We are pleased to announce that the annual North American Critical Animal Studies conference will take place from April 11 – 13th, 2014 at Rice University in Houston, TX. For the Call for Papers and general info check out our current conference information page.
The 12th Annual North American Conference for Critical Animal Studies was a great success thanks to the organizers, speakers, attendees, sponsors, exhibitors, volunteers, Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC), and MCTC’s Philosophy Club. Thanks to everyone who participated, in any way you participated.
Special thanks goes to our sponsors, including those who choose to remain anonymous:
ALLIES (with us in solidarity)
Animal Advocacy Museum
Animal Protection and Rescue League
Animal Allies of Western New York
Animal Rights Coalition
Direct Action Everywhere
Empty Cages Los Angeles
Food Empowerment Project
Northwoods Wolf Alliance
Open the Cages Alliance
Save the Kids
Smash HLS Florida
Viva La Vegan!
SUPPORTER (solidarity and a $100 donation)
Progress for Science
May 19th saw several events around the world kick off in order to spread awareness about the alarming and disproportionate rate that youth are being incarcerated. Once incarcerated, youth are significantly less likely to finds jobs, succeed academically, and are targets of repeat incarceration given the inadequacies of the legal and prison systems. Despite the US rate of incarnation hitting a 35-year low in 2013 it “remains [the] highest rate of youth incarceration in the industrialized world … [with] the vast majority (3 in 4) … held for non-violent offenses” (Ch1ldren Now).
Groups like Save the Kids actively work year round trying to prevent youth incarnation through a hands on approach the fosters education and empowerment. These sorts of groups are necessary if we are ever going to see justice realized since prisons have often become the next wave of slavery. Nowhere is this clearer than with Angola and many other Louisiana prisons where former plantations have turned into forced prison agriculture labor. Only by ensuring that the youth can have their voices heard and their ideas to flourish will it be possible to move beyond an oppressive prison system that recreates racist and classist forms of imprisonment.
Today is the national flash blog against Ag Gag laws. Bloggers and savvy tech users from across the nation have come together to protest the passage and consideration of Ag Gag laws. ICAS North America has been organizing against Ag Gag laws for about a month and has made it one of its current projects. For an excellent article explaining why Ag Gag laws are bad for workers, animals, and consumers click here.
PLEASE CONSIDER JOINING US IN OUR FLASH BLOG INITIATIVE TODAY! Leave comments everywhere speaking out against Ag Gag legislation and if you blog please make an entry about it. The more people blogging and commenting the better it is.
With Earth Day just around the corner direct action by groups against climate change is picking up. This is especially true in North America where activists and concerned citizens are finding traditional appeals for change are failing as corporate lobby groups have continued to gain power. For an excellent article on the reasons for this recent increase click here.
Direct action has long been a tool used by environmental and animal rights activists to promote change. One of the most influential ones currently is Captain Paul Watson who’s in charge of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. However, environmental and animal rights activists are not the only one’s who have deployed direct action tactics in the past. Many groups who have been discriminated against have found it to be their only tool to create change when the dominant society refuses to listen. MLK was infamous for his calls for civil disobedience against racism. His tactics and rhetoric is now being picked up by climate change activists, which you can read more about here. Of course, not all direct action is peaceful. Groups like the Animal Liberation Front and the Earth Liberation Front advocate violence against private property (not people) as the best tool to promote change since they’ve found that civil disobedience alone hasn’t been as effective in compelling people to change their behaviors. What’s your thoughts? Civil disobedience, direct action, or traditional channels? Post your comment and continue the conversation.
Ag-Gag laws are being passed around the United States, making it illegal to document cases of animal cruelty through undercover videos. The New York Times recently published a great editorial against the laws, titled “Eating With Our Eyes Closed,” which gives great analysis on why such laws or horrible for animals, consumers, and the country. Farm Forward also has a comprehensive rundown on the legislation and why it should be opposed, which is a must read.
One thing you can do to help is sign our petition on the White House website for the Federal Government to step in and criminalize these Ag-Gag laws. You can sign the petition at https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/criminalize-ag-gag-laws/KQWSvsKr .
Please don’t waste another second helping organize against these laws because once they’re passed the videos that have convinced so many to go vegetarian and vegan will be criminalized.