the ARista plan....PLEASE READ VERY IMPORTANT!!!!!

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A Call Out to Midwestern Animal Rights Activists
Wednesday, May 07 2008 @ 06:02 PM CDT
Contributed by: ChicagoADL

Animal RightsThis summer, Animal Defense League Chicago, in conjunction
with the Activist Alliance at Roosevelt University, will be hosting
MENDING THE HEARTLAND: Building A Unified Midwestern Animal Liberation
Movement. We are calling for all interested animal rights organizers
and activists to come to Chicago, July 25th through 27th, 2008 to come
together and brainstorm, learn, discuss, and create.

MENDING THE HEARTLAND: Building a Unified Midwestern Animal Liberation
Movement

A call out for organizers, workshop proposals and attendees.

This summer, Animal Defense League Chicago, in conjunction with the
Activist Alliance at Roosevelt University, will be hosting MENDING THE
HEARTLAND: Building A Unified Midwestern Animal Liberation Movement. We
are calling for all interested animal rights organizers and activists to
come to Chicago, July 25th through 27th, 2008 to come together and
brainstorm, learn, discuss, and create.

What do we need in order for this to happen?

We need you!

The first open planning meeting for the conference will be announced
soon. We invite all individuals and groups interested in organizing for
the conference to attend this open meeting to help with the every day
details of the conference, along with approving workshops, getting
sponsors, etc. While we at ADL Chicago hope the conference will be a
melding of organizations and individuals, we are organizing this
conference along 4 main principles, outlined and explained below in our
mission statement.

Additionally, we are looking for workshop presenters! Proposal
submissions will be due in June, more information will be posted soon.

Website and mailing list coming soon!

Mending the Heartland Mission Statement:

The purpose of Mending the Heartland: Building a Unified Midwestern
Animal Liberation Movement is to attempt to build bridges between
grassroots activist groups around the Midwest so that we can begin to
work together more closely on animal rights issues. We in Chicago have
noticed that on the coasts there seems to be much more interaction
between groups from various cities to combine their efforts, help
support each others' actions and generally offer more support to one
and other as animal rights activists. While this is harder to do in the
Midwest, due to the distances between cities, we feel it is both
possible and necessary for activists in this region to come together
and network so that we can learn from each other and become more effective in our activism, both as individual activists and as a more united
animal rights movement.

The hope is that by building more solidarity amongst the various groups
scattered across the Midwest, we will be able to help strengthen our
movement and more effectively fight for animal liberation. Be that by
refining our own regular events to be more effective, or by coming
together more often for large scale, multi-group sponsored events.


We at ADL Chicago wanted this conference to be shaped and organized by
a variety of organizations and people around the Midwest so as to include
voices other then our own. However, we also don't want the organizational process to be crippled by infighting. For that reason and in an attempt to avoid infighting in the organization of this conference, we at ADL Chicago have written up a mission statement to outline the ethics and tactics this conference supports and what issues will be discussed at the event. It is not mandatory that everyone organizing for this conference be in lock step agreement on every issue raised, but it is necessary that all organizing groups, workshop presenters, sponsors or whoever else are aware that these issues will be being discussed at the conference and at the very least are willing and comfortable to be a part of the conference knowing that the following issues will be raised over the course of the weekend:

* A dedication to liberation, not welfarism:

This conference stands for complete animal liberation, not "bigger
cages, longer chains" and the workshops, sponsors and presenters must
reflect that ethic.
We feel that many of the national animal rights
organizations have started down a road that only reinforces the
property status of animals and does nothing to challenge the industries we are opposing or the mindsets we are attempting to change. Topics such as
these and critiques of the larger animal rights movement will be
present at this conference as we feel that combating tactics that we feel are
harmful to the furtherance of animal rights is just as important as
implementing the tactics we feel are effective.

* A commitment to ending all forms of oppressions:

While this may be first and foremost an animal rights conference, we
believe all forms of oppression to be interlinked. Many people believe
that other issues (such as racism, sexism, homophobia, etc) should be
put aside when fighting for the rights of animals. We believe that far
too often issues such as these are ignored by our movement in an
attempt to appear more "unified" and that this single-mindedness is not only
unethical and short sighted, but also corrosive to our movement. We are
specifically inviting and preparing for populations that are not often
included (or assimilated and therefore, in a way, silenced) in the larger animal rights movements, especially in the Midwest: women; people
of color; transgender and gender variant people; queer people/people of
varying sexual preferences and orientation; and parents and other
guardians of children. As such, we seek to have workshops highlighting
the connections between all forms of oppression and putting our
movements shortcomings on these issues under the magnifying glass. We
believe that criticism and reflection on oppressive behaviors within
our movement is essential in order to combat those problems. In keeping
with this ethic, oppressive behavior will not be tolerated at the
conference. Any conference attendees who behave in oppressive manners towards others will be asked to leave.

* An Open Support For Direct Action And The Animal Liberation Front:

This conference will stand up openly in support of the Animal
Liberation Front. It is our belief that the actions of the ALF are essential
elements of the fight for animal liberation and this conference will
feature workshops and presenters that reflect that belief.

* Law Enforcement/ Government Officials Are Not Welcome/Implementing
Security Culture:

We understand this is a hard one to enforce, but felt it necessary to
point out that we want to do everything we can to implement security
culture at this event. As such, no police officers, FBI agents or any
other such government official is welcome at the event. Please note
however, that this is nearly impossible to enforce and with the
scrutiny placed on the animal rights movement by the government, they are almost certain to be there. Keep this in mind and remember that loose lips
sink ships.

ADL Chicago: http://chicago.animaldefense.info/
 
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Many people in the dog fancy are working VERY HARD against these things.

HOwever, the opposition is well organized, well funded, and as you know, extremists are very dedicated to their causes.

If you want to get involved, visit http://www.pet-law.com/
 

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And their goal is to outlaw owning any type of animal? How would they get away with that?
 
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how many people would keep animals if fencing, crates, and tethering was completely abolished?

I know that I could not keep the dogs I have if I were not allowed to fence or crate them.

Of course then there is all the mandatory s/n laws, and the breed specific laws, which eat away at our rights to own the dogs we choose to.

Don't miss the part about guardianship, and dogs NOT being property. This is a pivotal point, and if we EVER lose the property battle, the fight is over. Dogs will then HAVE rights, and our own rights as "guardians" will be prohibitively restricted.
 

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How the heck are they going to know what the dogs want??? With children and guardianship you can ask.. But you cant ask dogs..

How are we to keep that from happening? I mean, like locally and whatnot? No one around here cares pretty much.. I don't want it to happen, but if no one cares.. except for a small few.. then, how do you stop it?
 

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I say chazzers in the area need to go to the meeting and infiltrate the group.

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OMG. Wow. I firmly believe that there are things as too many laws.

Crating, fencing, and tethering is not harmful to the animals if it's done appropriately and responsibly.

Is leaving a dog outside tethered to a tree 24/7 cruel? Yes

Is tethering a dog to a tree so it can roam in it's unfenced yard without getting hit by a car cruel? Of course not.

And I've known dogs who LIKE their crate. Hear that? They LIKE it. They will go in it even when they're not told to!

I swear, the people we're letting in government these days.
 

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not a bad idea, but you better set someone up to go your bail beforehand.

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Yea...it was very tongue-in-cheek and as a disclaimer, I would not actually suggest spending any time with the ADL...those people are the extremists - bombs, fires, etc.

HSUS scares me more than ADL.
 

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I just thought of something. Shouldn't we be trying to get some of the big names on board with us, like Petsmart, Petco, etc? I mean our pets are their business, if there are no pets they aren't getting any money, so they should care about this too...
 

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Thursday, May 08 2008 @ 12:23 PM CDT

* Law Enforcement/ Government Officials Are Not Welcome/Implementing
Security Culture:

We understand this is a hard one to enforce, but felt it necessary to
point out that we want to do everything we can to implement security
culture at this event. As such, no police officers, FBI agents or any
other such government official is welcome at the event. Please note
however, that this is nearly impossible to enforce and with the
scrutiny placed on the animal rights movement by the government, they are almost certain to be there. Keep this in mind and remember that loose lips
sink ships.
I don't know about you all . . . but more than their goals, their rhetoric, or their meeting, this scares the living hell out of me.

This is all but an open statement that they fully intend to use illegal or violent means. Not that that would be a new thing for this movement, but this is frighteningly bold.
 

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True that.

I almost wish I could go, just to see what the hell they are going to talk about...
 

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I just thought of something. Shouldn't we be trying to get some of the big names on board with us, like Petsmart, Petco, etc? I mean our pets are their business, if there are no pets they aren't getting any money, so they should care about this too...
Unfortunatley, they are quaking in their collective boots. AR people are all but stalking them, and like many animal affliated corporations, whose main purpose is to avoid getting sued, they roll over half the time.

I've been saying for years that dog owners have to unite behind a single banner, and that banner has to be the AKC, which means the AKC needs to get off its collective butt and start standing up for all dog owners . . purebred, mixed or mutt, show, sport or pet, breeder, trainer or owner. It also means that the AKC needs to clean house, big time. But only the AKC has the combination of name recognition, poltical heft, and dedicated purpose to provide a united front . . .
 

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I just thought of something. Shouldn't we be trying to get some of the big names on board with us, like Petsmart, Petco, etc? I mean our pets are their business, if there are no pets they aren't getting any money, so they should care about this too...
Yes...but...it's not so easy. The ARists have better organization and more money. We are all too busy doing things with our animals to develop an organized, collective fight. It hasn't been easy to get the AKC more actively involved.

Companies like petsmart and petco might be a good source for funding for AW/anti-AR efforts, but politically they won't have as much influence as something like the AKC.

But yes, we need support from any place we can get it. One of our best allies is the NRA. They have money, they have experienced lobbyists, and many members have dogs.
 

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I can't beleive that Petsmart, the top dog in the animal business according to Hoovers.com would just LET this happen. Do they even realize that it would be the END of their business? Petsmart CEO Phillip Francis Makes over $800,000 a year and gets a $960,000 bonus (also found on Hoovers.com). I don't think he'd want to give that up...
 

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I can't beleive that Petsmart, the top dog in the animal business according to Hoovers.com would just LET this happen. Do they even realize that it would be the END of their business? Petsmart CEO Phillip Francis Makes over $800,000 a year and gets a $960,000 bonus (also found on Hoovers.com). I don't think he'd want to give that up...
Anything stopping ya from writing him a letter? :D
 
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