Category: Essays

Activist Interview: Gregston Van Pukeston

Animal Liberation Press Office gvp@animalliberationpressoffice.org   What social movements/social movement organizations have you been a part of throughout your life? “I have been involved in groups such as the Green Party, the I.W.W. (Industrial Workers of the World), Hudson Valley Earth First!, Support work and advisor for North American Animal Liberation Press Office, GreenPeace, ( …

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How the war on civil liberties harms animals

“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” -Benjamin Franklin 21 February 2016adminLeave a comment Post navigation “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” -Benjamin Franklin The industry-crafted Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) has …

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The Snitch, Bullying, and Gossip Culture in Animal Liberation

by Karen Kline “Hey, guess who Alice fucked the other night!” “Who? You know she’s always on Facebook flirting with men. Posting pics of her tattoos just to show off her boobs.” “I know. She thinks she’s so hot. Well I heard that after the potluck on Tuesday she left with Joe. And you know …

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Animal Liberationists: Why We Must Take The Fight To Human Targets

by Roland Vincent By definition, terrorism is violence against the innocent. Terrorist organizations hope to influence the actions of governments by paralyzing populaces with fear and uncertainty. We see these tactics employed by jihadist Muslims, right wing hate groups, and radical separatists. Government response, predictably, is repression and fascist legislation. Voices of reason and of …

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Personal Accountability (Anonymous)

From atwarforanimals.com There are only two ways to help animals — either liberate the victims, or stop their abusers. Period. Between those two poles, there is a spectrum of industry nonsense that serves to provide activists with a social outlet or, far more insidious, garner donations and accolades for those complicit in the holocaust. Our …

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In Defense of the “Non-Humans First Declaration”

By Jon Hochschartner I’d like to take a moment to defend the Non-Humans First Declaration, a text that has become something of a boogeyman amongst intersectional animalists. But first, let me be clear about what I’m not doing. I’m not defending the signatories, social media activity associated with the declaration, or anything ancillary to the …

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I understand despair driving ALF By Jon Hochschartner

In June 2015, according to the Mississauga News, the Animal Liberation Front claimed responsibility for the firebombing of two trucks in Canada owned by Harlan Laboratories, a company which provides research animals to vivisectionists. Police said the blaze caused no injuries. For a while now, I’ve counseled animalists against this sort of illegality, advocated by …

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Is “Pro-Choice Ethical Vegan” an Oxymoron?

verdict.justia.com In my last column here, I discussed the paradoxical nature of violent activism in the pursuit of nonviolent ends. In particular, the issue before us was whether a pro-life or pro-animal-rights activist could, logically and ethically, utilize violent methods for protecting vulnerable victims (animals and fetuses) from third-party violence. In this column, I take …

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Motor Prowling: A poem by Chris Miller, Adelaide, SA

He’s prowling on Hanson Road,[1] knife and fork poised to eat the lusty flesh of the younger of two Koori girls, crouched in front of the shop –on the corner of Hamilton Street. A young’n he wishes to bargain buy, tho’ she’s probably already serviced a platoon of prowlers No matter! He semaphores using the …

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Without Best, animal movement missing important voice

By Jon Hochschartner God, I miss Steven Best. Does anyone else in the animalist movement ever feel that way? A long-time, unapologetic voice for non-humans, Best has gone quiet after a few unimaginably difficult years embroiled in a bitter public spat with a former comrade, against whom he eventually was forced to take out a restraining order. Last …

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The Absurdities of Pacifism and Intersectional Activism in Animal Liberation

The Absurdities of Pacifism and Intersectional Activism in Animal Liberation. by Derk A.Brachmann “Nobody in the world, nobody in history has ever gotten their freedom by appealing to the moral sense of those that were oppressing them”-Assata Shakur “What is the conscientious animal defender to do ? The liberator solution is the use of physical …

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What can animalists learn from Vietnam anti-war movement?

What can animalists learn from Vietnam anti-war movement? By Jon Hochschartner Some years ago, I read “North Star,” the autobiography of Peter Camejo, an American socialist. In 1976, Camejo was the Socialist Worker’s Party candidate for president, but drifted away from Trotskyism, eventually finding a home in the Green Party.  He likened himself to a …

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Intersectional Animalism Descends Into Cultism

  By Jon Hochschartner   There was a time, not too long ago, when the animalists who took an intersectional approach were the critical thinkers in the anti-speciesist movement, challenging old dogmas. But recently this intersectionalism seems to have solidified into an unthinking fundamentalism. ‘Intersectionality’ has become the mindless mantra of the day, as ‘abolitionism’ …

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White Privilege in the Animal Rights Movement

Disclaimer: I am writing this piece from the perspective of a white female settler within the animal rights movement. When I refer to the settler population, I am also including myself in those critiques. These ramblings are not an attack on the white settler population, but on the system which allows the continued dominance of …

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Animals shouldn’t take backseat to ‘intersectionality’

By Jon Hochschartner In recent years, there has been a growing emphasis in the animalist movement on ‘intersectionality,’ by which is meant consideration of human issues such as class, gender and race. This is obviously a worthwhile endeavor on its own terms. And simply from a strategic level it’s good in that a more inclusive …

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