World Vegan Day is celebrated every year on 1st November all across the globe. Starting from this day, the entire month celebrates the growing strength of the vegan movement throughout the world, thus motivating vegans to spread the word and encourage others to inculcate a dairy and meat free lifestyle.
The celebration of World Vegan Month united several animal rights activists to come forward and conduct a very interesting activity called ‘Erase the Divide’across 40+ cities inThe Divide is an initiative by Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO) and is being conducted all across India in 45 cities out of which 26 cities have been already covered and rest will be covered throughout the month.
During this, they approached people at many public place and discussedthe concept of ‘Speciesism’ that deals with assumptions of human superiority leading to exploitation ofdiscussions pondered over what does love beyond species mean to them and would they love all beings including fellow humans and animals equally?
The activity was well received across different cities in the country like Delhi, Dharamshala, Jammu, and Dehradun in North India, Mumbai, Pune, and Goa in West India followed with Bangalore, Mangalore, Coimbatore and Vijayawada in South India along with Kalimpong and Kolkata, in East India.
The activity indulge curiosity-driven discussions and people opening up to the idea of loving all beings-including humans and animals equally. This was concluded with people getting clicked with the very impressive photo booth that represented the idea of ending species based discrimination with images of humans on one side and animals on the other.
Ms. Varda Mehrotra, Executive Director of FIAPO said,“We’ve witnessed the growth of the vegan movement in India – every day we get multiple requests from young passionate leaders across the country to raise their voice for animals – this is our way of helping them not only advocate for animal rights, but be their most effective selves while doing so – we hope that these activities lead to a strengthened and energized movement all over India.”
One of the activists Jayashree stated “We are a group of activists in Delhi who actively campaign for farmed animal liberation. This World Vegan Month, we wanted to erase the divide that people have built amongst different species. We hope this draws national attention, and people are encouraged to adopt a vegan lifestyle where they are not causing harm to any being “