On 30th September 2018, SSIO volunteers joined several thousand members of the general public in the March for Animal Rights at Shevchenko Park in Kiev. The march sought to raise awareness about animal rights and prevent the abuse of animals in circuses, zoos and aquariums. Under the auspices of the Serve the Planet initiative, of which respect for animals is a key focus, SSIO members took the opportunity to distribute leaflets about the appropriate use of plastics and spoke about the need for unity between humanity, nature and animals, as taught by Sathya Sai Baba.