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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
»Screaming Females
Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
»Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
Halcyon Digest
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Fat Possum

March 31, 2008
The last week of April will see a number of leading figures in the campaign for animal rights meeting at the Public Library of Salt Lake City for a three-day conference. The unprecedented gathering of activists, legal experts and scholars is aimed at increasing legal penalties for cruelty to companion animals, addressing the systematic abuse of animals in laboratories and on fur farms, drawing attention to the widespread effects of climate change, confronting pet overpopulation, and the spread of "eco-terrorism" propaganda.

Along with a one-day film festival with screenings of Behind the Mask (a documentary on the Animal Liberation Front and other activists), 45 Days (full title: 45 Days: The Life and Death of a Broiler Chicken), Chattel (focuses on animal cruelty at "research" laboratories), and several other films, this year's event features a host of notable speakers, among them Christine Garcia, a longtime vegan and animal rights activist who founded the The Animal Law Office and serves as their lead legal counsel; Peter Young, an activist who after being listed for seven years on the FBI's wanted list was sentenced to a two year federal prison sentence for actions and planning to release thousands of animals from mink fur farms across the Midwest; Luke Glowacki, who does research in the fields of evolutionary biology, environmental ethics, and cognitive science, has also focused his career on human rights theory and "the relationship and obligations humans may have to nonhumans"; Rob Hutton, an activist and animal rights investigator who has extensively documented the plight of animals used for "entertainment" by the Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Circus; Rhonda Kamper, who became an animal rights activist as a result of her own husband's torturing of the family dog, Henry, two years ago and, appalled to find that animal torture was punishable only as a misdemeanor, Kamper co-founded Help Us Help Them and helped pass legislation that would become known as "Henry's Law" and make a first offense felony provision part of Utah state law; Will Potter, founder of GreenIsTheNewRed.com, is a Washington, D.C.-based journalist documenting the "Green Scare" tactic of translating national fears over the War on Terrorism into propaganda against animal rights and environmental activists labeled as "eco-terrorists"; Jeremy Beckham, a student involved with the Primate Freedom Project who previously shamed Baylor University for its use of live bears as mascots.

For those unable to attend the conference, donations to help organize, promote, and effect change for animal rights are accepted any time.

SEE ALSO: www.confrontingcruelty.com

Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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