500 people attend Portland’s Official Animal Rights March

Multnomah County

They celebrated recently passed animal rights bills

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — To celebrate multiple historic animal rights bills being passed in recent days, Portland hosted the second annual Official Animal Rights March.

Over 500 people attended the march in downtown Portland on Saturday. The celebrated the three bills passed in California the night before, including the Circus Cruelty Prevention Act, the ban on fur sales and the ban on certain exotic-skins imports and sales.

The march was also to demand animal rights, as well as educate the public on a concept called “speciesism.” The Official Animal Rights March defines speciesism as “prejudice and discrimination against other species despite their ability to feel pain and fear.”

“With the world literally burning in front of our eyes, it has never been more urgent to make drastic changes in our society to how we treat the fellow beings we share this planet with.” says local organizer Amber Canavan.

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