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by Walter Bond
Whenever we the human race set about oppressing another group from within or from outside our own species the justifications we use are not only similar in design but often times exact verbatim. There is a fairly intricate pathology to how we determine the otherness of different groups. Unfortunately, it is far too complex for the scope of this slim essay. However, I would like to highlight a couple prime examples that I have come across in my years as an activist for the liberation of Animals and the Earth, as well as my experience as a political prisoner because of that fight.
February 11, 2014 is the 3rd anniversary of Walter Bond’s sentencing for the Animal Liberation Front Lone Wolf arson attack on the Sheepskin Factory. An FBI sting operation carried out with the assistance of Walter’s brother, Trapper Zuehlke, resulted in his arrest in a suburb of Denver on July 22, 2010. Walter was held in the Jefferson County Detention Center, in Golden Colorado while awaiting court and for about 2 months after sentencing, before he was transferred for “processing” to Oklahoma City Federal Transfer Center, then on to a private facility utilized by the Bureau of Prisons, called Nevada Southern Detention Center for a few weeks, and finally placed into Davis County Jail in a suburb of Salt Lake City, Nevada, to await court for additional federal charges.
Before being sentenced by Judge Christine Arguello, Walter Bond made this statement in court:
by Walter Bond
According to the Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary 11th edition the definition of the word “compassion” is: “Sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it”. Very well, by the definition thus given we see right off the bat that compassion is more than just a feeling, or a pretentious connection with others’ pain. It is far more than a buzzword to be bandied about in the name of a cause.
On Sunday, February 16 at 12 pm, Camille Marino will return to the Kevin Storm Show. After being the target of a relentless campaign of police intimidation and harassment orchestrated by the University of Florida over the last 2 years which includes 6 arrests, 1 raid on her home, and 8 months in jail, her probation was finally terminated on January 17. She is the founder of Negotiation Is Over, the co-founder of Eleventh Hour for Animals, and the most notorious anti-vivisection/animal liberation activists in the country.
“We torture and kill two billion sentient living beings every week. 10,000 entire species are wiped out every year because of the actions of one, and we are now facing the sixth mass extinction in cosmological history.”
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We all suffer from the human condition. Therefore, speciesism is to a certain extent definitional of what it means to be human. Still as Animal Liberation activists, Vegans, and Earth defenders any steps forward we can take to recognize and uproot our own personal biases towards all life outside of the human world is a positive step to take. Our belief in our species supremacy is far larger than any other prejudice we harbor. It’s worth noting that even in our day to day speech we use so many derogatory terms for Animals that we eat but when it comes to wild and predatory Animals we like to pretend we are kindred souls (so says the ALF ‘Lone Wolf’). A gluttonous person may be referred to as a Pig, while a strong man may be equated with a Bear. A person of ill repute may be considered a low down dirty dog, while a courageous person is said to be lionhearted. There are so many of these negative connotations related to ‘food’ and ‘pet’ Animals and so many of these grand ones ascribed to wild predatory Animals that our supremacist mentality even bleeds through in our speech. Deep down we human beings view ourselves as the most fearsome and cunning predator, the most majestic of creatures. Unfortunately the actual evidence points more towards a scavenger and parasite among all other sentient life. We are a most successful cancer.
What is a culture of resistance and why is building one important for the future of the animal liberation movement?
For starters, let’s define how a culture of resistance might function…
It is simply a truism that the movement for the total liberation of non-human animals from human oppression and exploitation is profoundly subversive. Our movement proposes a fundamental re-ordering of the relations that have existed between humans and the world’s animal nations. Entire industrial/business sectors of the world economy are based wholly and directly in animal exploitation. In order for the animal liberation movement to realize final victory these massive economic structures, as well as the powerful interests who are their beneficiaries and protectors, must be overthrown.