Anti-cruelty protesters to hold animal remains at Madrid protest

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Striking: Protesters at last year´s Igualdad Animal event

ACTIVISTS are to stage a striking protest on the streets of central Madrid this Saturday, ahead of International Animal Rights Day.

The Animal Equality event is expected to see hundreds – and possibly thousands – of people standing in silence holding pictures of dead animals subjected to cruelty.

Many are expected to even hold the remains of some animals, whilst listening to speakers.

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The demonstration aims to raise public awareness about the country´s poor record on animal cruelty. 

Last year, the Guardia Civil say they carried out over 12,000 operations against animal abuse.

Many Spanish traditions, including bullfighting, involve cruelty to animals.

Saturday´s event is scheduled to begin at 11am in the Spanish capital. Around 700 people have clicked ´attending´ on the event´s Facebook page, with a further 3,800 ´interested´.

Last year´s event drew 400 activists.

The 13th International Animal Rights Day takes place on Sunday. 

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