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Animal rights protest in Ipswich

PUBLISHED: 11:36 26 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:54 03 March 2010

ANIMAL rights protestors gathered in Ipswich at the weekend to demonstrate against factory farming.

Members of Viva! (Vegetarians' International Voice for Animals) talked to a crowd of more than 100 people outside the Wolsey Theatre on Saturday before embarking on a demonstration march through the town centre.

ANIMAL rights protestors gathered in Ipswich at the weekend to demonstrate against factory farming.

Members of Viva! (Vegetarians' International Voice for Animals) talked to a crowd of more than 100 people outside the Wolsey Theatre on Saturday before embarking on a demonstration march through the town centre.

The members also held a minute's silence at the Cornhill in memory of animals kept inside factory farms.

Speakers included Ipswich representative Diana Marshall, who talked about her experience of animals suffering in Suffolk.

Viva! is calling for an end to factory farming and farms that have been exposed on film to be permanently closed.

Juliet Gellatley, Viva! director, said: "Despite its pre-election pledges, New Labour has done nothing to change the squalid, overcrowded conditions on intensive farms.

"It's not just the animals who are suffering – dangerous diseases are spreading like wildfire. Over the past year we've seen BSE, swine fever, the creation of antibiotic-resistant strains of salmonella and E.coli and now foot-and-mouth.

"If we don't end factory farming, it may well end us."


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