Demonstrators protest animal cruelty Saturday evening

Audrey McNamara/Senior Staff

Activists from Direct Action Everywhere, an international animal rights advocacy group, held protests outside various restaurants and grocery stores in Berkeley on Saturday evening.

Demonstrators held banners and posters, one reading “United For Animal Liberation,” and organized in protest of animal cruelty.

“Animals want to live, just like us,” various protesters chanted in unison outside Saturn Cafe. “Animals want love, just like us.”

Members of Direct Action Everywhere, or DXE, have previously protested animal testing at campus laboratories and more recently petitioned to city to ban the sale of fur.

Saturday evening’s demonstrations were part of “DXE Forum 2017,” an annual training event hosted by DXE for its members, according to its website.

“(We want to) share our message with everyone without putting judgement on anyone,” said Liana Eakins, a member of DXE, at the event.

The forum, which began on Wednesday, May 24, will end on Tuesday with a demonstration at the Downtown Berkeley BART station from approximately 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., according to a calendar on the forum website.

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A previous version of this article stated that the DXE Forum began on Friday, May 26. In fact, the forum began on Wednesday, May 24.