As a member of the GOAL Network, the Niagara Animal Defense League stands in solidarity with stance taken by the Toronto Vegan Women’s Collective regarding Toronto activist, Paul Figueiras, and the sexual assault, abuse and/or rape of over a dozen women.
At its inception the Niagara ADL prized accountability and took the stance that safe spaces are a necessary part of struggle for social justice. If accountability was not to be prized within the structure of the Niagara ADL, it was absolutely pointless to have an organization that advocates social justice. For this reason, we support the call for accountability from Paul, and the organizations that he works with. These organizations include: Toronto Pig Save, Toronto Cow Save, Toronto Veggie Pride Parade, University of Toronto Animal Rights Club, Animal Rights Academy, and March to Close All Slaughterhouses.
The Niagara ADL recognizes the importance of the GOAL Network in ensuring that not only Niagara is a safe space, but that support and accountability is accessible across communities in Ontario. The Niagara ADL would like to reiterate the final words from the GOAL Network statement and call upon “everyone involved with the GOAL network and beyond [to agree] that our community needs to be a safe space for women - where they are given support, where they do not have to fear men like Paul, and where they do not have to fear speaking out when abuse like this happens. Please help us create that kind of community. “
The Niagara Animal Defense League.
Full statement can be read here: http://goalnetwork.tumblr.com/post/55969925345/important-public-statement-trigger-warnings-for-rape