The Roots of Compassion by Walter Bond (Jan 2014)

WALTER BOND (37096013)
1/16/2014 7:55:37 AM
The Roots Of Compassion

According to the Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary 11th edition the definition of the word “compassion” is: “Sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it”. Very well, by the definition thus given we see right off the bat that compassion is more than just a feeling, or a pretentious connection with others’ pain. It is far more than a buzzword to be bandied about in the name of a cause.

Compassion is the precursor to acting on behalf of another’s well being. Without this “desire to alleviate another’s distress” we don’t have compassion, we have sympathy. And sympathy is really more about our own feelings towards another than any serious desire to help. It’s not my intention to split hairs or play games with words. However, far too much of what we hear today when it comes to the rights, welfare and liberation of Animals and the Earth is just that, wordplay.

In reality when you go to a Vegan restaurant or wear a t-shirt with an Animal Rights message (even the ‘radical’ ones) the Animals aren’t thanking you. The Animals are in cages, behind walls, on their way to slaughter or suffering from the nefarious designs of human exploitation. The male chicks thrown into the grinders because they can’t lay eggs aren’t thanking you or me for anything. They are dying and wishing that they were living, just as we all wish to live.

Therefore, if we have compassion for Animals then it means we have a desire to stop their abuses, not just a desire to have people that front for organizations of activists validate our sympathy. The Animal Right’s and Vegan community worldwide has come a long way in the last two decades. As far as Vegan outreach, education and legal battles are concerned we are doing better and are more organized on these fronts than ever before. And still Animals die in larger numbers than any year before in world history. The Earth as well is being raped for every “natural resource” more efficiently and quickly than any year before in world history.

This leads me to believe that the problem of Animal exploitation and murder isn’t a political problem, it’s not a problem of lack of information, lack of press coverage, lack of Vegan options, lack of funds or lack of networking. Because no matter what the body politic, no matter how much information is disseminated online, no matter what level of press coverage occurs, no matter how successful the Vegan product market is, no matter how many millions of dollars certain Animal and Earth welfare organizations receive and no matter how many conferences and workshops are held annually the barbarity of Animal use and abuse does not remain the same, it’s growing exponentially. The root problem is one of apathy, uncaring, desensitization and in general ignoring the suffering of all those outside our sphere of concern. It’s an existential human fallibility, not an ethical marketing problem.

Back in the late 90’s as a young man I built slaughterhouses. It’s a story that I have told many times, specifically about the horrors I had witnessed and was at the time a cohort to. But my story is not at all typical because most people that work in the same industry never have a Vegan/Animal Liberation epiphany. Most people when they come in contact with violence either, ignore it, rationalize it or become desensitized to it. This makes good sense for the sake of safeguarding ourselves from mental stress, acute anxiety and personal responsibility but outside of that it is the death knell for all innocent life. A question I have asked myself many times over the years is “why me”? Why do I care? Why do I feel the need to intervene? Why did I have to act up until the point of living my life in a cage? Why, indeed…..

But I am not alone. More and more people are waking up to the wrongness of these ghastly spectacles of Animal cruelty and wanting it to stop. And they are doing so at younger and younger ages. I think this is a hopeful sign. Of course, we are still outnumbered by the avarice of flesh addicts. But who knows, perhaps the sinners will always outnumber the saints. In any event this is not the immediate concern. The immediate concern is for all of us that do care and that do have compassion not waste it on worthless pressure valves like internet chatter, self-righteousness, pretentious and public displays of concern (more for the cameras and each other than for the Animals). Instead take this compassion and combine it with a sense of urgency and actually save the Animals!

You pick whatever avenue of activity works best for you so long as it results in life for an Animal that would not have had it otherwise, or the DIRECT improvement of the quality of an Animals life as a result of your work. The goal to all our work, activism and compassion needs to be the shortest distance to Animal Liberation. If every one of us saved an Animal or helped an Animal in need it would mean total liberation for each and every one of those lives! This is a far greater victory than objectifying Animals albeit “compassionately” to get the attention of the media, public or peers so that YOU can feel like YOU are making a difference as an ambassador of a righteous cause.

Selflessness, compassion, and liberation for the Animals and for the Earth starts in our hearts. Let your heart guide your mind and then use your heart, mind and body to save the Animals. Wean yourself off of needing approval or pats on the back from others and let your actions do the talking. Because if you don’t help them, if you don’t find a way, then no one will.

And the billions upon billions of critters that face life in a cage, forced impregnations, slaughter, vivisection, the carriage cart or the trainers whip deserve a far more real, effective and concerned advocate from the human race than what most of us currently are. It’s not right to make Animals lives and deaths our activist hobby or scene. It is our responsibility to care when others don’t and to intervene where others won’t. It’s our responsibility because for whatever reason we have been given compassion where others have not and we were given that compassion as a motivation to try and make this world a better place. Not to socially network with one another about our concern until it’s alleviated and exorcised.

Meanwhile, those in the cages and corrals, those that face the slaughterhouse and the laboratory, continue to hope for an intervention that never comes.

Walter Bond


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Patterns of Oppression by Walter Bond (Feb 2014)

WALTER EDMUND BOND (37096013)
2/18/2014 10:11:58 AM
Patterns Of Oppression


Whenever we the human race set about oppressing another group from within or from outside our own species the justifications we use are not only similar in design but often times exact verbatim. There is a fairly intricate pathology to how we determine the otherness of different groups. Unfortunately, it is far too complex for the scope of this slim essay. However, I would like to highlight a couple prime examples that I have come across in my years as an activist for the liberation of Animals and the Earth, as well as my experience as a political prisoner because of that fight.

I will say from the outset that what I am making are correlations of the way in which various groups are oppressed, along with the arbitrary justifications for those oppressions. But these are in no way comparisons. Animals suffer worse injustices in vastly greater numbers than any segment of humanity. The annual death toll due to war in the middle east is roughly 91,000. For people murdered by the police it’s between 500 and 1000 annually. There are currently over 2,300,000 imprisoned in the United States. This is nothing compared to the annual confinement, torture and murder of: 9,500,000,000 Chickens, 100,000,000 Pigs and 70,000,000 Animals in laboratories!

That said, one major thing we do in order to feel comfortable oppressing a group deemed as other is to infantilize them. We do this with Animals in a myriad of ways. We take domesticated Animals and baby talk to them as if they were an ‘itty bitty widdle bawby’! Even though these creatures have, in certain arenas, aptitudes that are far beyond our own. Sure your dog or cat cannot read Shakespeare but neither can you smell a foot print and tell the age of its maker. Nor can we see in the dark, fall from several stories and walk away unharmed and many other amazing aptitudes and abilities that are shared by canines and felines. Continue reading

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Reposting of “The Cruelty of Industrial Technology”


Walter Bond sent a letter asking us to repost this essay from June 2013.
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WALTER EDMUND BOND (37096013)
6/25/2013 2:40:01 PM
The Cruelty of Industrial Technology

There is no brutality as wicked as systematic cruelty, and systematic cruelty only becomes widespread by aid of technology. When I was a young man before and leading up to my Vegan awakening I built slaughterhouses. Industrial plumbing, welding. structural steel and machine installation were my daily routines. One of those machines was called ‘the beater’. The beater is a 10’x10′ stainless steel monster. It is one in a series of machines set in a row and dedicated night and day to the disembodying process of hogs.

After a 500 pound hog has had his or her throat cut and been hung upside down to bleed to death, he or she then gets disemboweled by a series of slaughterhouse workers evenly dispersed along the kill floor. After disembowelment is complete all organs are sent to another area of the kill floor via stainless steel trays rolling on a conveyor belt. The next part of the process is what’s called the ‘hog bath’ (which I also installed). The hog bath is a 50 foot scalding hot tubular bathtub that the hog carcasses go through mainly to slacken the skin to be peeled, salted and stacked. But before that happens, the now dead and hollow remains of a once living and feeling being must go through ‘the beater’.

The inside of the beater is similar in design to a car wash except the rollers all stand vertically and are on immobile swing arms. There are four spindles on each side and each spindle contains five, six foot metal lengths, each six inches wide and known as ‘strapping’. Every six inches on center running the length of the strapping is a bolt. Around each bolt is a large nylon rope with a loop and two knots that hang out of the strapping approximately 18 inches. When the machine is operational the spindles whirl with incredible torque and the nylon knots beat the hair of the hogs dead and softened skin.

One must always lock and tag out the electricity box while working inside the beater so that it is not possible to start it by accident while anyone is inside. Failure to do this has actually ended with workers being beaten to death while working inside the beater. Since all the strapping and bolts are made of stainless steel, impact drills cannot be used for quick assembly because stainless steel binds. What this means is that someone must individually set every single nylon rope and screw the bolts down by hand. That person was me in 1995 in Logansport, Indiana. It took me five 12 hour shifts to complete the task. Continue reading

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Breaking News! (good and bad)

Walter Bond called tonight with the following update:

1) He spoke with the Assistant Warden of FCI Greenville and going forward he will get a Vegan tray at all meals. Walter also got assurance on this from the Regional Food Supervisor of the BOP.

2) The AW resolved the issues with delays in postal mail reaching Walter caused by SIS (Special Investigative Services) staff. The AW told Walter to contact him if problems reoccur.

3) Walter ended his hunger strike at day 6.

4) Walter will probably be transferred back to a CMU (Communication Management Unit) and will be held in the SHU at Greenville until that occurs in 3 to 5 months. CMUs are prisons set up for who the federal government considers a terrorist. From January 2012 to September 2015, Walter was confined in the CMU at USP Marion. As can be guessed from the phrase “Communications Management” CMUs attempt to all but completely shut off the prisoners’ communications with the outside. Prisoners are allowed very little phone time and all calls are live-monitored by an office in Virginia. Visiting a CMU prisoner is especially difficult: prisoners receive a much smaller visit time allowance and these monitored visits occur inside a non-contact booth where the parties have to speak to one another using phones. All incoming and outgoing mail to CMU prisoners are first sent to an office in Virginia to be read.

Walter is glad for the assurances about his meals and mail delivery. His not at all glad that he will likely be send back to the CMU. In the meantime he is in the SHU. He will be very isolated, being locked up by himself and only allowed 15 minutes per month of phone call time.

For all the people that phoned the prison… thank you very, very much! You will be happy to know you can stop calling!

You can write to Walter:

Walter Bond
37096-013
FCI Greenville
PO Box 5000
Greenville IL 62246

You can pick out a paperback book or magazine (no hardcovers) for Walter and order it to be sent directly to his address (don’t forget his prison number) from amazon, another book dealer or a publisher.

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Current Information about Walter Bond who has been placed in the SHU (solitary confinement) — hunger strike ended

Current information about Walter Bond (as of Nov 22)

This website has been set up and is maintained by supporters for Walter. Walter has no access to this page or to the internet. If any of this information changes, this post will be updated.

Walter Bond’s website has been down for a week, but is now back up (as you can see).

Walter was placed in the SHU (solitary confinement) on Nov 15 or 16. While held in the SHU he is only allowed 15 minutes of phone time per month. He was on a hunger strike which ended on Day 6. He met with the Assistant Warden on Monday, November 20 to discuss the problems he was having at the prison that caused him to go on hunger strike. Walter now will be given Vegan trays at all meals and was assured of a more timely postal mail delivery.

Walter was told that he will probably be transferred back to a CMU (Communications Management Unit) within the next 3 – 5 months. Until that time he will be held in the SHU.

The North American Animal Liberation Press Office has retained legal counsel for Walter. If you would like to help the Press Office in funding this effort, you can donate here.  In addition, another attorney with a lot of experience assisting Vegan Prisoners in similar situations is trying to gain permission to communicate with Walter.

Walter cannot now use Corrlinks to send or receive email.

Sending letters or cards to Walter Bond:

Walter Bond
37096-013
FCI Greenville
PO Box 5000
Greenville IL 62246

 

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Walter Bond placed in the SHU (solitary confinement)… has been on hunger strike since announcement on Nov 15

EVERYBODY! WALTER BOND IS ON HUNGER STRIKE! CALL FCI GREENVILLE AT LEAST TWICE A DAY EVERYDAY TO EXPRESS CONCERN ABOUT HIS HEALTH AND WELL-BEING!

CALL FCI GREENVILLE AT: (618) 664-6200, tell them you are calling about prisoner Walter Bond, number 37096-013.

Statement from Walter Bond recorded by the North American Animal Liberation Press Office on 11/15/17:

“Since my arrival in Greenville two-and-a-half years ago, my communications with the world have been made incredibly difficult and at times impossible. I have been repeatedly denied books, magazines, letters and pictures. It’s standard operating procedure that my mail – be it my email or snail mail — is habitually days, weeks and even months late. It is not at all uncommon for my mail, both incoming and outgoing, to simply never arrive.”

“I’ve been…. I’ve even been denied copies of my own book, “Always Looking Forward,” which I wrote in prison and is approved for me to have. “

“It has also become impossible for me to adhere to my Vegan diet, because none of the so-called “meat options” offered at Greenville, Illinois are even close to Vegan. Because of this, I have been forced at great cost to my friends, family and supporters to pay outrageously for foods from the commissary that continue to be an inadequate version….”

“I have tried now for over a year to obtain a transfer from FCI Greenville, Illinois closer to New York City where I intend to live upon my release, but I have been denied this as well through petty and irrelevant disciplinary reports.”

“Despite all of this, I have maintained years of patience, quietly awaiting my freedom. But, my cooperation has got me nothing.”
“So in the tradition of A.L.F. activists before me, such as Barry Horne, I am going on hunger strike. I will not eat anything and will starve until these issues are remedied.”

“I’m asking everybody in the Animal Rights and Anarchist communities to stand with me with your protests and actions of solidarity.”

“You can reach the institution concerning my health and well-being at (618) 664-6200.”

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Sixth anniversary of Walter Bond’s statement to the federal court in Utah before being sentenced on October 13, 2011

On October 13, 2011

Federal District Court, Salt Lake City, Utah

Walter Bond’s Statement at his Sentencing

I’m here today because of the arsons I committed at The Tandy Leather Factory in Salt Lake City, and the Tiburon Restaurant in Sandy, Utah which sells the incredibly cruel product foie gras. The US Attorney wants to give me the maximum sentence and beyond, not because of my ‘crimes,’ but because I am unrepentant and outspoken.

My intuition tells me that this court is not going to show me mercy because I became ‘suddenly sorry.’  So instead of lying to the court in a feeble attempt to save myself, as I’m certain many do when they face their sentencing day, allow me to tell you what I am sorry for. Continue reading

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My First Time (with a brick and a handbill)

WALTER EDMUND BOND (37096013)
8/18/2017 7:49:20 PM
My First Time (with a brick and a handbill)

I remember the first time I was ever in a riot. It was Martin Luther King Day in Denver, Colorado and the ku klux klan and assorted nazi, fascists and skinhead scum had turned out to spew their invective racist garbage from the steps of the capital. Our mayor was mayor Wellington Webb. He was incredibly distraught with the fact that the kkk had come to town and obtained legal permit to gather and rally on the capital. So he organized a counter march and demonstration of which I took part.

Tens of thousands of people marched in protest. the march started in Aurora on Colfax Avenue and ended in Denver proper right in the center of downtown and in front of the racist scum. the klan and assorted wing nuts were heavily protected by police and riot squad. as a sea of people gathered the kkk began screaming racial epithets and slurs and laughing at the protesters. And that’s when………….. Continue reading

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