On Saturday Aug. 17, 2013 at The Deer Pile (206 E. 13th Ave. Denver, CO 80203), Josh Harper of the Talon Conspiracy will be speaking about the expansion of the animal liberation movement, along with a screening of the film A.L.F. followed by a presentation by the Hunt Saboteurs U.S. The event and film screening is sponsored by the Denver vegan market Nooch.
From cosmetics to toothpaste to laundry detergent to college campuses, animal testing is rampant and a major concern for animal rights activists. Many companies who did not test on animals, such as Revlon after being pressured by activists such as Henry Spira and MAC Cosmetics now conduct animal testing because they sell their products in China, where animal testing is required for cosmetics.
Environmental and animal direct action under the hashtag #FearlessSummer has been on the rise this summer ranging from blockades in the West Virginia mountains, to disrupting the Keystone XL Pipeline and tar sands production in Utah. On July 20, 2013, two dolphins were released from Yevpatoria dolphinarium in Ukraine. A cell of the Animal Liberation Front called “SEALS on tour” took credit for the release stating, “During the night of the full moon on 20/07/2013 we covered 2 km under water and breached security perimeter: we cut the nets and entered dolphin containment pools. In the next hour we cut large part of perimeter barrier. Dolphins encouraged our efforts with clicks and whistling. Their support filled us with joy and excitement.”
On July 28, 2013, 2,400 minks were released by animal activists from a fur farm in Idaho. On July 30, 2013, a horse slaughterhouse near Roswell, N.M. was damaged by suspected arson. Congress lifted the ban on domestic horse slaughter in 2011, since then many organizations including the USDA and the Humane Society have opposed the slaughter of horses.
On Aug. 8, 2013, Earth First released an article stating that the Animal Liberation Front “took credit for releasing dozens of pheasants from the Ash Grove Pheasant Farm in Riverside California. Now the owners have announced they are out of the pheasant-breeding business altogether.”
Denver based artist Sole, recently released his newest podcast featuring Jason Hribal, author of “Fear of the Animal Planet: The Hidden History of Animal Resistance”. Hribal elaborated on his book detailing about orcas, baboons, elephants, and tigers in captivity that have rebelled, resisted, and targeted their captors. The author also discussed how animals are part of the working class and constantly exploited in society.
View a lecture by Josh Harper on the history of the Anti-Vivisection Movement here: http://vimeo.com/64902387