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Revolution Before It’s Too Late: Josh Harper & The SHAC Campaign

Revolution Before It’s Too Late: Josh Harper & The SHAC Campaign

Thursday, February 28

cropThe “Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act” was constructed by the US government to strike fear into the hearts of organizations like the Animal Liberation Front and SHAC (Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty). The reason: In the early 2000’s SHAC—which began as an international animal rights campaign to shut down Huntingdon Life Sciences, a research organization based in England infamously known for testing harmful medical and non-medial substances on tens of thousands of animals each year—used what the government considered to be terrorist tactics to accomplish their goals. As a result of the behavior of organizations like SHAC, the government enacted The Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, which was put in place in essence to protect organizations, like Huntingdon, from activist organizations who wished to interfere with what they perceived as cruelty to animals, labeling said activists as terrorists. One of the first people convicted under the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act was Josh Harper an organizer and spokesman of SHAC USA and member of various other animal rights groups. Harper spent three years in a federal prison for his role in SHAC, an organization that for years has taken on and often defeated some of the world’s most powerful corporations. Now Harper is making his way across the country from his home in Oregon to tell his story, which he will do this Thursday (Feb 28) at Burning Books on Connecticut Street. Harper’s speech, as he puts it, will “examine how people of conscience can resist the power of the state and its corporate sponsors and the urgency to do so, while we still can.” 
—cory perla

7pm. Burning Books, 420 Connecticut St. 
(881-0791/burningbooksbuffalo.com)