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The Viva Vine: vol #4, no #2: March / April 1995

[Ed. Note: The following material was downloaded via modem from the Internet. All is from "The Militant Vegan," Issue 8 (February 8, 1995). Some will find this material very controversial.

The opinions here are not those of The VivaVine.

"The Militant Vegan" is given space here only as a starting point for meaningful discussion about animal activism. Please send or Email (pamela@vivavegie.org) your opinions to The VivaVine. Indicate whether your words are intended for publication, and if you would like your name published.]

From "The Militant Vegan"

"...[T]he meat and dairy industries are responsible for most of the animal suffering in the U.S., so the pressure against those industries must continue to increase..."

"The critical difference between positive radicalism that is inclusive and constructive and the anti-social nihilism of some movements is the difference between whether we remain in the fringes, like Earth First!, or succeed in making our radical message accepted...

"...The Militant Vegan is not an ALF [Animal Liberation Front] Support Group, so we make no contact with illegal units. This is to guarantee that we can continue to publish the good news of animal liberation...

"...It's not our intention here at The Militant Vegan to cut down anyone who works for animals. But it has to be said that grassroots activism for animals declined in the early 90's, even as interest in animal rights increased. Why? Because groups which led the movement in the 80's, like Last Chance for Animals and In Defense of Animals, lost their sense of urgency and direction, sunk into ritual protests, spent too much time on costly lawsuits and neither-here-nor-there issues like pet theft, and therefore ceased to attract and inspire the huge numbers of people who became concerned about animals. We can all learn from this, and keep our activism stylish, innovative, ever-creative, and committed to increasing the number of vegans and the number of activists....

"... Diary of Actions: Please Note: The Diary of Actions is intended to report the news of direct action to save animals, not to encourage crime. All reports come from other publications, the internet, or communiques sent to animal rights groups..."

[Ed note: what follows is only a small sampling of actions the "Diary" reported. Though the listing covered actions for animals of all kinds, except for one, actions listed here are for those of food animals.]

"...May 2-Rochester, New York- Federal Meats had locks glued, windows smashed, and the building and sidewalk was spray painted. ALF (We also have rumors of activity in Buffalo, NY, in 1994.)...

"...June-San Francisco, California- The Crustacean Liberation Front hit several businesses which sell live lobsters....

"...Summer-Minneapolis, Minnesota- A McDonald's was spraypainted with slogans like "McDeath" and had its locks glued. A KFC had their walls spraypainted with slogans like "ALF" and "Meat is Murder" and had its locks glued...

"...July-Olney, Maryland- Boston Chicken: "Meat is Murder" spray painted on a wall, brick thrown through a window. ALF U.S. Congressional Cell...

"...August-Southern California- A starving, emaciated goat was liberated from a county fair and "is now happily and healthily living on a spacious farm." Farm Animal Revenge Militia...

"...Aug. 31-Memphis,Tenn. Factory farm pigs liberated. ALF...

"...October 17-Salt Lake County, Utah- Three windows worth $500 were smashed at a Honey Baked Hams. Vegan Revolution...

"...November-New York, New York- A large steel garbage can was thrown through the front picture window of a fur salon. ALF...

"...December 22-23-Vancouver, British Columbia-After receiving letters saying that turkeys had been injected with rat poison, Safeway and Save-On-Foods chains pulled turkeys from the shelves of all their stores and offered refunds to customers. Tests showed no poison, and the action seems to follow on the often-used British tactic of a contamination hoax. The action caused over one million dollars in damages. Animal Rights Militia..."

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