August E-Newsletter 2012


Featured Articles, Essays and News

Violence and Animal Rights August 5 It’s commonplace to denounce the lunatic fringe of the animal rights movement for its advocacy and, at times, perpetuation of violence. This denouncement makes perfect sense and is something that anyone who cares about the fate of animals in modern society must do.  There’s no room for violence–against people or property–in the animal rights movement…

ALF Releases Captive Foxes August 5 Received anonymously: On the night of August 5, the Animal Liberation Front visited the only known fur farm in the state of Virginia, Scott Dean’s D&S Fox Farm in Elkton. We opened every one of the few cages at D&S, giving thirteen beautiful foxes a chance at new lives in the nearby Shenandoah National Park. As we watched a few of them immediately scurry off to freedom, we damaged the machinery that allows Dean to continue his day-to-day operation confining and torturing these sensitive creatures…

HLS Supplier Targeted August 8 Received anonymously: During the early hours of August 5th, we visited Allison Blackwell, Senior Vice President of Beckman Coulter, at her lovely home in Yorba Linda (5715 Via Del Potrero, Yorba Linda, CA). Her and Beckman Coulter have been supplying HLS with the lab equipment used to test on animals for years. For this reason, her driveway, front door, porch and garage door were redecorated in red spray paint…

Fur Website Hacked August 12 Animal Liberation Frontline obtains confidential “security alert” detailing the hacking of the Fur Commission USA website. For over 8 hours on Thursday night / Friday morning, the website for the Fur Commission USA went nearly blank, and the main page was replaced with the message “Destroying the Fur Industry Piece by Piece – A.L.F.” …

“Total liberation provides agency for all” – Press Officer Nicoal R. Sheen August 13 English Version of Interview conducted by Dobrusia at Lajke, a feminist/animal liberationist blog (see interview translated in Polish here)

After ALF Raid, Source Puts Fox Farm Damages at $25,000 August 16 From Animal Liberation Frontline Damage estimate and new info about last week’s fox liberation in Virginia. One source apparently close to the farm’s owner is reporting damages from last week’s Virginia fox farm raid at $25,000 to $30,000. In addition to liberating 13 foxes, the Animal Liberation Front stated they also “damaged machinery”From Animal Liberation Frontline Damage estimate and new info about last week’s fox liberation in Virginia. One source apparently close to the farm’s owner is reporting damages from last week’s Virginia fox farm raid at $25,000 to $30,000…

Snowflake Furs and Speiser Furs in Downtown Vancouver Sabotaged August 23 According to media reports, a noxious substance was sprayed into Snowflake Furs and Speiser Furs in downtown Vancouver late on August 20. Reportedly, syringes were used to spray liquid into the stores through gaps around the front doors…

Alert! FBI Agent Visited Southern California Activist August 25 For Immediate Release (Forwarded to the Press Office) Please Repost! Attention! A Southern California animal rights activist was approached Thursday, August 23, by an FBI agent who asked about her knowledge of an illegal activity which occurred in the Southern California area…

Animal group warns of more attacks August 27 The animal rights group behind attacks on Vancouver fur businesses says store owners can expect more assaults. “I would fully expect (the attacks) to continue and perhaps escalate,’’ said Jerry Vlasak, spokesman for the Animal Liberation Front, based in Los Angeles…

New Informant & Grand Jury Subpoena in Santa Cruz Arson Investigation August 30 Just a heads-up that there are two developments in the investigation into arsons at the homes of two UC-Santa Cruz researchers. 1) A woman named Otessa Crandell is reported to be cooperating…


Support for Political Prisoner Eric McDavid

Eric McDavid #16209-097
FCI Terminal Island
Federal Correctional Institution
PO Box 3007
San Pedro, CA 90731

Arrested: January 13, 2006

Charges: Conspiracy to destroy property by means of fire or explosives, facing up to 20 years imprisonment. Lauren Weiner and Zach Jensen, Eric’s two co-defendants, are cooperating witnesses against Eric.

Appeal Status
As you know, Eric is in the process of appealing both his conviction and sentence. We were hoping to be able to post the appeal with this alert, but are awaiting word from the court. Eric’s lawyer filed the appeal on May 6, but also had to file a motion to file a brief that is twice the length of a normal appeal. If the court accepts this motion, then the appeal will officially be filed and we can post it for you all to read. This is nowhere near the end of the process, however. The government will have a month to respond to the brief once it is filed, and then Eric’s lawyer will have another two weeks for his final response. We fully expect more delays (the brief was originally due last September). We will keep you posted as things develop.

Eric has been in jail or prison for 3 1/2 years now. His strength and courage continue to remind us all of what it means to stay true to ourselves and the things we hold dear. Our sincerest thanks to all of you who have helped make this journey more endurable.

For more information:

Donations for Legal Defense to:
Sac Prisoner Support
PO Box 163126
Sacramento, CA, 95816

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