Artist Sunaura Taylor has long grappled with the intersections between the disability rights and animal liberation movements. Her newest book, Beasts of Burden: Animal and Disability Liberation (The New Press, 2017), is an in-depth examination of the various meanings of ability, their social contexts and constructions – and the overlap between disability and animal rights. The book is an insightful and nuanced analysis of disability issues. Beasts of Burden is also deeply personal in nature and uncompromising in its defence of total liberation. [Read more…]
In this interview, we speak with the legal defence team of Gary Grill and James Silver, who represented Anita Krajnc in her criminal trial for giving water to pigs in a truck outside of a Toronto-area slaughterhouse in 2015. The case has had widespread international attention. While the outcome of the trial happily spared a conviction for Anita, any potentially positive impact for animals in Canadian law was dismissed in the decision. Contrary to the claims of many activists, the case did not put the “industry on trial” or result in a “victory for animals”. [Read more…]
The following are the trial documents in the Anita Krajnc case.
Anita Krajnc is a co-founding leader of Toronto Pig Save, a group of local activists which “bear witness” at the gates of slaughterhouses. This practice often involves a modest form of direct action that holds up transport trucks at the gates for a few minutes, whereby activists scramble to give water to the animals in the trucks and photograph the witness. [Read more…]
In the wake of the passing of Tom Regan, we take a closer look at his contributions to the philosophical debate over the liberation of animals and what it means politically for the movement. [Read more…]
I said in my heart with regard to human beings that God is testing them to show that they are but animals. For the fate of humans and the fate of animals is the same; as one dies, so dies the other. They all have the same breath, and humans have no advantage over the animals; for all is vanity. All go to one place; all are from the dust, and all turn to dust again. Who knows whether the human spirit goes upward and the spirit of animals goes downward to the earth? 1 [Read more…]