Dispatch from the Razor's Edge, the Blog of Michael Stephen Fuchs

Blood On Our Hands

Animal Rebellion turned the fountains of Trafalgar Square red yesterday, demanding that the government transition toward a just and sustainable plant-based food system – to end the environmental devastation caused by animal agriculture; reduce the risk of more disastrous zoonotic pandemics; improve human health; and end the horrific suffering of billions of innocent, sensitive, social, and intelligent factory farmed animals.

I can be seen holding the right edge of the banner on the left (black shades and boots, grey otherwise). It was a gorgeous day, and there were smoke grenades, and chalk-painting, and dramatic arrests, and I got to pass out stickers and everything.

I had the even greater honour of meeting all the speakers, who were amazing humans. The second speaker in particular (Bel, in the orange tabard) was extraordinary - her speech made me cry (twice), and her words ought to be shared through the entire cosmos. (A little hard to make out in early parts of the video, but worth it.) The third speaker, Mina, took a back seat to no one in terms of intelligence – and passion. (Perhaps not unrelatedly, she's more audible.) The last speaker, Todd, reading a letter to the government, makes the whole case exceedingly well, and makes it well worth listening to the end.

There were sister actions in 20 cities worldwide, including Chicago, Amsterdam, and Barcelona – and we got picked up by the BBC, the Guardian, and even the Gray Lady herself. 🙂

  animal rights     protests     the planet     pandemics  
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Fuchs is the author of the novels The Manuscript and Pandora's Sisters, both published worldwide by Macmillan in hardback, paperback and all e-book formats (and in translation); the D-Boys series of high-tech, high-concept, spec-ops military adventure novels – D-Boys, Counter-Assault, and Close Quarters Battle (coming in 2016); and is co-author, with Glynn James, of the bestselling Arisen series of special-operations military ZA novels. The second nicest thing anyone has ever said about his work was: "Fuchs seems to operate on the narrative principle of 'when in doubt put in a firefight'." (Kirkus Reviews, more here.)

Fuchs was born in New York; schooled in Virginia (UVa); and later emigrated to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he lived through the dot-com boom. Subsequently he decamped for an extended period of tramping before finally rocking up in London, where he now makes his home. He does a lot of travel blogging, most recently of some very  long  walks around the British Isles. He's been writing and developing for the web since 1994 and shows no particularly hopeful signs of stopping.

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