In China, vegans and vegetarians are among the most discriminated against in society, with many suffering from discrimination, violence and even death.
As the world’s largest producer of meat, China is home to some of the world the world´s most cruel and brutal factory farms.
The cruelty and the poverty caused by the farming system has resulted in a worldwide vegan backlash, with the Chinese government and international activists calling for the end of animal farming.
China is currently experiencing a wave of protests and boycotts against the Chinese state and the government over the animal abuse of animals.
The world is witnessing a new wave of resistance against China’s cruelty and abuse of the planet.
The vegans’ protest in Shanghai in September 2017 was part of a global campaign against factory farming and the oppression of animals and people.
The Shanghai vegans, who had taken part in a previous protest in Beijing, marched for about 40 minutes and were met with police and jeering from the public, as well as a number of angry people.
One of the participants, Wang Yan, told Al Jazeera that the reason they came to the city is that “we want to fight for justice and equality for animals, and for human rights and the environment”.
“We came because we want to spread awareness about the cruelty of animals, especially the animals we raise, and we want people to realise that the world is not only about animals and humans,” Wang said.
He added that the “China-themed” protest “was a response to the situation of animal abuse in China and the world”.
The Shanghai Vegan movement has become a global movement, with activists in more than 20 countries, including Australia, Germany, New Zealand, South Africa, and the United States, as of late, joining in on the protests.
“The vegans have been organizing for more than five years, and have participated in over 60 protests around the world,” said Al Jazeera’s Sarah Nachminovitch.
“This is an important step forward in the vegan movement in China, and has helped to spark a new global movement against animal cruelty.”
The Shanghai Vegans are joined by a number other global activists, including the Vegan Congress of China and Vegans Against Animal Cruelty.
They have also held rallies in cities such as Hong Kong, Toronto, Washington DC, Boston, and Toronto.
Al Jazeera spoke to Al Jazeera about the global vegan movement and its roots in China.
Al Jazeeras report on the Shanghai Vegan protests in September.
“China is one of the most important countries in the world, and it is also one of its most exploited countries, according to the United Nations,” said Jazeera.
“But in the last few years, we have seen a number developments which are turning the tide, such as the legalization of veg and vegan food, the first time this has been achieved in the whole of China.”
Jazeerias report said the Chinese authorities are “trying to create an atmosphere of acceptance, in order to help reduce the number of vegans in China”.
“In terms of the vegan movements and their progress in China in the past few years …
I think they are beginning to have a major impact,” Jazeeroas told Al Jazayeras.
The protests in Shanghai The protests began in September and were not without problems.
While the protests were peaceful, there were instances of violence.
According to the Global Vegan Movement, the police were involved in several clashes with the protesters, as they were trying to disperse the crowd.
Activists said police used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse their protest, which caused many to fall.
The police said they were using tear gas to “defend the dignity of the Chinese people”.
As the protests in Hong Kong continued to rage, the authorities announced they were sending in extra police officers and troops.
“We’ve seen a lot of people arrested in Hongkong over the past year and a half, and so we decided to take this step because it was the only way to ensure the safety of our participants,” said Wang Yan.
Activist Al Jazeera met with Wang Yan and others to discuss the latest protests and the international vegan movement.
“They were really angry,” he said.
“It was like a boiling kettle, so they were really tired and they didn’t want to stop, so we took the initiative to go out to the streets and make our voices heard.”
The protesters’ next rally will take place in Shanghai, where a vegan protest group will meet with the police to demand a peaceful march.
This rally is the first of its kind in China since a nationwide ban on veg eating took effect on February 9.
“I think that we need to have another big vegan protest, so that we can show our message to the world that this is a worldwide movement and that we want it to be successful,” Wang Yan said.
The Vegan Congress and the Vegan International Forum in Shanghai have been holding vegan food demonstrations in Shanghai since December 2015.
Wang Yan told Al JAZEERas he believes the Chinese police