NINE ACTIVISTS HEADING TO TRIAL FOR CRIMINAL ASSOCIATION, CRIMINAL DAMAGE AND THE RESCUE OF SEVEN LAMBS. – PRISONER SUPPORT.

On the 28th of January, nine activists will face a court trial in Le Mans, France. They are accused of criminal damage, the rescue of seven lambs and belonging to a liminal association. Multiple civil parties are involved red with the prosecution including FNSEA (national farmers association), Interveb (interprofessional association for livestock and meat) and Hendrix Genetics (a company specialising in the breeding of livestock that holds twenty-eight million animals in their breeding database).

The activists are facing a range of sentences, from very hefty fines to suspended sentences or even firm prison sentences.

Two of the seven lambs are also facing prosecution, and out of the outcome of the court case, the state is asking for the animals to be given back to the breeder.

Folks are asking for solidarity outside of court, at 9 am in front of the Cité Judiciarie in Le Mans, but they also wish for their story to be told and shared far and wide.

If you cannot show solidarity by being present during court, you can choose to take whatever action you feel makes sense in solidarity with the defendants and the lambs.

They also have a fundraiser to help with legal fees that you can find here: 

https://www.papayoux-solidarite.com/fr/collecte/proces-animal1st

SOLIDARITY!

BRISTOL ‘KILL THE BILL’ – PRISONER SUPPORT

Folks in the UK have been tirelessly fighting the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, a piece of legislation being pushed through that would drastically impact people’s right to protest legally. The bill gives police increased stop and search powers, it gives prison sentences for ‘locking on’, it criminalises trespass which will greatly affect the Gypsy, NFA, traveller and hunt sabbing community who already experience regular police harassment. It even gives the police the power to give ASBO like orders to protestors, regardless of if they have committed a crime. These orders aim to remove the freedom of speech and assembly of certain individuals and could ban them from seeing people or even sharing stuff online.

Bristol has been at the centre of a lot of resistance to this terrifying bill. On the 21st of March 2021 at a Bristol Kill the Bill demo, just weeks after the arrest, rape and murder of Sarah Everard by a MET police officer, the protest erupted into a clash between protestors and police. The police dressed in full riot gear started hitting protesters round the head with batons and people took action to defend themselves and fight back. A cop shop and police vehicles were also targeted with windows smashed and vans set alight. Many arrests have been made since with some facing serious riot charges.

On Friday 30th of July, five ‘Kill the Bill’ protesters were collectively sentenced to over 14 years in jail. On the 9th of September, one person was sentenced to over 4 months for simply stealing a police officers hat. It is clear the police and courts are doing everything they can to try and repress the uprising against this bill and severely punish those caught fighting back. One person alone was sentenced to 14 years in prison for their part in the protest.

Bristol ABC have a list of ‘Kill the Bill’ prisoners and their addresses so please put pen to paper and send these folks letters,. Let them know they are supported and you are proud of their bravery and resilience in taking a stand and defending themselves and others from the brutality of the police.

Yasmin, another ‘Kill the Bill’ protestor brutally beaten by police and facing prison time for the privilege will be on trial in Bristol Crown Court on Monday 31st of January 2022. There is a call out for court support and a demo will be taking place outside the court starting at 8:30am.

We send our unconditional solidarity and support to all those facing state repression as a result of fighting this oppressive bill.

For more information regarding how to support ‘Kill the Bill’ prisoners check out: https://bristolabc.wordpress.com

They also have a fundraiser for prisoners sentenced as a result of the March ‘Kill the Bill’ protests

https://www.gofundme.com/f/ktb-prisoner-support-fund

Bristol Defendant Solidarity, @BristolDefenda1 on twitter, are offering unconditional support to people arrested at Bristol protests. From legal info to solidarity through arrest & court.

LOVE & RAGE

PORGREG PIG FARM, A BLOCKADE, TWELVE ARRESTS AND THE END OF AN ERA.

Porgreg was a farm in Canada set up in the 80s that was able to exploit up to 3500 pigs at any one time. In December 2019, a group of twelve activists decided to occupy the farm, demanding that the conditions of the pigs be publicised. What they found inside was nightmarish. The farrowing crates were littered with dead and decomposing piglets. The fattening pens, swimming pools of shit and piss. Pigs had nowhere to be warm, or dry, and their food simply sunk into the puddle of their waste.

The group of activists occupied the farm for six hours, asking the press to come in and film the conditions of the place. The police did not care and arrested all, charging them with breaking and entering and impeding a police officer.

After the action, the footage obtained was publicly released, causing a huge ripple effect. MAPAQ (the Ministry of Agriculture in Quebec), had never once inspected the Progreg farm in their forty years of existence. They visited the farm just a week after the occupation for the first time since the farm had opened.

Investors lost trust and pulled out. Meanwhile, retailers decided they were no longer going to buy pigs that were reared at the farm.

During the action’s trial in October 2021, which lasted seven days, the farmer explained; “we can no longer profit from farming pigs and had to close down”.

The activists will receive their verdict (and possible sentencing) on the 24th of February. We will make sure to cover what the results are.

SOLIDARITY!

THREE HENS LIBERATED, FOUR MONTHS IN PRISON?

Last week a comrade was sentenced in Northern Ireland for the liberation of three chickens. The liberation took place in July at a broiler farm and it was live-streamed, showing the conditions of the farm and open rescuing three chickens in the process.

Tuesday was then arrested and charged with theft, burglary and criminal damage. The judge didn’t care that the door was open and that no criminal damage had been caused, and they didn’t give a fuck about intent. Tuesday explained she entered the farm wanting to document the meat industry but that she could not help herself to try and give a home to a few chickens after seeing how horrible it looked.

She was sentenced to four months in prison that was then exchanged for three years suspended sentence.

Tuesday has more court cases coming related to Meat the Victims that includes a charge of “moving a pig without the tag in its ear” after the animal had been surrendered by the farmer during a Meat the Victims action.

Whilst we are happy that Tuesday avoided prison, three years suspended sentence are an incredibly harsh punishment for the liberation of three hens, and luckily the court cases coming should not affect the sliding scale of legal punishment as she was charged before the July action.

Support all comrades facing the “justice” system.

An injury to one is an injury to all!

SOLIDARITY.

SWEDISH COMRADE IS IN NEED OF HELP TO COVER COURT FEES, AND YOU CAN HELP!

A Swedish comrade contacted us to inform us of a court decision to fine them with 10600 SEK (885 GBP, 1171 USD, 1034 EUR) that they must pay before the 5th of January.

They were sentenced to two different crimes. They accepted the charge of vandalism at a mink farm, where whilst at a demonstration they painted the perimeter walls with “murderer” and splattered paint around. They were also accused of the liberation of a rabbit in a rabbit meat farm where ALF stickers and spray painting was also found. They maintained their innocence concerning the rabbit liberation, but the judge decided they were responsible for both of the actions.

They have also received a non-custodial, suspended sentence.

The comrade is not someone who can afford this fine. Whilst talking to them yesterday, they said that they were looking at taking a fast loan to pay for it and this is not something that we as a community should ever allow. We are all one, and we all will fight back against the injustice of the so-called justice system.

We know that 10000 SEK is a lot of money, and we know that not one single person can donate the whole amount, but we have a month to fundraise and we have no doubt that in between everybody that follows Unoffensive we can raise enough funds to help cover that fine and avoid a comrade fighting in the frontline to have to get into sticky situations taking loans with a horrible capitalist business that without a doubt will charge them a huge interest for it.

So please, if you have anything to spare, send a few coins. If you don’t, please reach out to everybody you know. Tag folks under our social media posts, ask them to help, interact, comment and send love to the comrade. We will constantly update the money raised and will ensure to let everybody know as soon as we hit the target of 850 GBP.

You can send a coin, or two, or a hundred over PayPal: unoffensive_animal(at)tutanota.com

We also have bitcoin and monero wallets, that can be found over on our website.

Simply write a little note on the donation saying “solidarity with our Swedish comrade” and we will ensure all money is put aside and sent to the person as soon as possible.

Solidarity is our biggest weapon. Let’s win this battle. 

UA

PRISONERS OF THE STATE, YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN!

When was the last time you wrote a letter to a prisoner? From animal rights and eco struggle to anti-racist, anarchist and anti-fascist prisoners, many folks are locked up due to their political fight.

Sending dissenting activists to prison is a fairly common tactic by governments, not only in an attempt to silence those taking action but also to inflict fear and doubt in others who might consider doing the same.

For that reason, supporting political prisoners is not only a necessary act of solidarity with those incarcerated, it also is a way of ensuring that those who are not being targeted by the state feel that if the time ever comes they will also be supported.

Today, grab yourself some paper and write a letter to a prisoner. Write to someone you’ve written before, or write to a stranger, that does not matter! But ensure you write a letter to a prisoner and open a new window within their concrete walls.

If you don’t know what to say or you’ve never written to someone incarcerated, simply tell them about your day, or about the last time you went for a walk in nature or a moment in your life that made you very happy. It doesn’t matter, simply talk to them about anything and everything except for maybe their case (especially if they are awaiting trial) or anything that could be understood as illegal.

Every prison (and sometimes just some prisoners) have mail restrictions. These vary vastly but for the most part if they are allowed to receive mail the safest way to send it is on white paper and using black ink. You can check on specific prisoner support groups to know if the person you’re writing to has restrictions. If they don’t, colourful postcards, news clippings and photos will always be a wonderful addition to your letters!

You can find a handful of prisoners to write to here:

www.unoffensiveanimal.is/prisoner-support

If you want more addresses, we find Brighton ABC to have a very up to date list:

https://www.brightonabc.org.uk/prisoners.html

NewYork ABC also has very good lists on prisoners:

https://nycabc.wordpress.com/

If by any chance you feel the need to understand why we stand against prisons, against judges and against the police, we cannot recommend this read any more effusively:

What about the rapists?

Solidarity is our biggest weapon. Use it!

SUPPORT DJURFRONT

A memeber of @djurfront was recently sentenced to pay a fine of SEK 8,732 which is around 866 euros, £734 or $1002. This fine was given after someone started a siren during a demo at a mink farm in Glommen, Sweden. A friend of the owner of the fur farm claimed he suffered damage to his hearing and reported the activist for assult.

This comes after a series of police repression against actvists protesting the disgusting mink farm owned by Niclas Petterson, who has himself attacked multiple demonstators over the years.

There has been continued pressure applied on Niclas and his mink farm from both over and underground actions. Including the staging of his own funeral in his front garden and an arson attack on his vehicle as well as regular protests.

Suport the campaign and those fighting it, show solidarity with the mink and those taking action to get them out.

Fuck fur farms and anyone invloved in the fur trade.

paypal.me/DjurfrontSE

May the mink escape their cages and eat their captors.

SUPPORT DYLAN DUNNE

In the UK, after a draconian new policing bill was introduced to push even harsher regulations on protesters, demonstrations and riots kicked off throughout the country to oppose it. Many folks got arrested, and some have been handed prison sentences. Dylan Dunne is one of them.

State control does have deep pockets and many weapons upholding it but it is still largely performative. It is reliant on us going along with it, not laughing at it and telling it to fuck off. With fascism across the globe becoming more visible and organised state repression inevitably increases as they work hard to crack down on any sign of dissent. As the British government turns back boats full of refugees they helped create they also hand out prison sentences to anyone they can catch who stands against them or makes a mockery of their “authority”.

Every day they reach higher levels of deadly and ridiculous. Dylan has now been sentenced to over 4 months in prison for… stealing a police hat at a ‘Kill the Bill’ demo. Don’t let our comrade stand alone, he has asked for letters so write to him and show support.

You can address your letters to:

Dylan Dunne #A4108ER,
HMP Horfield,
19 Cambridge Road,
Bristol, BS7 8PS,
UK.

art by @nobnozo
for more info on Kill the Bill prisoners see @bristol_abc

FUCK THE POLICE!

SUPPORT JESSICA REZNICEK.

In 2016, Jessica took action to stop the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline but dismantling machinery as well as pipeline valves. In 2021 she was sentenced to eight years in prison, aided by the application of a terrorism enhancement to her action to save the water and show solidarity with indigenous communities. Without that terrorism enhancement, she would’ve served three years instead. She has also been asked for restitution of  $3,198,512.70 paid to Energy Transfer LLC. 

She reported to prison on August 11th and she could do with letters of support and love. She likes nature, camping, swimming, hiking, theology, music, gardening, laughter and eco-sustainability.

Please write to her here:

Jessica Reznicek # 19293-030
FCI Waseca
PO Box 1731
Waseca, MN 56093
USA

Keep up to date with her case and with all other ways to support her whilst incarcerated on the support website: https://supportjessicareznicek.com/

Scheduled release: 11th August 2029

SOLIDARITY!

HELP RAISE FUNDS FOR A SLAUGHTERHOUSE BLOCKADE IN ESSEX, UK

Essex Animal Defenders organised an action in 2020 where two folks locked on to the entrance of the slaughterhouse, halting the works for the day.

This was the culmination of many years campaigning against Romford Halal Meats, that had been found slaughtering ill and injured animals in every occasion that EAD organised an “impromptu visit”.

The action wasn’t taken lightly. They attempted to take evidence to Food Standards Association and no one did anything about it, even with heaps of evidence showing the multiple breach of regulations by the slaughterhouse.

After the lock on action they were arrested an d charged with aggravated trespass, and have now been sentenced to a combined fine of £1,470 (1722 euros, 2036 US dollars).

They have set up a GoFundMe to raise the funds and we believe no one should go under the repression of the state by themselves. If you are able to support them, please send some money to the gofundme and help them get rid of that fine so they can carry on doing their work comfortably.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-pay-fines-for-defending-animals

If you are not able to support them, please share far and wide so as many people as possible hear about it and contribute.

Solidarity is our biggest weapon

UA.

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