December Week of Action: U.S. Report Back

From December 6th-14th, activists from around the world organized an International Week of Action against transporting animals to labs.

The main targets for this Week of Action were Air France and their partners Delta Air Lines and KLM, the last commercial airline group that still transports primates and other animals to laboratories.

Although the Air France group is the last commercial airline involved in the vivisection industry, private cargo companies such as ATSG/ABX Air are still involved and keeping the Pacific supply route of animals open and operating.

ABX Air, a subsidiary of the Air Transport Services Group (ATSG), is the only known air cargo carrier that is transporting primates from China and Southeast Asia to research laboratories in the U.S. So far this year, ABX Air has transported thousands of innocent animals to their deaths. However, transporting primates to labs is only a small part of ABX Air‘s business; in order to stop the primate flights, we need to extend the campaign to focus on other areas of their business. ABX Air’s main business is transporting cargo for DHL Express, a major international cargo company. Since DHL is responsible for over half of all of ABX Air’s business, DHL has the power to stop ABX Air’s animal transports. So we are demanding that DHL either use their influence to force ABX Air to cease these animal transports or that they end their working relationship with ABX.

Here are report backs from actions across the U.S.:

Portland, OR:

On December 10th, activists with PAL held a demonstration at the office of DHL at the Portland International Airport. Staff on site were given information about the campaign and their company’s role in the international animal research industry and protesters chanted outside in spite of pouring rain.

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On December 13th, PAL activists came to the airport to protest Delta and Air France, in front of the Delta ticketing counter. We set up numerous signs and a banner while speaking to the public about the lab animal trade and Delta’s choice to facilitate it. A good number of people took flyers and seemed interested in getting more information. Even airport employees gave their support and thanked us for doing this work.

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Windsor Locks, CT:

Activists with CTARN, Western Masachusetes Animal Rights Advocates (WMARA), and Animal Advocates of Smith College held a protest at the Delta Air Lines Cargo Office at the Bradley International Airport. The message is simple: Delta, convince Air France to stop transporting animals to labs or you will continue to see global pressure.

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Los Angeles, CA:

Empty Cages Los Angeles and Progress for Science held a loud protest on December 7th at the Air France Terminal of the Los Angeles International Airport. Dozens of activists attended with signs and bullhorns to remind Air France and their patrons that Los Angeles activists will not back down and will continue to pressure on any airline transporting animals.

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Wilmington, OH:

As part of the “International Week of Action to End Lab Animal Transport” organized by Gateway to Hell and The Bunny Alliance, we braved the cold for several hours at ABX’s Global Headquarters in Wilmington, OH, to demand that they stop transporting animals to labs. This time we received several “thumbs up” from people entering the building!

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Chicago, IL:

Chicago activists became a powerful voice last Saturday for the monkeys who are ripped from their natural homes for greedy experimenters and big pharma!

Santa, along with other activists at a DHL Authorized Shipping Center, handed out a lot of flyers while many others held signs informing the public of how DHL needs to urge ABX Air to stop their terrible transports or cut ties with a company that profits off such violence.

IMG_204996264166835In a time when stores that sell animals from puppy mills are being shut down, animal circuses are being banned all over the world and SeaWorld is dying, please contact ABX and tell them that experimenting on monkeys is bad for business.

Denver, CO:

Activists with the Rocky Mountain Animal Defense Alliance protested against Delta Air Lines because of their partnership with Air France. Activists held signs and handed out information about Delta’s involvement with animal cruelty outside of their ticket counter at the Denver International Airport.

No New Animal Lab

During the International Week of Action against transporting animals to labs, activists in the U.S. were busy organizing on the No New Animal Lab campaign to stop the construction of a new underground animal lab at the University of Washington. Activists in nine cities across the country organized actions against Skanska USA, the company contracted to build the lab, urging them to cut their contracts and immediately cease plans to build the lab. The full report from the National Day of Action can be seen at NoNewAnimalLab.com.

NO NEW ANIMAL LAB: National Day of Action Wrap Ups!

For the National Day of Action against Skanska USA, activists in nine different cities all over the U.S. held protests at Skanska offices. The overall message of the day was clear: Skanska needs to end their plans to build a new animal lab for the University of Washington, and this day was just the beginning of the campaign to convince Skanska to do so. Please check out the wrap ups from each participating city, and get involved! This is a rare chance to stop a lab before it’s even built. The time is now to work together, show how we can fight for the animals, and build the pressure to make sure that there’s NO NEW ANIMAL LAB!

SEATTLE, WA

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Activists with Don’t Expand UW Primate Testing kicked off the National Day of Action at Skanksa’s Seattle office, which is just a fifteen minute drive away from where Skanska is planning to build the University of Washington’s new underground animal lab. At the beginning of the protest, an activist walked past security into the office building, went up to the 4th floor where Skanksa’s office is located in Suite 400, and someone kindly held Skanska’s door open for her to walk into the office. She gave flyers to a receptionist and explained the protest, and then she saw that a meeting was taking place around a full conference table, so she interrupted the meeting to tell all of the office employees to not build the new animal lab for the UW. Throughout the protest, the activists continued with this simple message of NO NEW ANIMAL LAB. Loud chants echoed through the building complex—people from all offices hearing that “Skanska USA has blood on their hands”—and people filled the windows of the building to watch. Many employees from other offices, as well as passersby, came to tell us how much they supported our work; not a single negative comment was heard. An employee from another office revealed that Skanska had sent a memo out to all the offices in the building to let them know about the protest, and so they looked up information about animal testing—their research apparently showed them what Skanska needs to learn: animal testing is animal cruelty, and no one should help facilitate it. Activists closed the protest by telling Skanska that this National Day of Action was just the beginning of the campaign against them…

PORTLAND, OR

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Portland Animal Liberation has been working regionally on the No New Animal Lab campaign since the beginning. Today was the first of many successful protests against Skanska USA, not only in Portland but across the entire country. Our arrival at their downtown offices made it very evident that Skanska’s corporate machinery feels the pressure already. We walked into their offices to deliver the message to Skanska by hand, but were swiftly turned away as the entire building—security, project managers, front desk staff—had already been alerted to our presence. Either acting out of panic or guilt, Skanska corporate had a clearly defined protocol—all protesters are to be trespassed and no one is to engage them except for the police. Being within our “rights” to free speech and assembly, PAL activists continued with our loud demonstration and called out their “business as usual” corporate behavior. Skanska thinks they can hide behind a “green” image or high profile global projects, but we know the truth. They have chosen to build a controversial new animal lab and tried to cover their tracks. Their contract with UW is what binds them to this campaign. They have blood on their hands. We will continue pressuring Skanska until they heed our demand: NO NEW ANIMAL LAB!

BAY AREA, CA

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The Bunny Alliance and Animal Defense League San Francisco went to Skanska’s Milpitas office today in the South Bay Area to let VTA/ BART and Skanska employees know that Skanska is involved in torturing animals through building labs for vivisectors. We were met by police and security waiting for us. Activists went into the building to meet with Skanska management, and learned from the security guard at the front desk that managers mainly work out at their field offices. This means that the next time Skanska sees Bay Area activists, it will be out in the field at their construction sites. The world and Skanska’s employees and contractors will know that Skanska helps kill animals for needless experiments.

LOS ANGELES, CA

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On the afternoon of December 8, several activists held a demonstration outside of Skanska’s office in Los Angeles. The activists used megaphones to chant and communicate with the occupants of the office building and carried signs with slogans urging Skanska to pull out building the new primate laboratory at University of Washington. Many of the employees from other offices in the area were supportive of the message of animal freedom and humane science. This will not be the last protest that Skanska will see in LA if they don’t cut their contract for building the new primate lab at UW.

SAN ANTONIO, TX

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Before even arriving at the protest, an activist received a call from a local radio station wanting to know more information about Skanska’s involvement with animal testing and the national campaign against the company. Activists were prevented from going inside the office to talk with employees, but stood outside with signs for everyone in the business complex to see. This will not be the last time that Skanksa and their neighboring offices see activists’ message telling them to not build a new lab where thousands of animals would be tortured.

NEW HAVEN, CT

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For our first demonstration against Skanksa, we decided on doing a photo op to show our support for the nationwide campaign and to give us an opportunity to become familiar with the location. We will be planning future actions, and we are looking forward to seeing you there—for the animals!

WASHINGTON, DC

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Today activists from the new group, DC Stampede, joined the national call for action against Skanska USA. We chose to protest the office of a project Skanska is working on locally. We delivered a letter to a Skanska rep, who said she’d pass it along to her boss in Virginia. We also put leaflets around the building, on all the cars in the lot and surrounding area, and spoke to a bunch of the Skanska workers and other people walking around in the area.

ATLANTA, GA

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We arrived at the Skanska building at 12:30pm and began to hold our signs and hand out flyers and read from our prepared speeches. We addressed both the Skanska employees as well as anyone who saw our signs or took a flyer from us and wanted to take action. Things went well. Flyers were and will continue to be handed out and posted around the city. No one approached us in order to give us any trouble today. People did take photos and capture video and those who received flyers examined the flyers as they walked away. We stayed until 2:30pm and plan to keep pressure on Skanska. We are also considering going to Seattle should it become necessary to stop the construction physically.

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL

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Today, South Florida activists took part in a nationwide day of action against Skanska USA. Skanska plans to construct a new animal research lab at the University of Washington, where countless animals will be tortured and killed under the guise of science. Folks all over the country are speaking up! Join us in being a part of it, and watch for more protests to happen against Skanska

Delta protest at the Chicago O’Hare Airport

On November 22nd the Center for Ethical Science joined the Gateway to Hell campaign with a protest outside of Delta Airlines’ Cargo office at the Chicago O’Hare international  Airport.  Activists are putting pressure on Delta because of their partnership with Air France, the last remaining commercial airline transporting animals for animal experimentation.  The O’Hare airport is the last airport where primates are being imported into the U.S. by Air France, and Delta Airlines is responsible for helping Air France schedule those flights that have primates inside the cargo holds.

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Over a dozen protesters gathered at the Delta cargo office to let Delta employees know that their company is involved in the vivisection  industry by helping Air France transport dogs, cats, primates, and other animals to laboratories where they are tortured and killed. Two activists were able to speak with a few polite Delta employees who were shocked to learn of Delta’s involvement with Air France and that Air France is bringing the animals into the very airport that they work at.

The protest received positive media coverage in local news on WGN TV, where activists where filmed chanting and holding signs while one activists explained why Delta and Air France are being protested. Delta refused to comment on the protest or their complacency in helping Air France keep animal experimentation alive.  A video of the news report can be viewed by clicking here.

The Center for Ethical Science will continue to target Delta Airlines and Air France in Chicago, where O’hare is the main port of entry for the research industry, until Air France stops all shipments of animals to labs.

They will also be hosting a protest/ outreach event on Saturday December 13th as part of an International Week of Action against transporting animals to labs, this time targeting ATSG and DHL. For more information see the event page here.

International Weekend of Action Against DHL-ATSG Report Back

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The Stop Vivisection campaign initiated a weekend of action against animal experiments transports on November 15th and 16th, 2014. The focus of the weekend of action was DHL and ATSG/ ABX Air for their commercial policy on transporting animals to laboratory experiments . Together with the international Gateway to Hell network, activists mobilized for the first time a weekend of action against DHL to request the transportation of animals to labs by ATSG stop immediately!

The DHL service Air Transport Services Group (ATSG) is the last company in the world which transports monkeys across the pacific ocean to U.S. animal testing laboratories. In 2014 thousands of primates have already been transported for experimental purposes by ATSG.

On November 15 and 16, 2014actions took placeinGermany, Austriaand Switzerland as well as across the United States and Canada. A complete overviewof the actionslistedhereinthe Chronicle.

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Action at a DHL shipping center in San Francisco, USA

These are the demands addressed to DHL: DHL should use their influence with ATSG to persuade them to stop the deadly monkeys transports. Alternatively DHL should suspend contracts with ATSG until the cruel animal experiments transports are terminated. Profiting off of Cruelty to Animals through a business partnership is unacceptable!

There are many reasons why animal testing is still possible, one of them being the partnership between DHL and ATSG, which allows immense animal suffering in U.S. animal testing laboratories. If DHL were to cease cooperation with ATSG, the vivisection industry would have a big problem.

Germany, Austria and Switzerland

In the German-speaking countries, the following forms of action have been chosen for the protest: there was a national telephone and online action, various protests at DHL offices, information desks in city centers, a demonstration in front of a DHL logistics center, flyers actions and a rally in front of the post office Tower in Bonn. Thus, a total of 11 actions came together in Hamburg, Bochum, Vienna, Bonn, Zurich, Rüdersdorf, Lüneburg, Guntramsdorf and Bremen.

On Thursday, November 13, a large telephone and cyber action was organized where a large number of animal lovers opposed to animal experimentation participated. Just the event page for Germany had more than 1,600 people had registered to participate, where the participants contacted DHL to make their demands clear.
This was followed up with a lot of communications – by phone, e-mail, fax, Facebook chat as well as other social networks where DHL was asked to stop the deadly monkeys transports. Similar actions took place in Switzerland and France.

On Friday, November 14 activists had flyer actions in Vienna and Guntramsdorf in Austria.
At both sites, the present DHL employees and passers-by were informed about DHL’s involvement with respect to animal testing. In addition, the adjacent shops were supplied with flyers.

Saturday, November 15th

On Saturday, the weekend of action finally launched officially. In Lüneburg DHL was met with 20 activists demanding them to stop their services of transporting animals to labs immediately. The Aktionsgruppe Nord started off with a high traffic German Post DHL office for their rally and gained a lot of attention. There were quite a few passersby, customers, and employees who were informed about DHL’s involvement with ATSG.

Also on November 15, the Berliner Tierbefreiungsaktion (BerTA) had a rally outside the DHL logistics center in Rüdersdorf. Over
17 opponents to animal experiment gathered, chanted slogans, and handed out flyers to DHL representatives. In addition, the deputy head of the cargo center photographed the demonstration and assured that they would forward the images to the DHL office.

In addition, Tierversuchsgegner Berlin-Brandenburg protested in front of a DHL office in Berlin’s Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf. They handed out flyers and informed passersby about weekend of action against the transport of animals to labs.

Further north, the Hamburg group Animal Liberation Network also held a rally in front of a DHL office. Thirteen activists demonstrated in Hamburg-Wandsbek with signs and flyers for an end to the transportation of animals to labs and against animal testing in general.
At about the same time a banner speaking out against DHL was installed in a prominent location in Zurich.

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Protest in Hamburg
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Banner drop in Zurich

 

In Bochum on November 15 there was a vigil and an info table to inform the public about the relationship between DHL service and ATSG. It involved the groups  die tierbefreier Bochum, Ärzte gegen Tierversuche – AG Ruhrpott (Doctors Against Animal Experiments), Animal Rights Watch – Ruhrgebiet and Aktiv für Tierrechte Wuppertal.

In Bonn, there was a small action on Saturday in front of the Post Office Tower. There lies the headquarters of German Post DHL. During the action a representative also came out to speak with the activists. In addition, in Bremen city center, an information table was present with both flyers about DHL-ABX Air and Air France-KLM.

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Sunday, November 16

On Sunday, the group Animal Liberation Network again had the opportunity to draw attention to the cruel business of DHL and ATSG/ABX Air. At the Hamburg airport a vigil as held at the terminal for several hours, which addressed the transport of animal experiments by ATSG/ ABX Air.

United States and Canada

Even in the United States there was strong mobilization for the DHL weekend of action. There have been multiple demonstrations DHL Authorized Shipping Centers, in front of several DHL office locations, and at airports. This weekend proved once again that The Bunny Alliance network will continue to pressure DHL and ATSG until the primates transported for laboratory use are a set free once and for all!

On November 15th in San Francisco, Animal Defense League San Francisco (ADLSF) and The Bunny Alliance organized several demonstrations outside DHL Authorized shipping centers. Activists leafleted outside of The Postal Chase on Divisadero St. and Mail Access on Market Street, and in Los Angeles opponents to animal experimentation hit the road: The organization Progress for Science organized an action at Box Brothers Shipping Center, a DHL Authorized Shipping Center. Activists were equipped with flyers and signs reading: DHL + ATSG = partners in animal abuse!

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Furthermore, Animal Connection of Texas held a demonstration in Irving, Texas where Air Transport International has one of its main offices. ATI is an airline owned by ATSG and has been known to transport primates to animal testing laboratories as recently as this year. ATI was givin an official warning by the USDA for being in violation of animal welfare regulations. The official report stated:

A non-human primate identified by number 897 written on the enclosure, was transported from China to IAH, Houston Intercontinental Airport. After offloading the animal was observed to have several small lacerations on the face.
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Animal Connection of Texas at ATI’s office in Irving

Another hugely important action: the organization Stop Animal Exploitation Now (SAEN) held a demonstration in front of the headquarters of ABX Air and ATSG in Wilmington, Ohio, where activists faced the ATSG decision makers profiting off the death of innocent primates even in sub freezing temperatures.

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In Canada in Kitchener, Ontario, autonomous activists protested inside of a DHL shipping center. The employees nerves were obviously shaken as activists described how DHL is involved in animal torture and the egregious practices of animal labs. If DHL continues to deny its responsibility, as is to be expected, actions of this kind are sure to continue in the future …

Great support also came from the Rocky Mountain Animal Defense Alliance of Denver, which also held an action outside of a DHL Shipping Center despite the freezing temperature.

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The response so far from DHL:

On November 15, 2014, the company DHL announced the following; the letter was forwarded to Stop Vivisection:

“Dear Customer,

Thanks for sending us your request. We will gladly resolve your concerns in the coming days to your satisfaction and answer.

In some exceptional cases may be necessary in your best interest to clarify a request a more detailed search. In this case, we ask for your patience and thank you in advance for your understanding. Once we have received to date information, we will inform you accordingly immediately.

With best regards,
Your team DHL “

It is now November 25, 2014 and DHL has still not replied to the contact person. We wonder how much time DHL needs for their “detailed search”?

It is time that DHL is aware of its responsibility! We are eager to know when DHL and ATSG finally comes to their senses and the Animal Experimentation transports stop once and for all!

Many thanks to all who have contributed to the campaign weekend! Once again it proved proved: the protest movement is alive! The next few months will be exciting – we still have many actions to come!

Until every cage is empty!

[Report back from Stop Vivisection]

The Little Lives Matter, Too

As I walked home from school, a flutter of movement in fallen autumn leaves caught my attention. I looked down and saw a rat trying to drag himself over the leaves, but struggling to move a swollen body. Before reaching any sort of destination, the rat stopped and curled himself into a ball. I watched as he kept trying to curl up more tightly, shivering against the chill in the air. I looked around and saw that a rat poison box was about twenty feet away from us, and my heart sank and my eyes welled up. I could already tell that he was dying, and now I knew why.

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The little rat nestled in blankets, with his tiny face showing.

I wasn’t sure what to do, but I knew that he shouldn’t die alone and shivering in the cold, so I couldn’t leave him. I took off my sweatshirt and carefully wrapped it around him. As soon as he was wrapped up, he nuzzled his head into the sweatshirt in the same way that my dog nuzzles her way under warm covers. I sat down with him, and I wondered if I was waiting for him to die soon. But some rat poisons can take awhile to kill an animal, slowly poisoning them and giving them time to take pieces of the poison back to their babies and companions. So I scooped him up in the sweatshirt and held him protectively against my chest as I walked home. As I walked I could see his face, and I watched as he closed his eyes and let himself snuggle against me.

I took him home to a nest of blankets, wanting to at least let him have a warm and peaceful death as the poison took over his body. I called a wildlife center, which confirmed that rat poisons can take days to kill an animal, and they offered to euthanize him if I brought him to them. So I packed him and his nest of blankets into a box and put him in the car.

As I drove, I began to cry. His sleeping face poked out from the blankets, and I could see his tiny nose, black whiskers, and closed eyes. His feet were so small, with little hands that looked so delicate. His body barely moved up and down with his breaths; he was holding on, but already weaker than when I had first seen him. I kept thinking, Such a tiny little body, but so full of poison. I wanted to be able to do more for him than offer warmth and death.

This little rat had so quickly captured my heart, and I thought about all the animals who are so often invisible, but who are suffering and dying because of human poisons. I thought about the other little rats who do die out in the cold, and the ones who bring poison tablets back to their babies without knowing what they are doing. I thought about all of the rats in laboratories who are poisoned, cut open, and killed—generally treated as disposable lab objects. We talk much more often about the bigger animals—such as primates and dogs—who are killed, but each little rat also deserves to have us say that we will protect them from unnatural and terrifying deaths.

When I arrived at the wildlife center, I told the rat that I was sorry this happened to him, and I told him that we are working to make things better. None of that could save his life, but I hope he was able to feel love instead of coldness in his last moments. And I hope we can all feel his little heart in ours. He was tiny enough to snuggle into my sweatshirt, but he was a big reminder of how much every little critter’s life is precious enough to hold close and promise that we are fighting for something better for them.

Rat Poison Boxes

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An example of a plastic rat poison box.
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An example of a metal rat poison box.

Rat poison boxes are often on the sides of buildings. They contain poison tablets that the animals eat and take back to other rats. Depending on the type of poison in the box, the rats can take weeks to slowly die; many of the poisons cause them to slowly internally bleed to death. If another animal eats a poisoned rat, they can also become very sick or die.

Some people decide to stop boxes from being able to kill rats. They sometimes smash the boxes and sometimes take them to remove the poison, and are then careful to not discard the poison in a way that it could still kill other animals. For example, they don’t throw the poison tablets in the trash or flush them. They try to take the poison to poison control centers or other places where hazardous material will be disposed of.

When people can’t remove the boxes, they sometimes move them away from the wall they are against (rats are most likely to run into a box against a wall because they run against walls) or use objects to block the entrances into the boxes so that animals can’t get to the poison.

When someone removes or alters a box, they often check on the spot later to make sure that it has not been replaced or made so that rats can get to the poison again.

Note: Humans should leave wild animals alone as much as possible, and respectfully and carefully handle them when there is need for intervention. We must balance protecting the wild lives of animals with the responsibility we have to help animals who have been harmed by humans. rat outside

Motion Filed to Challenge the AETA and Dismiss Charges Against Kevin and Tyler

On November 6, lawyers with the Center for Constitutional Rights, Peoples Law Office, and the Federal Defender Program filed a motion to dismiss the indictments of Kevin Johnson (aka Kevin Olliff) and Tyler Lang under the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act on the basis that the AETA is unconstitutional.  

Kevin and Tyler were indicted under the AETA for allegedly releasing—and conspiring to release—about 2,000 mink and foxes from Midwest fur farms. They were arrested during the summer of 2013 and took non-cooperating plea deals on state charges of “possession of burglary tools.” Then almost a year later, they were indicted on the federal AETA charges. 

Although it may seem ridiculous to charge people with “terrorism” for allegedly saving animals from living in barren wire cages and being killed by methods that may include anal electrocution or having their necks snapped, the ridiculousness speaks to what is beneath the surface of this legislation. The AETA was crafted by the American Legislative Exchange Council, a group of corporate power players who write pieces of model legislation that suit their interests, and then ALEC passes off the legislation to members of Congress. Many members of ALEC are part of the pharmaceutical, big ag, and other industries that exploit and kill animals for profit—industries that have a huge interest in stopping the actions of animal liberation activists.

To add to the mix, the State uses the label of “terrorism” with a lot of flexibility in order to be able to manipulate public fear based on the State interests of the day, and this context left the label open for ALEC to apply it to animal liberation activists. And so ALEC devised the AETA, legislation not meant so much for prosecuting activists (Kevin and Tyler are among only a handful of people who’ve been charged under the AETA), but to conjure public fear of the animal liberation movement and deter people from getting involved in activism, let alone from freeing animals from the hell of fur farms.

Right now is unfortunately one of those moments in which activists are caught in the crosshairs of an AETA indictment, and we must use this time to demonstrate to the government and corporations that we will not quietly watch our friends be taken from us or give in to the intended chilling effect of State repression. By filing the motion to dismiss the charges against Kevin and Tyler, the lawyers working on the case are fighting in the courtrooms to challenge the AETA on the basis that it is unconstitutional for being vague, overly broad, and a violation of due process rights.

As the lawyers fight in the courtrooms, we must fight everywhere else—against the intended effect of the AETA and against all other forces that try to stop us from fighting for animal liberation. Kevin and Tyler’s case should be a reminder to us all that—in addition to showing solidarity with the animals—we have to show each other love and support in the face of State repression and other obstacles. One of the best ways to fight back against government and corporate efforts to stop activism is to show them that we will unite in struggle and never back down from the fight for animal liberation. We must keep organizing, keep protesting, keep resisting, and keep fighting.

Read the full motion to dismiss here.

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Happy One Year Anniversary to The Bunny Alliance!

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Dear Bunny friends and supporters,

October marked the one year anniversary of The Bunny Alliance! So as we now move into November, we wanted to take a moment to highlight what we have done in our first year and invite you to continue to join us in fighting for animals as we move into the next year.

The start of The Bunny Alliance coincided with the launch of our national campaign against Delta Air Lines for their partnership with Air France, the last commercial airline that continues to fly primates and other animals to labs. Air France was left as the last commercial airline after a major victory against China Southern Airlines, a campaign that Bunny Alliance organizers, along with the international Gateway to Hell network, worked on for over a year.
CSVictorySince last October, we have coordinated demonstrations against Delta throughout the U.S., and activists in Canada have held their own demonstrations in support of the campaign. We have protested at airports, cargo offices, and the homes of the Delta CEO, a board member, and other executives.

To push the campaign further, we organized the Gateway to Hell Tour last winter and traveled to Delta’s hub airports, Atlanta headquarters, and CEO’s house to bring the campaign to their richard day3doorsteps. Over the summer, we organized our second nationwide tour, this time with Resistance Ecology, the Earth First! Journal, and the Civil Liberties Defense Center. This was the Fight or Flight Tour, and we embarked on it in support of the Delta campaign as well as to build solidarity among grassroots activists across the country. This winter, we will set out on a third tour, again in collaboration with Resistance Ecology, to talk with activists from the West to the East coast about creating a national mobilization of grassroots activists working for animal liberation. Watch for announcements about that tour soon!

In addition to working to stop the Air France-Delta partnership from facilitating the torture of animals in labs, we have been campaigning against the Air Transport Services Group, home to the only cargo DCIM100GOPROairlines that transport primates from China and Southeast Asia into the U.S. for labs. We have organized phone and email actions against executives and protested them at their houses, as well as hosted demonstrations at their world headquarters in Wilmington, OH.

In addition to working as a part of the Gateway to Hell network to stop the transport of animals to labs and touring to strengthen campaigns and the animal liberation movement, we worked abx headquarters protestwithStop Animal Exploitation Now to host the biggest Primate Liberation Week ever, with dozens of events against animal testing spanning several countries. The week highlighted work being done to both stop the transport of animals to labs and to stop labs from continuing business as usual.

Unfortunately the year also brought some stress and heartache when one of our organizers and best friends, Tyler Lang, and our good friend Kevin Olliff were indicted under the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act for allegedly releasing mink and fox from fur farms. We have been working to support them as their case approaches trial, and we hope that their case is a reminder to everyone that—in addition to showing solidarity with the animals—we have to show each other love and support in the face of State repression. The best way to fight back against government and corporate efforts to stop activism is to show them that we will unite in struggle and never back down from the fight for animal liberation.
Supportstorebanner2Even though The Bunny Alliance is still a young group, we have been grateful for the international support we’ve received for the work we are doing, from our campaigns to support for Kevin and Tyler. We were excited to have been invited to speak at the Resistance Ecology, Free the Animals, and Animal Rights National Conferences. And we have been excited for all the discussions we’ve had with people during tour workshops, at protests, over phone and email…all of it showing us how much so many of you care about actively working to save animals from labs and other forms of exploitation. We are dedicated to continuing the work for animal liberation, and we encourage you to all join us in learning how to be more effective, strategic, and passionate in our fights.

This month Gateway to Hell and Stop Vivisection are organizing an dhlweekendofaction1international weekend of action against DHL and ATSG/ABX Air on November 15th and 16th. Join us and your local Gateway to Hell activists in San Francisco, Dallas, Seattle, and Los Angeles, or plan an event in your city!

This weekend of action will be followed by an international week of action against the transport of animals to labs from December 6-14, targeting both the Air France/KLM/Delta group and ATSG/ABX Air/DHL. We are encouraging groups and individuals to hold protests and outreach events at airports, corporate offices, cargo offices, executives’ neighborhoods, and shipping centers.

IWOA 2014 WebsiteYou all have helped make The Bunny Alliance’s first year more amazing than we could have ever imagined, and we are excited to embrace the next year to do even more for animals. Join us!

In solidarity,

Amanda and Jordan
Co-Founders
The Bunny Alliance

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P.S. If you’d like to make a donation to support our continued work for animals, you can do so online here.

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