nearly a year, there has been much silence, and much confusion, regarding North
America's only A.L.F. prisoner Rod Coronado. Worse, numerous damaging allegations
against Rod were spread through the animal rights grapevine while he sat isolated
in prison, unaware of the charges, and totally unable to respond to them.
staff at No Compromise want to put an end to these undeserved attacks, and show
our full support for Rod Coronado. We would also like to apologize to Rod for
not getting to the bottom of this issue sooner. The main rumors against Rod allege
his sentencing speech hurt the movement, his legal defense strategy was wrong,
and that he eats animals. At NC, we have researched this issue, spoke with all
parties involved, and the following are our conclusions.
condemn Rod's sentencing speech on the grounds that it gives aid to the enemy,
and bad-mouths the A.L.F. Rod said many horrible things before being sentenced
-- he said the justice system works, he apologized for his involvement with the
A.L.F., he said he shed the animal rights movement like he sheds old clothes,
and other disgusting comments.
But the key question is, "did he mean
those things?" And the answer to that question is absolutely not. Rod was
trying to scam the government into reducing his sentence, so that he could be
free, and active, as soon as possible. Actions speak louder than words, and Rod's
involvement with destroying decades of mink research -- research which helped
keep the fur industry financially viable -- defines him more accurately than anything
he said at sentencing.
Other people denounce Rod for plea bargaining with
the government instead of demanding complete discovery, doing a political trial,
and utilizing other court strategies. Certainly there are many time-tested and
effective court strategies available for arrested A.L.F. activists to use -- and
liberators should be informed of those options. But ultimately, the arrested activist
should decide how their court situation will be handled. They face the long prison
sentence. It's their life on the line. It only makes sense that they should decide
how they deal with their legal affairs.
As long as A.L.F. warriors don't
incriminate other activists, they deserve our full support regardless of how they
handle the courts. Rod took nearly 5 years in prison instead of informing on other
A.L.F. activists. His sacrifice should be commended, not condemned. You don't
have to agree Rod's decision to plea bargain was the best legal strategy available
to him, but you should respect his decision to do what he thought was right.
last charge against Rod is that he is no longer vegan. Rod confirmed to NC that
during his time on the run while living with his native people (Rod is a Yaqui
Indian) he infrequently ate food with lard, dairy, and, at one time, also ate
deer meat. We make no excuses for these actions. Eating animals is wrong. Period.
Thankfully, these outrageous actions are no longer. Rod now adheres to,
and advocates, his people's pre-conquest diet, which is vegan. At NC, we judge
people by their present -- not past -- actions. Former vivisectors and cattle-ranchers
have been embraced by our movement after accepting our beliefs. And although their
former crimes against animals are unforgivable, we manage to forgive them and
even fight along side them in the struggle. Rod deserves at least equal treatment.
those people who attack a true warrior for the animals like Rod Coronado while
he is most vulnerable should be ashamed of themselves. If you have a problem with
Rod, contact him. Don't gossip about him behind his back. Get both sides of the
story. Facing a long prison sentence is bad enough, to have those who supposedly
support you, back-stab you is intolerable.
NC calls for an end to the Rod
Coronado attacks. Rod is a seasoned activist who has made more sacrifices for
the animals than at least 99.9% of the people reading this. His experience with
the issues and direct action gives him much insight that we can learn from and
the NC staff welcomes Rod onto our team as a regular columnist.
the silence has been broken, and hopefully the confusion laid to rest, it is time
to move forward, stop spreading rumors, support A.L.F. prisoners, and achieve
total animal liberation!