Interview of Walter Bond featured in new book published by Lantern Books

In the forthcoming book , The Terrorization of Dissent: Corporate Repression, Legal Corruption and the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (Lantern Books), co-edited by Jason Del Gandio and Anthony J. Nocella II (due out this summer), the following interview of Walter Bond was taken by Carol Glasser during the summer of 2011 (several months before Walter’s final sentencing for arsons in Utah, but after his sentencing for the arson of the Sheepskin Factory in Colorado) and appears as Chapter 15.
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Walter Bond closeup

Interview with Walter Bond, July 2011
Facilitated by Carol L. Glasser

According to your support page, you have been dedicated to the work of animal liberation and anti-capitalism for over 15 years. Can you please describe how and when you became involved in activism, in particular activism geared toward animal liberation?

In the winter of 1996, when I was 19 years old, I got a job with a company named Dakota Mechanical. Their home office was in Jefferson, South Dakota; however, most of their work crews were scattered around the Midwest and Iowa in particular. I was hired as a forklift operator and apprentice plumber. I worked building two separate slaughterhouses. One in Logansport, Indiana – which was a brand new facility – and one in Perry, Iowa, where we built an extension to an already running “kill floor.” Both slaughterhouses were IBP (Iowa Beef Producers), which have over twenty death camps in the state of Iowa for pigs alone. During the six months that I was employed at the Perry, Iowa facility, I saw every single area of production and confinement. I witnessed daily the profound cruelty that is simply industry standards in “pork production,” culminating in viewing a 500-pound pig being beat to death with blunt force by IBP workers. This particular individual animal had escaped his leg hold shackle and went running off the kill floor bleeding from the throat. As he was beaten to death I also witnessed my work crew cheering and high-fiving each other, as if it were a sporting event. This event had a very profound effect on me, a very internal effect.

Before that day I had always viewed the carnage as a necessary evil, but after that day I began to question all of it. Within 24 hours of that nameless hog’s death I went vegetarian, within two weeks I quit my job, and within 10 months I was vegan and studying any book or information I could find about animal rights. Ironically, at this exact time in my life I came across a CD at a local record store. The band was called Earth Crisis and the CD was titled Destroy the Machines. On the back was a dedication to the vegan straight edge. After listening to the music and reading the lyrics I decided that the movement for total liberation would be my life’s work. From then through the last 15 years I have been an activist.

My main focus for most of those years was vegan outreach and education of the public and also working directly with animals at sanctuaries and rescues. As time went on I began to feel disempowered always picking up the pieces of human cruelty. It seems I was constantly viewing or helping animals that had suffered so terribly at the hands of speciesist human oppressors. I finally got sick of it. Talking with people was simply not direct enough, in the context of how animals suffer and die. I believed then, as I do now, that the enormity of this oppression and murder deserved a severe response. To that end, I became an illegal direct activist, employing arson as a tactic to not only shut down businesses that make money from animals’ dead bodies, but also to bring these issues to light in the media.

I became an operative under the banner of, and according to, the guidelines of the Animal Liberation Front. I authored two communiqués under the name ALF Lone Wolf and passed them anonymously to the media, giving a brief explanation of why the arsons were committed. Today, as a prisoner for those actions, my activism consists of writing. I mainly try to explain the philosophy, tactics, and ideology of abolition animal liberation activism. I do this through provocative articles written primarily in the manifesto “this is how it is” style.

For what reasons were you targeted by law enforcement?

I was targeted by law enforcement because my brother called the FBI Crime Tips Hotline after he learned there was a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons involved in the arson at the Sheepskin Factory in Denver. After reviewing the discovery documents in my case, it’s clear that no government agency had any clue that it was me until my brother called them out of the blue. It’s also clear that his motivation was reward money, which incidentally, he never got paid. In order to collect he would have to testify at my trial and since I plead guilty and waived my right to trial, he got nothing. In any event, after the arson at the Tiburon Restaurant, the stress of being homeless, and my ALF campaigns had caught up with me. I was worn out both mentally and physically. I had recently contacted my brother and he was curious as to why I was seemingly homeless, unemployed and wandering around the United States. In a moment of weakness and against my better judgment I told him to Google the Sheepskin Factory in Denver and that’s what I’d been up to. The first website that came up on the search engine was an animal rights website. After he saw that he then began reading about the Sheepskin Factory arson in the mainstream media online where he found out about the reward. Within 48 hours of our phone conversation he was working with the ATF and FBI.

For the next four weeks our phone conversations and my wanderings around Salt Lake City were monitored. He lured me back to Colorado with promises of money and a place to stay and rest – even going so far as to send me pictures of my nieces and nephews I have never met. I went to Denver to meet with my brother who had traveled to Colorado from Iowa under the false pretense of helping our half-brother move. He got a hotel room, which I found out later was being audio and video monitored by the Feds. Tired from my travels and happy to see my brother after many years we began to talk. He began telling me about crimes he had committed and soon we were talking away. It was then that I gave him a rather detailed account about my arsons, after which he drove me up to the northern suburbs to talk to an old employer about some construction work. I was under the illusion that I would see my brother later that evening. Instead I was arrested by the FBI in the front yard of the house my brother had dropped me off at. Once under arrest I was interrogated and told by the cops that if I did not speak with them they would charge my brother with my crimes. They told me that anything I would say could only help me. I refused to say anything, not one word. My interrogation lasted maybe 10 minutes, after which time no recognizable federal agent has ever asked me about anything again.

Of course now, in my prison cell, as I reflect back on that meeting with my brother, it is the biggest regret of my life. However, by working alone in my illegal animal liberation campaign, I was able to keep that mistake limited to only me having to deal with the repercussions. And already I’ve begun making peace with my regret. While it is true that I will always hate my brother absolutely and vociferously, I also know that it was an honest mistake on my part. I had taken on more stresses in my life than ever before and was in a vulnerable and compromised position and the FBI and my brother had perfect timing in exploiting that.

Can you please describe the legal charges against you? Do any of them include charges under the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA)?

In Colorado I was charged with one count of federal arson. It’s considered federal because the business itself is involved in interstate commerce; meaning they ship and receive items across state lines just as nearly every business does. And one count of “threats acts and violence against an animal enterprise” under the AETA. I received a five-year sentence for the arson and also five years concurrent for the AETA charge; meaning I did not get any additional time for my AETA charge. But I do now have the label of domestic terrorist, which may affect my security rating within the prison system and definitely does whenever I am moved from one facility to another.

Currently, at the time of this interview, I am in Utah and have just plead guilty to my two remaining arson charges which are also federal cases. In exchange for my pleading guilty the government agreed to drop my two AETA enhancements. Since I already have one on my record from Colorado and the enhancements do not affect my time regardless it is literally no help to me. Which is of course why they allowed it.

The ridiculous thing about AETA in my cases is that it’s an enhancement that alleges my arsons are made worse because of them being animal rights related. What is the logic here? Had I been burning things down at random because of compulsion or pyromania, that would be better? Surely I would not have faced domestic terrorism enhancements event if those fires would have resulted in death! But since I had an animal liberation message it’s worse… only to the government. I might add at this point also that it’s not an accident that no one was harmed. I took many security precautions to ensure that all I was engaging in was property damage.

It’s a strange type of terrorism that harms no life. I try not to let buzz words bother me, but equating me or the Animal Liberation Front with organizations that behead people on live video streams is ludicrous! The true terrorists are those industries that perpetuate the animal and earth holocaust that is raging around the world. Wherever mechanized society exists there you will find billions of victims of true terrorism. Mainly our Mother Earth, her animal nations and many people deemed “expendable humanity” by the power elite.

The media reported on some of the actions for which you were charged before they were tied to you. How did the media initially portray these actions? Is it any different from how they portray you or these actions now?

It’s true that the “Lone Wolf” arsons caught the eye of local media in Denver and Salt Lake City. But I feel that outside of the animal lib community the mainstream media did not want to pay too much attention. The tone of much of the television coverage was very matter-of-fact but they did read the communiqués in their entirety and gave a fair amount of attention to what the Animal Liberation Front is and some brief history of past actions.

During the time I was first arrested I was an easy target for criticism being as I am somewhat of a spectacle with half my face tattooed and “vegan” tattooed across my throat. The media at once set out to vilify me and make me look like a hypocrite or lunatic. That did not at all shock me. What did, however, was the initial response from the animal rights community. The first letter I ever received in jail was from some anonymous person accusing me of eating burgers at a BBQ and being nothing but a joke to most “real animal rights advocates.” The first interview I ever granted was with some animal welfarist creep that scolded me about someone burning down his mother’s house and then generally poking fun at me and my tattoos. It was only after I debated him into a corner three of four questions in a row that his tone began to change and he admitted I actually may have some brains after all. It was shortly thereafter that I decided to start writing statements and articles. I figured the only way to combat the negative media about me and the militant struggle for animal liberation was to show everyone that I have thought deeply about the issues and spent years verifiably fighting for this cause. Later on I kept writing because I love to and it’s very important for me to stay as active as I can. In this way I am able to reach more people now than I ever was able to with arson. Still, I will never forget how so many reactive, so-called animal rights activists and anarchists were incredibly quick to try and assassinate my character without ever knowing me.

My first major hurdle was not the mainstream media, their response was predictable. My first hardships were immediate and internal. I also will never forget a finite few people that I had never before met in my life that gave me, and have given me, support that put my mind at ease. The good Doctor Jerry Vlasak, Nicoal Sheen and Greg Kelly come to mind here.

After those first few months it became obvious that the tide had turned and that many of those who thought I was a crackpot now think everything I have to say is very valid. The mainstream media seems to take me and my message of animal liberation, whatever it may take, more seriously as well. Of course their vilification of me never stops. But I’m fine with that so long as there is talk about the animals’ plight. At any rate, I made a conscious decision from the outset of my arrest not to be reactive. When I speak out I say what I mean, and what I feel, regardless of what the media thinks or my supporters or even courts of law. I’m constantly re-evaluating my writings and statements to make sure I am not being provocative simply for shock values sake or holding back to appeal to more people. I think the countless billions of animals we cannot save at least deserve to have a few people keep it real and speak clear truths and also an underground army to secure their lives and freedom.

The experience of activism and of incarceration can be extremely traumatic. What were the hardest emotional, mental, and physical experiences you have had?

Within activism the hardest part for me is never feeling like I’m doing enough. The burden of compassion is such that the more you care, the more you act, the more of yourself you give away. You give until there is nothing left and then your realize you cannot singlehandedly change institutionalized cruelty. That’s the point when many activists burn out and stop trying. They fail to recognize that perpetual struggle against these atrocities and oppressions is the victory! And that the relentless feeling of not doing enough is par for the course. But still, it is difficult and at times depressing.

As far as incarceration is concerned, I’m still wrapping my mind around the fact that I will most likely spend several years of my life in a cage. My parents are old and I wonder if I will see them again as a free man. I worry about what kind of hell hole the prison system will find for me since they seem to hate my defiance and outspokenness so much. All of these things I am still digesting. There is no way for me to accurately portray the life I now lead. If it were just jail, that’s not such a big deal, several million people have gone to prison for long periods of time. Being able to cope with that is not at all insurmountable. But add to that dealing with your own brother snitching you off, the media, my own activism which never stops, courts, plea agreements, struggling with an inadequate vegan diet and continually trying to motivate a movement of lazy, whiny Americans to liberate animals and get passionately active, mentally and emotionally. It’s too much for my brain. It’s like if you were to try to eat everything all at once, too much to digest! So I just focus on whatever is on my plate for the day.

And ultimately, nothing that I’m going through will ever compare to what animals suffer at the hands of speciesist human oppressors. For entertainment, food, vivisection, clothing and hundreds of other novel and unnecessary reasons animals live and die in conditions of filth and squalor, sadism and pain that we cannot even truly comprehend. Actually empathizing with their plight never ceases to lessen my own.

I know that activism has its rewards, and incarceration my even have some positive aspects. What have your most rewarding experiences been?

In activism my rewarding experiences have been profound. I have had my face licked by baby llamas; which, by the way, are some of the cutest little critters I have ever seen! I have learned how to gobble at just the right octave to get turkeys to gobble back in unison. I have felt a liberated rooster purr in my lap and then three weeks later try to peck my ankles off! I’ve gotten a neck massage by a python. I made friends with a goat named Jeffrey who was just as cantankerous as myself. One time a goose protected me from a pig that was bullying me and that same pig, Lucas, used to demand that I give him a good ear scratch. I have educated people about animal liberation and veganism and am proud to say that more than a few people in Colorado and the Midwest went vegan because of me. I’ve argued with animal abusers that were quite confused about how to intimidate a 6’2” 200-pound vegan straightedger covered in tattoos! In the underground I experienced the true freedom and effectiveness that can only be known with a bandana and cover of darkness. I’ve gone to sleep still smelling like gasoline and with a big smile on my face. These are just a few of my amazing experiences as an animal liberationist and direct activist.

It seems that the more I have given of myself the more I have gained in return. Interconnectedness is like that. Despite the hardships I am absolutely honored to speak, act and defend all innocent life and I will never forget that it is a privilege and my duty to do so. And prison, just like all things, has its good and bad. On the positive side, it’s a far simpler life. I prefer real experiences and interactions. There is a certain honesty to prison and a lot less pretense. Modern civilization has become a fear-based culture of subjectivity and fakery. In prison you know who is friend or foe. You know who the oppressor is. They come here every day and we call them correctional officers. They even know they’re here to oppress us. At least everyone is not busy trying to look like a good person but not actually being a good person.

I’m able to read and write as much as I want, undisturbed. I am able to have the time to focus on exercise and sport. And I plan on learning Spanish fluently, writing a couple books and earning a degree while incarcerated. Time in prison is only a detriment if you don’t use it.

What advice do you have for other activists regarding political repression and challenging the AETA?

As far as challenging the AETA, I don’t have much practical advice since that falls very much into a realm of activism that I have no experience in – mainly, the political. I definitely will say that in a court of law, in my experience, AETA is more about attaching a label to you. If I were facing the AETA charge alone I would fight it until the end. Legally, the only way to challenge any statute and put it on trial is to not plead guilty and make the government define it. That’s one of the main problems with AETA – it’s too fluid and elusive. But as I said, in my case it was just a splinter in the two-by-four.

Regarding the political repression of the earth and animal liberation movements my advice is never give into it. One must understand that when a government seeks to dismantle a social justice cause they do so through intimidation and often violence. They also seek to scare many, by punishing one. We must think in terms bigger than just ourselves. Ours is and must always remain a selfless movement. This is the price of admission for any revolutionary cause. And this is a revolutionary cause because we seek a change in human society diametrically opposed to the status quo.

Everything has been built thus far from the standpoint that our Mother Earth and her animal nations are ours to use in any way we wish. Historically, these types of drastic changes have and do occur, but not without a multifaceted fight on all fronts. These changes don’t occur without sacrifices, passion, single-pointed focus, correct tactics in action and defiance in the face of adversity!

Our movement has come nowhere close to paying its dues; we are nowhere near earning our right to change the institutionalized brutality. Will we? No one can honestly answer that, not right now. But the true beginning of that process starts with you and with me. It begins with a resolve to never lose hope, to never lose heart! The path of action that that resolve leads each individual to is tailor-made for each person’s individual nature, talents and abilities. The answer to repression is revolutionary progression! In other words, the way is through it. Inevitably, we answer to those voiceless animals that have no viable representation in the human world; and what they would want us to do is the same thing you would want another to do if you were in their predicament. You would want freedom from fear, torture, murder, rape and objectification by any means necessary and whatever it may take!

Walter Bond is currently serving a federal prison sentence of 12 years and 3 months for A.L.F. arson attacks on the Sheepskin Factory in Denver, Colorado, Tandy Leather Factory in Salt Lake City, Utah and Tiburon Restaurant in Sandy, Utah, resulting in almost two million dollars in damages. His expected release date is April 14, 2021. He enjoys receiving letters from other Animal Liberation activists. Here is info on sending mail and making a donation.

Walter Bond
37096-013
USP Marion CMU
PO Box 1000
Marion IL 62959

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!!!ATTENTION ALL SUPPORTERS!!!

Free Ebba 2

WALTER BOND (37096013)
6/2/2014 6:51:23 AM
!!!ATTENTION ALL SUPPORTERS!!!

Ebba Olausson is a young Vegan Straight Edge woman that is currently under arrest in Skovde, Sweden, suspected for over twenty different attacks on fur farms and the fur industry as well as liberations of minks.  Ebba has tried to write me but I was not allowed her letter by the prison in which I am currently entombed.  Nor am I able to write to her since I am not allowed to write prisoners.

I request that you, my supporters, in America and abroad, flood Ebba with support mail so that she knows she is loved and we are all concerned for her well being and freedom.  The Vegan Straight Edge kids, Vegan Hardliners and Animal Rights Activists of Sweden have been so supportive of me over the years.  Now I want to support them back.

(Excerpt from a 2012 letter from Ebba)

“I found an interview you did on the internet and read your thoughts about Straight Edge. I’ve been Vegan Straight Edge for five years. You said “You must remain focused, ferocious, positive and resilient!” When I read that I got back the fighting spirit I had in the beginning of Straight Edge! Some Hardline kids from Sweden say hello, keep up the fighting spirit, Much Love -Ebba”

You keep that fighting spirit up as well Ebba and know that even though there are walls, prison bars and an ocean that separate us, you are my Vegan sister and you are in my heart, always. Animal Liberation, Whatever It May Take!

Please check Ebba’s support facebook page for her current mailing address:

Ebba Olausson’s facebook support page is https://www.facebook.com/supportebba

Regards,

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Walter Bond
ALF POW

 

 

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This Is Why….

Fighter's Heart

WALTER EDMUND BOND (37096013)

3/27/2014 7:23:02 AM

This Is Why….

-A teener of meth gets melted in glass, well after the mini-butane torch comes off it.

The yellowish white smoke lasts.

The rock melts down into a clear chemical drop and he inhales the poison until lung expansion stops,

and the anhydrous ammonia makes him cough it.

This is why he lost his job, this is why he loses time, this is why his sanity is gone, this is why he turns to crime. Continue reading

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Walter Bond’s Exclusive Post-Sentencing Interview (with NIO in Dec 2011)

http://www.negotiationisover.net/2011/12/23/walter-bonds-exclusive-post-sentencing-interview-with-nio/

Walter Bond’s Exclusive Post-Sentencing Interview

Posted by on December 23, 2011

On October 13, 2011, the Criminal System of Injustice sentenced Walter Bond to 87 months in prison for two ALF arsons in Utah – he burned down Tandy Leather Factory and Tiburon Foie Gras Restaurant. This sentence will run consecutively with the 5 years he received earlier this year for setting a sheepskin factory in Colorado ablaze. For his bravery and acts of compassion on behalf of the animals entombed in a holocaust, Walter will serve a total of 12 years 3 months in prison. This is NIO’s exclusive post-sentencing interview with Walter Bond, Prisoner of War…

NIO: In our last interview, Go Vegan and Break Something, we touched on the issue of fear and how activists acquiesce, thus, allowing themselves to be controlled by the industrial-state complex. Did you ever have to confront your own fear? How does one transcend their fear to emerge a warrior?

Well, yes, of course I felt fear — especially right before the commission of arson. It’s kind of like jumping into a river or swimming pool when you’re first learning to swim. The fear is at the jump off point. Once I was involved in an action I was simply concerned with the task at hand. Continue reading

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Reunions And Cupcakes

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WALTER EDMUND BOND (37096013)

3/10/2014 8:06:16 AM

Reunions And Cupcakes

When I was a child things were a fucking mess.  I won’t dishonor my family by exposing all the gory details but believe me when I say that I have seen every kind of debauchery brought on by addiction.  I have cried every kind of tear and lived through every kind of poverty and cycle of abuse because of the insane effects of drugs and drink on the people I once loved.  Today other than my relationship with my adopted father my biological family is non-existent, broken, gone, over….  

I went to prison at the age of 21 for burning down a multi-million dollar meth operation.  I have never told the entire story, or even half of the story publically. Mainly because even when I recall it today I am hard pressed to believe that I lived through those events.  Besides, the timing is not right, one day it will be, but that’s not today.  In any case that action was the domino that brought down a four state drug ring and sent me to prison for arson, to a maximum security penitentiary for 4 years.  A place where I witnessed stabbings, horrible beatings, gang violence and more filth and insanity brought on by drugs and alcohol.  I got the X’s tattooed on my hands in that hell hole.  I came out with a 1000 yard stare and a slight case of PTSD. Continue reading

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Jonathan Pieslak, PhD and Professor of Music interviews Walter Bond about Vegan Straight Edge, Hardline, the ALF and the Music and politics behind the movement!

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WALTER EDMUND BOND (37096013)

3/4/2014 8:39:48 AM

Jonathan Pieslak, PhD and Professor of Music interviews Walter Bond about Vegan Straight Edge, Hardline, the ALF and the Music and politics behind the movement!

Jonathan Pieslak:  I’m curious as how you first became interested in radical environmentalism and Animal Liberation.  Could you describe what attracted you to the movement and how you became involved?  Also, could you describe your musical background?  How would you describe the role of music in your life before and during your time as an activist?

Walter Bond:  I first became interested in Animal Liberation and Veganism when I was 19 years old. Starting in the summer of 1995 I began working for a company in the Midwest by the name of ‘Dakota Mechanical’.  I worked on the construction of two slaughterhouses, one in Perry Iowa and one in Logansport Indiana.  Both were IBP pork production facilities.  The horrors I witnessed there had a profound effect on me.  If you would like, I wrote two articles about my experiences working there.  They are entitled ‘Why I Am Vegan’ and ‘Slaughterhouse Blues’.  You can read them both and many of my other writings at www.supportwalter.org.  They are also in my book ‘Always Looking Forward’ along with a few articles about the importance of the Straight Edge music scene and my connection to it. There is also a song and video about my first prison sentence in 1997 of arson for burning down a drug kingpin’s meth operation.  The song is ‘to Ashes’ by the band ‘Earth Crisis’. Continue reading

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Patterns of Oppression

This essay by Walter Bond was published in The Examiner on 2/17/14.

http://www.examiner.com/article/patterns-of-oppression-by-walter-bond?CID=examinerP_alerts_article

On 2/18/14, the support site received the unabridged version of the piece, which is presented below.

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Dominated Bear

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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The Roots Of Compassion

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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. Continue reading

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Let’s Help The Animals!

Rooster rescue farm in Bennett, CO

WALTER EDMUND BOND (37096013)

11/10/2013 9:23:35 AM

Let’s Help The Animals!

As we entered the ‘Animal shelter’ I could hear the thunderous roar of cats and dogs echoing off the walls.  It disgusted me to know that behind the staff’s friendly facade an entire prison existed behind that desk that many of its Animal inmates would never leave alive.  But we were not there to save a dog or cat’s life that day, we were there to save a rooster.  A rooster that had spent over a month in a tiny cage in the pound, frightened by the artificial environment and constant panic noise of the other stressed out Animals.

He went right from that despicable environment to my lap in the passenger seat of Jewel’s car. As she drove I gently petted this amazing rooster that later came to be named ‘Lerr’.  I did not know until that day that chickens can do something akin to purring and that you can feel it resonate within their bodies through your hand similar to a cat.

This is the true face of Animal Liberation, one Animal’s life saved, then ten, then one hundred and then one thousand!  Everything else, all the gatherings, conventions, speakers and health food faddists are (or should be) secondary to actually saving Animals’ lives and educating others about the ethics of the Vegan way of life.

This is the hard work that my friend Jewel has been doing for several years.  This is the work she still does at Rooster Sanctuary at Danzig’s Roost!  And this is where years later Lerr still lives.  I used to work for more than one Animal Sanctuary before my incarceration because it was one of the best ways I could find to actually help Animals in the real world and without pretext.

While there are many sanctuaries that care for critters few of them have the Vegan Abolitionist integrity of Danzig’s roost.  No one there draws a salary from their work or any popularity from the cookie cutter Vegan community, locally or abroad.  At the roost all the funds go where they should, to the many beautiful Birds ( and other wonderful critters) that reside there.

Furthermore, Danzig’s Roost speaks out against so called ‘free-range’ and ‘happy meat’ as they educate people about the effectiveness and ethical imperatives of Veganism.  Rooster Sanctuary at Danzig’s Roost has almost 50 roosters and nearly 100 hens and growing!  But what they don’t have is your support, and they need it.

I learned everything I know about chickens’ social structures and habits, as well as the industries that murder them for meat and eggs from my time and work with Jewel from rooster Sanctuary at Danzig’s Roost.  Check them out on the web at www.danzigtherooster.com. Educate yourself and then donate as generously as you can so that they can continue the grassroots work of true Animal Liberation and Vegan Abolitionist education, I beg you, do it for the Animals!

Regards,

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Walter Bond

ALF POW

Walter Bond is in prison until the year 2021 and cannot use Facebook or the internet.  The website supportwalter.org and the Walter Bond Facebook page were set up to support him.  Here is his mailing address (he can only reply to letters that include a full name and address):

Walter Bond

37096-013

USP Marion CMU

PO Box 1000

Marion IL 62959

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