Archive | December, 2011

Orginal Animal Liberation Front Communique From 1986 Raid

29 Dec

Read the Original Typed Communique from 1986 Oregon ALF Raid

by Peter Young

Building Raided by the Animal Liberation Front in 1986

Recently I had the good fortune of getting access to a rare ALF document retrieved from the University of Oregon’s internal files. Someone had found the original typed communique sent to the school by the Animal Liberation Front after their raid of the U of O’s labs in 1986, and offered it for publication here – to be read in full, maybe for the first time since the 1980s.

Over 200 animals were rescued in the raid, equipment destroyed, and photos confiscated. The ALF issued this communique in response to misinformation about the raid spread by the university.

The person who found the communique scanned the original document, which I am posting here. To my knowledge, this communique has not been published in full for 25 years – if ever.

The entry for this raid from the ALF Diary of Actions reads:

October 26th, 1986
Eugene, OR
University of Oregon raided. Overnight
break-in at two buildings. 264 animals
(12 hamsters, 28 cats, 24 rabbits, 100
rats and pigeons) liberated. $120,000 in
damage to the labs.
A.L.F. Unit #5, Pacific Northwest

The only person to admit to a role in this raid is Jonathan Paul, recently released from prison, after serving 4 years for another ALF action: burning down the Cavel West horse slaughterhouse in Redmond, Oregon. As part of his plea agreement in that case, Paul admitted to a role in a host of other Animal Liberation Front actions, including the raid of the University of Oregon labs.

Take inspiration from this well-written, powerful, and little-seen ALF document.

Read the communique here.

Ogoni Establish Their Own Environmental Protection Agency

28 Dec

from Intercontinental Cry

Photo Credit: Friends of the Earth

The Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP), an Ogoni-based non-governmental, non-political organization for the Ogoni people of South-Eastern Nigeria, have announced the creation of a new Environmental Protection Agency to make sure that oil companies operating in Ogoniland, like Chevron and Royal Dutch Shell, are held accountable for their ‘environmental crimes’.

Click here to read the full press release from MOSOP.

Indigenous Groups Confront Taiwan Goverment over Land/Resource Theft

27 Dec

By Ho Meng-kuei and Hanna Liu, Focus Taiwan

Aboriginal groups gathered in Taipei Wednesday to call for President Ma Ying-jeou to talk about indigenous policies with Taiwan’s aboriginal communities in an effort to improve their human rights.

Omi Wilang, secretary-general of the Indigenous Peoples Action Coalition of Taiwan, which led the protest, urged the government to follow the Aboriginal Basic Act that was passed in 2005 to protect the rights of the island’s indigenous peoples.

Moreover, Shih Cheng-feng, director of the National Dong Hwa University’s College of Indigenous Studies, said at the protest that the government has infringed on aboriginal rights over the years by selling aboriginal lands and natural resources.

Wednesday’s protest was partly in response to a remark made by President Ma during the second televised presidential televised debate on Dec. 17.

During the debate, Ma, who is seeking a second term as the Kuomintang candidate, said that the Aboriginal Basic Act cannot be fully implemented.

Omi criticized President Ma’s remark, despite his presidential campaign headquarters said Dec. 19 that it had been a slip of the tongue.

Background

The indigenous tribes of Taiwan are closely linked with ecological awareness and conservation issues on the island, as many of the environmental issues are spearheaded by aborigines. Political activism and sizable public protests regarding the logging of the Chilan Formosan Cypress, as well as efforts by an Atayal member of the Legislative Yuan, “focused debate on natural resource management and specifically on the involvement of aboriginal people therein”. Another high-profile case is the nuclear waste storage facility on Orchid Island, a small tropical island 60 km (30 nautical miles) off the southeast coast of Taiwan. The inhabitants are the 4,000 members of the Tao (or Yami) tribe. In the 1970s the island was designated as a possible site to store low and medium grade nuclear waste. The island was selected on the grounds that it would be cheaper to build the necessary infrastructure for storage and it was thought that the population would not cause trouble. Large-scale construction began in 1978 on a site 100 m (330 ft) from the Immorod fishing fields. The Tao tribe alleges that government sources at the time described the site as a “factory” or a “fish cannery”, intended to bring “jobs [to the] home of the Tao/Yami, one of the least economically integrated areas in Taiwan”. When the facility was completed in 1982, however, it was in fact a storage facility for “97,000 barrels of low-radiation nuclear waste from Taiwan’s three nuclear power plants”. The Tao have since stood at the forefront of the anti-nuclear movement and launched several exorcisms and protests to remove the waste they claim has resulted in deaths and sickness. The lease on the land has expired, and an alternative site has yet to be selected.

If It Ain’t Broke, Break It, A Message for the Earth First! Journal

27 Dec

Winter Solstice 2011
Dear Eco-Warrior,

Hopefully by now you’ve had a chance to see the Mabon issue of the Earth First! Journal. As you read this, Earth First!ers are hard at work plotting against mountaintop removal mining, tar sands infrastructure, GE crops, the logging of old growth forests, militarization, and the pollution of the wild spirit. Here at the Journal we have our hands full, fighting our own fights in the woods and in the courts whilst finishing up the next issue due out in January. It promises to be an extra special edition for your collection of anarcho-redneck/hippy/pagan/eco-feminist literature. The Yule issue will include analysis of Deep Green Resistance, the wolf wars, ocean defense, and the Occupy movement, as well as art, fiction and poetry from the front lines [not to mention a self help guide to monkeywrenching big yellow machines]. It will feature authors such as Jane Anne Morris, Ron Sakolsky, Aric McBay, Strangers in a Tangled Wilderness, and Mark Salvo.

You should be happy to know that the Earth First! Journal is still standing strong, despite, or perhaps because of, the economic crisis. Sure, you may have noticed that our last issue was a month or two late, but, through our battles ignoring the IRS, various debt collectors, and the Joint Terrorism Task Force, we do our part in slowing the earth brutalizing economy. (You know the old motto: If it ain’t broke, break it.) Plus, the new issues are beautiful, you must admit, and beauty takes time. But it also takes you!

We need your support to make it happen. Your financial contribution to the EF! Journal keeps the movement informed and inspired. No serious resistance can be effective without a base of support. For every successful direct action campaign in defense of the Wild, there are countless people whose various contributions make the victories possible—your donation to the EF! Journal is one such contribution.

Thank you for the continued support!

Yours in defense of the wild,
Earth First! Journal Collective

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Fuel crisis looms as vandals cut off power to pipeline

26 Dec

By Zeddy Sambu Business Daily

[note from a perceptive blogger about the author’s terminology: because the power-lines were sabotaged for financial gain on the black market, the term vandals is used. But had these actions been carried out to fight for a healthier Earth, the term terrorism would have been used]

Kenya Power maintenance staff at work power lines. An interruption of power supply attributed to vandalism has halted pumping of fuel by the Kenya Pipeline Company city depot, forcing oil marketers to transport the products from Mombasa to Nairobi by road.

An interruption of power supply attributed to vandalism has halted pumping of fuel by the Kenya Pipeline Company city depot, forcing oil marketers to transport the products from Mombasa to Nairobi by road.

 The slower mode of transport could see inland markets, especially those in western Kenya, experience shortages during the Christmas break when demand for petrol and diesel increases by 25 per cent.

“We are pumping at half our capacity. We have so far lost 20 hours of pumping capacity,” said Mr Philip Kimelu, the operations manager at the Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC).

On Tuesday, KPC asked the firms to transport oil products from Mombasa by trucks following the vandalism of Kenya Power equipment in the Lukenya area of Machakos, about 40km east of Nairobi. Kenya Power managing director Joseph Njoroge is today expected to give details of the vandalism and when normal power supply would resume.

The outage has already caused shortage of diesel in Nairobi and Nakuru and super petrol Kisumu.

“Diesel stocks are critical in Nairobi while Kisumu has no super,” Mr Kimelu said.

Major towns, he said, have about five days of super petrol left while Eldoret has 18 days’ diesel, thanks to ongoing test runs of the newly built Sh15 billion parallel line. The line will be commissioned next week.
Mr Kimelu said that the delivery of 22 million litres for super and 13 million litres of diesel would be affected until normal power supply is restored.

Kenya Power says replacement of the two damaged towers may take up to two days before normal electricity supply to affected customers along Mombasa Road can resume.

Kenya Power spokesman Migwi Theuri said yesterday that the pumping station was connected to an alternative power supply from midday enabling the firm to pump fuel products but at a reduced pace.

Major marketers said they were giving preference to their outlets and not those of competing small independent dealers because of expenses involved in transporting products by road.

Kenya Power said the outage lasting 20 hours was occasioned by theft of steel braces on the high voltage power line that supplies KPC pumping stations along Mombasa Road, leading to the collapse of two towers in Lukenya. The braces support the towers along power lines.

Occupy Indonesia: Anti-mine Protesters Burn Government Buildings, Banks, Two Protesters Killed

26 Dec

Two protesters have been killed and 10 others injured during a raucous protest over a planned goldmine, co-owned by an Australian company, in eastern Indonesia.

The victims were among nearly 1000 people in Lambu village in West Nusatenggara province trying to stop the goldmining project by Australia’s Arc Exploration and its Indonesian partner, PT Sumber Mineral Nusantara.

The villagers fear the project will destroy their land and threaten forests and water resources.

National police spokesman Major-General Saud Usman Nasution says police were forced to fire on Saturday’s protest after demonstrators burnt down dozens of government buildings, banks and homes.

Nasution said that police arrested 47 people involved in the protest, which disrupted port and ferry services in the coastal town of Sape.

Police defended their use of force on Sunday after the deaths of two men they shot while trying to disband a mob occupying the Sape port on Sumbawa island who were protesting a local mine.

“The protest by occupying and prohibiting activities at the Sape ferry harbor since December 20 disturbed the activities of society,” National Police spokesman Insp. Gen Saud Usman said.

Police said the absence of ferry services had caused unrest among the people, prompting law enforcement to act. Saud also accused the protestors of “using women and children as shields” and refusing to negotiate.

Three “provocateurs” were arrested along with 44 others, including six children, for questioning. Saud said police had confiscated 10 machetes, four sickles, one spear and several fuel bombs from the protestors.

He identified those killed as Arief Rachman, 18, and Syaiful,17. Eleven others were wounded.

Lahmuddin from the National Student League for Democracy said people angered by reports of the shooting attacked and burned several buildings including village halls, subdistrict offices and the houses of several people known to work for the mining firm they were protesting against, Sumber Mineral Nusantara.

National Police assistant for operations Insp. Gen. Badrodin Haiti justified the shooting, saying the protesters were armed with machetes, spears and knives.

“If a protest clearly runs against the law by trying to enforce a wish, should it be allowed to happen?” Badrodin said, adding that the port was crucial to the local economy. “We tried to persuade them [to disband] but failed. I am not blaming the personnel in the field.”

He insisted the shots had not been aimed to kill. “The personnel, of course, never had the intention to kill anyone,” he said.

Hundreds of students held rallies in Mataram and Bima, West Nusa Tenggara, burning furniture they had removed from the district council building. The district council accused police of “arrogance” and vowed to form a fact-finding team.

Several religion-based student organizations issued a joint statement on Sunday accusing the police of failing in their reforms and of being “repressive.”

First bear killed in Nevada hunt was taken illegally

26 Dec

By Scott Sonner

A gun safety instructor who bagged the first bear killed in Nevada’ first-ever bear hunting season admitted on Monday he did so illegally with the help of bait.

Timothy Kawelmacher, 55, pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of unlawfully baiting a trap for the purpose of killing a big game animal. He was ordered to return the bear meat, hide, head and claws.

Judge Jack Schroeder also ordered him to pay a $500 civil penalty and $230 in additional fines and fees. He gave Kawelmacher two weeks to turn the bear’s remains over to state wildlife officials: “All the way from the toe nails to the snout,” he said.

Kawelmacher had faced a maximum penalty of up to a year in jail and fines and fees totaling as much as $3,000.

The Reno businessman and certified firearm safety instructor, who said he has trained thousands of gun owners in Washoe County over the years, originally pleaded not guilty. He said he misunderstood the law.

“I have hunted responsibly my entire life,” Kawelmacher said. “It is not my nature to skirt, disobey or find ways around the law.”

“The very thought I handled my bear hunt in any way that was considered illegal is irreprehensible,” he said, adding that the reason he hunts for bear, mule deer and elk is for “the very best all-natural meat on the planet.”

Kawelmacher said he baited an area in the Sierra foothills just west of Reno in August with apples, bacon grease and anise oil –which smells like licorice — while scouting for bears in the weeks leading up to the Aug. 20 opening of the black bear hunting season. Kawelmacher told the judge he didn’t realize at the time that made it illegal for him to later kill one.

Hands Off Haimen!

26 Dec

by Ron Sakolsky

What do protesters in Haimen, China, and in Fanny Bay which is located on Vancouver Island in BC, have in common? Plenty! What links these two Pacific Rim towns is not some insipid Chamber of Commerce-initiated Sister Cities designation, but their common struggles against King Coal. On one shore, are Chinese industrial consumers, and, on the other, Canadian suppliers of the toxic fruits of the mining industry.

            In the case of Fanny Bay, there is overwhelming opposition to Compliance Energy Corporation’s proposed Raven Coal Mine which seeks an Asian market for its product, and in Haimen, there is mounting unrest and resistance as thousands have taken to the streets protesting what some news commentators refer to as a proposed expansion of an existing coal-fired power plant or what others view as another plant to be opened adjacent to the existing one. While the Chinese authorities have offered to “temporarily suspend” the power plant expansion/building project, Haimen activists have not been so easily appeased and insist that it be “cancelled” entirely. Because of this impasse, the situation remains tense and volatile. Haimen fears further pollution of the water which has already harmed its fishing-based economy, and points to an increasingly blackened sky with still higher levels of cancerous air pollution to come if the announced project proceeds. As one protester has poignantly expressed the situation of those in the uprising, “ We are fighting for our right to breathe.”

Continue reading this article here.

 

Gray Wolfs Delisted in Midwest, Wolf Kills to Begin Soon

22 Dec

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Wednesday that it was removing Endangered Species Act protections for the wolf in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan and portions of adjoining states.

After the announcement, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker ordered the state Department of Natural Resources to implement a state wolf management plan.

Wolves – which can travel up to 30 miles a day – have reached a population of about 800 in Wisconsin. That exceeds the state’s goal of 350. There are now more than 4,000 wolves in the Midwest. The region, once considered a bastion of wolf reintroduction and protection, may soon witness aerial wolf hunts and wolf seasons akin to the US West.

Under the state management plan, the DNR or those acting on its behalf will be able to kill “problem wolves.”

The Center for Biological Diversity said the decision was premature, and contended that wolves remained threatened by disease and human persecution. It criticized Minnesota for using a bounty system to kill problem wolves, and said there should be less emphasis on lethal controls. The group said it supports the government’s conclusion to retain protections for wolves in the Northeast.

 As wolf numbers soared in recent years, the wolf became a lightning rod of controversy. Motorists bought Wisconsin license plates with its iconic image, but some deer hunters blamed wolves for reducing the deer population in parts of the north. At least seven wolves are believed to have been killed during the 2011 deer hunting season.

Despite their prevalence today, wolves were wiped off the state’s landscape between 1960 and 1974. In the mid-1970s, they began to migrate from Minnesota.

Thousands of disoriented birds die in southern Utah

22 Dec

Kris Alingod – AHN News Contributor

Three eared grebes unable to take off in snow in Cedar City, Utah. Photo from the state Division of Wildlife Resources.

Cedar City, UT, United States (AHN) – A massive clean-up and rescue operation in southern Utah continued on Wednesday after thousands of migratory birds crash landed onto highways and parking lots early this week.

Officials believe the animals, called eared grebes, were confused by snow and artificial lights. Stormy weather on Monday night covered roads and open spaces in Cedar City in snow, which appeared to shimmer like a body of water.

Grebes are small to medium-sized birds more adapted to diving and paddling in water than walking on land. The animal migrates southward late in the year to Utah’s Great Salt Lake, where it feeds on shrimp and flies until it returns to its northern breeding grounds in late March.

Photos released by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources showed eared grebes being released at Grandpas pond in Washington County.

The Salt Lake Tribune cited an official from the agency as saying an estimated 5,000 grebes tried to land Monday night, and that 35 percent of the birds died during the attempt.

According to the Spectrum, there have been no reports of injuries among residents in the city or damage to property.

It is the worst bird die-off since nearly 5,000 red-winged blackbirds were killed due to blunt-force trauma in Arkansas in January. The National Wildlife Health Center and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission both concluded that the blackbirds, which have poor night vision and do not fly at night, collided with structures and power lines after loud noises, including New Year’s Eve fireworks, flushed them out of their roosts and forced them to fly at lower altitudes.

Birds, migratory or otherwise, face a similar risk from bright lights and glass windows from tall structures, which disorient their natural ability to navigate using natural light. The animals can either crash against the building or get “trapped” by light, causing them to circle the structure for hours until they die from exhaustion.

Cloudy or foggy conditions exacerbate the danger by forcing the animals to fly lower. Other causes of bird deaths include habitat loss, poaching, diving for bait used for longline fishing, and poisoning from lead used in old paint, fishing tackle and ammunition in upland hunting. Chicks also die of dehydration from being unknowingly fed regurgitated food containing plastic and other trash floating in water.