The Animal Liberation Front And The Story Of Britches
The ALF... Miltary Style, Big Hearts
WARNING: This hub contains a picture of little Britches in the state he was put in by researchers. If you are weak of stomach, or do not wish to view it, do not scroll down past the end of the text.
Britches was a baby macaque taken by researchers at the University of California at Riverside shortly after birth. His eyes were sewn shut, and he was then placed into a cage where he lived entirely alone, blinded, and with a machine strapped to his head that emitted occasional bursts of sound. This infant would cry out and clutch at the darkness for some form of comfort, but was denied any.His fate was certain death at the hands of the researchers who intended to torture him until they had collected enough "data", and then execute him. Fortunately, Britches was rescued when 16 members of the Animal Liberation Front disabled the security system and released all the animals in the laboratory, including dogs, cats, opossums, and little Britches.
When first rescued, Britches was insane. He suffered from neurotic behaviors, spasms, and shrieked and cried for no reason. He was cared for around the clock by ALF volunteers, and then eventually placed with a surrogate mother Macaque, who raised him in the ways of Monkeydom. He now lives happily in an animal shelter, enjoying life, thanks to the efforts of these law breaking individuals.
What researchers stood to gain from the tormentig of this animal is unclear. According to certain sources, the idea was to see what happens when a monkey grows up without sight and then regains it later. However any data they gathered would have been utterly useless as generally speaking, monkeys are not raised in torturous isolation, and are on the whole, not completely mad. To make a comparable human experiment one would take a baby human, sew its eyes shut and leave it entirely alone. Unfortunately similar conditions have arisen in Romanian orphanages where children have been found, severly mentally retarded due to a lack of human interaction and love. To draw conclusions about all children based on these unfortunate innocents would clearly be grossly unscientific, yet this was effectively what the 'researchers' who had Britches planned to do.
The experiment was not a total failure however. It gave us solid proof that there are those who live among us who are perfectly willing and even happy to witness and preside over the cruel torture of a baby animal. These are not serial killers, they are not even classified as criminals by the society which pays them to perform these experiments, these are 'upstanding' members of our society.
The ALF on the other hand, are classified as criminals. They are caught, charged, and imprisoned for their activities which involve the rescue of hundreds of mistreated animals every year. Perhaps it is time we looked at the society that we live in, and questioned the civilization of a group of people who allow the weak and the helpless to be subjected to pain and agony beyond what most of us could ever imagine. A society that then makes criminals out of those who follow their conscience and attempt to liberate and care for these creatures.
The fact that the ALF even exists speaks volumes about the way animals are regarded and treated, and about the world we live in. A society that needs people to say 'Hey, hold on a minute, how about you stop torturing that animal', and then to actually break into privately held, state sanctioned facilities in order to free these creatures- is, one could say, a profoundly sick one.