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Animal Liberation Front
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An important work for social movement scholars, for those theorizing environmental-social connections, and for those interested in genuine democracy and the movement toward total liberation from socioecological injustices. It is a critical but hopeful work from a scholar dedicated to making such liberation more thinkable. One of the most authentic accounts of the sunless side of what is widely known as ecoterrorism. Justice for the Earth and All Its Animals 3. Anarchism and Anticapitalism: Liberation from Government and Market 4.
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It is comprised of four pillars: an ethic of justice and anti-oppression inclusive of people, nonhuman animals, and ecosystems; anarchism; anticapitalism; and an embrace of direct action tactics. University of Minnesota Press Coming soon. Home Current Catalogs Blog. View Cart Checkout. Search Site only in current section. We are a non-violent guerrilla organisation dedicated to the liberation of animals from all forms of cruelty and persecution at the hands of mankind. Our actions will continue until our aims are achieved. The only liberation raid conducted by the organization caused the targeted farm to close down for fear of a return visit.
However, just six guinea pigs were rescued in this raid.
Arguably, this also served to confirm that these actions had not been planned and undertaken due to any personal animosity against a single individual. The activists successfully completed other direct actions until , when Lee and Goodman and another man, Robin Howard were caught and arrested as they returned to the scene of a break-in. Lee and Goodman, as the leaders of the action, were each given a three-year prison sentence after admitting the charges. During one of his campaigns for vegan rights, he resorted to eating only vegetable protein burgers for three months. They grew more militant, as they viewed purely non-violent political or confrontational politics as having limited value.
The current system and its norms was thus delegitimated in favour of a new ideological and cultural system, which can be characterized as a break from the current political order. Both Lee and Goodman were paroled in after serving 12 months, only one-third of their sentence.
His career as an animal rights revolutionary was over and, whilst he remained a believer in animal rights, carrying out picketing, letter writing and attending demonstrations, he was determined not to break the law by his actions. On his release Lee found that many regarded him as a martyr for being willing to go to prison for his beliefs.
He believed that the best approach by activists was to incorporate hit-and-run tactics and a diffuse cells structure. Any raid carried out would be publicized through the mass media, trying to demonstrate ongoing animal abuse to shock society and to generate support for their cause. The proposed model could also be easily duplicated.
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The organization emphasized direct action as an economic strategy, with the overarching goal of inflicting economic loss on animal enterprises. This money often comes out of their research budget and would be spent on experimentation. A lot of people criticize the fact that damage is done, saying that property is sacred.
I think it is important to point out that damage to property does save animals. We are fighting a major war, defending animals and our very planet from human greed and destruction. Stallwood further maintains:. It was a drastic situation and we needed a drastic course of action. No one was thinking about it, no one was concerned about it, no one knew anything about it.
The illegal activity brought it out and gave it immediate attention … There had been centuries of legal activity that had come to nothing. While the Band of Mercy had focused primarily on the issues of hunting and animal experimentation, the nascent ALF also was concerned over the issue of animals in food production. The ALF documents a world hidden from view.
Photographing and videotaping animals trapped in the most intense states of cruelty provides an immediate ethical challenge to an audience. The ALF communicates a direct sense of warning to all those who participate in animal oppression.
The actions of the ALF resonate in the minds of those who profit from animal abuse. This combined with financial cost can make industries unwilling to defend particularly high-profile animal abusers.
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The actions of the ALF send a message to all who might encounter, or consider taking part in, animal oppression, that they must be aware of the stakes of the issue. The ALF encourages reflection on the part of anyone considering animal experimentation or any other form of exploitation. In , a small number of activists freed over animals from laboratory supply companies. The idea of so-called animal rights terrorism was once an alien concept to most Americans but over the last few decades has increased in both frequency and violence.
She was the architect in establishing numerous ALF cells throughout the USA and personally led numerous raids and provided logistical support for many more. However, others date its first action as December when 12 research dogs were taken from a medical laboratory in Torrance, California.
Several further break-ins occurred with the ALF claiming responsibility for each act. The tapes showed the lab technicians laughing as severe head trauma was inflicted on conscious baboons. While the lab claimed to be following all standards imposed by the National Institute of Health, the public outrage was immense. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
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At a time when France had just liberated its black slaves but the British continued the practice, Bentham stated:. The day may come when the rest of the animal creation may acquire those rights which never could have been withholden from them but by their hand of tyranny. The French have already discovered that the blackness of the skin is no reason why a human being should be abandoned without redress to the caprice of a tormentor.
It may one day come to be recognized that the number of legs, the villosity of the skin, or the termination of the os sacrum are reasons equally insufficient for abandoning a sensitive being to the same fate.