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PHOTOS: Animal rights activists arrested in Israeli meat factory store

Police arrested 11 animal rights activists during a protest action against the meat industry in northern Israel on Wednesday.

The activists, carrying signs reading “take responsibility,” entered the Soglowek meat factory store in the city of Nahariya and spilled red paint on glass display cases and meat counters. Employees of the store attacked the activists, from a group called ‘269 Life,’ and journalists covering the action.

#269Life animal rights activists protest in a supermarket owned by the meat company Soglowek in the northern Israeli city of Nahariya, spraying red paint on the counters, November 20, 2013. Eleven activists were arrested. (Photo: Activestills.org)

#269Life animal rights activists protest in a supermarket owned by the meat company Soglowek in the northern Israeli city of Nahariya, spraying red paint on the counters, November 20, 2013. Eleven activists were arrested. (Photo: Activestills.org)

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#269Life animal rights activists protest in a supermarket owned by the meat company Soglowek in the northern Israeli city of Nahariya, spraying red paint on the counters, November 20, 2013. Eleven activists were arrested. (Photo: Activestills.org)

#269Life animal rights activists protest in a supermarket owned by the meat company Soglowek in the northern Israeli city of Nahariya, spraying red paint on the counters, November 20, 2013. Eleven activists were arrested. (Photo: Activestills.org)

#269Life animal rights activists protest in a supermarket owned by the meat company Soglowek in the northern Israeli city of Nahariya, spraying red paint on the counters, November 20, 2013. Eleven activists were arrested. (Photo: Activestills.org)

#269Life animal rights activists protest in a supermarket owned by the meat company Soglowek in the northern Israeli city of Nahariya, spraying red paint on the counters, November 20, 2013. Eleven activists were arrested. (Photo: Activestills.org)

#269Life animal rights activists protest in a supermarket owned by the meat company Soglowek in the northern Israeli city of Nahariya, spraying red paint on the counters, November 20, 2013. Eleven activists were arrested. (Photo: Activestills.org)

#269Life animal rights activists protest in a supermarket owned by the meat company Soglowek in the northern Israeli city of Nahariya, spraying red paint on the counters, November 20, 2013. Eleven activists were arrested. (Photo: Activestills.org)

#269Life animal rights activists protest in a supermarket owned by the meat company Soglowek in the northern Israeli city of Nahariya, spraying red paint on the counters, November 20, 2013. Eleven activists were arrested. (Photo: Activestills.org)

 

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    1. XYZ

      These fanatics remind me of the anti-abortion activists who kill abortion doctors because they believe in the “sanctity of life”. What it really comes down to is simple hate, not concern for animals or unborn children. These so-called “animal rights” activists don’t love animals, they hate people. In any event, if man is nothing more than a higly developed animal, what is wrong with people eating meat? Lions, tigers and other carnivores do so regularly and I don’t see these activists protesting that. Does a fox chasing a chicken care whether it is a “free-range chicken” or not?

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      • Vadim

        Please allow me to disagree.

        You can’t really complain vandalism with murder and I don’t really see how these actions stem from hate for people. I may change my mind if their actions become more violent. As of now they only report and demonstrate (VERY peaceful demonstrations by this site’s standards).

        The comparison with lions is somehow wrong. There’s nothing unnatural in killing others to eat but we can survive without that. In contrast to the lion, we can think this over and come to the conclusion that we *can* (not must) be morally better.

        I truly believe that Vegetarianism followed by Veganism is the right way to go. In terms of health, morality and the ability of our planet to feed humanity. I’m not there yet, I abstain from meat during the weekdays.

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        • XYZ, humans are omnivores while the animals you’ve listed are all obligate carnivores. Not only do we have a far more sophisticated capacity for moral reasoning, we don’t have to eat meat to survive, unlike them – and the meat industry is about far more than eating for survival in any case. For example, male calves are routinely kept in tiny crates, too small to allow them to stand, until they’re slaughtered. That is their life, from birth to death, and it’s done so that their muscles will stay soft and the meat be tender. I don’t need another creature to exist in that kind of pain so that I can survive. Additionally, the meat industry causes far wider damage – look at the deforestation of the Amazon – that would not be happening if people adopted a sustainable and compassionate diet.

          This isn’t to say that these AR activists are beyond reproach. As was discussed on other articles, the particular activists who are coming to prominence in Israel now often seem to focus on this one issue to the exclusion of everything else, which is a problem; and their methods are also unlikely to work. But they don’t change the basic principles behind veganism.

          Vadim, I became vegan in 2011 (after deciding that pacifism and chicken burgers don’t really go together) and I found that the best way was to remove one animal product from my diet at a time and introduce its replacements before moving onto the next. It took me about four months to make the total transition. I took out milk chocolate and cake first because I thought that these would be the hardest for me and I might as well get it over with. 😛 Then I discovered how to make vegan chocolate orange cake. And vegan apple crumble. And vegan cream teas, so I didn’t have to hand back my Brit card. And vegan – well, you get the point, it wasn’t anywhere nearly as difficult as everyone presumes it will be, and I felt more like I was discovering a load of brilliant cooking rather than cutting things out. I’ve never enjoyed cooking more. (This is startling to many people, who seem to think that vegan kitchen cupboards must resemble those of a mendicant monk.) Just set a time frame for it and do it.

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      • Stacy

        I admire these people to have the guts to actually go up to a meat store and do that. You have no idea what is going on do you? It’s not just simply killing an animal, it’s about them being tortured and treated horrifically, its indescribable what their whole life is basically like. I used to be ignorant and didn’t know what was happening to animals, I always assumed that they lived a happy life and were given a quick death. But that’s not at all what happens. I’ve personally given up meat and all dairy products. This video is an example of what happens everyday to millions of pigs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBQAaRf3fCc
        Also, Peta.org is a great website if you want to be educated and not ignorant about the things that are happening to animals everyday.

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