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Great Animal Rights event in town!

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So we’re back on track! We’ll be showing an inspiring film in town (again!), discussing serious stuff, eating yummy vegan food and partying wild. All In One! I’m gonna turn into DJ again and will be playing a lot of good tunes too!

The Movie Bold Native is coming back to Dublin on the 4th Aug for another screening by ALiberation. Also Animal Rights activists will hold a Q&A session along with delicious vegan food and an afterparty run by DJ Mister Kruk.

Bold Native

Bold Native is a fiction feature film. Charlie Cranehill, an animal liberator wanted by the United States government for domestic terrorism, emerges from the underground to coordinate a nationwide action as his estranged CEO father tries to find him before the FBI does. The film simultaneously follows a young woman who works for an animal welfare organization fighting within the system to establish more humane treatment of farmed animals. From abolitionists to welfarists, Bold Native takes on the issue of modern animal use and exploitation from several angles within the context of a road movie adventure story.

After 3 successful screenings in Ireland, ALiberation will be showing this amazing movie again. This time AR activists will host a Q & A afterwards via Skype about their involvement in the Animal Rights movement. This will be followed by delicious vegan food and an after-party that will take us into the early hours.

DJ Mister Kruk will be playing lots of political, vegan and environmental tunes! From riotous Atari Teenage Riot & Comrade Malone to the superb Irie Revoltes & Dead Prez.

Speakers to be announced shortly!

Please RSVP by sending an email to aliberationnow@gmail.com or on Facebook.

Also please forward this post and our Facebook event page far and wide.

Please note this event is alcohol & drugs free.

RSVP: Email to aliberationnow@gmail.com
Where: Exchange Dublin, Exchange Street Upper, Templebar, Dublin 2
Time: 7pm
When: 4th August, Saturday
Price: €5
Contact: Aliberation, aliberationnow@gmail.com or post a comment here

Activism is not a party

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It is worth to remember what is activism. Especially when we see increase of activists. The problem is they’re more interested in fun. Well, to be honest activism is not a fun. It is often hard work, risk and fatigue. Often a series of major failures and small victories. In many cases, activism means many sacrifices and inconveniences: makes you broke, you don’t have time for yourself or you’re living on the edge of repression. In other words it’s not a party!

I think everyone likes concerts, parties and meeting friends. But let’s straight it out here: we need actions. It’s nice if you come to Vegan Cafe and have a great evening. It’s nice if you go to solidarity gig and pay five quid to help antifascists in prisons. But let’s be honest, you don’t need to go to concert to support other folks. It’s fun for you but it’s not activism unless you organise it.

So we’ve got a number of people who attend gigs, parties and they reckon they do a great job. I mean, I’m far from criticizing anyone who likes fun. Fun is not bad. We should however realize that the struggle against capitalism or the exploitation of animals is another matter. This requires a particular attitude and the dedicated people instead of party people. Of course, conformity, or rather the consumption of alternative lifestyle visible among many activists is not surprising. The specificity of the current consumer system affects activists in all fields. We’re all indoctrinated by corporate propaganda.

But at the end of day someone has to do the job. There are hundreds of important things that should be done straight away. But they’re not really fun. They may be boring, tiring or even frustrating. However, when we see hundreds of smiling people at the parties, we only see a few of them during real actions. That’s not right.

So hey, you want to change the world? You want human and animal liberation? Get involved and work hard! But if you’re looking for something different, there are many ways to have fun or expressing yourself. Otherwise you just distract those who do the job and might count on you.

Written by Kruk

July 10, 2011 at 11:57 am

The Future for Animals in Ireland 2011

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There will be a great conference on Animal Rights in Ireland soon! It’s all about sharing experience, reporting on progress, networking, and “recharging our batteries.” It brings our movement together under the banner of animal liberation from all forms of human oppression. We discuss and confront the terror perpetrated every day against billions of innocent, sentient nonhuman animals.

SPEAKERS:

DR. Jery Vlasak

The Abolitionist Struggle and Fight for the Freedom for Animals. Rebuilding the Abolitionist Revolution.

Dr. Roger Yates
Why People Protest and Take Direct Action – and Why They Must.

Greg Kelly
Why would a Rational Human Being Eat Meat?

Ed Long
The Campaign Against Fur in Ireland. What now?

Bernie Barrett
Problems faced by Irish Badgers.

A PANEL WILL ANSWER QUESTIONS WHEN TALKS CONCLUDE.

Jerry Vlasak USA (born circa 1958 in Austin, Texas) is an American trauma surgeon and animal rights activist. He is a press officer for the North American Animal Liberation Press Office, a former director of the Animal Defense League of Los Angeles, and an advisor to SPEAK, the Voice for the Animals.

Roger Yates is a lecturer in sociology at University College Dublin and the University of Wales, specializing in animal rights and social movements. He is a former Animal Liberation Front (ALF) press officer, and a co-founder of a number of “Action Groups” opposing various industries that exploit nonhuman animals. He is currently involved in Vegan Ireland, the vegan society of Ireland.

Greg Kelly. USA – is a renowned grassroots animal rights activist and inspirational abolitionist speaker – has been to demos in almost a dozen countries as well as all over the United States. He was first known for his work in NYC, helping to bring Huntingdon Life Sciences (vivisection laboratories) to its knees when they were kicked off the New York Stock Exchange. Since then Greg has helped many activist groups and strives towards total liberation. He is now the President of the newly founded Band Of Mercy in North America.

Ed Long – grassroots activist in Ireland, organiser for ALiberation, a Dublin based animal rights group, and committee member of Vegan Ireland.

Bernie Barrett- co-ordinator of Badgerwatch Ireland and well-known Irish animal rights campaigner.

This event is organised by THE ALLIANCE FOR ANIMAL RIGHTS. PO Box 4734. Dublin1. For more information ring Bernie Wright at 0872651720 email: bigbrownrat@gmail.com

All monies raised will go to help the poor of Jalalpurjattan, Pakistan.

12th July 2011
7:30pm
Buswells Hotel,
Molesworth Street, Dublin 1
Entry: 5 euro per person.

Please come along folks!

Written by Kruk

July 3, 2011 at 10:27 am

Bold Native returns to Greystones!

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Bold Native will be returning to The Happy Pear in Greystones for an encore screening on March 12th! Also nutritionist Gosia Desmond will run a lecture after the screening.

Bold Native is a fiction feature film. Charlie Cranehill, an animal liberator wanted by the United States government for domestic terrorism, emerges from the underground to coordinate a nationwide action as his estranged CEO father tries to find him before the FBI does. The film simultaneously follows a young woman who works for an animal welfare organization fighting within the system to establish more humane treatment of farmed animals. From abolitionists to welfarists, Bold Native takes on the issue of modern animal use and exploitation from several angles within the context of a road movie adventure story.

After two successful screenings in Ireland we will be showing this amazing movie again. Also this time Gosia Desmond* will talk about practical nutritional strategies to avoid or survive deadly diseases using a vegan diet.

*About Gosia Desmond: Gosia has a degree in Nutritional Medicine from the University of West London and Masters in Dietetics from the Warsaw Medical University. She has also graduated from the Course in Nutritional Epidemiology from the Imperial College London. She is a nutritionist and a researcher at the Children’s Memorial Health Institute in Warsaw, and a nutritionist at the Carolina Medical Center in Warsaw, where she is setting up a Center of Nutritional Medicine.

12th of March 2011 (Saturday)
7:30pm
The Happy Pear
Church Road
Greystones

No admission of course.

Another repression of the animal liberation movement?

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At the end of August Time.com published an article containing a controversial opinion of co-founder of the most popular organization fighting (supposedly) for animal rights – Ingrid Newkirk. Mrs President, said, inter alia, that “Absolute purists should be living in a cave.” In the ranks of the activists PETA has been regarded as the organization which in no way improve the lot of animals. After another raid someone may even be tempted to declare that the organization becomes harmful, because denying ethical considerations justifies the same industry which is responsible for the holocaust of the animals. This in turn leads to the construction of the belief that everything is really okay, we should eat animals, we just need to kill them a bit more gently. This way, Burger King customers will soon become defenders of the animals. Anyway Gary L. Francione issued an excellent response to Mrs. Newkirk views. I urge you to read it to understand fully what I mean.

On the one hand, we have an apparent desire to make changes represented by the creators of popular NGOs and on the second hand we observe reinforcing the repression against those who try to make real changes. This is particularly evident in the United States, where not so long ago, Walter Bond was arrested, accused of carrying out direct action under the Animal Liberation Front. By the way as it turned out that FBI informant, who delivered information about Walter Bond, was his brother. Shortly after the FBI raid took place at the house of well-known activist Peter Young, who runs a website dedicated to animal rights Voice of the Voiceless. And from other reports, we can learn about the secret meeting of the companies involved in violence against animals, which is to be devoted to “extremists fighting for animal rights.” To make matters worse a few days ago it emerged that Monsanto hired a Blackwater, which is responsible among others for the crimes committed in Iraq, to spying on the eco and animal rights movements. The measures taken by businesses are becoming more repressive, which may indicate a growing fear of the consequences of activists actions. Especially, thanks to publicity they gain, animal rights issues get to the commercial media, hitting the mass audience. And this is a problem for companies that are part of the industry exploiting animals. They are happy to condone the existence of such organizations as conformist PETA , but do everything they can to harm those who strive for true liberation of animals. These companies are very afraid that their customers can see the truth about the production of food, clothing or other products of animal origin. Less consumption means lower profits. And thanks to the support of the state officials they criminalize those who fight for a right cause, accusing them of absurd allegations (eg, terrorism), at same time pursuing the policy of absolute cruelty to other beings.

Increased repression is often a symbol of the growing strength of the movement. Similar mechanisms can be found in history or even in modern times (the Zapatistas, Greek anarchists). Capitalist thinking instilled to managers and employees of big business is not able to understand a completely different thought, based on ethics, not a selfish point of view. This does not mean, however, that this thought may be stifled by intimidation or pressure from the state forces. The more repression, the more resistance. The more terror, the greater will to act. This in turn may result in increasing the strength and commitment of the people in the struggle for animal liberation. In the broad outline, also in a political struggle, which I personally link to the animals issues as the whole movement must become a part of it. Social revolution (in which the animal rights are the key issue) instead of ineffective reforms or welfare can ensure the animals freedom and respect.

Animals need anarchism

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With hundreds of proofs, everybody can see the situation of animals in the current politico-economic system. You can easily see yourself how animals suffer and how they are cruelly treated in slaughterhouses, laboratories or on farms, that they are victims of the industry and pathology present in all industries that earn profit from their death and vulnerability. After reading these materials we can come to only one conclusion, namely that the cases of brutality are not isolated cases, but it’s the standard, indeed normality, which underlies the production of meat, milk, eggs, clothes or cosmetics.

Veg(etari)anism and activism

Fortunately, despite the vast scale of these things, there are many people sensitive to the plight of animals and they don’t remain passive in this matter. Some people give up animal products, becoming a vegetarian or vegan, others go further by becoming animal rights activists. So they get involved in defending animal rights not only in the privacy of their homes or while shopping, but also on the streets, universities, and protests during the lectures and most of all while risking their own freedom during direct actions, with the goal of releasing the imprisoned animals. There are created large, international campaigns promoting veganism, lots of teams collect evidences of bestiality, boycotting a company, lobbying new bills, get the support of celebrities. There are a multitude of large and small, legal and illegal initiatives, fighting against cruelty to animals. All this shows the great potential and creativity of the activists. However, despite the operation of such well-known organizations like PETA and radical factions of the movement such as the Animal Liberation Front – the animals still suffer, breeding industry develops, the environment is destroyed by the producers of animal products. Although ALF freed hundreds of mink, dogs, cats, monkeys, despite the fact that other organizations have led to the closure of some businesses and the arrest of their staff, the exploitation of animals is still in great condition. And there is no indication of imminent salvation for all beings, detained and murdered in tragic circumstances.

The need for politicizing the proanimal movement

Analysing this topic we can hypothesize that this situation is caused by lack of broader understanding of animal issues, the lack of deep political and economic analysis which would illustrate the reasons for this state of apathy. It seems that most organizations and activists remain focused on specific places, companies, people involved in the violation of animal rights, and those who got politicized themselves continue to remain a minority. Of course, the fight against local criminals is very reasonable and sensible. The thing is, however, that even if you shut down one farm, in its place will be another one, more privileged and protected by politicians. For example the lobbists working for firms responsible for animal cruelty pushed the law giving the possibility of treating ALF members (which operates non-violence) as terrorists. Politicians and managers put profit first and they only know the math, not ethics.

The problem is therefore not a farm, but the system that supports thousands of such farms. The problem is not a lab, but the fact that vivisection was ratified by governments. The problem is not lack of laws, but the fact that the law is written for the benefit of the corporations and big businesses. The problem is the pursuit of profit at any cost, the problem is selfishness and conformity implanted at a young age, the problem is the massive production. It all adds up to capitalism.

So after decades of boycotts and promoting vegetarian or vegan diets, the response to the slaughter of animals should be politicized proanimal movement; an active struggle against capitalism and its legacy. This obviously refers to radical changes, not another reforms or amendments to laws. It’s about changing the way of thinking and directing it to the path of self-organization, which operates on the principles of freedom and ethics. And here comes the anarchism, which is the doctrine that allows people to freely influence the reality in which they live. In practice, this means greater control over the form of economy and society. This in turn allows you to push the ethical treatment of animals or animal products progressive elimination at the discretion of local communities. Of course, it is difficult to expect that the world would be vegan. But surely anarchist traditions make it possible to make local changes, which usually is blocked by the authorities or the pursuit of profit. This dramatically increases the chance of animal liberation. Especially that anarchism rejects any power which claims the right to govern other beings, who tells us whom we have to eat, what should we believe in or how should we live. Instead there is the possibility of forming such a reality that no harm comes to other people or other beings. The reality is dependent on us. Especially considering that anarchism puts in the first place morality and responsibility, and contemporary revolutionary thought considers the issue of animals as one of the key issues. In contrast to the rhetoric of neo-liberals rejecting the ideology, and focusing solely on market mechanisms.

Not acting as any political force, but only by organizing ourselves in associations, NGOs and voluntary groups we are condemned to failure. To help the animals it is required to destroy the system that exploits them, and then build a self-organized societies, functioning on the principle of equality and ethics. The key thing is to build a political alternative in which the animals will be defined as a substance having the right to freedom, where they will not be slaves living only to continue conformist habits of people. It will not take a day and there is no guarantee it will work but at the end of day it is the only way to go.