The ALF's short-term aim is to save as many animals as possible and directly disrupt the practice of animal abuse. Their long term aim is to end all animal suffering by forcing animal abuse companies out of business.
It is a nonviolent campaign, activists taking all precautions not to harm any animal (human or otherwise)."
Activists independently take action for their cause and then anonymously claim that their action is a part of the ALF. There is no official "membership" card or fee to be part of the ALF, nor is there a leader; it's more a collective mass of actions that add up together to form the group. The only requirement is that the action follows the guidelines of the ALF and that the people committing the action are either vegan or vegetarian. Their website can be found here: http://www.animalliberationfront.com/index.html.
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The Animal Rights MilitiaThe ARM is probably a part of the ALF or at least related to it, created by those animal rights activists who are sick of behaving non-violently towards their opponents. The ARM has threatened animal abusers with death and claimed that they have poisoned certain foods from companies that they disagree with (only later to say that they never actually poisoned anything-- they just pretended to so that the company would be forced to recall the product, causing financial damage).
In terms of governance, the ARM operates in the same manner as the ALF-- no leaders, only individuals taking action and claiming that their action was a part of the ARM.
There isn't much information out there on the Animal Rights Militia. On Wikipedia, it is stated that it is dubious that the ARM even exists, and perhaps it was created by the Animal Liberation Front to distract the authorities from itself. Keep in mind, however, that I can see no other evidence pointing to this after extensive research on the web. Let it suffice to say that the ARM is mysterious indeed...
The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is a fabulous environmental organization dedicated to saving whales from illegal whalers. I think they're great, but they aren't an animal rights organization; they're an environmental organization. If you want to learn more about SSCS, please visit their website at www.seashepherd.org. I highly recommend that you do. :)
But back to the ALF-- the non-violent version, that is. It's important to note that most ALF-ers do appear to be very against violence, which is a good thing. I LOVE making lists, in case you haven't noticed by now, so here's a handy-dandy list of the pros and cons of the ALF.
Pros of the Animal Liberation Front
- They don't fool around with naked demonstrations and things, nor do they target minority groups in their campaigns, unlike certain other animal rights organizations *cough cough*. (Unless you count vivisectors as a minority group, that is!)
- They want real results NOW-- not just whining and giving "you-can-do-it" go-veg speeches and the like. (I'm not critisizing public-awareness forms of activism. I participate in public-awareness activism myself, after all-- through my blog, 'zine, and other projects.)
- They financially damage industries that exploit animals.
- They get people to think about their roles in causing animal exploitation (the people exploiting the animals, and the people supporting it with their daily choices), sometimes causing people to alter their lifestyles to be more compassionate.
- They remind us that life is real, here and now-- there is danger and urgency, and a real world beyond legislation and normality. We mustn't be complacent just because we have it easy in the developed world.
- When they free animals, often the animals will just be replaced with new animals bought from breeders, thus causing more animal suffering.
- The activists who are part of the ALF are sometimes captured and arrested. Rodney Coronado was arrested multiple times, and even during time when he wasn't in prison, he spent a lot of time on "probation period" in which (it appears that) he was not allowed to do environmentalism or animal rights activism. That would be so incredibly heartbreaking if it happened to me, not to mention the fact that it's bad for the movement because we've got one less pair of helping hands.