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Rod Coronado: Freedom for Fur Animals

Artvoice, Issue v13n8 (02/20/2014), Featured Events, by Cory Perla

Artvoice’s weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor’s picks for the week: Rod Coronado: Freedom For Fur Animals, Wednesday the 26th at Burning Books.

There are a lot of animals in this world that should be thankful for activist Rod Coronado’s existence. Law enforcement officials are certainly not, though. Since he was a teenager Coronado has been upsetting the fur and whaling trades with his by-any-means-necessary tactics. As part of activist crews like the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and the Animal Liberation Front, Coronado has risked his life and liberty to save endangered and over-hunted animals. In 1992 Coronado was sentenced to nearly five years in prison in connection to an arson attack on an animal research facility at Michigan State University. He was ordered to pay $2 million dollars in restitution. In 2005 he was found guilty of disrupting a mountain lion hunt by dismantling a lion trap, a felony. In 2010 he was sentenced to four months in federal prison for violating probation by friending a former Earth First! member on Facebook. These are just a fraction of the many arrests and convictions the 47-year old Native American of the Pascua Yaqui tribe has endured in the name of species preservation. He has recently been released of legal restrictions that have kept him from engaging in activism. One of his first engagements back will be a speech at Burning Books in Buffalo this Wednesday (Feb 26) where he’ll discuss his latest campaign to defend the wolves and his lifetime of struggle.

- cory perla

7pm Burning Books, 420 Connecticut St. (881-0791 / burningbooksbuffalo.com) | Free (donations accepted)