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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

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.