On "Compassion," "Nonviolence" and "Justice"

Animal Person

Then there's the most controversial question: "Is property damage violence, and is there a spectrum where some types of property damage aren't considered violence (as in open rescues) or are considered violence but are also considered acceptable?" Tags: Activism Ethics Language Why all the quotation marks? Because I've been thinking about the evolution of my own thinking--and languaging--regarding animal rights.

Where Does Entertainment Begin and End?

Animal Person

Is it possible that videos of open rescue or undercover videos taken of vivisection could be somehow lumped in with snuff and other vile videos and considered unacceptable (and don't think that wouldn't be intentional), therefore taking an important tool away from activists? Tags: Activism Current Affairs Ethics Language animal rights animal snuff films free speech Supreme Court Vamsee Juluri veganism

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On Different Results of Direct Action

Animal Person

There is a profound difference between what Sea Shepherd does and what the Animal Liberation Front does, but there are also similarities, and those similarities increase in number if a direct action by the ALF (or anyone else) is an open rescue and therefore a direct defense of sentient nonhumans being attacked by humans. Here are some highlights: Mantle: "How do you respond to: Yeah, you may find something that benefits humans, but it's not worth it and it's not ethically right?"

On What the Animal Ag Alliance Thinks of Us

Animal Person

Vegans give money to organizations that they think are going to further their vegan cause but that's not what ends up happening with all 100% of those donations (let's assume some goes to vegan education or animal rescue or even open rescue). Tags: Activism Current Affairs Ethics Language ALF Animal Agriculture Alliance Animal Rights Animal welfare ELF HSUS PeTA SHAC Vegan education veganism