A groups of nine activists today shut down a factory, one of two UK subsidiaries of Israeli arms firm Elbit.
UAV Engines Limited, in Shenstone, Lichfield (40 minutes north of Birmingham), makes drone engines. According to the Campaign Against the Arms Trade, these have been exported to Israel.
At 5am this morning, the group shut the main gates to the factory and scaled the eight-meter wall. The group are now camped on the roof, intending to close the factory for as long as possible, and have enough supplies to last a week, they say.
Speaking from the rooftop over the phone to The Electronic Intifada today, London Palestine Action activist Ewa Jasiewicz said they had successfully shut down the factory: it is completely closed, and the car park empty.
She said they had water, sunblock and locks to ensure the police could not remove them. Their response to anyone asking when they will leave the rooftop is “when is this company leaving” Lichfield, she said.
She was in good spirits and said so far the police were merely “tormenting us with constant chatter.” The group have been locking themselves down when necessary.
Local police have shut down the street outside.
I haven’t, however I watched an interview with her a while back and have to say I wasn’t impressed at the time.
I know the gist of her arguments though, and if you’d like me to comment on/discuss any particular one/ones of them, send me another ask and I’d be happy enough to look further into them and do so.
Scratch that. SOME vegans are angering me. I’m cool with people not eating animal products (not that you need anyone’s approval). Actually good for you, that’s healthy and great that you are dedicated to what you believe. But when you blog about how much you hate omnivores, call us “carnists”, and tell us we should be ashamed and that it’s unnatural to eat animals, thts where my tolerance stops. You cross the line between “freedom of speech” and “provocation and offense”. I could build a case about how nature has given creatures the right to eat other creatures (i.e. canine teeth, predation in wild, etc), but that’s not what I’m trying to argue right now.
Get off your high horse and stop acting like you have the right to tell everyone what’s right and wrong just because you’ve restricted your diet. Believe what you want, but the minute you start ordering others to believe and live by it or criticize them for not, you’ a overstepped your rights
Vegetarians are like ‘Kinda wish there were more vegetarian options here.’ Whereas vegans are like ‘Stop tit raping those cows you fucking murderer!!!’
Because vegetarianism is simply a diet whereby, for whatever reason, someone decides not to eat the bodies of non-human animals. Veganism, however, is a larger opposition to speciesism and the exploitation of non-human animals, so of course it makes more sense that we would vocally object to the exploitative and unjust treatment of non-human animals. It’s not being an “arsehole” to object to something that is unfair and harmful.
“The dried cocoa beans are used by the whites to make this," declared a happy farmer of cocoa beans in Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast).
Here, cocoa farmers in Africa taste chocolate for the first time in their lives. They’ve been growing and selling cocoa beans for decades, and didn’t know what the beans were used for. So says this video.The words, too many to speak; just WOW
Now I will think of this video every time I buy something with chocolate in it. Appalling.
Someone’s inability to purchase animal products does not make them vegan.
Things to do to effectively challenge speciesism:
Don’t advocate vegetarianism as a stepping stone to vegansim. As well as this encouraging the notion that veganism is a diet by connecting it with vegetarianism, it also ignores the primary importance of an antispeciesist philosophy in being vegan. If people struggle with the dietary element, it’s best to encourage gradual replacements of animal products. Not just saying to cut out one, since that also indicates a hierarchy of which products are most harmful.
Although it can be important to fight for specific issues, don’t do it at the expense of other species. It seems common for people to fight for one species’ rights by claiming they have more capacity for emotions, more intelligence etc. Obviously this indicates that these things are relevant to determining whether or not a non-human animals deserves freedom, and so that harms other species who are also treat similarly.
Make sure you make it clear that all exploitation is wrong, when tackling single issues. It can be easy to focus on all the reasons a specific form of exploitation should not be happening, but it’s important to address it in a manner that makes it clear that this issue is not an exception among exploitative contexts. All are wrong.
Don’t talk about health, unless to reassure someone plant based diets can be as healthy as others. Veganism isn’t about becoming healthy on a plant based diet, so that shouldn’t be a part of your advocating for non-human animals.
Don’t make veganism about the environment. Veganism is an anti-speciesist stance, you can be speciesist and an environmentalist. There are definitely ways in which veganism and environmental issues interact, but they are separate.
Don’t make the most important aspect of veganism be the acts one performs. Focusing on which specific products or industries one abstains from or boycotts undermines the significance of the anti-speciesist philosophy. If someone is fundamentally anti-speciesist then it goes without saying that they would do what they can to avoid inherently speciesist products and industries. If such a person can’t do so to your standards it would hardly be fair to deem them not a part of the movement. On the other hand, someone can abstain from or boycott these things without necessarily being anti-speciesist.
When someone says they can’t go vegan, make it clear that veganism is a philosophy that you either support or don’t. Encourage them to adopt that philosophy and avoid exploiting non-human animals where they can. There’s no way a person “can’t” be against speciesism.
Avoid calling things cruelty free. While we’re able to avoid inherent cruelty, in such a society as we are in nothing is cruelty free unless home grown or wild. This gives the impression that the lifestyle aspect of veganism is all you need to not cause any harm to anyone, which is not the case.
Be respectful when discussing commonalities between forms of oppression. Make sure you don’t ignore the problems that are facing marginalised humans. We are making a stand against oppression, which means opposing all oppression, human and nonhuman alike.
Don’t talk about specific practices that are used against non-human animals unless necessary. Using specific practices as the central point of your argument indicates that it is the those practices that are the problem. Not the exploitation itself, nor the speciesism. It’s easy, then, for someone to come back with a hypothetically better scenario where that practice doesn’t occur. It needs to be clear that it’s wrong either way.
Please remember that being vegan is a privilege, and that judging anyone for not adopting such a lifestyle makes you a gaping asshole.
This is my first time hearing of this PETA stunt, and it is disgusting. These people can’t even pay their water bills, and this is who they decide to target to coerce into performing specific actions they’ve decided on without even taking into account the options that are available in their situation.
What they are doing isn’t even encouraging these people to be vegan, it is only manipulating them into doing what PETA tells them to do, and even that for only 30 days. Ten families eating a plant-based diet for a month isn’t going to help or save any animals. The animals who have suffered for what those families would have eaten have already been born, have already been exploited, and in some cases are already dead. This is not going to have an effect on those industries, and its not going to convince anyone that exploiting animals is wrong, especially since “going vegan”, according to PETA, is entirely about diet. The first person to take them up on the offer, has already stated that they appreciate the motivation to eat healthier and reduce their blood pressure. Great win for the animals there.
That being said, as awful as what PETA’s doing is, this response to it is equally despicable. First of all, just to set things straight, veganism is not a lifestyle. Second, the act of eating a plant-based diet or using products not derived from animal exploitation is not a privilege. Having a choice in what you consume is, but for some people, in some situations, it’s animal products that are the option that they don’t have the privilege to choose, whether they want to or not. Despite what PETA and you may think, which products one uses in either direction does not determine one’s moral beliefs regarding nonhuman animals.
Finally, the idea that you would participate in the exploitation and killing of animals who are in no way culpable for PETA’s actions in order to spite them, makes you a complete and utter piece of shit. If you think that animals’ lives and bodies are pawns to be used in order to get PETA to do what you want, you are doing exactly what they are. Unsurprisingly, your shit won’t have any more of a positive result than theirs will. So, how about this:
Just stop exploiting animals and supporting speciesism because it’s theright thing to do. Asshole.
All of this.
Why on earth would someone participate in exploiting non-human animals in response? Do your morals just go out of the window because an organisation that claims to have those same morals is being shitty?
Veganism is a moral philosophy and social justice movement that rejects speciesism and the human oppression of nonhuman animals. Unfortunately, due to the way it’s presented by advocates and their opponents alike, the general perception of veganism is vastly different from what that statement entails. Discussions about veganism largely focus around food and health, the environment, or which products vegans consume. When the animals themselves do make it into the conversation, focus tends to be on how they’re treated while they’re being exploited, rather than the fact that we as humans have already decided that exploiting them is acceptable. These conversations distract from getting our message across by encouraging the misleading view of veganism as a personal lifestyle choice or a welfarist boycott.
In order for the vegan movement to progress alongside other anti-oppression movements, it is critical to recognize that the goal of the movement must be to advocate for an end to speciesism. The intention of this blog is to help create a stronger animal rights movement. By clearing up the confusion within the AR community as to what veganism stands for, and refining our tactics so that they are in line with and supportive of other social justice movements, we can build a new narrative for how we can talk about veganism in a way that clearly supports our goal and starts treating nonhuman oppression seriously.
Thanks for this message, and the good wishes :) I’m really happy you appreciate my thoughts on issues, I’m glad I can help.
They say “save the cows, save the pigs” but do you hear about cows and pigs being extinct? Because I don’t! Were saving cows and pigs by eating them so they don’t become over populated. Your welcome world.
Saving the pigs and cows might be inaccurate, it’s more like “stop exploiting, harming and killing all non-human animals”, which is a pretty basic premise. Certainly killing/exploiting them for food is even further from saving them than anything, you aren’t stopping them breeding in mass numbers and going against their own interests, humans are breeding them in mass numbers against their interests. Not that harming them would be justified even if they were around in massive numbers. Plus, of course, humans further commodify, objectify, exploit, harm and kill them once they’ve been bred.
You’re also acting as though the only harm a non-human animal may face is the prospect of becoming extinct. You need to consider the experiences and lives of the individuals as valuable in and of themselves.
If you’re a vegan, so be it. But don’t try to shame other people for their dietary choices.
Doesn’t that sound an awful lot like how religious groups function? And whatever other cults exist.
"Dietary choices" - this phrase on it’s own indicates you fundamentally misunderstand what veganism is.
It’s not just waking up one day and personally not wanting to eat or use animal products. Veganism is about opposing the oppression and harm done to non-human animals. Any dietary component is simply a result of realising that non-human animals are victimised, and that it’s morally wrong to cause/support/benefit from unnecessary harm/exploitation/suffering of them.
In essence a vegan is not concerned with what you eat, but who you hurt, and justify being exploited. The problem vegans have with the oppression and harm of non-human animals is very much more equivalent to you criticising someone for being cruel to a puppy, or hurting a human, than it is to a religious group. Veganism is about standing up for non-human animals who are regularly devalued, objectified, commodified and exploited. Not controlling what people eat.
Aye yo, fellow vegetarians and vegans!
What you’re doing is great. It’s great that we can all decide to stop eating other creatures and save a lot of lives by boycotting the abusive and violent industry that makes meat and animal products.
If you see a post on tumblr (or anywhere else)…I think you have a misunderstanding of what veganism is. Veganism is NOT simply removing animal products from your diet. Veganism is a moral stance that rejects the widespread mindset that non human animals are inferior to human animals. It is an opposition to oppression/discrimination (which is called speciesism) the human animals force onto all non human species. As my friend vegan-diezo so eloquently wrote, “You should understand veganism as an anti-oppression movement in the same way you should recognize anti-racism, feminism, anti-ableism, etc… as social movements seeking to recognize the marginalization of any group by those with privilege and power is the very definition of malicious and cruel, and should never be considered an acceptable means of coexisting by those who view themselves as moral people.” (Not 100% verbatim but I wanted to give you credit before I basically repeated your words) By saying you’re against a violent and abusive industry that makes animal products is welfarism. Are you okay with non violent industries that exploit animals nicely and “humanely”? A lot of vegans approach is “look at what a good person I am because I don’t eat/wear/use animals.” Or they emphasize it being “the least amount of harm possible” it is all about easing their guilt and incredibly self-centered. you don’t see anti-racists (or any other justice movement) patting themselves on the back for not using oppressive language or actions because they know they’re already supposed to be against discrimination in the first place. I totally agree that a large majority of vegans give the vegan movement a bad rep but that’s because they don’t actually hold an anti-speciesist mindset and would rather advocate welfarism, enviromentalism, personal health, and basically anything else that veganism isn’t about instead of animal rights. I have a problem with the part you write about not criticizing meat eating because it is their choice… would you defend someone’s right to kick puppies for their personal entertainment? Probably not because some part of you realizes that those puppies care about themselves and don’t want to be kicked. If you would defend someone’s choice to kick puppies than you’re taking the side of the oppressor instead of the oppressed. Also, telling people not to eat meat is something i would avoid. Meat eating is a single issue of speciesism. dog breeding, cock fighting, dog fighting, horseriding, squishing bugs because theyre inside, vivisection, torturing and dismembering cats, etc… are all forms of speciesism. I can avoid eating meat and even take on a plant based diet and still be speciesist. Its better to focus on where all of [the oppression non human animals suffer from] it stems from. My moral beliefs tell me that being in the position of the oppressed is shit and nobody should have to be in that position. denying and disregarding someone else’s life simply because they don’t meet your (often arbitary) standards of “who deserves the right to their own body” is not only speciesist and anti-vegan but pro- discrimination as well….and very much so deserving of criticism. I think i covered everything, but if not just ask. I suggest you check out the-vegan-in-blue and vegan-diezo if you’re interested in learning more. They are both great and really delve into antispeciesism.
I had this all nicely separated into different parts but my phone refused to send it that way so if you need I can reblog with the same text but nicely spread out if this is too hard to read.
Bee appreciation picture post.
These friends were busy. Without their help, we probably would have had to manually pollenate our zucchini. This flower had bees going back and forth. There were 6 crammed inside at one point!
Animals doing their thing without being exploited?? How can this bee?????
I love watching bees around the garden, as well as other little animals. It’s so rewarding and fascinating sharing your garden with various little invertebrates, just seeing them do their thing.
And people seem to think there’s no way of living without exploiting or harming them.
Have you ever looked up “conflict minerals” or “conflict resources” in the Congo? Essentially, people are being exploited for slave labor, raped, and murdered for the materials needed to create things like vehicles, sports equipment, and electronics. Over 5.4 million civilian deaths estimated as a result of this war alone. Then they ship all of those materials to companies who also use slave-labor to make our TVs, computers, phones, laptops, etc.
When you guys tell me that veganism is a purely consumer driven practice, you’re ignoring all of the shit that we are all contributing to that could also be easily avoided. You’re really making yourselves look silly getting into these types of conversations with me. Yes, palm oil is devastating. I’m not disagreeing with that, but you’re ignoring all over forms of purposeful and unnecessary acts that we all support on a daily basis several times a day.
I imagine that when you all find a solution to not using anything made from conflict minerals in this capitalist society, you’ll be able to make a stronger argument against palm oil. I absolutely want a solution, but if the alternative to palm oil is to use land to create more olive oil, for instance, we’re going to end up killing and displacing those animals as well. Is that actually the solution we want to strive for? It really seems that everyone who is against me is focused on what is happening right now instead of also considering the repercussions from the changes that are being demanded. In my mind, you’re not asking for orangutans and the Amazon to be saved, but rather you’re asking for other animals and another part of the world to be destroyed instead. That doesn’t work for me. I don’t see how that makes sense to you so much that you would message me.
Look up conflict minerals, and then use your own argument on yourself. Look up child slave-labor cacao. Look up chimps trained to pick coconuts. Look up migrant workers picking our food in horrible conditions. Really look up what it takes to make anything that you consider “cruelty-free”, and then tell me what you’re left with. “Any decent human being should boycott as many harmful products as possible…” If you respond to this using electricity from power lines that destroyed native inhabitants, I’m gonna have to say you’re not vegan :/