The Animal Liberation Front (ALF) is an animal liberation group who engage in direct action on behalf of animals. These activities include removing animals from laboratories and fur farms, and sabotaging facilities. Any act that furthers the cause of animal liberation, where all reasonable precautions are taken not to harm human or non-human life, may be claimed as an ALF action. The ALF is not a group with a membership, but a leaderless resistance. ALF volunteers see themselves as similar to the Underground Railroad, the nineteenth-century antislavery network, with activists removing animals from laboratories and farms, arranging safe houses and veterinary care, and operating sanctuaries where the animals live out the rest of their lives. ALF activists believe that animals should not be viewed as property and that scientists and industry have no right to assume ownership of living beings. They reject the animal welfarist position that more human treatment is needed for animals; their aim is empty cages, not bigger ones.
Printed at the worker-owned Stumptown Printers, Portland, OR.
This is #81 in the Celebrate People’s History Poster Series.
Karen Fiorito’s artwork has been exhibited internationally and featured in publications such as Art in America, Hyperallergic, and Artforum.