Last month a RICO indictment came against 61 people alleged to be a part of Defend the Atlanta Forest. RICO(Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) carries sentences of up to 20 years, some named in the indictment already face charges of Domestic Terrorism carrying between 5 and 30 years by itself. The fund taking donations to support legal defense is the Atlanta Solidarity Fund.

The Defend the Atlanta Forest struggle is being engaged with in many directions and with many tactics from legal, to clandestine attack and sabotage, to planned mass non-violent direct action protest.

Clandestine action, claimed through communiques, continue to include such things as sabotage of machinery involved in construction, attacks on funders/contractors, attacks on the police, and the public identification of police officers. Interestingly during the last week of action in Atlanta, various parts of Norfolk Southern’s rail infrastructure was sabotaged. The communique claiming the rail sabotaged stated “our original intent was not propaganda of the deed, but to cause economic harm. However, in light of the recent RICO charges, we realized that people might need a little encouragement on how to respond. Norfolk Southern owns and operates many railroads across the country east of the Mississippi.” 

The petition organized by Vote To Stop Cop City is currently in a legal battle as the signatures in the petition are verified and counted. This petition, if accepted, would put to a vote the lease that allows the Atlanta Police Foundation to build cop city on the land.

Shortly after religious individuals chained themselves to construction equipment, a new group, Block Cop City, announced plans for a mass action on Nov. 13 to halt construction of the facility. The group says it plans to hold a 70-city tour in the runup to the mass action and then a convening in Atlanta beginning Nov. 10 and ending with the mass action at the construction site. Block Cop City, says November’s action will not engage in the tactic of property destruction and economic sabotage used in March and at other points over the last two years. The group plans instead to engage in a tactic known as “non-violent direct action.”


via: Unsalted Counter Info

The fur industry in the Pacific Northwest is a shell of what it once was.

Since the first recorded ALF liberation at a fur farm in 1986, where 66 foxes were freed from a fox farm outside of Portland, anti-speciesists in the PNW have waged a war against the fur industry.  At least 20 farms have been visited, and over 31,000 genetically wild animals have been given a chance at freedom.  All of these animals are native to North America and can survive and thrive in the wild.

Only 5 fur farms remain in Oregon today, down from 18 in 2007. The fur farmers cite direct action, aging facilities, aging operators, and low pelt prices as the reasons.

The five farms that remain in operation are:

Cascade Farms of Oregon, 7582 Hunsaker Road SE, Turner, OR 97392

Ruef’s Fur Ranch, 12305 Ruef Lane, Mount Angel, OR 97362

Ruef & Sons (Oregon Mink / Ormink), 11658 Baron Road NE, Mount Angel, OR 97362

Slack/Masog Farms, 32600 Fur Road, Lebanon, OR 97355

Western Star Fur Farm, 40801 Savola Lane, Astoria, OR 97103

Only 4 fur farms remain in Washington. They are:

Moore/Rodriguez mink farm, Moore Quality Ranch, 9471 or 9580 Mount Baker Highway, Deming, WA 98244

Marr mink farm, 4800 Mount Baker Highway, Deming, WA 98244

Roesler Brothers Fur Farm, 33425 138th Street SE, Sultan, WA 98294

Brick Road Fur Farm (possibly closed), 19780 NE 55th Place, Redmond, WA 98053

This is an industry incredibly vulnerable to attack.  2022 saw over 15,000 mink liberated from fur farms in Ohio and Michigan, with the second largest fur farm in the U.S., Lion Farms, closing as a result. Two farms have been visited in 2023, the Olsen mink farm in Independence, WI saw 4000 mink aided to escape, and a week later dozens of foxes were freed from the Tim Jahr fur farm in Arlington, MN.

Every animal on fur farms will be murdered for their fur in November. We have two months to act. For a complete list of fur farms visit


Since 2017, Djurfront has been campaigning to shut down Niclas Pettersson’s mink farm in Falkenberg, Sweden. He was the perfect target for multiple reasons, including the fact that he owned the only mink farm in the southern part of Sweden, making him very isolated from the lobby industry.

Since the begining of the campaign activists did everything they could to make him stop murdering mink. From demonstrations to blockades and even climbing the security tower inside the farm, Niclas was told time and time again that his murdering business was not welcome and needed to stop.

The campaign didn’t just see aboveground activities. In August 2017, activists broke into the farm and liberated 2000 mink. In 2019 just before his daughter’s graduation, the ALF set his car on fire in front of his house. The fire travelled to the adjacent vehicle damaging it too, and the daughter complained that she was unable to be driven to graduation. During halloween that same year the Swedish Animal Rights Militia threw lots of cat shit in Niclas’ garden and set up a grave stone in the front of his house ‘RIP Niclas Pettersson ex-mink farmer’.

Sabotages, slashed tyres, locking the gates of the farm and militant demonstrations were a known happening to Niclas, who a couple of weeks ago decided to shut down for good.

We want to send love and congratulations to everybody who fought against that farm and ended up winning that battle, you’re all absolutely fantastic and the animals are a tad better thanks to you! During the campaign people were heavily assaulted, a good few were convicted of different crimes and there even was prison sentences served. Thank you for your fight and your resilience!

In the 2019 arson report, the ALF wrote: “We have a message for you, Nicolas: We have already won. The question remains – how much do we need to escalate before you give up? We will keep increasing our actions until you stop, until your fur farm is closed and your exploitation of animals is consigned to history. For a future of freedom and a present of fire.” Well, it seems they were right, Niclas had already lost and his animal exploitation business would turn into nothing but a line in the history books.




[Image credit: @nottinghamhuntsabs]

Fox hound, Harrier, Beagle and Basset packs are now routinely being taken out exercising by hunt staff, with many actively beginning cub and leveret hunting. This pre-lude to the main hunting season is carried out to train young hounds how to kill. Aside from this, the training process is vital for building a relationship between the huntsman and hounds as well as hounds learning how to work as a pack. Therefore, sabotaging this is not only important for protecting wildlife on the day but can also be detrimental to hunting efforts during the main season by becoming acquainted with the landscape and where wildlife specifically reside which gives them a better opportunity to act. Many sabotage groups across England and Wales have been present during exercise and have taken action when cubbing has been attempted, including Devon County who disrupted three meets in one week as well as other activity.

Stag hunting, which is confined to the south west of England, has also begun. Sabotaging this form of hunting comes with differing challenges to cub & leveret hunting but efforts to disrupt this has produced results. Though there were multiple kills by the Devon & Somerset Stag Hounds during one Saturday, the hunt was unsuccessful the following Saturday due to efforts made by saboteurs from Mendip, Devon and Dorset. Following a three-hour chase, the hunted stag escaped into sanctuary land which forced the hunt elsewhere. Land ownership played a key factor in this and, despite the real problem of hunt trespass, can limit a hunts availability to hunt freely. Advice on hunt trespass can be found from your local sab group. Days later at another meet, the same hunt resorted to violence against saboteurs from Devon and Mendip who received multiple injuries, including one who was taken to hospital, two vehicles severely damaged and equipment stolen. Both groups are calling for donations for repairs and replacements and be done via their social media pages.

Border County Mink Hounds attempted to hunt on a Sunday, likely as an attempt to evade being caught due to being an uncommon day to hunt. However, they were successfully intercepted by saboteurs from Staffordshire, Nottinghamshire and Manchester and were packed up within minutes. Later in the month, the Dove Valley Mink Hounds packed up instantly on the arrival of saboteurs from Staffordshire and Nottingham.

Saboteurs from Brighton announced that the South Down and Eridge Hunt have had their application for their annual boxing day parade rejected by Lewes council. These parades are historically the biggest day in the hunting calendar, are hugely symbolic and are carried out by the majority of hunts across the UK and Ireland, if not all. Though it is possible for a parade to happen in another capacity, this rejection is a huge blow to a hunts morale and their pocket, as they often use it as an opportunity to raise money. Pressure from depleting funds and overall support is a sure route to a hunt disbanding.

Grouse shooting has begun and, as is tradition, started on the 12th August which is self-proclaimed as the ‘glorious twelfth’. Historically this date has seen shoots taking place on the majority of Grouse moors, if not all, across the middle and north of England as well as Scotland, but has become increasingly targeted by saboteurs from across the UK. This is by far the most expensive form of shooting and can cost shoot organisers thousands in financial loses simply through refunding participants if a shoot is called off. Saboteurs turning up, especially on mass, is a sure way to achieve this and is exactly what they achieved this year after intercepting and shutting down multiple shoots over three days. Two saboteurs were found ‘guilty’ of aggravated trespass and were handed conditional discharges, restraining orders and a fine of £3500. Staffordshire Hunt Sabs are calling for support and donations which help cover such costs and can be done by following the link on their social media accounts. Direct action is playing an important role in the demise of the Grouse shooting industry and is accompanied by mounting pressure from campaigns led by conservationists and wildlife enthusiasts. With land-owning facilitators such as United Utilities pulling the plug on licensing, shooting is becoming less and less sustainable. Whilst in the area, saboteurs also used the opportunity to search for, and respond to, the abundance of traps across the estates. One gamekeeper was quoted saying “there is no doubt that the sight of sabs makes the keepers’ hearts sink”. 

Similar items and more, have also been found and destroyed in other parts of the country throughout the month, including high-seats, snares and fen traps. As Staffordshire Hunt Sabs point out, Larsen traps are banned in their country of origin, yet remain legal in the UK. Campaigns to ban traps are ongoing and is a method that can produce results, such as the National Anti Snaring Campaign and the recent ban on snares in Wales. Until then, a direct approach can not only save wildlife at the time, as seen by Staffordshire and Jorvik saboteurs, but also causes financial damage to whoever intends on using them.

Preparations for the intensive badger cull continue with surveying, information gathering, sett checking and training days, as seen by groups such as Derbyshire Against The Cull as well as saboteurs from Yorkshire, Sheffield and elsewhere. Funds are crucial for groups to continue to operate so consider making a donation. One dedicated anti-cull group, Underground Badger Syndicate, who has been busy with high-seats, is one group asking for such support for fuel costs.

Anyone can play a part in wildlife defence. Information and tip-offs can make a huge difference, whether it is about a hunt taking place, suspicious behaviour in the countryside or concerning discoveries whilst walking a dog or going for a walk. Most, if not all, sabotage groups have social media accounts which be used as a point of contact, with some having direct contact phone numbers and can be found via a quick search online. Otherwise, the tip-off line for the Hunt Saboteurs Association is 07443148426.



CAFT USA continues to increase the pressure on Marc Jacobs, who in June paraded fox fur hats at their show at New York Public Library, and against Max Mara and LVMH who still sell fur clothing.

CAFT is still calling for activists to make their voices heard by protesting in as many Max Mara and LVMH stores as possible, and by disrupting all of Marc Jacobs fashion events until it drops fur. There is also information on the caft_usa socials for how to contact these companies online to demand that they go fur-free.

The group has also put out some really useful information about security culture for animal activism after six of their activists were arrested. This can be found on their Instagram.

There were several positives this month in the broader campaign against fur. In Wisconsin, 3000 mink are now free from their cages after being released from a fur farm. And two companies went fur-free: Paul Stewart and Windsor!

Stay safe!


[EDITOR’S NOTE: Some of the descriptions might be graphic to readers. Mentions of torture, death, misscarriage and more.]

Since Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, almost 6 million refugees have fled the country. After outpours of grassroots solidarity with displaced Ukrainians, European governments were forced to stop dragging their heels and allow these people into their country. This stands in stark contrast to the racist violence of Fortress Europe, whose deliberate negligence regularly allows people from across the Global South to die at its borders.

Two years ago, the Polish state declared a state of emergency, creating an exclusion zone that journalists and activists could not access. With the support of the EU and the UK, the Polish state built a 180km fence along its border with Belarus.  This was in response to Belarus openly encouraging migrants to come to Belarus on the promise that from there
they could easily enter the EU – using them as a geopolitical tool to put pressure on the eastern states of the EU.

While the exclusion zone is now gone, every day scores of migrants still cross the border only to be met with the unaccountable violence of the Polish border force, armed with guns, pepper spray and dogs. Similar stories are playing out on the borders with Latvia and Lithuania, and the militarisation of the border has only worsened with the invasion of

Both the Polish and Belarusian governments cannot escape the logic of states – they dehumanise the migrants, seeing them not as people but as threats to their security and control. While Belarus seeks to use migrants as a weapon, the EU sees them as an existential threat.

Migrants are lured to Belarus and coerced into paying thousands of US dollars before being detained in camps and subject to brutal repression including rape, being bitten by dogs, and having food and water withheld. The Belarusian police then push these migrants to the border fence and force them across, sometimes through the freezing rivers that make up part of the border, or deep in the Bialowieza Forest.

Migrants have drowned or frozen to death, pregnant women have miscarried, and countless people have sustained injuries at the hands of the Belarusian police, crossing the wall, or in the forest. However, they find no safe haven in Poland. Border guards indiscriminately torture migrants with beatings and pepper spray, including stripping migrants and using it on their genitals. Migrants are robbed of their belongings and pushed back through the fence to Belarus, in contravention of the much-touted EU laws on refugees.

This process then repeats in a cycle of violence as migrants who are trapped in a no-man’s land are forced to repeat this crossing until they can successfully evade Polish police or are finally detained for years in one of Poland’s detention camps to await deportation.

While states can only pretend they can wash their hands of the responsibility for migrants’ safety, anarchists from across Poland come to the eastern region and conspire with locals to provide practical solidarity with people on the move. Teams travel into the forest to give migrants food, water and clothes and provide badly needed medical aid that, if the migrants were to seek at hospital, would only lead to their deportation.

Borders are the invention of the state. The sanctity and integrity of the state is reliant on these borders being militarised and impermeable. Borders exist not only at the frontiers of our countries, but exist as institutions in our workplaces, healthcare and education system.
Undocumented migrants face the full force of the violence of the state, often with no recourse to justice. The only solidarity they can rely on is grassroots solidarity. And if we are to abolish the state, we need to abolish borders, wherever they lie.


[Image credit: @nottinghamhuntsabs]

The start of the month saw the Dove Valley Mink Hounds sent home two Saturdays in a row after they were court in the act by saboteurs from Nottingham, Staffordshire, West Midlands and Mendip. It was noted that the mink hunts that have been stopped this season have had low numbers of supporters and as these hunts make extra efforts to be elusive, they are potentially excluding new followers. This is detrimental to their survival as this is part of their income stream and, if this pressure continues over a period of time, can force them to disband. Later in the month, saboteurs from East and West Yorkshire and Sheffield, successfully prevents the Northern Counties Minkhounds from hunting, despite their efforts to evade them.

Following the failure to replace multiple members of staff, including huntsman Gary Thorpe, the notorious East Essex Hunt have been forced to divide their hounds between five neighbouring hunts, and a hunt in Ireland, who will each take turns in hunting meets once held by East Essex Hunt. Though some may see this as the hunt securing some sort of future, it is a desperate one at best and is effectively still them disbanding. In theory, the hunt could bounce back over time but saboteurs are mindful to keep the pressure on so this doesn’t happen.

Another example of how staffing problems can cause a hunt to break down is with the recent disbanding of County Down Staghounds in Northern Ireland as a result of being unable to replace their hunt master. This position often comes with providing financial security to a hunt, which is essential for them to function. According to a committee member of the hunt, this led the hunt into disarray and proves that, even a century old hunt is vulnerable. Saboteurs from Northern Ireland stated they now have “one less hunt for us to contend with”.

Due to an amalgamation of hunts in Kent, the county will be left with only one fox hunt. This comes as a result of many years of pressure from hunt saboteurs against the notoriously violent East Sussex and Romney Marsh hunt. West Kent Hunt Saboteurs confirmed that, along with South Coast Hunt Saboteurs, they are “committed to becoming the first county in England without a registered fox hunt”. With no real support structure in the county, this remaining hunt is an ideal candidate for a dedicated pressure campaign. The pressure is on!

One method that contributes to this is through outreach and protesting. A ‘hunt ball’ organised by the Cottesmore hunt was protested by Hunt saboteurs from Hertfordshire and Northants as well as Locals Against the Cottesmore Hunt group planned to protest a ‘hunt ball’ hosted by the Cottesmore Hunt but heard rumours that it was cancelled. They turned up regardless to “make sure” that was true and later protested at a fun-ride, informing participants that they are supporting the murder of wildlife; a reality that some may not have been aware of.

England’s largest corporate landowner, north-west based water company United Utilities, has announced that they will no longer licence grouse shooting on its moorland. Though important conversations surrounding private ownership need to continue and campaigns for earth liberation be fought, the decision can arguably still be seen as positive as it is hugely detrimental to the shooting industry. Not only will this stop countless grouse from being killed, it will also result in less trapping, poisoning and snaring of wildlife. How the company will use the land for “nature, climate and people” is yet to be seen but no doubt, this is another huge blow to the shooting industry.

Preparations for the intensive badger cull are well underway with groups and individuals surveying and gathering data. Action against supplementary zones, which began in June, also continue by groups such as Devon County Hunt Sabs whose county is almost completely made up of supplementary zones. As explained by the group, though these areas have been intensely culled for 10 years, setts continue to show signs of healthy activity. Badgers themselves are incredibly resilient but have had a better chance of survival thanks to the actions taken by saboteurs and activists since the cull began. Funds are crucial for groups to continue to operate so please consider making a donation. Underground Badger Syndicate, who has been busy dealing with mole traps and high-seats, is one group asking for such support.



22nd of July marked the International Day of Action for Prisoners which demanded the release of the 6 currently incarcerated Palestine Action actionists. The group states: “As our campaign has intensified over the years, so has the state’s response to us. There are six actionists currently inside British jails, and over 100 more who may face prison. From denying some actionists the right to legal defences, to refusing bail and introducing new case law, the state is doing everything it can to try and stop us. But whilst Palestine remains occupied, and the Israeli military remains weaponised by arms made in Britain, we will not stop until our targets are shut down.”

For a continuous support against the legal actions faced by PalAction actionists, the network is asking for folks to get involved in Defendant Support to support more than 100 Palestine actionists who face trial for taking direct action to dismantle the production of Israeli weapons on British soil. The following support is needed: Arrestee Support at a police station, Mentoring Support for those awaiting trial or sentencing, Court Support (solidarity from the public gallery or outside, e.g. flag waving, leafleting, talking to the public), and Letter Writing to those detained. If you want to help, get in touch with PalAction through this link:

Among others, the trial against three actionists who disrupted the production of Israeli drone engines took place, with a verdict being given on 7th September. In support of the actionists, PalAction is calling for folks to mobilise from 9.30AM on 7th September at Walsall Magistrates Court, WS2 8HA as the verdict is delivered.

Meanwhile, the siege of Leicester’s Israeli weapons factory Elbit has reached 100 days with the actionists still standing strong. So far, this action has disrupted Elbit’s work and blocked its gates.

Within the last month, the siege was strengthened by further action. An autonomous underground cell has sent a drone to land on the roof of Leicester’s Israeli weapons factory with a special package. PalAction states that “the military drone makers get a taste of their own warfare”. Also, PalAction recently blocked the sewage pipes of Elbit using concrete, leaving Elbit clueless to the reasons behind the blockage. PalAction explains that this is an innovative way to respond to “the Israeli military launched air strikes and ground raids against Jenin refugee camp, murdering 13 Palestinians and displaced thousands more”. If you want to join the siege, PalAction is asking to bring a sleeping bag and head down to UAV Tactical Systems, LE19 1TP.

Photo: A march through Liverpool’s city centre against the imprisonment of Palestine Action prisoners held on the International Day of Action.


The fur industry keeps receiving blows. From aboveground campaigning with CAFT in the USA and throughout Europe by many autonomous groups to underground activity by anonymous folks who during the pelting season last year released mink in multiple farms across USA and who kept striking through sabotage over winter.

Now, NAALPO has released last year’s sales figures and things are looking quite bleak:

“The US Department of Agriculture has just released statistics on US fur production for 2022. There has been a 15% reduction in the number of animals killed for their fur since 2021. Total value of the animal skins was down 17% from the previous year, and the price per skin was only $29.40, down another $0.60 from 2021.

Importantly, the number of female mink bred to produce the 2023 population was down 31%, foretelling another significant decrease in deaths expected for 2023.

The fur industry in the US is on the ropes, and we can finish it off. More economic sabotage and farm liberations, combined with continued forceful campaigning to stop designers and retailers from dealing in this barbaric trade will abolish the fur industry in the US.”

Meanwhile, an anonymous submission to Unsalted CounterInfo leaked a list of smallholding fox fur farms in the USA:

“An estimated 25 to 50 fox farms remain in the United States. These are a few of the backyard operations confining and killing foxes, a genetically wild species native to North America:

Schmuecker Fox Farm
7796 15th Avenue Trail
Luzerne, IA 52257

Price Fox Farm
4850 Highway 141
Norris City, IL 62869

Natural Fibers (Joe & Marie McFadden)
17519 L Drive S
Marshall, MI 49068

Fox Haven (James & Judith Brown)
1806 E Hinchman Road
Berrien Springs, MI 49103

Matthew Kieffer Fox Farm
6896 Partridge Road
Pierz, MN 56364

Coats of Many Colors Fox Ranch (Jean Glass)
37493 378th Street
Richville, MN 56576

Fredrick Halvorson
39306 Highway 52
Cannon Falls, MN 55009

Mid-Missouri Fox Farm (David W. Moyer)
12640 Derstler Road
Richmond, MO 64085

Sky Dog Ranch (Sky & Eileen Halsey)
6913 US Highway 12
Martinsdale, MT 59053

John and Peggy Smeal
963 County Road F
Scribner, NE 68057

Circle R Fox Ranch (William Ridenour)
1895 Riggle Road
Bellville, OH 44813

Grand River Fur Exchange (Mark Gutman)
6310 US Highway 6
Rome, OH 44085
Fox farm & urine farm (urine is collected from captive coyotes and foxes to create lures for trappers.)”

With so much ramping up against fur farming, how much longer does the fur industry have before it collapses? What are the most important targets that would bring it down? What is the critical infrastructure that upholds the fur industry, and how can you fight to send it into oblivion? 

Fight back! 



It has been another busy month for the CAFT campaign to get the LVMH luxury goods conglomerate to drop fur. 

The big change has been the addition of Marc Jacobs (an LVMH-owned fashion organization) to their list of top targets. On the 11th of May, Marc Jacobs ran a hat made of real fox fur on a fashion show. This was despite claiming only a year ago to not use fur in their designs. 

In response, NYC Animal Defense League ran actions against Marc Jacobs on the 31st of June, targeting a fashion event being run at NYC Public Library. This event included a confrontation with Marc Jacobs’ husband (a video of this is available on CAFT’s YouTube channel). Disruptive protests in Marc Jacobs stores were also held, with some activists suggesting that they’d been locked into the store. 

The broader CAFT campaign against LVMH has been continuing. The two immediate targets are now Max Mara and Marc Jacobs, with the long-term target remaining LVMH. On the 21st to the 23rd of July, CAFT ran a ‘Summer Beatdown Against Fur’. The results of this weekend of action are still unfolding. 

To get involved in the campaign, CAFT recommends six types of action: demonstrations, leafleting, propagandizing (e.g. wheat-pasting posters), video-based activism, canvassing, and other creative actions you can think of. More information regarding these suggestions are found on their website.