21st of September 2011
I could go on and on about how great the Vegan Art Show was, and it was certainly a great event that benefited an even greater cause. But what very few attendees of the Vegan Art Show did not concentrate on was that a man whose innocence or guilt had never been proven. This man was Troy Anthony Davis. Troy served 20 plus years in prison and on death row for a crime he never admitted to, in fact he always maintained his innocence. There was never physical evidence against Troy Davis, in fact a gun like that which investigators believe to have fired the deadly bullet was in the possession of the man blaming Troy for the crime. To add to this 7 out of the 9 witnesses that testified against Troy have recanted their statements against Troy. Troy was simply put on death row for a crime that was never solved.
During his time on death row many came to his defense. Those who spoke for a retrial cross the social and political spectrum. From former president Jimmy Carter to former FBI Chief William Sessions. Not only individuals stepped up to bring light to this issue. The European Union petitioned to investigate Troy’s case just as they have with Mumia Abu-Jamal’s case.
Troy was executed by a new injection “cocktail” that ultimately made him a test subject for the drug. This brings me back to the Vegan Art Show. If we are vegan for the liberation of animals, ending the exploitation of animals which includes the testing of drugs and chemicals on animals, then should we not also stand against the testing of a drug on a human, not to mention the killing of humans in the name of government?