Self-conception: Aktiv gegen Speziesismus – Für die Befreiung des Tieres
Aktiv gegen Speziesismus – Für die Befreiung des Tieres (Active against speciesism– for the liberation of the animal) is an animal rights group which is primarily active in the Rhein-Main area. We consider ourselves to be a directly democratic and emancipatory network of activists.
“The animal”, a social construct, has evolved within Western tradition contrary to humanity’s self-image. It thus plays a central role in hierarchical constructions of reality and the classification of non-human and human animals as either inferior or superior. Adherence to this categorisation legitimises all forms of exclusion, oppression and violence. Therefore, the fact that all animals are individuals who have the capacity to suffer and an interest in their lives and bodily autonomy is overlooked and strongly contradicted by our use of non-human animals for, among others, food, clothing, medical purposes and in the entertainment industry. Our goal is the deconstruction of the binary human-animal relationship and liberation from the resulting speciesist status quo in which human animals are at the top of the evolutionary chain while non-human individuals are deemed inferior.
A consistent anti-speciesist stance, which implies a vegan lifestyle, forms the basis of our activism and constitutes the fundamental prerequisite for achieving our goal.
The first pillar of our activism follows from this: Direct Action, which disrupts speciesism in everyday life in order to denormalise violence towards non-human animals and make speciesism visible as a form of oppression. This is essential for any further critical examination of “the animal” and their status in our society.
The actions of AgeSpe are never directed against individuals, but rather always against the exploitative system. Instead of reforming this system, we act without exception with an abolitionist stance, thus striving for the complete abolishment of all forms of the so-called use of non-human animals. Non-human animals should be able to live independently of human needs.
We also consider our activism to be intersectional, meaning that we reject and actively fight all forms of discrimination against human and non-human animals. This also involves being in solidarity with other emancipatory movements and being open to learning from one another. AgeSpe is part of a larger movement which is centred around animal liberation. Since human and non-human animal oppression are closely interconnected (Unity of Oppression), the two cannot be regarded independently. We therefore do not cooperate with anti-emancipatory groups or individuals, and act independent of any political party.
Along with a clear distancing from all forms of discrimination, the further education of activists is indispensable. We aspire to eliminate discrimination in our own actions, while also avoiding reproducing mechanisms of oppression through the group’s activism, in order to create a safe and inclusive movement. When communicating within the group and with bystanders, we do not tolerate violence – neither in word, tone nor action.
We can no longer remain silent about the violence prevalent in our society. Every animal, whether hedgehog or human, has the right to be respected. We are fighting for the moral consideration and freedom of all – with love and empathy. Fur farms and slaughterhouses will be remnants of cruel times. Let us pursue the path of mutual respect – because “no one is free until we are all free” (Erich Mühsam).
For the liberation of the animal!
Everyone who identifies with our mission is welcome to join us!