I recently (October 2019) photographed Extinction Rebellion’s (XR) mass demonstrations against the British government’s inertia with regards to the pressing problems of climate change. As someone invested in documenting the animal advocacy movement, I was particularly interested in the actions of Extinction Rebellion’s sister organization and ally, Animal Rebellion (AR).
Distilled: AR’s values, goals and demands are here.
“The truth is our current governments, businesses and institutions have pretty much failed us on both climate change and animal use. And in doing so, we have massively failed the animals we share the planet with, and the people at the brunt of climate change already, and our generations to come. Urgent action is required, and if governments, businesses, institutions and departments insist on dragging their heels, and effectively dismissing the science especially in relation to ‘livestock’ farming, then we have to expect an escalation of disruption, unrest, protest and the associated negative impacts this brings. If we don’t want to see disruption, we need to see immediate effective action.”
– Tim Barford, from Animal Rebellion? Definitely, Maybe.
Particular to Animal Rebellion, however, was a solemnity around the actions at places of animal exploitation, like at Smithfield, London’s oldest meat market, and at Billingsgate fish market.
By putting our bodies on the line and risking our liberty, we make this great neglected issue impossible to ignore. – George Monbiot
Further reading and viewing:
Alex Lockwood, “Beware! Rebellion Really Can Transform Your Life.” AR co-founder and organizer
George Monbiot, The Guardian. “Today, I Aim to Get Arrested”.
Alex Lockwood, trailer to the upcoming film “Monbiot.”.
Kristian Buus, The Guardian Photo Essay, “Extinction Rebellion – The Arrestables”