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Animal Rights News Recap 9/22/2017

DxE Toronto disrupted the opening of a new steakhouse.

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There is officially a Save Chapter in Berlin!

PETA India used street theatre to show the public what is happening to animals in laboratories.

VIDEO HERE

A pig named Wally jumped from a slaughter truck when he was only 3 miles from the the place he would have been killed, and was taken from the side of the road to an animal sanctuary.

VIDEO HERE

Portland, Maine has joined a long list of cities to ban the display of exotic animals. 

ARTICLE HERE

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Animal Rights Activist Profile: Matthew McKeefry

Animal Rights Activist Profile: Matthew McKeefry

Q: What inspired you to first get involved with activism?

A: Animals are being violently abused every minute, of every day. We have an obligation to every animal suffering behind the closed doors of labs, farms and zoos; to every victim of speciesism to speak out for them. As ACT UP put it, "silence is death," and that is true for the animal rights movement also. We must be animal rights activists! 

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

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A. My favourite DxE moment in our local chapter was at our March day of action 2017 when we disrupted 5 out of 6 butchers in a town in Northern Ireland and we reached over half a million people with our post about the action and we made national newspapers. We had managed to get people talking about animal rights who otherwise would never have even considered it. We had done what no other group in Northern Ireland had ever done before. 

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

In my local DxE chapter I am an organiser and I am involved with the DxE connections, protest and meetups working groups. As our chapter grows we plan to have more working groups. 

Q: How do you stay motivated as an activist?

DxE is such a supportive and empowering network of truly inspiring, amazing activists. Having our incredibly supportive community as well as knowing that we WILL achieve animal liberation within one generation keeps me motivated. Seeing how our Bay Area chapter is changing Berkeley is really inspiring, and I hope some day to move to Berkeley to join the ever-growing DxE community there. 

Q: What advice would you give to new activists?

We are on the right side of history and we should be confident in our actions. We have the science and history of social change on our side. DxE's 40 year plan is becoming reality and we must continue to disrupt violence and speciesism so that in 40 years we will see a changed society and a species equality act passed. 

Q: Why Animal Liberation? 

When I see my nonhuman friend, Tink, I see a person, an individual who has as much of a right to life as you or I and someone who deserves autonomy over her own body. To me Tink is the person she is, not "property" or any other degrading words society uses for animals, but for most animals their children are ripped from them at birth, their milk or eggs stolen, their very existence being seen as worthless unless they can make enough milk to be stolen or are the 'right' gender to torture and abuse for their eggs. They're seen as property and commodified so much that the compassionate act of openly rescuing sick animals from places of violence is seen as a crime. This is unquestionably discrimination. This is speciesism and we must fight until every animal is free. 

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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. 

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  2. Join a local DxE community --or start your own!
  3. Take the Liberation Pledge. And join us in creataing a true social justice movement for animals.

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Animal Rights News Recap 9/15/2017

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Animal Rights News Recap 9/15/2017

DxE investigators rescued Sophie from a supposedly "free-range" Mary's Chicken farm supplying to Whole Foods, and they exposed the truth to the world: these birds were crammed into dark, filthy barns and they never stepped outside.

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ARTICLE HERE

In response to the FBI raids at sanctuaries in their search Lily, a piglet DxE rescued from a Smithfield farm, activists gathered at the Utah farm to hold a vigil for Lily and all the animals who were not saved, and to unite against activist repression.

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DxE Berlin used eye contact with animals in an experimental demonstration to help people see that all animals feel pain.

VIDEO HERE

California reinstated its ban on foie gras!

 

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Animal Rights News Recap 9/8/2017

The FBI is raiding animal sanctuaries, threatening volunteers, and cutting pigs' ears, in search of Lily, the piglet DxE rescued from Circle Four Farms in Utah. 

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Sign the petition here

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During a vigil, Rio Animal Save with the help of Toronto Chicken Save rescued a chicken named Maia before she could be killed.

VIDEO HERE

In Miami, Florida, hundreds of activists came together for the first Official Animal Rights March in Florida.

VIDEO HERE

PETA rescued two dogs from a home flooded by Hurricane Harvey, one of whom had climbed a bookshelf to avoid the water.

VIDEO HERE

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Animal Rights News Recap 9/1/2017

On August 26, PETA and DxE collaborated on a series of powerful demonstrations for World Day for the End of Speciesism.

A human meat demonstration in Dallas for World Day for the End of Speciesism.

A human meat demonstration in Dallas for World Day for the End of Speciesism.

LONDON ARTICLE HERE

WISCONSIN VIDEO HERE

The #PostTheTruth September challenge has begun, asking activists to enter a place promoting violence towards animals, post a warning sign about that violence, and challenge three others to do the same.

VIDEO HERE

DxE Toronto organized a musical flash mob to spread the message of animal liberation.

VIDEO HERE

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Animal Rights News Recap 8/25/17

DxE Sao Paulo disrupted a bacon festival, sharing the pigs' perspective.

VIDEO HERE

Activists with DxE Berlin poured through a park to disrupt a festival that celebrated eating animals.

VIDEO HERE

Hunters' attempt to use PETA's new Facebook frame "Shoot selfies, not animals" has backfired and introduced many new people to PETA's message.

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Kasatka, an orca who was imprisoned by SeaWorld has died, adding to the ever-growing death toll of orcas in captivity.

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ARTICLE HERE

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From Dog Therapy to Animal Rights

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From Dog Therapy to Animal Rights

From Dog Therapy to Animal Rights

By Nancy Stanley

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My own dear dog companion, Truffles, taught me how much love and joy nonhuman animals can bring into our lives. Inspired by my love for animals, I began introducing pet therapy into children's hospitals and convalescent homes in 1982. In addition to helping these individuals to connect with nonhuman animals, I have also spent years advocating for animal rights, although I have been specifically focused on protecting dogs from abuse. However, the more I have been drawn into the world of animal rights activism, the more I have realized that there are so many other animals for whom I must speak up.

Pigs, chickens, cows, and all animals deserve love just as much as the dogs in our own homes do. That is why I am donating a portion of my book sales to Direct Action Everywhere so that they can continue to save animals like Lily, who was rescued from a Smithfield pig farm in Utah, and Oliver, who was rescued from a dog farm in Yulin, China. DxE fights for the safety and freedom of all animals, and I think that's what each of us needs to do.

For years I have seen nonhuman animals help humans through difficult times, and NOW, it is time for us humans to help the animals who need us the most. 

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You can buy a copy of my book, Pillow with a Heartbeat, and support DxE's life-saving work by clicking here. Narrated by Truffles, the story is a great way to help friends and family think from the animals' perspective.

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Animal Rights Recap 8/18/2017

32 activists with the Swedish animal rights group Tomma Burar physically blocked a slaughter truck carrying cows to their death. The activists refused to leave and the police carried them away.

VIDEO HERE

Just a week after the arrest of a DxE activist during a nonviolent protest at a Berkeley restaurant, Berkeley police targeted another DxE activist, charging him with "illegal lodging" for locking himself inside of a cage to raise awareness about the millions of animals who are caged by exploitative industries. 

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An activist with Bay Area Animal Save was arrested after sitting in front of a truck bringing innocent birds to slaughter.

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DxE Portland successfully convinced a Church to cancel their pig roast event, speaking up for all animals and saving one pig from an atrocious fate. 

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When did free speech become synonymous with extortion?

When did free speech become synonymous with extortion?

By Tania Campos

A relatively small, double-sided, 15x15 inch sign on the window of The Local Butcher Shop in Berkeley, California is attracting international media attention: SF Gate, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Russia Today, and dozens of other media outlets, plus a Facebook post from the Mayor of Berkeley.

The typical portrayal: vegans pressure a butcher shop until the owners agree to put up a sign that reads: "Animal lives are their right. Killing them is violent and unjust, no matter how it's done."

I attended every demonstration outside the Local Butcher Shop over the three months we protested there, and this is my attempt to clarify 5 reasons why I believe it was the perfect target for Direct Action Everywhere (DxE).

1. We protested there because it's a place of violence.

Some articles and comments online say protesting at the local “mom and pop" shop is wrong because it's "bullying the little guys." They claim protests should be directed at big corporations instead. Peaceful nonviolent protests have been alternatively called "abuse," "bullying," "harassment," “extortion," and "blackmail."

What these articles seem to forget is that free speech is protected by the first amendment. DxE held protests on the public sidewalk, where it's our constitutional right to do so. If the liberal city of the Free Speech Movement is now labeling nonviolent protests as "abuse," it seems like a very troubling trend for the future of democracy.

Additionally, given that baby pigs are routinely being separated from their mothers and castrated without painkillers, from the animals’ perspectives, it’s the Local Butcher Shop, and the customers who purchase the bodies of these animals, who are the bullies. We are the ones asking for animals to be protected from bullies.

Even though DxE has indeed protested and investigated big stores like Safeway, Costco, and Whole Foods, protesting outside any establishment that profits from the exploitation of animals is ethically justified. In fact, I believe we actually have a moral obligation to stand up and protect the innocent, just like we would intervene if we saw someone beating a dog on the street.

2. The Local Butcher Shop aggressively promotes the “humane myth”

When polled, 62% of Americans believe animals deserve some protections from harm. An additional 32% believe animals deserve the same rights as people. This means the vast majority of Americans already believe that it's wrong to harm animals unnecessarily. What they have not come to realize is that eating animals for food is completely unnecessary in the world we live in. Companies like Beyond Meat and Hampton Creek have been replacing most animal-based foods, and vegan alternatives are increasingly available.

DxE has repeatedly shown, by entering into some of the most "humane" farms in the country, that there is no humane way to breed and exploit animals. Disease, trampling, and starvation have been found in all of the supposedly best farms in the country. The problem actually is that as long as animals are legally considered "property," the "owner" of such property will commonly make the decisions that best serve their own profits.

Recent marketing campaigns use labels like "grass-fed," "locally sourced," "sustainable," "humane," and "cage-free" to appeal to people's belief that animals should not be harmed. Corporations are noticing that people don't like to see animals being abused so they are using the "humane" marketing scheme as a last ditch effort to try to save this inherently violent industry.

When confronted with animal cruelty, most people's response is to claim they support “humane meat." Even the normally-progressive Mayor of Berkeley is quoted in an article showing support for killing "locally sourced animals raised in humane conditions." I wonder if he would show the same support for locally sourced, “humanely” raised Yorkshire terriers.

3. The classes that were the target of the protest are meant to teach how to hide violence

The protests started occurring in response to a "butchering class" offered by the Local Butcher Shop. Most people don't like to chew tendons, veins, blood and bones, so bodies are conveniently disguised as “patties” and “sausages." In fact, “sausage," “bacon,” “lamb chops," and “scallopini” are simply euphemisms we use to distance ourselves from those we are eating.

In the article in the Guardian about the incident, David Dewey, president of the California Association of Meat Processors, blamed "cartoons for making children believe that animals have emotions and feelings."

Unfortunately for Mr Dewey, there is actually scientific consensus among the world's top neuroscientists that humans are not the only animals who are conscious and have feelings.

The other excuse Dr. Dewey uses, “animals eat other animals too," is one of the most common justifications used to exploit animals, all of which are either fallacious or unscientific. We cannot use wild animals’ behaviors to justify our own behavior. After all, many animals inflict violence against their own children, but we would never allow someone to use this as a justification to eat their own human babies.

4. The people attending the classes are privileged, and wealthy

Wal-Mart and McDonald's customers sometimes can't afford or don’t have access to fruits and vegetables because of our racist food system. The meat industry is so powerful that they lobby politicians and receive 63% of food subsidies, while fruits and vegetables only receive less than 1%. This means people in poverty are pushed to eat these unhealthy foods. Worst of all, people of color, who are commonly lactose intolerant, are forced to eat the surplus milk and cheese the dairy industry convinces the government to buy. We need to address the issues of availability of healthy-foods for everyone, regardless of their income or race.

While we protested outside the store, people inside were paying $175 a session for a class to learn how to turn someone's body into a product. People who can afford that can afford vegan alternatives everywhere, so eating animals for them is purely for entertainment, just like paying to attend Seaworld or a dog-fighting match.

5. Berkeley is the future

The meat industry is using "humane washing" as an alternative to animal liberation. Places like Berkeley lead the way in social justice, and we must stop the lie that it's somehow ethical to kill a baby animal if you "do it nicely."

We would've liked to get the butcher shop to stop profiting from exploitation, or at least hold vegan-sausage making classes instead. This sign was the least we could hope for. My belief is that through future legislation, labels like this will expose the truth that there is no excuse for killing animals in the 21st century. Just as cigarette companies must post warnings that expose their harmful effects, we must continue to pressure companies that exploit animals to tell the truth about this violence. What just happened in Berkeley is only the beginning. Where Berkeley leads, California follows. And where California goes, so goes the nation.

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. 

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  2. Join a local DxE community --or start your own!
  3. Take the Liberation Pledge. And join us in creataing a true social justice movement for animals.

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Animal Rights News Recap 8/11/2017

DxE activists in Missouri protested horse carriages because horses are individuals, not tools.

VIDEO HERE

Lily's rescue story was brought to Germany when DxE Berlin's first action successfully revealed the truth about what happens to pigs in animal agriculture.

VIDEO HERE

Mexico City just became the first city in Mexico to ban dolphin shows!

A Colombian court granted a writ of habeas corpus to a bear named Chucho, who was then freed from his imprisonment at a zoo and taken to a sanctuary.

ARTICLE HERE

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 Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. 
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  3. Take the Liberation Pledge. And join us in creataing a true social justice movement for animals.

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