Terrorism is a much over used term, one that is invoked by government to tarnish enemies, used to frighten the public, inflame zealots, control the media, and to blur the distinctions between those fighting particular enemies and those targeting innocents and non-combatants.
Religious fanatics (mostly Muslim fundamentalists of late), political separatists, racists, etc, use violence against people indiscriminately. The targets of most terrorists are members of the general public, attacked to sew fear and dread, and to terrorize people who have no specific quarrels with the terrorists.
The Animal Liberation Front is considered a terrorist organization by the US government, a status demanded by Big Ag and Big Pharma, who took objection to their victims being freed by Animal Liberation Front (ALF) activists. The ALF never targeted people in their activities, they merely freed animals from horrific conditions or prevented their torture and murder. Big Ag and other animal exploitation industries even got Congress to pass, and the president to sign, the Animal Enterprises Terrorism Act (AETA) to make felons of anyone rescuing animals or damaging property in doing so.
More radicalized animal activists see no difference at all in damaging Auschwitz, damaging gas chamber operators, and damaging slaughterhouses.
There is no rational distinction between those who wield the knives and captive bolt guns in slaughterhouses and those who employ the thugs.
No logical difference between those who buy corpses and those who produce them.
No moral difference between serial killers and carnists.
The animals suffer and die because of all of them.
I look forward to the day when animal activists can exact justice for all the innocent lives taken. For all the cruelty and fear those animals endured.
But more importantly, to reduce the demand for animal corpses by reducing the number of corpse producers and corpse consumers.
Such actions would not be terrorism, as the targets are hardly innocents.
The targets are the enemy.
While there is no moral distinction between animal consumers and animal murderers, there is a tactical difference. Consumers buy meat, eggs, and dairy. Their purchases are the de facto hiring of others to commit murder and atrocities against animals.
Those who do the killing, and the people who hire the thugs with the knives, should be our targets.
Just as we fantasize that we would have taken out guards at Auschwitz, shooting the gas chamber operators, killing the Nazis in charge of the facility, we should employ direct action against those who own and operate slaughterhouses. Against those who wield the bolt guns, the knives, the chainsaws.
We do not excuse those who murdered Jews in the concentration camps because they were just doing their jobs. Nor should we excuse animal murderers because they are poor or disadvantaged or otherwise unemployable.
Capitalism preys on people. Money is employed to make people do despicable things. But being poor or hungry is no excuse to torture and murder animals. Both the employers and the employed should pay for their crimes. And be prevented from committing further atrocities
At some point, no one will want to assume the risk of owning a slaughterhouse, of sitting on the board of directors of an animal murdering corporation. No one will want to work at killing animals if they are likely to be shot driving home.
This is where we are, comrades. We are champions of animals or we are not. Nothing the animal movement has done has worked. More animals are being murdered than ever before in history. There is a Nazi Holocaust of animals every hour of every day of every year. Six million animals murdered each and every hour. 24/7
Over 60 BILLION creatures have their throats cut each year. Animals that want to live as much as we do. Animals that love, that have families, that feel pain and terror and grief. Animals that have no way of fighting back against the system that breeds, tortures, and murders them.
We are their voice. We are their comrades. We are their avengers and their champions.
We can change the world! But only if we are willing to take the battle to those who do the killing.
Our strategies and tactics for the past fifty years have been a joke.
The modern animal movement dates from Peter Singer’s “Animal Liberation”, published in 1975. But many of us have been involved in rescuing animals since the 1950s.
But in all that time we barely saved a million animals per year around the world. Fifty million animals saved in fifty years! About the number who will be murdered in slaughterhouses in the next seven hours!
We cannot continue doing what we do. We are dooming billions of animals to death each and every year by refusing to take the fight to the enemy.
That enemy is Big Agriculture (Big Ag), the slaughterhouses, the feed lots, the factory farms, the packing houses, the wholesalers, the grocery chains, the restaurants. The consumers.
The most strategic targets are the factory farms, the feed lots and the slaughterhouses.
We see crazy religious zealots employing direct action tactics to advance their causes.
Innocent people being targeted because of insane religious beliefs.
How much more legitimate are the interests of innocent animals? Creatures being murdered daily for the blood lust of humans?
My personal view is that anyone who kills an animal is a murderer.
If enough of us share that view, we can bring down capitalism, the slaughter industries, and legal systems which allow the Animal Holocaust to continue.
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