AETA: Lee Hall in Dissident Voice & More

Saturday, November 11th, 2006

In October, the US Senate voted unanimously to pass The Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA), S. 3880; the House is slated to consider similar legislation, H.R. 4239, when they reconvene next week.

A number of animal advocacy organizations have distributed alerts urging citizens to take action. For those that have been crossposted or excerpted on easyVegan.info, click here or search for “AETA” using the search box to your right.

A recent alert from Friends of Animals included a link to an article in the newsletter Dissident Voice by Lee Hall. “The Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act May Soon Be Law, How Could This Happen?” is a detailed look at AETA. It offers a good overview of the legislation, particularly how it came to be, so go check it out.

Hall concludes:

The AETA is close to becoming law because militant tactics have given oppressive forces the ability to rationalize a need for it; because the dominant paradigm in animal advocacy is isolation from compatible progressive causes; and because corporate front groups have organized around portraying environmentalists and animal advocates in an extremely negative light, then tapped into the current drive for anti-terror legislation. From this convergence of dynamics, H.R. 4239 has arisen.

In the coming days, it’s imperative that we energetically oppose this bill. Find the person who claims to represent you in Congress, ring them up at 202.224.3121, and explain that real safety means questioning the influence of corporate profit-seekers over their lawmaking.

And in the long term, it’s imperative that progressive thinkers create liaisons and learn from each other. The single-issue advocacy groups that follow the corporate paradigm are unlikely to understand the point. But let the AETA be a wake-up call to the rest of us.

Indeed, AETA has serious consequences not just for animal advocates, but for all activists. Consequently, a number of diverse organization oppose the bills, including the ACLU, The National Lawyers Guild, Indy Media, and the Rainforest Action Network. This is, of course, in addition to the 130+ animal advocacy organizations that oppose the legislation.

Whether you’re an animal rights advocate, someone who believes in the humane treatment of animals, an environmentalist, or an activist of another stripe altogether, please take a moment to contact your Representative and urge him or her to vote against H.R. 4239. You may also want to contact your Senators and (politely) scold them for voting to pass S. 3880. Contact information for US Reps is available at http://www.house.gov; Senators, http://www.senate.gov. If you need help getting started or would like further background, feel free to browse through some of the action alerts previously posted on this site.

After the jump: a list of additional resources.

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Friends of Animals: Salem Vegan Society Interviews Lee Hall

Thursday, July 13th, 2006

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From: Friends of Animals – mail [at] friendsofanimals.org
Date: Jul 10, 2006 3:41 PM
Subject: Friends of Animals

Friends of Animals: Salem Vegan Society Interviews Lee Hall

This July marks the release of a thought-provoking new work by Lee Hall, legal director of Friends of Animals. Capers in the Churchyard: Animal Rights Advocacy in the Age of Terror defines animal rights, discusses dominant definitions of terrorism, and provides on-point analysis of relevant laws and campaigns.

Hearing that the book takes a look at these timely issues through a decidedly vegan lens, the Salem Vegan Society invited Hall to speak about the book.

Here are a few quotes from the interview.

On free-range farming:

“It’s ethical game-playing. Trendy grocers want us to pay a premium to get those ‘less objectionable’ animal products. Even VegNews had a recent article calling eggs from hens in sheds (rather than conventional cages) ‘egg-cellent news’ for hens. What nonsense. This is all about humane advocates promoting very egg-spensive products.”

On non-violence:

“A truly vegan animal-rights movement would necessarily be non-violent, and it is no accident that Donald Watson, throughout a rich life that lasted most of a century, never wavered on this point. Watson was a conscientious objector to war. Notably, Watson never said that war could be made humane.”

Click HERE to read the full interview.

Capers in the Churchyard is the new book from Nectar Bat Press, with Foreword by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson. Receive a complimentary Friends of Animals membership when you order directly at the FOA Web site. International orders are available at Amazon.com.

Sent from: Friends of Animals, 777 Post Road Ste 205, Darien, CT 06853.