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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.

 

 

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  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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Berkeley Animal Rights Center News, February Edition

Berkeley Animal Rights Center News, February Edition

Did you read December's Berkeley Animal Rights Center newsletter? Check out our latest. January was an epic month - read below about our virtual reality investigation into a Whole Foods egg farm, a profile of an animal rescued from the farm, and how living next to an activist house in Berkeley changed a local tattoo parlor.

Be sure to stop by the Berkeley Animal Rights Center the next time you're in Berkeley for weekly DxE meetups on Saturdays at 11 and a full suite of events.

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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5 Reasons Why Humane Meat Is An Alternative Fact

5 Reasons Why "Humane Meat" is an Alternative Fact

Zoe Rosenberg

1. The conditions on humane certified farms are no better.

    The industry tries to make us associate "humane meat" with grassy fields and blue skies, but the truth is most animals on humane certified farms never see the light of day. If they aren’t in cages, they are usually stuck in crowded barns with toxic air.

DxE investigation at a “free range” egg farm that supplies to Costco.

DxE investigation at a “free range” egg farm that supplies to Costco.

2. Most humane certified farms still mutilate animals.

     On regular farms, hens have their beaks seared off with no anesthetic. Pigs have their tails cut off and the males are castrated. Cows are branded and often have holes punched in their ears for tags. All of these practices also occur on humane certified farms.

DxE Investigation at humane certified turkey farm that supplies to Whole Foods.

DxE Investigation at humane certified turkey farm that supplies to Whole Foods.

3. "Humane meat" is just a marketing ploy. 

     Corporations that sell "humane meat" don’t actually care about animals. Businesses aren’t switching to humane certified sources as a way to help animals, but as a way to get more sales. As multiple investigations by Direct Action Everywhere have shown, they are more than willing to torture animals and lie about it.

4. As with other 'alternative facts,' our current government is increasingly hiding information from the public.

     The USDA has removed its animal welfare reports from its website, which makes animal abuse even more hidden from the public. While the institutions which exploit animals profit from the lack of transparency, consumers are left without the facts they need in order to make informed choices. 

5. Killing is killing.

     Simply stated, killing someone who doesn’t want to die can never be kind. When deciding if something is humane, you should consider whether you would want it done to you. Do you want to have your throat slit and your body eaten?

 

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 2/3/2017

Around the world, DxE activists explained the violence behind every egg. For DxE Peru, this was their first disruption.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGWaMZbsYK4

DxE filed a suit against a Whole Foods supplier for their fraudulent advertising. 

https://www.lieffcabraser.com/consumer/diestel-turkey-ranch/

PETA protested the opening night of A Dog's Purpose in LA to spread the message that animals do NOT exist for human purposes.

http://www.peta.org/blog/peta-protest-a-dogs-purpose-opening-night/

More than 160 travel companies have committed to discourage tourism at any venues where elephants are exploited for entertainment.

https://www.worldanimalprotection.us.org/news/over-100-travel-companies-commit-end-sale-elephant-rides-and-shows

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 Activist Charged for Rescuing Hen Tormented by Costco

Ella, before the rescue, and moments after she came into Diane's arms. Ella was rushed to the vet and survived her ordeal. 

DxE activist charged for rescuing hen tormented by costco

Diane Gandee Sorbi, a Bay Area retiree and DxE activist, was charged with theft, larceny, and criminal mischief last night for allegedly rescuing a hen, Ella, from being tormented on a "cage-free," "certified humane" Costco egg farm

When DxE found Ella, she was covered in feces and barely able to stand. She had been pecked clean of feathers, and would have collapsed and died within days, if not hours. Cannibalism was rampant in the farm, as birds fought with each other in the crowded, filthy conditions. The mistreatment of animals on the farm constituted criminal cruelty in the state of California.

The investigatory video released to The New York Times and Washington Post

DxE activists were forced to rush Ella to receive emergency medical care to save her life. And she survived. Now Ella lives a happy life in sanctuary. She saw the sun for the first time. She felt real earth under her feet. And she had the chance to make friends, dust bathe, and play -- all experiences that she never had before. 

But Costco and the farm are not being charged with crimes, despite viciously tormenting Ella. Instead, Diane is. Costco and the farm pressured the DA to bring charges in a case where they -- and not the activists -- were involved in gross misconduct. 

This is a breathtaking injustice, and we need you to help us correct it. 

  1. Call the San Joaquin District Attorney at (209) 468-2400 and ask to leave a message for District Attorney Tori Salazar and Deputy DA Peter Devencenzi. Politely say: 

    Please prosecute animal cruelty, not whistleblowers. Drop the charges against Diane Gandee Sorbi. 

    [NOTE: If you are a San Joaquin County voter, make note of this!]
     
  2. Click here to tweet at Costco to stop punishing activists for helping animals, with the hashtag #SupportDiane.
  3. Click here to visit Costco's facebook page and comment on their page or on page posts registering your concern about Diane's case.  
  4. Click here to support the DxE Open Rescue Network (and activists like Diane) by making a monthly contribution. 

And, as always, make sure you sign up to our mailing list for all the latest news and action updates!

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Animal Rights in the Headlines in Berkeley

Animal Rights in the Headlines in Berkeley

By Zach Groff

While the United States has taken a dark turn, the City of Berkeley has its first progressive majority on City Council, a majority that animal rights activists are determined to see mean change for animals.

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Just this week, activists disrupted a screening of "A Dog's Purpose" for its speciesist message and violence against a dog on the set, and Berkeleyside, Berkeley's main news blog, published an op-ed on the disruption.

Then, just two days later the blog published an account by Kitty Jones on how her experience doing open rescues has changed the way she says violence against animals wherever she goes.

Animal rights is becoming an issue of public importance in the Bay Area and around the world. Keep on fighting.

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