An animal rights activist accused of freeing mink from mink ranches and vandalizing businesses pleaded not guilty in federal court in Oakland Tuesday to a charge of conspiring to violate the U.S. Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act.
Joseph Buddenberg, 31, of Oakland, entered the plea before U.S. Magistrate Donna Ryu.
Buddenberg and Nicole Kissane, 28, of Oakland, were indicted on the conspiracy count by a federal grand jury in San Diego last Thursday and were arrested by the FBI in Oakland on Friday.
The spray-painted phrase Lion Killer! on Palmers garage was still there a day after police first saw it. The pigs feet were removed but the animal crackers remained.
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But the president of the Canadian Mink Breeders Association responded with a firm no when asked if it would change anything about his involvement in the association or his outspokenness.
I expect that I was a target, Rankin said by phone Thursday as he continued the cleanup at RBR Fur Farms on Road 125 just north of town. I have no doubt somebody was here in advance scouting it.
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On July 28, the FBI arrested Joseph Buddenberg and Nicole Kissane, two Oakland-based animal rights activists accused of releasing thousands of mink from fur farms during multiple cross-country sprees in 2013. The couple were also charged with vandalizing property owned by the meat and fur industries, including, allegedly, a meat distributor truck in San Francisco.To free animals from enslavement you have to break minor laws, says Will Hazlitt, a press officer who disseminates communiques from underground animal rights groups such as Animal Liberation Front. Calling this terrorism is ridiculous. Is cutting a fence terrorism?
We did get a communique about one of the liberations and we have not received anything for the subsequent two liberations, but that doesnt mean it is not the work of animal liberators, Jerry Vlasak of the North American Animal Liberation Press Office said Wednesday.
Of course, we support their actions. We support anything that inflicts economic sabotage on the people who profit from animal suffering.
Anonymous report (translation):
“Entering at night and achieving a change in their destiny, an activist rescued two sheep from an Argentine slaughterhouse, within hours of their death. Today they are safe, they have been adopted by a vegan family, they will live happily and without anyone hurting them in a field in northern Argentina.”
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