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FBI Says Activists Who Investigate Factory Farms Can Be Prosecuted as Terrorists ⇢

cultureofresistance:

The FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force has kept files on activists who expose animal welfare abuses on factory farms and recommended prosecuting them as terrorists, according to a new document uncovered through the Freedom of Information Act.

This new information comes as the Center for Constitutional Rights has filed a lawsuit challenging the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) as unconstitutional because its vague wording has had a chilling effect on political activism. This document adds to the evidence demonstrating that the AETA goes far beyond property destruction, as its supporters claim.

The 2003 FBI file details the work of several animal rights activists who used undercover investigation to document repeated animal welfare violations. The FBI special agent who authored the report said they “illegally entered buildings owned by [redacted] Farm… and videotaped conditions of animals.”

The animal activists caused “economic loss” to businesses, the FBI says. And they also openly rescued several animals from the abusive conditions. This was not done covertly in the style of underground groups like the Animal Liberation Front — it was an act of non-violent civil disobedience and, as the FBI agent notes, the activists distributed press releases and conducted media interviews taking responsibility for their actions.

Based on these acts — trespassing in order to photograph and videotape abuses on factory farms — the agent concludes there “is a reasonable indication” that the activists “have violated the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, 18 USC Section 43 (a).”

The file was uncovered through a FOIA request by Ryan Shapiro, who is one of the activists mentioned. The file is available for download here. [Please note that this document has additional redactions in order to protect the identities of the other activists, at their request.] Shapiro is now a doctoral candidate at MIT.

Opinions (on what you eat)

The other night I went out to dinner with a couple of friends. We ventured into a small town Mexican restaurant. When I mean small town, I mean they were serving us food from what seemed to be their kitchen and the place could only sit about 15 people. This is the second time I’ve gone there and I was feeling adventurous. I asked the waitress what vegetarian options they had or what she would recommend. She proceeded with a couple generic choices and ended with “oh and this is really good, it’s topped with egg yolk.” One of my friends told her that I don’t eat eggs; the waitress said “oh don’t worry, you can’t taste it.”

I ordered a burrito with rice and beans (just to be safe)

After this incident happened the topic of ignorance and vegetarianism came up.

It’s so sad how people are ignorant to what being a vegetarian or even a vegan means. I understand that people who don’t grow up around any non-meat eaters find it strange, but come on we live in the time where you can track your pizza during each stage. It’s especially sad that someone who works in a restaurant doesn’t understand what being a vegetarian means. I tried my best to explain to her what it meant to me and why I don’t eat meat or eggs. 

My friend couldn’t believe this happened and he isn’t even a vegetarian. He proceeded to tell me how when he goes to some Asian Oriental restaurants he has to contemplate whether the meat is from a dog or a cat. I found his opinions and thoughts on it normal. But I had to tell him the way he views eating dogs and cats as being horrible is the way most vegetarians view eating any meat. 

Who has the right to say which animal is edible? Aren’t we all? You can’t tell me that a chicken just tastes good and that they are meant to be eaten. Dogs can be just the same. Your opinions could be vastly different depending on your place of birth. Your opinions can be vastly different based on the environment you grew up in. Respect opinions of others, whether you agree or not. Be open to why others are different. 

If you eat meat I’m not going to tell you to stop. I might tell you to try and get your meat from a local farmer that take care and don’t inject hormones (or whatever else) though, but that’s about it. Just don’t look at me like I’m a fool for not eating meat and don’t judge other countries for eating other types of meat. 

kateoplis:

TIGERS (The Institute of Greatly Endangered Species)

Tooo cute!

Source: Flickr / photo-tractatus

thesaurusrexx:

A young brown rat helps himself to the lunch of a 12-year-old African leopard named Sheena at the Santago Rare Leopard Project in Hertfordshire, England.

Sheena gives the little dinner thief a sniff and goes back about her leopard business.

Full story here.

The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.

-  Mahatma Gandhi  (via zeitgeistmovement)

A shared search of spiritual growth.: Reasons to be a vegetarian. ⇢

thisisthepeacetrain:

  • Conservation of Fossil fuel. It takes 78 calories of fossil fuel to produce 1 calorie of beef protein; 35 calories for 1 calorie of pork; 22 calories for 1 of poultry; but just 1 calorie of fossil fuel for 1 calorie of soybeans. By eating plant foods instead of animal foods, I help conserve our…

If a group of beings from another planet were to land on Earth — beings who considered themselves as superior to you as you feel yourself to be to other animals — would you concede them the rights over you that you assume over other animals?

- George Bernard Shaw, playwright, Nobel Prize 1925 (via revolvingandevolving)

How do you think human-Beings treat the Earth?

Institute for Marine Mammal Studies veterinary technician Wendy Hatchett prepares to take a skin sample from a dead bottlenose dolphin that was found decomposing on Ono Island, Ala. and brought for examination to Gulfport, Miss. Since January, 155 young or even fetal dolphins and small whales have washed up dead on Gulf beaches - more than four times the normal amount - according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. A NOAA official called the oil spill “a possible cause” in the uptick in deaths. (Patrick Semansky/AP) 
It’s been a year since the Oil spill and there is STILL oil in the Gulf, beaches, and the marsh. Check out more not so horrific but still heart-breaking pictures and info at 
http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2011/04/gulf_oil_spill_one_year_later.html
I have to add that I can’t believe BP is trying to start drilling there again! AND if that doesn’t get under your skin let me add this - Transocean Ltd. which operated the Deepwater Horizon drilling, just gave their execs bonuses because the company had completed it’s best year of safety. Yes, I said best year of safety. 

This set off extra payments to management of $250,000. Only after a media outcry and harsh words from Interior Secretary Ken Salazar did the management decide to hand over this share of its compensation to the families of the deceased.

Institute for Marine Mammal Studies veterinary technician Wendy Hatchett prepares to take a skin sample from a dead bottlenose dolphin that was found decomposing on Ono Island, Ala. and brought for examination to Gulfport, Miss. Since January, 155 young or even fetal dolphins and small whales have washed up dead on Gulf beaches - more than four times the normal amount - according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. A NOAA official called the oil spill “a possible cause” in the uptick in deaths. (Patrick Semansky/AP) 

It’s been a year since the Oil spill and there is STILL oil in the Gulf, beaches, and the marsh. Check out more not so horrific but still heart-breaking pictures and info at 

http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2011/04/gulf_oil_spill_one_year_later.html

I have to add that I can’t believe BP is trying to start drilling there again! AND if that doesn’t get under your skin let me add this - Transocean Ltd. which operated the Deepwater Horizon drilling, just gave their execs bonuses because the company had completed it’s best year of safety. Yes, I said best year of safety. 

This set off extra payments to management of $250,000. Only after a media outcry and harsh words from Interior Secretary Ken Salazar did the management decide to hand over this share of its compensation to the families of the deceased.

Amazingly informative video on how being a vegetarian is not only healthy, but also an optimal way of going green and saving the planet! 

Since I was on the topic of China, I might as well add the fact that the new fad there is live turtle or fish keychains! This has been going on since the Beijing Olympics and is now on the rise.

I can’t imagine how these animals are treated. Are the flung around, tossed into purses, thrown on the kitchen table, like regular keys/keychains? They say that the water is filled with nutrients to keep the animal alive, however they die within days and some within hours. According to some reports once the animal is dead the cadavers are heated in the microwave and feasted upon with a cold beer. 

I can’t even express how this makes me feel. All I can say is how would you like it if extra-terrestrial beings came and put you in a suitcase to carry around with them everywhere? Actually, what if just another human-being did that to you? We all have life and energy within us. Most of these creatures were here before us. Just because we’re bigger or smarter and have opposable thumbs doesn’t mean we can do whatever we want. 

She was the best. 

She was the best. 

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