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Battle Of The Beagles

By Nick Cooney 

In case you hadn’t heard, FBI Deputy Assistant Director John Lewis has identified the number one domestic terrorist threat to the U.S. and it’s not radical Muslims. Or right-wing paramilitary types. Or gun-toting pro-lifers. Nope, guess again. It’s animal rights and environmental activists who have never hurt or killed a single person in the U.S. in their 25-year history. 


What they have done is cause millions of dollars in damages and even more in lost profits to the logging, construction, SUV, pharmaceutical, and fur industries—all of which (with the exception of the fur industry) are major lobbying powers in Congress. 

Among the many opportunistic post-9/11 agendas pursued by the outgoing Republican majority is a drastic increase in funds, per- sonnel, and judicial leeway granted to law enforcement agencies like the FBI and the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) for pursuing grassroots animal rights activists. Some cases in point: in 2002, over 100 FBI agents investigated a single animal rights group, Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty USA (SHAC-USA). PATRIOT Act- sanctioned wiretaps of phones and emails of animal activists have become commonplace, as have airport detentions on both domestic and international flights for members of non-profits like Hugs For Puppies and Student Organization for Animal Rights chapters. FBI employees and FBI-backed investigators have engaged in romantic and sexual relationships with activists to try to pry information out of them. Raids on the homes of activists by armed JTTF agents are also a regular occurrence. In November 2006 seven individuals in Santa Monica, California had their homes ransacked by government agents for the “crime” of attending a peaceful demonstration against the POM Juice Company, which funds animal tests. One of these individuals was former child star Pam Ferdin, the voice of Lucy in the classic Peanuts television show. Lucy getting her house raided by the JTTF? It’s enough to make even Snoopy cry. 

But not enough, apparently, for the federal government. In a much-touted case, six volunteers with SHAC-USA were each sentenced in September 2006 to up to six years in federal prison for operating a website and newsletter and organizing protests at the homes of pharmaceutical executives. On November 27, 2006 President Bush signed into law the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA), a bill which labels as terrorists those who engage in sit-ins, civil disobedience, trespass, or any other crime in the name of animal rights. 

To be clear, this bill is not aimed at squeaky clean groups like the Humane Society or even at the controversial People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)— both of which have the financial and legal resources to take on spurious charges. AETA, and the corresponding crackdown, is aimed at grassroots animal activists who lend their weekends and occasional evenings towards speaking out against cruelty to animals. Most have little money, no legal experience, and often belong to informal volunteer organizations. 

The nature of the Bush administration’s war on grassroots animal activists bears similarities to that of the war in Iraq. The first is the use of loaded language and fear- mongering to create an easy to loathe enemy. Iraq was part of an “axis of evil” and supposedly had weapons of mass destruction it planned to use against the U.S. Animal activists are “domestic terrorists” out to end scientific research and attack anyone with a piece of meat on their plate. Second is the violation of the civil liberties of a now-marginalized group. Third, the war against this perceived terror threat is being waged even though a majority of Americans don’t see a need for it and don’t want to pay for it. Ask a dozen people on the street to list their top ten safety concerns and you can be sure “animal rights activists” won’t be making it onto any of those lists. They probably wouldn’t even crack the top 100. 

The final similarity is that the bottom line is corporate profit. The industries targeted by animal activists are wealthy, influential, and, apparently, very vulnerable. Take, for instance, Huntingdon Life Sciences (HL, a major contract animal testing laboratory based in New Jersey and targeted by animal rights groups like SHAC USA after undercover exposes showed a worker punching four-month-old puppies in the face. Focused protest pressure in the U.S. and abroad has left HLS $100 million in debt, kicked off of every stock exchange in the world, and forced to sell all of its property just to stay afloat. Major pharmaceutical companies like Roche, Johnson & Johnson, GlaxoSmithKline, and others have been targeted by activists for contracting experiments at Hunting- don; many have responded by cutting their financial support for HLS. 

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International protest in the UK against Huntingdon Life Sciences &mdashhoto from www.indymedia.org.uk

In light of such activist success, it is no wonder the pharmaceutical industry—like the logging, construction, and auto industries—is clamoring for activists to be stopped. Given their lobbying muscle, it is also no surprise that they have been able to push through prosecutions and legislation that civil liberties groups find draconian and unconstitutional. Yet for all the resources poured into this domestic “war on terrorism” and for all its infringement on the civil liberties of law-abiding animal advocates, does the Bush administration at least have tangible success to point to in an attempt to justify its actions? As in Iraq, the answer is an unequivocal no. 

Grassroots animal activists, though angered and sometimes scared by the increasing government attention to their movement, have nonetheless carried on as before. Groups like the Animal Liberation Front, which engage in illegal direct action by freeing animals or destroying the property of company executives, have, if anything, been inspired to heightened activity by the government’s actions. The year following the indictment of the SHAC USA defendants saw more illegal actions directed against Huntingdon than in any previous year. Just days after the defendants were sentenced in September 2006, ALF members broke into an animal testing lab in Massachusetts and rescued two dozen rabbits. In the weeks after AETA was signed into law, animal activists seem to have intensified grassroots activity as four separate actions, hundreds of freed animals, and hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages were claimed by anonymous activists. 

Still, the breadth of the animal rights underground should not be overstated. The number of illegal actions claimed each year numbers in the dozens, not the hundreds or thousands. And (this bears repeating) no one has ever gotten hurt. Economic damage has been done, but even the most committed activists don’t come close to the financial thievery perpetrated by the companies they target. GlaxoSmith- Kline, for example, bilked the U.S. public out of $7 billion in taxes by under-reporting its profits, according to the IRS. Their punishment? In September they struck a deal to pay $3 billion, or less than half of what they actually owed. In one year this company has done 50 times more economic damage than animal rights activists have done in the past 25 years. 

As in Iraq, the best solution would be to increase the power that the public has to affect issues that concern them—even if that causes financial setbacks for big corporations. After all, isn’t that what democracy is all about? Yet in the U.S., where 86 percent of the public finds the conditions egg-laying hens are kept in to be unacceptable, any bill to end such practices would be summarily shot down by the agriculture lobby—if it was even lucky enough to get introduced. It is no wonder, then, that in the last year activists have repeatedly broken into chicken, turkey, and egg farms to free animals or collect video documentation of conditions. 

Animal activists&mdasherhaps more committed, focused, and willing to sacrifice for their cause than any other grassroots social justice movement today in the U.S.—are not going away. The Bush administration’s response to their issues has been as much a farce and a failure as it has been in the Middle East. 

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For more information on how you can support the campaign to stop the killing at Huntingdon Life Sciences....

Contact Win Animal Rights at: centcom@war-online.org
Call: 646.267.9934 or visit the WAR website at: http://war-online.org

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Posted: May 14, 2007 6:23pm
Apr 6, 2007
Focus: Animal Welfare
Action Request: Protest
Location: Canada
Sorry about this! Meeting place for the The SHAC (Stop Huntington Animal Cruelty) demo against Huntington Life Sciences is in front of the Granville Street Skytrain Station not the art gallery.   The meeting time is at 3pm on Friday April 6th.   

Contact Info: 778-887-SHAC(7422)  or shaccanada@riseup.net

For more information about SHAC, please visit http://www.shac.net/SHAC/global.html


Have a happy easter!

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Posted: Apr 6, 2007 2:31am
Mar 4, 2007
Focus: Animal Welfare
Action Request: Visit - in person
Location: New York, United States
 
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GREEN SCARE:
The Constitutional Cost of Prosecuting Animal Rights
and Environmental Activists as Terrorists

Wed, March 7, 2007, 6 – 8 PM
Brooklyn Law School, Subotnick Center 11th Fl.
250 Joralemon Street,  Brooklyn





Presented by: Brooklyn Law School Chapters of the National Lawyers Guild and Student Animal Legal Defense Fund

DON'T MISS THIS TIMELY PANEL!

Special Guest Speaker: Heidi Boghosian, Executive Director, National Lawyers Guild (NLG)
 
Camille Hankins directs Win Animal Rights (WAR), a New York based grassroots animal rights group, whose primary campaign is to stop the killing at Huntingdon Life Sciences.  Camille uses her 20 years of corporate expertise to effectively influence animal exploitation businesses. She was awarded the "Grassroots Animal Activist – 2006" award and also serves as Press Officer for the North American Animal Liberation Press Office.

Gráinne O'Neill, a 3L at Columbia, has been researching and collecting information on the extent to which the government has been targeting individuals based on political affiliation. Gráinne is currently a leading expert on the Violent Gang and Terrorist Organization File (VGTOF).  She is a member of the Executive Committee of the New York City Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild. 

Will Potter, an award-winning reporter based in Washington, D.C., focuses on how the so-called "War on Terrorism" affects civil liberties. Will has tracked how law makers and corporations have labeled animal rights and environmental activists as "eco-terrorists" and has testified before the U.S. Congress on his reporting.

David Rankin, an attorney in private practice in New York City, is the lead attorney defending Win Animal Rights against Huntingdon Life Sciences, and is currently litigating numerous freedom of information law issues. David is a member of the Executive Committee of the New York City Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild and plays a pivotal role in its Mass Defense Committee.

AND MORE!

Wednesday, March 7, 2007, 6-8 PM
Brooklyn Law School
Subotnick Center, 11th Floor
250 Joralemon Street
 
A reception with vegan food and wine will follow
This event is free and open to the public
 
*Please contact beth.baltimore@brooklaw.edu or jared.goodman@brooklaw.edu for more info*

For more info contact Win Animal Rights at: centcom@war-online.org
Call: 646.267.9934 or visit the WAR website at: http://war-online.org

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Posted: Mar 4, 2007 12:02pm
Feb 25, 2007
Focus: Animal Welfare
Action Request: Boycott
Location: United States
1. New Podcast

2. Animal Agriculture and Global Warming

3. Upcoming Leafleting Opportunities

4. Answers to Last Week's Quiz

5. Christianity and Violence: Parable of the Prodigal Son



1. New Podcast

Check out the latest CVA podcast, recorded 2/18/07:
http://www.all-creatures.org/cva/podcast/index.htm

2. Animal Agriculture and Global Warming

Humans' beef with livestock: a warmer planet

American meat eaters are responsible for 1.5 more tons of carbon dioxide per
person than vegetarians every year.

By Brad Knickerbocker, staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor

As Congress begins to tackle the causes and cures of global warming, the
action focuses on gas-guzzling vehicles and coal-fired power plants, not on
lowly bovines.

 Yet livestock are a major emitter of greenhouse gases that cause climate
change. And as meat becomes a growing mainstay of human diet around the
world, changing what we eat may prove as hard as changing what we drive.

It's not just the well-known and frequently joked-about flatulence and
manure of grass-chewing cattle that's the problem, according to a recent
report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
Land-use changes, especially deforestation to expand pastures and to create
arable land for feed crops, is a big part. So is the use of energy to
produce fertilizers, to run the slaughterhouses and meat-processing plants,
and to pump water.

"Livestock are one of the most significant contributors to today's most
serious environmental problems," Henning Steinfeld, senior author of the
report, said when the FAO findings were released in November.

Livestock are responsible for 18 percent of greenhouse-gas emissions as
measured in carbon dioxide equivalent, reports the FAO. This includes 9
percent of all CO2 emissions, 37 percent of methane, and 65 percent of
nitrous oxide. Altogether, that's more than the emissions caused by
transportation.

The latter two gases are particularly troubling - even though they represent
far smaller concentrations in atmosphere than CO2, which remains the main
global warming culprit. But methane has 23 times the global warming
potential (GWP) of CO2 and nitrous oxide has 296 times the warming potential
of carbon dioxide.

Methane could become a greater problem if the permafrost in northern
latitudes thaws with increasing temperatures, releasing the gas now trapped
below decaying vegetation. What's more certain is that emissions of these
gases can spike as humans consume more livestock products.

As prosperity increased around the world in recent decades, the number of
people eating meat (and the amount one eats every year) has risen steadily.
Between 1970 and 2002, annual per capita meat consumption in developing
countries rose from 11 kilograms (24 lbs.) to 29 kilograms (64 lbs.),
according to the FAO. (In developed countries, the comparable figures were
65 kilos and 80 kilos.) As population increased, total meat consumption in
the developing world grew nearly five-fold over that period.

Beyond that, annual global meat production is projected to more than double
from 229 million tons at the beginning of the decade to 465 million tons in
2050. This makes livestock the fastest growing sector of global agriculture.

Animal-rights activists and those advocating vegetarianism have been quick
to pick up on the implications of the FAO report.

"Arguably the best way to reduce global warming in our lifetimes is to
reduce or eliminate our consumption of animal products," writes Noam Mohr in
a report for EarthSave International.

Changing one's diet can lower greenhouse gas emissions quicker than shifts
away from fossil fuel burning technologies, Mr. Mohr writes, because the
turnover rate for farm animals is shorter than that for cars and power
plants.

"Even if cheap, zero-emission fuel sources were available today, they would
take many years to build and slowly replace the massive infrastructure our
economy depends upon today," he writes. "Similarly, unlike carbon dioxide
which can remain in the air for more than a century, methane cycles out of
the atmosphere in just eight years, so that lower methane emissions quickly
translate to cooling of the earth."

Researchers at the University of Chicago compared the global warming impact
of meat eaters with that of vegetarians and found that the average American
diet - including all food processing steps - results in the annual
production of an extra 1.5 tons of CO2-equivalent (in the form of all
greenhouse gases) compared to a no-meat diet. Researchers Gidon Eshel and
Pamela Martin concluded that dietary changes could make more difference than
trading in a standard sedan for a more efficient hybrid car, which reduces
annual CO2 emissions by roughly one ton a year.

"It doesn't have to be all the way to the extreme end of vegan," says Dr.
Eshel, whose family raised beef cattle in Israel. "If you simply cut down
from two burgers a week to one, you've already made a substantial
difference."

Staff writer Peter Spotts contributed to this report.

Full HTML version of this story which may include photos, graphics, and
related links: http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0220/p03s01-ussc.html



3. Upcoming Leafleting Opportunities

3/4 IA Dubuque TABLE 26th Annual Rural Ministry Conference
3/4 CO Colorado Springs Jeremy Camp Christian Concert

3/9 Ok Tulsa Jeremy Camp Christian Concert
3/9 PA Pittsburgh Gaither Homecoming Tour
3/9 ND Grand Forks Newsboys Go Tour Christian Concert
3/9 AR Rogers Audio Adrenaline Christian Rock Concert
3/10 TX Houston Jeremy Camp Christian Concert
3/10 VA Fairfax Gaithers Homecoming Tour
3/11-12 LA New Orleans Franklin Graham FREE Celebration of Hope Crusade
3/16 IN Indianapolis Gaithers Homecoming Tour
3/16 NY Rochester Worship Revolution Delirious
3/17 OH Dayton Gaithers Homecoming Tour
3/17 NY Utica Worship Revolution Delirious

Contact Paris at christian_vegetarian@yahoo.com if you might be able to help
at one of these events or would like more information about leafleting for
the CVA.



4. Answers to Last Week's Quiz

1. True or False: Peter Singer is the leading animal rights philosopher.
Answer: FALSE.  Peter Singer is a prominent thinker about animal issues, but
he has taken a utilitarian approach and rejects the notion of animal (as
well as human) rights.
2. True or False: Tom Regan has held that a "subject-of-a-life" has a right
not to be used in a harmful manner. Answer: TRUE.  See The Case for Animal
Rights.
3. True or False: Andrew Linzey has held that animal rights are grounded in
"theos-rights", in which we have duties to animals because they belong to
God. Answer: TRUE.  See Animal Theology.
4. True or False: Huntington Life Sciences is responsible for more than 75%
of animal test on household products. Answer: FALSE.  While activists have
targeted Huntington Life Sciences for cruel experiments on animals, it is
responsible for a small percentage of such testing.
5. True or False: Descartes held that the liver was the seat of the soul.
Answer: FALSE.  Descartes believed that the pineal gland in the brain was
the seat of the soul, because he believed that only humans had souls and
only humans had pineal glands.  It turns out that other animals also have
pineal glands, and he may have been wrong about other animals not having
souls, also.
6. True of False: The monster in Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's Frankenstein:
or the modern Prometheus was a vegetarian.  Answer: TRUE.  Tristam Stuart,
author of The Bloodless Revolution: A Cultural History of Vegetarianism from
1600 to Modern Times, writes, "Frankenstein's monster was created with an
unadulterated human nature corrupted only by a hostile human environment.
He started life eating berries and drinking water; he learns to cook offal,
but finally declares that he will live on accords and berries and thus live
a life that is peaceful and human."
7. True or False: Malthus argued that populations grow arithmetically, while
food supplies grow exponentially, resulting in stable populations as long as
there is no outside interference.  Answer: FALSE.  Populations grow
exponentially and food supplies grow arithmetically.  Consequently,
populations invariably outgrow food supplies, resulting to competition for
scarce food resources.
8. True or False: Leo Tolstoy was a lifelong vegetarian.  Answer: FALSE.  He
became a vegetarian in his later years.

Congratulations to Jiri from the Czeck Republic, who had the highest score
and wins a copy of the book!



5. Christianity and Violence: Parable of the Prodigal Son

[This series reflects my views and not "official" CVA positions.  It is
being archived at http://www.christianveg.org/violence_view.htm.]

    From a Girardian perspective, the parable of the prodigal son (Luke
15:11-32) encourages forgiveness, even to the point of allowing oneself to
be a victim of scapegoating.  The story begins with the younger son asking
for his inheritance.  The father divides his "living" (15:12), which
describes the property that is the source of his livelihood, between his two
sons.  The elder son's lack of objection suggests that he, too, does not
care whether his father lives.  Both sons regard their father's property
(his "living") as their own possessions.  Later, the older brother would
find no room in his heart to forgive the sins of his younger brother.
Instead, he would be self-centered, self-righteous, and judgmental,
reflecting his narcissism, arrogance, and sense of entitlement.

    The prodigal son takes his inheritance and squanders it.  When he
returns humiliated and destitute, his father does not condemn him.  Rather,
the father runs to the son, embraces him, and welcomes him back to the
family with a grand party.  Conventionally, fathers were expected to walk
slowly and erect, and sons were to approach fathers with deference.
However, the father's behavior conveys love and forgiveness.

    The father also lovingly forgives his elder son, who had just berated
the father for welcoming back the prodigal son.  The father gently explains
the rationale for celebrating the younger son's return and reminds the older
son, "all that is mine is yours."  By forgiving both sons, the father offers
the possibility of familial reconciliation that could not happen if the
father were judgmental and punitive.

In ancient Hebrew culture, fathers generally asserted their patriarchal
authority and demanded respect for their social position.  However, using
one's power and position to enforce obedience and deference does not
generate loving personal relationships.  Loving personal relationships
require mutual respect as individuals, not respect based on social standing.
Social standing is grounded in the scapegoating process, while loving
personal relationships are unrelated to victimization.  Presumably, the
sons, as all young children, had once loved their father, and the father's
showing love for his wayward sons was the only way he could reestablish a
loving relationship with them.

Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D.



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Posted: Feb 25, 2007 10:10am
Feb 24, 2007
Focus: Animal Welfare
Action Request: Protest
Location: New York, United States
 
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REMINDER:


Sunday, 2-25-07 at 2:00 PM
Protest Huntingdon Life Sciences...



....for the 500 animals, like these beagles,
 killed there every single day


Join Win Animal Rights as we continue the campaign to stop the killing at the notorious animal testing labs at Huntingdon Life Sciences (HL. HLS is a company whose primary business is death and suffering.  500 animals are killed there every day. They are poisoned, they are cut and burned, they have limbs broken and in the picture above, they have toxic gases pumped into their lungs. On top of that, they have to endure the cruelty of sadistic technicians who have been proven, in undercover investigations, to abuse and torture the animals in their care.

Date/Time: Sunday, February 25, 2007 at 2:00 PM
  Place: 279 Central Park W. (88 St.) - New York City
  Home of: Andrew Baker, Chief Puppy Killer of HLS

After the Demos: Join us for a letter writing and arts party
Time: 6:00 PM, Location: Brooklyn
Call or write for details
****Feel free to bring your own letter writing supplies and a food snack to share****

Weather Advisory:  It is going to be very cold with a chance of rain or light snow in the later part of the afternoon. Please dress for the weather.....don't forget hats, gloves, scarves, etc. Being warm/comfortable will help you to fight harder and longer.

Important: At 3:00 PM we will leave this location to visit the homes of key executives of  primary HLS customers and officials of the New York Stock Exchange. Dress warm and wear comfortable walking shoes. Future Baker protests will occur regularly on the last Sunday of every month.

Following are some descriptive comments about dogs who were part of the inhalation experiments that took place at Huntingdon Life Sciences in 2003. All of this was to test a compound called HCFC 22 which has been banned for many years. We encourage you to read the entire report, which you can find on the SHAC website:

http://www.shac.net/ACTION/newsletters/hcfc22.pdf
"Dog number 1185 trembling struggling...trembling nervous, 1181 pulling back in sling, struggling...1179 severe head tremors and whole body shaking...1187 closing of eyes, drooping of head, head supported by sling, slow deep breathing, staggering in sling, semi consciousness...1183 shaking of head, unconsciousness....1173 closing of eyes, hindlimbs splayed, unresponsiveness to stimuli."
Such is the life of an animal enslaved by Huntingdon Life Sciences.  When making your plans, please consider that there are 70,000 animals trapped inside of Huntingdon Life Sciences right now.  Some are violently ill while others pace their cold steel cages and dank concrete pens waiting to be poisoned or mutilated for toothpaste or some new chemical or food additive.  You are their only hope. Please, please stop whatever you are doing and make plans to join us on Sunday at the home of HLS CEO Andrew Baker.  If you cannot join us, you can contact Andrew Baker and/or HLS at:                  

Andrew Baker
279 Central Park West, 14-D
New York, NY 10024

Huntingdon Life Sciences
PO Box 2360
Mettlers Road
East Millstone,  NJ 08875-2360
Tel: 1.732.873.2550
Fax: 1.732.873.8513
Email: sales@princeton.huntingdon.com

In the United Kingdom, you can reach them at:

Huntingdon Life Sciences
Woolley Road
Alconbury
Huntingdon
Cambridgeshire
PE28 4HS
UK
Tel: 01480 892 000
Fax: 01480 892 205
E-mail: sales@ukorg.huntingdon.com


Huntingdon Life Sciences
Andrew Baker
279 Central Park West, 14-D
New York, NY 10024
Barric Lane
Occold
Suffolk
IP23 7PX
UK
Tel: 01379 644 122
Fax: 01379 678 034
Email: sales@ukorg.huntingdon.com

Please keep all correspondence with Mr. Baker and/or Huntingdon Life Sciences polite and informative.

For more info contact Win Animal Rights at: centcom@war-online.org
Call: 646.267.9934 or visit the WAR website at: http://war-online.org

W.A.R. (WIN ANIMAL RIGHT is an independent non-profit organization not affiliated or associated with SHAC, SHAC USA or any other group or organization and does not conduct or incite any illegal activity. The above information is not meant to incite or request any illegal actions or illegal activities of any kind.  If you have any questions about the legality of any act, we encourage everyone receiving this (or the) action alert(s) to check your local laws and ordinances before proceeding to do anything.
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Feb 24, 2007
Focus: Animal Welfare
Action Request: Protest
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Dec 19, 2006
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Operation: 12 Days of Xmas '06

    

Day 3: Arm an Activist for Xmas

Do you have an animal or earth liberation activist on your Xmas list?   Our enemies have almost limitless resources at their disposal, while we are under equipped and operate on shoestring budgets.  It is time to start arming our activists.  Following, are some gift suggestions for that special compassionate friend or family member in your life.  Our gift list last year was so well received that we thought we would just reprint it this year with some timely additions.

Gifts that keep on giving:

  •         Balaclava/Ski Mask
  •         Disposable Latex Gloves
  •         Spray Paint or Spray Chalk
  •         Monkey Wrench, Crow Bar, Bolt Cutters, Glass Cutter, Sledge Hammer, Ax (tools good for natural disaster rescue)
  •         Lock Pics (just in case you get locked out of your car or home)
  •         Heavy Duty/Waterproof Flashlight
  •         Cameras: Digital Camera, Video Camera, Buttonhole Spy Cameras
  •         Night Vision Goggles
  •         Personal Alarm Devices, Air Horns, Bullhorn (for waking up sleepy puppy killers)
  •         Clothing: Black Hoodie, Black Pants, Black Boots, Black Shirts (anything black will do)
  •         For the city activist in your life we recommend urban camouflage
  •         Gym membership  (physical fitness is so important)
  •         Martial Arts Training Gift Certificates (be able to defend yourself, especially useful in correctional facilities)
  •         Home Depot Gift Cards
  •         Disposable Pre-Paid Cell Phone
  •         Phone Cards (domestic & international)
  •         Digital Camera or Camcorder
       
For the Hunt Saboteur in your life:

  •         Camouflage Clothing
  •         Blaze Orange
  •         Hunting Knife (big enough to penetrate steel belted radials)
  •         Thermal Underwear (also useful for long protests in cold weather)
  •         Hand & Toe Warmers
  •         Vegan Hiking Boots
  •         Hip waders (also good for hurricane and natural disaster rescue efforts)
  •         Quality set of Two Way Radios
  •         Binoculars (good enough to read the label on a hunter's Jack Daniels flask)
  •         Compass
  •         Thermos Bottle and Airtight Food Containers
  •         Backpack
  •         Kevlar Bulletproof Vest (yes, you can find these if you look)
  •         Camping Gear - Tent, sleeping bag, field mess kit
  •         Trail Markers
  •         *Rifle, shotgun, pistol, pellet gun or whatever
*Note:  Please keep in mind that WAR recommends only legal actions (see disclaimer at the end of this e-mail).  This last item was included on our holiday gift list because in some areas the sale of firearms is not restricted.  In the case of hunt sabbers, a weapon will allow you to blend in and not stand out.  Remember the hunting fields are teaming with armed and dangerous assailants.  It is best that you not be easily identifiable as an activist.

Magazine Subscriptions:

Animals Voice Magazine: (it is back and it is beautifully done.....truly inspirational)
http://animalsvoice.com/PAGES/magazine.html

Arkangel for Animal Liberation
http://www.arkangelweb.org/subspaper.php

Bite Back Magazine:
http://www.directaction.info/magazine.htm

EarthFirst Journal:
http://www.earthfirstjournal.org/efj/subscribe.html

Videos/DVDs

Animal Liberation: History in the Making by Compassion Media
http://www.rootsofcompassion.org/newshop/catalog/index.php?cPath=33

SHAC Videos: Time for Action 1, 2 and 3 and SHAC USA's Strikeback
http://www.shac.net/MERCHANDISE/merchandisehtmls/videos.html

***while shopping at either Roots of Compassion or SHAC check out their t-shirts, hoodies and other vegan goodies***

Behind the Mask by Uncaged Films
http://uncagedfilms.com/

Open Season by Sony Pictures
http://www.sonypictures.com/movies/openseason/

The Constant Gardener by Focus Features
http://www.theconstantgardener.com/

An Inconvenient Truth
http://www.climatecrisis.net/

Books:

Igniting a Revolution: Voices in Defense of the Earth, Steve Best and Anthony Nocella
http://www.akpress.org/2006/items/ignitingarevolutionak

Lab 257: The Disturbing Story of the Government's Secret Plum Island Laboratory by Michael Christopher Carroll
Available from Win Animal Rights, e-mail: centcom@war-online.org

The Monkey Wrench Gang (a timeless classic) by Edward Abbey
http://www.abbeyweb.net/books/ea/monkey_wrench.html

Rage and Reason by Michael Tobias (fiction)
http://www.akpress.org/1997/items/rageandreason


Recipes for Disaster by CrimethInc, 2004
http://www.crimethinc.com/a/cookbook/index.html

Seal Wars by Paul Watson
http://store.estreet.com/seashepherd/StoreFront.bok

Slaughter of the Innocents by Hans Ruesch
http://www.slingshotpublications.com/slaughter.htm


Terrorists or Freedom Fighters: Reflections on the Liberation of Animals - Steven Best & Anthony Nocella, 2004
http://www.lanternbooks.com/detail.html?id=159056054x




For more info contact: Win Animal Rights/W.A.R. at: ">centcom@war-online.org
  or check out the WAR website at: http://war-online.org



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W.A.R. (WIN ANIMAL RIGHT is an independent non-profit organization not affiliated or associated with SHAC, SHAC USA or any other group or organization and does not conduct or incite any illegal activity. The above information is not meant to incite or request any illegal actions or illegal activities of any kind.  If you have any questions about the legality of any act, we encourage everyone receiving this (or the) action alert(s) to check your local laws and ordinances before proceeding to do anything.

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Operation: 12 Days of Xmas '06




Day 1: Merry Messages for Murderers

To kick off our 1st Day of Xmas, we turn to the words of imprisoned SHAC activist, Natasha Avery, for an inspirational call to action:
"Thank you for all of your incredible support, all the more moving when it comes from all of you out there free and fighting the abusers all over the world.  To hear that you will fight for the animals even harder because your comrades are imprisoned is all that any of us in jail want to hear and it means we can use our time away profitably for animal liberation.

Now is not the time for apathy. Now is not the time for excuses. Now is not the time for doing the police's job for them. Now is the time for action.

HLS is the worst kind of evil, evil that masquerades as good.  HLS is conspiracy to murder, on a vast unimaginable scale. 70,000 animals trapped inside there, 500 animals killed a day. Just numbers until you stand outside those gates as I did in the weeks before being sent to jail, and then as you see the murderers driving out, laughing at their crimes, you feel pure evil, tangible; you see it in the workers faces, you feel the millions of of animals they have coldly callously murdered crying out for justice, and you feel the animals trapped inside HLS calling out for freedom. 

It was my privilege to demonstrate at HLS with a 16 year old activist from Italy, and to stand beside her as she screamed in pure rage and hatred at the murderers driving home, with tears pouring down her face at the horror of it all.

We all need to feel that rage, we all need to feel that anger and we all need to act on it. Every movement and every struggle throughout history has achieved victory through total commitment, total devotion and total sacrifice, and our movement is no different to the great struggles for justice in the past.

Animal rights is not a hobby, not a past-time. It is a struggle with life on one side and death on the other, and the outcome depends on every single one of us.  Millions of lives, innocent, helpless, terrified lives, depend on our actions, and our actions only, to win victory and achieve their liberation.

We all need to fight for the animals with all our heart and soul, as if our own lives depended on it. They deserve nothing else. They wait for us to act, trapped in their prisons, in filthy sheds, tiny cages, caught in nets, driven into lorries and taken away to be murdered in slaughterhouses, skinned alive for their fur.

Every day we fail to act, every action we fail to take is a betrayal to those we claim to hold most dear.  Who among us can honestly say that there isn't a hell of a lot more we could do to achieve animal liberation? Not a single one of us.

So make those calls, send those e-mails, get out on demos. Act and act now. There is not a second to lose. The animals are counting on us. The animals await their liberation. The rest is up to each and every single one of us.

For animal liberation

Natasha Avery
(Originally published in Bite Back Magazine # 11....Natasha's prison address will be published in tomorrow's alert)

With these words in mind, consider sending a Merry Xmas message to the murderers at Huntingdon Life Sciences.

Following contact information provided by Huntingdon Life Sciences: http://www.huntingdon.com/contact/contact.php?currentNumber=0&currentIsExpanded=0

Huntingdon Life Sciences
PO Box 2360
Mettlers Road
East Millstone,  NJ 08875-2360
Tel: 1.732.873.2550
Fax: 1.732.873.8513
Email: sales@princeton.huntingdon.com

In the United Kingdom, you can reach them at:

Huntingdon Life Sciences
Woolley Road
Alconbury
Huntingdon
Cambridgeshire
PE28 4HS
UK
Tel: 01480 892 000
Fax: 01480 892 205
E-mail: sales@ukorg.huntingdon.com


Huntingdon Life Sciences
Barric Lane
Occold
Suffolk
IP23 7PX
UK
Tel: 01379 644 122
Fax: 01379 678 034
Email: sales@ukorg.huntingdon.com
As always, please keep all correspondence polite and educational.  Pictures are a great way to educate the public about the horrors of animal testing and vivisection.



For more info contact Win Animal Rights at: centcom@war-online.org
Call: 646.267.9934 or visit the WAR website at: http://war-online.org



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W.A.R. (WIN ANIMAL RIGHT is an independent non-profit organization not affiliated or associated with SHAC, SHAC USA or any other group or organization and does not conduct or incite any illegal activity. The above information is not meant to incite or request any illegal actions or illegal activities of any kind.  If you have any questions about the legality of any act, we encourage everyone receiving this (or the) action alert(s) to check your local laws and ordinances before proceeding to do anything.

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*****Cross Post Freely*****

Operation: 12 Days of Xmas '06




Day 1: Merry Messages for Murderers

To kick off our 1st Day of Xmas, we turn to the words of imprisoned SHAC activist, Natasha Avery, for an inspirational call to action:
"Thank you for all of your incredible support, all the more moving when it comes from all of you out there free and fighting the abusers all over the world.  To hear that you will fight for the animals even harder because your comrades are imprisoned is all that any of us in jail want to hear and it means we can use our time away profitably for animal liberation.

Now is not the time for apathy. Now is not the time for excuses. Now is not the time for doing the police's job for them. Now is the time for action.

HLS is the worst kind of evil, evil that masquerades as good.  HLS is conspiracy to murder, on a vast unimaginable scale. 70,000 animals trapped inside there, 500 animals killed a day. Just numbers until you stand outside those gates as I did in the weeks before being sent to jail, and then as you see the murderers driving out, laughing at their crimes, you feel pure evil, tangible; you see it in the workers faces, you feel the millions of of animals they have coldly callously murdered crying out for justice, and you feel the animals trapped inside HLS calling out for freedom. 

It was my privilege to demonstrate at HLS with a 16 year old activist from Italy, and to stand beside her as she screamed in pure rage and hatred at the murderers driving home, with tears pouring down her face at the horror of it all.

We all need to feel that rage, we all need to feel that anger and we all need to act on it. Every movement and every struggle throughout history has achieved victory through total commitment, total devotion and total sacrifice, and our movement is no different to the great struggles for justice in the past.

Animal rights is not a hobby, not a past-time. It is a struggle with life on one side and death on the other, and the outcome depends on every single one of us.  Millions of lives, innocent, helpless, terrified lives, depend on our actions, and our actions only, to win victory and achieve their liberation.

We all need to fight for the animals with all our heart and soul, as if our own lives depended on it. They deserve nothing else. They wait for us to act, trapped in their prisons, in filthy sheds, tiny cages, caught in nets, driven into lorries and taken away to be murdered in slaughterhouses, skinned alive for their fur.

Every day we fail to act, every action we fail to take is a betrayal to those we claim to hold most dear.  Who among us can honestly say that there isn't a hell of a lot more we could do to achieve animal liberation? Not a single one of us.

So make those calls, send those e-mails, get out on demos. Act and act now. There is not a second to lose. The animals are counting on us. The animals await their liberation. The rest is up to each and every single one of us.

For animal liberation

Natasha Avery
(Originally published in Bite Back Magazine # 11....Natasha's prison address will be published in tomorrow's alert)

With these words in mind, consider sending a Merry Xmas message to the murderers at Huntingdon Life Sciences.

Following contact information provided by Huntingdon Life Sciences: http://www.huntingdon.com/contact/contact.php?currentNumber=0&currentIsExpanded=0

Huntingdon Life Sciences
PO Box 2360
Mettlers Road
East Millstone,  NJ 08875-2360
Tel: 1.732.873.2550
Fax: 1.732.873.8513
Email: sales@princeton.huntingdon.com

In the United Kingdom, you can reach them at:

Huntingdon Life Sciences
Woolley Road
Alconbury
Huntingdon
Cambridgeshire
PE28 4HS
UK
Tel: 01480 892 000
Fax: 01480 892 205
E-mail: sales@ukorg.huntingdon.com


Huntingdon Life Sciences
Barric Lane
Occold
Suffolk
IP23 7PX
UK
Tel: 01379 644 122
Fax: 01379 678 034
Email: sales@ukorg.huntingdon.com
As always, please keep all correspondence polite and educational.  Pictures are a great way to educate the public about the horrors of animal testing and vivisection.



For more info contact Win Animal Rights at: centcom@war-online.org
Call: 646.267.9934 or visit the WAR website at: http://war-online.org



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HLS EXPOSED FOR THE SIXTH TIME - WORKERS REVEAL THE TRUTH INSIDE HLS
Download report in PDF format:
http://www.shac.net/ACTION/newsletters/Inside_HLS.pdf
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