Why are we marching to close down all slaughterhouses?

These are victims who were discarded after dying while in confinement in a London, Ontario area "family farm" in March 2014. They are thrown into a bin until a deadstock disposal service picks the corpses up.

Thousands of exploited non-humans face the same tragic fate while being confined and go largely unnoticed by the public, as well as hidden by the agri-business industry.
Land and aquatic animals are classified as property under the law. Non-human animals are viewed as a resource, by many human beings, and are therefore mercilessly exploited, tortured and killed for their milk, eggs and flesh, as well as for their skin, in experiments and for entertainment.

The food industry is the largest contributor of animal exploitation, abuse, violence and death. Yet it is accepted by our society, and is largely kept invisible from the public eye. For this reason, we must begin to courageously expose the horrors of slaughterhouses and unequivocally demand the end of killing animals for food. We are marching to publicly proclaim that slaughterhouses are places of terror, violence, brutality and death, and must be closed down.

As a society, we have marched against sexism, racism and homophobia. It is now time to march against speciesism - the acceptance of violence, injustice and oppression enacted against our fellow nonhuman animals. We believe veganism (or not exploiting animals) is our moral baseline. This march, boldly and openly, demands social change and this event serves a key role in the awakening process within the movement towards animal liberation.

It is time to introduce this idea for public discourse and debate, as people are ready to hear. The number of people who refuse to participate in the mass exploitation, torture and killing of nonhumans is growing. While it is important to ask people to boycott the consumption of animal products, and therefore decrease the demand, we must question the very existence of such practices. Our intent with this public and peaceful march is to make a political statement demanding the end of animal exploitation and killing. If we do not boldly and directly demand this social change now, the abolition of nonhuman animal slavery will always remain a dream, never a reality.