Hamed Bastaki came to Australia in January 2013, and was drawn to the journalism world. He is now a third year journalism student studying at the University of Technology Sydney.
Anonymous for the Voiceless held an event at Sydney's Pitt Street Mall at the weekend to advocate for animal rights and promote the movie documentary, Dominion.
They stood side by side, forming what they call the Cube of Truth.
The activists, wearing Guy Fawkes masks, held screens that depicted the slaughter of animals.
Matt Stellino, one of the organisers of the event, said “Not a lot of people are aware that when they go to a supermarket and they purchase neatly packaged meat, eggs, or dairy products, that the cost of the suffering is an animal in there.”
The march aimed to promote the documentary, Dominion, which focuses on how animals are mistreated in the industry.
Anonymous for Voiceless showcasing animal farming in front of Pitt Street Mall (Photo Credit: Hamed Bastaki)
One of the members of Anonymous for the Voiceless, Edward Cameron explained that becoming vegan was one of the best decisions he has ever made.
He said, “I spent 19 years of my life not knowing what’s going on with animals, and when I found out that it gave me the opportunity whether I wanted to participate in the industry, [and] continue to fund the dairy and meat industry or not to.”
“But before not having that information, I didn’t have that choice because I didn’t know any better.”
Another member, Halim Mouawad, stated “What we want to do is educate people and tell people of what really happens to the animals.”.
The more people are educated to become vegan; the less animals are going to be slaughtered.
Later, the group of protesters gathered at Circular Quay, and begun marching back to Pitt Street Mall.
They were holding signs, cheering and promoting their vegan lifestyle.
This is the first march Anonymous for the Voiceless had organised in Sydney.
Mr Stellino explained his frustrations with the Ag-gag laws in Australia that prevent animal activists from filming farmers abusing their livestock.
“There are laws in place to prevent sharing of information as to what happens on farms,” Mr Stellino said
“There is to be penalties for activists who seek to enter a farm to record the information,” he said.
Protesters marching to promote the movie, Dominion (Photo Credit: Hamed Bastaki)
Last year, more than 2,400 sheep died on the way to the Middle East from Australia.
They suffered from heat exhaustion.
Anonymous for the Voiceless plans to set cubes in other locations in Sydney, and continue to promote a vegan lifestyle.
“People want to make the change, they just don’t know it yet,” Mr Cameron said.
“Because they didn’t even know this is happening.”
The National Farmers’ Federation refused to comment.