January 1, 2010
To the Public:
In the month of January, I issued proposals for publishing “THE LIBERATOR: REMIX” on WordPress; but animal rights, though hailed in different sections of the country, are palsied by public indifference. Since that time, the removal of my internet-access has rendered less efficient the establishment of this similar periodical.
During my recent tour of the web for the purpose of exciting the minds of the people by a series of discourses on the subject of animal rights, every site that I visited gave fresh evidence of the fact, that a greater revolution in public sentiment was to be effected on college-campuses and the internet — particularly through vegan education –– than through violent direct action. I found contempt more bitter, opposition more active, detraction more relentless, prejudice more stubborn, and apathy more frozen, than among animal slave-owners themselves. Of course, there were individual exceptions to the contrary. This state of things afflicted, but did not dishearten me. I determined, at every hazard, to lift up the standard of emancipation in the eyes of the nation, within sight of the steps of the Lincoln memorial and in the birth place of liberty. That standard is now unfurled; and long may it float, unhurt by the spoliations of time or the missiles of a desperate foe — yea, till every cage be open, and every animal set free! Let speciesist oppressors tremble — let their animal-consuming abettors tremble — let their industry apologists tremble — let all the enemies of the persecuted animals tremble.
I deem the publication of the intricacies of the abolitionist approach unnecessary, as that information is available on http://www.abolitionistapproach.com. The principles therein inculcated will be steadily pursued in this paper, including that I shall not array myself as the political partisan of any man. In defending the great cause of animal rights, I wish to derive the assistance of all ideologies and of all parties.
Assenting to the “self-evident truth” maintained in our existing moral code, “that causing animals to suffer or die unnecessarily is wrong, that using them as resources inherently causes suffering and/or death” I shall strenuously contend for the immediate enfranchisement of our animal slave population. For a short time, in an attempt to be “humane”, I unreflectingly assented to the popular but pernicious doctrine of gradual abolition, or “new welfarism”. I seize this opportunity to make a full and unequivocal recantation, and thus publicly to ask pardon of conscience, of my community, and of my brethren the poor animal slaves, for having carried on a sentiment so full of timidity, injustice and absurdity. A similar recantation, from my heart, was bestowed on the animal refugees at the Lighthouse Sanctuary, in Scio, OR. My conscience is now satisfied.
I am aware, that many object to the severity of my language; but is there not cause for severity? I will be as harsh as truth, and as uncompromising as justice. On this subject, I do not wish to think, or speak, or write, with moderation. No! no! Tell a dog whose house is on fire, to give a moderate alarm; tell him to moderately rescue his “master” from the suffocating smoke; tell the mother to gradually extricate her babe from the hand of the veal farmer; — but urge me not to use moderation in a cause like the present. I am in earnest — I will not equivocate — I will not excuse — I will not retreat a single inch — AND I WILL BE HEARD. The apathy of the people is enough to make every statue leap from its pedestal, and to hasten the resurrection of the dead.
It is pretended, that I am retarding the cause of emancipation by the coarseness of my invective, and the precipitancy of my measures. The charge is not true. On this question my influence, — humble as it is, — is felt at this moment to a considerable extent, and shall be felt in coming years — not perniciously, but beneficially — not as a curse, but as a blessing; and posterity will bear testimony that I was right. I desire to thank empathy, that it enables me to disregard “the fear of man which bringeth a snare,” and to speak its truth in its simplicity and power. And here I close with this fresh dedication:
Oppression! I have seen thee, face to face,
And met thy cruel eye and cloudy brow;
But thy soul-withering glance I fear not now —
For dread to prouder feelings doth give place
Of deep abhorrence! Scorning the disgrace
Of slavish hooves that at thy abattoir bow,
I also kneel — but with far other vow
Do hail thee and thy hord of hirelings base: —
I swear, while life-blood warms my throbbing veins,
Still to oppose and thwart, with heart and hand,
Thy brutalising sway — till animals’ chains
Are burst, and Freedom rules the rescued land, —
Trampling Oppression and his iron rod:
Such is the vow I take — SO HELP ME ALL!
Original By William Lloyd Garrison
Remixed By Peace Is Coming For You