Transformative Justice for Animal Liberation

this is a talk i gave a year&1/2 ago, where i shared some analysis about the failings of criminalizing animal abuse and the ways in which transformative justice is a more accessible means for achieving animal liberation.

yea – i am soft-spoken and very uncomfortable taking up that much space, so don’t mind how nervous i am throughout it.. as well, this talk was for an academic conference (critical animal studies), so i apologize for any jargon or mumbo-jumbo that may make it harder to follow along…

enjoy!

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mandy hiscocks – OPEN THE CAGES! Zoos, labs, factory farms & the Prison Industrial Complex

Full video with closed captioning available here

My name’s mandy, and I’m here today to talk about zoos, labs, factory farms and the prison industrial complex. I feel like in the room there’s a lot of folks who are pretty aware of the issues with zoos, factory farms and labs, so I’m going to focus a little bit more on prison, because I’m making an assumption that that’s something that maybe people are less familiar with… do folks feel like that’s a fairly accurate assumption to make?

[Nods from the audience]

Okay. Cool. I was asked to speak because, like Alanna said in the introduction, I spent most of last year in Vanier Centre for Women which is just down the 401 in Milton. It is a women’s jail and it’s also a provincial jail, so just for some context: a provincial jail is one where you would go if you were convicted of something that got you two years less a day, or less, as a sentence.

So basically, not your most violent crimes. It’s also a place where you would be if you’ve been charged with something and you haven’t been convicted yet – you haven’t even gone to trial yet – but you haven’t been able to make bail. Continue reading

Empty the cages! And fill the prisons?

This writing was originally printed in Project Intersect #1: Clarion Call”

My name is mike, and I am a white settler residing on Attawandaron Territory, trying to connect the issue of prison abolition and animal liberation. While I have immense privileges that prevent me from fully grasping the oppression that is the prison industrial complex, I will approach this subject from my own experience and academic education in the subject of “criminology”.

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