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Vegan group hold anniversary vigil at Guildford abattoir

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Vegan group hold anniversary vigil at Guildford abattoir

Published at 11:39am 7th March 2018. (Updated at 1:32pm 7th March 2018)

A group of animal rights activists have been gathering outside an abattoir on the Slyfield Industrial Estate, a year to the day of their first protest.

In total 15 members of vegan group Guildford Animal Save, part of The Save Movement, were outside the site on Moorfield Road to say goodbye to animals arriving for slaughter.

It was a comparatively calm scene to 7 March last year, when there was a police presence at the first protest. On that occasion activists said they had been told trucks would stop for them, but not all trucks did so.

Since then the activists have been holding what they describe as monthly vigils to bear witness to animals being sent to slaughter and spread the message of veganism.

At the anniversary vigil security at the site were stopping trucks outside and opening slats on the side of vehicles to allow the animals to be seen and filmed.

Lewis, one of the activists, said: “We’re bearing witness to the slaughter of animals, we’re there to make eye contact with them and to realise that they’re sentient just like our cats, our dogs and the beings we love the most.

“We just want to be there for them before the moment of their death and realise that ultimately these things are someone, not something.

“We only see the product side of it on the supermarket shelves, but ultimately whether they’re organic, grass fed cows and beef - they’re still terrified in the moment of their death.

“It’s something we don’t usually see, it’s usually very masked from us, but we might just catch a glimpse of it and realise that these things are in terror and deserve our compassion.”

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