Animal Liberation Victoria

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Animal Liberation Victoria Inc.
Animal Liberation Victoria (logo).png
Founded 1978
Founder(s) Patty Mark
Headquarters
Key people President Patty Mark
Focus(es) Animal rights
Method(s) Education, investigation, open rescues
Website www.alv.org.au

Animal Liberation Victoria Inc. (ALV) is the Victorian branch of Australian animal rights movement Animal Liberation operating throughout several areas in Australia.[1] Founded in 1978 by Patty Mark, ALV is located in Melbourne and is recognised as Victoria's most powerful animal rights organisation.[who?] Its main aims are to abolish the property status of animals, institutionalised animal exploitation and speciest attitudes and practices; encourage and nurture animal rights education, and endorse the principle of non-violence.[2]

Activism[edit]

ALV was established in 1978 by Patty Mark, an animal rights activist. After reading a book on animal liberation in 1978, Mark put a notice up in the local milk bar that said Help the Hens which attracted 17 people and proved to be the start of ALV. In the early years of their operation, ALV set up information tables in the Bourke Street Mall, presented information discussions at schools and co-ordinated the signing of petitions. In 1993, Mark received a call about the inhumane treatment of hens at a battery hen facility in Victoria, inspiring the birth of ALV's Open Rescue division.

Animal Liberation Victoria was the first group that made open rescues of hens.[3][4] Later, they have continued making open rescues.[5][6]

They have also protested against sheep exports, in Port of Devonport,[7] whaling,[8] the killing of animals on television by Jamie Oliver,[9][10] animal deaths in Melbourne Zoo,[11] and the 2007 Australian and New Zealand Council for the Care of Animals in Research and Teaching (ANZCCART) conference.[12]

ALV supports and manages the Action Animal Rescue Team, a group formed in 1993 whose purpose is "save the lives of unattended and neglected animals who are left sick and dying in factory farms" and "document (with video footage and photographs) the conditions for animals in factory farms, feedlots, live export and abattoirs."[13]

They also offered to provide legal assistance to the students that, in May 2005, opposed the idea of a rural school to slaughter a pig and a cow that they raised.[14] Bernie Williams, executive producer of the last Charlotte's Web film, wrote an e-mail to the school in support of the students.[15]

Animal Liberation Youth logo

Animal Liberation Youth[edit]

They had also an offspring of ALV designed for young people called Animal Liberation Youth (ALY). It was established in 2007 and operates in a similar fashion to ALV.

Some of some of their actions include promote veganism in the Sustainable Living Festival[16] and rescue animals.[17]

Conflicts with RSPCA Victoria[edit]

They have had some conflicts with RSPCA Victoria. In March 2005, ALV found in the farm Parkhurst several injured, sick and dead hens. The police was called, and when it arrived and found the facts, Sergeant Mick Brien phoned the RSPCA for assistance, who refused to attend. Then the police arranged for ALV to remove the sick and dying hens and escorted them to Werribee Vet Clinic. Patty Mark, ALV president, said "Unfortunately the RSPCA not only refused to attend and assist the police on the night, they have failed to do an urgent inspection this morning taking other very ill and dehydrated birds to a vet or to even contact the owner. They only told ALV they would look at the place "next week". and "If the police and members of ALV can see the suffering and know it is wrong and illegal, why can't the RSPCA? Once again they have failed in their duty to protect "all creatures great and small", and it is time they were made accountable""[6][18][19]

On 4 September 2006, ALV sent a letter to Dr Hugh Wirth, RSPCA Victoria's President, asking them to turn to strict vegetarianism their RSPCA Annual Gala Ball, as made the RSPCA UK. RPSCA Chief Executive Officer, Maria Mercurio, wrote the reply in which they refused. Among other criticisms, Mercurio said:

"We know that ALV will continue to attend RSPCA events in Victoria and target our staff, volunteers and guests. We are continually asked why ALV don't hold their own events if they truly wish to get wide attention for their issues; why don't they lobby governments and why don't they try to influence industry, instead of targeting the RSPCA?"[20]

ALV has also criticed that while RSPCA says it's against the battery cages, they business with the largest battery egg producer in Australia, Pace Farms. They have also accused RSPCA of approve barnlaid sheds of which ALV claim to have documented later "overcrowding, beak mutilations, lack of perches, prevention of roosting, chronic stress and electric shock training to the hens", among many other criticism.[21][22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Animal Liberation Victoria - Animal Concerns Community". Animalconcerns.org. Retrieved 2013-12-10. 
  2. ^ "About Animal Liberation Victoria". Alv.org.au. Retrieved 2013-12-10. 
  3. ^ Rescate abierto de animales Equanimal (in spanish)
  4. ^ Qué son los rescates abiertos - Rescate Abierto Animal Equality (in spanish)
  5. ^ In the name of animal liberation 25 February 2007. Herald Sun
  6. ^ a b La policía ayuda a Animal Liberation en el rescate de 55 aves enfermas AnimaNaturalis (in spanish)
  7. ^ Animal Liberation to boost live sheep export protests 13 Feb 2006. ABC News
  8. ^ Anti-whaling protesters target Japan's consulate 27 Dec 2007. ABC News
  9. ^ Jamie Oliver's new show branded immoral by RSPCA 7 July 2008. Perth Now
  10. ^ Jamie Oliver's new show 'immoral' 7 July 2008 Herald Sun
  11. ^ Call for Melbourne Zoo inquiry as animal deaths hit 486 19 October 2008. Herald Sun
  12. ^ Animal Liberation Victoria - ANZCCART protest 2007 OpenRescue.org
  13. ^ Thunder Down Under: Australian Animal Liberation Activists Mix Courage with Creativity No Compromise Issue 25
  14. ^ Debate Over School’s Slaughter of a Pig AnimalRights.net
  15. ^ Plea to spare animals from sausage meat 21 July 2005 The Courier
  16. ^ Sustainable Living Festival - ALY YouTube
  17. ^ Broiler Parents Investigation - ALV Open Rescue 2007[dead link]
  18. ^ Australian Police Pitch In to Help Hens PETA's Animal Times. Spring 2005
  19. ^ Police Help Animal Liberation Victoria Remove 55 Sick Birds From Factory Farm for Treatment at Werribee Veterinary Hospital 5 March 2005. Animal Liberation Front's site.
  20. ^ Letter to the RSPCA OpenRescue.org
  21. ^ What's wrong with the RSPCA? RSPCA Watch Dog (ALV's site)
  22. ^ RSPCA (Vic) RSPCA (Vic) caught in Barnlaid Egg Fraud Animal Liberation, Western Australia's site

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