In an Open Rescue
, the group who is liberating an animal or animals records the act so that the conditions in which the animals lived can be exposed for the public to see. The liberation not only helps the individuals who have been rescued but shows the conditions in which the hundreds of thousands of other animals who are left behind must endure. People who take part in these direct actions also show their identity and openly speak of the suffering they have witnessed, be it at a vivisection lab or a factory farm. The openness of these rescues also reduce the distance between the activist and the public, generating a much more positive response to what might otherwise be seen as theft of animals or as terrorism.
The following photographs were taken in 2009 and 2010 during two open rescues by the abolitionist animal rights group Igualdad Animal.
Spanish website: www.igualdadanimal.org
English website: www.animalequality.net