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PETA, Boobs Not Bombs, Other Causes
Use Nudity to Call Attention to Protests

Nude PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Protest in Barcelona, Spain, against the abuse of animals whose pelts are used in the fur industry, January 21, 2007

Charges against a naked Portland, Oregon, male bicyclist were recently dismissed by a judge who ruled that the rider’s nude spin on a bike through the streets of the city was a form of “symbolic protest”.

According to Oregon Live.com, after two days of hearings, Judge Jerome LaBarre (no pun intended) ruled that nude “protest” biking is an already established tradition in Portland and that naked as a jaybird biker, Michael “Bobby” Hammond’s recent ride in the buff was legal.

Hammond testified that his ride in the nude was “expressing a message in support of bikes and against cars, foreign oil, the Iraq war and air pollution.”

Portland is famous for its World Naked Bike Ride, an event held several days prior to Hammond’s own bike ride a la natural before cops pulled Hammond over to the side and charged him with indecent exposure, resisting arrest, and fourth degree assault.

The Deputy District Attorney forewarned the judge that since Hammond wasn’t carrying any type of protest sign nor attempted to “communicate” what he was protesting–Hammond testified his “protest” was against four separate issues–anyone arrested for indecent exposure charges could now claim free speech.

Portland Police were caught between a rock and hard place: Hammond violated a city code that “states it’s illegal to expose genitalia in a public place in view of members of the opposite sex”. A bystander with a video cam caught Hammond’s arrest along with a woman yelling that “Oregon law allows nudity–as long as it isn’t done to sexually arrouse oneself or others”.

Naked protests span the globe: DBKP found a plethora of people baring their bodies to snow and ice to protest Global Warming in the Swiss Alps:

“WNBR is on! It’s time to put a stop to the indecent exposure of people and the planet to cars and the pollution they create.”
World Naked Bike Ride

There’s also a World Naked Bike Ride Day, a full-on frontal assault to cars and their deadly emissions, which doesn’t seem to be held on the same day in different locations of the world. According to NakedWiki.org, Naked Bike Riding Day in 2008 was held on June 7, in the “Northern Hemisphere”. Most “Southern Hemisphere” Naked Bike Rides were held on either June 8 or 9th.

[ABOVE: Aussie PETA chicks caught in a “flap” over nude protests]

The surest benign way to get attention is to shed one’s clothing in a form of protest. Australian police were not amused by a PETA KFC “Chick” Protest and arrested three women for “offensive behavior”. Apparently, according to the police, protesting Down Under in the nude is actually against the law, even though, according to PETA’s Asia-Pacific Director Jason Baker, a nude protest was held, without arrests being made by the coppers, six weeks earlier.

The crème de la crème of naked protesting was captured on film by an intrepid blogger, Zombietime, who attended a “Breasts Not Bombs” protest in Berkeley, California, in 2005.

What other protesters are adding nudity to their “bag of tricks”?

Continue reading: Naked Protests: in the Eye of the Beholder

by Mondo/LBG
Source: Naked Protests: in the Eye of the Beholder

Mondoreb blogs at Death By 1000 Papercuts. Interested readers can e-mail him at
mondoreb@gmail.com. All DBKP stories are filed under Mondoreb at BNN. This story was by LBG.

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