Written yesterday (8th June 2017). From Birmingham, UK:
A few months ago we slashed the tyres of every single meat truck at Pak
Mecca slaughterhouse in Digbeth. Last night we did the same at A J Meats
slaughterhouse. We slashed the tyres of the meat trucks with a
hardware-store braddle, and put a brick through one of their
Above ground, the animal rights movement in Birmingham (UK) is gaining
momentum – with constant outreach, slaughterhouse ‘vigils’, and
demonstrations. Although we personally choose not to take part in these
things, we think that it will take a variety of tactics to bring down
the animal industries, and respect whatever tactic others choose, as
they should respect ours. In capitalism, choice is an illusion – we
cannot rely only on convincing the public to go vegan. All of us are
conditioned and brainwashed not to challenge the hold the animal
industries have on us.
So we take the fight to the supply chain and take direct action. Don’t
let that term be watered down – Direct Action means stepping in the way
of the machine – in this case, stopping the dead bodies of animals being
driven to butcher shops and supermarkets, the morning after they are
murdered. If enough economic damage is caused to businesses like this
over time, there will be no tortured bodies on the shelves for people to
so flippantly and pointlessly consume.
This is what we choose to do – bursts of love and anger in the middle of
the night, causing economic damage to the mass murderers. If the trucks
coming in and out of these hell-holes were filled with crying humans,
then everyone would be up at night smashing them up. Every animal is an
individual, and does not have to die to feed us. In this sense, there is
no difference between ‘them’ and ‘us’.
We encourage and we incite everyone who has ever thought of using these
tactics, who has idolised the ALF of the 80s and 90s but thought that it
was a thing of the past, to consider it, to plan it and carry it out –
to physically attack one of the many targets in Birmingham and anywhere
else. Damage to property is not ‘violence’. As we carry the ALF torch
forward, we pledge never to hurt a living being, human or otherwise.
If not you, who? If not now, when?