Posts Tagged ‘violence’

Ethical Veganism Doesn’t Help Animals

Saturday, December 2nd, 2017

This interview was published in late 2011 and the original post on Let Them Eat Meat no longer exists; it is being republished from the Animal Liberation Front website where it still resides. When this article first appeared, I was widely and vocally condemned by many vegans for having the audacity to express these ideas. But it’s several years later, and I still stand by everything I said. I don’t pat myself on the back for not buying child pornography and pretend that my boycott is doing anything to stop child sex slavery. Nor do I believe my being vegan saves a single animal. My only contribution to Animal Liberation rests on my liberations and my efforts to expose and subvert the industry.

Camille and many of her above-ground activist allies recently made a decisive break from vegans who are content to alleviate their own guilt through personal veganism and baking vegan goodies. Several activists in NIO Florida (her local grassroots group) as well as many national and international associates are now targeting biomed students who are on their way to becoming animal experimenters, on the assumption that there is still hope to change them before they become entrenched in careers involving animal exploitation and prolonged animal suffering.

NIO has also gained notoriety by advocating violence against those who are so entrenched, though Camille has remained non-violent in her approach.

LET THEM EAT MEAT: Does simply eating a vegan diet and not buying animal products do anything for animals?

CAMILLE MARINO: In order to be an ethical and decent human being, one must be vegan. There is no gray area here. You are either vegan or you are complicit in the war on animals.

But, no, being an ethical vegan does absolutely nothing to relieve animal suffering. In the real world “free market,” when demand for meat/eggs/dairy declines, the government subsidizes a given exploitation industry and buys any excess supply of animal products, thus ensuring that the suppliers’ profits as well as the economy remain intact. The government buys the surplus and generally diverts it into schools and welfare programs or the surplus is exported to other countries to satisfy federal debt.

I believe that we are wasting enormous amounts of the vegan community’s time and energy by advocating vegan outreach. The animals are dying in exponentially greater numbers.

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the vegan objective is to dismantle speciesism

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

by Felix King

The word vegan has a very specific objective and definition, it’s to dismantle speciesism. It doesn’t have to be set up in behavioral terms other than believing and acting on that belief that animals are equal.

Speciesism is a systematic oppression as is racism, sexism, queerphobia etc. It all stems from the notion that having a privilege (doing nothing but receiving special treatment because of how you’re born) is the correct hierarchy of things.

Even “vegans” don’t understand what veganism is! And the result is a bunch of vegans who hate animals trying to teach the rest of the vegans to hate animals.

Putting anyone below us is hate and violence.

And the term vegan pretty much sums up our own ego. Instead of the vital message of “Hey something is horribly wrong” we just describe what WE do. It’s us In the spotlight, being performative.

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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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