not my original image, this one is from Animal Liberation Victoria
Animal Liberation Victoria: Fighting for animal rights
- campaigns against all animal abuse
VALA: animal liberation = earth liberation = people liberation
not my original image, this one is from Animal Liberation Victoria
Animal Liberation Victoria: Fighting for animal rights
- campaigns against all animal abuse
I dont like the woman, I think when she cheers for dead babies that is not any kind of animal rights that I want anything to do with, and her supporters are just straight up nasty bullies to me for disagreeing with her…
but I have been approached because people think I dont like her enough to take my disagreements with her outside my blogs and target her.
People have extremely personal details about her, that I think someone in some sort of anti-animal rights group or law enforcement, I dont know, is ramping up efforts to shut down her group Negotiation Is Over.
Over the past couple of weeks, what I am hearing is louder and more detailed than anything Ive heard before.
My suggestion to Camille, if they have tried to use me, they will try others – be aware of any new person who wants to be your best friend online.
This feels different from other times Ive been approached to dish the dirt on other animal rights activists.
In the past Ive been fed rumours that people have asked me to blog, in an attempt to discredit her, I think anyone who knows Marino has heard the rumous, but I refused to do that because they were not something I knew personally, and I doubt theyre true.
And just because I dislike her methods, doesnt mean that I agree with what appears to be an organised targeting of ARAs.
If someone knows her, possibly pass on the message.
The following is a look at some of the search terms people have used to find this blog.
i am going to be deleting some so called animal activist, as they do nothing to help me in fight for the rights of animals info.
I’m right there with you.
Rage against the vegans
That might make a great band name.
is it possible to know that you are eating humanely slaughtered meat
Yes, it is possible to know, the answer: IT’S NOT.
humanely slaughtered meat is an oxymoron, the taking of a life of a living being is never humane.
alicia silverstone eats cheese
Yep – (and there were many searches for that phrase)
alicia fake vegan
I’m sure if she ever stopped eating cheese she would be a fabulous vegan, but until then…
can vegans eat cheese once on a while
celebrity vegans can, and continue to be vegan. But for the rest of us commoners, that would make us vegetarian.
How many vegans don’t know who Elsie Shrigley was? Elsie Shrigley, along with Donald Watson coined the word VEGAN, and was one of the original founders of the Vegan Society, in the United Kingdom in 1944.
dolores huerta non violent protests
Never heard of Dolores Huerta? Have you ever heard of César Chávez?
Huerta co-founded the National Farm Workers Association along with César Chávez, and in many of the strike actions and non-violent protests, Huerta was side by side with Chávez.
who drink rat milk?
An episode of The Simpsons (Fox), used milking rats as an example of the way the local school was cutting costs, by buying rat milk from the local mobster, Fat Tony.
what are some of the things meat eaters are doing to fight back?
I didn’t know meat eaters were a recognised Oppressed group in todays modern society.
milk is murder go vegan
I’ve heard the saying
Meat is murder, Milk is Rape but given what happens to male calves born to dairy cows (they become veal), I would say this is more accurate…. Milk is murder, so please, go vegan.
until every cage is empty. no compromise
mcdonald’s planet destruction
That should be there new slogan, replace
Over 1 billion served to
planet destruction with every burger sold
morbidly obese vegan
Was someone looking for information about morbidly-obese vegans? I personally don’t know any. I’m sure they are out there.
human de-evolution to junk food
I love this one, I like to think it sums up so much of what is wrong with modern western society. Too much junk food is causing humans to de-evolve. As does this:
evolution of man to obesity
i am proud be a vegan
Yah! Me too!
animal liberation proud to be a vegan
jamie oliver made me vegetarian
Then Jamie Oliver has achieved more than some people in this world.
I’ve been told that I can’t call myself because I watched Jamie Oliver, but, to each their own.
genetically modified children
Apparently, that’s Monsanto’s next step in their quest for world domination.
when can you start calling yourself a vegetarian
When you stop eating animal flesh – this does include chicken, bacon and all seafood.
girl power go vegan
This means something to someone, but I like it.
do you have to be a vegan to work in peta??
NO, but you do have to like killing animals to work for PeTA – they euthanise “unwanted” cats and dogs. If people donated to a no-kill shelter instead of PeTA there would be less animal deaths.
international vegan conspiracy
Yep, right up there with the faked moon landings and Tupac and Biggie working at a 7-11 in New Zealand.
On the other hand, maybe there is an International Vegan Conspiracy, a network of vegans secretly working to overthrow the capitalist Animal Agriculture industry.
…. When I write my vegan manifesto, I might borrow this phrase
howard zinn is more critical of civil disobedience than civil obedience.
civil disobedience. As soon as you say the topic is civil disobedience, you are saying our problem is civil disobedience. That is not our problem…. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is the numbers of people all over the world who have obeyed the dictates of the leaders of their government and have gone to war, and millions have been killed because of this obedience.
Howard Zinn: The Problem is Civil Obedience (1970)
we are not nonviolent because we want to save our soul
Is this a statement about the use of Direct Action?
or was someone looking for this:
If you are cut down in a movement that is designed to save the soul of a nation, then no other death could be more redemptive. – Martin Luther King Jr
jimmy cliff the oppressors are keeping me down
Jimmy Cliff, sang in
The Harder They Come:
Well, the oppressors are tryin’ to keep me down
Tryin’ to drive me underground
cool animals to have as pets
Not on this blog – try a rock, or a potted plant.
liberation fish and turtle
I support all liberations – Set the Cows Free! Save the Turtles! Ban the Fishing!
a tear fell down my face right now, literally.
Yep, I’m the same way watching anti-cruetly videos.
baby sheep ugg kill
Yep, that’s about it. Ugg boots kill sheep. Ugg boots are made from the skin of a sheep. And really, how unattractive is wearing dead-sheep on your feet.
palm oil animal death
Again, straight to the point in four little words.
The destruction of forests for palm oil, destroys the habitats of many species, the orangutan, the most famous.
most evil companies mccdonalds
Another four-word search that sums up the issue.
terrorism act against vegans
That would make a change, usually it is the animal rights vegans accused of being Terrorists.
militant vegan slogans
From other searches:
alien alliance with earth
Yep, when humans find intelligent alien life, they’ll probably fire up the BBQ and eat them.
Camille Marino does not know me, and I do not know her.
We are both vegan bloggers, but each of us write about very different things.
I would doubt that there is any issue that would cross paths on.
I do think that her blog Negotiation is Over and the facebook site for have very many valuable things to offer Animal Rights and Vegan theory.
She is a tireless campaigner for animals and also justice, not just in her own neighbourhood but around the world.
She is a brave and courageous outspoken woman, who I believe put animals first, and what people think of her second. (This is what I believe based on her writings, never having met, I can’t know for sure)
This is why her comments yesterday about suicide bombers left me and my activist friends, asking “is this a joke?”, “did we miss something in the translation?”
I disagreed with her, I said so. But on other occasions I have agreed with her, and also said so.
A couple of times I have disagreed with things she has put on her blog, but that does not mean I disagree with her personally or what she is trying to achieve. And most of the time, I don’t disagree with her tactics.
However, just because I disagree with things she says on her blog sometimes – and I only notice these things because others are talking about it, does not mean I am trying to suggestion I am perfect or tear her down.
I also disagree with Abolitionist Vegans and Gary Francione on occasion and speak out. Not to cause divisions, but to provide more than one view point.
If I truly thought she was a disservice to Animal Rights, I wouldn’t provide links to her blog. All voices in the fight are valid, even if we disagree sometimes.
Just sometimes I speak out against things I disagree with. If people are talking about issues of veganism and animal rights, that’s a good thing. The more voices the better. Who knows what one thing might trigger someone to take that step to becoming vegan.
So, you have decided you want to be an Animal Rights Activist… then say it loud, say it proud, shout it from the mountain tops — I Am Vegan.
Assuming that you are Vegan, saying “I am Vegan” is a powerful statement.
I Am Vegan, it is more than what you do, its more than how you see yourself, it is you saying you want to stand with every other vegan out there with a shared desired for justice for animals in this world.
It is more than a label – it is a statement of who “I AM”.
Whether you meet any other vegans, it doesn’t matter, you are someone who identifies with what a vegan is. And when you say I Am Vegan, other vegans will know exactly what you mean:
|The word “veganism” denotes a philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude — as far as is possible and practical — all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose; and by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of humans, animals and the environment. In dietary terms it denotes the practice of dispensing with all products derived wholly or partly from animals.
- Elsie Shrigley and Donald Watson (1944)
For a more indepth unpacking of what this definition mean to me, see Vegan.
Deep within human mythology and history, naming something gives a person power over that which is named. In the Abrahamic religion, in fairy tales, in popular culture (the power of the name in The Usual Suspects, for example; or The Doctor in Doctor Who: “I named her. The power of a name. That’s old magic“).
In choosing to label – or name – yourself a Vegan, you are taking the power contained within that concept and bringing it into your own life.
This can be especially important at a time when Animal Rights Activists are being cowered with anti-terrorist laws, such as the draconian AETA in the United States.
AETA (Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act) makes virtually every form of protest against animal cruelty a terrorist act – Including the advocating of veganism (diet and lifestyle) and taking photos on a farm and taking animals across state lines for the purpose of avoid vivisection.
The criminalising of compassion, the use informants and collaborators, wire taps, email hacks, sock puppets, and the hyper-surveillance by vegans against other vegans creates a culture of fear. This can leave some people reluctant to say what they really think.
Vegans might begin talking about being “strict vegetarian”, “plant based diets”, “compassionate / green lifestyle” – or just avoid the word completely, after all, we don’t want to scare the meat eaters.
Are You Afraid of the Word “Vegan”? some are, and it’s time more people opened the door to the “vegan closet” they’ve been hiding in, and dare to step out into the light.
Maybe, then less people might hide in there, finding comfort in the dark, with all the others too reluctant to acknowledge the “way of being that dare not speak its name”.
Being Vegan is not scary, or weird, or dangerous or “extreme and not sustainable” but when vegans don’t use the word, it gives the impression that there is something wrong with people who are vegan.
And when we stop using the right words, what is left? Neutral, bland, average, non controversial, inaccurate, tergiversate (evasions or ambiguities) words, spoken by people unwilling to act for fear of making a mistake.
If vegans are too unwilling and reluctant to describe themselves as Vegan, then how will they ever find the courage to act on animals behalf.
It’s time to scream it from the roof tops, I Am Vegan, it doesn’t mean you are a terrorist, it means you are a compassionate human being.
By reclaiming the word “Vegan”, we can unite as vegans with a common goal – the elimination of the use of all animals – we can begin to undo some of erroneous assumptions created when people such as “Veggie Girl” start to divide vegans into militant=bad and non militant=good. By dividing vegans this way, she is in effect saying there are some that are not like her, when they stand up against milk and humane meat they are being “militant” and not all vegans are like that. That is “those” vegans over these, “those” militant ones, when that is exactly what Vegan is.
Splitting off vegans into groups according the vegans we like and those we don’t reduces the power of the word. Vegan is what it is, why are we trying to redefine it.
When certain celebrities continue to eat dairy and eggs and call themselves “vegan” and no one stands up, we are losing the power of the word vegan.
Think of how many times you have heard about fish-eating vegetarians, or bacon-eating vegetarians, or chicken-eating vegetarians. If vegetarians eat fish, bacon and chicken then the word has lost all its meaning.
Are we going to allow VEGAN to get devalued the same way, by people who says that a cheese eating vegan is about “being flexible that way makes more people comfortable“?
The word vegan cannot be taken-over and watered-down by cheese-eating, fur-wearing celebrities, or criminalised by governments trying to win elections by whipping up fear by deliberating confusing animal rights with terrorism.
We must protect the meaning of the word Vegan, so that when someone says “I am Vegan” there is no confusion. No longer hiding our belief in concepts of justice, animal rights, animal liberation or veganism opens it up to others to ask us questions.
Being vegan is a journey not a destination.
Living a vegan life is a step towards the reduction and suffering of animals.
Speaking for myself, I cannot separate vegan from animal rights, for me, being vegan means support AR (Animal Rights), and supporting AR means being vegan. I try, but I cannot see how someone can call themselves an “animal rights activist” unless they are a vegan.
If you fight for animal rights, you fight for the rights of all animals, there are no exceptions for those you think taste good or those who aren’t cute. A concept I explore in more depth here: If you start a debate with “I fight for animal rights, but I’m no vegan” don’t expect applause
(While I think someone can be vegan without fighting for animal rights, I don’t think it is possible to call yourself an animal rights activist if you consume the products of animals bodies, particular dairy, eggs, honey which require the deaths of those animals to produce the “by”-products.)
I cannot separate animal rights and veganism.
To me it is simple, the most basic right is to not be killed and eaten by someone more powerful, exploited for any purpose.
As the Abolitionist Vegan Lee Hall says:
Veganism is Direct Action (Lee Hall’s Vegan Means)
Vegan Baking as Direct Action … (Lee Hall’s Friends of Animals)
Veganism as Direct Action (Abolitionist Online, where Lee Hall writes “Above all, the key change is diet, for it is absurd to discuss the rights of animals as we eat them. The vegetarian movement employs the most direct action of all”.)
I would disagree with Lee Hall here, only in as much as, the vegetarian movement inflicts intolerable cruelty on animals, especially those that are eaten, the dairy, egg and honey industries necessitate unspeakable cruelty and slavery, and to me, that is not RIGHTS.
And second, I would suggest going beyond Diet, and living a vegan life.
Other than those two minor quibbles, I would agree wholeheartedly with Hall, we can’t speak of animal rights while we eat or use them or the products of their bodies.
Make the move, go vegan, be vegan, be a proud vegan, and you are already involved in Direct Action.
Next post in this series: Civilian’s Guide To Direct Action
*Sock puppets: an online identity used for purposes of deception within an online community, either multiple identities for the one person or a governments use of false online personalities to spread US government “information” and security
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or at least a link to this page, that would be nice
Every year, when the annual seal slaughter in Canada rolls around, so do the warnings against the man known as “Seal Shepherd”.
click Retweet to tweet directly from this page
For continuing and breaking updates regarding this fraud: follow @sealshepherdlie on twitter
The profile picture he tends to favour most often is a generic image of a 2009 Suzuki GSX R1000 K9,
if you see this image on any save the seals / Animal Rights social media accounts and the person is not talking about motorbikes, proceed with caution
One of the best blogs that go into great detail, with lots of research is SpookieCats
- Michael McDade aka Seal Shepherd aka Seal Shepherd aka Seal Shepherd X: SOCIOPATH
(although, where is the consistency, killing seals is bad, wearing leather is good as he does in one of the pictures on this page – because he is not about consistency, he is about cyber bullying women, abuse, and raising money to “save seals”)
- Seal Shepherd. Confused Animal Savior or Manipulating Sociopath?
here he claims he is not an animal rights activist, and thinks such people are ridiculous,
the exact same Negotiation Is Over post is reproduced here “Cyber Stalking by Michael McDade (Seal Shepherd)
(Btw, Ann Berlin, completely off topic, but since Ive had to put up with your abuse before and hope to reference you as little as possible, Im taking this opportunity to say that defending the use of animal products, such as butter, even if it is by the real Sea Shepherd doesn’t make it vegan, regardless of how many whales Sea Shepherd saves, And how different is your claim to be “Animal Liberation Front Worldwide news and information resource” any different from McDade’s claim to be the boss of ALF in Canada?)