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Each year, an estimated 56 billion cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys, and other sentient land-based animals are caged, crowded, deprived, drugged, mutilated and macerated in the world's factory farms. Then they are brutally slaughtered for our dinner table. Countless aquatic animals are caught and suffocated by vast trawler nets, so we can have our fish fillet or tuna fish salad.

Since 1983, the annual observance of World Day for Farmed Animals on October 2nd (Gandhi's birthday) has been offering people of conscience a superb opportunity to memorialize and mourn these innocent lives. An opportunity to ask their friends and neighbors to stop subsiding senseless atrocities at their supermarket checkout counter. Hundreds of groups and individuals throughout the world participate each year.

We hope that you will too.

At the very least, we ask that you sign the Fast Against Slaughter pledge promising to fast on October 2nd then post on social media a photo of yourself holding a sign that explains your pledge. We have provided a number of illustrative examples.

Beyond that, we invite you to visit our Activities Section that will guide you through various activities you can undertake to reach out to your community.

Our Resources Section contains posters and signs that you can download and print at your local Kinko's, as well as handouts that you can order from us.

Finally the Abuses Section, for folks who need additional persuasion, lists the tragic devastating impacts of animal agriculture on animals, on our family health, and on our environment, including global warming.

The animals will be most appreciative for anything you do.

Pledge to #FastAgainstSlaughter October 2nd