Protestors take to Toronto Streets demanding 'Justice for the animals'

Posted on Jun 13, 2016 by Marina Tyszkiewicz

“Not just for Cecil, not just Harambe we want justice, justice for the animals. Not just for dogs and not just for cats, we want justice for the animals!”

Protestors chanting as they marched through the streets of Toronto.
Protestors chanting as they marched through the streets of Toronto.

In an effort to abolish animal consumption, end exploitation and violence towards animals, hundreds of activists marched through the streets of downtown Toronto in the worldwide March to Close Down Slaughterhouses on June 11. The protest began at Christie Pits and carried to Allen Gardens.

This is the fourth year Toronto has organized the event, initially founded in Paris. Similar protests were held this month in Istanbul, Paris, Sydney, Melbourne, and Los Angeles.

Protestors march with sign demanding justice for animals.
Protestors march with sign demanding justice for animals.

Across the globe, it’s estimated that every year more than 60 - billion land animals are killed to satisfy the appetite of humans. In Canada, approximately 750 million land animals are killed each year for food and the majority of those animals come from factory farms, according to the Canadian Coalition for Farmed Animals (CCFA)

Protesters march with friends and family.
Protesters march with friends and family.

According to CCFA’s website, standard industry practices in Canada are the cause for some of the worst animal cruelty. ‘You can do almost anything you want to a farm animal in the name of profit without breaking the law, provided standard industry practice is followed,'.

Cody Kuchirka with wife Giselle Correia and friend, Jordan Zurowski
Cody Kuchirka with wife Giselle Correia and friend, Jordan Zurowski

To raise local awareness, protestors marched wearing red t-shirts marked with silhouettes of animals most commonly killed for human consumption. Many protestors held graphic signs depicting images of dead or distressed animals as several onlookers collected flyers and listened to the beating sounds of drums and chants.

This is the second year animal and human rights activist Giselle Correia 37, arrived at the protest. With her, she brought her husband Cody Kuchirka and friend Jordan Zurowski.

Protesters lay during the "de-in" demonstrating animals killed.
Protesters lay during the "de-in" demonstrating animals killed.

Correia has been a vegan for the last four years and says she has made a lot of lifestyle changes since becoming a vegan, including no longer wearing animal products and avoiding all forms of animal entertainment including zoos and circuses. She says was very impressed with the turnout this year.

“There were quite a few hundred more people here than the last time I attended. I came to support an end to the oppression of animals, the suffering of animals, and I’m here to support animals rights to their own minds and bodies, ” she says.

Among the chanting protestors also took part in “die-ins” as demonstrators lay on the road, while the screeching audio recording of farmed animals in distress echoed the street. The scene was meant to be a symbol of the animals killed, for Correia the event sparked a lot of emotion.

“It was a really great experience. It was very powerful and emotional,” she says.

Local posts

1000 f 358395498 a0hwdr2qg9u3t9vhuj9dbqjb0zg45wk6

Great Bridal Expo, not so great in my opinion.

Posted on Apr 26, 2022
We had worked with GreatBridalExpo for a number of years, providing them with printed material for their shows as well...
The Beach Read more
Just transition 22 3 12 0156


Posted on Mar 21, 2022
TORONTO, Ontario – This weekend, hundreds of community members gathered at the offices of five local Members of Parliament as...
Greater Toronto Area Read more
Tour 2022 call for artists

Coldwater and Area Studio Tour, call for Artists and Crafts people

Posted on Jan 4, 2022
22nd Annual Coldwater and Area Studio Tour (CAST) 2022 Days and Dates of Event: Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June...
Simcoe County Read more
Dvo nov 2021 posterdvo

Dundas Valley Orchestra Together Again

Posted on Nov 7, 2021
The Dundas Valley Orchestra will be performing at St. Paul's United Church, 29 Park St. Dundas, ON on November 21,2021...
Dundas Read more

Campbell Soup Factory development proposal

Posted on Aug 19, 2020
Hello, I am writing to you because I wanted to draw attention to a development plan in my area, Mimico....
Etobicoke Read more
20190609 150953

Voices Chamber Choir presents: "Handel and Haydn"

Posted on Jun 10, 2019
Handel's 4 Coronation Anthems were performed on Sunday, June 9th at this choir concert, just after Queen Elizabeth II celebrated...
Bloor West Village Read more
Dsc 1867

Dundas Valley Orchestra "Looking back and looking forward" Concert

Posted on May 27, 2019
On Sunday May 26, 2019 the Dundas Valley Orchestra held their final concert of their 40th anniversary year at St....
Dundas Read more
Dsc 0736

Dundas Valley Orchestra "Looking Back and Looking Forward"

Posted on Apr 10, 2019
Dundas Valley Orchestra Concert "Looking Back and Looking Forward" Sunday May 26, 2019 3-5 PM at St. Paul's United Church...
Dundas Read more
Dsc 0779

Dundas Valley Orchestra "A Jewel in the Valley" Concert

Posted on Jan 30, 2019
On Sunday Afternoon January 27, 2019 the Dundas Valley Orchestra gave a concert at St. Paul's United Church in Dundas...
Dundas Read more
Azmt cmyklogocolour

Zach Hofer, "Zach Makes Tracks" Named Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy

Posted on Nov 15, 2018
Zach Hofer, “Zach Makes Tracks”, Named Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Central Ontario: Throughout November, more than 50,000 people across North...
Simcoe County Read more
1  7

Dundas Valley Orchestra at 40!

Posted on Nov 7, 2018
On Sunday November 4, 2108 the Dundas Valley Orchestra performed at St. Paul's United Church in Dundas to kick off...
Dundas Read more
Cheryl ivaniski

Local Cheryl Ivaniski Receives World Recognized Quilly Award

Posted on Sep 24, 2018
Burlington, ON: Sept. 24, 2018: Local Burlington best-selling author, professional speaker, health authority, and founder of the Lifestyle Wellness Centre,...
Greater Toronto Area Read more
20180613 194730

Silver-Wood June Meeting

Posted on Jun 19, 2018
Silver-Wood W.I. had our June meeting was this week as usual we had a great time. Thank you so much...
Halton Hills Read more
Dsc 9729

Dundas Valley Orchestra "Music from the Lands of the Midnight Sun" Concert

Posted on May 29, 2018
On Sunday afternoon May 27, 2018 the Dundas Valley Orchestra performed their spring concert "Lands of the Midnight Sun" at...
Dundas Read more
Councillor dave monk

Local Author Book signing was a huge success!

Posted on Apr 22, 2018
Author Shay Lee Soleil would like to thank everyone who came out to the Chapters Book Signing in the terrible...
Windsor Read more