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About John Curtin

Animal rights activist, who appears in the docu-drama Animals, Mon 12 Dec 2005 9pm-11pm.

John Curtin participates in a live webchat after Animals, with Dr Simon Festing, head of the Research Defense Society. Your opportunity to put your questions to them: Mon 12 Dec 2005, 11pm.

John writes,

"I have been involved in the animal liberation movement for over 20 years.

The first 10 of those years was spent dedicated to 'illegal' direct action such as carrying out economic sabotage against animal abusers and liberating animals from laboratories and factory farms. I am now involved in exclusively 'legal' style campaigning work - not because I have seen the light but because I became too easy for the police to catch!

I have been in 16 prisons for Animal Liberation Front actions.

I have been involved in most aspects of animal protection work, from working at animal sanctuaries, to undercover work among dog fighters and fox hunters through to demonstrating and protesting in Britain and Europe against animal abuse.

A few years ago I became interested in Buddhism and have found that regular meditation is a great way to stay sane! Buddha preached compassion for all beings and he also advocated direct action in the name of animal liberation - perfect.

Meditation has helped me to see the difference between anger and hatred. I see anger as an energy that can be usefully worked with to produce good results but hatred is a poison. I like to think that I have managed to expel most of my hatred towards violent bullies but that is not to say that I am not angered by what they do and am intent on doing what I can to stop them.

To encompass my views in one line I would have to quote from Gandhi who replied to the question, "What do you think of western civilisation?" with "I think it WOULD be a very good idea!" In Britain, alone, we kill hundreds of millions of factory-farmed animals every year and torture millions in laboratories.

I am very proud to belong to the animal liberation movement.

Love and liberation,

John Curtin".