February 24, 2012
Re: Self-Proclaimed Animal-Welfare Activist in
Ohio (Allegedly) Tried to Hire Someone to Kill Fur-Wearer
American Animal Liberation Press Office Statement
In a widely
reported story in the mainstream media, an animal rights activist in Ohio
has been charged with soliciting a hit man to fatally shoot or slit the
throat of a random fur-wearer. Meredith Lowell, 27, appeared Tuesday in U.S.
District Court in Cleveland where a judge ordered her held by the U.S.
Marshals Service pending a hearing next week, court records show.
Those who battle animal torture, exemplified in the horrific killing of
fur-bearing animals for their skin, have been not-unexpectedly silent on the
arrest. The North American Animal Liberation Press Office, in its
long-running mission to expose animal cruelty and exploitation wherever it
exists, has the following comments.
It is easy to understand and
empathize with the actions of a woman who may have watched one of the many
undercover video's of fur-bearing animals on fur farms. Video footage
highlights innocent, sentient wild animals kept in such close confinement
they go mad, turning around in their small cages continuously and chewing
their appendages off from the stress. Subsequently, they are forcibly taken
and systematically gassed or clubbed to death or alternatively, anally
electrocuted while alive (the current trend on fur farms in order to prevent
the animal from getting blood or vomiting all over their fur.)
could, under a similar set of circumstances, fault an individual that viewed
a video of children, who have no power and can't speak for themselves, being
raped, and the person watching becoming so emotionally distraught, that in
their distress they seek someone to kill the child rapist?
Authorities are undoubtedly exploiting Lowell and using her as an example of
why "animal terrorists" should be locked up and the key thrown away.
Lowell's choice in using Facebook and potentially targeting children was
certainly misguided, and perhaps there is more to her mental state than just
overwhelming distress and compassion for innocent animals being
unnecessarily murdered for their skins. Regardless, she has managed to shine
the spotlight on the manifest cruelty of the fur trade in "modern" America.
While the current case is deficient of a more solid and strategic
ideological underpinning for the alleged actions, it is nevertheless
understandable from the viewpoint of those with compassion for the
oppressed. Perhaps the stress and emotional duress can account for the
accused' inability to act with any true agency.
Once the horror of
fur-bearing animal enslavement, abuse and murder is witnessed with one's own
eyes, the animals' screams and their writhing pain visualized, most people
refuse to wear the skins of these animals on their backs as a fashion
statement, and some are driven to undertake more extreme measures to end the
Sad to be sure, but nonetheless true.