POST AND CROSS POST!
Regarding the article written by Andrew Blankstein and Steve
Hymon (below) which was on the front page of the California section in yesterday's LA Times,
we have this to say. . . .
If underground animal rights activists use illegal tactics
and vandalize property, then so did the conductors of the
Underground Railroad, the colonists who participated in the
Boston Tea Party, and the Allies who liberated the inmates and
destroyed the gas chambers of the Nazi concentration camps.
Once and for all, let's recognize that those who are
responsible for and who neglect, abuse and kill animals at their
jobs are the REAL criminals and terrorists.
Animal Defense League of Los Angeles (ADLLA) is an
above-ground animal rights group whose protests are, admittedly,
noisy and confrontational--but always legal. The group does not
engage in, have foreknowledge of, or incite others to
It does, however, understand that some activists are driven
to "take it a step further." Years of "please" and "thank you"
have done little for the animals--and the consequent frustration
impels some to adopt those "tougher tactics." ADL-LA
philosophically supports the anonymous brave warriors who risk
their freedom to employ "more convincing measures" to fight
against the animal killers--or to directly liberate animals
from--the interminable abuse.
History has shown that the animal rights movement is the ONLY
social justice endeavor that has NOT resorted to
violence against its opponents. It has, in fact, been remarkably
and admirably restrained in this regard. Some underground
activists damage property because they perceive that it is the
only medium of "communication"--the only form of "dialogue"--to
which abusers pay attention.
Put in a nutshell, the only thing that seems to mean anything
to the torturers and murderers of animals is their money, ego
and power. It is they, therefore, who determine that economic
sabotage is the only language in which some animal rights
freedom fighters feel they can meaningfully--and
The government enacts laws that protect the corporations who
torment animals and rape the Earth. The police and courts are
their henchmen who enforce those laws. The public flippantly
bandies about the "terrorist" buzz word when activists obey the
"higher law" that decries the suffering of sentient beings.
For most people, the world stretches no farther than the
lengths of their own selfish noses. They are oblivious to
suffering--with the duly-noted exception of their own,
Thus, an hour's clamor in their neighborhoods once or twice a
month sends them into a tizzy--but the execution of over 44,000
puppies, kittens, dogs, cats, rabbits and wildlife every year in
the six City shelters leaves them unmoved.
who are silent toward the pain of others cry the loudest
at their own.
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contained in this publication is intended to encourage or incite
illegal acts. Many of the reports contained in our Action Alerts
and on our web site at
have been received anonymously and the Campaign cannot make any
guarantees for the accuracy of these reports. Any views or
comments stated in reports, Action Alerts or on the web site are
not necessarily the views of STK or ADL-LA.
Posted on Friday,
September 09, 2005 @ 18:30 CDT