Celebrate People's History: Animal Liberation Front (ALF)

Artwork
Identifier:
2020.23.62
Artist:
Karen Fiorito
Credit:
GVSU Collection
Medium:
2 Color Offset Printed Poster
Date:
April 2012
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 17" Width: 11"
Description:
This is an orange, blue, and white poster that has animal eyes at the top, and below it a bar of text that reads: “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 19th century anti-slavery 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 humane treatment is needed for animals; their aim is empty cages, not bigger ones.” At the bottom there are two people in ski masks carrying white rabbits and to the right of them is their logo.
Historical Context:
The Celebrate People’s History posters are rooted in the do-it-yourself tradition of mass-produced political propaganda. These posters embody democracy, inclusion, and group participation in the writing and interpretation of the past. Unlike most political posters, the posters part of the Celebrate People’s History series tell the stories of the underdogs, those individuals and groups helping to move forward the collective struggle of humanity to create a more just world. For 20 years, over 130 different posters have been displayed on the streets of over a dozen cities representing over 150 artists and writers. The Celebrate People’s History Poster Series has been organized and curated by Josh MacPhee since 1998.