The Official Animal Rights March is happening this weekend on Saturday 17 August in central London. It is an annual vegan march founded by UK animal rights organisation Surge. Surge is a non-profit organisation that uses campaigns, filmmaking and investigation with the aim of bringing awareness to the human-inflicted oppression and violence towards non-human animals.
Those participating in the march will be advocating for a vegan future, which sees an end to all animal agriculture and fish farming. The first march was in London in 2016 with 2,500 people in attendance. Since then the march has extended its reach worldwide. By 2018, the march was taking place in 25 cities with a total assemblage of 28,000 vegans. Since 2016, London alone has surpassed over 10,000 attendees which equates to a 400% increase in attendance.
The Official Animals Rights March partners with the newly formed group, Animal Rebellion and is also supported by the community interest company, HeartCure Collective.
The non-violent march will take place in central London with protesters creating a blockade at Trafalgar Square.