After the Animal Rights Militia sent a communique threatening those involved in the badger cull in Ireland, some people had questions. Many of those questions require a lot of nuances to be answered, but a reader decided to send over a little overview of who the Animal Rights Militia is, which you can read in full (albeit slightly modified) below:

“So, you support the ALF. Great! But what about the ARM (Animal Right Militia)? Do you know who they are? Just as a reminder, the ALF consists of small leaderless autonomous groups of people committed to doing all that it takes to end animal abuse. There are no membership cards: anyone can be an ALF activist. You can see it as a banner under which activists claim responsibility for illegal actions as long as they follow the ALF guidelines. One of these guidelines is to take all necessary precautions against harming any animal, human or non-human.

However, not all activists agree on the moral hierarchy of actions that comes with this ethical stance. Some groups choose to employ a variety of tactics, including the use of violence against animal abusers. They then go one step beyond the ALF stance of non-violence. In doing so, they have historically generated a lot of controversy within the movement.

This is the case of the ARM, whose first mission was the sending of parcel bombs to Margaret Thatcher’s residence. In 1982, the British government attempts to block a common Market ban on imports of seal products. Letters were sent to Thatcher, the three major opposition party leaders and a government official. The one addressed to the MP flared up in the face of a security officer who was slightly burned.

While advocating the use of violence when necessary, it should be noted that no deaths have been attributed to the ARM to date. Actions range from firebombing to product contamination to death threats to those making profits from animal exploitation. They are often just hoaxes that cause economic damage and fear among the abusers. Some other examples include the poisoning of Mars candy bars in 1984 which forced the company to withdraw “suspicious” batches of products leading to a loss of £3 million or planting firebombs at a McDonald’s restaurant in Gothenburg in 2011.

All that said, one must distinguish between refusing to perceive a moral distinction between non-human and human animals and seeing the human as the predator to be slaughtered. The latter has a toe in eco-fascism. Let’s not hide our eyes, some groups with methods similar to ARM have had extreme right-wing people in their midst. The argument against violence is notably widespread in the eco and animal liberation movement and it would be beneficial for those learning about the movement to study other concepts, for example reading ‘The Failure of non-violence’. That said, one must remain aware of the historical implications that some groups have had in connection to fascism so that whatever path one decides to take, it is not tarnished by the methodology of the far right.”


22nd March, Rheinland Germany

According to local police, multiple towers in Rheinland were vandalised. The activists sawed down the stairs used to climb to the top of the stand, leavcing very little trace, for them to break when a hunter were to climb up.

No one was injured after the action as someone realised the towers had been damaged.

The police has no leads on who the culprit is.


8th April, La Hogette, France.

According to local media, the hunting association in la Hogette (Calvados) has illed a complaint with the gerndarmerie due to thirty hunting stands being sawed down and destroyed in their grounds.

They claim that the hunting stands are a safety meassure in order to shoot downwards to kill wild boar. They also complained that they will end up having to pay upwards of 1.4 million EUR to the agricultural farmers in the area this year if they are unable to “control the population”.

Whilst the police is suspicious of a large operative of saboteurs, they do not have any leads relating to the action.


April, Thuringia Germany

According to local press reports, a hunting tower in Thuringia was destroyed by two people, causing around 100 EUR worth of damage. The police is investigating if the damages are related to other hunting towers and seats that were destroyed in the past months in the same area.


March, Denmark

received anonymously via email:

“Activists went to a farm to invesitgate and document the conditions of egg laying hens. 

After witnessing the horrendous conditions the animals live under, they dicovered a storage of eggs on the farm.

The machines for packing eggs were sabotaged and the storage of thousands of eggs was completely destroyed.”


In a world with no centre of power, where can we as anarchists direct our rage? Previously there have been kings, lords or factory bosses who we could identify as the enemy. But in this nebulous world of capital, our enemy is an entire system and an internalised psychology that needs new strategies to resist. This is the quandary that Total Liberation, published anonymously in 2019, confronts.

To bring us up to speed Total Liberation provides a brief history of radical ideology. An anarchist critique of Marxism as narrow-mindedly focussing on class is easy, and turns over no new stones. However it also provides a valuable critique of more modern identity politics and its obsession with atomising and itemising oppressions, that have won mostly liberal reformist victories.

Instead Total Liberation draws its inspiration from Murray Bookchin’s social ecology. However while Bookchin was unfairly dismissive of anarchism, and particularly antispeciesism, the author distils from these polemics a holistic understanding of the existential threats to the planet, and goes a step further by applying it to anti-speciesism and biocentrism. It therefore straddles a complex understanding of hierarchy to show that not only are all fights interconnected, they also ultimately have a common enemy.

However just as there is no central focal oppression, there is also no focus of power against which to direct our efforts. Our fight must therefore be similarly decentralised, comprised of autonomous affinity groups and rather than the large unions and political parties of the early 20th century. Total Liberation therefore provides hope to anarchists – these tactics are our bread and butter and should come naturally. Indeed, it often uses the examples of the ALF and ELF to illustrate how cells of individuals have inflicted millions of pounds of costs to heavy industry. Total Liberation does perhaps overstate the revolutionary potential of sabotage actions. That is, however much money such actions cost ecocidal industries, these industries do still exist and are constantly expanding. We need to recognise that either these actions need to be overwhelmingly more widespread, or massively more destructive.

The biggest challenge it provides to anarchism, however, is that in the face of the climate crisis, we really are fighting for our lives. No matter how insulated we are from it, almost everyone’s lives will be radically altered by global warming. It predicts a future not too far away when capitalism will not be able to put food on the shelves, a rather prescient observation considering the pandemic that was to come less than a year after this book was published. We must therefore work to build alternatives to live by, that will provide for the material and social needs of people by providing food, shelter and care without the state. As much promise we can find in our social centres and autonomous zones, the author identifies the need for such spaces to not just be refuges for radicals, but bases from which to organise and create our alternatives outside the state.

At this point Total Liberation draws inspiration from the seminal eco-anarchist book Desert, and calls for recognition that for better or worse, catastrophic climate change has already begun and is irreversible – a terrifying opportunity for us. Although it will likely create space for fascism to flourish and industry to develop into previously frozen landscapes, it will also create the space for anarchist revolution. The author highlights the success of the Rojava revolution in doing so – undoubtedly inspirational but does gloss over the terrible cost of the Syrian civil war, and also the revolution’s dependence western state power. This criticism is a nitpick, however. The point is revolutions never fit a perfect plan and nor should they. We should be dynamic and adapt to our local needs. It is an intimidating realisation that everything we want really is in our reach. The question is whether we have the courage to organise now and seize the opportunities as they arise.

Total liberation sums it up best with this passage:
“Within such an unforgiving context, it is necessary to take a side. That can be done with courage and purpose, or we could resign ourselves to getting swept up yet again, only this time by the most genocidal of centuries… Waging war with the system of death, far from being a matter of declaration, merely faces up to the reality that already engulfs us.”


27th March, Florida USA

received anonymously via email:

“On March 27th, 2022, 50 whitetail deer were given access to freedom by dismantling the electric fence and cutting the deer fence that confined them at Sweetwater deer farm in Bristol, Florida. We watched as at least 20 of them escaped into the night, and it was a beautiful sight.

Let the wild be wild!

Against all prisons, both human and non-human.

-Animal Liberation Front-“

Photo: A deer catpured by a trailcam inside the Sweetwater farm, not an image from the action.


What? An anarchist, antispeciesist and horizontally organised gathering

When? End of July.

Where? Hambacher Forst (so called Germany)




In the factory farms and vivisection labs, our nonhuman comrades are already fighting back. The time is ripe – let’s share skills and perspectives on how to support their resistance! By “anti-speciesism” we don’t mean online activism, vegan capitalism or cop-hugging pacifism – we’re opening a space to plot against human supremacism, and we’ve no need for bureaucratic organizations of any kind.

Many animal rights groups have become a hotbed for fascist/homophobic/cissexist/macho/white supremacist/colonialist views and behaviour. Others promote liberalism, the state or single out human activists as animal “saviours”. We want to build on two years of anti-spe days explicitly pushing against these tendencies, uncompromising in our rejection of all forms of oppression and domestication. Let’s meet each other and make some trouble!

You can find us again in the Hambacher Forest, one of Europe’s largest autonomous spaces, still squatted after almost 10 years. (It’s a forest so be ready to camp).

We want the workshops to be more horizontal this year – you can help us by proposing your own! Some ideas we have so far:

– First aid/veterinary care for other animals
– Action planning/scouting
– Hunt sabotage
– Tech workshop
– Sharing international struggles
– Anti-civilisation anarchy + anti-speciesism
– Animal liberation + chaos
– Open discussion on abolishing pets
– Graffiti skillshare
– Self-defence
– Action climbing
– Movie night
– Theater performance (!?)
– Open mike night

Pack a sleeping bag – and coffee and peanut butter if you got it! Make it here however you can and see you in July!

More workshops/other info to be announced over next while. And be in touch if we can answer questions or otherwise help.

Make trouble + have fun (;



24th March, Ireland.

received anonymously via email:

“Today, the 24th March 2022, Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, along with the fascist DUP’s Agriculture Minister, Edwin Poots, announced that they have green lit the proposed badger cull. This comes just days after the headline news in the United Kingdom of yet another group of researches finding that the culling of badgers is an inhumane and inefficient method of reducing cases of Bovine Tuberculosis.

The proposal itself was essentially a sweetener for the farmers of the north; who had been, up until Brexit, been getting 100% compensation for each reactor cow. Now that we’ve left the EU, that money has dried up and the farmers have been expected to accept a cut. Badgers are being scapegoated here. Farmers have been let down by DAERA and Edwin Poots for years with inadequate tests. This badger cull won’t bring them the hassle-free days that they are expecting.

We, the Animal Rights Militia of Ireland, call on Edwin Poots and DAERA to backtrack on the cull or face serious resistance. We will no longer stand by and let our native Irish wildlife be tortured by people who deny science. Edwin Poots, a religious fundamentalist, has denied rights to many various groups of humans over the years and is now doing the same to the animals that inhabit the north of Ireland too!

Enough is enough! ARM Ireland, and our Ulster Company in particular, will have boots on the ground to ensure that no cull takes place in the zones outlined in the proposal documents, of which we have acquired. 

We would like to make DAERA and Edwin Poots aware that they are putting contractors lives at risk by offering them the job of culling badgers. Force WILL be met with force. Contractors will be publicly outed and should they harm one singular hair on an animal, they will face whatever consequences we see fit. No action is off limits. We will no longer be bullied by fascists (Loyalist, Eco or otherwise!)

Think carefully.
ARM Ireland – Ulster Brigade”

Please note: Unoffensive Animal does not have any affiliations to the ARM, and does not have any knowledge of the people behind the actions or comuniquees.


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(photo: North East Surrey College of Technology (NESCOT) on April 19th 1986. 11 hamsters, 40 gerbils, 70 rats, and 400 mice.)