“If they haven’t got prisoners, we have stopped fighting. If our prisoners are forgotten about, they have beaten us.” -Keith Mann, ALF activist and former prisoner
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Paul Allman, a Hunt Saboteur from the group Stockport Monitors has been sentenced to 20 weeks of prison.
He was sentenced last week, wrongly accused and convicted of assaulting 2 hunt supporters at the Wynnstay Hunt while in Cheshire, UK.
Write to him here:
Correctional Colony #96
Horodische, Rivne Oblast
In Ukrainian it is as follows:
виправна колонія №96
с. Городище, Рівненська обл.
It would be preferable if correspondence is Google-translated to Russian. Maxim is alleged to have taken 13 hostages on a bus in Ukraine in late 2020, releasing them unharmed when the country’s president recommended publicly that everyone watch the film “Earthlings”, which depicts the suffering of animals that are eaten routinely by humans.
Maxim was charged with cases under 7 articles: hostage-taking with the aim of inducing authorities to certain actions, terrorism, illegal possession and handling of weapons and explosives, attempted murder of police officers (7 police victims and also one general and the regional department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs), these are 4 severe charges and 3 milder. Maxim avoided a potential life sentence and was ordered imprisoned for 13 years. https://animalliberationpressoffice.org/NAALPO/2022/10/02/vegan-activist-maxim-plokhoi-sentenced-to-13-years-in-prison-ukraine/
Maxim is allowed correspondence now that he has been sentenced.
“This movie [Earthlings] is about WAR.
The most bloodthirsty, cruel and unfair war in the history of the EARTH – the war of people against other animal species. A war of total, commonly accepted violence against the defenseless, unable to resist. This WAR is the root cause and ground of all wars between humans, It is the firing ground for our cruelty.
I stood up for billions of living beings.
One is not born a human, one becomes a human by the struggle for justice.
Get up, become a human”
“When you fell forest, shavings are flying around. I am in a war, I am a soldier… I do not regret a thing. Only that I got caught. I would do it again, only better.”
Ladislav is an animal rights activist accused of illegal possession of arms, manufacturing of explosives, and terrorism for bombing in front of a McDonald’s on December 28, 2011 in which there were no injuries. He was traced after almost a year when the police tracked down the producer of a timer found at the crime scene and also mail communications between Ladislav and the manufacturer. During a house search police found materials related to ALF and components for another bomb.
The police also tried to charge him with other incendiary attacks against shooting towers and threatening letters to veterinarians and vivisectors.
He was sentenced to 25 years in 2012, but in 2016 his case was returned to the district court, the terrorism charges were dropped, and he was re-sentenced to 12 years; he will be eligible for release in January 2024.
If you are able to donate, send funds to us here at the Press Office, and just make notation that its for Ladislav:
Charges: Marius Mason is an anarchist and an environmental and animal rights prisoner serving nearly 22 years in federal prison for acts of sabotage carried out in defense of the planet. No one was injured in any of these actions. After being threatened with a life sentence in 2009, he pleaded guilty to charges of arson at a Michigan State University lab researching Genetically Modified Organisms for Monsanto, and admitted to 12 other acts of property damage. The sentencing judge applied a so-called “terrorism enhancement” to his term which added almost two more years than the maximum requested by the prosecution. This is the harshest punishment of anyone convicted of environmental sabotage to date. For comparison, a man who recently set an arson for profit fire that paralyzed a Detroit firefighter and injured six of his colleagues was sentenced to a maximum of seven years in prison.
At the end of October Marius wrote a text to his family and friends:
“Dear friends and family,
I am now at FMC Ft. Worth, as of September 18, and am waiting to find out what possible timelines it will take or even if I will be allowed to continue my transition surgically. I continue to take my HRT therapy and am meeting other trans inmates here – all transwomen who are oftentimes waiting for THEIR transfer to a female facility! I am hoping that this policy will continue to help many trans people, but am concerned that this policy may be in danger of reversal if the far right has their way! Please continue to fight for trans and queer people in prison, as so often we are invisible to the wider public and easier to shove under the rug and hide. I know that it is the support that we have from our community on the outside that helps our cause and gives us care and strength.
Thank you very much for your support in letters and cards this past year – I have a list of everywhere I got mail from, but it is packed up in my property and in a box on its way to Texas right now! I have even gotten a few letters at my new address here – but also, sadly, a few documents saying that the intended letter was returned to sender because of the new rules here at FMC Ft. Worth. So, to lessen the aggravation for anyone kind enough to write to me – here are a few of the different rules…
1) all letters have to be written on only one side of the page and are limited to 5 pages.
2) no letters that are on colored paper or on cardstock.
3) any photos must be sent through a company and not directly from the sender. No more than 25 photos will be accepted.
4) all acceptable letters will be photo-copied in black and white and that copy given to the inmate.
I am sorry to say that all the beautiful original artwork that I have received over the years will not be allowed into this facility. That is a great sadness to me, as I have been given such amazing original art from so many great people from all over the world. Thank you, everyone, for keeping me in their thoughts and including me in their outreach and educational work. I am so encouraged by the campaigns that continue to run bravely in the face of the worst destructive efforts – long live the Wild Free Earth!
I want to make more of an effort to reach out to you all – especially as it will be harder to write as many emails or send as many letters as I have before (which never seemed enough then). I will be facing a higher monthly fine payment now, as Congress has asked the prison administrators to enforce higher payments….but I will use the website more to compensate.
Thank you all, again – for taking this journey with me, for seeing me through so many years and over so many hurdles….I am constantly humbled and warmed by the power of solidarity. Together, we are strong!”
Donations: [Please do NOT donate directly to Marius’ prison commissary account] Donate directly to Marius’ family for commissary, phone time, etc. by sending money to:
PO Box 352
Stanwood MI 49346
Things to remember when writing to prisoners:
1. Don’t discuss any illegal activity (ALL mail is read by prison officials).
2. Each prison has its own mail restrictions.
3. Do not put any stickers inside or outside the card/letter (including Air Mail/Par Avion stickers, if writing from overseas)
4. Do not include any paperclips, staples or anything extra in your letter.
5. Write your address on the envelope AND inside the letter, since prisoners often are not given the envelope.
6. Do not send money to the prison address (please contact activist’s support groups to financially support prisoners).
7. Prisoners appreciate books, but they must be paperback, and must ship directly from the publisher or from online retailers like Amazon.com.
8. Your letters are appreciated , even if you don’t receive a response (prisoners are only allowed a limited amount of paper, envelopes and stamps, making it difficult to respond to every letter).
Certain human cultures have been waging war against the Earth for millennia. I chose to fight on the side of bears, mountain lions, skunks, bats, saguaros, cliff rose and all things wild. I am just the most recent casualty in that war. But tonight I have made a jail break — I am returning home, to the Earth, to the place of my origins.
— Bill Rodgers, 12/21/05 (the winter solstice)
William Sweet , British anti-bloodsports activist shot dead (January 1976) during an altercation with a man shooting birds.
Fernando Pereira , Greenpeace activist killed in New Zealand (July 1985) when the French secret service blew up the ship the Rainbow Warrior.
Bartolomeu Morais da Silva (aka “Brasilia”) a Brazilian farmer who led the struggle against illegal logging, land fraud and destructive large-scale infrastructure projects was found murdered from shot gun wounds and his legs broken in July 2002.
Mike Hill , British hunt saboteur deliberately run over by a hunter in February 1991.
Tom Worby , British hunt saboteur deliberately run over by a hunter in April 1993.
Jill Phipps , British activist deliberately run over whilst trying to stop live animal exports in February 1995.
Karel Van Noppen , a Belgium vet who was assassinated in 1993 by hitmen after he exposed mafia connections in the meat industry.
David “Gypsy” Chain , American eco-activist crushed to death in September 1998 when a tree was felled on top of him by an irate logger in California’s Headwoods Forest.
Beth O’Brien , an American eco-activist died in April 2002 after falling from a tree she was sitting in and protecting at the Eagel Creek timber sale and camp.
Robert “Naya” Bryan , an American eco-activist who died October 2002 after falling from a tree he occupied in Santa Cruz.
Barry Horne, British Animal Lib prisoner starved to death in November 2001 as a result of a hunger strike protesting vivisection.
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Get additional information on animal liberation prisoners at these sites:
- Prisoner Solidarity: www.prisonersolidarity.net
- AR Prisoners: www.arprisoners.org/
- No Compromise: www.nocompromise.org/issues/25hallofshame.html
- Bite Back: www.directaction.info/prisoners.htm
- Earth and Animal Liberation Prisoners: www.spiritoffreedom.org.uk/addresses.html
Northwest Grand Jury Defense Network: www.GrandJuryDefense.org
Support Latin American Prisoners: http://anti-politics.net/incendio/priss.htm