Good Vegan Reads

Welcome to the second installment of Good Vegan Reads. Given all the recent media surrounding ag-gag bills, I thought it would be appropriate to review Will Potter’s book, Green is the New Red.

Green is the New Red: An Insider’s Account of a Social Movement Under Siege by Will Potter

In this book, Potter provides an account of how government/corporations have used the climate of fear surrounding the events of 9/11 to advance their own political and corporate agendas. Their agendas have targeted the civil rights of activists involved in the animal rights and environmental movement, namely by labeling such activists as “eco-terrorists”. This places peaceful activists in the same category as violent terrorists, thereby subjecting activists to unfairly harsh punishments. Potter describes the underhanded tactics of the government to target and prosecute activists through accounts from Daniel McGowan (*see footnote) and individual members of SHAC (Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty) as well as his own experiences with the FBI.

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Green is the New Red describes how those in government who have a vested interest in corporations that profit from animal abuse and environmental rape, have sought to increase the prosecution of activists for nearly any act, even free speech, that could potentially decrease profits. This book is an essential and compelling read on the threatening governmental role in silencing activists in the post 9/11 world.

This subject is timely given the recent introduction of ag-gag bills in at least 10 states this year, which made front page of the New York Times this past weekend. Ag-gag bills essentially prosecute activists for exposing animal cruelty and “food” safety violations on farms. Again, this is an attack on freedom of speech.

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Recently, an episode of Democracy Now  focused entirely on ag-gag bills and featured a debate between Will Potter and Emily Meredith of the Animal Agriculture Alliance. Will Potter basically kills this debate!! I’m impressed with his calm demeanor throughout the debate because Meredith makes some outrageous claims. CLICK HERE to be blown away by Will Potter’s awesomeness!

*Footnote: There is a great documentary on Daniel McGowan’s story, If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front available on netflix right now.

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