SABOTAGING HUNTS: MAY ROUND UP  

[Image credit: @nottinghamhuntsabs] 

Despite it still being early in the Mink and Otter hunting season, the notoriously sneaky and secretive form of wildlife abuse continues to have problems. Last month saw multiple unsuccessful attempts to hunt by different packs and this month is no different. This included the Northern Counties Mink Hounds who were foiled by a large presence of saboteurs from groups from across the Midlands and the North of England. Making sure they didn’t escape and attempt to hunt elsewhere, saboteurs blocked vehicles from leaving making the hunt and limited supporters present all equally grumpy. The following day, North Dorset Hunt Saboteurs intercepted the Courtenay Tracy Mink Hounds who were hunting where Otters had recently been spotted by members of the public. Multiple sabotage groups also stopped the Dove Valley Mink hounds, who met Sunrise Poultry Hoton Farm; who were previously exposed by Animal Justice Project for stamping on and kicking chickens.  

A new sabotage group has formed in the area of Somerset and Dorset under the name Two Counties Hunt Saboteurs. Throughout the month they have been busy building their infrastructure as a group by building their online presence, fundraising, recruiting and getting kit together. We would encourage our followers to show them support in whichever way you can; join them, like and share their social media posts, donate to them and send them tip-offs.  

Northants Hunt Saboteurs have been keeping the pressure on the Cottesmore Hunt during their ‘fun rides’. These events act as recruiting drives for new members and to raise money for the hunt. Some in the rural community are unaware of the farse of trail hunting and may join for the social element, especially those within the horse-riding community. Protesting these events and highlighting the true intentions of the hunt can, and does, make a dent in the hunts efforts to retain support. Even if potential supporters aren’t sympathetic to wildlife, they may not join a hunt if they don’t want to be doxed as a supporter of the murder of animals. It also upsets the hunt, which is a plus. This pressure is one tactic applied as part of a pressure campaign. Multiple approaches, especially simultaneously, is a proven method to shutting down a hunt for good.  

Traps and other mechanisms of wildlife destruction have continued to be dealt with throughout the month. Sheffield Hunt Saboteurs published a video of multiple mole-traps being flattened by a sledge hammer, prompting Underground Badger Syndicate to publish their own sledge hammer skills with a backdrop of flares and included a prompt of making smashing videos a trend. Seemingly, they also like using chainsaws. Not only does ‘direct action save lives’, as quoted by Hertfordshire Hunt Saboteurs who have been busy with snares and fenn traps, it can also be a lot of fun. You might even come across an exotic garden, like The Great Unwashed.

Any information about wildlife killing fundraisers, Mink/Otter hunts, the location of traps, tools and infrastructure used to kill and anything dodgy or suspicious relating to the interference or ill-treatment of wildlife should be reported to your local hunt sabotage group. Unsure of your local group? Contact the Hunt Saboteurs Association’s tip-off line at 07443148426 or via social media. The smallest bit of information could make the biggest different to an innocent life.

NO LIFE LIKE THE WILD 

A STATEMENT ABOUT PALESTINE BY SOME HAMBI ANARCHISTS.

In solidarity with the palestinian struggle

A statement like this might feel redundant, too symbolic of a gesture.Normally we don’t care too much about writing such statements but with the current situation in Gaza and the silence coming from most of the anarchists in Germany we feel compelled to at least do this. With it we hope to take part in a bigger dialogue and find ways to position ourselves in anti colonial struggles.

We also feel that the struggle of the Palestinian people didn’t just start the last months but has been ongoing for at least 70 years, as they have been fighting against their erasure, for their land, history and their very existence.

The state of Israel is a settler colonial state, portrayed by the global West as a “beacon of light” or the “only democracy in the middle east” it has based its existence and expansion on displacement and genocide. As any settler colonial state it finds its foundations in systems of power perpetuated by the settlers that repress the indigenous peoples rights and culture, as well as the theft and exploitation of their land. All this is necessary to achieve the complete destruction and replacement of the indigenous people in order to establish itself.

We see this clearly through various Israeli – and foreign- politicians asking for the complete annihilation of Gaza and the creation of settler colonies in its place.

The occupation of Palestine is military. It is based as much in military occupation as in a modern day Apartheid system, even by the standards of the so called “democratic” world. Vast parts of the population exist as “second class citizens” and are subjected to a radically different legal system than the Israeli Jewish population. For example not having the same voting “rights” or being held without a trial for uncertain amounts of time under administrative detention.None of this would be possible without the constant and increasing dehumanization of the Palestinians and the rest of the Arab world, that the West happily takes part in as well. It is once again the old tale of the “good and civilized” people against “the cruel barbarians” we have told so often. Speech about “human animals”, “less than human” and “12 year old terrorists” that is actively being reproduced through the mouths of various politicians both Israeli and not, serves exactly the creation and perpetuation of this narrative, that is so useful to the West.

In addition the constant accusations of antisemitism levied toward any who critique the israeli state are an insidious sleight of hand that places Israel in a category of perpetual righteous victimhood.Anti-zionism and antisemitism are not synonymous. The invasion has been accompanied by heightened repression against anti-zionist, anticolonial and anarchists Jews themselves, especially in Israel and Germany. The city of Gaza has been under siege for 16 years, with its 2 million residents living in what is described as the worlds biggest prison. The German media wants us to focus solely in the attack on the 7th of October led by Hamas and the remaining hostages. Little is being said about the past but also the present situation.

Since October 7th at least 35,000 Palestinians have been killed, people are faced with a man-made famine that is aided by the blockading of humanitarian aid by settler groups, at least half of the population of Gaza has lost their homes and infrastructure strategic to their survival is being targeted in the forms of hospitals, aid workers, press and telecommunications networks. Mass graves are being discovered like in the case of Al-Shifa hospital and horrowing details are emerging about the detainee camps from Israeli wistleblowers. How could we understand building a wall and keeping a city under siege, while blocking access to food and water, other than genocide. How many bodys trapped under rubble we have witness until calling this what it is?

For all of this the Israeli state can of course count on the complicity of the military industrial complex of its siblings the self declared West.Germany for example happily delivers weapons and ammunition for the ongoing killings in Gaza. In 2023 Germany exported military equipment worth over 300 million euros to Israel including bombs and ammunition of various kinds as they are the second biggest supplier after the US. For the German government and war industry the drive is for sure profit but not only that. Like the german war minister said they want to get the german war industry ready for war. What could be more helpful for this task than supplying other nations with weapons in their war efforts.They are so desperate for this to even subsidizing some of the Israeli weapon sales themselves. At the same time German politicians try to spread the narrative of “moral” wars like they did in Kosovo, Afghanistan and Ukraine.

To all the people that consider themselves anarchists in so called Germany, standing still while this war machine is rolling, is not an option. We consider remaining silent as a statement in it self. We cannot ignore what is happening around us just in order to keep everybody comfortable and avoid conflict or because we don´t have all the perfect answers.

This human eating war machine is fueled by German money and German weapons, so we can actually do a lot to bring it to a stop and while a few anarchists join the struggle others let those fighting alone when repression hits.

And two more things, as anarchists we don’t support any state but supporting the attempt to break free from the biggest prison in the world or opposing a genocide, should come without question.

Secondly the exchange of tech and the developments in the Israeli intelligence industry affect all of us and our struggles and should be stopped Do you remember for example “pegasus”?

Some anarchists from the squatted Hambacher forest

UNOFFENSIVE SHOP IS BACK WITH A LIMITED STOCK FUNDRAISING DESIGN! – SUPPORT PRESOS CASO SUSARON!

PRESOS SUSARON A LA CALLE! – FREE PRESOS SUSARON!

(thanks Krime for the design, find more of their stuff here: www.krime.uk)

Folks have been asking for it for quite a while so we have partially re-opened the shop! 

We are bringing you a pre-order only t-shirt and tote bag to support our comrades at Caso Susaron in Chile.

This is a very limited pre-order run that will end the 3rd week of June. We will only print as many t-shirts and tote bags as there are orders and they will never be in stock again, so this is your chance to grab what you want! 



As always, stuff is printed on No Sweat garments (cooperative owned factory producing organic threads) using vegan ink at a printers that runs on solar power. It cannot get more greenwashed than this!

Tees available in grey and white. Tote bags are off-white, thick cotton material. 



We operate with Name your Price, at a minimum we’ve set tees at 20 GBP and Tote Bags at 12 GBP but if you can afford more please donate more. Every penny in profits will go directly to the support of Presos Susaron.

GRAB A TEE OR HOODIE HERE:
https://unoffensiveanimal.is/shop

Every order comes with free stickers and if you grab a tee and a tote bag we will send a Wildfire magazine for free too!

We have also re-listed some other items on the shop (prints, badges and patches). If you order those items alongside pre-order items, everything will be posted together. 

We aim to post the preorder items Mid July.

ABOUT CASO SUSARON:
Four antispeciesist comrades were arrested in September 2022 accused of setting a Susaron meat packaging plant alight, totally burning six lorries and partially burning a refrigerating unit. 

One of the four comrades was earlier this year sentenced to five years on tag and released to the streets, the other three are still awaiting trial. 

They need support, solidarity and money, so your donations here go a long way.

SOLIDARITY ALWAYS!!!!

TWO BEAGLES LIBERATED FROM MBR IN SOLIDARITY WITH OPERATION 1000

27th May, France.

via: 269 Liberation Animale

“IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE “CALL TO ACTION AGAINST MBR” LAUNCHED BY OUR ENGLISH COMRADES ON MAY 25 : WE PUBLISH AN ANONYMOUS HIT REPORT OF THE LIBERATION OF TWO BEAGLES FROM A VIVISECTION DOG FARM (FRANCE) ! 

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« Liberation of two young dogs at the Marshall BioResources Farm in Gannat, France.

We have chosen direct action in the international fight against vivisectors.

We’ll be multiplying the number of escapes. 

Until all the cages are empty.

To our friends from comrades of 269 Libération Animale collective. »”

IT’S BEEN A BUSY MONTH!

May was a busy month and we received a total of 16 direct action reports this month. Seven of these reports were liberations and the other 9 were sabotage actions.

By country, the number of reports received is as follows

Germany: 5
Argentina: 4
France: 1
Australia: 1
Italy: 1
Sweden: 1
UK: 1
Ireland: 1
Czech Republic: 1

While a large number of actions were related to either hunting or the flesh industry, it was interesting to see that three reports were related to pethood, ranging from pet shop liberations to individual liberations at places of imprisonment. There was also a vivisection liberation in solidarity with Operation 1000, which is the first vivisection liberation in a couple of years.

On the prisoner support page, we posted about Larry, the last Atlanta Forest Defender still incarcerated. If you can, please write to them! We have also finally published the translated statement from Presos Caso Susaron. We are preparing to print t-shirts to raise funds for them, so keep an eye out for that!

In terms of events, it has been quite a busy month! We published about EF! Gathering UK, the call for solidarity on June 11th, the National Animal Rights March in London this summer and the Animal Liberation Gathering in the Netherlands in August.

Finally, Operation 1000 outside MBR Acres came and went and from what we have heard it felt like a huge injection of power into the UK grassroots movement.

If you value the work we do, please donate to help us continue, either via PayPal or Patreon.

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BEING PART OF THE ROJAVA REVOLUTION

received anonymously:

Coming to Rojava I knew one thing for sure, I would learn a lot and much would be asked of me. This learning is of course not limited to certain spaces, but more an every day life philosophy. The last weeks together with other internationalists we organized some space to learn, analyze and share life. For this purpose, we did what’s so rare nowadays, we turned off our phones put them aside and ignored them for a whole three weeks. And then it started, getting up early, doing sports together, eating breakfast together, followed by hour long discussions about the meaning of life, the influence different philosopher’s have had on our understanding of the world and much more.

We invited older friends to come and share their stories with us, never starting with themselves, but always starting from their societies history and a collective standpoint. At times a very frustrating experience! Imagine yourself asking a somewhat simple question, like what do you think about anarchism? And instead of someone starting with Anarchism, this person first explains to you how patriarchy, the state and ideologies came about. Slowly, we understood more the inter connectivity between all topics and the importance to not dissect them into small mouth sized pieces, but always try to keep the broad in mind. These weeks were not always easy, with my mind so busy, I could never get enough hours of sleep- often laying awake until late at night thinking about the meaning of revolution, and just when I had finally closed my eyes, someone would come and wake me up for night watch. Night watch and security in general is something we have to take seriously here, we never rely on outsiders to keep us safe.

At times it’s hard to remember that I am in a war zone, the humming of the drones is almost unnoticeable among the noise of the city, news of friends having fallen normally reach us over the internet, making them feel far away and distant, somehow unreal, and even though everyone is complaining about the economical situation, to me at times that doesn’t sound much different from the daily complaints in the UK. But then- of course it is, there’s the small moments when I am painfully aware just where I am, when my housemate tells me her nightmares about her sister falling sehid, or that she dreamed about one of her many friends who have fallen or when I am sitting in the middle of the night, carrying the (shared!) responsibility of keeping an eye out for my friends and comrades. The low intensity warfare works, not just on the western media, who are turning a blind eye to the atrocities committed here, but also on you and me- those of us, who stand in solidarity with the Kurdish movement, who want to see Rojava thrive. I can ignore the reality of the war, exactly what Turkey is aiming for, so it can slowly, but surely kill the revolution. During our discussions, we reminded ourselves of this situation, opening our eyes, trying to really feel it and give our actions and words meaning- making them a constant response. In one seminar, a friend gave us a lesson on the history of sexism, how it developed, it’s turning points, different philosopher’s impacts and I found myself shaking with anger.

Never before had I felt anger so clearly, so raw, inside me, in response to someone giving a presentation. For me in this moment I knew, we need to take this struggle a hell of a lot more serious and step up our actions, the oppressive systems need a powerful response and we all must be part of it.

JUNE 11th 2024 STATEMENT FROM MARIUS MASON – PRISONER SUPPORT

Marius Mason is an anarchist animal rights activist who has been in prison since 2009.

Marius plead guilty to being involved in an arson at a research lab, and to twelve acts of property damage. Marius release date is January 10 2027. 

Each year at June 11th, the international day of solidarity of with Marius Mason and long-term anarchist prisoners, folks remember our longest imprisoned anarchist comrades through words, actions and ongoing material support.

Marius recently published a statement,

“Dear Family and Friends
Thank you for coming together to support all anarchist prisoners still kept from freedom. Your positivity and encouragement have meant the world to me, literally, this past year. Now that it has been some 16 years away from the free world for me, your stories have allowed me to connect to campaigns as different as saving the commons in Georgia to ending genocide in Gaza. (….)”

Read the whole statement at: https://june11.noblogs.org/post/2024/05/07/2024-statement-from-marius-mason/

ALWAYS IN SOLIDARITY

OPERATION 1000, A RESURGENCE AGAINST MBR?

Received anonymously via email:

“Four hundred activists from across the country and beyond mobilised at MBR Acres on May 25th, in a sure sign that British grassroots animal liberation is back. MBR Acres breeds 2,000 dogs a year for the research industry. These dogs will be poisoned to death inside Frankenstein laboratories and then cut apart by sadistic lab technicians.

This was the largest turnout at a vivisection breeder in some years, and if the energy, rage, and determination are anything to go by, this is a movement once more on the rise.

Setting the tone, the night before, the iconic Louise Ryan proudly and publicly defaced and tore apart MBR’s fresh new advertising banner draped across their front gate. The banner, which bragged of ‘thriving’ dogs and benefits to human and non-human animals, was as offensive as it was misleading. If the CPS and MBR are brave enough to try to prosecute Louise for her courageous action, they will struggle to find a jury willing to disagree with her.

On the day itself, almost as soon as activists began to arrive, a sit-down protest blocked the main road. Police struggled to remove the activists as more and more people swarmed into the area. Smoke from flares filled the air as drums, megaphones, and hundreds of voices reverberated along a growing queue of blockaded vehicles. Eventually, the police gave up and officially closed the whole road for the rest of the day.

The little that remained of MBR’s vinyl banner, was ripped down and replaced with new signs denouncing the company and explaining the truth about their vile industry. Attempts were also made by some to climb the front gates.

Meanwhile, along the fence’s side perimeter, police seized at least one pair of bolt cutters used by activists to cut through it. As sticks and stones began raining over the razor wire, the fences began to shake as activists tried to tear them down.

Dozens of police stormed to the action, pushing, shoving, and throwing activists into ditches as they did so.

As police desperately tried to regain control of the situation, the majority of the protestors, who were now by the side fence, listened to speeches and held a minute’s silence. 

With the police distracted, just twenty meters away, two activists tore the chainlink fence from the metal fence posts, revealing enough space to get inside. Security began to panic, and screams of ‘We have a breach!’ were heard down the radios as backup flooded to the scene. Outnumbering the activists by three to one and setting guard dogs on the fences, the best opportunity to enter MBR Acres was lost.

As the protest dispersed, the action wasn’t quite over. Throughout the following night, MBR’s remaining signage was covered in red and black paint.

This is a movement on the rise, and anyone who experienced the action at MBR on May 25th will have felt the energy, spark and determination brewing. It feels inevitable that this hellhole will close. It’s not a matter of if, but when; and that is up to us.”

THE ALF LIBERATES A GERMAN SHEPHERD DOG FROM A LIFE OF HELL.

January, Ireland.

Received anonymously via email:

“Earlier this year, the Ulster Brigade of the Animal Liberation Front of Ireland liberated a German Shepherd from a life of hell.

For years, this beautiful big German Shepherd dog had been chained to an iron block and was living in a small pen, covered in his own faeces and his food thrown on top of it. The bowl he was expected to drink from was full of green algae. The dog had welt marks on his side from being beaten and was generally unkempt.

A kind soul who carried out work at the property alerted one of our volunteers to this poor dog’s plight. Within a few hours, a team assembled and were ready for the liberation mission.

The imprisoner of this beautiful creature was an elderly farmer who was known locally to brandish a shotgun to trespassers on his land. Our team of volunteers appropriately armed themselves and went equipped for any eventuality.

Within seconds of entering the property, our volunteers had managed to set the beautiful dog free from his shackles and he jumped into our vehicle without hesitation – as if to tell us to get him out of there as fast as we could.

The PSNI decided to share a stolen dog post. Rest assured, this big lad wasn’t stolen – he was LIBERATED!

The photo that the police service put up got them a lot of negative attention and people hoped and prayed that this dog was saved. Your prayers were answered.

We got the lovely boy to his safehouse, a few hundred miles away, where he’d spend a few weeks being assessed before we found him a permanent home. Truth be told, for a dog so mistreated, he had the most gentle, patient and loving personality of any dog we’ve ever come across! He was even trusted with the rescued horses.

His permanent companions came and collected him and he has been a welcomed addition to their household ever since. He has a sofa and bed to call his own – some new canine siblings and never has to worry about being mistreated again.

As for the farmer, our volunteers have made sure that he will never mistreat a dog again, lest he want to lose his mobility.

Up the ALF!”