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animal defenders in solidarity with Standing Rock #NoDAPL

if your organization for animal defense wishes to sign onto the statement,
contact us by following this link here.

please know that you are expected to donate a minimum of $5 directly to the
“Stand with Standing Rock” fund (click here) or to Standing Rock’s Legal Support fund (click here).

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This is a statement of support for the Sioux of Standing Rock and all other Indigenous Defenders, from animal defenders against colonialism, capitalism & white supremacy.

To clarify – we are animal defenders, but we are not for “animal  rights”; we are not from “mainstream” organizations; we are not green-washed consumers celebrating vegan “thanksgivings”; we are not chasing short-term single-issue solutions; nor are we tokenizing or protesting Indigenous identities and cultures to “help” animals.

Instead – we are people who simultaneously work to defend animals AND who also recognize our immense debt owed to Indigenous peoples as they continue to lead by example – and so we are obligated to vocalize our respect & admiration for all the radical efforts happening at Standing Rock.

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Midwifery, Medicine and Baby Food Politics (Claudia Serrato)

This presentation was delivered in 2013 during the first Sistah Vegan Conference, focusing on “Embodied and Critical Perspectives on Veganism by Black Women and Allies”.
Follow Sistah Vegan if you want to learn more about these issues.

Breeze: This presentation will be given by Claudia Serrato – and Claudia is enrolled at the University of Washington in America and her talk is titled, “Midwifery, Medicine and Baby Food Politics: Underground Feminisms and Indigenous Plant-Based Foodways and Nutrition”. And I had the pleasure of actually co-presenting with Claudia, a few months ago in Oregon, and to hear what her work was about and just really blown away, which is why I asked her to share her work. So Claudia, if you’re ready, please present to the audience who you are, what you’re all about and I’m going to put myself on mute now…

Claudia: Good. So good afternoon and thank you all for listening in. And thank you Doctor Amie Breezie for creating this cyber web-space for us today to share and reflect and listen to one another. And so yes, my name is Claudia Serrato, and I am a mother of two, a Doctoral Student of Sociocultural and Medical Anthro, and I am the founder of Decolonial Food For Thought.

I am a practicing vegan and I do walk the red road. So I’m invested in my cultural and spiritual ways living and being, and am influenced strongly by my elders in my community. And I join you all this afternoon in the most humble way, as I share a herstory of a crossroads Meso-American ethno-medicine has encountered, which has impacted community health and midwifery practices in the City of East Los Angeles and Boyle Heights.

So I begin this herstory of food, womb, and infant-toddler health, colonization and healing by thanking our ancestors and our bodies for keeping our genetic memory strong and resilient. And so my talk is going to sound like it is taking a shift in what we’ve been talking about, but I hope that you see how interrelated this work is and what it is that I’m going to share. Continue reading

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لورين أورنلاس – ما وراء النباتية: النظام الغذائي والاستهلاك في عالم شامل (Arabic version of lauren Ornelas – Beyond Veganism: Diet & Consumption in a Global World)

هذا الكلام هو متاح الآن باللغة العربية للفيديو ، انقر فوق CC – التوضيحية – في أسفل اليمين ، 
ثم اختر العربية في الإعدادات. انظر أيضا نص كتابي أدناه .

This talk is now available in Arabic.
Click CC – Closed Captioning – on bottom right, then choose Arabic in Settings. 

Please also see the written transcript below.

أعتذر كما هي عادتي لجمهور مركز من الولايات المتحدة. لذلك آمل أني قد سويت الأمر من أجلكم ، لذلك أشكركم على ذلك. أشعر وكأننا أسرة بالفعل.

I apologise as I’m used to a very U.S.-centric audience. So hopefully I’ve adjusted it for y’all being more progressive types here, so thank you for that. It feels like family already. 

سوف أسأل الجميع أن يتسموا ب ويحافظوا على عقل متفتح إلى الأشياء التي أتحدث عنها لأنني عندما أتحدث عن كل هذه الأشياء، أنا لا أطلب من النشطاء، أيا ما كان ما يعملون عليه، التخلي عن عاطفتهم. إذا كنت من المدافعين عن حقوق الحيوان وكنت تعمل على مكافحة التشريح، الذي أتحدث عنه هنا، أنا لا أقول: “أوه، يجب أن لا تعملوا على ذلك.” ما أطلبه، هو بالنسبة لنا أن نحاول أن نكون أكثر ثباتل على المبدأ و وعيا حول الخيارات التي نتخذها في حياتنا والأشياء التي نقول عنها نشطاء، أن يجب علينا أن نكون على بينة من كيفية تأثيرها على الآخرين، وحركات العدالة الاجتماعية الأخرى التي تجري.

I am going to ask everybody to keep an open mind to the things that I’m talking about because when I’m talking about all this stuff. I’m not asking activists of anything that you’re working on, to give up your passion. If you’re an animal rights activist and you’re working on anti-vivisection work, what I’m talking about here, I’m not saying: “Oh, you shouldn’t be working on that.” What I’m asking for, is for us to try to be a little more consistent and more aware of the choices that we make in our lives and the things that we say as activists, that we need to be aware of how they impact others and other social justice movements that are taking place.

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PETA and the Trope of “Activism” (Aphrodite Kocięda)

This presentation was delivered in 2013 during the first Sistah Vegan Conference, focusing on “Embodied and Critical Perspectives on Veganism by Black Women and Allies”.
Follow Sistah Vegan if you want to learn more about these issues.


Breeze
: Our next speaker is Aph Kocięda – I’m hoping I pronounced your last name right. She is a graduate student down in Florida and she does amazing intersectional work. Critical race studies, critical feminism and critical animal studies and  looking at PeTA. So Aph if you can introduce yourself to the audience that’d be great. Are you there?

Aph: Awesome – alright good morning or good afternoon wherever you are. My name is Aphrodite Kocięda – Breeze you were almost there – and my presentation is titled “PETA and the Trope of Activism: Naturalizing Post-feminism and Post-race Attitudes through Sexualized Bodied Protests”.

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باتريس جونز – حيوانات، تقاطعية، و“حقوق” (Arabic version of pattrice jones – Animals, Intersectionality, and “Rights”)

هذا الكلام هو متاح الآن باللغة العربية للفيديو ، انقر فوق CC – التوضيحية – في أسفل اليمين ،
ثم اختر العربية في الإعدادات. انظر أيضا نص كتابي أدناه .

This talk is now available in Arabic.
Click CC – Closed Captioning – on bottom right, then choose Arabic in Settings. 

Please also see the written transcript below. 

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لقد كنت سعيدا جدا عند معرفتي أننا سنبدأ تقدير الأرض لأننا نحتاج أن نكون على معرفة تامة بالأساس. إن التفكير بالأرض التي نقف عليها، – والتي لا نقف عليها الآن بسبب كل تلك الأشياء المبنية عليها – يمكن أن يساعد في محاولة الشعور بتلك الأرض بالأسفل هناك.

I was so happy to learn that we would be starting with a recognition of the land because we need to be grounded. And thinking about the land that we stand on, which we’re not standing on right now because of all these things that are built on it, that can help, to even try and feel that land under there.

وأنا، آتيا من الملجأ المدعو ب ’ ملجأ الكرمة دائما ما أنتبه  لمن يودعني عندما أترك المكان متوجها لحدث مثل هذا. ولذا أردت أن أخبركم أن الناس الذين جاءوا لوداعي قبل أن أتحرك آتيا لهنا كانت سابقا بقرة مزعة ألبان وقد أنقذت بصعوبة من تحويلها للحم. و’شاركي’ الذي هو ديك مقاتل سابقا كذلك. اتضح أنه لولا الغزو، لم يكن أي منهم ليكون في اأوضاع الخطرة التي كانوا بها.

And me, coming from VINE Sanctuary, I always pay attention to who’s saying goodbye to me when I go off to an event like this. And so I just wanted to let you know that the folks who came to say goodbye to me before I drove here were Princess – we didn’t come up with that name – who is a former dairy cow; Buddy, who was only barely saved from being made into beef; and Sharky, a former fighting rooster. It turns out none of them would have been in the precarious situations they were in, were it not for the conquest.

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Is it… Animal Positive Entertainment?

https://goo.gl/forms/N6hGvv5W95P7PAuD3

we’re SO happy to announce our 1st project at APE Productions – Animal Positive Entertainment is kicking off, FINALLY!!!

WHAT is it, you ask?
we are collecting data FROM YOU in the form of honest REVIEWS on MOVIES, BOOKS, BLOGS, YOUTUBE, NETFLIX, MUSIC, etc!
we want YOU to tell us what content is VEGAN FRIENDLY!

WHY are we doing this, you ask next?
because we want more vegans to know what MEDIA they should be spending their time consuming without being triggered and offended by speciesist and animal-abusive content.

SO YEA – this is your cue to BINGE on your favourite netflix tv shows, or dive back into your favourite book series, or listen again to your favourite music artists, and THEN give them a review on our survey about whether it is Animal Positive Entertainment!

PLEASE take this survey, SHARE it with some friends, BOOKMARK it so you can do more reviews later, and LIKE this post too!

https://goo.gl/forms/N6hGvv5W95P7PAuD3

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pattrice jones – Animals, Intersectionality, and “Rights”

(1:30)

I was so happy to learn that we would be starting with a recognition of the land because we need to be grounded. And thinking about the land that we stand on, which we’re not standing on right now because of all these things that are built on it, that can help, to even try and feel that land under there.

And me, coming from VINE Sanctuary, I always pay attention to who’s saying goodbye to me when I go off to an event like this. And so I just wanted to let you know that the folks who came to say goodbye to me before I drove here were Princess – we didn’t come up with that name – who is a former dairy cow; Buddy, who was only barely saved from being made into beef; and Sharky, a former fighting rooster. It turns out none of them would have been in the precarious situations they were in, were it not for the conquest.

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animal defenders in solidarity with Black Lives Matter (Toronto)

if your organization for animal defense wishes to sign onto the statement, please contact us by following this link (click here).

please know that you are expected to:

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This is a statement of support for Black Lives Matter (BLM), and explicitly Black Lives Matter Toronto (BLM-TO), from animal defenders & communities against speciesism.

Mainstream “animal  rights” and vegan capitalism take up a lot of space in the social imagination of allyship towards non-human animals. Images of skinny white cis abled bodies, expensive food in gentrified neighbourhoods and abstract philosophical theories are common examples.

Because of this, we feel compelled to make our presence known, to vocalize that there are animal defenders who respect and admire the radical efforts of Black Lives Matter.

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7 things done to circus animals that would never be done to animal companions

so i had been thinking about the killing of that gorilla they called Harambe – who lived their whole life in zoos, behind cages, as a prisoner of entertainment.

there is a lot to unpack about all that, and right now i don’t have enough words to explain how it makes me feel… but it did remind me of this post i wrote a while back for another website (thus the click-bait title).

yes, i am aware that zoos are not technically circuses.
but when you think about it – they both function as a site that creates a spectacle of an animal’s life, as they conform to the misery & humiliation of living under the gaze of the human consumer-predator.
as far as i am concerned, they are different thorns on the same flower.

enjoy?
#emptythecages
#zoosareprison

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internalized speciesism

content warning for triggering material, including racism, sexism, ableism, homophobia, colonialism, transphobia, speciesism, tokenizing & violence against animals.

speciesism, the exploitation & abuse of non-humyn animals by a dominant oppressor on the basis of species membership, is weird.

weird like, despite how us humyns keep busy discriminating & exploiting animals specifically because they are of different species, we humyns are a species of animals too.
weird like, by justifying oppression against other earthlings precisely because of their Animalness, we simultaneously ignore & deny our own animality.
we animals have made being an animal something to be ashamed of, being called an animal something of a slur, to degrade and “Other”.
but, it takes one to know one, right? (yup i went there)

while many different folx are understandably resistant to any identities that put them with animals (given the many past atrocities that harmed animals and marginalized communities alike), the focus of this writing is on the costs of our collective humyn resistance to unlearning our internalized speciesism.

so yea, speciesism is weird. awkward. hypocritical. toxic. self-destructive.

and it follows that the deep feelings of speciesism – which we are indoctrinated with since childhood, to sever our natural bond of curiosity & respect for our animal cousins – would slowly turn inwards, against ourselves, against our wild animal-selves.
by believing political lies and following social pressures, we repress & hide certain characteristics of our identities as a humyn species. we learn to live in ways that subconsciously police behaviour and impulses, mentally & spiritually caging our wildness as though it were something dangerous, embarrassing, unnatural.

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For the Liberation of the Animal Nations: Examining Activist Framing of the Radical Animal Liberation Movement in North America

WOW!
so Earthling Liberation Kollective – ELK, along with Animal Liberation Front & Grassroots Ontario Animal Liberation – GOAL Network, were all studied for a thesis on radical animal liberation in north amerika.also mentions Earth First!, Hamilton/Halton Animal Liberation Team – HALT, Kitchener Ontario Animal Liberation Alliance and Marineland Animal Defense (M.A.D.).

check it out:

“For the Liberation of the Animal Nations: Examining Activist Framing of the Radical Animal Liberation Movement in North America”

“This qualitative content analysis of documents gleaned from the Animal Liberation Front, Earthling Liberation Kollective, and Grassroots Ontario Animal Liberation network websites and Facebook pages explores how the frames of activists in the North American radical animal liberation movement (‪#‎RALM‬) intersect with other radical social movements.”

https://goo.gl/peh6mW

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2nd BURNING PHOENIXES AWARD WINNER!

we’re so pleased to announce the second award winner of the burning phoenixes goes to:

Zarna Joshi

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Zarna is a Climate Justice and Social Justice activist, who works with Women of Color Speak Out. She has been part of Shellno Action Council, Rising Tide Seattle, and Earthship Seattle, and is part of the Break Free campaign of 2016. She is a writer, public speaker, and storyteller and has published books about Hindu spirituality, self-examination, and cross-cultural understanding.

Zarna describes her role as working to dismantle the systems of oppression – Capitalism, Colonialism, Racism and Patriarchy – that exploits animals, humans, and Mother Earth. She does this by working with people in all parts of the movement: from Indigenous peoples, to housing justice activists, to social justice activists, to workers’ rights activists, to transgender rights activists, to animal rights activists, to spiritual activists.

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zine now available!

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~~ An accessible zine anthology about chronic illness & animals ~~

this zine is currently available in English & Arabic & English-Audio.

THANK YOU:

all the writers, artists, and activists who contributed, Vollkommen Hayllie for providing Arabic translation, Alexandra Hummel for providing German translation, and Halfmoon Research for accessibility consultation.

zoophil-psychosis is available by donation.
you can download the zine below for free. 
if you would like to donate to help pay for the cost of producing the zine, please do so here:

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THANK YOU & TAKE CARE OF EACH OTHER.

with love,

ELK.

ZOOPHIL-PSYCHOSIS – ENGLISH

ZOOPHIL-PSYCHOSIS – ARABIC

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GERMAN (TBA)

SPANISH (TBA)

FRENCH (TBA)

MANDARIN (TBA)

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The Daily Escape from Animal Exploitation and Toxic Transmasculinity

~~ guest post written by Corvus ~~

Disclaimer: I am transmasculine and identify mostly as a transgender butch or simply transgender. I do not identify as a binary trans man, nor do I have the internal or psychological experience of many binary trans men. Whiteness shapes my experiences, which may not resonate with people of color from otherwise similar gender/class/ability demographics. I do not speak for any group of people.

Content Note: While it does not make up the majority of the article, I do mention sexual and other abuses of humans and other animals in this writing.
Please take care reading it.

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growing an animal-inclusive culture of consent

content warning for triggering material, including violence against women, sexual violence, misogyny, transmisogyny, child abuse, elder abuse, ableism, colonization, transphobia, homophobia, patriarchy, racism & violence against animals.

consent is fucking amazing.

when used to its full potential, consent is about a relationship of respect & trust dependent upon honest communication and patient expression of wants.

part 1.
but to best articulate all the reasons why it is just so fucking special, there needs to be first a clear understanding of what consent is all about –
1) what it is and what it is not; and
2) how it can be used safely in an unsafe world.

part 2.
then, having unpacked this concept, we can look towards living examples of consent, to better illustrate what we’re talking about. this includes

  • sexual consent;
  • consent in media representation;
  • consent in identification;
  • consent in education; and
  • consent in self-determination.

the hope here, in drawing from these examples above, is to shift our attention towards recognizing many of the unique & varied ways that consent is (and is not) already being expressed in different contexts and relationships.

part 3.
after all that is said & done, there needs to be some honest talk about the limits of consent when living in an oppressive culture of rape and exploitation. this means learning ways to adapt consent and understanding how to recognize when “consent” is being abused by those wishing to manipulate behaviour.

part 4.
and finally, only once the above has been fully understood, can we attempt a careful exploration into the ways that consent can & does apply to the context of non-humyn advocacy and species-inclusive community building. Continue reading

now accepting writers & bloggers!

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hey elk fans!
we’re excited to announce that we are now offering a
small cash honorarium
for you folx to submit to us some
original online content.

we are open to any kind of content
(blogs, articles, artwork, youtube vlogs and the like),
but we ask you to keep it:

♥ radical
♥ intersectional
♥ species-inclusive

of course, we ask you to
please respect our choice to decline any submission
if we do not feel it is an appropriate fit for our website.

please submit via using our posted contact information.

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1st burning phoenixes award winners!

we’re so pleased to announce the first award winners of the burning phoenixes goes to:

Palestinian Animal League (PAL)
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The only locally-run animal protection organization in the occupied Palestinian territories, PAL was founded in 2011 by Ahmad Safi.
Following the ethos of “helping animals, empowering people”, this organization’s work strives to be inclusive and holistic as it works with many different local communities in the West Bank.

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Ahmad laughing with PAL members (Photo credit to K. Petrus)

Young Palestinians for Animal Protection”, a current programme of PAL, exemplifies their grassroots approach and transformative contributions to society.
Beginning in early 2015, this project has educated and trained a total of 52 student volunteers (from Al Quds (Abu Dis), Al Najah (Tulkarm) and Bir Zeit (Ramallah) universities) in a variety of areas, including leadership, campaigning, advocacy, animal welfare and animal ethics.

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