Category: Essays

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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Does saving an animal’s life make you a good Samaritan or a terrorist?

by Natasha Lennard Let’s do a thought experiment. You’re walking down the street on a sweltering summer’s day and you pass a car in which a dog is trapped. The animal is visibly suffering in the heat, panting, and collapsing; it seems close to death. You know you can easily free the dog by forcing …

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The Destiny of Activism is to Innovate Protest

Attracting millions of people to the streets no longer guarantees the success of a protest, says Micah White, 33, the cocreator of Occupy Wall Street. “Occupy was a perfect example of a social movement that should have worked according to the dominant theories of protest and activism. And yet, it failed,” says Micah in an interview …

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Why You Can’t Bomb Your Way To Peace – Poem by Marius Mason

Why You Can’t Bomb Your Way To Peace Imagine A steel-walled room, enclosed and full Of children playing, grandmothers and the wash and angry young men with an ax to grind. Oh yes, and a single shooter. The loaded pistol raised, What moral authority will pull the trigger? And if it does, if judgment issues …

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Unconditional Anti-Oppression: The Rise of Anti-Speciesism in the Anarchist Movement

Unconditional Anti-Oppression: The Rise of Anti-Speciesism in the Anarchist Movement Negotiation is over. Moving beyond liberal veganism. About 40 years ago animal rights was a concept promoted and activated by determined individuals, passionate about expanding their sphere of compassion. Not only did many of these animal rights activists go vegan but they also took action …

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