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Oct. 31st, 2006


Unique new article on Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act

The Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act May Soon Be Law
How Could This Happen?

by Lee Hall -- October 31, 2006

This new article contains analysis not found elsewhere. It not only urges people to take action to prevent the passage of the AETA, but also looks at the big picture by providing essential background information about the origins and direction of laws like this.

If you haven't yet contacted your House Representative and urged them not to vote for the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, please do so today. The vote is coming up fast.

Oct. 27th, 2006


Great podcast + Two OHIO animal rights talks

1) Tune into the 22 Oct. 2006 the Vegan Freak Radio interview with Lee Hall, author of Capers in the Churchyard: Animal Rights Advocacy in the Age of Terror for a great discussion.

"In addition to talking about the main themes at the heart of Lee’s most recent book, we also discuss the politics of veganism; animal welfarism, Whole Foods, and John Mackey; and much, much more."

2) Talk at Oberlin College: Environmental and Animal Activists Caught in the "War on Terror": Is Prison a Badge or a Burden?

Lee Hall looks at the interaction between activists' tactics and the laws aimed at controlling them. As the "war on terror" meets Internet activism, conspiracy charges and long prison sentences are the hallmarks of modern suppression of dissent. Lee Hall pinpoints the major ways industries have developed to manage activists, and offers a new vision for a successful -- yet radical -- animal and environmental advocacy movement.

Friday, Nov. 3 at 4:30 pm
Free. Vegan snacks provided.
Oberlin College, Wilder Student Union Rm. 101
135 West Lorain St., Oberlin, OH 44074

3) Workshop on Animal Rights Activism: Saturday afternoon, Nov 4 at Oberlin College (time & place TBA). Lee Hall will lead an interactive discussion on campaigns and strategies to help activists design actions that best further animal rights and veganism. Wefarism, militarism, and rights-focused approaches will all be examined. Comment for more information.

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Sponsored by Oberlin Animal Rights

Oct. 12th, 2006


October Satya Interview with Lee Hall

Animal Rights and Wrongs: The Satya Interview with Lee Hall

Oct. 9th, 2006


North Carolina book discussions with Friends of Animals

You’re invited to join Friends of Animals for two unique book discussion events in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area:

#1: Author Lee Hall will discuss and sign copies of Capers in the Churchyard: Animal Rights Advocacy in the Age of Terror. In it, Hall explores the rationale behind popular animal-advocacy strategies and the risks facing all dissenters in the age of a "war on terror."

Tuesday, October 17 at 7:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
720 Ninth St, Durham

"Of all the animal rights books I've read so far, I honestly think Capers in the Churchyard pins it down best and holds the key to the future of the movement. As intriguing as the book is, the opportunity to actually discuss it with Lee Hall will be even more so."
-- Irene Rindos, President of NC State's Students Protecting Animals, Responsibly and Compassionately (SPARC)

#2: The next day cookbook authors Priscilla Feral and Lee Hall will offer delectable commentary and a culinary tour of Dining With Friends: The Art of North American Vegan Cuisine. Freshly prepared samples will be provided by co-sponsor NCSU's SPARC.

Wednesday, October 18 at 7:00 pm
Quail Ridge Books and Music
3522 Wade Ave, Raleigh

Lee Hall is a lawyer, educator, and advocate, and the legal director for Friends of Animals, a non-profit, international animal advocacy organization founded in 1957. Priscilla Feral is president of Friends of Animals.

Oct. 4th, 2006

Veganism is Direct Action

Info for Activists: Lee Hall on Vegan Radio

Lee Hall discusses the SHAC7 sentencing and the prison industry, the distancing of progressive communities from animal advocates, and the trouble with seeing rescue and caretaking as an end to itself rather than a challenge to the human habit of domesticating others. Hall also addresses feelings of helplessness among activists, and more, all in this thought-provoking episode of Vegan Radio.

Vegan Radio, Sept 28, 2006 episode, hosted by Megan Shackelford and Derek Goodwin
Download available now: http://www.veganradio.com/?num=23

Lee Hall is author of Capers in the Churchyard: Animal Rights Activism in the Age of Terror and legal director of Friends of Animals.

Sep. 19th, 2006


Lee Hall on Animal Talk radio show this Sunday

What’s Radical in Animal-Rights Advocacy?

Tune in this Sunday to hear Lee Hall interviewed on Animal Talk, the only regular US animal-advocacy radio show on the East Coast. Lee Hall is legal director of Friends of Animals and author of the new book Capers in the Churchyard: Animal Rights Advocacy in the Age of Terror, which discusses militant campaigns, radical activism, and the difference between the two.

Animal Talk, hosted by Suzanne Dragan
Sunday, September 24, 2006
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST

Tune in to WCTC 1450 AM Central Jersey's News/Talk Station
Or listen live, worldwide: http://www.wctcam.com/index.asp (best with Internet Explorer)

*There is no archive, so be sure to tune in on Sunday!*

Sep. 14th, 2006


Friends of Animals Speaks Out for New Vision

13 September 2006

As Organizers are Sentenced in New Jersey,
Friends of Animals Speaks Out for New Vision

DARIEN, Conn., 13 Sept. 2006 -- Three animal-welfare organizers received prison sentences this week, with three more people to be sentenced shortly, in a case involving Internet publicizing of a campaign against an animal testing firm, its employees, and others thought to have some connection with the firm -- including, at times, their families.

The organizers of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty USA face years in jail over multiple charges, including interstate stalking; conspiracy to violate the Animal Enterprise Protection Act in order to put Huntingdon Life Sciences out of business, terrorize its employees and harass and intimidate related companies and their employees; and conspiracy to use a telecommunications device to abuse, threaten and harass.

"The case is a product of the converging of the 'war on terrorism' with the Internet age and the interest of companies in managing activists," said Lee Hall, legal director for Friends of Animals.

Hall authored the new book Capers in the Churchyard: Animal Rights Advocacy in the Age of Terror, which discusses impatience and anger and their roles in slowing social change, and presents a radically distinct vision.

"Many valuable critiques have emerged about the government’s willingness to single out 'animal enterprises' for special protection," said Hall, "and about the stifling of dissent. Less has been said about a positive vision for real change."

"When principled activism changes to personal odium, wherever there exists even the appearance of condoning violence against persons, valuable activism is at risk, because industry and government will dismiss important ethical messages by pointing to the tactics of a few. And that is when, most ironically, organizers against animal testing themselves may become test subjects of the legal system."

Hall added, "And whenever activism drops its educational focus and descends into a mire of personal threats, activism loses the empathy that motivates animal rights in the first place."

While the broader progressive community hesitates to support organizers perceived as unpredictably dangerous, laws protecting companies have grown steadily stricter in the U.S., and in Britain, where the Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty campaign began. Simultaneously, our traditional protections for dissent are being eroded.

The members and supporters of Friends of Animals, an international animal-advocacy group founded in 1957, oppose research and testing on any subject lacking the capacity to give meaningful consent, including nonhuman subjects.

SuperVegan reviews Capers in the Churchyard

SuperVegan review by Jamie Hagen August 28, 2006


"Though tactics such as boycotts, protests, and undercover investigations are by no means terrorist acts, other acts committed by certain groups and individuals with the clear intent of invoking fear, and arguably terror, in particular individuals to promote an animal rights agenda are causing this connection, an issue to which Hall's book speaks."

"The book is a good read for those looking to examine tactics within the movement and consider what the larger implications of these campaign tactics may be beyond the particular campaign and how it may be perceived by those outside the movement. Though it's hard to imagine handing someone on the street the "Handy Pull-Out Guide to Animal Rights" and having the reader understand what it is we as a movement really want to happen and how, the point that the movement should have something so straight forward and handy is not lost. Book such as Hall's cause those of us within the movement to take the time to examine in what direction we are going and how best we might achieve the ends which we seek to achieve."

VeggieMo reviews Capers in the Churchyard

VeggieMo site July 2006

What a clean and well-written book! A thinking person's views of animal rights explored in depth and in its essence. Just published, the book relays the details of events like the recent SHAC acts of violence, and the author consistently entwines such obviously-harmful-to-our-cause pursuits into straight logic and interesting discussion of the fallacies in such direct action reasoning. ...Hall ranks extremely high in clarity and insight within our noble professions of peace.

E Magazine reviews Capers in the Churchyard

E Magazine September/October 2006


Does animal liberation justify violent means? Is it right to threaten or harm companies or persons associated with animal testing? Should we, as one militant animal rights group puts it, bite back? Lee Hall's answer is no. Hall, the legal director of the Connecticut-based advocacy group Friends of Animals, lays out [] sharp reasoning in Capers in the Churchyard: Animal Rights Advocacy in the Age of Terror (Nectar Bat Press, $14.95), a look at some of the philosophical quandaries currently facing animal rights activists. Violence, [Hall] claims, not only allows conservative pundits to dismiss activists by labeling them terrorists, but also violates fundamental values of the animal rights movement. Animal rights, Hall argues, must apply to all living things, and we cannot protect the rights of one animal by impinging on the rights of another. We cannot return a rabbit to its burrow by burning a CEO's house.

How then should we work towards change? Veganism is one of Hall's recommendations, and [Hall] also argues that we must break down the hierarchical thinking that dominates our relationships with animals and with each other. [Hall] envisions a world in which all life has inherent worth and calls this "the most comprehensive peace movement the world has ever known." —P.G.

Aug. 14th, 2006


Lee Hall on Animal Voices Radio Show

EDIT: Listen to the archived show!

Lee Hall will be interviewed on Animal Voices Radio live, Tuesday, August 18 at 11 am - 12 pm EST. Listen worldwide at http://www.ciut.fm, Canada-wide on Star Choice 826, or in the local Toronto area at CIUT 89.5 FM. Archived shows and additional info are available at http://www.animalvoices.ca. Also available for podcasting.

"Then, we connect with Lee Hall, legal director for Friends of Animals and author of the recently-published Capers in the Churchyard: Animal Rights Advocacy in the Age of Terror. In this controversial book, Hall centrally tackles the question of violence in the animal movements. Tune in to learn what inspired this book, and why the author is adamant that the movement must reflect more deeply on its militant rhetoric and strategies, which Hall argues are doing more harm than good, ultimately undermining the achievement of animal rights."

Aug. 10th, 2006


Capers Review on Vegetarianteen.com

Laurel Long reviewed Capers in the Churchyard for Vegetarianteen.com.

Some quotes from Laurel's review:

"...violence has been the mainstream for so long that peace would be the truly revolutionary change. Both participating in violent solutions and working towards getting animals' bigger cages are ways of working within the system. What we need is a radical change where hierarchies are abolished, whether that means man over woman, white over black, or human over nonhuman."

"Masson and Hall ask us to think seriously about the best in activism and how to model a completely new idea for others who might have never thought about it. When our own diets and our whole lives stand for treating others with respect, we are in the best position to convince others we're on to something big."

Read the full review

Aug. 1st, 2006


Capers Review on An Animal-Friendly Life

Eric Prescott reviewed Capers in the Churchyard on An Animal-Friendly Life.

Some excerpts from Eric's review:

"Capers in the Churchyard is essential reading for anyone interested in the subject of animal rights at this crucial juncture, and I am happy to enthusiastically recommend it for An Animal-Friendly Life."

"Embracing the word 'radical' from the get-go in favor of its latin meaning, root, Lee Hall observes failings in those two major forms of activism, arguing that they do not focus on the root of the problem and, in some cases (giving free-range animals a public endorsement, for example), help animal oppressors to calcify and codify their practices, while also endangering wild animals and the environment, what with free-range grazing contributing to deforestation, desertification, and so on. While welfare reforms may reduce suffering experienced by animals, they are still commodified, and their expanded use and presence pushes nature aside (witness wild horses sent to slaughter, and wildlife shot if it threatens livestock) if overall consumption of animals is not steeply decreased. Rather than focusing on pain -- an important evolutionary survival mechanism that the meat industry would be happy to breed out of the animals -- Hall argues activists should place their focus on whether animals should be used at all."

"In another argument, Hall argues that both the militant and welfarist approaches also use animals, turning them into victims in order that activists may become heroes (great for generating donations), or reducing advocates to caretakers (how, in the end, does being a caretaker work to end the domination of animals?)."

Read the full review

Jul. 25th, 2006


Capers Review by Luscious LuLu

Luscious Lulu reviewed Capers in the Churchyard: Animal Rights Advocacy in the Age of Terror by Lee Hall on Sunday on her radio show, Rabid.

The review does an excellent job of capturing some of the themes of Capers.

Some quotes:

"In the case of Capers in the Churchyard: Animal Rights Advocacy in the Age of Terror, Lee Hall has written a book specifically for the choir. This book is a must-read by those who have it in their hearts to seek a more effective means of educating the public in regards to animal rights."

"Instead of crying 'victory' when a day care center is forced to close its doors to the employees of an animal-testing laboratory because the safety of the children is threatened by those seeking to end the company's abuse of the animals, Lee Hall challenges us to step back, re-think our methods, and then change the world."

Read the full review

Jul. 10th, 2006


Salem Vegan Society Interviews Lee Hall

This July marks the release of a thought-provoking new work by Lee Hall, legal director of Friends of Animals. Capers in the Churchyard: Animal Rights Advocacy in the Age of Terror defines animal rights, discusses dominant definitions of terrorism, and provides on-point analysis of relevant laws and campaigns.

Hearing that the book takes a look at these timely issues through a decidedly vegan lens, the Salem Vegan Society invited Hall to speak about the book.

Here are a few quotes from the interview.

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Read the full interview.

Capers in the Churchyard is the new book from Nectar Bat Press, with Foreword by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson. Receive a complimentary Friends of Animals membership when you order directly at the FOA Web site. International orders are available at Amazon.com.

Jul. 6th, 2006


New Book: Capers in the Churchyard

New Book Explores Animal Rights Advocacy in the Age of Terror

DARIEN, CT -- July 6 -- Two trends have recently come to dominate animal rights advocacy: a focus on reforming animal agriculture and the endorsement of campaigns of threats and intimidation. In a new book, Capers in the Churchyard: Animal Rights Advocacy in the Age of Terror, Friends of Animals' legal director Lee Hall steps back and asks where these paths are taking the animal rights movement. Drawing on a concrete analysis of recent campaigns, Hall lays the foundations for the next generation of animal rights activism. As author Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson put it, "There is no greater excitement … than to move forward. Lee Hall moves us forward."

The book's title, referring to a six-year campaign in the UK that culminated in a grave robbery, calls attention to the current direction of the animal rights movement. Four activists were recently jailed for using the stolen remains of a relative to blackmail a family-run farm that raised guinea pigs for product testing. The campaign crossed the Atlantic, and six US activists await sentencing on conspiracy charges. They ran a website publicizing a campaign of intimidation directed at anyone linked to one animal testing firm. Animal industries and law enforcement agencies have successfully parlayed acts like these into new laws, increasing surveillance, and more draconian punishments.

Hall questions the popular idea that organized intimidation and bullying are radical acts, suggesting instead that they perpetuate tired patterns of violence and hierarchy that animal rights advocates seek to transcend.

Additionally, Hall draws a parallel between militant activists and wealthy animal advocacy groups. Both rely on the premise that education won't work in our lifetime, and so focus on improving present conditions. The result is that animal advocacy groups now find themselves promoting improved animal husbandry standards -- standards that corporations then employ as marketing tools for "guilt-free meat."

Putting forth a vision that returns to animal rights’ vegan roots, Hall recognizes the power of animal rights activists to challenge the status quo rather than to perpetuate it. As Donald Watson, who co-founded the original Vegan Society in 1944, said, veganism is about abolishing whole industries and striving to replace them entirely with new, life-affirming ones.

Capers in the Churchyard: Animal Rights Advocacy in the Age of Terror
by Lee Hall (foreword by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson)
July 2006; ISBN 0-9769159-1-X; $14.95 paperback; 168 pages
Nectar Bat Press; Available from www.friendsofanimals.org

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