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Mother`s Day 2008 Street Theatre
in Birmingham

As part of the Viva! Day of Action on Saturday 1st March(the eve of Mothers Day), Midlands Vegan Campaigns organised some street theatre and leafletting in Birmingham City Centre.

Street theatre can be a light hearted and comical form of protest. At this event, it proved to be an effective means of bringing the very serious issue of animal cruelty to the attention of the general public.

The day was split into 2 parts, but the theme for both was mother animals and how they are abused and exploited by the farming industry. First we focused on the plight of the modern intensive dairy cow and secondly, we turned our attention to pigs caged in farrowing crates.

PART 1
Britain`s Hardest Working Mother - the Dairy Cow

The modern intensive dairy cow suffers physical & emotional torture to provide humans with milk. She`s pregnant for nine months a year; produces gallons of milk at the same time; has her new-born babies taken from her... and it happens year after year. No wonder she`s exhausted, hungry, emaciated and depressed. She is Britain`s Hardest Working Mother! Read more about her suffering.

The general public are largely unaware of the misery endured by dairy cows and their calves. In Birmingham, we aimed to spread awareness to the masses. As people spent their money on flowers, gifts and cards for their mothers, we grabbed their attention with some hilarious, jaw-dropping street theatre.

Two members of MVC donned a dressing gown, apron, rubber gloves and cow masks, and set about cleaning New Street!!! As thousands of shoppers looked on in disbelief, the street was hoovered, swept and mopped!! Street signs, trees and telephone boxes were spruced up with a `feather` duster!! Like dairy cows, these `hard working mothers` were exhausted, but they continued their numerous tasks without a break. Ten other members of MVC handed out leaflets which revealed the shocking truth about dairy cows, and urged people to ditch dairy.

PART 2
Imprisoned for Being a Mother - the Farrowing Pig

The farrowing crate is one of factory farming`s most shocking secrets. Hundreds of thousands of pregnant pigs - breeding sows - are locked into these tiny cages a week before they give birth and remain imprisoned there for 35 long days, every 5 months for their whole life. They struggle to stand up and lie down and can do nothing but stare at a blank wall and suckle their hungry piglets. Read more about the suffering of pigs.

One member of MVC swapped the cow mask for a pig mask and climbed inside a `farrowing crate`. And of course, the breeding sow would not have been complete without her piglet - a cuddly toy pig wearing a nappy!! The caring mother cradled her baby inside the cage, whilst thousands of people streamed past. Once again, the general public were keen to learn what the stunt was all about and many people crowded round for a closer look.

During 3 hours of hilarious street theatre, approx 2,000 leaflets were handed out. Many thousands of people were alerted to animal suffering thanks to the posters on display. It was an extremely effective day. We would like to thank Viva! for all the posters and leaflets used.

Watch a Movie of the Days Events

We have produced a 6 minute movie which combines footage/photos from the event with some basic shocking facts. You can watch the movie via You Tube below.



More information about the issues can be found on the Viva! websites, www.milkmyths.org.uk and www.piggles.org.uk

Get Active with Midlands Vegan Campaigns

If you would like to help raise awareness of animal cruelty and all the benefits of veganism, why not get active with MVC! If street theatre & leafletting doesn`t appeal to you, why not help out with stalls or food fairs? Read more on our campaigns page.

Photos from the event below. Click here to watch a 6 minute movie of the day. Mother`s Day 2008 Dairy Cow Street Theatre in Birmingham Mother`s Day 2008 Dairy Cow Street Theatre in Birmingham Mother`s Day 2008 Dairy Cow Street Theatre in Birmingham Mother`s Day 2008 Dairy Cow Street Theatre in Birmingham Mother`s Day 2008 Dairy Cow Street Theatre in Birmingham Mother`s Day 2008 Farrowing Crate Street Theatre in Birmingham Mother`s Day 2008 Farrowing Crate Street Theatre in Birmingham Mother`s Day 2008 Farrowing Crate Street Theatre in Birmingham Mother`s Day 2008 Farrowing Crate Street Theatre in Birmingham

 

 

 

 

 

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