Others withdraw in protest.
by Jeff Hook
Jewish 'open borders' policy is being threatened by environmentalists concerned about the impact on our national parks and forests, while Jewish ritual slaughter is being threatened by anti-torture groups who use hidden cameras and direct mail campaigns, bypassing Jewish security and media. As a result, the Southern Poverty Law Center is closely monitoring both movements.
Many top activists boycotted the Friends of Animals' July 9-10, 2005 conference because organizers invited Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center as its keynote speaker. In April, prominent movement author and animal rights advocate Joan Dunayer announced her withdrawal in a letter to other activists. She wrote:
"I refuse to participate because the SPLC has been casting us as terrorists and hate-mongers and monitoring our activities. By Potok's own admission, the SPLC is gathering information on us. Potok's Intelligence Report abounds with pejoratives, for example, Stop Huntington Animal Cruelty employs 'escalating violence,' uses 'terroristic tactics,' and 'sets a new standard for Eco-terrorism.' It's an understatement to say that Potok is not an appropriate keynote speaker. I no longer will participate in the FoA conference. Further, I advise animal advocates to be wary of Potok and the SPLC." (Edited for brevity, original at link below.)
According to Friends of Animals, the conference, held in Manhattan, focused on "the relationship between animal advocacy and the movement to eradicate prejudice" and "how to stop the greening of hate." They report that Potok "described trends in the animal and environmental movements that parallel the growth of right-wing extremism."
Potok Keynote Speaker
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