LA Pride: MFA Celebrates Diversity and Compassion for All

Thousands of people celebrating gay pride in Los Angeles this past weekend got an eye-opening glimpse of another form of oppression: factory farming. Dozens of Mercy For Animals members marched in the LA Pride Parade, handing out over 14,000 flyers featuring an image of a puppy and piglet asking attendees the burning question, "Why love one but eat the other?"

Volunteers proudly waved rainbow and MFA logo flags and carried a banner reminding the excited crowd: "No one is free when others are oppressed."

Volunteers also exposed festival-goers to the cruelty inherent in animal products at the weekend-long LA Pride Festival. At the Mercy For Animals booth, festival-goers were offered one dollar to view a 4-minute edit of the Farm to Fridge video on MFA's new paid-per-view stands. Viewers walked away from the booth with a new perspective of the oppression faced by billions of farmed animals, and with a Vegetarian Starter Kit in hand.

While this is MFA's seventh year of marching in gay pride parades nationwide, it marks our debut at LA Pride in West Hollywood - which stepped off near our new national headquarters. Huffington Post writer Mikko Alanne, who joined MFA in the parade, wrote a compelling article on the experience, sharing his feelings about the commonalities between the gay rights and animal rights movements.

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