ACTIVISTS CUT THE FENCE AT A LOCAL PARK AVIARY RELEASING ALL THE BIRDS.

7th November, Leiden Netherlands.

Via De Zwarte Tulp

ENGLISH:

Several members from De Zwarte Tulp opened the cages of the Aviary in Het Plantsoen in Leiden on the night of 7 to 8 November, as we had promised after our previous campaign.

For our reasoning, we refer you to our previous statement on our website. In this text we state that the freedom of the birds is priority number one and the confinement of the birds is morally unjustified. We would also like to emphasize that 0 birds were found dead as a result of our previous action.

We suspect this is the reason the municipality reacted differently this time. They can no longer claim that the escaped birds died. Instead, we are noticing conflicting reports from the municipality and outlets like Sleutelstad and Leidsch Dagblad.

The municipality claims that a cat was found in the aviary, this can be seen in photos. However, they also claim that thIs cat ate some of the birds, a claim which Unity then uncritically regurgitated and turned into their headline. This while Het Leidsch Dagblad previously said that the cat had timidly hidden itself away in a corner. On Tuesday, Sleutelstad even went so far as to suggest that we left this cat here, now they tell the same story as the municipality.

We want to make it clear that we did not leave this cat in the cage. We are against putting animals in cages, this includes cats. In addition, no evidence has been provided for the claim that the cat had eaten some of the birds. If this is actually true, we’d like to see some proof.

We are saddened to see that the municipality is not taking our concerns seriously and is making unsubstantiated claims again. This distracts from the point of our action: birds shouldn’t be forced into cages. Instead, they want to portray us as untrustworthy criminals who are inherently wrong. If the birds weren’t trapped, we wouldn’t have had to free them.

This is why we would like to ask people to not just believe everything the authorities and the media say without substantial proof to back it up. Please think critically.

Speaking of critical thinking, we find it peculiar that nowhere in the responses, both from the media and comments there, we’ve seen an answer to the question we raised. Is this because people would rather be caged from the moment they’re born, living the rest of their lives in the equivalent of a tiny student room instead of the vast outside world? We highly doubt it.

Therefore we’d like to ask again: wouldn’t you rather be free too?

We would like to ask the municipality to discuss our concerns. We have read the documents from the city council and we find it unacceptable and borderline undemocratic how the council has dealt with the Partij voor de Dieren. Take their concerns seriously as well.

In any case, it’s clear that the municipality is showing some hostility towards us.

With militant regards,
Team “Free as a bird”

DUTCH:

Een aantal leden van De Zwarte Tulp hebben in de nacht van 7 op 8 november de kooien van de Volière in Het Plantsoen in Leiden geopend, zoals wij hadden beloofd na onze vorige actie.
Voor onze beweegredenen verwijzen we jullie naar ons vorig statement op onze website. Hierin stellen wij dat de vrijheid van de vogels prioriteit nummer 1 is en het opsluiten van de vogels moreel verwerpelijk is. Wij willen ook graag benadrukken dat er 0 vogels dood zijn aangetroffen als gevolg van onze vorige actie.

Wij hebben het vermoeden dat er hierdoor dit keer een andere reactie vanuit de gemeente is gekomen. De gemeente kan nu niet meer claimen dat er ontsnapte vogels gestorven zijn. In plaats daarvan valt ons nu tegenstrijdige berichtgeving vanuit de gemeente, Sleutelstad en het Leidsch Dagblad op.

De gemeente claimt dat er een kat is aangetroffen in de volière, dit is te zien op foto’s. Echter zeggen zij vervolgens ook dat deze kat vogels heeft opgegeten, een claim die Unity zonder kritiek heeft overgenomen en zelfs als kop van hun artikel gebruikt. Dit terwijl volgens het Leidsch Dagblad de kat zich schuw in een hoekje had verstopt.  Sleutelstad wekte dinsdag nog de suggestie dat wij die kat daar zouden hebben achtergelaten. Inmiddels vertelt Sleutelstad echter hetzelfde verhaal als de gemeente.

Wij willen duidelijk maken dat wij deze kat niet in de kooi hebben achtergelaten. Wij zijn tegen het plaatsen van dieren in kooien, dit geldt ook voor katten.  Daarnaast is voor de claim dat de kat vogels heeft opgegeten ook geen bewijs geleverd. Als deze kat daadwerkelijk vogels heeft opgegeten, dan willen wij dat graag zien voordat wij dat geloven.

Wij vinden het jammer dat de autoriteiten onze zorgen niet serieus nemen en opnieuw ongefundeerde claims maken. Dit leidt af van het punt van onze actie: vogels zouden niet gedwongen in een kooi opgesloten moeten zitten. In plaats daarvan willen ze door middel van ongegronde claims ons wegzetten als zijnde niet te vertrouwen criminelen die het per definitie aan het verkeerde eind hebben. Maar, als de vogels niet opgesloten zouden zitten, zouden wij ze ook niet hoeven te bevrijden.

Daarom willen wij mensen vragen om niet zomaar alles wat de autoriteiten en de media zeggen te geloven als daarvoor geen bewijs voor wordt geleverd en kritisch na te denken.

Over kritisch nadenken gesproken, we vinden het opvallend dat nergens in de reacties, zowel van de media en comments daar, een antwoord wordt gegeven op de vraag die we gesteld hebben. Is dit omdat men werkelijk liever in een kooi geboren wordt, om hun hele leven door te brengen in de grootte van een kleine studentenkamer in plaats van de wijde wereld daarbuiten? Wij betwijfelen dit ten zeerste. Vandaar dat we opnieuw willen vragen: Jij zou toch ook liever vrij zijn?

Aan de gemeente willen wij vragen om onze zorgen te bespreken. Wij hebben de stukken van de gemeenteraad gelezen en wij vinden het onacceptabel en ronduit ondemocratisch hoe het college met de Partij voor de Dieren is omgegaan. Neem ook hun zorgen serieus.

Het is in ieder geval duidelijk dat de gemeente zich vijandig naar ons opstelt.

Met strijdbare groet,
Team Vogelvrij

UNDERGROUND BADGER SYNDICATE, TAKING DIRECT ACTION TO STOP THE MURDER OF THE WILD.

A few years ago, Underground Badger Syndicate was born as an anti-hunting direct action splinter from Unoffensive Animal. By now, the group is a fully fledged independent team of very committed activists that look for traps wherever they are and destroy the tools that murder wildlife.

We spent some time with them during the last badger cull and it was amazing to see the strategy and work of folks who might not see each other in months but still knows how to work together and be very disruptive to the hunters. We would love to share with you one of our favourite pieces of media they published during the last season; the release of a badger from a trap in the middle of the night. 

We will paste the words that accompanied that video, but before we do we would really like to ask folks to donate to them if you are able to; they are a non-affiliated direct action group which means no bigger charities or organisations are funding them, and they are constantly in need of support.

https://donorbox.org/help-underground-badger-syndicate-fuel-up
Https://paypal.me/fuckthecull1

Find UBS:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100063318993550
Instagram: @undergroundbadgersyndicate

“WELL, I HOPE THAT SOMEWHERE SOMEONE BREAKS FREE TONIGHT.

You just went for a stroll. Down the path, into the fields, snuffling around and looking for food. You know what you’re looking for. For a week, you’ve been snacking on peanuts every single day. You walk straight to them, feeling the luckiest animal on earth. Except for this time; your luck has run out.

The cold, deafening sound of the cage shutting behind you startles you. You turn around leaving your peanuts behind, but you are trapped. Locked in a metal box and without escape, you still fight.

It is desperate and frantic, yet hopeless. You scratch against the mud and your nails mark the ground, but they don’t manage to break the soil below you. You don’t care that your knees are bloodied, you want to break free. When that does not work, you try headbutting the walls. A streak of warm blood falls into your eyes from your forehead. There is no escape.

You just wanted to roam free, but the human had decided otherwise. You’re a pest, a problem, an inconvenience. You deserve death. So with nothing else to do but wait, you stare away into the night awaiting your fate. A gunshot awaits you a few hours away from now.

Today is your lucky day though, and so it is ours for having met such an incredibly resilient fighter. You didn’t need a saviour, but you certainly needed solidarity. So we extend solidarity to you and you keep fighting from today onwards.

Stay away from peanuts little one, and run free forever.

LET THE FUCKING WILD BE WILD.”

THE ANIMAL LIBERATION FRONT FREES EIGHT LAMBS FROM HORRIBLE CONDITIONS IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE FOUR CHILEAN ARRESTEES.

7th November, Northamptonshire UK.

received anonymously via email:

“On the 7th November, after having heard of the arrest of four comrades accused of a slaughterhosue arson in Chile, we decided to take action in solidarity. We had been keeping an eye on a Northamptonshire sheep farmer that is known to neglect animals even more than the standard.

We paid a visit to one of his fields and discovered what nightmares are made of. From about sixty young lambs, we could count at least twelve bodies laying dead in the mud. Many others too weak to run, or completely stuck in brambles or barbed wire.

We took eight lambs with us, as many as we could fit, and drove them to safety. During the drive, more and more gruesome discoveries were found. Their excrements were full of worms, their spine could be felt all the way around and two of them were covered in flystrike. We hope all the lambs make a speedy recovery now that they have people around who care about their wellbeing and freedom.

This farmer deserves a lot more than just a liberation, and we can promise this is just the begining. He will pay for the enormous suffering that he inflicts on every single animal under his care.

To our imprisoned comrades in Chile, solidarity, love and rage.

You can imprison activists, but you can never jail the ALF.”

MICHAL KOLESAR AND HIS TEAM OPEN RESCUE EIGHT DUCKS FROM A MEAT FARM.

November, Czech Republic.

via: Michal Kolesar.

ENG:

“I don’t want to go to places like that anymore. It’s the same misery just in different scenes. It’s getting harder to leave.

We went to rescue ducks. We took nine of them. One of them was lying on her back. Weak and light. In that moment I held her in my hands I knew it was bad. She died just a few kilometres from where she would have died if we hadn’t come.

We took eight of them home. To life. To better times.Thanks to everyone who is with us.”

CZ:

“Nechci už na taková místa. Pořád stejná bída. Jen v jiných kulisách. Je pořád těžší odcházet.

Šli jsme pro kachny. Vzali jsme jich devět. Jednu, která ležela na zádech. Slabá a lehká. Už když jsem ji bral do dlaní, tak jsem věděl, že je to špatné. Umřela nám pár kilometrů od místa, kde by umřela, kdybychom nepřišli.

Osm jsme jich rozvezli do domovů. Do života. Do lepších časů. Díky všem, kdo jsou s námi.”

ACTIVISTS LIBERATE A HEN AT THE DOORS OF THE SLAUGHTERHOUSE IN MEMORY OF BARRY HORNE.

November, South America

received anonymously via email:

“Anti-specist individuals carried out an animal liberation rescue from a poultry slaughtering industry.

The action was carried out while a truck, loaded with live chickens, entered the torture center and slaughterhouse. Moment in which it was possible to materialize the extraction of a bird that had managed to escape from the despicable plastic cages that imprisoned it and transported it to death.

The hen was in very poor condition, semi plucked and too stressed. After leaving the place, she was taken to a permanent shelter where she will receive veterinary care and special care for her rehabilitation.

This action was dedicated to Barry Horne, a comrade in the struggle for animal liberation, who died on November 5, 2001 after a fourth hunger strike against animal experimentation, while serving an 18-year prison sentence for setting fire to animal exploitation.

Until every cage is empty!’

ANONYMOUS ACTIVISTS SPRAY PAINT A FOIE GRASS RESTAURANT IN SUPPORT OF A BROAD LOCAL CAMPAIGN.

9th November, Utrecht Netherlands.

Via: Active For Justice

ENGLISH:

“Recently we received this picture; spotted by someone in Utrecht. Apparently this graffiti was already there for several weeks!

Even though we did not do this (and it’s not up to us to talk in the name of the person(s) that did this), we did wanted to share it. Apparently more people do not agree with the sale of foie gras.

Restaurant Bistronome des Arts (where this graffiti is/was) is one of the few restaurants in Utrecht that is still selling foie gras. Soon we will announce our next protest; Utrecht has to go foie gras-free. Will we see you then?”

DUTCH:

“Onlangs kregen we onderstaande foto doorgestuurd; gespot door iemand in Utrecht. Blijkbaar stond deze graffiti er op dat moment al enkele weken!

Hoewel dit niet door ons is gedaan (en het niet aan ons is om voor de dader(s) te spreken over deze actie) wilden we het toch even delen. Blijkbaar zijn meer mensen het niet eens met de verkoop van foie gras.

Restaurant Bistronome des Arts (waar deze graffiti staat/stond) is één van de weinige restaurants in Utrecht die nog steeds foie gras verkoopt. We kondigen snel onze volgende actie aan: Utrecht moet en zal foie gras vrij worden. Zien we je dan?”

ANIMAL LIBERATORS RESCUE EIGHT CHICKENS FROM A FARM.

10th November, Buenos Aires Argentina.

received anonymously via email:

ENG (translation)

“Thousands of buildings for the kidnap and murder go animals and the passivity that makes us accomplices to their death.

That complicity is normalising it, conforming, that complicity is their death penalty.

Where is the fight against the use and murder of animals? In a few outreach campaigns, teaching those monsters that they are not doing it right?

It is enough! We must act beyond what is comfortable, we must put ideas into action.

For that reason we visited a chicken farm, those chickens that would then reach your dinner table chipped up. We took eight beings with us, and they stopped being things, livestock, “something”, to become someone.

Due to the horrible conditions they lived in all might not make it, but from the moment they escaped that place they escaped the reason why they had been born. It is much more preferable for them to die without being abused, without being enslaved and without being “things”, rather than them dying in the hands of their master to end up in some monster’s stomach.

Even if it is one, that is more than enough. Every life matters, and every direct action counts, let’s take action against the machine that subjects them to abuse! Animal Liberators”

SPA (original)

“Miles de centros de secuestro y asesinato de animales por doquier y una pasividad que nos hace cómplices.
Esa complicidad es normalización, esa complicidad es conformismo, esa complicidad es una condena a muerte.
¿y donde esta la oposición al exterminio y uso de animales? solo en algunas campañas de concientizacion? enseñandoles
a lxs monstruxs lo mal que esta lo que hacen?
No! es necesario, accionar mas allá de la comodidad, es necesario elevar las ideas hacia lo concreto.
Por ello visitamos un centro de exterminio de gallinas, esas que después llegan descuartizadas a la mesa, de lxs ciudadanxs modelo. Pudimos llevarnos con nosotrxs 8 seres, que dejaron de ser una cosa, una mercancía, “algo”, para ser una vida.
Debido a las condiciones a las que las someten, quizá no sobrevivan todas, pero desde el momento que salieron de ese lugar de exterminio, se rompió la lógica bajo la cual las hicieron nacer. Y es preferible que mueran sin ser sometidas, sin ser esclavas y sin estar cosificadas,
a que mueran en manos de su carcelero para terminar en el estomago de algún monstrux humanx
y por más que sea una sola, ya es mas que suficiente, cada vida vale, y cada acción directa cuenta, accionemos contra esa maquinaria
de cosificación y sometimiento!

Liberadorxs de animales”

THE ANIMAL LIBERATION FRONT RELEASES ANOTHER 800 MINK.

November, Michigan USA.

via: NAALPO

Received anonymously:

“all mink (800) released from pipkorn farm: a delayed response to the farmer’s open letter from 1999; sorry it took us so long to respond (we weren’t born yet). to remind you.

https://www.naiaonline.org/articles/article/an-open-letter-to-our-neighbors-from-pipkorn-mink-ranch), this is what was published after the elf freed 5,000 mink from your killing chambers in northern michigan. the midwest is home to many who torture and murder mink.

we like what you’ve done with the place: several new fences and a camera on your barn. these were easily circumvented without the airplanes you suspected from last time, with just a leisurely stroll around back, bolt cutters for the barbed wire, and wire cutters for the chicken wire fence. we also saw how many empty abandoned sheds there were, seems like you were already on your way out.

in this letter, you refered to the mink as “defenseless”, which you would know after analy electrocuting them year after year after year with no remorse. we saw how enlived and energized they were runnning in the field for the first time and believe that giving them a chance at life is better than the certain death they face at your hands. we also wonder whether the community will be so eager to help you after it was confirmed that the mink you held in close quarters developed and spread a specific mutation of covid in your commmunity in 2020. what is being a good neighbor? ruthlessly caging and slaughtering so many beautiful creatures every year? adding considerably to climate and ecological disaster?
all just so rich people can have a new fancy fit?

your wealth is not worth more than one life and certainly not the hundreds of thousands you’ve murdered to date. we came to your farm to free the ones we could (and indeed uncaged every last one), but also to shut you down so the killing stops now. we will make good on this promise, with a little faster response time.”

THE ANIMAL LIBERATION FRONT RELEASES 1000 MINK FROM A FUR FARM IN MEMORY OF BARRY HORNE.

Via: NAALPO

November, Ohio USA.

Received anonymously:

“MINK LIBERATED IN OHIO – FOR BARRY, RUN WILD

MOTIVATED BY LOVE AND RESPECT FOR BARRY HORNE, ANIMAL LIBERATIONISTS FREED 1,000 MINK SLATED FOR CERTAIN DEATH THIS MONTH IN MASSILLON OHIO. THE FRIENDLY GUARD DOG GRACIOUSLY STOPPED BARKING, AIDING US IN OUR MISSION EVEN AS THE MINK SCREAMED IN EXCITEMENT ABOUT THEIR FREEDOM.

MINK ARE GENETICALLY WILD, AND SO EAGERLY RAN IN GRASS FOR THE FIRST TIME TOWARDS FREEDOM (WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM SOME SHREDDED CHEESE). THEY CAN NOW EXPECT HEALTHY LIVES IN NATURE. MINK ARE SOLITARY ANIMALS, BUT THESE POOR BABIES WERE FORCED INTO TINY WIRE CAGES STUFFED FULL OF OTHER MINK, UNTIL THEY WERE SCHEDULED FOR ANAL ELECTROCUTION OR GAS CHAMBERS IN PELTING SEASON (MID NOVEMBER- EARLY DECEMBER).

A NEARBY FARM WAS VISITED AS WELL, WHICH PREVIOUSLY HAD BEEN CONFIRMED TO HAVE MINK AND THERE WERE NO SURVIVORS FOUND: A HARSH REMINDER TO TAKE DECISIVE ACTION AS SOON AS YOU CAN.

WE HOPE THIS INSPIRES YOU, DEAR READERS, TO DESTROY ALL CAGES. WE ACT IN SOLIDARITY WITH ALL IMPRISONED BEINGS, INCLUDING THE BRAVE SOULS AT THE MASSILLON CHILD PRISON WHO HAVE COURAGEOUSLY RIOTED FOR THEIR FREEDOM. THERE HAS NOT BEEN A MINK LIBERATION IN THE LAND UNDER US OCCUPATION SINCE 2019. WE HOPE THIS IS THE BEGINNING OF A RESURGENCE! CHECK OUT FINALNAIL.COM TO FIND A LIST OF ANIMAL TORTURE AND MURDER FACILITIES.”

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