Podcast host and actor Evanna Lynch - of Harry Potter fame - took to the stage at London's Official Animal Rights March yesterday to argue that empathy for humans is 'vital in our quest for animal liberation'.
The Official Animal Rights March led an estimated 10,000 activists roughly five kilometres through the streets of Central London yesterday - in an event aimed at raising awareness of the plight of animals.
At the march's ending point, attendees young and old gathered to hear impassioned speeches from established animal advocates, including Ed Winters, better known as Earthling Ed, and Evanna Lynch - the Irish actor who rose to fame in her role as Luna Lovegood in Harry Potter.
During Lynch's speech, she discussed the 'difficult to face' realities of animal agriculture, and offered her suggestions for forward momentum within the vegan movement - highlighting compassion for both humans and animals as something to strive toward.
In reference to animals, she said: "Now it’s time to practice extending our circle of empathy, further than before, because it is the quality most needed in this world."
Through anecdotal evidence, Lynch presented a case for building bridges - not walls - between vegans and nonvegans, as the route to maximum impact.
She said: "I'd also like to touch on extending that empathy to our fellow humans which, alongside our outrage for animals oppressed by humanity, is a tricky balance to strike - but it's vital in our quest for animal liberation.”
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are prepared in the author's capacity and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Plant Based News itself.Reuse this content
Emily Court is a passionate ethical vegan from Eastern Canada. She is a Challenge 22 Mentor, Digital Writer, and experienced animal advocate driven by issues of animal liberation and social justice. She studied at Dalhousie University, where her thesis highlighted intercultural and gender relations. She is an established public speaker, writer, and world traveller with a drive to provide a voice to those who might not otherwise have one. You can follow her on Instagram @emily.j.court or on Twitter @_EmilyJCourt_.
Since you're here...
Plant Based News is a FREE service that receives millions of views each week. This takes a lot of our personal time, money and hard work. But we do it because we KNOW it makes a difference. If those following our reporting helped by contributing, we could do even more. Please consider supporting us so we can create further awareness about animal rights, environmentalism, ethical consumerism and the plant-based lifestyle. Not a false narrative - but information that empowers people to make better choices.