Originally Posted by DarkwingDuckie
By breaking into a lab and rescuing animals you may have saved those animals but you are more likely to be looked at extremist and crazy. At the same time, peaceful protesing and educating may actually bring more people over to your side and that may not save those very animals but may save many more in the future (by having the recruited people change their lives and then become activists themselves).
Let's say you are one of the animals in the lab, what would you prefer happened?
Truth is both education and direct action (understood as acts of liberation, not indiscriminate killing) are necessary. I challenge all the people advocating for peaceful means only to show me answers to these questions:
- How is destroying inanimate objects built for the purpose of torture and killing violence? Even if it is, wouldn't destroying them prevent more violence than the act of destruction itself?
- Show me one example of social change that has been brought by peaceful means ONLY. Don't bother to cite Gandhi or Martin Luther King, you are just showing you need to read some history books.
Bottom line is we live in the most violent society ever created, the perpetrators of torture and death will not hesitate once to call everyone a terrorist and send them to jail or better, catch them in the act and legally murder them. Yet we pledge to play by their rules. Protests were effective when they were a threat, which is when they were not under the control of those same perpetrators. Now we need permits and designated areas of protest. The system has absorbed protest as a means of change, it is a given that when something is going to get done there will be protests, yet nothing will happen. A good example is the anti war protests in NYC against the Iraq war, thousands of people in the streets, guarded by police following a predetermined route nowhere close to where the people making the decisions would be. The outcome? The Iraq war is close to its 10th anniversary. Pretty different than the protests against Vietnam (which actually put pressure on the government to end it) or Seattle 99 against the WTO.
Education is the long term solution, direct action is needed for those already in cages. The moral high ground of pacifism will not get you anywhere but kicked in the face repeatedly.