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Thought Police ban AR activist from the UK

SNPG reader | 25.08.2005 12:54 | Animal Liberation | Repression | Birmingham

Dr. Steve Best, determined American activist and liberationist, has been banned from entering the United Kingdom by the British Home Office for the purpose of speaking at the Newchurch Victory Gathering on Saturday September the 3rd in Burton. This of course makes a mockery of the Human Rights Act and trivialises any concept of 'free speech' that may be left. Dr. Best has always argued his comments have been sensationalised and taken completely out of context but now stands aside Dr. Jerry Vlasak as another animal advocate who cannot enter the UK and join us to celebrate this extraordinary victory for animal rights.

Dead Guinea pigs piled up in a Vivisection lab
Dead Guinea pigs piled up in a Vivisection lab

The censorious tone that our oh-so-democratic Home Office adopt is telling of a department that knows Dr. Best has so much support from animal activists across the world:

"....The Secretary of State considers that should you be allowed to enter the UK and attend further UK demonstrations or conferences you would continue to express such views. In doing so, you would be committing listed behaviours and would therefore be behaving in a way that is non-conducive to the public good. In light of these factors, the Secretary of State is satisfied that you should be excluded from the UK on the grounds that your exclusion is conducive to the public good. We instruct you not to travel to the UK as you will be refused admission on arrival. There is NO statutory right of appeal against the Secretary of State's decision."

They desperately believe they must not give our ever-growing cause for compassion more publiciy: WELL THEY JUST HAVE! This victory march will go ahead and will not be dampened by any of their unjustifiable acts of censorship. We will gather proudly and let it be known that animal rights activism is here to stay!

Dr. Steve Best: Associate Professor of Philosophy and Humanities and Chair of Philosophy University of Texas, El Paso: Teacher, Philosopher, Writer and Activist.
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