Please be forewarned that this letter contains vile and
racialized language that may trigger feelings of distress, uncomfortableness
or possible traumatic experiences. If you have such sensitivities, we
recommend to our subscribers that they not read the letter.
The North American Animal Liberation Press Office has not received a
communique or direct communication from Animal Liberation Canada/USA nor has
the Press Office ever heard of or from anonymous individuals under such
banner. Also, the Press Office is unaware if any other organizations
received an official communique. Rather, the letter was released by the
mainstream media after it was received by the Chinese Business Association,
and may be an attempt to discredit the animal liberation movement by those
who profit from the abuse of non-human animals.
By Press Officer Nicoal R. Sheen
North American Animal
Liberation Press Office
This past Tuesday a letter purportedly from a
group styling itself "Animal Liberation Canada/USA" was received by
Toronto's Chinese Business Association concerning the recently successful
shark fin ban. The "communique" was shamefully shot through with slurs,
crude generalizations and racially charged rhetoric directed towards
Toronto's Chinese community and Chinese communities worldwide.
light of this blatant and disturbingly racist "communique", we wish to put
forth the following assertions as human beings and animal liberation
Across the entire world, animal lovers, liberators and
rescuers exist - irrespective of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, or
geographical location. Such people have dedicated themselves to an
unshakeable ethic of compassion, equality and liberation. Some also risk
their freedom and indeed their very lives on behalf others by carrying out
acts often considered illegal by the State.
Point in fact, there are
liberationists in China fighting for their non-human brothers and sisters
everyday. In fact, some of these liberations and open rescues have occurred
in broad daylight. In Beijing, during the summer of 2011, 520 dogs destined
for the slaughterhouse were rescued during the day from the truck in which
they were being transported. Additionally, more than 300 companion cats were
rescued from a dealer, who would have sold the animals to restaurants for
food, and returned home in Shanghai. These are just some examples among
In the strongest possible terms, we as animal liberationists
denounce any ideology, communique or action that seeks to simplify animal or
human oppression when it is an undeniable fact that part of the social group
being blamed for such atrocities is itself opposed to the very practice. For
example, not all Chinese people are responsible for shark finning, in the
very same way that not all Americans are responsible for the wars in Iraq
Racism and racial generalizations perpetuate
speciesism, and vice versa, due to the fact that such stereotypes and
classifications have been closely intertwined throughout history and have
been used to degrade one group or another. People are compared to
"undesirable" non-human animals and associated with their perceived
behaviors e.g. the Jewish Holocaust and rat references, with similar slurs
also prevalent in the U.S. during WWII towards Japanese people. Thus, in
this very instance, non-human animals are categorized by such false
attributes and ordered as a less than whole being e.g. rats as conniving and
ruthless or pigs as unintelligent slobs. Such categorizations of a "less
than" or an "otherized" status allows for those claiming dominance and
superiority to enslave, exploit, torture and murder all other sentient
beings, human and non-human alike.
As liberationists, we must embrace
the fight and struggle for liberation of all oppressed beings on the planet.
Since our struggles are interconnected, the liberation of one cannot be
achieved without the liberation of the other. We would only continue to
perpetuate a hierarchical ordering of beings if we fought to eradicate
speciesism but not racism, sexism but not classism, heterosexism not
speciesism, so on and so forth. We have one common goal: to liberate
ourselves and others from the systemic injustices of modernity, which in
some cases have become the norm. Communiques with rhetoric such as this are
unacceptable to a movement that abhors oppression.
We stand in
solidarity with all animal liberationists and activists around the world.
May we all fight against our oppressors as a community.
ourselves and the animals if we strive for anything less.
underground animal-rights group is threatening to spread rat poison in
Toronto's Chinatown and poison food at Mandarin buffet restaurants, the head
of the Toronto Chinese Business Association told The Huffington Post
Barbara Chiu, the group's executive director, said she
received a letter in the mail Tuesday from Animal Liberation Canada/USA
upset with the group's decision to fight a city of Toronto ban on the sale
'They see us, the Chinese, having lost the battle in
the shark-fin ban--And at the end of the letter it mentions that they are
going to spread rat poison in Chinatown and in a particular Chinese
restaurant as well,' Chiu said. 'They mentioned a Mandarin restaurant, you
know the Mandarin Buffet?'
'We are a radical group of 'concerned' who
protect all wildlife. Warning to y'all. We now have folks in your Chinatowns
spreading rat poison on meant, fish, fruit and vegetables. Hopefully some of
you will be sick as a dog, which by the way you animal killers eat as well,'
the letter states.
Police were notified on Wednesday and the issue
was passed along to the hate crimes unit, Chiu said.
begins: 'Hey, how's it going guys? I see you lost the big shark fin ban in
Toronto. Thank God, less sharks suffering a painful death in the hands of
It continues: 'You gooks come over here and don't
speak a word of English and don't teach your kids English. The only English
you know is, 'you give me free.' Most don't know where they are, who the
mayor is, or the prime minister. You are rude and spit on My streets and
would rip off your grandmother. I'm sure you goofs will eat anything
including chocolate covered shit will try to serve shark fin illegally.'
Chiu told HuffPost vicious, racist and insulting letters are nothing
'We have been receiving a lot of hatred emails since we have
been voicing out for the Chinese businesses but those emails are just hatred
emails insulting Chinese, that is totally fine with us but this one is a
threatening mail with criminal activities that they intend to do to China
town so we just want to make it aware to the businesses in Chinatown,' she
The letter ends with: 'Our head office in the USA will be
supplying us with e coli virus. Let me warn you don't eat at the Mandarin
Paybacks are a bitch, chink.'
Aaron Ma, the
dinning room manager for Mandarin's Yonge Street location told HuffPost he
hadn't heard of any threats but wasn't particularly worried.
news to me," he said.
-- December 1
Michelle Cliffe It is
truly unfortunate that blatant racism and violent, criminal acts are
presented in this letter. It gives the entire movement which advocates on
behalf of animals a very bad name. A Google search for this "underground"
"group" brings up... nothing, although the person who sent the letter is
perhaps trying to give the impression that they are part of the Animal
Liberation Front (ALF). Although ALF often conducts questionable activities,
a look at ALF's website tells you that ALF does not condone racism and acts
that hurt animals (human and non-human). It's possible, and likely, that
this letter is from a very unstable individual posing as an 'animal rights'