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ILA Podcast #16: Laura Broxson: National Animal Rights Association (NARA) January 18, 2021

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In this episode we talk to Laura Broxson. Laura is an activist focused on animal rights and founder of the National Animal Rights Association (NARA). NARA is a non-hierarchical organisation, taking a radical animal rights and vegan perspective. We’ll discuss how Laura came to activism and founding NARA; the anti-fur and hare-coursing campaigns in which she’s been involved; different methods of campaigning, from street protest to legislative change; cooperation and interaction with Left parties and organisations; and how Laura integrates animal rights campaigning in a wider anti-fascist, anti-capitalist and Left perspective.

For more information on the National Animal Rights Association, you can visit their website at naracampaigns.org .


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1. NFB - January 18, 2021

Very interesting interview. I wonder, is it a case in some of the left parties/groupings that were approached that they simply don’t support vegetarianism or veganism as part of their political platform, but don’t want to come out and say that? That is to say, left TD’s eat meat and don’t want to stop?

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WorldbyStorm - January 18, 2021

Or don’t want to rock the boat with some constituents?

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NFB - January 18, 2021

Definitely. And a lot of people/politicians would be against hare coursing and other bloodsports and would like the support of a group like this, while not equating such things to animal farming and meat consumption. But they might not like to say that outloud.

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WorldbyStorm - January 18, 2021

I thought Laura’s point about welfarism and rights and the distinction between them was very on point. A lot for people to think about there.

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2. LMS - January 18, 2021

Great interview and a great representative for a terribly under-appreciated part of the left.
Unfortunately veganism is still outside the mainstream on the left even though it doesn’t take long to appreciate the many, many intersections between it and feminist and Marxist theory. My significant other (a long time and hardcore vegan) says it’s not mainstream because people won’t get the finger out and change their diet, the clothes they wear etc. In other words, because it’s too much hard work. I’m always inclined to look for the structural causes of such things but in this instance I’d be inclined to agree with my SO. I find some leftists are very quick to point out that the plant based diet is a fad for bougie nincompoops and will use that to excuse their own non-veganism. This however is a a paltry excuse as anyone who has any familiarity with veganism can tell you that a plant based diet does not a vegan make.

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WorldbyStorm - January 18, 2021

+1

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3. yourcousin - January 19, 2021

Another interesting guest. Obviously as a practitioner of a blood sport (hunting, both big game and upland birds) I find myself on the opposite side of this debate. That being said, enjoyed the exchange of ideas as always. Advance in diversity…

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4. Yakow - January 25, 2021

Great looking internet site. Presume you did a lot of your very own coding.

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