Indiana Animal Rights March for 92 million suffering animals
*Shirts are no longer for sale. If you purchased one, you can pick it up on the morning of the march (Saturday, Sept 1) beginning at 9:00 AM.
The story behind the message on our shirts
Red will be the official color of the Indiana Animal Rights March on Saturday, September 1. There are 92,000,000 animals suffering on farms in Indiana (see more about this number below). Our animal rights march is for them and every other abused and exploited animal in our state and elsewhere.
Shirts are not required for the march (although we are encouraging everyone to wear red) but it would look very nice if we promoted the message by wearing them for the event!
Indiana is one of the biggest animal agriculture states, with over 92,000,000 animals suffering on farms. While that may be a sad fact, it also means we have an enormous responsibility to bring about change for them. There are 13 farm animals for every 1 person living in this state. Of course, we rarely see any of them because they are hidden away to suffer. People never even have to acknowledge their very existence before consuming their body parts, secretions and eggs. We don’t feel their misery and we don’t hear their screams. It’s up to those of us who empathize with them to bring that suffering out in the open so more people can know about the cruelty and help do something about it.
The number of 92 million (broken down below) is incomplete as it doesn’t include every animal (alpacas, deer, laboratory animals, animals hunted for their skins and bodies, domestic pets who are bred and discarded and MANY others). The number also doesn’t include fish, whose lives are not always measured in numbers, but in pounds or dollars. The goal was not to audit every suffering animal in the state, but provide the best numbers we could to highlight the magnitude of the problem of animal exploitation.
* The number for broiler chickens isn’t publicly available. The USDA doesn’t publish the number from Indiana because they say it could disclose confidential information about specific producers. The number of 6.2 million was from 2012. We found a report HERE that indicates the number could be as many as 27 million (including 15,668,000 slaughtered and 11,589,000 “lost.” By “lost” we understood that to mean chickens that died for some reason before they made it to slaughter. If anyone has better information to provide about broiler chickens, please contact us). All of the information are published statistics by the USDA.