In February of 2014 a two-year old giraffe was euthanized at the Copenhagen Zoo. Worldwide media attention and an online petition signed by twenty-seven thousand friends of animals had failed to save him.
Against Kosher and Halal Slaughter Marianne Thieme, Dutch MP Party for the Animals
Part 4 of 4
This final installment of my review of From Dictatorship to Democracy, Gene Sharp’s seminal work on nonviolent strategy and tactics for regime change, also looks at how the opposition to Halal and Kosher slaughter that began with tiny groups of Identitarians and Animal Rights activists whose combined strengths became a transnational issue throughout Europe. The final three chapters of From Dictatorship to Democracy focus on Sharp’s three phases of nonviolent revolution: Selective Resistance, Mass Defiance, and Consolidation. Read more …
Savitri Devi would have been delighted that Earth Day 2013 falls on Adolf Hitler’s birthday. The following essay is Chapter 11 of Savitri Devi’s manifesto of animal rights and deep ecology Impeachment of Man (Calcutta: Savitri Devi Mukherji, 1959), available for purchase here.
Il y a des années, lorsqu’une jeune femme quittait l’Alabama pour aller à l’université en Californie, son oncle lui racontait l’histoire de la naissance de la Californie. L’Amérique, voyez-vous, était peuplée par des gens qui ne pouvaient simplement pas s‘adapter en Europe : fanatiques religieux, voleurs de chevaux, criminels en fuite, chercheurs de fortune, et autres gens libres de toute attache. Read more …
Years ago, when a young woman set out from Alabama to go to college in California, her uncle told her the story of how California was born. America, you see, was populated by people who just did not fit in back in Europe: religious fanatics, horse thieves, bail jumpers, fortune seekers, and other footloose folk. When they settled on the East Coast, the ones who didn’t fit in there moved a little further West and settled. Those who didn’t fit in there, moved still further West. Read more …
Jonathan Safran Foer Eating Animals
New York: Little, Brown and Company 2009
Why do we behave morally? There’s reciprocity and looking out for our genes. For many (most, I hope) of us there’s a natural dislike of cruelty. We try not to be responsible for any extra suffering in the world. Humans also desire approval from others and usually being a scoundrel isn’t good for your reputation.