As 2022 comes to an end, we have the numbers of worldwide reported actions by ALF / ELF and other groups and individuals fighting against animal exploitation and defending the planet.
It is worth to note that the number of actions will certainly not account for even half of the total as many folks might not report their actions and it is very obvious that certain parts of the world where English might not be used as regularly could be publishing reports in platforms we do not access.
The total number of reported actions during 2022 is 177. There were 95 sabotage actions, 61 liberations, 19 arsons, 1 bomb hoax and 1 Animal Rights Militia communique.
Seven of the reported actions related to the fur industry, unsurprisingly as we have seen a relentless campaign against fur worldwide spearheaded by CAFT USA and a short lived yet incredibly successful campaign against T&S Rabbits in the UK.
Vivisection also takes a chunk of the actions, with four liberations of animals destined to labs or in labs, three of them in UK and one in Czech Republic.
The number of actions per country are as follow:
UK – 39
GERMANY – 24
USA – 21
FRANCE – 19
NETHERLANDS – 8
CZECH REPUBLIC – 8
ITALY – 8
BELGIUM – 8
CHILE – 6
SWEDEN – 6
CANADA – 5
UNKNOWN LOCATION – 5
SPAIN – 4
ARGENTINA – 3
LUXEMBURG – 3
DENMARK – 3
AUSTRIA – 2
GREECE – 1
MEXICO – 1
ISRAEL – 1
IRELAND – 1
SERBIA – 1
The most prevalent action worldwide is without a doubt the sabotage against hunting infrastructure, be it by vandalism or arson, and Germany, France and Italy are the three countries with more anti hunting sabotage reports accounted for.
The USA had an interesting development where many of the actions reported related to the defence of the Atlanta forest, whilst the majority of anti-fur actions and fur farm liberations also came from the USA.
The number of arsons has also increased from last year, as well as reporting an increase in severity, with Chile’s six reported actions being all arsons of big infrastructure, rodeo rings and slaughterhouses within other targets.
For as long as there is oppression, there will be direct action to fight back against it.
May 2023 bring either less oppression, or more fighting!