Activists and artists will create inspiring chalk imagery encouraging kindness to animals
On May 31, people around the world will gather to create colorful chalk imagery promoting compassion for animals as part of Worldwide Vegan Chalking Night. Events are currently planned for more than 250 cities in more than 60 countries, including an event in Worcester organized by Worcester resident, Melissa Scher, who is with the non-profit group Positive Change for Animals (PCA). The event is open to the public and will begin at the Worcester City Commons at 7pm.
Now in its inaugural year, Worldwide Vegan Chalking Night was started by activists in the Canary Islands and has quickly spread throughout the world. The event will leverage an emerging form of peaceful activism known as “chalktivism” in which participants use chalk to create powerful and eye-catching images and messages, in this case of farm animals and plant-based mottos.
Worldwide Vegan Chalking Night will capitalize on the growing momentum gained by the vegan movement in recent years, as vegan food options are becoming increasingly mainstream at restaurants and grocery stores, both The Economist and Forbes declared 2019 the “Year of the Vegan,” and plant-based food producer Beyond Meat, Inc. achieved the best-performing initial public offering of a US-based company in nearly two decades when it went public earlier this month.
PCA Founder Karen Bacon views the event as a way for activists to express themselves while doing something positive for animals and the community, stating, “My hope is that city will be filled with compassionate people doing artwork for the animals, so that the images brighten up the city of Worcester on Saturday morning. We want to make a positive and lasting impression about how we feel animals should be treated and show the city that animal rights advocates are alive, active, and determined to improve our world.”
Interested participants can find out more about the event its Facebook page (bit.ly/ChalkingPCA).
Positive Change for Animals (PCA) is a non-profit social and volunteer group founded in Clinton, Massachusetts in 2015 that promotes animal rights through community channels that enable people to make changes in their lives that are conducive to a more humane world. PCA sponsors social outings and events that enable people to meet farm animals, try plant-based foods, engage in art and writing activities designed to enlighten our path, and actively volunteer for animals in need.
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