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Posted: September 18th, 2014 By BWM


BRITISH COLUMBIA, Unceded Tahltan Territory – September 18, 2014

The Wildlife Defence League (WDL) has been invited by the Klabona Keepers to blockade the only road providing access to the Sacred Headwaters. This area is home to numerous species of wildlife, including moose, grizzly bear, black bear, and stone sheep. In recent years these animals have been exploited by resident hunters, mainly for trophy. Moose populations have been most effected, due to no bag-limits that have precipitated a massive decline in the species. Consequently, the Klabona Keepers and the WDL are firm in their conviction that protecting wildlife and safeguarding habitat in the Sacred Headwaters from exploitation is a pressing priority. The Klabona Keepers with the support of the Wildlife Defence League, intend to blockade the entrance to the Sacred Headwaters from non-Indigenous and resident trophy hunters. Tahltan hunters will not be blockaded, as the Wildlife Defence League supports their right to live off the land as they have done for thousands of years.

Wildlife Defence League member Tommy Knowles stated, “It’s taken us 3 days to drive through what feels like the most wild place on earth. We’ve seen Grizzly Bears, Black Bears and Moose living out their natural lives in this unique habitat. It’s disheartening to arrive in the Sacred Headwaters today knowing that this land is a trophy hunters paradise, but it feels amazing to be standing in solidarity with the Klabona Keepers to put an end to this exploitation.”

Not only are the wildlife and the community that is dependant on them being exploited, but so is the land. This past week, RCMP surrounded a group of
unarmed, peaceful members of the Klabona Keepers. The group was occupying a drill site on the mountain behind this blockade because the company was drilling without consultation or consent. The Klabona Keepers had simply requested that the company (Firesteel) meet with the elders prior to releasing the drill. However, in a show of disrespect, Firesteel and the government disregarded that request and arrived by helicopter to remove the drill. They came unannounced and heavily armed. Thereafter, the RCMP prohibited members of the Klabona Keepers from communicating via radio to anyone outside the blockade, cutting the only means of communication they had with the elders and their family in Iskut, to assure them of their safety. They were threatened with arrest if they attempted to use their radios.

The situation unfolding in the Sacred Headwaters is illustrative of the interconnections between these issues; the corporate and political exploitation of the land, resources and animals of this territory and the communities that rely on them. The Klabona Keepers, with support from the Wildlife Defence League, are asserting their lawful authority to defend their territories and both organizations hope that the hunting blockade will raise awareness about the devastating impacts of trophy hunting and will draw attention to corporate and political exploitation of the Sacred Headwaters.

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Media Contact Information:

Klabona Keepers:
Rhoda Quock
P – 250-234-3195
E – quockrhoda@gmail.com

Wildlife Defence League:
Tommy Knowles
E – wildlifedefenceleague@gmail.com

Posted: August 28th, 2014 By BWM


Washington’s Huckleberry Pack remains in the cross-hairs. Please act now to save the family from aerial gunners by asking officials to revoke their kill order.

This is going on now and we need your calls and emails NOW to try and stop this. Please read and share widely. 

So far one #HuckleberryPack wolf has been killed by Wildlife Services-an innocent pup. Please CALL the following people and ask them to rescind the kill order, then follow up with an email. Please remember to be calm and respectful to ensure your comments are heard:

Washington Governor Jay Inslee at (360) 902-4111, then email him at governor@gov.wa.gov

Washington Fish and Wildlife Director Phil Anderson at 360 902-2200 ext. #8 then email him at @dfw.wa.gov AND wildthing@dfw.wa.gov

Also if you are on Twitter please tweet the following:

@WDFW @GovInslee Killing the Wedge pack in 2012 cost taxpayers $76,500 and serious black eye; rescind kill order on #HuckleberryPack

And post a comment on the Governor’s FB page https://www.facebook.com/WaStateGov

While you cannot post directly on the FB page for Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, you can leave your comment on their most recent post https://www.facebook.com/WashingtonFishWildlife


(Photo credit WDFW)

Posted: August 26th, 2014 By BWM

In the Face of Repression // Organizing in Spite of the Surveillance State 

Portland State UniversityIn the face of repression
Smith Memorial Student Union 
Room 296/8

The National Weekend of Action Against the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) is September 5-7.

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, this weekend of action 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.

In Portland, Resistance Ecology and Oregon Jericho are coordinating an afternoon of presenters and panels to discuss the AETA, and to use it as a platform to connect the more expansive processes and histories of repression that are incurred by systematically marginalized, colonized, frontlines, and resistance communities. We want animal and earth liberation activists to understand that all captivity must be ended. It is important to underscore the reality that many communities are always under state repression, not just so-called “activists” communities. It is imperative to stress the need for communities to show solidarity with each other to increase capacity and resilience against surveillance, state violence, and the prison industry. We must reject the misconception that prison or surveillance serve any sort of positive function and instead recognize repression for what it really is: a process engrained into colonial-capitalist society.

In the Face of Repression: Organizing in Spite of the Surveillance State will be a day of workshops, history lessons, strategy sessions, and solidarity. We invite you to join us and take part!

Lauren Reagan – Civil Liberties Defense Center

Kent Ford- Founder of Portland Black Panther Party and father of Political Prisoner Patrice Lumumba Ford

Saed Bannoura- Editor-In-Chief of the International Middle East Media Center (IMEMC)

Peter Bohmer- Activist scholar and former COINTELPRO target

Jonathan Paul- Longtime animal and earth liberation activist and former Green Scare prisoner



Posted: August 11th, 2014 By BWM

Vegans of Color by Emiko Badillo, Emelda Kavanaugh-Ortiz & Alex Payan

Resistance Ecology Conference 2014
Portland, Or.


Posted: August 10th, 2014 By BWM

Taken from Resistance Ecology

In light of the ongoing incursion on the Gaza Strip, it is time that animal liberation activists take a stand against the violent occupation of Palestine. As of this writing, 2,000 Palestinians are now dead, nearly all civilians, including almost 500 children. Almost 8,000 have been injured in horrific and indiscriminate assaults

Palestinian walks past a wounded cow at an animal farm east of Gaza City, after an Israeli air strike

The Israeli occupation is one of urban expansion, pollution, settler industrial agriculture, environmental racism, and ecological devastation. It has uprooted the indigenous flora and fauna, including the Palestinian people, and the indigenous food systems that existed prior to European settlement. Since 1901 the Jewish National Fund (JNF) has been able to rapidly accumulate swaths of indigenous Palestinian territory through initiatives to “protect the land, green the landscape and preserve vital ecosystems.” In reality, this has been nothing more than a Zionist program to destroy the native flora and fauna and replace it with a pseudo-European landscape of Pine and Eucalyptus forests. The dense greenery has served the purpose of erasing Palestinian existence from the land. Although illegal under international law, Israel has established over 18 industrial zones, implicated in worker exploitation and chemical waste contamination. The expansion of settlements and industrial zones in the occupied territories require an extensive road network that dissects and further seizes the land. The apartheid wall, 90% of which is in the occupied territories, has uprooted native woodlands and contaminated water supplies. Since the beginning of the occupation, Israel has stolen water for irrigation, settlements, swimming pools, and industry. By every measure, it is a colonial state that is devastating for the land, the animals, and the native people.

Israel has been strategically green-washing, humane-washing, and “vegan-washing” the occupation to conceal the apartheid regime.  Just as Israel’s pink-washing campaign has been used to sever the international queer community from Palestinian solidarity, this new so-called pro-SludgeIsraelanimal trend is nothing more than a public relations strategy to garner support and justify the oppressive logic of the occupation. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has even positioned himself to be the herald of progress for animals in the Middle East. The state has gone so far as to align itself with the growing animal advocacy movement, even offering vegan meals and combat gear for soldiers in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF).

All of this hasbara (Israeli state propaganda) is meant to capitalize on the relatively recent growth of animal rights activity in Israel. Unfortunately, this movement has largely been acritical and carried by the appropriation and erasure of historical and ongoing struggles. This surge in problematic “activism” in the name of animals coincided with a tour by “vegan guru” Gary Yourofsky in which he presented at Ariel University, established by military decree in the occupied West Bank. Yourofsky, well known for his statements that consumers of animal products should be raped and murdered, made explicit his position on the occupation of Palestine:

“Humans are the SCUM of the earth… I don’t care about Jews or Palestinians, or their stupid, childish battle over a piece of God-forsaken land in the desert. I care about animals, who are the only oppressed, enslaved and tormented beings on this planet. Human suffering is a joke. Therefore, I will speak anywhere, in any city, in any country, in any location that will have me. I would lecture IN a Palestinian school if they would bring me in.”

 Is this our movement? Is this the animal’s struggle?

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