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ALF Activist Barry Horne
I Am An Activist!
I am an activist. Am I an animal
defense activist? Yes. Am I an environmental activist? Definitely. Am
I a human rights activist? Most assuredly. Am I a peace activist? Indeed.
I am in complete opposition to all social injustice; I abhor all suffering.
I disdain the anti-ethic that has created a society that lives upon the
daily exploitation and slaughter of our animal brethren; a society that
is rapidly choking off the only life support system we have; destroying
our habitat, the earth; a society that embraces a philosophy of "might
makes right" and chooses to ignore the plight of our "weaker"
brothers and sisters--the homeless, the hungry, the elderly, the children;
a society whose economy and "strength" rely on the production
and dissemination of tools of destruction. I am an activist. My actions
are directed at eradicating the root causes of ALL injustice: humankind's
disregard for our connection with our earth, and our loss of respect for
Listen! I am the voice we heard
so clearly as children until the din of society's indoctrination deafened
our ears. I am the clutching the throat and intense sorrow of all those
who visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. I am the pain and sadness within
each one of us who holds the threadlike bodies and swollen stomachs of
Africa's starving children. I am the peace and serenity that befalls us
when our eyes, for a fleeting
moment, meet those of a grazing deer. And I am the sentiment that makes
us mouth the words, "Set them free," whenever we encounter animals
imprisoned in cages.
I am these and more, and I am
omnipresent within each one of us. I draw no political lines; I erect
no artificial barriers between races, sexes, or species; I do not recognize
boundaries between issues of injustice. I am above politics, devoid of
our societal bigotries, and I embody all matters of justice. I am THE
I am our physical and spiritual
connection to our earth and all life.
I cry out for each one of us to
recognize the inseparable biological and ecological bonds that link all
life together as earth's family. I implore us to acknowledge that human
and nonhuman needs are complementary, not competitive, as all living beings
are indispensable threads of a living tapestry, interconnected to each
other and all of the earth's natural processes that sustain life. And
I demand action. I demand that individuals act in accordance with the
reverence they so richly deserve. I am the answer. I am the voice within
We must act. And we must ensure
that our actions are guided by our inner voice that affirms our connection
with the earth and all of her inhabitants. We cannot continue to alleviate
the injustices imposed on an individual or segment of our society through
an injustice to another. We cannot attain a true peace through the domination
or killing of those who are perceived to be lesser or evil. We cannot
"enrich" the lives of the poor people of Central America by
boosting their economy through the destruction of their rain forests to
raise and slaughter animals for a cheaper hamburger. We must strive to
consider all life as brethren and act in accordance with our connection
to the earth we share--to do otherwise is to betray not only our fellow
beings but ourselves as well.
I want your thoughts in affirmation
of our connection to the earth. I want your decisions to be made with
an ethic of reverence for life as your guide. And, I need your actions
to create a world of wonder, a world of justice, a world of peace bounded
only by the limits of life. I am part of a living, caring world. I embrace
a boundless ethic.
It is a life-affirming ethic in
which I share a journey with the flowers of the field, the children of
the streets, and the deer of the forest, in search of our home -- a world
of peace. I am your soul.
I am an activist.