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.