Stuff The Truth, Let’s Tar And Feather The Bastard

It seems that Tuesday’s article about activists claiming to be from “Gateway To Hell” storming the Brisbane office of China Southern Airlines has upset quite a few people.

As you can see by the comments at the end of that article, all sorts of accusations have been thrown at me yet very little discussion about what I actually wrote.

As is always the case, a few vocal people haven’t allowed the facts get in the way of a good condemnation, so I will summarise them here.

  • The footage of the ‘protest’ was published on YouTube for all to see
  • One of the people involved in the activity tagged all of those involved in a Facebook status update, congratulating each other on the day’s ‘achievement’.
  • The clip was publicly posted on the Facebook page of Coast To Coast Animal Friends, with those involved in it defending what they did when comments were made.
  • There was also a similar defence of the protest in the comments section of the YouTube clip.
  • The behaviour of the protestors is nothing more than bullying of innocent people.
  • It is highly doubtful that the small Brisbane offive has any influence on the commercial decisions of the offices in China or the United States.

In the article, I also asked the following questions, which have gone unanswered.

  • What did these ‘protestors’ think they could achieve by storming the offices of China Southern Airlines?
  • Was it to increase awareness of the plight of primates used in vivisection?
  • Was it to get the airline to stop transporting primates?
  • Was it to open the eyes of the staff and visitors there to adopt a more compassionate lifestyle?

In different Facebook discussions, and in the comment section of the article, I asked the following questions:

  • How did that one benefit the primates that you are all supposed to be campaigning on behalf of?
  • What metrics were used to measure if it was successful?
  • Have any follow up meetings/discussions been held with the airline?
  • On what information caused the Brisbane office to be targeted?
  • How did you discover that the Brisbane office has influence on the cargo that is transported to or from China and the US?

Unfortunately, those taking part in the ‘protest’ have been eerily silent when it comes to answering any of the questions, preferring to make comments against my morals, and myself personally, along with threatening me with being exposed to the wider vegan/animal rights community as being a snitch and someone not to be trusted.

This also ties in with another point that I raised in the article, the practice of those within this movement to bully and harass those with opposing views into silence or expulsion.

[GARD]I am yet to be convinced that barging into someone’s place of employment, blowing an air horn and shouting could be described as anything less than bullying or harassment.

Whilst similar protests overseas may have had some sort of success, these protests don’t usually work out here in Australia. It is just unfortunate that those involved were hoodwinked into participating by the leader without doing any research into their planned action’s effectiveness.

If these activists were truly intent on raising the awareness of other animals used in research, why didn’t they target one of the facilitates in Queensland that actually does, instead of going off half cocked after China Southern Airlines?

This information can be easily obtained by making a Freedom of Information/Right to Information request to Queensland’s Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

Except that would require them to actually think about what they are doing.