Animal rights activists are planning to stage their first march in Riga on November 24 to call for better animal protection and legislative improvements, Maija Krastiņa, a representative of the Animal Freedom nongovernmental group, told LETA.
On the same day a similar march will take place also in Tallinn. This will be the second demonstration of this kind in the Estonian capital. In Krastiņa’s words, animal rights activists’ marches, which gather thousands of participants and supporters, have already become traditional in cities like Vilnius, Warsaw, Kyiv and other cities across Europe.
Participants of the Riga march will start gathering in City Hall Square at 12:30 p.m.
“Behind any change made in the name of animal welfare there is time-consuming, tenacious work. We therefore do not expect Saeima to propose bills aimed at improving animal welfare and protection on the next day after the march. What we expect is that that animal protection issues, when they are are debated in government institutions, are regarded as problems important to society,” Krastina said.