Dichiarazione di Marco
- Come avvocato di fiducia di Marco Camenisch le communico la seguente
dichiarazione del mio cliente:
"Di nuovo a Pf�ffikon a partire dal mio arrivo il 22/01/2002 non
sono pi� in
regime di isolamento e di deprivazione totale, bens� nelle stesse
giudiziarie come prima del mio trasferimento a Thorberg. Fino ad oggi
24/01/2003 l'ufficio responsabile del cantone dei Grigioni non ha
questo carcere delle specifiche condizioni di detenzione. La mia
in loco � provvisoria e si presume giorni o settimane, finch�
responsabile dei Grigioni non ha trovato altra destinazione.
ignoto � il regime di detenzione futuro.
Dato che la mia iniziativa non comprende esclusivamente la mia
personale ma � anche una iniziativa solidale di resistenza e priva di
specifiche richieste ovviamente continua, anche se ridotta alla
venti giorni, nella speranza di non essere costretto a riprendere
iniziative specifiche contro il futuro regime di detenzione.
Saluti solidali, marco Pf-24/01/2002"
----- Original Message -----
From: "Adam Weissman, Wetlands Preserve" <adam@...>
Date: Fri, 24 Jan 2003 16:03:08 -0500
To: Adam Weissman <adam@...>
Subject: [wetlands-activism] Article on Animal Liberation, Freeganism, and the Myth of Cruelty-Free Shopping
> To view the article on the web:
> Cruelty-free Retail: Can we Shop Our way to Animal Liberation?
> By Adam Weissman
> In a word, no.
> As people of conscience have questioned the cruelty and suffering
> built into the products we consume, a burgeoning industry has arisen
> to fulfill this niche market. In return, vegetarians, vegans, and
> other socially conscious consumers have embraced these "guilt-free"
> products with open arms as a solution, the only drawback to which is
> that they have not been universally embraced by the general public.
> One national animal rights leader has even said that the most
> important development towards animal liberation is the advent of
> "packaged vegan convenience foods."
> But are we betraying the questioning spirit that led many of us to
> challenge the impact of our purchases in the first place?
> The concept of the "cruelty-free" product denies a fundamental and
> unavoidable reality. Exploitation is woven into every level of every
> activity of our civilization, which was built upon, and continues to
> exist through, the subjugation of the earth and animals-human and
> non-and where productive activity is designed to produce economic
> growth and transform our living planet into capital.
> We can look at almost any "cruelty-free" product and find massive
> amounts of exploitation in its production, even if it abstains from
> exploitation in one or two significant (and heavily advertised) ways.
> Take a pack of Tofu Pups for example, an alternative to hot dogs and
> a favorite of people who abstain from flesh-eating, but wish to enjoy
> some of the comfort foods from their past.
> For starters, we can look at the growing of the soybeans used.
> Vegetarians and vegans have been horrified-and rightfully so-by the
> atrocity of raising and slaughtering animals for consumption, but in
> the process, many have turned a blind eye to the exploitation and
> suffering involved in raising crops.
> The creation of farmland involves the destruction of wildlife habitat
> and natural ecosystems, whether this means logging a forest or simply
> threshing land for crop rows and loosened soil. Animal species and
> the ecosystems they rely on have survived because they are part of a
> highly specific set of habitat conditions that have evolved over
> millions of years. When we turn biodiverse, unspoiled plains and
> forests into farmlands, countless animals fall to their deaths as
> trees crash to the ground or are crushed by tractors and plows; and
> scores of native creatures are rendered homeless and deprived of food
> According to the July 15, 2002 issue of Time Magazine, Oregon State
> University's Steven Davis "has found evidence that suggests that the
> unseen losses of field animals are very high. One study documented
> that a single operation, mowing alfalfa, caused a 50 percent
> reduction in the gray-tailed vole population. Mortality rates
> increase with every pass of the tractor to plow, plant, and harvest."
> Those animals who survive, attempt to subsist by consuming the crops
> that have replaced the native plants. For this act of survival, they
> are considered "agricultural pests." As punishment, they are hunted;
> poisoned with pesticides and fumigants; or consumed by "biological
> control agents"-animals introduced by farmers specifically to prey on
> "pest" species.
> The work of maintaining these lands is handled by some of the most
> severely exploited workers on the planet. The veganism of grapes,
> cucumbers, tomatoes, and strawberries does nothing to address the
> horrible exploitation of the farm workers who sow, till, fertilize,
> apply pesticides, and harvest crops.
> According to the Farm Labor Organizing Committee, conditions for farm
> workers in the U.S. include: strenuous and often deforming physical
> labor in hazardous working conditions; average earnings far below
> poverty; child labor; sub-standard housing; and some of the nation's
> poorest health conditions, including elevated rates of infectious and
> chronic diseases, malnutrition, and infant and maternal mortality.
> This is to say nothing of the impacts of the petroleum-based plastic
> and tree-based paper packaging, the energy used to turn soy and other
> ingredients into a pup, the resources needed for product
> transportation, or the waste created when the packaging is disposed
> of. In many cases, "cruelty-free" brands are owned by
> mega-corporations which mask their ownership to prey on our concerns
> for the animals, the environment, and our fellow humans. And
> ultimately, cruelty-free or not, our consumption contributes to the
> waste stream.
> So, what is the alternative?
> Foraging for Change
> Before agriculture, before industry, even before the advent of the
> ritual hunt, (I suggest reading Jim Mason's book An Unnatural Order
> on this point), humans provided for themselves through direct
> communion with nature's bounty, foraging for fruits, nuts, seeds,
> berries, and roots. The land was not owned and food was not a
> product. People consumed to meet their needs, with little opportunity
> for waste or overconsumption. The only "producer" was Earth itself.
> Humans existed as equals with other animals and the environment, not
> as owners, conquerors, "stewards," or destroyers.
> In the context of an economic system that views animals and the earth
> as raw materials, humanity as a market, and disease and warfare as
> opportunities for profit, a growing number of people are stepping
> outside of the conventional economy and reconnecting to our species'
> forager roots. Some, like naturalist Wildman Steve Brill, author of
> Identifying and Harvesting Edible and Medicinal Plants in Wild (and
> Not-So-Wild) Places and The Wild Vegetarian Cookbook, are
> rediscovering and educating others on wild, noncultivated plants as a
> food source.
> Many more look at the waste generated by mass production and survive
> by consuming the enormous amount of resources discarded every single
> day. Variously referred to as urban foragers, dumpster divers,
> scavengers, or freegans, these people are able to live without
> financially contributing to exploitative systems while at the same
> time taking a small bite out of the waste stream.
> Urban foragers rarely, if ever, need to shop, providing for such
> basic necessities as food and clothing through the discards of
> retailers, factories, and households. Some, known as "squatters,"
> find, restore, and inhabit abandoned buildings, providing rent-free
> housing. Through this lifestyle, the forager can escape the cycle of
> selling their time to a boss and then giving the money back to other
> bosses to purchase consumables that they believe they need. They can
> devote their time to defending the earth and its inhabitants, instead
> of to the forces responsible for their destruction.
> Despite its noble intentions, foraging is a hard sell-turned stomachs
> and upturned noses are an initial reaction of many upon first hearing
> that people consume trash by choice. The ideology of consumerism says
> that a thing is only valid if it is purchased in a store, and has
> greater value if it carries a designer label or is heavily
> advertised. We have been taught that things become unfit for
> consumption once removed from the store shelf. Reality of course,
> differs sharply. Every single night, restaurants, bakeries,
> groceries, and delis discard massive amounts of healthy, clean, fresh
> food. Foraging has common sense appeal to a growing number of people,
> many who do not fit the stereotype of a young hippie or anarchist
> often associated with dumpster diving. Ironically, the fact that many
> have been schooled in the value of material things also leads them to
> be bothered by seeing them wasted, regardless of whether they have a
> fully developed animal or earth liberation analysis. Some dumpster
> dive purely for the joy of unearthing free treasures. Others are
> motivated to provide for their needs out of economic necessity
> created by low-paying jobs or job loss. Some can't stomach the idea
> of eating "dumpstered" food, but are more than happy to recover
> books, clothing, newspapers, games, and furniture from others' trash.
> Dumpstering has spawned some of its own cultural artifactsThere are
> some cult favorites-Robert Hoyt's folk album "Dumpster Diving Across
> America" and the book The Art and Science of Dumpster Diving.
> Surprisingly, the mainstream media has also been taking note of this
> growing trend, with two stories on the PBS TV series "Life 360," one
> of which followed a band of merry dumpster divers from the Activism
> Center at Wetlands Preserve, articles in the popular online journal
> Salon.com and the and the Columbus Dispatch, and a radio story on
> Public Radio International's "The Next Big Thing."
> While the growth of this movement is encouraging,
> politically-motivated foragers are under no illusion that consuming
> trash, in isolation of other actions, will change much of anything.
> While consumer choices are important, radical foragers ultimately
> recognize that we have a moral imperative not just for abstinence
> from purchasing, but also for ACTION. Whether they are blockading
> logging roads with Earth First!, raising consciousness with
> literature like the Independent Media Center's The Indypendent, or
> sharing the wealth by redistributing food with Food Not Bombs,
> foragers view their consumption choices as one element in a lifestyle
> of resistance to the enslavement of animals, oppression of humans,
> and destruction of our planet.
> If you are unconvinced, why not untie a few bags in front of your
> local bagel shop? The cops won't bother you for the most part,
> provided you don't make a mess (Please remember: Untie, don't tear
> bags! Someone else might want to check out the same trash, and
> leaving a mess may motivate a store owner to keep food in a locked
> dumpster.) You'll be amazed by the abundance of perfectly edible food
> you'll find. Within a week, you may find yourself catering parties
> with dumpstered food!
> To learn more about freegan living, read the essay Why Freegan?,
> online at www.modusoperandi.de/freegan.html, or contact the Activism
> Center at Wetlands Preserve, a New York-based human, animal, and
> earth liberation group committed to educating on responsible
> consumption through waste recovery. Call (212) 947-7744, visit
> wetlands-preserve.org or email adam@....
> Recognizing the common roots of all forms of oppression, The Activism
> Center at Wetlands Preserve fights for human, animal, and earth
> liberation through protest, nonviolent civil disobedience, street
> theater, political advocacy, and public education. We always welcome
> people of conscience to join us as volunteers or interns. For more
> information contact Adam at (212) 947-7744 or email
> http://wetlands-preserve.org http://globalsweatshop.org
> http://www.rainforestrelief.org/ http://lohv-usa.org
> "Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have
> the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on
> them." - Frederick Douglass
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