The 2013 Florida March Against Cruelty to Animals

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A bird’s-eye view of the animal protection movement reveals progress on many fronts. Legislation protecting animals, failed attempts to cover up the abuse of animalshistoric criminal convictions of people for abusing animals, victories reducing the shipment of primates to laboratories, consumer trends indicating increasing interest in plant-based, organic food, and the birth of innovative companies on the verge of changing the food industry and saving billions of animals’ lives all suggest a more humane world on the horizon.

There are many ways to show compassion for animals and we should take satisfaction knowing that millions of people advocate for some form of kindness every day and it results in better lives for animals as a result. We see it in the family who refuses to patronize the circus, the friend who used to eat animals and now lobbies others to stop, and the co-worker who proudly tells us she bought a product labeled “cruelty-free.” Thoughtful decisions come in all forms and they always matter.

At the same time, despite progress in many areas, the problems of cruelty remain on a massive and devastating scale. Although we may never end acts of barbarism entirely, there remains significant opportunity to move the cause forward. Undercover videos that reveal the unanswered screams for mercy remind us of the urgency of now and should serve as motivation to act.

After significant contemplation about how to best propel the movement, I’ve decided to organize a peaceful march to rattle the world’s conscience. People need to know that the treatment of animals is so unthinkable, pressing, and preventable that ordinary, law-abiding, tax-paying citizens of all political persuasions, races, faiths, and professions are marching in the streets to stop it. Our fellow citizens can do so much better if we inform and inspire them to make changes to benefit animals, their health, and our planet.

The 2013 Florida March Against Cruelty to Animals aims to bring throngs of Floridians together who care about animals, from Key West to Tallahassee and Tampa to Orlando, to march in the streets to raise awareness about the plight of animals in our society. People from all over the world are invited to join us in solidarity on Saturday, November 16th at 12:00 pm in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The purpose of the march will be to ask people to learn about, think about, and stop supporting cruelty to animals in all forms. Interests represented will include people opposed to animal agriculture, zoos, circuses, hunting, rodeos, puppy mills, greyhound racing, animal testing, horse racing, seaquariums, and more. Hopefully the success of the march and media coverage will inspire people to organize the same march in their state and it will become an annual event that will raise awareness and save lives.

The atrocities against animals deserve no less than all us spilling into our streets to protest their senseless confinement, abuse, exploitation, and slaughter. We may not win every battle but let the history books reflect we never failed to try. This march is for the pig languishing in the slaughter plant, the abused dog wailing in pain, the force-fed geese and ducks shuddering in factories, the monkey enduring Joseph Mengele-like experiments, the elephant cowering from a circus trainer’s bullhook, the animals taken from their families and caged in a zoo, and the billions of other animals who rely on us as their only hope.

To learn more, please visit the march website.

Andrew Kirschner, Ed.D., writes a blog, Kirschner’s Korner, and hosts a radio show, Kirschner’s Korner Radio, to help raise awareness about issues affecting the global community to make the world a more humane place. To receive Dr. Kirschner’s articles via email, enter your email address in the “Follow Blog Via Email” link at the top right of the blog.

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20 Responses to The 2013 Florida March Against Cruelty to Animals

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  2. mestopinan says:

    By far one if the best initiatives to bring the AR fight to the next level. I am totally and 100% backing this initiative up. Please, consider me in any front or fronts you may think I may be useful. I am in.

  3. Susie says:

    Good luck with the March!

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  5. Karen White says:

    I absolutely love this idea and offer my support and help if this is feasible from England. It’s definitely time to collaborate and bring together a variety of single issue groups to focus our energy on the one single cause we all share: Animal Rights. Feel free to contact me off blog to discuss this further if you feel its useful.

    • Thank you for the offer Karen. I appreciate your optimism. I will be in touch.

    • Hi! I’m based in London and would love to offer my support and help in this cause, I really hope we can do something like this here in the UK.

      • Hi Gianina,

        Thank you for your interest in the Marches Against Cruelty (The MAC). I appreciate your enthusiasm and advocacy for animals.

        We’re going to hold the first MAC in Florida. In the meantime, we’re working on starting a grassroots, international non-profit organization called The Marches Against Cruelty (The MAC). We plan on bringing the March to every state in the U.S. and culminating with a national march after we complete the March in every state. We also plan on taking the March to other countries as we have received invitations from all over the world.

        In the meantime, you can help us by sharing the March website and inviting friends to volunteer or contribute online.

        Thank you for your dedication to the cause of preventing cruelty to animals. We look forward to marching with you.

  6. Scott Evans says:

    Andrew, Scott Evans Productions is here and at your entertainment, P.A., Master of Ceremonies, service…. Let me know how we can help.
    Scott Evans

  7. Michele Axton says:

    I would love to help out!!!

  8. Sara says:

    This is fantastic! I’m in Texas and hope to make it and help out anyway I can.

  9. jpetullo says:

    Fantastic idea! I don’t live there – I live in Oregon, but why not make it a united event with people from all over organizing a march in their own cities on the same day. That would make a powerful statement. We have had several “March For The Animals” events here but it’s been a few years.

    • Thank you for the suggestion Judy. My idea is to start with a state march in Florida, create a step-by-step model that others can replicate in other states, hold one in every state, and then culminate with a national and then international march. I already have several people lined up to host this march in other states after we complete the Florida march. I’m hopeful planning committee members will also agree to continue their volunteerism helping other states plan their marches. Perhaps you will carry the torch for Oregon. Please keep in touch.

  10. Danielle rodenroth says:

    This is amazing! Please let me know how I can help!

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