What follows is the transcript of a presentation by Norm Phelps, a founding member of the Society of Ethical and Religious Vegetarians, at a Compassionate Action for Animals conference. The transcript was originally hosted on Their Lives, Our Voices, but for some unknown reason was taken down. I liked the aritcle and wanted to reprint it here. Note that I do not necessarially agree with the entire article. Also note that I do not have formal permission to reprint this, and will comply with any takedown request.
Good afternoon. I want to start by thanking the folks at Compassionate Action for Animals for putting this conference together and for giving me the opportunity to participate. It’s a great conference, and I hope you’re all enjoying it as much as I am.
One struggle, one fight: human freedom, animal rights. That’s a chant you don’t hear as much as you used to, probably because our tactics have evolved away from the heavy reliance on demonstrations and marches that defined the early days of animal rights. But even so, I know very few animal rights advocates who don’t believe that human rights and animal rights are inextricably tied together.