The Daily 49er
April 18, 2011
activists met at Cal State Long Beach this weekend for a four-day conference
promoting the ethical treatment of animals. Representatives from many animal
rights groups gathered for lectures and exhibits to raise awareness about
their cause. The Animal Liberation Forum included forums about veganism, the
abuse of circus animals and the use of animals in science.
is a CSULB alumna who now works for the North American Animal Liberation
Press Office. Sheen said her job as a press officer is to justify the
actions taken by organizations such as the Animal Liberation Front (ALF).
"We receive anonymous communications about underground actions that are
happening for animals, whether it be animal liberation or economic
sabotage," she said. "Anything ranging from arson to vandalism, and we
contextualize these events historically as well as ideologically."
Sheen and her office also endorse the actions taken by ALF member Walter
Bond, who was arrested on July 23, 2010, and pleaded guilty for setting fire
to a sheepskin factory in Colorado. Top federal law enforcement officials
have said that violent animal rights groups like the ALF pose one of the
most serious terrorism threats to the nation, CNN reports.
went on to specify some of the actions taken by the ALF that have provoked
some controversy. "[It can include] simple vandalism like spray paint or
throwing buckets of paint on an exploiter or animal abusers business or
maybe their home, or their car," Sheen said.
One guest speaker at
the forum named Carol Glasser is currently finishing her Ph.D. in sociology
at the University of California in Irvine. Glasser is also a research
director for the Humane Research Council, where she conducts social and
In a statement, Glasser explained why she feels
events like the forums at CSULB are important. "I think that in a social
movement these events are people thinking about the topic speaking to each
other about the topic, letting activist, intellectuals, and academics,
researchers to all talk about the topic," she said.
activist Dava Jean came from Portland to take part in the forum. The
veterinary technician and event organizer for the Animal Defense League
explained why animal rights is an important cause.
"I don't feel
that it will ever be finished until there is a global animal rights movement
to where there is no more suffering as far as animals go," Jean said.