Vegans of Color

Because we don’t have the luxury of being single-issue

Critical Animal Studies Conferences January 19, 2010

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The 9th Annual North American Conference for Critical Animal Studies will be hosted at SUNY Cortland this year on Saturday, April 10th. The theme this year is “Abolition, Liberation, and the Intersections Within Social Justice.” I’m very excited about this conference, and plan to submit a proposal to present, and I’m super excited to see what sort of conversations can emerge from a conference that is dedicated to looking at intersections between animal abolition and other justice movements.

What I also find interesting is that this conference does not seem to be exclusively for academic types, but welcomes (encourages) proposals from activists, non-profits, and other non-academic members of the community. They are also open to formats other than simple presentations of papers, and list on their website such examples as theater and workshops.

I hope that many of our readers will submit proposals to the conference and/or attend in April. Proposals are due by February 15th.

For those on the other side of the Atlantic there is the European Critical Animal Studies Conference which is on April 23rd. Unfortunately (in my opinion) this conference has a different theme, The Future of Animal Studies, and has, as far as I can tell, already decided on speakers and so as no call for proposals. It is however the first European critical animal studies conference over there, and so is I guess expected to begin with developing a telos for themselves.

As I’ve expressed before, I’m very glad that animal studies is emerging as a serious area of academic and intellectual inquiry.


Five Weaknesses of Contemporary Animal Activism

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Yesterday The Guardian published an opinion piece entitled “The Five Fatal Flaws of Animal Activism.” The author, Victor Schonfeld, details his own life of caring about animals and then how his Animals and Us two part series on the BBC to demonstrate how organized groups have not accomplished much for animals, and how fresh perspectives are necessary.

But I’ve been inspired to make my own list of five weaknesses of animal activism which, in my opinion hinders the liberation of nonhuman (and human) animals.



Coyote Rehabilitation in Los Angeles

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Animal Advocates, based in the Los Angeles area, has been rescuing and rehabilitating wildlife since 2002. On Saturday they received a coyote rehabilitation permit from Los Angeles, and so are now authorized to rehabilitate sick and orphaned coyotes. In the past they would have to drive the coyotes to rehabilitation clinics further out after holding them for up to forty-eight hours. This is I think fantastic news for coyotes who have had some negative press from a couple of biting incidents back in September. It seems that most coyotes who would bite people would be sick or injured (or have had poor interactions with humans either through people feeding them or more negative actions).

Animal Advocates also rescues and rehabilitate other wildlife in Los Angeles County, and if you see sick, injured, or orphaned animals in LA you should call, (310) 877-4770,‎ or visit their website, which also has resources for finding similar organizations in other places, as well as a DOs and DON’Ts of dealing with coyotes.

You can also volunteer your time and skills by emailing them, and donating at their website if you’d like to help them.

I think it is important that organizations that ease the strain on both human and non-human urban dwellers. In the urban ecosystem coyotes play a vital role as one of the top predators in urban environments keeping the populations of rats and mice in check. Any organization that helps the nonhuman, nondomesticated members of our communities is doing something right.

You can also visit the Animal Advocate facebook page which seems to be updated more often than the website.