ICAS North America Partners With Vegan Society of PEACE

ICAS North America is excited to announce that part of the conference will include attending the Vegan Society of PEACE’s 2nd Saturday vegan potluck. The conference will be helping to provide food for the potluck so people from the conference can attend and have contributed. In addition to being able to network with Houston activists and vegans, the potluck will also feature a series of speakers that will function as a final panel to Saturday’s events.

For a full conference schedule click here.

The conference is right around the corner, so don’t delay and REGISTER TODAY!

Challenging Racism and Ableism within the Animal Liberation Movement and Fighting for Total Liberation

Amazing talk by Anthony Nocella II on how the animal liberation movement can advance itself without the ongoing legacy of racism and ableism that haunts traditional campaigns for animal rights. Until we learn how to fight all injustice we won’t be able to overcome any single injustice since they are all linked. Never put an issue on the back burner. Liberation is needed for both human and non/human alike!

Looking for 2015 hosts for ICAS North America Conference

Were you ever interested in hosting the ICAS North America Conference at your institution? Well here’s your chance to host the 2015 conference by sending in a bid application. The process is relatively informal. All you need to do is e-mail icasnorthamerica@gmail.com with the following information:

  • Proposed dates. We prefer dates from mid April to mid May.
  • Facility and accessibility possibilities.
  • Financial assistance from administration in covering costs
  • Expected costs to host
  • Mention of any prior history of hosting events. Please note prior history is not required as we assist with the hosting process

The deadline for proposals is 4/1. If you have any questions about the process or have interest please don’t hesitate to contact us through the contact form of via e-mail.

Registration for North America Conference Now Open


Registration for the 13th Annual Institute of Critical Animal Studies North America Conference is now open. There is a $5 discount to people who register by 2/21/2014. There is also a discount for students and people who are unemployed, as well as a discount for members. You can join ICAS when you register for the conference. Everyone at the conference will receive vegan hospitality, two vegan lunches, as well as a travel mug to compliment our efforts to go waste-free during the event. Sign up now and don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity! The conference will be held at Rice University in Houston, TX 4/11 – 4/13/2014.


An Autistic Activist Responds To Temple Grandin

ImageThis response to Temple Grandin has been going viral in social media outlets recently and for good reason. For years Temple Grandin has been championed for improving slaughterhouse procedures to keep animals calm on their way to slaughter. She has claimed that her autism gave her the ability to better know what the animals needed and how to calm them in these horrendous environments. While ICAS and countless other animal rights organizations have spoken out against Temple this is the first autistic advocate to challenge her directly. No slaughter can ever be humane. It is refreshing to see articles like these gain momentum in rallying knowledge against people like Temple who are trying to reform the industry instead of abolish it. To read the full article click here. It is certainly worth your time and worth passing along to all your friends.

Online Tournament on Dolphin Slaughter

ImageBinghamton University is hosting an online debate tournament on the topic of whether the UN should decry the annual dolphin hunt in Taiji, Japan. The tournament is allowing for any enrolled high school or college student from around the world to compete. Academics, activists, and scholars are all invited to register as judges for the event. The tournament has received sponsorship from the Institute of Critical Animal Studies, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, and PeTA2. The tournament anticipates two-hundred entries. For more information on how to register click the link below…


Unsurprising… Non/Human Animals Also Prefer Not to Live in Captivity

This Chimp uses sign language to ask a visitor to free them. This is not an uncommon action for primates who are imprisoned in zoos and vivisection labs to do once taught sign language.

Zoos are not positive conservation initiatives. They are prisons and ought be abolished. As Joan Dunayer writes in her book Speciesism

One by one, billions upon billions, nonhumans are killed without compunction, provided that others of their species remain available for future killing. Whenever the media report that someone has killed “an endangered animal” or “an endangered species,” they too confuse an individual with a species. Any animal threatened with a gun or arrow is endangered. Hunters kill members of endangered species. Conversely, animals who are personally safe are not endangered, even if they belong to an endangered species. To speciesists, most nonhumans matter only at the level of species or subspecies. The director of New York City’s zoological society has remarked, “The things we are exhibiting [in zoos] are disappearing.”10 The “things” in zoo enclosures are individuals, not species. However, the standard zoo sign identifies an enclosure’s inmates by species, describes not the imprisoned individuals but their free-living counterparts, and does so in collective terms such as weight range, average or maximum life span, possible diets and habitats, and the species’ geographic extent and population status (especially if the species is endangered). If you were caged in typical zoo fashion, the sign on your cage would read “Human” and describe Homo sapiens as a whole. Along with “wildlife conservationists,” many self-styled environmentalists view most or all nonhumans strictly in terms of their species membership. Concerned only that species remain viable, they regard individual nonhumans as expendable. They value members of endangered species more than members of highly populous species. To be consistent (and nonspeciesist), these “environmentalists” would have to value the life of an Atlantic salmon more than the life of a human because, in environmental terms, there are too few Atlantic salmons and far too many humans. But most so-called environmentalists make an exception for humans.