The repression of animal rights activists is a result of campaigns to increase public awareness, change cultural values, evoke discussion, and threaten corporate profits. It is a global travesty, and it affects all of us. When companies make money from the abuse of animals, it is in their vested interest to normalise the industries responsible, and silence those who protest.
Draconian laws such as Serious Organised Crime and Police Act (SOCPA) in the UK, so-called ‘Ag-Gag’ laws and the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) in the United States, slanders of ‘terrorism’ and even ‘ecoterrorism’ in Spain and Austria, as well as the unjust imprisonment of those destroying or vandalising instruments of torture, rescuing animals, and documenting their plight, are acts of sheer desperation to hide the horrific truths about the skin trade, animal farming and vivisection.
We must never be afraid to act against the slavery of non-human animals and their institutionalised abuse. Our treatment of animals requires radical change within all of us.
Fighting repression has become a necessity in our movement. We must embrace it, stand strong besides those experiencing it, and reject attempts to demonise us in the media and public eye. Respect and best wishes to Sven and Natasha.