Among the civil rights activists who attended Wednesday’s commemoration of the 1963 March on Washington were members of PETA, who said the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream of equality extends to our furry friends.
A few volunteers for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals attended the ceremonies wearing shirts advocating for vegan’s rights. They declined to talk to a reporter, referring questions to their headquarters, where Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo said the group was invited to participate by the event’s organizers and wanted to show that equal rights should extend not just to all people, but to all creatures.
“We saw this as wonderful opportunity to show the need for breaking down the barrier that prevents us from caring about all the ‘others’ who are ‘not like us,’ regardless of race, regardless of gender — and regardless of species,” Ms. Guillermo wrote in an email. “Today, we have abolished human slavery, at least in theory. But, somehow, our blindness and our prejudice still allows us to continue to enslave all the others who happen not to be exactly like us … We mean of course the animals who do not wish to be kept in chains in the circus, to be eaten, worn, tested on and shot for recreation.”