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On Sunday 7 December 08, for the third consecutive year, activists from Holocausto Animal and VEDDAS groups protested on Paulista Avenue, in São Paulo, in observance of the International Animal Rights Day - IARD (DIDA, in Portuguese).
IARD in Ottowa
Friends in Ottawa brave blizzards and subzero temperatures to mark IARD 08 outside the Canadian Parliament!
IARD in Enfield
Enfield, North London - This stunning vigil attracted media attention.
IARD in Clydeside
On IARD 08, Clydeside Animal Action remember the animals tortured and killed by experimenters at Glasgow University. (Pic: Carol Cowan)
IARD in Kent
Passive Pressure held a vigil outside the Cancer Research UK charity shop in West Wickham, Kent, enjoying a really positive response. Cancer Research UK still abuse animals in cruel and unnecessary experiments.

11th International Animal Rights Day (iard)
10th december 2008

International activists unite for animal rights

The annual International Animal Rights Day (IARD) - 10th December - aims to remember the animal victims of human tyranny and call for the recognition of our Universal Declaration of Animal Rights (UDAR). The goal of this historic campaign is to build on the recognition of human rights, and persuade humanity that kindness and respect is due to all sentient creatures.

IARD 2008 - the 11th organised by Uncaged - has been an astounding success with around a hundred different events taking place right across the globe. Animal rights advocates have been raising consciousness among millions of people, putting forward the case for animal rights in a positive and compelling fashion through events such as candlelit vigils, protest marches, campaign stalls or letter-writing campaigns.

Across the world, IARD was celebrated in: Dublin, Ireland; France - 25 events; Netherlands; Luxembourg; Spain - Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Vigo, Malaga, Palma de Mallorca and Alicante; Italy - 15 cities; Zagreb, Croatia; Slovakia; Sweden - cities of Umeå and Gävle; Moscow, Russia; South Africa - Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Pretoria, East London; Reno, Nevada, USA; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Santiago, Chile; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Ottawa, Canada; India; Pakistan; Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

In the UK, IARD was marked in: Swansea; Truro; Blandford, Dorset; Exeter; Brighton; Wickham, Hampshire; Woking; Belton, Leicestershire; Hanley; Derby; Tanworth in Arden, West Midlands; Bradford; Leeds; Liverpool; South Lakes; Enfield; London (Mill Hill - North London); London (SE - West Wickham); Scarborough; Galloway, SW Scotland; Glasgow; Huntingdon; Cambridge; Cardiff; Colwyn Bay; Llandudno; Plymouth; Sheffield; Totnes; Winchester; Edinburgh; Coventry.

You can check out loads of great pictures and report on our flickr and facebook pages, but here’s just a few of the most inspiring reports of IARD events from around the world:

  • The Ravi Foundation Trust-Pakistan organized a series of programs on International Animals' Rights Day. On December 06, 2008, animal workers program was organized in Football Stadium, Toba Tek Singh which was attended by more than 300 people from the city and different villages of Pakistan.
  • David from Chile told us: ‘On Friday 12th December more than 300 people marched in the centre of Santiago. Good to hear those news from more cities. It's actually amazing to participate again, every time we've participated it has been a success and has been a highlight in a campaign or the current issues for animals here.’
  • Another location that stood out was Ottawa, the capital of Canada. Sue there told us: ‘We had a blizzard here in Ottawa the day before our vigil it was very cold. The transit is on strike right now to make things even worse. But 5 brave souls made it out to the vigil. My camera even froze that’s how cold it was. Hope to see what the other events were like. I will never give up fighting for animals and look forward in next years rally.’ If you check out the photos of the vigil you will be staggered by the dedication of Sue and fellow Ottawan animal advocates, braving sub-zero temperatures and huge snowdrifts - they are amazing!
  • We also have fantastic news from Mexico City where Professor Eduardo Garzón-Sobrado tells us: ‘We have begun an international petition to request the Mexican government for the prompt implementation of a regulation for the protection of animal rights, and the creation of a legal position for them in the Mexican Constitution.’ You can sign the petition here.
  • John from the Animal Rights Acton Network in the Republic of Ireland reported: “On December 10th during ‘International Day for Animal Rights 2008’ a huge 10ft ‘elephant’ led a peaceful demonstration outside the Department of Agriculture in Dublin on behalf of Animal Rights Action Network and Animal Defenders International as our campaigners geared up for an important meeting to discuss the new upcoming revised Irish animal welfare bill which is due to be published during 2009.”
  • Heartfelt thanks to Dawn Overbay (RENO, NEVADA USA) who heard about IARD just a week or so before the day and decided to step up and hold a vigil because she felt it was such an important cause. Through her hard work she inspired others to join her and commemorate IARD outside the horrific Charles River animal experiments lab.

If you participated in IARD 08 and haven’t sent in photos or a report yet, please do so and we can publish them on our sites and in our forthcoming campaign magazine.

Campaigning for the recognition of animal rights in national law is an essential activity that all animal rights advocates need to devote time to if we are to turn animal rights into a reality. Here at Uncaged we have embarked on a similar initiative, asking the Government to establish a new body - an Animal Protection Commission - with a remit which includes the ongoing examination of the ethical status and rights of animals and the development of constitutional safeguards for animals.


Uncaged 1993-2012: This is the archived website of Uncaged. All information correct at the time of archiving - November 2012.