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My most recent book, “The Politics of Total Liberation: Revolution for the 21st Century,” hitherto available only in German, is now available in English for purchase (PDF download or hardcopy book), on the Palgrave Macmillan site, and other sites such as Amazon.com.

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I am honored that celebrated animal rights author, Norm Phelps, wrote the Foreword to the book, and here is the critical praise on the back cover:

“This is an extraordinary book that shatters all safe spaces found among the debris, torture, genocide, and despair scattered throughout history by the so-called march towards progress.” –Peter McLaren, Distinguished Professor in Critical Studies, Chapman University, USA, Author of Che Guevara, Paulo Freire, and the Pedagogy of Revolution

“For at least the last half century, a biocentric revolution has been unfolding against the destructive tyranny of anthropocentrism — a revolution guided by the natural laws of ecology against the unnatural diminishment of nature at the hands of “civilized” man. In this bold and timely book, Steven Best writes from, and has documented, the evolution of this universal revolution, as he gives us a glimpse into the catastrophic consequences should this revolution fail.” –Captain Paul Watson, founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

“The Politics of Total Liberation is groundbreaking with an innovative new approach to understanding the ills of our society. Best makes is clear that we are losing the battle to save the environment and animals because of greed, domination, control, and war mongering created by humans. Best obviously did not write this to be popular, safe, or political; rather, he wrote because his conscience told him that it is right.” –Chris DeRose, President, Last Chance for Animals

“Steven Best gets it: if we are to stop destructive human conditions and habits, we will need `the most uncompromising, militant form of politics we can muster.’” –Jim Mason, author of An Unnatural Order: The Roots of Our Destruction of Nature.

“I have no argument with Norm Phelps when he states that `this may be the most important book of the 21st century’.” –Ronnie Lee, founder of the Animal Liberation Front

Gina Simmons is a good friend of mine who lives in Luxembourg, and she leads a great and fun-spirited band, Gina Simmons and the nobodies. They play original material which is always entertaining and rocking, and features animal rights/liberation themes and other important social commentary.

Here is their newest video, “Justice Maker,” a controversial depiction of an animal liberation raid, which was played many times on Luxembourg TV (probably by functionaries who never even watched it!), and which I would like to share with my readers:

 

 

Like all their songs, this rocks and must be entered into the catalogue of great animal liberation videos.

For more information on Gina and the nobodies, see their Facebook, ITunes, and Amazon pages.

Enjoy and share!

Recorded in Barcelona, Spain, September 2012

Recorded in Barcelona, Spain, September 2012

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This lecture was given at a former-slaughterhouse of Aprilia, Italy (now a cultural center) on September 6th, 2012. This talk was videotaped by the Veggie Channel and uploaded to their videopage and to You Tube.

Photos of the talk

 

This talk was given to a packed house in the great vegan restaurant, the “Rewild Cruelty-Free Club” in Rome, Italy, on September 4, 2012. The talk was organized by Per Animalia Veritas, an organization that promotes anti-speciesism, veganism, and militant direct action tactics as necessary conditions for creating revolutionary change worth fighting for. This is a video was shot and made available on the web by Veggie Channel.com.

Photos of the talk

Hole in predator-proof fence at Mulligans Flat Sanctuary.

“In what’s been described as an act akin to ‘eco-terrorism,’ more damage has been done to the predator-proof fence at Mulligans Flat Sanctuary. The damage appears to have been made by a rogue group of activists – with Animal Liberation ACT again denying any involvement.” Full story HERE.

by Adrienne Francis (ABC News)

There is growing outrage in the community over ongoing vandal attacks and death threats issued to Australian National University researchers.

But anti-kangaroo cull protestors say they are unrepentant and have nothing to lose.

A spokeswoman from the Australian National University says anti-kangaroo culling protestors verbally intimidated and prevented research staff from leaving the Mulligans Flat Sanctuary in north Canberra on Sunday.

The university says the researchers were tracking Tasmanian bettongs and had nothing to do with the ACT Government’s annual cull of kangaroos.

ANU says its researchers should have the right to carry out their work in a safe and secure environment.

Ranger in charge Peter Mills says the ongoing vandalism is heartbreaking and he is outraged scientists have also been harassed and intimidated.

“The protesters vehicle blocked the sanctuary gate and they gestured to them like, we are going to cut your throat,” he said.

But Animal Liberation’s Carolyn Drew says the hostile exchanges are justified.

“It can be defined as intimidation, but I think it is more direct speaking,” she said.

Ms Drew says she doesn’t think protesters will jeopardise the credibility of the anti-kangaroo cull movement.

“I don’t think anything really damages our cause because we are the minority in this country,” she said.

“So we really have nothing to lose in terms of status because we don’t have any status in this country.”

Scientists optimistic

Meanwhile, scientists say they are optimistic all 17 of the Tasmanian bettongs recently released in a Canberra sanctuary are alive, despite vandal attacks to the predator proof boundary.

It comes as police assess the damage and investigate the incident.

The Tasmanian bettongs were released into the Mulligans Flat Woodland north Canberra last week, marking the first time in a century that the rabbit-sized kangaroos have set foot on the mainland.

Vandals have since cut the sanctuary’s $1.3 million predator proof fence in at least 30 locations and destroyed padlocks.

Professor Tony Peacock says they may be forced to relocate the bettongs to a safer location.

“It is a world leading research site,” he said.

“It relies on the fact that the Tasmanian Government lets us bring these bettongs up here and that’s been put in danger by this stupid, stupid behaviour.”

There are no reports of foxes inside the sanctuary at this stage, however rangers are continuing baiting and surveillance for feral animals.

Professor Peacock says feral animals form a threat to the bettongs.

“Some of them have pouched young and one fox coming in for one night is enough to kill half those,” he said.

But Animal Liberation ACT is pledging ongoing civil disobedience to coincide with the cull of 2,000 kangaroos in the Territory.

The organisation has claimed responsibility for unearthing and photographing remains of culled kangaroos at two sites in Canberra over the weekend.

However, it is not known who sabotaged security and cut the predator proof fence surrounding the sanctuary at Mulligans Flat Nature Reserve.

The scientific board that oversees the sanctuaries management says it is considering offering a reward for tips offs about the vandal attacks.

Animal Liberation’s Carolyn Drew says she is sympathetic to vandals’ motivation, concerned about kangaroos trapped inside the sanctuary.

“I can understand the concerns at Mulligans Flat for the bettongs,” she said.

“The problem with that is that they are not equally concerned with the threat that they pose to the eastern grey kangaroos that are actually enclosed, that can’t get out and no kangaroos can get in.”

Police are calling for anyone who witnessed suspicious activity in the area over the past few nights to come forward.

ITALY! THE WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING!

SIAMO ORGOGLIOSI DI VOI

L’AMIAMO!

Giornale Di Brescia
Saturday, April 28, 2012

They have broken through or climbed over the gates networks. They made their way inside the farm and opened the cages, taking away puppies, pregnant and all the little dog beagle who managed to find. It ‘s over a raid in the breeding of dogs to search for the event organized by Occupy Green Hill to ask – again – the closure of the ownership structure of the American Marshall.

The procession started from the parking lot of PalaGeorge, was attended by about 1000 people came from all over North Italy and also from the center. By way of the Craft sepentone deflected Instead of going towards Via San Zeno, the main road leading farm where he was deployed the cordon of police, groups of protesters have cut through the fields and the lanes, coming close to the fences.

From then on, the situation has become confused with groups of demonstrators who tried to open gates in the perimeter and teams of mobile riot police and police deployed to contain them. On the side of the gates, however, the protesters have opened a breach in the fence and broke into the farm, going into the sheds and taking away at least thirty dogs.

At the end of the day, the police had arrested 12 people from the local police station Montichiari were transferred to Desenzano. Some protesters said they had suffered violence by some officials.

Video here and here and here

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Occupy for Animals:

Green Hill 2001 is a company located in Montichiari (Brescia), which breeds beagle dogs to vivisection labs. From this farm, more than 250 dogs each month end in the enclosures, in the hands of vivisection and operating tables.Dogs are born to die and sentenced to suffer.

After the collapse of the other Italian breeder of laboratory beagle dogs, the Morini Stefano di San Polo d’Enza, it is likely that Green Hill has had a greater demand, expanding and becoming one of the main breeding dogs in the European market research animals.

Inside the Green Hill 5 huts are locked up to 2500 adult dogs, plus several litters. A lager made of animal shelters closed, aseptic, without open spaces without natural light or air. Rows and rows of cages with artificial lighting and ventilation system are the environment in which these dogs grow before being loaded onto a truck and shipped to laboratories in hell.

Among the clients of Green Hill, there are university laboratories, pharmaceutical companies and renowned trial centers as the notorious Huntingdon Life Sciences in England, the largest laboratory animal torture in Europe.

Those who derive profit from this pain?

For some years now Green Hill was acquired by an American firm called Marshall Farms Inc. Marshall is a name infamous throughout the world as it is the largest “factory” dog lab exists. The Marshall beagle is actually a standard variety.

Marshall’s dogs are shipped by air all over the world, but with the purchase of Green Hill as the European headquarters and the construction of a huge farm in China, Marshall is pursuing a plan of expansion and market monopoly.

In this must also be seen that the expansion project includes the construction of other shelters in Montichiari, to arrive at Green Hill have 5,000 dogs on the farm, which would become the largest breeding beagle dogs in Europe.

For a price from 450 to 900 € you can buy dogs of all ages. Who is willing to pay more can also buy a pregnant mother.

Green Hill Farm and Marshall also offer its customers on demand surgical treatments, including the cutting or removal of the vocal cords of some glands.

For Green Hill and Marshall Farm animals are just merchandise, objects to breed and sell, without the slightest scruple about pain and suffering – mental and physical – that they will suffer.

Where is Green Hill?

Green Hill 2001
Via Colle San Zeno 6
25018 Montichiari (BS)

Tel: 030 9961244
030 962061
030 9651902
Fax: 030 9659420

Mail: info@greenhill2001.com

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Postscript:

There was a similar daytime (dusk) liberation at Regal Rabbits farm in England, a bold and successful mass liberation action done by 75 people, as documented in Behind the Mask: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=we1-NROdQs8&feature=relmfu

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