Posts Tagged ‘veganism’

Cambridge Radical Bookfair talk

Sunday, May 7th, 2017

Last weekend we gave a talk at the Cambridge Radical Bookfair about veganism and animal liberation and what it can bring to individuals involved in anarchist or other anti-authoritarian politics. You can listen to it at our archive.org page.

The State Is Not The Answer

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

“Veganism – A Different Approach: II. The State Is Not The Answer” now available.

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The State Is Not The Answer

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

At next weekend’s Cambridge Radical Bookfair we’ll be launching part two of the Veganism – A Different Approach series. Titled “The State Is Not The Answer”, this edition takes a look at the effectiveness of trying to use State power to achieve a better world for non-human animals. In particular, it focuses on two key pieces of UK legislation: the banning of battery cages, and the Hunting Act 2004. Using these two 21st Century examples the text attempts to illustrate why the pursuit of animal liberation through legal means can only lead to dead ends.

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Upcoming events

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

There are a bunch of upcoming events that anarchists and other radicals around Norfolk may be interested in attending. Here are some of the ones that have caught our eye…

November

  • Movement for Justice workshop @ UEA. MfJ are the group that have been organising noise demos at Yarl’s Wood detention centre. They are at the UEA to provide insight into the work they do. Weds 16th.
  • Frack Off presentation about Sibelco sand mine at King’s Lynn, who have been providing sand to Caudrilla for their wells. Friends Meeting House, Upper Goat Lane, Norwich. Weds 16th.
  • Three Acres and a Cow is a play about the radical history of land rights in the UK. @ Central Baptist Church, Duke St, Norwich. Sat 19th.
  • Rojava Revolution film night by compañerxs in Cambridge. We’ll be heading down there so send us an email if you’d like a lift. Sun 27th.

December

  • Public meeting of new anti-fracking group in Norwich, to continue discussion of what effective anti-fracking action could look like in Norfolk, particularly with regards to the Sibelco site mentioned previously. Marzano, The Forum, Norwich. 7pm on Thurs 1st.
  • Breckland Compassionate Living Fair at the Guildhall in Thetford. Lots of vegan and animal friendly things.
  • Being in the World, which will be our last screening of the year. It is about the philosophy of Heidegger and how it can be seen in the every day world. Space Studio, Swan Lane, Norwich. Sun 4th.

Mike Huskisson at Norwich Anarchist Bookfair 2016

Monday, September 5th, 2016

We recorded the talk given by Mike Huskisson at this year’s Norwich Anarchist Bookfair and have uploaded it for you. Whether you were there and want to re-listen, weren’t there and would like to check out what happened, or would like to use it for samples/reference/fun, the recording below is yours to do with as you please. A slightly edited version will be appearing soon on Which Side Podcast as part of their lectures series.

Mike talks about hunt sabotage and his experiences with undercover work. This is followed by crowd discussion involving Mike about various animal liberation topics.

Our original version can be found here.

Thanks to Mike for his permission to put this up online. For more on his current activities check out the Animal Cruelty Investigation Group.  Thanks also to the Bookfair organisers for letting us make this recording.

Whin Close Poultry Farm approved

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

Sedgeford poultry farm application approved by west Norfolk councillors

West Norfolk Borough Council approves plans for a high intensity poultry farm near Sedgeford, in the north west of the county.

The farm will comprise four buildings, each 20.1m by 91.4m, that each hold 45,000 broiler hens (i.e. chickens raised for meat rather than egg production). According to Newcome Baker Farm’s own application this equates to 38kg/m2; at an average maximum weight of 2.5kg that broilers reach before slaughter, that means there are approximately 15 chickens per square metre. This falls below even the RSCPA’s already poor “Freedom Foods” expectations.

  • Website for the proposed development. Note the use of the word “farm” rather than factory: a facile attempt at distraction and PR control that continues throughout the entire website. For example, there are almost no details about the actual development itself even on the so-called “The Facts” tab.
  • The planning applications submitted by Newcome Baker Farms Ltd to West Norfolk Borough Council. These contain actual details.
  • List of appointed directors. Other businesses owned by them include Fakenham Racecouse, South Pickenham Estate which holds regular pheasant shooting days, and “Countrywise Sports Ltd” and “West Norfolk Amateur Racing Club Ltd” that both  seem to be shell companies for who knows what. A bunch of lovely people, in other words.

While the No to Poultry Factory campaign focuses primarily on the impact that Whin Close Poultry Farm will have on the local human community, this is an important issue for people in Norfolk that give a shit about animals and the earth.

A Thank You and an Invite

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

Thank you to all that came and participated in our Zapatista documentary screening. It was small but hopefully everyone involved felt they gained something from the night. It seems likely we’ll do another screening in early July so keep your eyes open for more details regarding that. Furthermore, it’s likely this will not be the last time we look at the Zapatistas.

In other news, our next discussion group is during the evening of 23rd June, in Norwich, where a text regarding hunt sabotage and animal liberation written by one of the group will be looked at. There is no expertise or experience required to participate: getting together, socialising, and getting to know one another is as valuable as any political debate.

If you’d like to come along please email us or send us a message to our Facebook page.

Boxing Day hit report from the Norfolk/Suffolk Hunt Saboteurs

Friday, January 1st, 2016

Full Facebook post, including photos, can be found here.

 

At one stage the whole of Lodge Road from almost the top of the Hill, to the bottom of St John’s corner and onto the Bungay/Halesworth Road was completely blocked by hunt supporters vehicles. They had just got out of their cars and headed onto the fields leaving them in the road.. This showed complete disrespect for other road users, and what the hell would have happened if Emergency vehicles had needed to get through. All this evidence will be going to various authorities who have ask for photographic evidence, now they have it. The police were called but refused to come out because of lack of staff. Well that’s a joke, because the week before they deployed 3 vehicles on the word of this hunt, and the officers did nothing all day but sit in their cars, and state ” I saw something, but don’t know what it was being chased.”

Unsurprisingly Bungay Town Council didn’t shut down the Boxing Day Hunt from holding their starting ceremony in the town centre, so it was down to the sabs to do once again what they do every weekend throughout the autumn and winter months: take direct action.

For a view from “the other side” check out this laughable article by hunt-loving Archant newspaper Bungay amd Beccles Journal.

Why Vegetarianism Still Matters: An Environmental Perspective

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

Recently we had an article published in long-running anarchist periodical Slingshot. Based on the topic of why veg*nism should matter to anarchists concerned with the environment, we put forward a statistics-heavy argument outlining why we believe veganism and animal liberation are fundamental to radically changing today’s world.

An online version can be found on Slingshot’s website here. Physical copies can be obtained by contacting us or emailing the Slingshot Collective directly.

Bungay Town District Council: Stop Supporting Hunting on boxing Day

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

Bungay Town District Council: Stop Supporting Hunting on boxing Day

The Change.org petition linked above has been created asking Bungay Town District Council to stop the Waveney Harriers from undertaking their annual Boxing Day Hunt parade from happening in the town this year, next year, and onwards. The petition is looking for a total of 2500 signatures.

The Boxing Day Hunt is a tradition for hunting packs across the UK in which the hunt will have a public display of their horses, hounds and hunters before engaging in the hunt itself. The Waveney Harriers, though nominally a hare hunt, have in recent years shifted toward pursuing and murdering foxes. The Hunting Act, introduced 2005, was meant to outlaw hunting wild animals with hound packs but the reality is hunting never stopped.