MASS TRESPASS ACTION ON MP RICHARD DRAX ESTATE

This report is from an anonymous individual who joined multiple groups in the mass trespass action on MP Richard Drax estate in Dorset (UK) on Saturday 24th April 2021.

“With great excitement, we finalised our preparations for the mass trespass on scumbag Drax “Draxula”‘s massive country estate. Full credit is given to those involved who planned routes, organised drop-offs, scouted the land, and assembled humans ready for the day.

As we gathered, the smell of spray paint hung in the air as we scrawled the last of our messages onto banners. Taking the tower was the priority, and we split into small groups to spread across the estate. With such a huge mass of land and small numbers of scummers about, this guaranteed some of us would make it there, and when we did, we posed for photographs and took in a view that is usually off-limits.

Trespassing together empowered many folks to roam a piece of the earth that has been unfairly taken from us. There were both beauty and destruction in the woods we crossed. Gorgeous blankets of bluebells and pockets of wild greenery gave way to barren pine plantations and pheasant pens – surrounded of course by blue plastic feeders and plastic tunnels hiding fen traps. More murder and desolation caused by a land hoarding scumbag in what could be a luscious wilderness. We smashed up the fens on the way out and will be back soon to neutralise any more.

We spotted some other shit in our travels too! I’d like to thank Drax personally for the trail camera he donated to us, and for the entertaining footage that was on it. A most satisfying candid view of other protestors doing their thing, then the grumpy gamekeeper chasing them away. Running down from the tower with this gift in my bag, battering fen traps as we went, with the police helicopter circling overhead was the highlight of the day. Rest assured this camera will now be put to much better use protecting wildlife.

Pissing off Drax is of course excellent fun, and annoying rich dickheads everywhere can only be encouraged. However, the deeper meaning of this action and the urgency to which we must all step up was and remains rooted in our hearts.

The fact that trespass is even a thing is outrageous – this earth belongs to all of us and no-one should be able to hoard land and prevent other humans from running free. Yet still, under the new PCSC Bill, trespass could soon become a criminal offence, endangering all our freedoms and seriously impacting many already marignalised communities. We must stop the bill and defend the right to roam, reside, and protest in any way we can.

Tory MP Richard Drax was targeted for multiple reasons. He was one of the first MPs to call for the criminalisation of trespass in 2018. As well as using his land to rear and shoot thousands of pheasants for fun every year, he also hosts the fox murdering South Dorset Hunt, and is responsible for the brutal deaths of many badgers culled here. He claims that the country is “full”, yet excludes everyone from the enormous piece of land he resisdes in. His estate is surrounded by the longest wall in England, a wall his ancestor financed with money from slaves, intended to keep local people out and aid his profiteering. Richard Drax still owns and profits from a sugar plantation in Barbados in which 30,000 slaves were murdered by his predecessors. He refuses to apologise or pay reparations for the damage done whilst he still benefits immensely from his inherited wealth. All in all, Drax is an outright piece of shit.

I encourage everyone, get out, get active, defend what is ours and fight for what is right! As long as nature is being destroyed, we will keep trespassing to defend it.”

HEAVY WINDBLAST LEAVES PATH OF DESTRUCTION.

1st May, Netherlands.

Received anonymously via email:

“Five hunting towers and three high seats were gracefully destroyed in the south of the Netherlands, during Labour Day 2021.

‘you cannot control what is wild’

AHAB”

HELP KARL HÄGGROTH, FINED FOR FIGHTING AGAINST THE FUR INDUSTRY

As many of you might know, we have already published about Karl before. They were locked up for a while awaiting trial and later released awaiting a second trial.

Karl was accused of assaulting Niclas Pettersson, a Swedish mink farmer that has been relentlessly targeted by a campaign to close his farm.

Whilst it was clear that Niclas assaulted Karl, he did not get any charges or convictions. Karl on the other hand received a 25,800 SEK (2540€) fine.

You can see the video of the assault here:

https://www.facebook.com/stangminkfarmenifalkenberg/videos/1792219907476677/

There is a Paypal pool for anyone who can help with this fine. It is quite hefty so if anyone is able to send them some money, that would be immensely appreciated.

Donate here:

https://www.paypal.com/pools/c/8z4yquAHQy

If you cannot donate, please spread the world. Not only share this link, but talk to others about it, explain what is going on, get involved with the campaign and support those who are fighting in the front lines.

Stäng minkfarmen i Falkenberg!

TRAPS SMASHED DURING A DAY FOR MASS TRESPASS.

24th April, Norkolk UK.

received anonymosuly via email:

“24th April was a day for mass trespass. Countryside Alliance goon Tim Bonner described the call-out as “blatant anarchism” and he wasn’t wrong. We did away with two ladder traps, a larsen trap, nine tully traps and a stink pit. Seven crows were released from the cages.

A red kite was recently reported shot and hung from a tree in Cockley Cley, Norfolk. This massive shooting estate is right next door. We’re certain that’s no coincidence.

This was for the red kite, the Kinder Scout trespassers, and everyone under attack by the new crime bill.”

SOLIDARITY RAFFLE AND FUNDRAISER

As you all know, one of the main jobs we do is supporting comrades in prison and folks who have to cover fines after taking action. The reality of it is that we never make enough money in order to cover everything we would like to cover, even counting PayPal donations, patreon donations and merch.

Luckily, many of you are super generous and want to help in any way possible. These time, we bring you something just a tad different thanks to @goaskforde, who has donated artwork to raise funds to support prisoners.

We are going to run a little raffle for a couple of weeks. The tickets can be bought through our website for 7.50 GBP and you can get as many tickets as you want. If you win, @goaskforde will send:

– “Now” Framed original 10×12″ ink drawing of a wolf
– “Light a Match, Burn a Prison” signed 8×10″ fine art giclee print
– Large vinyl “Boltcuttter Birdie” sticker
– Large vinyl “Praying mantis” sticker

In addition, we will send a hoodie of your choice (stock dependent!) and a bunch of stickers.

So if you like art, or simply if you’d like to support us and help us keep helping folks, please grab yourself a ticket or two down below:

We will anounce the winners on the 3rd of May, so you have 14 days to get as many tickets as you can and to share this around as much as possible!

Also, please follow @goaskforde on instagram and support artists as much as possible. You can also find the artwork on www.goaskforde.com

Solidarity

UA.

GREENHILL LABORATORY BREEDERS RAIDED ON MASS

Due to the recent developments in a Spanish laboratory, we felt it would be a good idea to remind folks about a victory that made the news around the world. 

On the 28th of April 2012 in Italy, and riding the wave of radicalism that SHAC had managed to create against vivisection, around 1000 people met to demonstrate against Green Hill, a beagle breeder selling dogs for vivisection. 

 The campaign wasn’t new, folks had been using many different tactics, from demos to underground liberations, to topple Green Hill. That day, tho, was exceptional, and it would shake the world with images of love and liberation. 

 While the demonstration didn’t seem too radical, once the people arrived at the perimeter fence of Green Hill things took a bit of a turn. Whilst many folks shouted at cops, shaking the fence and calling anyone inside the farm a murderer, a second group broke in on mass and liberated as many beagles as they could. 

 Images of smiling puppies being passed between the barbed wire, or the photo of someone with a beagle stuffed in the t-shirt whilst jumping the fence hit newspapers worldwide, and whilst some folks got caught and some dogs were stolen from activists, dozens of animals managed to escape a life of abuse, breeding and laboratory torture. 

 By no means we are suggesting that people organise a mass action where folks break into Vivotecnia in Madrid and release as many animals as possible as that would be terribly illegal, but hey, this is a piece of history we all can learn from! 

 The video starts slow. The end of the video is worth it. Give it a watch!   

FELLED TREES TO DESTROY A HUNTING LODGE.

3rd February, Neufmanil France

VIA: Chassons a pro hunting website

ENG:

“Neufmanil is a small village of 1085 inhabitants located in the Ardennes north of Charleville-Mézières. A few days ago, the hunters of the commune found two cut trees lying on their cabin. The trees were cut at the base so that they fell on the cabin.

The hunters were obviously very surprised by this discovery and believe that this act of vandalism is the work of professional loggers. The mayor of Neufmanil filed a complaint with the gendarmerie in Nouzonville. A few days before January 17, an anti-hunting tag was found on the gate of the Neufmanil soccer stadium. A new act of vandalism that shows how hunting has become the target of radical activists.”

FR:

“Neufmanil est un petit village de 1085 habitants situé dans les Ardennes au nord de Charleville-Mézières Il y a quelques jours, les chasseurs de la commune ont retrouvé deux épicés couchés sur leur cabane. Les arbres ont été tronçonnés à la base de façon à tomber sur la cabane.

Les chasseurs ont évidemment été très surpris par cette découverte et pensent que cet acte de vandalisme est l’œuvre de professionnels du bûcheronnage. Le maire de Neufmanil a déposé plainte à la gendarmerie de Nouzonville. Quelques jours avant le 17 janvier, un tag anti-chasseurs a été retrouvé sur le portail du stade de foot de Neufmanil. Un nouvel acte de vandalisme qui montre à quel point la chasse est devenue la cible d’activistes radicaux.”

HUNTERS HUT BURNT DOWN

12th April, Vaucluse, France.

VIA: La Provence

ENG:

“Yesterday morning, at about 9 o’clock, on chemin Blanc in Sérignan, the firemen were engaged to put out a fire on a hiking trail. A hunters’ hut was the prey of the flames. The shelter of about fifty square meters burned down completely.

The criminal nature of this fire was not ruled out by the gendarmes. Should it be seen as a revenge against the hunters? No one knows. In any case, this fire occurred while last Friday, a doe pursued by poachers to Orange was found near the Pôle emploi agency. Wounded, the animal did not survive despite its transport to a veterinarian.”

FR:

“Hier matin, vers 9 heures, chemin Blanc à Sérignan, les sapeurs-pompiers ont été engagés pour éteindre un incendie sur un sentier de randonnée. Une cabane de chasseurs était la proie des flammes. L’abri d’une cinquantaine de mètres carrés a entièrement brûlé.

La nature criminelle de cet incendie n’a pas été écartée par les gendarmes. Faut-il y voir une vengeance envers les chasseurs ? Nul ne le sait. Cet incendie intervient en tout cas alors que vendredi dernier, une biche poursuivie par des braconniers jusqu’à Orange a été retrouvée à proximité de l’agence Pôle emploi. Blessé, l’animal n’a pas survécu malgré son transport chez un vétérinaire.”

FOREST ROADS SPIKED, LOGGING VEHICLE TYRES SLASHED, FISHERMEN’S NETS SABOTAGED.

Delayed report (2020), Russia.

Via: BiteBack Magazine

“Roads spiked, poacher nets destroyed, fish liberated. ALF/ELF Russia 2020. It took us some time to get from the wild mountains and tranquil bays of Southern Crimea, but here is our belated report on ALF/ELF action in the former Ukrainian peninsula annexed by Russian fascist state in 2014. In the past year our group managed to spike forest roads in and around 8 areas of forest logging (‘legal’ and ‘illegal’, it doesn’t matter to us, the eco-anarchists) in central and southern peninsula.

On one occasion we stealthily crawled right under the nose of loggers to cut the tires of their vehicles in broad daylight. This intense anti-logging activity led to locals (most of whom benefit from indiscriminately cutting all the trees in their habitat) to start monitoring every outsider in their area, but we slipped past their patrols unnoticed.

We also took great pleasure in sabotaging poacher fishermen of the peninsula. Throughout the year we removed more than 500 meters of fishing nets of every size and design imaginable. We are happy to report more than 30 marine lives saved. Again, our activity led to certain countermeasures on poachers’ side. On one occasion they almost caught us in an ambush, but we avoided it altogether. On another, our team barely managed to get out of the water and dash for the safety of forested mountains nearby, when boats with poachers homed in on our site of operations.

Yours in the dusky nights of southern seas, Seal Team 5,

ALF/ELF-Russia”

PHOTO: unrelated image from ALF archives.