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Animal Liberation Press Office Interview with RISE and Press Officer Nicoal Sheen
RISE gives a look at what make the ALF one of the most inspiring group of activists in modern times.
RISE: I’ve always been interested in activism. Being sympathetic towards animals and the animal rights movement, I’m always really interested to find out more about these things, and spend a lot of time researching issues, talking to people, reading about debates and people’s different opinions and points of view, and finding out about various organisations and representatives. The Animal Liberation Front is one of these organisations (although they technically are not ‘organised’). I managed to get an interview with Nicoal R. Sheen, a Press Officer at the North American Animal Liberation Press Office...
Nicoal: First off, I would like to make the clear distinction between the Press Office and the underground.
The North American Animal Liberation Press Office is a legal, above-ground entity that releases and clarifies to the media communiques it receives from anonymous underground animal liberationists. We do not know who these liberationists are or when they will strike, but as a liaison to the main stream media, our Press Office offers the historical and philosophical insight as to why actions such as these are undertaken by individuals who are fighting for animal liberation.
What is the Animal Liberation Front? A brief history of the ALF?
Nicoal: The Animal Liberation Front (ALF) is a banner or name under which anonymous individuals take action for animals. The ALF is not a specific group, collective or formal organization of people, rather an autonomous, leaderless movement to combat animal exploitation, torture and murder through non-violent direct action (such direct action includes property damage and economic sabotage). Unlike the Justice Department or Animal Rights Militia (ARM), those who claim actions underneath the Animal LIberation Front act according to specific guidelines – set up by Ronnie Lee, founder of the Animal Liberation Front in 1976. The guidelines are as follows:
1. To liberate animals from places of abuse like laboratories, factory farms, fur farms, etc., and place them in good homes where they may live out their natural lives, free from suffering.
2. To inflict economic damage to those who profit from the misery and exploitation of animals.
3. To reveal the horror and atrocities committed against animals behind locked doors, by performing direct actions and liberations.
4. To take all necessary precautions against harming any animal, human and non-human.
5. Any group of people who are vegetarians or vegans and who carry out actions according to these guidelines have the right to regard themselves as part of the Animal Liberation Front.
The Animal Liberation Front are freedom fighters in the movement for animals and risk their freedom and “luxuries” to liberate animals from human oppression. Throughout history, various people have broken the law in the name of a moral and just cause. These anonymous individuals liberating animals from vivisection laboratories, factory farms, etc. are no different than Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad, anti-slavery activists who “smuggled” people considered property to their physical freedom in the North.
DISCLAIMER: Kotori wholeheartedly supports the ALF. To be sure, the opinions and beliefs expressed in this interview are proudly applauded here at Kotori. If this offends you, then you need to take a strong look at your life. -Jake McGee, Editor in Chief