~BITE CLUB LEADER JASON MILLER FIGHTS AGAINST 'SPECIESISM'~
THE KANSAS CITY STAR
Feb. 17th, 2010
By Joe Lambe
Jason Miller, leader of the offbeat fight against the Shawnee Mission
Park deer cull, seems like a typical Johnson Countian. He lives in a house
in Lenexa, drives an SUV, works as a supervisor at a call center and is an
Eagle Scout. But there’s a lot more to the 43-year-old Miller, who calls
himself a “recovering suburbanite,” an anarchist and has an anti-capitalist
Web site promoting “veganism” and denouncing “speciesism” — the belief that
humans are the dominant species and can do whatever they want to animals.
The logo on his Web site, “Thomas Paine’s Corner,” features a picture of
a Boy Scout. But look closely — an anarchist flag flies behind him. The
scout is a symbol of indoctrination into a world Miller says he stepped away
from about four years ago.
Miller and his animal-rights group, the Bite Club of KC, surfaced over
the summer when the Johnson County Park and Recreation board approved a plan
to employ sharpshooters and bow hunters to solve the problem of too many
deer in Shawnee Mission Park. The losing fight against the deer cull by
Miller and his Bite Club — its motto is “activism with a bite” — was the
first more extreme animal fight in the area, Miller said recently in
interview at his home.
His tactics, such as brandishing a bloody deer head he named Victoria and
dumping cow’s blood on himself, are “tactile activism,” Miller said. He
recently used another variation near the University of Kansas Medical
Center, where the group demonstrated against using animals for scientific
Earlier this month, Miller and a few supporters protested at a De Soto
meat market that ground the culled Shawnee Mission Park deer into sausage
for the poor. He carried a severed pig’s head named Wilbur, which he wrote
is “a tactile, macabre symbol of the face of the billions of murder victims
slain by the meat industry.”
At his home, Miller said, “I want to bring non-humans into the moral
sphere and treat them as equals.” There are at least a few thousand people
like him connected on Internet sites, he estimates.
At home last week with his fiancee, three dogs and three cats, Miller
spoke softly, a mild-mannered anarchist when not on attack. He promotes
being a vegan but doesn’t push it on people, he said, and he just went from
vegetarian to vegan less than two years ago himself. That means he does not
eat or use any animal products except leather or wool items he had from the
past. He also is a former alcoholic who hasn’t had a drink in 15 years, he
said, and he doesn’t use drugs or smoke.