Archive for May, 2012


The following report of the government repression encountered by an activist crossing the Canadian border was reported by the North American Animal Liberation Press Office on May 25, 2012:

Another report of activist harassment at the border just in.

“I was denied entry into Canada yesterday after arrival. The Canadian Border Security Agency interrogated me for over an hour about my past and also about animal rights organizations they had information I was a member of a particular animal rights organization. After denying everything they took me into custody and held me for the next flight back to the US (which was in another 4 hours).

US Homeland Security Officials told the Canadians they wanted to interrogate me before I left Canada.  They brought me in for interrogation, seized my phone and copied its contents, took 3 camera memory cards inside my cameras and copied those, and took my laptop and copied the hard drive.

They then interrogated me on the contents of my phone (names, numbers, and pictures). They said if I continued not to be completely cooperative they would detain me for 3 days and no one would know where I was. They took photos of different items in my luggage (incl. a Walter Bond shirt) and a book entitled “Muzzling A Movement” and questioned me for over an hour and a half before releasing back to the Canadians.

Under escort of four Canadian Border Security Services Agents, they put me a plane bound for Chicago (not even close to where I live).

This just happened yesterday!
In solidarity!”

Please note that there is never a requirement for you to speak to any law enforcement agent about anything, other than possibly giving your name, and this includes the thugs at the border. They usually threaten you with prolonged detention, but in our extensive experience, this has not happened. Once they realize you are not going to talk, the can’t wait to get rid of you. Sometimes you even get through the customs and immigration line faster! For more information, read this.

Remember that the more effective we become in resisting the current culture, currently in the process of exploiting animals and destroying the planet, the more repression we can expect by those in power. Our mission is to stay strong, stay active, and get smarter and more effective, so that one day we will prevail against those who would destroy everything beautiful and wonderful about the planet we live on.

North American Animal Liberation Press Office
www.animalliberationpressoffice.org

“When a person places the proper value on freedom, there is nothing under the sun that she will not do to acquire that freedom. Whenever you hear a person saying he wants freedom, but in the next breath she is going to tell you what she won’t do to get it, or what he doesn’t believe in doing in order to get it, he doesn’t believe in freedom. A person who believes in freedom will do anything under the sun to acquire…or preserve his freedom.”– Malcolm X



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Lovers of irony! — Relish this! A sociopathic mass murderer and whore for the fur industry condemns the “ALF” (seems like a pretty tepid version of ALF tactics described below) for being unreasonable, criminal, violent, and irresponsible thugs, as this fascist fuck attempts a lame legitimation of an unspeakably violent and utterly gratuitous industry that traps, neckbreaks, gasses, and anally electrocutes a prodigous array of animals for profit, vanity, and status symbols. 

Apparently the “thugs” who rightly have no faith in the efficacy of education, persuasion, and legislation forget that only animal exploitation industries can contemptuously dismiss reason, logic, and informed debate. Only speciesist industries and the purveyors of the animal holocaust can bypass a dialogic and democratic process irredeemably corrupted by graft, influence peddling, naked power, and total domination of state policies. Only the functionaries of institutionalized massacre can cynically appeal to “rational” norms and processes they revile but exploit as a discursive smokescreen to lure activists into a talking game while the killing games continues unabated and always will so long as activists talk rather than balk. Only sick, violent, and perverted monsters posing as responsible and civilized members of society can invoke the mythical “democratic” institutions of degenerate barbarism to demonize those intelligent enough to recognize the siren song of “dialogue” and the byzantine webs of state bureaucracy that exist to sanction murder and imprison those who challenge a planetary pogrom backed by the full force of the police state.

Breath deep: bullshit rarely is as pungent and odoriferous as what is served to you here….

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Re: Activists target fur stores, May 24

The vandalizing of several Vancouver businesses last week was an attack on our democratic values and should be a matter of concern for all citizens, whatever their personal opinions about fur.

No one is obliged to wear fur in Canada. Nor is anyone forced to wear leather or wool, or to eat meat or drink milk, all of which are opposed by “animal-rights” purists. Animal activists are free to wear pleather and to eat tofu.

But this is not good enough for self-appointed Animal Liberation Front vigilantes, who believe they have the right to impose their values on every-one. If others don’t agree with them, they believe they have the right to destroy their property and to ruin their businesses.

How far would they go? The spokes-person for the ALF press office has said an effective way to stop the use of animals in medical research would be to assassinate some researchers.

The people working in the Canadian fur trade are proud of this remarkable heritage industry.

Farms in B.C. produce some of the finest (and highest-priced) mink in the world, something that can only be achieved by providing excellent animal-welfare standards.

The Canadian fur trade is an excellent example of the responsible and sustainable use of nature, a principle supported by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and other leading conservation authorities. We recognize that activist campaigns have created confusion about the role of fur, and we are ready to discuss all aspects of our industry at any time.

We all learn from discussion and debate. But the ALF is not interested in dialogue or mutual respect. Their breed of thuggish demagogy should be condemned by everyone who values our democratic values and freedom of choice.

Alan Herscovici Fur Council of Canada [Professional Prick and Don of Douchebags]

Fox being prepared for anal electrocution

Deranged fur farming fucks “vandalize” a sentient being with an electrified rod before murdering another innocent
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Fur Farms (video)

by Steven Best

 

I. Introduction: The Great Transformation

We’re in the midst of a great transformation as momentous as that which produced capitalist modernity. Like (eighteenth through mid-twentieth century) modernity, three main engines of change drive postmodernity: science, technology, and capitalism. Once unleashed without restraints in the modern era, they produced perpetual changes and innovations, which in turn created profound resistances.

The same dynamics that drove the modern adventure propel the postmodern adventure, but the co-evolution of science, technology, and capitalism create a qualitatively new world and with it new paradigms of art, theory, science, and reality itself.

We are quickly morphing into a new biological and social existence that is ever-more mediated and shaped by phenomena such as computers, mass media, and biotechnology, all driven by the logic of capital and a powerful emergent technoscience. In this global context, science is no longer merely an interpretation of the natural and social worlds; rather it has become an active force in changing them.

Postmodernity is characterized by novel phenomena such as electronic media, computers, artificial intelligence, robotics, virtual reality, nanotechnology, genetic engineering, cloning, stem cell research, and synthetic biology, all developed in the context of the global reorganization of capitalism. Our world, moreover, is marked by increasingly rapid and radical change.

If as Max Weber and Jurgen Habermas have noted, modernity is a differentiating structure that separates different realms of thought and social life, then postmodernity is a dedifferentiating or implosive structure. Parallel to postmodern philosophy, postmodernity elides key dualisms and boundary lines that have been fundamental to Western thought and culture, but does this more radically by working at a level of practice that transforms not only ideas but the world and the Western reality principle itself most generally. Classical distinctions between subject and object, human and nonhuman, organic matter and inorganic matter, the natural and artificial, the born and the made, and biology and technology, have been erased.

The postmodern adventure is all about transgressing boundaries and limit conditions, but some are crossed at great peril. Our world, moreover, is marked by increasingly rapid and radical change, but these mutations bring both potential risks and benefits that need to be sort out as key traps and dangers need to be anticipated and avoided. Ultimately, the design we are speaking about here is the design – or re-design – of the entire natural world, from microorganisms and plants to animals and human beings – and some things like synthetic biology we are designing virtually from scratch.

In the last few decades, we have witnessed dramatic implosions between biology and technology, such that animals and human beings are being technologically redesigned and reworked through technology (e.g., genetic engineering, cloning, and cyborg developments in the human body), as technology increasingly takes on organic or human properties (e.g., DNA computer chips, artificial intelligence and self-organizing computer systems, increasingly lifelike and emotionally interactive robots). In a world of Petri dish babies, neural implants, virtual reality, nanotechnology, neural implants, wearable computers, bionic implants, modified genes, designer species, human-animal chimeras, and artificial intelligence and life, reality has morphed into surrreality and science fiction becomes science fact. Science and technology undermine the erection of any firm boundaries between reality/unreality, natural/artificial, inorganic/organic, biology/technology, human/machine, and the born and the made. Between the revolutionary developments of quantum mechanics and the practical transformations effected by technoscience, reality just ain’t what it used to be. For many the age of humanism is over as well, we are rapidly morphing into a new posthumanist/transhumanist condition.

Through both empirical mappings and the works of science fiction visionaries, I will chart a number of implosions that call into question human identity, traditional mappings and boundary lines of Western reality. The ambiguity of the present moment is that the science and technologies which could bring stunning benefits to the humanity race also engender new forms of domination and destruction. The outcome depends upon whether individuals and communities can democratically restructure society and culture to avoid the destructive consequences of uncontrolled growth and development.

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by Dr. Steven Best

Abstract: As the debates over cloning and stem cell research indicate, issues raised by biotechnology combine research into the genetic sciences, perspectives and contexts articulated by the social sciences, and the ethical and anthropological concerns of philosophy. Consequently, I argue that intervening in the debates over biotechnology requires supra-disciplinary critical philosophy and social theory to illuminate the problems and their stakes. In addition, debates over cloning and stem cell research raise exceptionally important challenges to bioethics and a democratic politics of communication.

Baboon used for xenotransplantation
Credit:© 2001 Organ Farm/Carlton TV

Anyone who thinks that things will move slowly is being very naive. –Lee Silver, Molecular Biologist

As we move into a new millennium fraught with terror and danger, a global postmodern condition is unfolding in the midst of rapid evolutionary and social changes co-constructed by science, technology, and the restructuring of global capital. We are quickly morphing into a new biological and social existence that is ever-more mediated and shaped by computers, mass media, and biotechnology, all driven by the logic of capital and a powerful emergent technoscience. In this global context, science is no longer merely an interpretation of the natural and social worlds; rather it has become an active force in changing them and the very nature of life. In an era where life can be created and redesigned in a petridish, and genetic codes can be edited like a digital text, the distinction between ‘‘natural’’ and “artificial’’ has become greatly complexified. The new techniques of manipulation call into question existing definitions of life and death, demand a rethinking of fundamental notions of ethics and moral value, and pose unique challenges for democracy.

As technoscience develops by leaps and bounds, and as genetics rapidly advances, the science–industrial complex has come to a point where it is creating new transgenic species and is rushing toward a posthuman culture that unfolds in the increasingly intimate merging of technology and biology. The posthuman  involves both new conceptions of the ‘‘human’’ in an age of information and communication, and new modes of existence, as flesh merges with steel, circuitry, and genes from other species. Exploiting more animals than ever before, techno-science intensifies research and experimentation into human cloning. This process is accelerated because genetic engineering and cloning are developed for commercial purposes, anticipating enormous profits on the horizon for the biotech industry. Consequently, all natural reality—from microorganisms and plants to animals and human beings—is subject to genetic reconstruction in a commodified ‘‘Second Genesis.’’

At present, the issues of cloning and biotechnology are being heatedly debated in the halls of science, in political circles, among religious communities, throughout academia, and more broadly in the media and public spheres. Not surprisingly, the discourses on biotechnology are polarized. Defenders of biotechnology extol its potential to increase food production and quality, and to cure diseases, endow us with ‘‘improved’’ human traits, and prolong human life. Its critics claim that genetic engineering of food will produce Frankenfoods, which pollute the food supply with potentially harmful products that could devastate the environment, biodiversity, and human life itself; that animal and human cloning will breed monstrosities; that a dangerous new eugenics is on the horizon; and that the manipulation of embryonic stem cells violates the principle of respect for life and destroys a bona fide ‘‘human being.’’

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Reason prevails over speciesist insanity, biocentrism triumphs over murderous humanism, another state declares war on those who wage war on wildlife, and extensional self-defense is soon to become official policy as the Maharashtra government declares that killing poachers will no longer be considered a crime after eight tiger deaths in the state this year.

The commitment is formidable and includes: recuriting 500 armed guards to patrol the four forest reserves of the Maharashtra state, an additional 523 new guards, and 100 new patrol vehicles. In addition, the state is amassing funds to be used as incentives to lure informers who can provide tips about smugglers and poachers.

This is moral progress, as now an Indian state, following the lead of African states, tacitly admits that pacifism is bankrupt — a death sentence for animals — and is therefore complicit in violence, the war on wildlife, and the planetary animal holocaust. Poachers today, and vivisectors tomorrow?

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The Guardian, May 23, 2012

A tiger in India’s Corbett national park

A western Indian state has declared war on animal poaching, allowing forest guards to shoot hunters on sight to curb attacks on tigers, elephants and other wildlife.

The government in Maharashtra says injuring or killing suspected poachers will no longer be considered a crime.

Forest guards should not be “booked for human rights violations when they have taken action against poachers”, the Maharashtra forest minister, Patangrao Kadam, said on Tuesday. The state will also send more rangers and jeeps into forests, and will offer secret payments to informers who give tips about poachers and animal smugglers, he said.

India has about half of the world’s estimated 3,200 tigers in dozens of wildlife reserves set up since the 1970s. But illegal poaching remains a serious threat, with tiger parts sought in traditional Chinese medicine fetching high prices on the black market.

According to the Wildlife Protection Society of India, 14 tigers have been killed by poachers in India so far this year – one more than for all of 2011. The tiger is considered endangered, with its habitat range shrinking more than 50% in the last quarter-century and its numbers declining rapidly from the 5,000-7,000 estimated in the 1990s, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Eight of this year’s tiger poaching deaths in India occurred in Maharashtra, including one whose body was found last week chopped into pieces with its head and paws missing in Tadoba tiger reserve. Forest officials have also found traps in the reserve, where about 40 tigers live.

Tiger parts used in traditional Chinese medicine are prized on the black market, but dozens of other animals are also targeted by hunters across India. Rhinos are prized for their horns and male elephants for their tusks, while other big cats such as leopards are hunted or poisoned by villagers afraid of attacks on their homes or livestock.

Encounters are rare between guards and poachers, who generally hunt the secretive and nocturnal big cats at night, according to Maharashtra’s chief wildlife warden, SWH Naqvi.

“We hardly ever come face-to-face with poachers,” he said on Wednesday, predicting few instances when guards might fire at suspects.

Instead, he predicted that the state’s offer to pay informers from a new government fund worth about 5m rupees ($90,000) would be more effective in curbing wildlife crime. “We get very few tips, so this will really help,” Naqvi said.

Their moral and biological value far exceeds poacher scum.

This is one of the film interviews I regretably turned down, given the director’s right-wing politics and the funding for this documentary from the Center for Consumer [read: Corporate] Freedom. As it turned out, Curt Johnson made an excellent film, enough so to piss off CCF and earn him a lawsuit. This is a damning statement on the pro-kill policies still dominating US animal “shelters” and — tragically, pathetically, and deplorably — the two largest “animal advocacy” groups in the world: the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). If you have never seen this film, prepare yourself for shock and disgust.

 The unyielding courage, commitments, and dedication to this planet and its nonhuman life forms is once again tested, and the response, as always, is the steeled resolve of one of the few truly worthy of the appellation “ecowarrior.”

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From Captain Paul Watson

“I would like to thank everyone around the world for the incredible support over the last week that I spent in a Frankfurt prison. It is greatly appreciated. The people of Sea Shepherd Germany have been wonderful and I have happy to see so much support from supporters in Costa Rica and around the world also.

We have an excellent worldwide legal team working hard to resolve this legal issue. I am confident that this team will do the very best they can on every front involved with this case.

Although I have no reason to believe that the Costa Rican legal system would not give me a fair trial, my concern is not for the judicial system, but for the reality that the shark fin mafia of Costa Rica has a price on my head and a Costa Rican prison would provide an excellent opportunity for someone to exercise this lethal contract against me. We have cost the shark finners a great deal of money over the last two decades and they want their revenge. I would need absolute assurance that the Costa Rican authorities would not place me in the position to jeopardize my safety when I return to Costa Rica to prove my innocence in court.

There are two very important points that I would like to make. The first is that although my arrest and detention have been a focus of this incredible support the fact is that this is not about me. It is about our oceans and the ever escalating threat of diminishment of the diversity of life in our seas. It is about the sharks, the whales, the seals, the sea turtles and the fish.

This is an opportunity to shine an international spotlight on what is happening to the sharks and especially to illustrate that there are elements in Costa Rica responsible for a great deal of the illegal trafficking in shark fins.

Secondly I want to make it very clear that whatever happens to me will not affect our campaigns. I have delegated the responsibility of commanding our ships to my very capable captains and they will be defending sharks this summer in the South Pacific and the whales in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary. The Cove Guardians will return to Taiji, Japan in September to defend the dolphins.

Fortunately Sea Shepherd is now much bigger than myself and even more fortunately is the reality that we now have a legion of passionate, dedicated, courageous and resourceful volunteers around the world. If I am prevented from serving on the front lines upon the high seas I will serve as a symbol of resistance to the destruction of our oceans from inside a prison cell.

Power and greed do not surrender easily and history has shown that sometimes prison is an ordeal that must be endured in order to shake the foundations of powerful special interests. There is no shame in incarceration as Mandela, Gandhi, Thoreau, Aung San Suu Kyi, and so many others have demonstrated.

Power does not relinquish easy and the powers opposing our efforts are immense like the shark finning, bluefin tuna fishing, whaling and dolphin killing industries and the governments that support this trade in death like Japan, Costa Rica, Norway, Iceland, Malta, Canada etc. Sometimes I’m surprised we have made any progress at all but progress we have made indeed, and we will continue to win victories for our clients in the sea, no matter what the obstacles thrown in our path because Sea Shepherd is not just me, it is now an international movement and our flag is becoming widely known and more and more respected and most importantly our permanent and most proud legacy are the thousands of whales, tens of thousands of sharks, hundreds of thousands of seals and millions of fish that swim free in the sea now, that would otherwise have been cruelly slain if not for our intervention.

In the end it is about them and not about us.

We invest our passion and in return we reap the ever enduring seeds of life.”

“Sail forth – steer for the deep waters only,
Reckless O soul, I with thee and thou with me,
For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go,
And we will risk the ship, our selves and all.”
– Walt Whitman

Update

After being detained in Preungesheim Prison, Frankfurt, Germany, for 8 days, Paul Watson was released on bail on May 21st, 2012, but the menacing extradition process to deliver Watson to Costan Rican authorities grinds on.

“Captain Watson’s Press Conference Outside Preungesheim Prison

S.O.S. Day – Save Our Skipper” (May 23, 2012)

“Captain Paul Watson Meets with the Foreign Minister of Costa Rica Enrique Castillo” (May 24, 2012)

Extreme Brutality of the Fascist Police State Caught on Tape

Courtesy of the Associated Press

CHICAGO — Thousands of protesters marched through downtown Chicago on Sunday in one of the city’s largest demonstrations in years, airing grievances about war, climate change and a wide range of other complaints as world leaders assembled for a NATO summit.

The protest, which for months had stirred worries about violence in the streets, drew together a broad assortment of participants, including peace activists joining with war veterans and people more focused on economic inequality. But the diversity of opinions also sowed doubts about whether there were too many messages to be effective.

And some of the most enduring images of the event were likely to be from the end — when a small group of demonstrators clashed with a line of police who tried to keep them from the lakeside convention center where President Barack Obama was hosting the gathering.

The protesters tried to move east toward McCormick Place, with some hurling sticks and bottles at police. Officers responded by swinging their batons. The two sides were locked in a standoff for nearly two hours, with police blocking the protesters’ path and the crowd refusing to leave. Some protesters had blood streaming down their faces.

Authorities were seen making arrests one by one and leading individual demonstrators away in handcuffs.

Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said late Sunday at a news conference that the protests of the NATO Summit resulted in 45 people being arrested and four officers suffering injuries — one from a stab wound in the leg.

A protester is helped after sustaining an injury at a protest of the NATO summit in Chicago, May 20, 2012

Esther Westlake, a recent graduate of Northeastern Illinois University, marveled at the size of the crowd. She said she had been involved in marches protesting the Iraq War in Chicago but never one this big.

“It’s crazy. There’s so many people here,” she said. “Having NATO in town is kind of exciting.”

But she wondered whether the political agendas of the protesters were too unfocused to get diplomats’ attention.

“It seems like there’s so many messages and people aren’t really sure what they want to get accomplished,” Westlake said. “People just need to figure out what their argument is going to be.”

She worried that some protesters participated simply “to do stupid things” and cause trouble.

DR. STEVE BEST

EUROPEAN SPEAKING TOUR, SEPTEMBER 2012

Genoa, Italy

Monday September 3 – Tuesday September 11: Italy (Rome, Latina, Green Hill)

Thursday September 13 – Sunday September 16: Luxemburg (International Animal Rights Conference)

Wednesday September 19: Portugal (University of Lisbon and The Party for Animals and Nature)

Friday September 21: Oporto, Portugal

Wednesday, September 26: Barcelona, Spain: Radical Revolution Tour: Best & Blendeskil

Saturday, September 29, Madrid, Spain: Radical Revolution Tour: Best & Blendeskil

“You can’t separate peace from freedom, because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.”-Malcom X

Blendeskil is a cutting-edge hardcore band that promotes radical politics and animal liberation. As the video above illustrates, they have taken the message of militant animal liberation, captured it in song, and are bringing it to the masses. Dr. Steve Best & Blendeskil will tour in September.

To download Loser, click HERE.

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