By Anita Virginillo/Lethbridge Animal Rights Effort
Horse advocates from Calgary, Pincher Creek, Lethbridge, Coaldale and the Crowsnest Pass came and stood proudly outside the Bouvry Horse Slaughter facility for 2 hours being seen by non-stop traffic, many of them waving & honking in support of our efforts.
There were of course, those that were vehemently opposed to us being there and were happy to let us know with a sign of the finger, or yelling out obscenities. One particular couple pulled up to me and asked why we weren’t at the hospital protesting abortions, which I suggested he do if that was a cause he was passionate about.
The protest received significant media coverage in the week leading up to the event. The Lethbridge Herald published a letter to the Editor, Country 95.5 called for an interview and aired it all week plus CTV News ran the story on January 24.
A few of the amazing individuals at the protest were there because they had heard about the event on the media. On the day of the protest, there was an animal abuse case in Taber that the media ran a story on and were unfortunately unable to attend our event. There were, however, two journalism students from the Lethbridge College who came out and did a story which will be aired this weekend on Shaw Lethbridge. Also The Lethbridge Herald will be running a full story on it this week. Up until this point it does not appear as though any Bouvry spokesperson has spoken to the media.
One of the protestors walked over to the Bouvry facility and was met with 3 security guards at the entrance. She asked why the heavy security and they responded with, “We still have product we haven’t unloaded.” I guess it makes it easier to do what they are doing when you refer to the horses as product instead of the sentient beings that they are.
All in all it was a good day for a community of like-minded individuals to come together for an important and meaningful cause. We are shaking up the cultural norm in southern Alberta and will continue to do so. More protests are planned together with the Calgary Animal Rights Effort leading up to the Calgary Stampede. We are a committed group of activists & we are building our army of horse warriors!