Toward Meaningful Direct Action: A Blueprint for Vigilantism
Direct action by animal liberationists and animal rights activists has been sporadic, unfocused, and ineffective.
We have played the game within the system. We have abjured violence, We have only targeted property. We have failed.
Most animals we free are quickly re-captured by their tormentors. Property we have destroyed is replaced by insurance claims. The animals we saved enjoy only temporary freedom before they are gassed or electrocuted.
The most serious damage we inflict on animal abusers is to raise their insurance premiums.
A new paradigm of action on behalf of animals is needed. A new vision. A new plan. We must recognize that only the use of force will make a difference for animals trapped in the food system or the victims of animal agriculture.
Animal Rights advocates are a threat to the state. We are the enemies of the US government, and all other governments on Earth. We are enemies of every legal system, of every major religion, and most minor ones.
Our belief is that animals have as much right to live. As much right to be on Earth, As much right to be free of exploitation, enslavement, and murder, as do humans.
That simple truth is what separates Animal Rights advocates from the rest of the human race.
And our beliefs threaten the very heart and soul of the US government, and all others, as well.
If most animal activists do not see the threat they pose, the US government does. Which is why animal activists were targeted by the Animal Enterprises Terrorism Act. That piece of fascist legislation was drafted and introduced by corporate stooge and Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein of California and corporate stooge and Republican Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma.
They knew what they were doing, even if we didn’t.
They recognize that in fighting for Animal Rights we threaten the very existence of capitalism. We are enemies of the status quo, the enemies of the state, the enemies of human civilization.
The Animal Rights movement threatens the very foundations of human civilization. It undermines the legitimacy of every government on Earth. It repudiates every major religion and most minor ones. It dismisses ridiculous human concerns, petty issues, regional rivalries, disputes and jealousies.
Animal Rights requires a total revamp of human values. Of human relationships. Of human loyalties and human conduct.
It means rejecting religion, law, and government as we know them.
The difference between Animal Rights activists and the overwhelming majority of humans is so profound that it is almost akin to being members of separate species.
Only from that perspective can we see the horrors that humans engage in with alacrity and indifference.
Animal Rights can never be achieved through gradualism or appealing to human ethics and senses of morality and justice.
For Animal Rights to succeed, the systems of law and economics must be destroyed. Every legal system permits animal ownership as a basic property right of people and businesses. Almost all animal cruelty, exploitation, torture, and murder is committed in pursuit of profit. Private property is the Holy Grail of capitalism, and will never be relinquished in favor of ethical treatment of animals.
Revolution may not come in my lifetime, or in yours, but it must come if the animals are ever to be free from exploitation, slavery, and murder.
The greatest atrocities ever perpetuated by humans are not buried in history. They did not occur at the hands of barbaric forebears or despotic kings.
They were, and are, being committed today. Right now.
As you read this.
And they are being committed by pillars of society and respected members of our communities.
They are murdering a billion of our Earthmates every week.
Six million every hour.
Around the clock.
A Nazi Holocaust every 60 minutes. Day in, day out.
And no one is in jail. No one is being hunted down by police or prosecutors. No one is being avenged.
They are just making money. Because the horror is legal. Owning other creatures is permitted. Torturing and killing them is perfectly OK. Such is the product of capitalist rationale and justification.
Capitalists are running slaughterhouses, factory farms, feed lots, packing plants, wholesalers, markets, restaurants.
Trading on the corpses of innocent creatures who wanted to live as desperately as do you. Who had families, mothers, babies. Who suffered unspeakable cruelty, terror, and pain.
Fifty thousand died while you read this far. One hundred thousand if you are a slow reader.
The horror is almost beyond comprehension. A billion is a thousand million. The Animal Holocaust claims 60 billion lives a year, and is expected to increase, even if the human population weren’t increasing, which of course it is.
If the human species survives capitalism and environmental disaster (the jury is still out on this), a future, enlightened human society will look back upon the Animal Holocaust with the same incredulity we experience as we look back upon the horrors committed by Nazi Germany.
For those of us who believe all life is sacred, one species cannot ever justifiably carry out a genocide against others. And those responsible for such crimes against animals should be brought to justice.
Our current political system will never provide that justice, nor will it end the horrors. Our present political system is a tool of the capitalist interests which profit on the deaths of calves, lambs, piglets, and chickens.
Only a revolution will end capitalism. It might be political or it may occur in the streets. But when it comes, animal activists need to be there to help control the reins of government.
We must make sure a revolutionary government and society is a vegan one.
Meanwhile, it is a moral imperative to stop as much of the horrors as we can, by any means necessary. The most effective way to stop the industrialized murder of billions of our fellow Earthlings each year is to target those who are responsible for the Animal Holocaust.
That means the owners of slaughterhouses, the owners of feedlots, the owners of factory farms.
Every activist should identify slaughterhouses near at hand. They should identify the person or persons who own and operate the slaughter businesses. They should determine when they arrive at the slaughterhouse and when the arrive at home. They should know the routes, times, and escape routes.
And they should take appropriate measures that they have untraceable weapons and unidentifiable automobiles.
And they should strike a loud blow for the animals.
Many of us may be captured in such efforts. But many might succeed in dissuading others from following in the footsteps of the murderers that were neutralized.
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