1) Was there a specific event in your life that made you an animal activist? Do most members have experiences like this?
There was no specific event
that led me to become an animal activist. I learned about animal rights from my
older sister who was a vegetarian solely out of compassion for animals. Even
though we fought like sisters on most subjects I accepted her logic about animal
2) What inspired you to join the ALF?
As long as I can remember I
have believed in and lived by the ALF guidelines listed here
http://www.animalliberationfront.com/ALFront/alf_credo.htm. The ALF has no
official membership. It is a "decentralized organization" with "self-proclaimed"
members who follow the guidelines. It has no official leaders. No finances. No
structure. No communication between cells of self-proclaimed members. Many think
of the ALF as a philosophy in which the major tenet is that animals should not
be "property" with which humans can do whatever they wish, and a willingness to
stop abuse if they see it.
3) What is the ALF's connection to PETA?
None. Some members of the
ALF may be members of PETA (along with being members of many other animal rights
and human rights groups).
4) Would you consider the ALF to be the most radical Animal Rights group is the U.S.-- Why?
No. The Animal Rights Militia and the Animal Liberation Brigade are more radical. A bit about the ARM is here: http://www.animalliberationfront.com/ALFront/Actions-UK/alfarm.htm
The primary difference is that the AR Militia and AL Brigade do not have as part of their credo the ALF guideline: �4. TO take all necessary precautions against harming any animal, human and non-human.�
Animal liberation. It would make the world better for both human and non-human animals. Please read "How Animal Liberation Will Benefit Human Rights." http://www.animalliberationfront.com/Practical/Health/ALbenefitsHR.htm
Yesterday Will Potter answered that question a bit facetiously in this article: http://www.animalliberationfront.com/ALFront/ AgainstALF/How2BLabeledTerrorist.htm
The US government is run by politicians put into office by big business. The ALF wants to stop exploitation of animals by big business so there is a conflict of ideology. Like many words, the use of the word �terrorist� tells someone more about the person using the word than it does about the person being described. Both sides of the debate on what to call the ALF are discussed in the novel "Terrorists or Freedom Fighters? Reflections on the Liberation of Animals" by Steven Best, Ph.D. and Anthony J. Nocella, II.
The immediate goal of most ALF activists is to save the life of the animal whose eyes the activist has been looking into. As far as lasting effects beyond saving a life, read the article by Dr. Steven Best and Jason Miller here: http://www.animalliberationfront.com/Philosophy/AvertingChinaSyndrome-printer.htm
An excerpt from the article: �For now, however, the sabotage tactics of the ALF and ELF are important if for no other reason than to demonstrate resistance to capitalist omnicide is possible, that the flame of rebellious action (the praxis that must emerge from abstract theorizing) has not been completely snuffed out. But the value of underground tactics exceeds the symbolic to transform material realities, for liberationists are often effective in slowing the destruction of nature and life, if not in many cases stopping it altogether. The corporate-state complex fears them for a reason; it elevates them to the top terrorist threats for a reason; it levels prison terms longer than rapists and murderers get for a reason: they pose a real, imminent, and serious danger to their operations and profits.�
When the public becomes aware of what thousands of scientists already know (that tests on animals don't do anything except protect the corporations) the public will vote to change the laws. Many universities are already stopping animal tests. University of Michigan stopped animal tests last month.
9) If you could change anything about the ALF what would it be?
I can answer two ways.
No. The third slide in this presentation explains our position on that: http://www.animalliberationfront.com/MediaCenter/flash/AR_logic/index.html