Wednesday, September 10, 2008

13 comments:

haus-frau said...

okay, after a good cry, i'm ready to kick ass. who's with me?

Maison Luxe said...

zoe & i are with you. everyone, go hug your dog right now.

erin said...

when i hit play i thought to myself "oh no, this is going to be shocking footage of animal cruelty and i'm going to sob and sob and not be able to sleep." but instead i'm crying out of frustration at the american political system, and admiration of a handful of good and courageous people. thank god for those people! i'm going to go climb into bed with the dog and cats now.

Anonymous said...

I am all for free speech and animal rights. Forgive me ignorance (I mean this)...did they blow anything up or encourage anyone to do bombs or violence? I'm asking because I can't support animal rights w/out asking about violence, because I'm also anti-war (anti-violence). Were they peaceful? (besides yelling, that's all fine...) I do hate genuine terrorists since my husband takes the train in the city daily and lived through 911 (came home blackened and covered in soot...but he came home). Please let me know what you know about their tactics.

Decorno said...

Anon - it's a good question.

No, they didn't blow anything up. They engaged in speech-based activities to protest an animal testing facility, but under a never-before-applied statute, they were all sentenced to time in prison for speech, basically. Even if you eat meat (as I do), it's a scary thought to go to jail for the reasons they did.

This is how their site explains it:
While the charges themselves sound alarming, the defendants are not actually accused of having personally engaged in terrorist or threatening acts. Instead, the government's case centers around the idea that aboveground organizers of a campaign are responsible for any and all acts that anyone engages in while furthering the goals of the organizers. In this case, the claim is that the SHAC7 should be imprisoned because underground activists took illegal actions against companies with ties to H.L.S.

Jessie said...

Ok, I need to take deep breaths... my blood pressure just shot through the roof. There is nothing I hate to see more than animal cruelty, and even the thought of it makes me more than angry and sad.

I'm with you on this one, and thanks for posting this video.

Anonymous said...

This is terrifying! Thankyou for posting this video. My heart goes out to these people. Everyone needs to speak up and defend free speech. So many people take freedom of speech and our rights to use consumer power for granted. We often think that Amnesty International has no role in Western democracies. I will post this video on Facebook and spread the word.

amymezzell said...

I'm holding back tears! I just cannot imagine what kind of person can have it in them to do such things to animals. This shows how ridiculous things can be with the legal system, but I'm proud of them for keepin' on keepin' on.

Stephanie said...

Thanks for posting about this. Truly terrifying that peaceful protesters (especially for a cause as worthy as stopping animal cruelty) can be lumped in the same category as terrorists and punished accordingly.

conflictedthimble said...

yeah, i just watched v for vendetta last night and coupled with this video it just hits home how important this election is... we are living in some scary times...

Anonymous said...

Of course, animal abuse is horrible, but please note... these people, SHAC, stalk and threaten staff who work at Huntingdon Labs.

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Activists have admitted firebombing the home of a Glaxosmithkline executive and an Oxford University building.

Leapfrog Day Nurseries also said it had been threatened over a childcare scheme it ran for Huntingdon Life Sciences.


From: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/4290174.stm

Can't speak for US actions but that is NOT free speech. It is violent.

alis said...

Can you write the link? I can only watch through vtunnel.

hello gorgeous said...

I meant to post about this yesterday but I couldn't focus my thoughts, this made me so angry.

Apparently, they violated the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (S. 3880).

http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s109-3880

Before it passed, Dennis Kucinich of Ohio has this to say about it:

"written in such a way as to have a chilling effect on the exercise of the constitutional rights of protest... people who, the law says, well, their first amendment rights are protected... I think for that reason, this bill has not yet reached its maturity."

Yet it was passed by the House and Senate in Sept. 2006.

Write your Congressmen, people. I've heard that's what they're there for.