Posts Tagged ‘animal liberation’

ALF Prisoner Walter Bond on Hunger Strike

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Walter Bond has endured excessively harsh and punitive treatment inside the prison-industrial complex since he was first arrested in 2010. He has now begun a hunger strike and it is incumbent upon every Animal Liberation activist to support him, call the prison, and plan your own solidarity actions on his behalf.

An Eleventh Hour for Animals Facebook Event has been organized to help facilitate worldwide solidarity actions. Call the prison at (618) 664-6200 now!

His message has been republished by NIO on YouTube and the transcription follows below:

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How “Love & Peace” Kills Animals

Monday, November 13th, 2017

“Species membership is not a valid reason to place anyone outside the circle of moral compassion or beyond the reach of effective defense.”

~Lindy Greene

“The time for civil discourse has expired.” ~Camille Marino

by Lindy Greene & Camille Marino

Globalization is predicated upon slave labor. Both animate and inanimate resources are expended to the point of exhaustion in pursuit of profit. The planet is being plundered to serve the self-anointed “superior species.” And it remains abundantly clear that our current course is unsustainable. Feeding and lubing the machinery of the entire system are the misery and blood of its vast nonhuman slave force. We were taught twenty centuries ago the myopic and destructive view that the other species with whom we share the Earth evolved for the sheer and sole purpose of serving us and that such servitude is the birthright of the privileged “master race.” Whether it’s factory farming contributing 37% of methane gases to global warming according to the UN or the federally-funded animal experimentation industry, it is extremely difficult to find any segment of the economy that does not commoditize and exploit members of other species for entertainment, sport, fashion, food, or testing. Subverting the integral animal economy is vital if we will ever free ourselves from the entrenched teamwork of corporate overlords and unprincipled governments.

The marriage of corporation and state, Mussolini’s definition of fascism, is epitomized by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) – a group of corporate lobbyists and elected officials who serve big business profiteers. ALEC is the engine running the multi-billion-dollar prison / industrial complex. It’s single-minded mission in that endeavor is to maximize profits by keeping citizens jailed, on parole or probation, and otherwise inextricably ensnared in the judicial system. And ALEC is also the author of the federal 2007 Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, the language of which conveys that any animal rights activist who affects the profits of an animal industry can be prosecuted for terrorism. Thus, any effective activist may be a terrorist by statute. And, at the state level, we see political free speech consistently reframed by the courts as terrorism with the speakers charged as stalkers. (By the way, there are actual laws on the books declaring “edgy speech” to be just “political hyperbole” and perfectly legal. Those same books also state that First Amendment activity does not fall under the legal definition of “stalking.” But judges apply (or fail to apply) laws as they see fit. It costs thousands of dollars to file motions, which are almost universally denied, for review of their decisions.) And, according to the New York Times, ALEC is behind the state legislatures’ trend to make photographing industrial animal abuse a crime (“ag-gag” laws). Let this penetrate: Animal abuse is not only protected, but exposing it is prosecutable. (Such punitive measures are not new. Anyone caught in the antebellum South helping Black slaves to escape from the plantations risked hanging.)

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Semantic Subterfuge – an AL perspective on the Las Vegas Massacre

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

Camille Marino
October 3, 2017

On Sunday night, a 64-year old white male named Stephen Paddock opened fire at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The current human wreckage stands at 59 people dead and another 527 injured. We know that Paddock was a retired accountant with no criminal record, a licensed pilot, and pictures of him at an anti-Trump rally suggest he was not a right-wing fascist. There is no known motive for what the media is universally labeling “the worst mass shooting in American history.”

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To those responsible for animal suffering

Monday, July 24th, 2017

 

For two years I’ve had to sit on my anger, sit back in my own restraints, and just watch the animals die. I had to swallow my own feelings, knowing that it was other vegans — not just one — but a concerted effort of welfarists, collaborators, and cultists who worked tirelessly to silence me and stop me from fighting to free the monkeys inside the University of Florida. They shredded my reputation in an attempt to maintain an illusion of credibility. They replaced my efforts with dead air. And, interestingly, not a single one of these individuals have ever attempted to shut down an abuser with the dedication and ferocity with which they sought to stop me. Frankly, my activism stands on its own merit, especially against this backdrop of frauds, gossips and cowards. An independent documentary and my own memoir will explore my struggles over the past few years. But, while the vivisectors and other abusers have been carving up their victims in peace and anonymity and laughing at the traitorous activists who did their dirty work, please know I’m back. And the animals will have a voice. I intend to win on all fronts. Because it is the winners who write history!

I’ve been speaking with new activists, one in particular. This individual reminds me of myself 10 years ago — anger, enthusiasm, compassion, and a seemingly-endless store of initiative. While I turn my attention to empowering activists with the tools and strategies I’ve accumulated along the way, this person empowered me with something I desperately needed: a reminder. A reminder of who I am and why I’m here. To fight with everything I’m made of for Animal Liberation! I will never negotiate my own liberty for some comfort. And I will never negotiate Animal Liberation to satisfy anyone else’s definition of what it should be.

So to all those who don’t approve of my methods, to all those who just don’t like me, to all those who get rich tormenting animals, and to all those who put their own agendas ahead of the animals, let me say this as clearly as I possibly can: FUCK YOU!

I will do this my way. If you hurt animals, you should be looking over your shoulder. You should have to watch your kids on their way to school. And even if your “kid” is a 50-year old man who lives in Rhode Island, maybe it’s time to reconsider how your penchant for mutilating animals could affect the ones you love.

I’m done playing games. FOIAs were filed this morning; more records will be requisitioned soon. Hope you enjoyed the couple of years you had torturing animals to death in peace with the full protection the movement.

Camille A. Marino
July 24, 2017

An Apology

Monday, July 24th, 2017

Dear Animals

To all of you everywhere – you who walk, crawl, fly and swim.

I’m sorry that you have to share this planet earth with humans. I apologize for the pain you endure at the hands of those humans who are cruel to you.

And I apologize for the pain you endure at the hands of those humans who may not deliberately try to hurt you, but who are so stupid, oblivious, self-absorbed, vain, selfish, thoughtless and careless that they hurt you or contribute to your abuse and exploitation anyway.

I am so sorry that you continually suffer at their hands. I wish I could give you a world of your own… a world where there were no humans to hurt you… a world where you could live your own life free from the cruelty, cowardice, lack of empathy and stupidity of human beings. But I can’t. So all I can do is tell you how sorry I am and let you know that there are many of us who do have a brain and a heart. We care and we are trying. We will never give up – not until you are free.

With all my love, respect, caring, admiration and awe of you,

Louis Eagle Warrior

Beef farmer regrets killing animals: turns vegan & liberates cows

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

Jay Wilde stand with his remaining saved cows. A lifelong cattle farmer has given his 40,000 herd of cows to an animal sanctuary. Pic by Luke Johnston / Caters News

by Tanveer Mann
Courtesy of metro.uk

Jay Wilde, 59, moved his herd of 63 cattle to the sanctuary more than 150 miles from his farm in Ashbourne, Derbyshire, as he could not bear to see them killed.

The 59-year-old organic farmer felt so guilty taking his cattle to slaughter that he completely changed his business, growing wheat to be used for bread instead.

But he’s kept a handful of the cows on the farm to provide natural fertilizer for his crops.

Jay said: ‘I feel so much better farming this way. It’s a weight off my shoulders. It’s certainly not a normal thing to do as a farmer, but I’m happy about it.

‘I miss the cows, however it’s nice to think of them living a nice life in a sanctuary now. It just became more and more difficult taking them to slaughter.

‘You know they have thoughts, dreams, and personalities, so being taken to be killed was a horrible experience for them too.

‘I took that on board. It made sense. I was already questioning whether what I was doing was right.

‘I was put in touch with the Vegan Society and they suggested other types of farming to me.

‘When I agreed to begin farming crops instead of animals, I had no idea what to do with the cows.

‘They suggested that I could give them to sanctuaries, which seemed right, but we were expecting to have to give them away in twos and threes and for it to be a very long, complicated process.

‘However, Hillside Animal Sanctuary came forward and said they could take all of them. It was remarkable.

‘I’m glad to have saved them from that. Giving them away was definitely the right option.

‘I run a vegan farm now and selling the cows to be slaughtered did not seem like the right way to get the business started.’

Jay’s family bought the farm in 1956 and he grew up helping his dad to run it.

It was originally a dairy farm until his father’s death in 2011. After taking it over completely, Jay turned it into an organic beef production farm.

However, he found taking the cows to the slaughterhouse increasingly upsetting.

He also hosts festivals on his farm, and some attendees expressed their discomfort about attending a celebration on his farm when cows were sent to slaughter.

After one such festival, he was put in touch with the Vegan Society, who advised him that he could send his cattle, 30 of which were pregnant, to a sanctuary.

Jay said: ‘One of the people attending said some people were unhappy celebrating in a beef farm.

‘I took that on board. It made sense. I was already questioning whether what I was doing was right.

‘I was put in touch with the Vegan Society and they suggested other types of farming to me.

‘When I agreed to begin farming crops instead of animals, I had no idea what to do with the cows.

‘They suggested that I could give them to sanctuaries, which seemed right, but we were expecting to have to give them away in twos and threes and for it to be a very long, complicated process.

‘However, Hillside Animal Sanctuary came forward and said they could take all of them. It was remarkable.’

Read more: http://metro.co.uk/2017/06/14/farmer-gives-up-herd-of-cattle-to-animal-sanctuary-after-becoming-vegetarian-6707557/#ixzz4nH6qfPcH