Shoot Slaughterhouse Owners!

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…

WTF Are We Doing?

Almost everything we are doing in the animal movement is pissing into the wind. We are trying to collect leaves in a whirlwind, trying to turn back the tide with tea cups. The Animal Holocaust claims upwards of 60 billion animals each year in slaughterhouses. We save not a single one of the victims. Not…

Are Animals Better Served By Rednecks And Hunters Or By Environmentalists And Civil Libertarians?

That is the basic issue each animal activist must confront. Where do animals’ interests lie? Who are their allies? Who are their enemies? In most countries there are political choices to be made between right wing (conservative) parties and left wing (liberal or socialist) parties. In the US, the choice is between the conservative Republicans…

On Petitions

Many of us animal activists spend quite a bit of time signing and promoting petitions. Unfortunately, most of our efforts in that regard are a total waste of time and energy, and take away time from actually helping animals or working on productive campaigns. Remember that a lot of petitions are created for the sole…

The Ends Justify The Means

An age-old philosophical question is whether the ends justify the means for accomplishing them. This test can be applied to any human endeavor, and usually breaks against achieving the ends if injustice or unfairness is required. However, sometimes the ends are of such import that the means are justifiable. Most would concede saving life is…

Killing Capitalists

Most all animal suffering and death is caused by businesses (capitalists) determined to make a profit. Our approach has been to try to talk folks out of giving money to those businesses. It isn’t working. Even if we were successful in getting a lot of customers to stop buying dead animal parts, the profit motive…