--"Animals need warriors for their defense not another
subjective school of thought."
On Thursday, April 14, 2011 - opening
night of the Animal Liberation Forum 2011 at CSU Long Beach - Walter Bond's
recorded address was presented to an eager audience. The following is his
Welcome comrades to the 2011 Animal Liberation Forum. I hope today finds
you well and in good spirits. This weekend you will no doubt network with
many good people, attend some great workshops and learn many tactics and
various aspects of the movement for the total liberation of our animal
sisters and brothers. As you participate in the weekend's events I want you
to keep a few things in mind. First, security culture - had I more strictly
adhered to those principles and never spoke of an action after it was done I
would still be busy ruining animal exploiters' days and saving actual
animals from a life of pain, death for no reason. Instead of spending time
in a federal prison writing about what I wish I was still doing. But you
will hear plenty about security culture this weekend. So you don't need a
lecture from me as well. I only mention it to caution you to take it
More importantly, I would ask you to reject "paranoia
culture". Paranoia, fear for no good reason, this does the cops and feds'
work more thoroughly than any breech of security. Because without ever
having to infiltrate any group of us, clandestine or above-ground, there is
cop working full time in everyone of our minds. That paranoia dooms animals
to death by keeping us frozen in our tracks and inactive in the most
effective ways. The hour is late. This year more animals will be slaughtered
at the hands of humans for the most trivial reasons than ever before in
world history! And next year that number will rise again. The Earth is
suffering at the hands of Western Civilization! Crying out in pain at the
avarice of technocratic wickedness! There is no way to save all this and our
asses at the same time. We need to embrace and demand a spirit of self
sacrifice, bravery and teamwork no matter what our level of involvement.
When we review other liberation struggles be it the Black Panthers, American
Indian Movement, Suffragettes, Zapatistas, or the rioters at Stonewall, we
will see at once that self sacrifice, courage and ferocity are unavoidable
if your concern is success. It is better to act on your own terms than to
react to the security forces of animal exploitation. When we choose the
battlefield, the advantage is ours. When we play their game, we cannot see
the road ahead and inevitable wreck that is waiting for us.
know about you but I got sick of playing games in the name of liberation
awhile ago. Animals need warriors for their defense not another subjective
school of thought. Which brings me to my next point. Philosophy. Over the
course of this weekend you will no doubt meet and talk to various people. We
don't all see eye to eye on many issues and that's fine. Please make animal
liberation and a love of this planet which we all inhabit the glue that
sticks us together. We vegans have a personal opinion about everything.
Which is understandable because we are thinking people but perfect adherence
to philosophical denominations is not needed to become incredibly effective.
That's because things like loving and fighting are intuitive and can even
become hindered by excessive definition. Whether you are at a rally, home
demonstration, or part of an underground cell, the vegan fighting by your
side in the trenches is your sister or brother until actions prove
otherwise. My wish for every single one of you is that this movement lives
in your heart and guides your every action because once it does no can take
it from you. And no one can validate it for you either. Demand more of
yourself than you do of anyone else. And don't just be yourself but let
others be themselves, for that is the true nature of leaderless resistance.
Let your activity be your voice, words are cheap and easy. The only reason
my words have weight is because of the actions that back them.
I have seen or heard of activists turning against each other or being
divisive over politics, religion or philosophy I find it incredibly
disheartening. Not because of confrontation, that is just a reality of life.
But because at that point a movement dissolves into a school of thought. A
rhetorical theorem. And while we contemplate the origins of patriarchy and
matriarchy, a million animals get stabbed in the throat, broken by the yoke,
beaten for not performing for a crowd, murdered in toxicity tests for Tide
and Bleach, forced inhalation by Philip Morris and RJ Reynolds. While we
debate about topics of human interest, the last of the forest falls and the
water turns to excrement and the world bleeds to death! A movement must
move! Not spend 98% of its time in stasis, planning and posturing and 2% of
the time putting its back into its beliefs.
And lastly, a few words
about levels of involvement! There are many ways you can help animals, but
make no mistake direct action is the most powerful. By direct action I mean
anything that helps animals, now. I once knew a young woman who would travel
the countryside of Colorado and go to places of animal abuse like ranches,
turkey and chicken farms and just act cute and repetitively ask for an
animal over and over, persistently, pretty please with sugar on top. She
ended up with so many critters she had to purchase 30 acres to house
everyone comfortably. That simple and legal action had has more profound of
an effect than a million vegans at potlucks competing with each other about
who feels the animals' pain the most. Or a hundred activists that write me
to tell me they wish they could do what I have done. Saving actual animals'
lives, costing animal abusers money, stopping the exploitation by any means
necessary, educating people about the total abstinence from animal products:
this is where our most successful efforts lay. Direct activism, legal or
illegal, is morally justified and it works. It saves life today instead of
planting seeds or waiting for ripple effects in a hopeful future.
closing, have fun this weekend, learn what is needful and let this be the
moment where you resolve yourself to make a difference in this world and the
lives of suffering, innocent animals that desperately need your actions and
cannot even see your posturing. Remember its not what you think or feel, but
your actions that make you either part of the solution or part of the
Animal Liberation, whatever it may take!