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The Portland area has a strong history of animal rights activism. Within recent years, institutions like Legacy and OHSU have been targeted for their barbaric experiments on primates, cats, dogs, and other animals. Partially in response to public pressure, they're in the process of consolidating most, if not all, animal experimentation at the Oregon Regional Primate Research Center (ORPRC). In anticipation of this and based on the Oregon Opportunity Plan's ill-conceived aim to expand Oregon's biomedical industry and its use of animal models, the ORPRC is in the process of enlarging their compound. To this end, they've been awarded $200 million from the tobacco tax fund. That OHP and indigent services are facing cuts so drastic they may be fatal, combined with the fact that animal research was used for at least 20 years to prove tobacco did not cause lung cancer, make this award to ORPRC painfully ironic. A campaign of increasing importance is Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC), a dedicated group of activists who have been successful in martialing national support for their efforts to shut down the infamous New Jersey animal testing lab. Read on and follow links provided in the left column for more background and information. Portland Indymedia offers a place where the stories of these events can be told. This page contains portland indymedia content on many of the public events of the last few months, but is by no means exhaustive. The best way to improve indymedia coverage is to participate yourself, by publishing your own original reporting to the newswire, or producing audio or video for streaming radio, video showings or cable access. "Don't hate the media -- become the media!"
The Portland area has a strong history of animal rights activism. Within recent years, institutions like Legacy and OHSU have been targeted for their barbaric experiments on primates, cats, dogs, and other animals. Partially in response to public pressure, they're in the process of consolidating most, if not all, animal experimentation at the Oregon Regional Primate Research Center (ORPRC). In anticipation of this and based on the Oregon Opportunity Plan's ill-conceived aim to expand Oregon's biomedical industry and its use of animal models, the ORPRC is in the process of enlarging their compound. To this end, they've been awarded $200 million from the tobacco tax fund. That OHP and indigent services are facing cuts so drastic they may be fatal, combined with the fact that animal research was used for at least 20 years to prove tobacco did not cause lung cancer, make this award to ORPRC painfully ironic. A campaign of increasing importance is Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC), a dedicated group of activists who have been successful in martialing national support for their efforts to shut down the infamous New Jersey animal testing lab.
Read on and follow links provided in the left column for more background and information.
Portland Indymedia offers a place where the stories of these events can be told. This page contains portland indymedia content on many of the public events of the last few months, but is by no means exhaustive. The best way to improve indymedia coverage is to participate yourself, by publishing your own original reporting to the newswire, or producing audio or video for streaming radio, video showings or cable access. "Don't hate the media -- become the media!"
In the Face of Repression-- Organizing in Spite of the Surveillance State
From the open publishing newswire: September 6, 12:00pm
Portland State University
Smith Memorial Student Union
The AETA labels animal activists as terrorists and is one of the most unconstitutional laws since COINTELPRO. In response to new indictments under the AETA, The National Weekend of Action Against the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) has been called as a show of solidarity, to increase the visibility of ongoing counter-intelligence, and to encourage activists to organize and resist in the face of repression.
Farm Animal Rights Movement's Grand Opening
From the open publishing newswire: Farm Animal Rights Movement has a Portland office now and we would love for you to come to our grand opening! [15 May]
Eat tasty food, get a chance to win free prizes, check out the 10 Billion Lives truck, and meet some of FARM's staff! Stop by to check out our new office space!
After 30 years operating solely out of the DC area, Farm Animal Rights Movement has opened our National Campaigns Office in Portland, OR! We are thrilled to be here and look forward to contributing to Portland's fantastic local vegan community while continuing to work on our national campaigns, like the highly successful 10 Billion Lives Tour.
FARM's local staff will be joined by Executive Director Michael Webermann, who will be in town from the main office in DC. The 10 Billion Lives truck will be parked right outside, screening a short documentary about the tour produced by Portland's Burning Hearts Media.
Coalition Building event at PSU
From the open publishing newswire: Coalition Building: Organizing at the Intersections Thursday March 20, 7pm Portland State University SMSU Room 236 Free and open to the public
Event Description Dylan Powell, an animal liberation and migrant justice activist from St. Catherine's, Ontario will be presenting a workshop on the ins and outs of coalition building and intersectional organizing. What is coalition building? What is intersectionality? How do animal and environmental activists build necessary bridges with other communities, organizations, and movements? How do we work towards solidarity without appropriating the experiences and struggles of other communities? When is intersectional organizing appropriate? How do we effectively organize across movements? Why do animal and ecological movements need to approach our goals with intersectionality in mind? He will discuss these topics and more as they explore how our movement can move beyond its current stagnation and isolation by adopting an intersectional approach, cross-movement solidarity, and coalition building skills.
This workshop focuses on strategies for coalition building from an ally perspective within the animal/earth advocacy movements. Specific focus is paid to sameness/difference, diversity of scale/tactics, and a critique of consumerism. [...]
Mercy for Animals Pro-Vegetarian Demo in Portland
From the open publishing newswire: Here's the [video] link
Mercy for Animals brought it's traveling demonstration that asks the question: Why Eat One and Not the Other? to downtown Portland on Thursday, Ocotber 17. A giant blow up hot dog stuffed with a puppy drew the lunch crowd over to find out what it was all about and get some information on how/why to change their diet.
Mercy for Animals has done an enormous amount of undercover video to highlight the abuse that farm animals face every day in factory farms. These "farms" routinely mutilate pigs and chickens, without anestheaia. They are stuffed into tiny cages where they are forced to live their entire lives. Dairy cows are left broken and exhausted on the ground, to be slaughtered as "downer cows." In its effort to bring awareness about the animals' plight, Mercy for Animals staged a peaceful demonstration in downtown Portland, and handed out veg guides to help people make more compassionate choices.
Video: Portland Protest Ringling Brothers Circus
From the open publishing newswire: Interviews with several Portlanders protesting animal cruelty for profit and entertainment. This protest was on Thursday evening, the first of four days that the circus was in town.
Informative interviews with people of conscience who protest the treatment of animals for profit and entertainment. These animals lead a miserable life. Some of the most cruel treatment are abusive training practices, long confinement in rail cars and separation from family life.
In attendance were members from Portland Animal Liberation (PAL) and In Defense of Animals, as well as several who attended as individuals.
Protest Event Facebook Page
Portland Protests Circus
Sea Shepherd comes to the rescue
From the open publishing newswire: Sea shepherd has started a coalition with Portland based ARA groups today [3/15] was the start of the "Compassion on the Columbia campaign" to save sea lions on the Columbia River.
Sea Shepherd has formed a coalition with "sea lion defense brigade" and IDA. Thankfully Sea Shepherd has arrived from out of town to provide some much needed leadership for the sea lion defenders. Since Matt Rossell has left his job at IDA and moved away there has been a minor and unorganized campaign to save the Columbia River sea lions. Both the SLDB and IDA have been nearly silent since Matt left. Now Sea Shepherd is here and they have a track record of results.
link to beachcarolina.com
Show your support for the elephants at the Oregon Zoo
From the open publishing newswire: Join a demo to educate the public and inform the zoo that elephants deserve the space we voted for in 2008 and the zoo should not be contracting with a company that trains animals for entertainment.
Demo for the elephants of the Oregon Zoo
The Oregon Zoo - Saturday, December 15th 12 to 2pm
sponsored by IDA and Real Friends of Packy and the Animals of the Oregon Zoo.
Come out and show your support for the long-suffering elephants at the Oregon Zoo. Packy is now 50. He has never experienced one day of freedom despite the fact that in 2008 we voted for a multi million dollar bond measure to pay for a preserve so that he might do so. Now the zoo has a new baby whose future is bleak regardless of whether she ends up in a circus like other zoo elephants have or not. The public is at last getting more informed thanks in large part to the excellent reporting by the Seattle Times. Come out and give a shout out for the elephants. IDA and Real Friends will provide flyers to hand out to the public.
Recently the Oregon Zoo has been in the headlines for their contract with a company that trains elephants for entertainment. [...]
RELATED PIMC POST: http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2012/12/420888.shtml
free bus ride to seaside November 15th to save salmon
From the open publishing newswire: On November 15th there will be a joint meeting of Washington Fish and Wildlife and Oregon Department of Fish an Wildlife to discuss the future of the Columbia River Salmon.
If you are concerned about Salmon on the Columbia River this is the meeting to attend. There is a working group made up of the commissions of the Washington Department of fish and Wildlife and the Oregon Department of ish and Wildlife that will decide the future of Columbia River Salmon at this meeting. The meeting is in Seaside the morning of November 15th but a free bus is being provided by the stop gillnets now coalition, of which the HSUS is a part.
Here is the link to sign up: http://stopgillnets.com/seaside/
Please Attend to help Oregon's Sea Lions
From the open publishing newswire: Please attend this very important meeting--the indigenous Columbia river sea lions lives are at stake here and so are 13 runs of endangered salmon--they depend on our voice to save them from being scapegoated by a greedy fishing industry--Sea Lions are being killed for eating only 1% of the fish while human's currently kill 17% of the fish and are asking for more. Please do not let sport fishing weaken and destroy the Marine Mammal Protection Act 1972 (MMPA) more than they already have. True conservation of our iconic endangered salmon starts with lowering human predation not raising it. The very survival of marine mammals and endangered species are at stake here---Please attend and let David Hunt know that marine mammals and endangered species survival on the Willamette /Columbia rivers are important to you. A healthy ecology coupled with indigenous marine mammal and endangered salmon survival should have higher priority than killing for sport.
Please bring the family, make signs if you like,
carpooling can be arranged--please share this message
Town hall on sea lions is Nov. 8
Oregon Rep. Dave Hunt (D-Clackamas) will be holding a town hall about California sea lion/fish conflicts on Nov. 8 in Oregon City.
The free meeting is at 6:30 p.m. in the Banquet Room, Rivershore Hotel, 1900 Clackamette Drive.
Oregon: A.L.F. Liberates Dozens of Pheasants; For The Silent Ones.
From the open publishing newswire: "On the night of September 21, 2012, saboteurs tore open a lone flight pen located at the newly incorporated Primrose Pheasant Farm (27368 S. Primrose Path Canby, Oregon), releasing dozens of slaughter-bound ring-necked pheasants into the countryside.
Naturalized populations of ring-necked pheasants have resided in the Willamette Valley for hundreds of years and the surrounding farm land serves as ideal habitat that these captive bred non-domesticated birds can undoubtedly survive in. Destined otherwise to be killed by butchers and sport hunters, these sentient beings will now get the chance to live out the rest of their natural lives in the wild.
For the silent ones.. A.L.F."
[ Related: AAnimal Liberation Frontline ]
Animal Liberation Front Empties Fox Farm in Virginia
From the open publishing newswire: Thirteen foxes liberated from a fur farm in northern Virginia
Thirteen foxes liberated from a fur farm in northern Virginia
On Saturday night, the ALF emptied a small fur farm approximately two hours from Washington DC. All 13 foxes on the farm were released. According to the communique posted by the North American Animal Liberation Press Office, the ALF also damaged equipment at the farm. The farm bordered Shenandoah National Park, where the foxes returned to their natural habitat.
The fox farm raided appears to be:
D & S Fox Farm
The full communique reads:
"On the night of August 5, the Animal Liberation Front visited the only known fur farm in the state of Virginia, Scott Dean's D&S Fox Farm in Elkton. We opened every one of the few cages at D&S, giving thirteen beautiful foxes a chance at new lives in the nearby Shenandoah National Park. As we watched a few of them immediately scurry off to freedom, we damaged the machinery that allows Dean to continue his day-to-day operation confining and torturing these sensitive creatures. Dean, it appears that this is a hobby providing you only supplementary income - it is our commitment to free your prisoners and cost you more than you make until you shut down. To those nationwide who also seek justice for the innocent, your nearest fur farm is at most a state away. Take action for animals. -ALF"
Beyond Veganism : Food Justice (VIDEO)
From the open publishing newswire: Here is another workshop that we filmed this past April at the 2012 Law and Disorder conference in Portland, OR. In this video, lauren Ornelas (Food Empowerment Project) discusses social justice issue's involved in the food industry and how our choices affect them. lauren touches on slavery in the chocolate industry, produce worker rights, and environmental racism. This is a wonderful workshop to watch if you want to learn how your food choices, vegan, or not, still may be contributing to slavery on the ivory coast, or the horrible working conditions of produce workers in California.
We applaud lauren's efforts and her work with Food Empowerment Project. We urge you to check out their chocolate list to make sure you aren't eating chocolate from the ivory coast. We also urge you to contact Clif Bar and urge them to tell Food Empowerment Project where they get their chocolate!
ReWilding the West: Remembering Rod Coronado
From the open publishing newswire: Rod Coronado, who is turning 47 this year, is a Yaqui Pascua Indian, a writer and poet, a father, lover of nature and animals, a felon and eco-anarchist. He's the kind of guy that could tell you all about the native flowers growing out of the cracks in the sidewalk and how to make rudimentary bombs...
In 1995 Coronado was convicted on felony charges for an arson attack on a Michigan State University animal research facility, part of a string of facilities targeted by the ALF in their campaign duly titled "Operation Bite-Back." He was sentenced with 56 months but the damages to the fur industry were substantial. Aside from the direct impacts of the action he was imprisoned for, he has been credited for research and inspiration which lead to many more actions, freeing thousands of animals -mink, fox, coyotes -who actually have a fighting chance to re-wild themselves and survive upon release. Not to mention millions of dollars lost to economic sabotage, dealing a crippling blow to the whole industry.
Much of Rod's early actions took place just before the eruption of intense FBI hunts for "domestic eco-terrorists," a fear mongering term elevated by State and corporate media following the rise of the ELF. But in a West rapidly laid bleak with concrete, undergoing an extinction crisis and climate convulsion, overcrowded with bland, consumerist culture and the boredom of timid human engagement, Coronado stands as a figure, all the more heroic, and absolutely quintessential to the promise of a re-Wilded West.