Archive for September, 2017

Our job is to send them to hell

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

edythe london

camille marino
september 27, 2017

Aside from saving animals, collectively and individually, we have one job – to send those who profit from animal abuse to a hell of their own, something akin to the hell in which they’ve entombed animals on earth.

The holocaust is so omnipresent and pervasive, that it’s easy to be overwhelmed. Especially if we are isolated by location or ideology, don’t have a group with which to work or a support system, what can one person really do? Whenever a problem is too big, the only way in which to tackle it is to break it down into smaller, manageable parts that will incrementally bring us closer to our ultimate goal. The simple fact is that if every “one person” throws their hands in the air and embraces impotence, the answer is that we will accomplish nothing. However, if every “one person” commits to doing something every single day, then, cumulatively, all of those individuals will change the world. Together, we can stop abusers. If we stop abusers, then we have liberated untold numbers of their nonhuman victims.


A blueprint for effective activism and winning

Sunday, September 24th, 2017


There are two big issues that are preventing us, animal liberation activists, from being as effective as we can be right now.

First, we lack coordination, especially here in the United States. We go and protest a restaurant once and never go back. We go and leaflet outside a target and never go back. We smash windows at a fur store and never return. We take down a hunting tower but do nothing when it is rebuilt. This accomplishes very little. It costs the target a few hundred dollars. That is nothing to them. They (or their insurance company) pay for the repairs and continue on killing as if nothing happened. It makes people who see the protest consider what we are protesting for a minute then move on with their lives and forget about it when they never see us again.


Ever want to scream? Take a deep breath and listen…

Sunday, September 24th, 2017

Vegan Empowerment is my new personal YouTube channel. I want to talk about the things that affect each one of us, but that no one engages. I want to share my struggles and triumphs. And I want to empower you to embrace all of the possible directions in which your activism may flourish. Strong, confident, healthy vegans are effective activists for the animals.


URGENT: Demand Justice for Homeless Activist

Sunday, September 24th, 2017

Alain De Coessemaeker has been bullied by the courts for several years, left homeless and financially destitute. His crime: protecting Nature. His appeal will be heard on October 6 before the Belgian Minster of Justice. Please watch this short film produced by Els Vande Ginste and sign the petition linked below. This petition will be closed on Friday and forwarded to the Minister of Justice to review before the appeal is heard. We must let the court know that the world is watching and we will not let Alain stand alone.


no “pet” has to die – emergency irma relief

Saturday, September 9th, 2017

a man carries his dog through the flood waters of hurricane harvey

camille marino
september 9, 2017

Let’s all first take a deep breath. It’s the media’s job to incite fear and panic. Certainly, we need to be alert and take necessary precautions. And then whatever is going to happen will. And life will go on. We’ll adjust and respond. We are living in an age where nature is going to even itself out and adjust for all the devastation humans continue to wreak on the planet. Hysteria never helps.

Next, the epidemic of people abandoning their companion animals in times of catastrophe is both deplorable and unnecessary. If anyone needs help in Florida, it is available.


A vegan in the path of Irma

Friday, September 8th, 2017

Camille Marino
September 8, 2017

We all just witnessed the devastation wreaked in Houston by Hurricane Harvey; the human toll gets enough coverage. I’m far more concerned with the nonhuman victims. I shared our community’s outrage over the companion animals left abandoned or tied up by their cowardly guardians who took their own sorry selves and fled for safety. And now I’m sitting home in Florida watching the monster Hurricane Irma bearing down on us. This morning’s projections have it hitting dead center inland coming straight at me. I’ve never experienced such an event before, and I’m not one to overreact. But what was initially a fascination with the atmosphere has morphed into an outrage that is almost tangible. But what about all the beings in this state who were put into bondage by humans who profit from their misery.

There are thousands of monkeys in cages on breeding farms in Hendry county. Can’t run. Can’t escape. Just sitting there waiting for almost certain death while their captors stay warm and safe, protected from the torrential winds and flooding. What about all the animals imprisoned in tanks at Seaworld? They will suffer alone, terrified with no protection, and possibly die in the tombs in which their captors made them live. What about the zoos? The petting and tourist photo attractions? What about every animal exploitation industry in this state? I’m sure it won’t be too much of an inconvenience for the architects of death. After all, these living beings are only property, most likely insured, so if they lose their lives, they will be easily replaced. After all, there’s no shortage of slaves.


A Matter of Change

Sunday, September 3rd, 2017

Don Barnes grew up on a farm in the 1940s and learned that killing animals was normal. In the 1960s, while studying for his PhD in psychology, administering electric shocks to his nonhuman subjects came naturally. Finally, as a US Air Force officer, he found himself conducting cruel and painful radiation experiments on primates for lucrative federal grants. He writes “As each day passes it becomes increasingly difficult to comprehend how I was able to close my eyes to the artificiality of the research I was doing.” By 1979, Don concluded that the experiments he conducted as a biomedical researcher were both scientifically invalid and cruel. The following year he sought out the anti-vivisection community where he would begin decades of fighting to restore the dignity of non-human animals. Don has been vegan for 35 years and just celebrated his 81st birthday on Friday. Taking a look back at his work now allows us an intimate glimpse into the mind of a vivisector.

by Donald J. Barnes
An excerpt from In Defense of Animals (Peter Singer)
Basil Blackwell, 1985, pp. 157-167

“Don,” an acquaintance of mine said recently, “I don’t mean to question your commitment to the principles of antivivisection, but you were a vivisector for sixteen years. What caused such a quick and radical change in your beliefs?” I have been asked the same question many times, and by one person more than any other . . . myself. The answer has changed as my values have changed, but consistently and in the same direction. Let’s take a chronological look at the evolution of my values in order to try to understand.