Next International Day of Action

open rescue day

march 2017


Every month, DxE unites activists across the world – in 170 cities and 34 countries – in a single day of action. Join us as we build a movement for animal rights!

RSVP, find your city, and see the latest updates on Facebook here. 


In a place of violence (grocery store, restaurant, etc...) or in a crowded public place activists gather and give speakouts in different languages about animals that have been rescued. We aim to highlight the universality of compassion for animals and show that all animals, regardless of their species or where they live, deserve to be happy, safe and free.

Activists can also speak about animals they personally know, even if they were not rescued in an open rescue.


  • Hold a vigil for the animals who could not be rescued
  • Hand out information about open rescue and animal rights to the public
  • Change your profile picture to show your support for open rescue

In all actions, use the hashtag #OpenRescue.

Message if you have questions.


On March 5th, 2017 activists from four countries (Australia (Animal Liberation Victoria), Germany (, Sweden (Tomma burar) and USA (Direct Action Everywhere)) released the world's first internationally coordinated open rescue. This date was chosen as it represents the date of the first ever open rescue which took place in 1993 in Australia. In this action, 37 animals were rescued including Chloe and Maya, two hens from a cage-free egg farm.

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DxE’s organizers around the world build empowered networks for animal liberation. Based on the most innovative scholarship on social change, and the recent successes of the animal rights movement in countries around the world, DxE’s model focuses on building the kindling for a true social movement to be set ablaze. We do this by: (1) supporting activists locally in speaking strongly for animals under our organizing principles; and (2) connecting those activists with others worldwide to create empowered networks for change.

Animal rights activists in over 170 cities and 34 countries have united under the banner "It's not Food. It's Violence" since our campaign started in October 2013.

But we need your help to keep up the momentum. Join us this month as we once again demand an end to atrocities against innocent animals.


We are actively looking for organizers all over the world and invite all forms of participation. While we offer model action plans, even a simple leafleting outside of an establishment that promotes violence can be an important contribution to this campaign! It's easy to plan an action, and we will guide you through the process and send you materials, if you have need. Contact us via facebook or at if you'd like to join.

While, in North America, we focus on Whole Foods and Chipotle -- we encourage protests at other locations where animals are used and killed. Solidarity protests have been held at other fast food chains, grocery stores, department stores ("It's not Beauty. It's Violence."), and countless other establishments that profit off of atrocities against animals.

Our campaign has one and only one message: that every animal (human or non-human) has an equal right to be safe, happy, and free.


Direct Action Everywhere’s mission is to empower activists to take strong and confident action wherever animals are being denigrated, enslaved, or killed, and create a world where animal liberation is a reality. We use creative nonviolent protest to tell the animals’ story. We are not afraid to push boundaries and even polarize the debate. We integrate the latest technology and most innovative research to most effectively advocate for the liberation of our animal friends. And we use the power of an open and welcoming community to make all of us more inspired and confident activists. 


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