Dozens of people marched through the streets of Kelowna Saturday afternoon (June 8), in coordination with people in 32 cities around the world, to protest slaughterhouses.
The second-annual Okanagan March to Close All Slaughterhouses began at the Sails in downtown Kelowna, before they wound their way the downtown core.
“Every year in the world, over 70 billion land animals and more than 1,000 billion aquatic animals are killed without necessity, which translates into 164 million land animals and more than 2,74 billion aquatic animals being killed every day,” Dan Moskaluk wrote in a press release.
Moskaluk, a retired RCMP media spokesperson, has been an advocate for a plant-based diet for years, and his activism has become more prominent in his retirement.
He cites diet-related illnesses and environmental degradation from animal agriculture as reasons he was involved in the march Saturday.
“Why do we march to close all slaughterhouses?” Moskaluk said in the release. “Because animals are sentient beings, Because meat production involves killing the animals that are eaten. Because their living conditions and slaughter cause them to suffer. Because eating animals is not necessary.”