Fauna lovers

Published: Sunday 15 June 2008

A parade on May 18 brought a variety of fauna lovers on New York's streets. It took place in downtown Manhattan and organizers called it Veggie Pride. The festivities began at noon in the meatpacking district and drew about 600 people and at least one vegan dog--Simba, a tofu-fed black Labrador retriever. Some people dressed up as bananas, or heads of broccoli, or pigs or bloodied cows. A police officer, Jim Alberici, who was helping with crowd control, said he did not expect any violence. "Not unless someone shows up dressed as a meat processor," he said.

The parade was the brainchild of Pamela Rice, the author of a widely distributed pamphlet, 101 Reasons Why I'm a Vegetarian . She was inspired by a similar parade held annually in Paris. Too often, she said, vegetarianism had been overshadowed by other causes. "Today's our day; we wanted to stand apart," Rice said.

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