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  1. Thursday, May 08 2008 @ 12:23 PM CDT

    A Call Out to Midwestern Animal Rights Activists
    Wednesday, May 07 2008 @ 06:02 PM CDT
    Contributed by: ChicagoADL

    Animal RightsThis summer, Animal Defense League Chicago, in conjunction
    with the Activist Alliance at Roosevelt University, will be hosting
    MENDING THE HEARTLAND: Building A Unified Midwestern Animal Liberation
    Movement. We are calling for all interested animal rights organizers
    and activists to come to Chicago, July 25th through 27th, 2008 to come
    together and brainstorm, learn, discuss, and create.

    MENDING THE HEARTLAND: Building a Unified Midwestern Animal Liberation
    Movement

    A call out for organizers, workshop proposals and attendees.

    This summer, Animal Defense League Chicago, in conjunction with the
    Activist Alliance at Roosevelt University, will be hosting MENDING THE
    HEARTLAND: Building A Unified Midwestern Animal Liberation Movement. We
    are calling for all interested animal rights organizers and activists to
    come to Chicago, July 25th through 27th, 2008 to come together and
    brainstorm, learn, discuss, and create.

    What do we need in order for this to happen?

    We need you!

    The first open planning meeting for the conference will be announced
    soon. We invite all individuals and groups interested in organizing for
    the conference to attend this open meeting to help with the every day
    details of the conference, along with approving workshops, getting
    sponsors, etc. While we at ADL Chicago hope the conference will be a
    melding of organizations and individuals, we are organizing this
    conference along 4 main principles, outlined and explained below in our
    mission statement.

    Additionally, we are looking for workshop presenters! Proposal
    submissions will be due in June, more information will be posted soon.

    Website and mailing list coming soon!

    Mending the Heartland Mission Statement:

    The purpose of Mending the Heartland: Building a Unified Midwestern
    Animal Liberation Movement is to attempt to build bridges between
    grassroots activist groups around the Midwest so that we can begin to
    work together more closely on animal rights issues. We in Chicago have
    noticed that on the coasts there seems to be much more interaction
    between groups from various cities to combine their efforts, help
    support each others' actions and generally offer more support to one
    and other as animal rights activists. While this is harder to do in the
    Midwest, due to the distances between cities, we feel it is both
    possible and necessary for activists in this region to come together
    and network so that we can learn from each other and become more effective in our activism, both as individual activists and as a more united
    animal rights movement.

    The hope is that by building more solidarity amongst the various groups
    scattered across the Midwest, we will be able to help strengthen our
    movement and more effectively fight for animal liberation. Be that by
    refining our own regular events to be more effective, or by coming
    together more often for large scale, multi-group sponsored events.


    We at ADL Chicago wanted this conference to be shaped and organized by
    a variety of organizations and people around the Midwest so as to include
    voices other then our own. However, we also don't want the organizational process to be crippled by infighting. For that reason and in an attempt to avoid infighting in the organization of this conference, we at ADL Chicago have written up a mission statement to outline the ethics and tactics this conference supports and what issues will be discussed at the event. It is not mandatory that everyone organizing for this conference be in lock step agreement on every issue raised, but it is necessary that all organizing groups, workshop presenters, sponsors or whoever else are aware that these issues will be being discussed at the conference and at the very least are willing and comfortable to be a part of the conference knowing that the following issues will be raised over the course of the weekend:

    * A dedication to liberation, not welfarism:

    This conference stands for complete animal liberation, not "bigger
    cages, longer chains" and the workshops, sponsors and presenters must
    reflect that ethic.
    We feel that many of the national animal rights
    organizations have started down a road that only reinforces the
    property status of animals and does nothing to challenge the industries we are opposing or the mindsets we are attempting to change. Topics such as
    these and critiques of the larger animal rights movement will be
    present at this conference as we feel that combating tactics that we feel are
    harmful to the furtherance of animal rights is just as important as
    implementing the tactics we feel are effective.

    * A commitment to ending all forms of oppressions:

    While this may be first and foremost an animal rights conference, we
    believe all forms of oppression to be interlinked. Many people believe
    that other issues (such as racism, sexism, homophobia, etc) should be
    put aside when fighting for the rights of animals. We believe that far
    too often issues such as these are ignored by our movement in an
    attempt to appear more "unified" and that this single-mindedness is not only
    unethical and short sighted, but also corrosive to our movement. We are
    specifically inviting and preparing for populations that are not often
    included (or assimilated and therefore, in a way, silenced) in the larger animal rights movements, especially in the Midwest: women; people
    of color; transgender and gender variant people; queer people/people of
    varying sexual preferences and orientation; and parents and other
    guardians of children. As such, we seek to have workshops highlighting
    the connections between all forms of oppression and putting our
    movements shortcomings on these issues under the magnifying glass. We
    believe that criticism and reflection on oppressive behaviors within
    our movement is essential in order to combat those problems. In keeping
    with this ethic, oppressive behavior will not be tolerated at the
    conference. Any conference attendees who behave in oppressive manners towards others will be asked to leave.

    * An Open Support For Direct Action And The Animal Liberation Front:

    This conference will stand up openly in support of the Animal
    Liberation Front. It is our belief that the actions of the ALF are essential
    elements of the fight for animal liberation and this conference will
    feature workshops and presenters that reflect that belief.

    * Law Enforcement/ Government Officials Are Not Welcome/Implementing
    Security Culture:

    We understand this is a hard one to enforce, but felt it necessary to
    point out that we want to do everything we can to implement security
    culture at this event. As such, no police officers, FBI agents or any
    other such government official is welcome at the event. Please note
    however, that this is nearly impossible to enforce and with the
    scrutiny placed on the animal rights movement by the government, they are almost certain to be there. Keep this in mind and remember that loose lips
    sink ships.

    ADL Chicago: http://chicago.animaldefense.info/
     
  2. See more here.

    http://chicago.animaldefense.info/

    If this does not leave you sweating and quaking in your boots as far as the future of ANY COMPANION ANIMAL IN THE US, I don't know what will.
     
  3. CharlieDog

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    OMG. How do we stop this??
     
  4. Many people in the dog fancy are working VERY HARD against these things.

    HOwever, the opposition is well organized, well funded, and as you know, extremists are very dedicated to their causes.

    If you want to get involved, visit http://www.pet-law.com/
     
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    And their goal is to outlaw owning any type of animal? How would they get away with that?
     
  6. how many people would keep animals if fencing, crates, and tethering was completely abolished?

    I know that I could not keep the dogs I have if I were not allowed to fence or crate them.

    Of course then there is all the mandatory s/n laws, and the breed specific laws, which eat away at our rights to own the dogs we choose to.

    Don't miss the part about guardianship, and dogs NOT being property. This is a pivotal point, and if we EVER lose the property battle, the fight is over. Dogs will then HAVE rights, and our own rights as "guardians" will be prohibitively restricted.
     
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    How the heck are they going to know what the dogs want??? With children and guardianship you can ask.. But you cant ask dogs..

    How are we to keep that from happening? I mean, like locally and whatnot? No one around here cares pretty much.. I don't want it to happen, but if no one cares.. except for a small few.. then, how do you stop it?
     
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    I say chazzers in the area need to go to the meeting and infiltrate the group.

    :hail:
     
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    OMG. Wow. I firmly believe that there are things as too many laws.

    Crating, fencing, and tethering is not harmful to the animals if it's done appropriately and responsibly.

    Is leaving a dog outside tethered to a tree 24/7 cruel? Yes

    Is tethering a dog to a tree so it can roam in it's unfenced yard without getting hit by a car cruel? Of course not.

    And I've known dogs who LIKE their crate. Hear that? They LIKE it. They will go in it even when they're not told to!

    I swear, the people we're letting in government these days.
     
  10. not a bad idea, but you better set someone up to go your bail beforehand.

    ;)
     
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    I joined the Pet-Law email list and I sent some info around to my friends. Pet owners truly are at war, aren't we? :(
     
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    Yea...it was very tongue-in-cheek and as a disclaimer, I would not actually suggest spending any time with the ADL...those people are the extremists - bombs, fires, etc.

    HSUS scares me more than ADL.
     
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    Yes..
     
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    I just thought of something. Shouldn't we be trying to get some of the big names on board with us, like Petsmart, Petco, etc? I mean our pets are their business, if there are no pets they aren't getting any money, so they should care about this too...
     
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    I don't know about you all . . . but more than their goals, their rhetoric, or their meeting, this scares the living hell out of me.

    This is all but an open statement that they fully intend to use illegal or violent means. Not that that would be a new thing for this movement, but this is frighteningly bold.
     
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    True that.

    I almost wish I could go, just to see what the hell they are going to talk about...
     
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    Unfortunatley, they are quaking in their collective boots. AR people are all but stalking them, and like many animal affliated corporations, whose main purpose is to avoid getting sued, they roll over half the time.

    I've been saying for years that dog owners have to unite behind a single banner, and that banner has to be the AKC, which means the AKC needs to get off its collective butt and start standing up for all dog owners . . purebred, mixed or mutt, show, sport or pet, breeder, trainer or owner. It also means that the AKC needs to clean house, big time. But only the AKC has the combination of name recognition, poltical heft, and dedicated purpose to provide a united front . . .
     
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    Yes...but...it's not so easy. The ARists have better organization and more money. We are all too busy doing things with our animals to develop an organized, collective fight. It hasn't been easy to get the AKC more actively involved.

    Companies like petsmart and petco might be a good source for funding for AW/anti-AR efforts, but politically they won't have as much influence as something like the AKC.

    But yes, we need support from any place we can get it. One of our best allies is the NRA. They have money, they have experienced lobbyists, and many members have dogs.
     
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    I can't beleive that Petsmart, the top dog in the animal business according to Hoovers.com would just LET this happen. Do they even realize that it would be the END of their business? Petsmart CEO Phillip Francis Makes over $800,000 a year and gets a $960,000 bonus (also found on Hoovers.com). I don't think he'd want to give that up...
     
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    Anything stopping ya from writing him a letter? :D
     

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