entertainment.”
According to an action organizer, vice president of Association of Animals Protection Organizations of Ukraine, Maryna Surkova, the activists protested against fur production, poison station, petting zoos, animals in entertainment – circuses, zoos, dolphinariums. They also drew public attention to vivisection which means testing chemicals on animals.
Iryna Podvoyska, another organizer, points out there are not enough rehabilitation centers for disabled animals. “We stand for humanism! We took to the streets to be heard and to let people join our protest action.”
Kharkivite Yulia Klymenyk brought her 3-legged dog Keks to the event. In her free time, she volunteers at animals shelters. “We took him from a shelter in the Donetsk region. He was aggressive and attacked people at first. He has been living with us for three years and he is very friendly now,” she confessed.
Similar matches were carried out in more than 20 cities and a dozen small towns all over the country. They were held in Odesa, Vinnytsia, Kyiv, Lviv, Rivne, Dnipro and other cities.
Text: Natalia Ivanova