One of the illustrious protests has been marked in March 2011 in Finland, which encouraged ten more countries to continue it in other areas. Specifically, ecologists of Finnish “OikeuttaEläimille” were remonstrating against cruel and disgustingly poor animal preserving in fur industries. On the basis of overview of certain such establishments, activists came to very sad conclusion: animals were kept injured, infected or even without limbs, not to speak about any veterinary treatment. On the contrary, the holders of these plants claimed that their fosters are in good hands and feel nothing, but well-being. It is impossible not to mention that Finnish protest even affected the results of parliamentary elections, when the activity of obvious leader (who appeared to be connected to state’s fur industry) was doubted by voters.
In September the protest against BFC Israel have emerged in front of the Embassy of Israel in Moscow, which opposed to laboratory experiments on monkeys this company conducted. Wearing the masks of monkeys, activists tried to deliver the claim of outrageous treatment to these funny animals. In particular, there were some statements about monkeys’ living in tiny cages until someone would like to buy them, afterwards they were sent to specific laboratories without their relatives and in depressed condition.
The suspicion about activity of protesters for animal rights appeared in Denmark in August, when thousands of minks (nearly 3500-7000 individuals) were released from cages on the farm, situated on the Funen Island of Assens community. However, the result was not so good, insomuch as 50 local hunters and inhabitants have caught or killed the most of fugitives almost during one evening, justifying their actions by potentially aggressive behavior of minks.
The demonstration against stray dogs killing in Ukraine was held in Leipzig on December.Their massive extermination is associated with arrangementof the European Football Championship 2012 in Ukraine and Poland. Under the motto "European Football Championship 2012 without killing animals" 80 people out ofAktion Fair Play (organization) came to the demonstration with posters and flyers, handing pictures of killed dogs to others. Instead of organizing certain dog shelters, these poor animals are hunted and burned in specialized crematories, and there were also evidences that dogs were alive before the process started. Many protestors brought their little pets to support the movement. In November, similar demonstrations were held in Potsdam and Kiel.
Probably, it would be appropriate to finish this article with the most unprecedented animal rights protest, which occurred in June, when 12 members of SpanishIgualdad Animal (Animal Equality in English) and EquaAnimal were arrested for a crime against natural environment (this accusation was likely to appear as the consequence of release of 20 thousand minks in Santiago de Compostela). This event of national importance defined animal rights protestors as eco-terrorists, struggled with Spanish fur industry, which supported the repression wave in Spain. The resonance this protest gained in the world society might resemble an attempt of criminalization of activists’ work.
Maria Kruk, an author for Species.com