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(en) France, UCL AL #318 - Culture, Read: So we wage war on them (ca, de, it, fr, pt)[machine translation]
Sat, 24 Jul 2021 09:39:12 +0300
The public vivisection of a dog in London at the beginning of the XX th century,
the kidnapping of a baby monkey blinded in a California research laboratory in
1985, the getaway of a cow and her calf, escaped to 'a cattle truck, on the
Charleville-Mézières bypass in 2014. With these three stories, Joseph Andras
questions the ambiguity of our relations with living things, under the aegis of
progress. ---- In 1903, under the dome of University College London, a professor
carried out an experiment on a six-kilo cross-terrier mongrel, disembowelled,
neck incised, exposing the nerves and glands to the view of students, to prove to
the world that the pressure saliva is independent of blood pressure.
The lawyer who broke the case will be sentenced after a high-profile trial. A
statue of the dog, more than two meters high, erected in the district of
Battersea, " in the name of the interests of humanity and the animal world "
, against the excesses of science, will be targeted by student demonstrations
anxious to defend the honor of their university.
Suffragists will be accused of being in cahoots with the dog, " and that's not
entirely wrong because women who fight to vote often don't understand why to
declare wars, make laws and rape women. is not enough to satisfy men, why it is
also necessary for them to dismember the animals which they cross ; what many of
them understand, on the other hand, is that the male force that bruises the
bodies of women and that of beasts is the same, that this force says of the woman
that she is a bitch and beasts. 'they are as many goods, whether this force
decrees what deserves or not to live and especially in what place, whether this
force conquers the meat by its gun or by its right sex. "
" Terrorist, it's a word full of tricks "
The Animal Liberation Front decides to exfiltrate animals reared with a sensory
substitution device at Riverside University, California, to study their
behavioral and neuronal development. Those who reveal " the crime of the law "
are accused: " Terrorist, that's a word full of tricks. "The" land of
freedom (...) is clamoring for the freedom to kill. We aspire to advance reason,
modernity and progress. "
In the city vomited by Rimbaud in his time, a cow flees " the cops, the guns,
the batons and all that the State deploys to remain the State ". Joseph Andras
questions with ferocious humor the sincere love of the breeder for his animals,
the stashed blood of slaughterhouses, " all this cruelty, all this filth "
that society does not like.
He tells in a powerful, precise and dense language. Its reflections jostle and
disturb this humanity which has freed itself from Nature, to subdue, dominate,
devour and dissect it. " A book is not much, a little paper dreaming of
removing the dirt from the corners of the lips, but not much, when the words do
not say anything more than they should to say, when perdition is said to be
progress, when abuse is said to be known, it is a little light. "
Ernest London (UCL Le Puy-en-Velay)
Joseph Andras, Thus we wage war on them, Éditions Actes Sud, 2021, 98 pages, 9.80
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