PATRICE GREANVILLE—Joaquin Phoenix’s seemingly impromptu and brave Oscar speech was way above and beyond the pampered audience’s comfort zone and comprehension, clearly outside the usual insufferably egocentric drivel delivered by most award recipients, and yet they eventually rose to their feet, perhaps dimly aware of the depth and scope of the message, something that the media custodians of the status quo studiously failed to do. Their almost uniform response has ranged from outright scorn—as typified by the venom spat by the repulsive Murdoch rag, The New York Post—to hollowing out exactly all the major and substantive points in Phoenix’s clear expression of personal beliefs.
ACTIVISTS & HEROESAMERICAN STUDIESANIMAL MARTYRDOMANTI-CORPORATISMANTI-MILITARISM & PACIFISTANTIWAR
ANIMAL DEFENDERSANIMAL EXPLOITERSANIMAL MARTYRDOMAnimal RightsCAPITALIST SICKNESSCAPITALIST TENTACLES & FRONTS
MAILA COSTA—The infliction of suffering in order to contain the natural expression of the animal masks itself as an ethical measure by alleging to prevent animals from being injured, when in fact it is about avoiding damage to the value of the asset.20 These measures aim to remedy a situation of conflict caused by the capitalist industry itself by imposing an extremely artificial way of life on animals that are natural. In the end, these same animals will be injured and killed when it is in the owner’s interest that their raw material be transformed into products.
ABOMINATIONSALERTSAMERICAN STUDIESANIMAL DEFENDERSANIMAL LIVESANIMAL MARTYRDOM
Breaking news: Pennsylvania charges two teens who abused a dying deer with animal cruelty under Libre’s Law
KITTY BLOCK—The charges filed today are an important outcome and they set a precedent for future cases of wildlife abuse. Before Libre’s Law went into effect, animal cruelty was largely a summary offense in Pennsylvania, and offenders received penalties that were the legal equivalent of a traffic violation. Even egregious acts of cruelty were not given penalties that matched the severity of the crime. Now, under Libre’s Law, aggravated cruelty is a felony. And although the law was inspired by and named after a puppy mill dog, Libre, it covers not just companion animals but all animals, including wildlife.
AMERICAN BRAINWASHANIMAL EXPLOITERSANIMAL MARTYRDOMAustralia & Pacific IslandsCAPITALIST SICKNESS
The ecoanimal apocalypse in Australia—long foreseen but swept under the rug or actively denied by the establishment politicos and media—with Murdoch’s properties leading the charge in the climate denialist camp, has now caused, at last, an angry awakening that is quickly sprouting a more combative stance and defiant tactics among the public. We earnestly hope the lessons learned by the Australian population at such ghastly cost will illumine the path of liberation from the claws of capitalism.
ABOMINATIONSANIMAL DEFENDERSANIMAL EXPLOITERSANIMAL MARTYRDOMAnimal Rights
The effect of the ban will be to close furriers, force major retailers to stop buying products with fur trim, force manufacturers to produce separate lines for California or abandon fur themselves in all their markets. It will put a substantial dent in imports from China, many of which are dog and cat fur.