Ian Smith at Yosemite National Park.

Ian Smith at Yosemite National Park.


It has taken over a year to put up an About page here at Uncivilized Animals; in part, this is because it has taken awhile to figure out exactly what this blog is in fact about: where the emphasis would be, where the edges are.

Uncivilized Animals aims highlight the overlap and the potential synergy between animal liberation struggles and an anti-civilization (or green anarchist) perspective.  In practice such ideas often appear to be in tension with proponents who are, at times, openly hostile to one another.  It is the starting point of this blog that these two ideas require one another if either is to be fully formed.

The very first post on this blog “What Animal Liberation Requires” would serve as a worthwhile starting point for understanding what Uncivilized Animals aims to be about.


IAN SMITH currently lives in Eugene, Oregon.  He has an academic background in philosophy having graduated with a Master’s degree from the University of Connecticut.  He has worked for a labor union, an anti-nuclear power organization, homeless advocacy organizations, as well as three years with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) in their Laboratory Investigations department.

His writings have been published in venues including Philosophy Now and the Journal for Critical Animal Studies.  He also contributed to the recently published volume Animals and War: Confronting the Military Animal-Industrial Complex.

Ian can be contacted via email at unciv.animals [at] gmail [dot] com or found on Facebook.

3 thoughts on “About

  1. Thank you for you post about Rod and veganism. There is more to animal activism and animal liberation than the food we put in our stomachs–with that said, we have a duty to do everything in our power NOT to be part of the agribusiness factory farming machine. Finally, it’s always good to remember that we are all a work in progress–if we can say we are doing our best, and fighting the good fight, then what more can you ask. I say, at least we are awake–when there are soooooo many still asleep. Instead of judging, I take action.
    Rod will be at Fresno State, March 24, 2014, in Engineering East, Room 191 at 6pm. I have the honor of hosting this event through the Communication and Political Science Depts at Fresno State. Any questions, there is a FB page for this event or email me bveliz@csufresno.edu. Peace.

  2. Ian, would you please please talk about your vegan values in conjunction with your anarchy values and your anti-civ values? And would you be willing to raise this intersectionality or these intersectionalities if or when you next present Anarchy Radio? Thanks for maintaining your very interesting blog.

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