Established in 2011 by the "Our Planet. Theirs Too." Foundation in New York City, The National Animal Rights Day (NARD) has become an annual tradition in the US. On this day, we remember, and give a voice to, the billions of animals who die by human hands in this country every year. We mourn their loss, reiterate their rights to live happy and free, and celebrate their existence in our lives.
This tradition will continue until the day when animals have their equal rights established and protected by law!
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NARD is going National, with events in both NYC and LA!
Sunday June 9, 12 noon - 5 pm, North Plaza of Union Square
12:00 noon: Requiem ceremony (featuring Don Zaros) for the billions of animals who die each year by human hands, and signing the Declaration of Animal Rights!
12:30-1:30: Yoga class led by Jivamukti Yoga teachers Jessica Sage Stickler, Dechen Thurman, and Derek Goodwin, generating compassion for all beings - humans and animals alike
1:30-5:00: Free vegan food, live music, street theatre, speakers, raffle prizes, animal adoptions, and more!
Sunday June 9, 12 noon - 5 pm, Santa Monica beach, north of Pier
12:00 noon: Requiem ceremony (with animal bodies!) for the billions of animals who die each year by human hands, and signing the 60-foot long Declaration of Animal Rights!
1:00-1:20: Affirmation/meditation led by Earth Energy Yoga teacher Charlotte Cressey, on "Embodying Love: Creating a positive planetary shift for all beings”
1:30-5:00: Free vegan food, vegan fashion show, live music, speakers, martial arts class, yoga class, drum circle, and more!
Sunday June 3, 12 noon - 5 pm, North Plaza of Union Square, NYC. (17 Street, between Broadway and Park Ave.)
This year the event will include:
12:00 noon: A silent ceremony to commemorate the billions of animals who lose their lives every year, by the hand of humanity, and signing the 50-foot long (!!) Declaration of Animal Rights!
12:30-1:30: A free, open-to-all, yoga class led by the renown Jivamukti Yoga teachers Jessica Sage Stickler and Dechen Thurman. Incorporating asana, meditation and text, it will focus on generating compassion for all beings - humans, animals, and the planet itself!
1:30-5:00: Yummy free vegan food, live music, drum circles, street theatre, face painting, Capoeira, and other performances by:
The Living Theatre The Occuponics Pulse Liberty Square Plaza Drum Circle SUPERCUTE! Jason Trachtenburg Jenn Friedman Melanie Sirois+dancers All Our Friends Lunic Abada Capoeira
We will start gathering at the square at 11:30 am, and start the ceremony at 12:00 noon sharp, so please come early! Bring comfortable clothes for yoga, a yoga mat if you have one (we will have some as back up), a musical instrument, and your animal-loving spirit!
A requiem ceremony for Earth's non-human animals,
and a celebration of a new vision for all of its species.
You are invited to participate in an historic event, to commemorate the billions of animals who suffer and die at the hands of humanity, and to embrace an alternative vision for life on planet Earth for all of its species.
Starting with a collective requiem ceremony, a festival of music, food and displays will take over the square, encouraging the public to join our vision by adopting an animal and planet-friendly lifestyle.
On June 5th, hundreds of New Yorkers will join together to commemorate the billions of animals - Earth’s silent inhabitants - who lose their lives by the hand of hummanity, and to present an alternative vision for life on planet Earth, for all its species. Marked as the First National Animal Rights Day, this will be an historic day for animals, in the heart of NYC!
The day will start at 1 pm with a Requiem ceremony for the animals, in which, using images, video, words and music, we will honor their short-lived lives, and then read the Declaration of Animal Rights together from a giant-sized scroll. The scroll will be signed by the public throughout the day, and then sent to President Obama and other world leaders.
Following the ceremony at 1:30 pm, guest-speakers will welcome the crowd to our Festival of music, food and displays, in which the public will have the opportunity to learn about current animal/environmental issues, speak with representatives from more than 30 organizations and vendors, taste delicious vegan food, try vegan clothes, cosmetics and product samples, listen to great music, watch informational videos, and sign the Declaration of Animal Rights.
If you’ve ever wondered about vegan cuisine, where to buy non-leather shoes and accessories, which cosmetics and products are cruelty-free, how to avoid entertainment and sports that exploit animals, where and how to adopt a pet, how you could join our easy 7 day Vegan challenge, or just how to live an all-around animal & planet-friendly lifestyle with a positive impact on the planet – this event will provide the answers! Meet people who have made these changes in their own lives, and are dedicated to helping others do the same.
The event will end at 4 pm with a Closing ceremony, where we will exhibit the signed giant scroll of the Declaration of Animal Rights, hear closing words from our guest speakers, and give our new vision for planet Earth and all its species, out to the world. another world is possible... Our Planet. Theirs too.
Schedule (rain or shine!):
12:00 pm Participants assemble at north side of Union Square.
1:00 pm Requiem ceremony. Official opening of the event.
1:30 pm Festival of music, food and displays.
4:00 pm Closing ceremony.