Santa Monica To Observe National Animal Rights Day On May 31:

National Animal Rights Day will be observed at Santa Monica  Beach on Saturday, May 31, with a public requiem ceremony in which dozens of individuals will stand in formation cradling the bodies of deceased animals such as chickens, rabbits, cats and kittens, rats and mice, wild birds, and many others.

After the ceremony the Declaration of Animal Rights – a 70-foot long scroll declaring the rights of all animals bearing thousands of signatures from people from all over the world – will be unveiled, read by the children in attendance, and signed.

Approximately 150 local residents representing a diverse coalition of animal and environmental protection organizations will take part in National Animal Rights Day, including “Our Planet. Theirs Too.,” Animal Protection and Rescue League, Animal Defenders International, Expand Animal Rights Now, Farm Animal Rights Movement, In Defense of Animals, Last Chance for Animals, PETA, and Sea Shepherd Conservation Society California.

The observation begins at 12 Noon on May 31. At 12:45 p.m., participants will read and sign the Declaration of Animal Rights. From 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., there will be speakers, info tables, and food for attendees and the public.

Participants are asked to meet just north of the Santa Monica Pier on the beach.

Parking: Best option is Lot 1 North, 1550 Palisades Beach Road, which is about 100 feet from the location on the sand. Cost is $12 for all day.