TESTING THE LINE As Animal Rights Activists Push Legal Boundaries, Canada Considers What Makes a Terrorist

TESTING THE LINE As Animal Rights Activists Push Legal Boundaries, Canada Considers What Makes a Terrorist

Globally, a new generation of animal rights activism is finding its legs. Fueled by Instagram influencers, dramatic documentaries, and the threat of climate change, a rising number of vegan activists are turning to civil disobedience

A FLASHLIGHT ILLUMINATES the blackened, detached head and leg of a pig’s corpse as they’re nudged and nibbled by living pigs. The camera captures another pig lying listlessly on its side and twitching. Some are afflicted with large growths, one on its belly, another near its eye. The footage, released by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, was provided by anonymous activists who say it depicts the Excelsior Hog Farm in Abbotsford, British Columbia.

Four days after the release of the PETA footage, 25-year-old Amy Soranno, a former teen beauty queen with blue hair and meticulous makeup, sat at the front of a packed school bus, tensely looking back at 65 vegan activists dressed in white bio-suits fit to protect livestock from human-borne disease. Outside, fog hovered over fields framed by blue mountains, as the early morning sky yellowed. They were on their way to the Excelsior farm. Continue reading TESTING THE LINE As Animal Rights Activists Push Legal Boundaries, Canada Considers What Makes a Terrorist

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London Police arrest climate change protesters, force under strain with cell space as arrests reach almost 700

London Police arrest climate change protesters, force under strain with cell space as arrests reach almost 700


On day six of the Extinction Rebellion (XR) climate change protests police in London are under strain over cell space, as more than 680 activists have now been arrested.


A spokesman for the Met police said, “We have made over 680 arrests and of course that places a logistical problem on, and not just, the police service for cell space but also the wider criminal justice system.

“One thing that is unusual about this demonstration is the willingness of those participating to be arrested and also their lack of resistance to the arrests.”

Continue reading London Police arrest climate change protesters, force under strain with cell space as arrests reach almost 700

There’s a really dark side to ‘Elephant Tourism’: circuses, bull hooks and hard labour; check out Betty – the elephant’s abuse hidden in plain sight

There’s a really dark side to ‘Elephant Tourism’: circuses, bull hooks and hard labour; check out Betty – the elephant’s abuse hidden in plain sight

There’s a really dark side to ‘Elephant Tourism’: circuses and hard labour; check out Betty – the elephant’s abuse hidden in plain sight Continue reading There’s a really dark side to ‘Elephant Tourism’: circuses, bull hooks and hard labour; check out Betty – the elephant’s abuse hidden in plain sight