Bar-Ilan University cancels lecture by outspoken American vegan after a series of altercations mar his visit to Israel.
So, Gary Yourofsky not only has suggested that rape be used as a tactic to stop people from wearing fur, he has now told a journalist in Israel that he hopes someone rapes his children. This came only one week after he said that he doesn’t concern himself with what happens to Palestinians in an embarrassing interview that made animal liberationists seem akin to the far right.
So, here is the thing, Gary has been a humiliation to this movement for a very long time. Much of what he says about himself is not true. For example: He never opened any cages on a mink farm, he was the lookout and not only did everyone get caught on his watch, but Gary brought along the two snitches that night. One was his meat eating uncle who wanted the adventure, the other was an 18 year old girl that Gary was trying to impress. When he started his brief, Canadian prison time he claimed that he would hunger strike for it’s entirety and caused a minor media spectacle by organizing a rotating, international solidarity strike. A few dozen people signed up and when Gary entered prison they all stopped eating. Problem was, Gary only made it two days without food, meaning that the whole thing was yet another humiliation for the movement. And I’m not even touching on his pro-rape-lyric heavy “rap career.”
Point is, I don’t want someone who has advocated sexual violence as a form of activism in any movement I am a part of. I don’t want to be associated with someone who can look the other way when genocide and apartheid is being committed in Israel. I don’t want to be associated with someone who repeatedly and unapologetically makes decisions that reflect poorly on our philosophy and organizations. I don’t want anything to do with Gary Yourofsky, and I think from here on out we ought to do what we can to get him cancelled wherever he goes.
Since the holidays are coming, well-meaning people are probably going to start giving each other those gifts that consist of donating animals to “families in need” in “third-world countries”.
This link explains some major reasons not to do so, which range from hardship incurred by the families who receive the animal to environmental considerations to the questionable status of the charities that organize the programs to animal welfare.
Making a donation to a charity in lieu of a gift is a reasonable idea for the holidays, if that’s your thing, but there are better options than this one.
— Vincent Guihan (via learned—helplessness)