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Occupy Greenhill Anti-Vivisection Conference

Brescia, Italy, Friday September 7, 2012

STEVE BEST, LEADER DEL MOVIMENTO ANTISPECISTA, A BRESCIA

I was highly honored to give this talk on Friday, September 7, at the Hall of the Labour Buozzi of Brescia, in northern Italy. This talk, entitled “Fighting the Global Vivisection-Industrial Complex Through Militant Direct Action,” was organized by the Occupy Green Hill Movement, which led the amazing daylight open rescue of hundreds of puppies targeted for vivisection and certain death at the Green Hill compound, just a short drive from Brescia.

Greenhill Compound, CLOSED! Photo by Steve Best

This was the first conference since the bold beagle liberations, and I expect Italy to catch fire and become a flashpoint of animal liberation in the coming years. was organized by The conference was introduced with an update on the current situation of Green Hill, the current trial process, and a brief overview of how the struggle movements evolved and culminated in stunning success that typically only militant direct action can bring. I then followed with this sharp critique of the global vivisection industrial complex and a call to escalate direct action liberations throughout Italy.

 

On October 14, 2011, Italian activists occupied the roof of the beagle delivery unit at Green Hill (Marshall BioResources), Europe’s largest farm breeding dogs for vivisection. Currently in the UK, the farm’s sister company – B&K Universal – are attempting to gain permission to construct a facility holding 2,000 beagles for laboratories. On April 28, animal liberationists launched a bold raid which, despite losses noted below, was a clear victory and set a new precendent Italian activism and, along with the amazing Chinese activists who have stopped trucks carryinmg hundreds of dogs to the slaughouse, let us hope the global animal liberation movement is turning a corner away from pacifism — technically, passivist non-resistance and collaborationism — toward militant direct action and animal liberation by any means necessary.

The Green Hill beagle liberation has made major waves in the Italian mainstream media; see:

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=257359814362022&set=a.174625875968750.35221.173255396105798&type=1&theater

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=257364261028244&set=a.174625875968750.35221.173255396105798&type=1&theater

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LATEST DEVELOPMENTS:

Cops arrest 12 activists, 7 still held, servants of the state and ultimate slaves to capital, cops return 7 of 30 liberated dogs to their tormentors in white suits; all animals freed from the budgeons of the phamaceutical-industrial complex noted to have strong smell of urine and one puppy bore the scar of an incision running the length of his abdomen (see the Examiner story).

“Anonymous” threatens retaliation for arrests and return of some dogs to their executioners, sending this message to  a fur company and to the Italian state: “Attack of the site SD Fur: Anonymous has made an attack against those who derive profit from the blood and the suffering of animals. We intend to support with our means of speciesism and the victims of human cruelty. We want to raise awareness about the daily barbarism that are committed in the name of profit and bloody fashion, these animals are blinded and deafened before their death. These are innocent victims, and we will send a clear message to perpetrators. This is just the beginning.”

Sincerely,

Anonymous OpSaveAnimals # # # OpItaly Operationgreenrights

ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN:

1) Phone number and email of Brescia cop station where the GH7 are being detaineed:

+39 030 37441 

urp.quest.bs@pecps.poliziadistato.it

Call to demand the release of the GH7 and the dogs that were recaptured; via email, send this message: Per favore Liberate gli attivisti arrestati a Green Hill  (“Please free the activists arrested at Green Hill”)

2) Sign a petition demanding the release of human and nonhuman prisoners held at/by Green Hill Labs and the Italian state.

3) Support the ban on breeding vivisection animals in Italy

4) Continue to monitor important events and news, such as at:

A.L.F FRONTE LIBERAZIONE ANIMALE ITALIA

International Day of Action to Close Down Green Hill

THE DOGS WERE NO ONE’S TO “OWN” IN THE FIRST PLACE, LET ALONE TO MAIN, POISON, TORTURE, AND MURDER; HUNDREDS PERHAPS THOUSANDS OF ITALIAN FAMILIES ARE NO DOUBT OFFERING LOVING CARE AND HOMES FOR THESE VICTIMS OF CAPITALISM AND PSEUDO-SCIENCE. THIS IS THE 21ST CENTURY, VIVISECTION IS ROOTED IN AN OUITMODED 17TH CENTURY PARADIGM. SMASH THE GLOBAL VIVISECTION-INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX!

MORAL AND SCIENTIFIC PROGRESS ARE INSEPERABLE FROM ANIMAL LIBERATION!

This beagle is safe tonight and will likely never agained he hated and tortured, only loved and comforted.

Vivisection is fraud; “biomedical research” is sadism masked as “science”; and animal experimentation yields but a surrealist collage of meaningless data to pimp for the true numbers measured in profit and durrencies that float Big Pharma and the global vivisection-industrial complex far above the regulative power of the state and the norms of accountability.

Bullfighting involves a gang of puerile cowards in pink and purple tights playing at being “men.”

Hunters are dickless eunuchs who compensate for cruel shortcomings of nature and a deep inferiority complex by killing innocent animals in a perverse spectacle and rigged game dignified as a “sport.”

And now, for the last two decades or so, an increasing number of intellectually impoverished and morally bereft troglodytes are joining the worst protoplasmic scum of humanity in sordid kinship, in a profane bond of base bloodletting disguised as metaphysics, deep thinking, and spiritual depth.

Assholes posing as artists seek to transcend their inner vacuity through exercising the pathetic human will to power over animals and sublimating their bloodlust into rarified concepts with alleged enlightening effect. For these narcissistic lunatics think that clichéd concepts +  acts of torturing and killing animals = profound “art.”

They pretend that the heinous evil of their demented acts is either non-existent (the aesthetic trumps the moral) or is inapplicable to them as artists. These “higher types” arrogate to themselves the authority for a “teleological suspension of the ethical” (Kierkegaard); bound by rules but their own, these mavericks must sail “beyond good and evil” (Nietzsche), as do, but instead of blazing toward endless horizons and blue seas they run aground on sandbars of bodies rising out of  a cove of blood. “Animal artists” — these pompous posers, these putrid specimens of feculent humanity — are as insecure, weak, power-hungry, misguided, demented, and fraudulent as their bastard brethren weilding scalpels, swords, and guns.

It is time to call this “work” what it is – utter shit and pernicious crap that reeks of arrogance and ignorance.  “Ars Animalis” is the antithesis of anything remotely related to the beautiful rather than the ugly, to the sublime rather than to the sewer.

Apparently, this outrageous stunt below is real; as a sheep’s life might depend on the outcome of a democratic vote, here is one ballot you might want to sign. In my view, the “artists” should be locked into the guillotine and the sheep allowed to ram it until the blade drops on their fat jowels and pernicious heads which wouldl look more appealing in a crimson-colored basket than on their repellent Homo rapiens bodies.

Wait, sorry, that is not democratic, and thus vulgar, barbarian, and uncivilized. So, after voting for the sheep, let’s have a popular assembly and forum on whether the “artists” — Iman Rezai and Rouven Materne — should be allowed to live …. or … (the guillitine is too easy, too weak in impact and dramatic effect) be pushed from the tallest building in the world onto a street-sized canvas, to make the most beautiful painting ever beheld by human eyes.

SB

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

13.7 Billion Years

Ars Animalis | Die Guillotine

German artists will behead a sheep with a guillotine, unless you say no. You have 21 days left to vote.
[Animals were there at the beginning of art. But how did we get from Chauvet to “Dogs Playing Poker” and beyond? That’s one of the questions 13.7 will be asking with this month’s series, “Ars Animalis“—art of the animals.] Two students from the Berlin University of the Arts are crowdsourcing the conclusion of a performance piece entitled Die Guillotine (The Guillotine) that features said guillotine and (at least for now) a live sheep.

On their website, the artists, Iman Rezai and Rouven Materne, ask visitors a single question: “Soll dieses Schaf getötet werden?” (“Should this sheep be killed?”)

“The guillotine is the most compact reflection of our society,” says Materne in the German-only video, adding that the intentionally provocative work is a “criticism of current morality.”

As of this writing, the online poll has 147,473 respondents answering yes and 289,0463 voting no. Voters have the next 21 days to decide the fate of the helpless sheep.

Animal cruelty in art and culture is not new. One could point to a wide array of cultural events connected to the torture of animals. Bullfighting comes to mind, or any of a number of culture-specific rituals throughout history involving the death of animals, even human sacrifice.

More recently, at the Trapholt Art Museum in Kolding, Denmark, in 2003, the artist Marco Evaristti put live goldfish in blenders, inviting visitors to press the “on” button to kill the fish.

This theme, in fact, was an early one on 13.7 Billion Years. On March 14, 2008, just a few days after this blog was launched, the post was about the artist Guillermo Vargas Habacuc, who supposedly captured an abandoned street dog, tied him up in an art gallery and left him there to die of hunger and thirst while visitors watched his slow death.

Is this art?
Should live animals be used in art?
Does Die Guillotine make a point? If so, what is it?
Will the fate of the sheep say something about society?

Add your comments here.

ACTION ALERTS

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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