In Gary Yourofsky’s words, “look at this from the animals’ point of view.”
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Editorial Note: NIO moved away from the ideology of Total Liberation in 2012, embracing a Non-Humans First approach to Animal Liberation which recognizes that all oppressed human animals still exercise and enjoy a birthright of privilege over non-human animals. However, we value the working alliances we’ve established over the years with anarchist contingents and other social justice activists. And, therefore, this site will remain an open forum where true revolutionaries may challenge one another’s ideas while building and solidifying our own culture of resistance. We thank our colleagues at Vegan Warfare for this powerful and thoughtful analysis.
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 in the streets. Big colorful signs, petition signing, banner drops, and other tactics were deployed to disrupt the normalcy of routine non-human animal exploitation. Many of these tactics served to spread awareness of slaughterhouse atrocities in hopes of generating sympathy and agricultural reform. Overtime as more and more people began to acknowledge and speak out against non-human animal exploitation, tactics, ideas, and even other movements began to evolve.
No other individual has created a one-person vegan revolution, ripping the blinders off of meateaters one by one, and forcing them to confront their own complicity in a global holocaust. I saw statistics today that only 2% of the population is veg*n, 8% are former veg*ns, and 88% of the population was never either vegan or vegetarian. So I guess I’m wondering why so many of the alleged “educators” in our movement only make appearances at conferences and potlucks to soak up their weak accolades from the already-converted. I’m proud to debut his new lecture recorded last month in Michigan. -Camille
After monks went on a hunger strike to push for a citywide ban on animal slaughter, the local government declared Palitana a meat-free zone. But the city’s Muslims are not happy.
Jainism is one of the oldest religions in the world and preaches a path of non-violence towards all living beings. In India, about 5 million people practice it.
“Everyone in this world — whether animal or human being or a very small creature — has all been given the right to live by God,” says Virat Sagar Maharaj, a Jain monk. “So who are we to take away that right from them? This has been written in the holy books of every religion, particularly in Jainism.”
“Look at all the people throughout history that everyone admires collectively. From Nelson Mandela and Rosa Parks and Dr. King and Ghandi, all sentenced to prison, all radical lawbreakers. When you try to bring peace and justice to the oppressed, you are labeled a terrorist, you are imprisoned… or you’re assassinated.”
Most animal activists are not vegan. Most aren’t even vegetarian. Vegans are a tiny fraction of the population. We have almost no political or social impact. The only reason for being vegan is to pacify our own consciences, and to save the amount of one person’s consumption of dead animals.
We do not make much of a ripple in the floodtide of demand for animal corpses.
Source: Social Responsibility Agricultural Project
“A confined animal feeding operation is moving into your area, or worse yet, already exists near you, and you aren’t sure whatyou can do to protect your family’s health and wellbeing. Guide to Confronting a Factory Farm has been created to help you understand how factory farms operate and to assist you in organizing your community to prevent the problems caused by these facilities. We’ve included tips on what you need to know, where to find this information, and how to use this information to successfully protect your community.
When you drive through Fort McCoy, there are acres and acres of sprawling woodlands with some houses and churches interspersed on cleared tracts of land. It is in this quiet and bucolic setting that Frank Stronach has purchased 68,000 acres, at least 30,000 in this area, to operate a mega self-contained concentration camp to imprison thousands of cows. It will have its own shipping, packing, cooking, pet food & rendering plants, and, of course, a slaughterhouse. The roads are littered with logging trucks clearing trees from land that is hidden away far from the streets. While there is still legal wrangling in the courts to stop Sleepy Creek Farms LLC, formerly Adena, from gaining water rights, the multi-billionaire at the helm appears to have largely circumvented the issue.
This hidden slaughterhouse is to begin “test runs” in November!
19798 NE Highway 315
Fort McCoy, FL 32134
This is the entrance to the new Sleepy Creek/Edena Slaughterhouse. We believe the actual building is about 100 to 200 yards behind this gate and off to the left. To go beyond this point, one would need to take care of the security cameras first (see below). It is very possible that Frank Stronach has a home somewhere on this newly-paved and well-manicured piece of land.
For years now, I’ve been stressing that we need to focus on one issue at a time, complete it successfully, and then move on to the next. We are up against a machine that dispatches animals to a global holocaust with ruthless efficiency. Their sole agenda is profits. And whether they like or dislike those with whom they work is irrelevant; they have a job to do. For a start, this is the mentality we must adopt.
Further, we cannot afford to be dilettantes, protesting greyhound races one week, a traveling circus the next, or, my own personal pet peeve, demonstrating against dog meet in Korea… that is, unless you’re actually in Korea!!! When we post pictures of our unorganized and scattered efforts on Facebook, smiling behind our pretty signs that we wave at passing traffic, I can only imagine that industrial abusers are sitting back laughing at us in proportion to the degree I am slumping back in my chair cringing.
This is not to say that these issues are unimportant. Every animal who suffers at the hands of our species matters and our hearts ache every single time we witness another atrocity. But we cannot act on emotion. We need to emulate the enemy to successfully conquer the enemy. If we want to save them all, we need to be strategic, educated, and act intelligently. We need to reap the greatest possible return from our less-than-overwhelming resources. This means that we need to study campaigns, understand what does and does not work, and allow our approaches to evolve accordingly.
Frank Stronach, an 81-year old Australian-Canadian billionaire, appears intent upon making central Florida the slaughterhouse capital of the country. Several years ago, he purchased 30,000 acres in Ocala and Adena Farms was born. According to Beef Magazine, “Stronach is taking the cattle business back to its rangeland roots, and aims to tap into growing demand for grass-fed beef” by combining beef feedlots, slaughter, meatpacking, sales and distribution. Adena had initially requested an allocation of 13 million gallons of water a day to support the massive concentration camp. This operation was successfully halted in 2011, the water-pumping permit being delayed nearly 2 years, because it would threaten the Florida Aquifer and nearby Silver Springs. Undeterred, Stronach has been working feverishly to circumvent the impediments to his profits and in 2014 this insidious massive slaughterhouse project is once again on the table.