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Animal Rights News Recap 2/24/2017

ABC News released coverage of DxE's open rescue of Scarlett from a cage-free egg farm and told the public that "cage-free" eggs are not what people think. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFYG1-e_y1Y

A fourteen year old DxE activist denormalized violence inside a grocery store by narrating the true experience of animals who go to slaughter. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwq03HEJAgg

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to ban the sale of nonrescue dogs and cats! 

http://www.peta.org/blog/san-francisco-bans-sale-of-nonrescue-dogs-cats/?utm_source=PETA%20Facebook&utm_campaign=0217%20SF%20Bans%20Nonrescues%20Blog%20Link&utm_medium=Promo

Germany's environment minister has banned meat at official functions due to climate concern.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/germany-meat-ban-environment-ministry_us_58ae1b24e4b01406012f962b

Want to get involved? DxE is a grassroots network focused on empowering you to be the best activist you can be. Here are some steps you can take. 

  1. Sign up to our mailing list and share our content on social media. 
  2. Join a local DxE community (or, better yet, come visit us in Berkeley).
  3. Take the Liberation Pledge. And join us in building a true social movement for animals.

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Are Protests Against Violence in the Bay Area Becoming the Norm?

Are Protests Against Violence in the Bay Area Becoming the Norm?

By Zach Groff

Last weekend, just like many weekends in the Bay Area, DxE activists were kept busy. After disrupting a pig roast Wednesday evening and a Trader Joe's grand opening on Thursday morning, activists stormed a second pig roast on Saturday. The reactions, unsurprisingly, were far from warm. Amid all the reactions, though, we learned something interesting.

"Expect protesters," the management of the Saturday pig roast told the employees at the bar where it occurred. The bar went so far as to have vegan staff members pose as protesters for a practice run and to offer extra vegan options at the pig roast as a gesture at appeasement. They were not the only management to react to a new expectation of protests for animals. After DxE activists disrupted the grand opening of a Whole Foods in Santa Clara, California in August, Whole Foods declined to even have a grand opening for their Walnut Creek store. (We'll see what Trader Joe's does next time.)

That is, just as fur stores and animal circuses can expect protests for their gratuitous cruelty, food festivals, restaurants, and grocery stores beginning to expect the same thing when they celebrate violence..

 

 

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Animal Rights Activist Profilie: Olivia Mihalcik-Duvall

Animal Rights Activist Profile: Olivia Mihalcik-Duvall

What inspired you to first get involved with activism and to join DxE?

When I decided to get involved with DxE, I was at a circus protest in my hometown and the individual who put the protest together was a part of DxE and talked to me about it and that's when I decided to do activism with her. She has been a big part of me getting into DxE and becoming very involved in it. She asked me if I wanted to be a co-organiser with her and when she moved out of the state I became the main organizer of the Harrisburg chapter.

What is your favorite or most accomplished moment in activism or other DxE activity?

I would say my most accomplished moment in activism was when I was a part of the group that disrupted the Nathan's hotdog eating contest. It went pretty much according to our plan and got a lot of media attention.

Are you a part of any unique activism or working groups in your chapter and how do they influence your activism?

I go to as many meetups that I can involving a lot of activism around PA. I am a part of the Harrisburg black lives matter group, the Harrisburg lgbtq group, and I help the food not bombs in Harrisburg PA. They all influenced my activism in many different ways, they help me learn about people and their opinions about things and they help strengthen my non-human activism by doing human activism.

How do you stay motivated as an activist?

I love doing activism and just thinking about all the suffering going on in the world, it really keeps me motivated to keep going so I can make this world, a world where everyone is free.

What advice would you give to new activists?

My advice is to do what you can and always think about what you are fighting for. Think about what you would want someone to be doing if you were in their shoes and do just that.

Why Animal Liberation?

Because the animals deserve it. And we are the ones that should give it to them because we have been the ones taking it away.

Want to get involved? DxE is a grassroots network focused on empowering you to be the best activist you can be. Here are some steps you can take. 

  1. Sign up to our mailing list and share our content on social media. 
  2. Join a local DxE community (or, better yet, come visit us in Berkeley).
  3. Take the Liberation Pledge. And join us in building a true social movement for animals.

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Best Vegan Resources 2017

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Best Vegan Resources 2017

More people are choosing a vegan, (as close as possible to) cruelty-free lifestyle than ever before, and that trend is expected to grow even more sharply in 2017. Google searches for “vegan” are on the rise, Millennials are leading vegan diet adoption, and some data shows a 60% rise in veg food and drink. With this momentum, how much more can we accomplish in 2017?!

There are so many advocates promoting the vegan movement, including incredible organizations, news sites, bloggers, and celebrities that are spreading awareness for this important cause. While there are countless incredible contributors to the movement, we’ve created a list of some of those that you will definitely want to get to know and follow this year

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The Question That Changed My Perspective

The Question That Changed My Perspective

By Gin Beecher

     On Thanksgiving in 2014 my son Jude saw his first uncooked whole turkey. It was the legs that got him. He didn't understand why our food had legs. And I had made a promise to myself and Jude, that I wouldn't lie to him. I wouldn't sugar coat or trick him into believing something dishonest. So I explained to him the course of nature, of survival and the "food chain." He stared at me with his big eyes full of tears unable to believe what I was saying. He then asked me one question I will never forget. "Did you ask the turkey if you could kill them?"

     That was when I knew he was much more in tune with the universe than I ever was. It was then he questioned every meal I cooked. He refused to eat anything that once had a beating heart. I was frustrated. Confused, but supportive. Food became complicated, but I wanted to make certain he knew I had his back no matter what. He helped me to question everything that I thought I knew to be true. 

     In January of 2016, Jude learned about the horrible things that happen to dairy cows and their babies. Immediately, he denounced all dairy products. In November, Jude and I had our first 100% vegan Thanksgiving, and this January Jude celebrated his veganniversary. I am incredibly thankful for the bond Jude and I have and for the way he has inspired me to be more compassionate. I know he will continue to inspire people towards compassion all his life. 

Want to get involved? DxE is a grassroots network focused on empowering you to be the best activist you can be. Here are some steps you can take. 

  1. Sign up to our mailing list and share our content on social media. 
  2. Join a local DxE community (or, better yet, come visit us in Berkeley).
  3. Take the Liberation Pledge. And join us in building a true social movement for animals.

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3 Things Our Nonhuman Companions Can Teach Us

3 Things Our Nonhuman Companions Can Teach Us

By Zoe Rosenberg

1. Animals can feel, just like us.

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Most of us have seen the excitement of our dogs when we come home after being gone for a few hours. Or maybe you’ve seen a turkey jump with joy when she is let out of her barn in the morning. Whoever you call family, to those of us who live with nonhumans, it’s obvious that they feel the same emotions we do.

 

 

 

2. Loving animals means not eating them.

You can’t love animals AND eat them. You just can’t. Many people realize this from spending time with dogs and cats. When someone is eating a dead chicken while petting their dog, the contradiction can help them put it all together.

   

 

 3. Helping animals is a moral obligation.

Many of us who are animal lovers are probably tired of hearing people call animals stupid or prioritize the lives of humans over nonhumans. We know that in reality, we are all animals and we are all equal. Just as we feel morally obligated to help a human in need, we should feel morally obligated to help a nonhuman animal.

 

 

Want to get involved? DxE is a grassroots network focused on empowering you to be the best activist you can be. Here are some steps you can take. 

  1. Sign up to our mailing list and share our content on social media. 
  2. Join a local DxE community (or, better yet, come visit us in Berkeley).
  3. Take the Liberation Pledge. And join us in building a true social movement for animals.

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Animal Rights New Recap 2/17/2017

DxE activists in Israel were assaulted outside of a slaughterhouse while excercising their legal right to observe and film the outside area.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etBl8Htm9zI

This Valentine's Day, DxE Inland Empire disrupted a food court to deliver a message of love for all animals.

https://www.facebook.com/santamariachavezabraham/videos/10208782172013823/

On a busy street in Sao Paulo, DxE activists spoke out for animals, sharing the simple truth that no animal deserves to be killed for taste. 

In the UK and around the world, the Save movement is gaining support as it shows the world the truth of what happens inside farms. 

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/save-veganism-abattoirs-animal-cruelty-terrorism-vigils-animal-welfare-a7579251.html

Want to get involved? DxE is a grassroots network focused on empowering you to be the best activist you can be. Here are some steps you can take. 

  1. Sign up to our mailing list and share our content on social media. 
  2. Join a local DxE community (or, better yet, come visit us in Berkeley).
  3. Take the Liberation Pledge. And join us in building a true social movement for animals.

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DxE is Taking to the Streets in Support of a Ban on Fur in Berkeley

DxE is Taking to the Streets in Support of a Ban on Fur in Berkeley

By Zach Groff

Advocates in Berkeley with the Berkeley Coalition for Animals have an exciting item on the agenda before Berkeley City Council, and we need you to help support: a ban on the sale of fur within Berkeley, California, one that paves the way for bans in other cities, states, and - we hope - the whole world.

Check out Fur Free Berkeley for the impressive list of supporters. Then, help them out:

1) If you live in the Bay Area, join DxE in person to march in support of the ban.

2) Sign BCA's petition to ban fur in Berkeley.

3) Join our local community by stopping by the Berkeley Animal Rights Center Saturdays at 11 am for our weekly meetups!

Want to get involved? DxE is a grassroots network focused on empowering you to be the best activist you can be. Here are some steps you can take. 

  1. Sign up to our mailing list and share our content on social media. 
  2. Join a local DxE community (or, better yet, come visit us in Berkeley).
  3. Take the Liberation Pledge. And join us in building a true social movement for animals.

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Animal Rights Activist Profile: Mary Kate Fain

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Animal Rights Activist Profile: Mary Kate Fain

Animal Rights Activist Profile: Mary Kate Fain

What inspired you to first get involved with activism and to join DxE?

About a year ago, I was sitting around at a bar in the suburbs with the one vegan friend I had at the time crying into my lager about how animals were dying all the time and I felt helpless to do anything. I said to my friend, "Why are people not rioting over this! If it was humans dying at this rate, we would be marching in the streets and speaking out to anyone who would listen!" My friend said to me "You know, there has to be a group who is doing just that." I went home and after some googling learned about DxE.

At first I was unsure about the effectiveness of DxE's tactics, but I quickly immersed myself in the literature of animal liberation and successful social justice movements of the past. After about a month of research, I decided that DxE's tactics are the most likely to be effective based on what we now know. This was enough to convince me to go all in for the animals!

What is your favorite or most accomplished moment in activism or other DxE activity?

There are quite a few disruptions that I was very proud to be a part of (Nathan's Hotdogs and the PA Farm Show stand out), but I am most proud of organizing the DxE Northeast Convergence this past October. Bringing together so many activists from across the region, was harder than I imagined when I took on the responsibility, but seeing all of my DxE family (and meeting new people!) fighting for animals in Philly, the city I love, was so inspiring. I had been wanting to do a Liberty Bell disruption for a while, since it is such a renown symbol of freedom, and getting to do that with the whole NE Region was amazing. 

How do you stay motivated as an activist?

Moving from the suburbs into the DxE Philly House was the best thing I could have possibly done to stay motivated. It is easy to get burned out when you feel isolated and alone, but being constantly surrounded by other animal rights activists and living in an all-vegan house, gives me daily motivation to keep fighting. There is nothing more inspiring to me than coming downstairs for breakfast in the morning and seeing our giant "ANIMAL LIBERATION NOW" banner above the kitchen table. It is impossible to lose sight of why you are an activist when the people and places you surround yourself with, continuously remind you.

On a different note, connecting *in real life* with non-humans is also so important. It's much easier to lose your motivation when you only engage with other animals in pictures and videos. Going to a sanctuary, volunteering at a shelter, and even just playing with animal companions at home are great ways to put a name and a face to your motivation.

What advice would you give to new activists?

1) It's okay to be afraid- but don't let fear stop you. It may take a while to work yourself up to doing a speakout in public, but you will get there. Start small and work your way up if you have to! Don't write yourself off because it is something you have never done before. None of us had ever done it before either - until one day we did!

2) Surround yourself by activists. Nothing will help you grow as an activist like being around other activists! 

Why Animal Liberation?

Non-human animals are no different from us in the only way that is morally relevant: their ability to suffer. Everyone deserves the chance to live a life free from harm, regardless of species. Animal liberation is the future!

Want to get involved? DxE is a grassroots network focused on empowering you to be the best activist you can be. Here are some steps you can take. 

  1. Sign up to our mailing list and share our content on social media. 
  2. Join a local DxE community (or, better yet, come visit us in Berkeley).
  3. Take the Liberation Pledge. And join us in building a true social movement for animals.

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Animal Rights News Recap 2/10/2017

Animal Rights News Recap 2/10/2017

DxE's Open Rescue Network saved Scarlett, a blind hen, from being crushed to death in a "humane" egg farm supplying to Safeway.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hx4jgK1cw8

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After an activist with DxE SF Bay Area received charges of criminal mischief for allegedly rescuing a chicken, her story was shared with people around Berkeley and public opinion agreed that taking a sick animal to the vet is not a crime. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWINSXovB_w

In Ontario, DxE was part of a day of action involving seven animal rights organizations, where the young victims of animal exploitation were remembered and their stories told.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AenWMh-mp0s

PETA's legal team is fighting the USDA's recent removal of its animal welfare reports from public view. 

http://www.peta.org/action/action-alerts/usda-website-scrubbed-peta-fighting-back/?utm_campaign=usda%20website%20scrubbed%20fb%20share&utm_source=action%20alert%20fb%20share&utm_medium=action%20alert%20share%20button

 

Want to get involved? DxE is a grassroots network focused on empowering you to be the best activist you can be. Here are some steps you can take. 

  1. Sign up to our mailing list and share our content on social media. 
  2. Join a local DxE community (or, better yet, come visit us in Berkeley).
  3. Take the Liberation Pledge. And join us in building a true social movement for animals.

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