AR-News: (US-pa) Activist calls for balanced society
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Mon Jan 12 06:46:36 EST 2004
Back in the days when American Indian activist Russell Means was firing
pistols at U.S. military jets flying over Wounded Knee, S.D., it was big news.
So, too, would have been the treatment received by a weekend festival in
Erie, he said.
"The way you've been treated, it would have been national news," Means
told about 200 people at Total Liberation Fest 2004.
Means, one of the members of the American Indian Movement who occupied
Wounded Knee for 71 days in 1973, was a featured speaker at the two-day
festival. It also drew representatives of radical environmental and animal
Prior to Means, the crowd heard from Steven Best, an author and philosophy
professor from the University of Texas.
Best talked about animal rights to an audience wearing patches and pins
with messages such as "meat is murder."
He gave statistics, such as 48 billion for the number of farm animals
killed around the world annually. He said "billions more die in the name
of so-called" science, entertainment and fashion.
"Animal rights is the next step in human moral evolution," Best said.
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