By Judi Doran
171 Twp. Rd. 16
Centerburg, OH 43011
Here we go: it's the time of the year for Autumn Oaks and the Kenton Nationals. These events are guaranteed to get you "pumped" for Fall and the beginning our the best time of the year. To meet deadlines for publication, this is being written in late July where it is real "3-H" (hazey, hot and Humid) here in north central Ohio. The corn is stressed and most small streams are dry. Lawns are brown and crunchy and the best place to start a track is around water. We have kitten coon everywhere.
For this month's column I'm going to pass along some information from a Mr. James M. Beers who attended the Animal Rights Conference 2001 at the McLean, VA Hilton Hotel for five days in early July. Mr. Beers would like anyone reading his summary to get the word out, so here we go.
Mr. Beers writes: After several requests by Conservation Force, an international sustainable use conservation organization located in Louisiana, I agreed to attend the annual animal rights meeting. The Conference ran from 30 June to 6 July at the Hilton Hotel in McLean, VA. John Jackson, Chairman of Conservation Force, believed that it was important for hunters and other sustainable use supporters to attend this conference just as animal rights representatives attended annual wildlife management meetings. This made sense to me. I was surprised to learn that no other sustainable use or hunting or fishing group planned to have anyone attend this meeting in a suburb of Washington. As the five days passed, I discovered that no participants or attendees from any of the national conservation groups were to be found, here in their own backyard.
To the best of my knowledge, no and else who questioned the goals or tactics of the animal rights movement was in attendance. Those of you who hunt, fish, trap, wear fur, raise mink, sell fur or leather products, train animals, have pets, enjoy rodeos, enjoy circuses, live on ranches or farms, log timber or graze animals, use wood products, eat meat, eat eggs, eat cheese, eat wild fish and wildlife, eat seafood, attend dog races and shows, support animal research for human treatments, support, proactive fish and wildlife management for human benefit, use public lands, own guns, support the 2nd Amendment, wear leather, oppose terrorism, oppose intimidation, oppose tyrrantical threats, recreate in the outdoors with your families, love your children, want your religious institutions kept free from infiltration and manipulation, believe in the Constitutional freedoms of the USA, oppose the continued expansion of Federal power, oppose forcible establishment of rule by anarchy in our USA, oppose the efforts of the UN to regulate everything to do with fish and wildlife and guns throughout the world, and who love this nation and what it stands for should have been there.
Organizations that represent your interests should have been there. Law enforcement organizations should have been there. The people and groups that gathered at this luxury Hilton Hotel for five days made no bones that they are going to eliminate every traditional use of animals and many other American freedoms and traditions. They have been going about this incrementally for years. Since there have been no serious consequences of their activities, their boldness and arrogance has reached gargantuan proportions. They clearly believe and preach the radical reformation of the way we live, the way we relate for our government, and the elimination of most freedom that we take for granted here in the USA. They intend to change the relationship between mankind and the animal world that has existed for millenia.
This radical movement must be brought into the light of day. Their agenda, from mandated veganism to obtaining legal rights first for apes and then for all other animals, must be understood by all of us. The current process where bear bunting voted out in one state and all of us say, "I don't hunt bears." Where wild Himalayan sheep are added to UN lists and all of us say, "I will never go to the Himalayas." Where public land is locked up and we say, "I will never have to use that land." Where dog breeders are restricted to low numbers or forbidden to breed their dogs and we say, "I have a cat." this incremental process of dividing us and slowly taking away right after right must be exposed and responded to by all of us, including those vegans and disgruntled citizens who value freedom and American's promise.
The only way to convey the truly frightening experience of attending this conference is to describe what I encountered. I earnestly hope that the reader will be convinced to treat this movement with the serious consideration and public scrutiny that it deserves. If all of us don't pull together to maintain our freedoms and way of life, these people will surely turn us into a society that our forefathers would not recognize and in which we, and I ultimately believe they, will not want to live
I can only report what I saw through the eyes of a 60 year old white male. These are also the eyes and ears of a Catholic wildlife biologist and ex law enforcement officer who hunts, fishes and understands the benefits of proactive fish and wildlife management. After a stint with the Utah Game and Fish, the US Navy, the Minneapolis Police Dept. and 30 years in various locations with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, I am what I am and I see what I see. All of these things are relevant to what I am about to report to you. Although the First Amendment guarantees the right to free speech and free assembly, many of the things I saw and heard could only be characterized as inciting mayhem. Many of the people making presentations crossed state lines to get there and there were numerous inferences, suggestions, and encouragements to commit violent and unlawful acts of major magnitudes.
ARRIVAL AND REGISTRATION: Walking through the parking lot each day revealed an abundance of bumper stickers. Most referred to veganism in varying intensities. The eventual imposition of veganism nationwide was the most common. Outer stickers referred to resisting globalism, disrupting NAFTA, outlawing circuses, outlawing rodeos, stopping fishing, stopping hunting, stopping dog racing, protesting at Seattle and Quebec, intimidating the World Bank, and outlawing all fur and leather.
The exhibit area inside lay between the registration desk and the conference rooms. Passing through the exhibits revealed the incredible range of protest topics. The following is a partial list of the handouts and publications:
How the international chemistry industry is killing poor people around the world.
How President Bush is using religion to kill our Constitution.
Why we should teach children not to be ashamed of their bodies.
How all religions were originally vegan.
Ending the use of animals in research, testing and education.
Stopping the use of animals for meat, eggs and dairy products.
Boycotting McDonald's, Macy's, Anheuser Busch, and Back Bay Restaurants
Why criminals start out as animal abusers.
Internships for animal rights, indigenous, rights, anti-sweatshop, and anti-fur
Internship for DIRECT ACTION/CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE There were many others but space is limited. I mention these to give the reader a taste of the atmosphere at the conference.
VIDEO PRESENTATIONS AND SESSIONS:
Videos were constantly being shown: The following selections represent the flavor of those presentations:
IGNITING A REVOLUTION: a sympathetic primer by radical environmental animal activists on "ecotage".
WHAT'S WRONG WITH HUNTING, by Friends of Animals.
WHAT RIGHTS? WHICH ANNALS? (Should intelligence matter?)
GETTING ATTENTION (legally--effective use of street demonstrations)
WHAT PRICE ANIMAL LIBERATION?
THE ROLE OF VIOLENCE -
THINGS HEARD IN SESSIONS: I could only attend one forth of the sessions because there were four presented at a time in four locations. I can only say that those I did attend ranged from very old rhetoric about trapping and hunting to scary references to the violent chance of our form of government. There were, reportedly, over a thousand attendees. Many were my age and boasted about starting in the Vietnam protests. Many of the middle aged attendees boasted of other protest movement experience on behalf of feminism, the environment, and oppressed workers end minorities. About a third of the attendees were under 25. Many of these were heavily tattooed and made liberal use of metal rings through various body parts. My guess would be that half of them were attending their first such conference. In my opinion, they were being scrutinized by many of the sponsors and session instructions. They were encouraged to meet with instructors later in hallways and at dinner if they were interested in learning "more" about what was discussed and the things only alluded to. It appeared to be a bazaar for inducting young people into terrorist activities. Keep in mind as you read the following excerpts from sessions which I attended.
Animals are like exploited workers and prisoners.
WTO demonstrations helped to save turtles.
Oppressed people are like labor and environmental supporters.
Pollution is just like police brutality. Use it as an excuse to demonstrate and forge coalitions.
An eco-feminist ethicist ranted against patriarchy and the "Miss Vegan" contests.
A German leftist studied right wing extremism. He concludes - people in power exploit, oppress, and exclude. Speciesism is racist and right wing like Nazism talked about Slavs Invading Russia was like invading the wilderness. Nazism today is the animal users who enslaved and kill animals like slave laborers who are "hunted" for sport by Nazis. Competition establish inequality and oppression. Guns must be eliminated from society. Anyone with a gun wants to kill.
I've been arrested 6 times and I still teach at my University. Some places like San Francisco will never prosecute you for anything. Put bricks through windows to intimidate wives and children. Baseball bats when they pull into their driveways have a way of discouraging people. Sometimes you have to "blow up". Bomb threats at key moments in England have won the day for us. Harass business acquaintances on the golf course and their neighbors. Break up stock holder meetings and company parties. Here's how to find out where people live. There is "other" stuff that I will be glad to tell you about in the hall or after the dinner. There are no consequences of attest. Break-ins, destroying property (fare, etc) is all justified since society refuses to protect animals. Make things as costly as you can. I'm proud of all my arrests. Propagandize and energize the young, especially radicals in their teens and twenties who will take risks. Institute demonstrations and maximize disruptions and publicity. Use "comely" people as spokespersons and always appear rational and reasonable. Coordinate harrassment by any means that destroys key businesses, business leaders, and other opponents. Lying, cheating, destruction, and "anything else" are justified since society won't listen and the laws. are against us. The end justifies the means.
There you have it right from the horse's mouth. Spread the word. Remember, no September meeting of OSCHA. Next meeting will be during the hunter's rights benefit in late October. Watch for our ads .......