UNIVERSITY OF IOWA RAID, 2004.


On the 14th of November, 2004, ALF activists entered the University of Iowa’s psychology department and ensured that animals escaped the suffering whilst causing as much economic damage as they possibly could.

All 401 animals (88 mice and 313 rats) from the 3rd floor of the University of Iowa were taken. Computers, surgical equipment and paperwork was also destroyed in other laboratories in different floors.

This video, used as propaganda for the action, includes news reports as well as footage from the raid and showcases the damage caused as well as the animals being boxed up for transport.

The ALF activists wrote on their report: “This was not thoughtless vandalism but a methodical effort to cripple the UI psychology department’s animal research. Only equipment in rooms where animals were confined and tortured were targeted. Only computers belonging to or used in the work of vivisectors were destroyed. Only documents of animal researchers waere doused in acid. The acid a deliberately chosen paper dissolving agent. Our goal is total abolition of all animal exploitation. Achieved in the short term by delivering the 401 animals from UI’s chamber of hell. And in the extended term by shutting down the labs through the erasing of research and equipment used in the barbaric practice of vivisection. The entire raid was a careful and deliberate 5-pronged assault on UI’s animal research.”.

They sign the report with: “Let this message be clear to all who victimize the innocent: We’re watching. And by axe, drill, or crowbar — we’re coming through your door.

Stop or be stopped.

A.L.F.”

You can read the whole report and see almost 200 photos from the action on BiteBack Magazine’s website.

http://directaction.info/news_nov18_04.htm

1995, “ANIMAL WARS”. THE FIGHT AGAINST LIVE EXPORTS.

Documentary looking at the campaigns against the live export of calves from the Midlands and Suffolk. Features Carla Lane, Nancy Phipps, Pam Brown, Trevor Love and includes tribute to the late Jill Phipps who gave her life defending the animals.

It shows that the radical vs moderate conversation about campaigning is not a new thing with groups like CIWF and the Vegetarian Society rallying against doing demos at exporters’ addresses as that will not “make vegetarianism fashionable”.

Although this campaign managed to close down multiple live export points in the UK including Shoreham, Kent port still stands. Folks can hear more about the live exports campaign in the UK by following Kent Animal Defenders.

ALFRIDAYS – ANIMAL LIBERATION FRONT INVESTIGATIONS UNIT EXPOSE RABBIT MEAT FARM (05/11/2008)

CONTENT WARNING: The footage featured in the video is disturbing.

In 2008 a group of people calling themselves the ALF Investigation Unit broke into a farm in Berkshire UK and filmed the conditions of the rabbits being exploited inside. They took several rabbits as well as caused several thousand pounds worth of damage. This is the report that was released with the video:

“On the eve of Barry Horne’s death, a group of volunteers accessed a rabbit ‘meat’ farm in Berkshire, U.K. This farm used to harbour hundreds of rabbits in the back of converted box lorries, but have recently upgraded their bunny butchering enterprise to four permanent and highly intensive units. Semi-built and set to be filled with hundreds of rabbits, we entered the site and bypassed top security measures.. the key was left in the door!

One unit was so full of rubble and electricity cables we almost didn’t expect to find any animals in such conditions. Further inspection found rows of cages, many with rabbits inside. All living on wire, many rabbits were blind, had ears missing and were rotting alive inside this windowless hell.

Even within a legal system that legitimises animal abuse, this sicko has still managed to torture animals beyond any legal requirements. The unit was in total disrepair, flooded with a mix of water and excrement, with open electricity wires and strewn with litter. None of the units had ventilation or air conditioning systems, despite being newly built. This farm was an excellent example of what ‘animal welfare’ means for animals: fuck all.

Needless to say we decided to make some legal corrections. After taking several rabbits to safety, who are now recovering in loving homes, we turned our attention to stopping this ‘man’ filling any more cages with defenceless animals. We cut every empty cage into pieces. Fuse boxes and machinery were glued and filled with expanding foam. Messages were left on the outer walls and doors before we vanished back into the darkness with our newly acquired friends.

This action was carried out in the memory of Barry, who continues to be an inspiration to us all despite his death at the hands of the British government

ALF Investigations Unit”

ANIMAL LIBERATION FRONT INVESTIGATIONS UNIT EXPOSE RABBIT MEAT FARM (05/11/2008)

CONTENT WARNING: The footage featured in the video is disturbing.

In 2008 a group of people calling themselves the ALF Investigation Unit broke into a farm in Berkshire UK and filmed the conditions of the rabbits being exploited inside. They took several rabbits as well as caused several thousand pounds worth of damage. This is the report that was released with the video:

“On the eve of Barry Horne’s death, a group of volunteers accessed a rabbit ‘meat’ farm in Berkshire, U.K. This farm used to harbour hundreds of rabbits in the back of converted box lorries, but have recently upgraded their bunny butchering enterprise to four permanent and highly intensive units. Semi-built and set to be filled with hundreds of rabbits, we entered the site and bypassed top security measures.. the key was left in the door!

One unit was so full of rubble and electricity cables we almost didn’t expect to find any animals in such conditions. Further inspection found rows of cages, many with rabbits inside. All living on wire, many rabbits were blind, had ears missing and were rotting alive inside this windowless hell.

Even within a legal system that legitimises animal abuse, this sicko has still managed to torture animals beyond any legal requirements. The unit was in total disrepair, flooded with a mix of water and excrement, with open electricity wires and strewn with litter. None of the units had ventilation or air conditioning systems, despite being newly built. This farm was an excellent example of what ‘animal welfare’ means for animals: fuck all.

Needless to say we decided to make some legal corrections. After taking several rabbits to safety, who are now recovering in loving homes, we turned our attention to stopping this ‘man’ filling any more cages with defenceless animals. We cut every empty cage into pieces. Fuse boxes and machinery were glued and filled with expanding foam. Messages were left on the outer walls and doors before we vanished back into the darkness with our newly acquired friends.

This action was carried out in the memory of Barry, who continues to be an inspiration to us all despite his death at the hands of the British government.

– ALF Investigations Unit”

ALFRIDAYS – THOUSANDS OF MINK RELEASED FROM CAGES (SWEDEN)

On the 19th of August in 2018 activists entered a fur farm during a protest in Hjo, Sweden. 5000 mink were freed from their cages. You can see in the video with what ease and speed so many beings were released from their tiny metal cages. Activists also covered the farmers home in stickers. The farmer, Knut Indebetou, not only tortures mink but also raises hundreds of thousands of chickens for slaughter.

In the hit report activists made it clear that  this it was “not the first time he has been targeted and it will not be the last!” They also provided this handy contact info. “If you want to adress you concerns, Contact:
Knut Indebetou
Lilla solberga 1,
54492 HJO
+46708453288″

100 HENS LIBERATED IN MEMORY OF BARRY HORNE, 2017.

In 2017 and during the “Week of Action Against Speciesism” an egg laying farm was visited by the ALF. As well as taking a hundred chickens to safety, the humans involved destroyed crates upon crates of eggs, machinery and automated tools. They left messages for the farmer to read the morning after. 

The action was dedicated to Barry Horne. We decided to upload this video as we believe it to be quite powerful, not only showing how a free range facility looks like in the UK, but also giving an insight on how a barn is destroyed in just a few minutes. 

As always, the aim of ALFRIDAYS is to have an insight on what came before today in the path to liberation. We felt it was appropriate to showcase this specific video today as it was only this morning that we published a free range chicken report that has received multiple comments asking “why free range is wrong”. 

Read the report sent below: 

HIT REPORT! 

1st November (2017), UK. 

100 CHICKENS LIBERATED, FARM SABOTAGED. 

Received anonymously:

“Under the International Week of Action Against Speciesism, an egg-laying chicken farm in the north UK was sabotaged. Owned by James Potter, this farm supplies to main supermarkets around the country telling the fallacy of ‘free range’ as somewhat ‘not cruel’.

One hundred chickens were freed from their slavery, the machinery and disinfectants were sabotaged, all the eggs smashed and graffiti on the walls was sprayed on reading ‘EAT YOUR OWN EGGS’, ‘FUCK THE EGG INDUSTRY’, ‘BARRY HORNE, A LOVE WARRIOR’ and ‘BARRY LIVES IN THOSE WHO ACT’.

All hens are now safe and will live a life of freedom away from the exploitation of humans.

With this action, we would like to remember and give power to Barry. We do not forget and we do not give up. The Animal Liberation Front is only growing. We will fight against speciesism and we will extend our love and power to anyone oppressed by this system.

For a truly anarchist revolution,

against all hierarchies,

against animals being used as commodities.

ALF”

ALF PRESS OFFICER IN SKY NEWS (2005).

Content Warning: It includes some vivisection footage that might be distressing to viewers. 

In this episode of ALFridays we show you a Sky News segment featuring Dr Jeyyr Vlasek, an ALF press officer, during 2005.

Based in the USA, the feature includes SHAC campaign, anti fur campaigning and anti bear hunt protests. With a very strong focus on direct action, the mainstream media wonders the links in between underground and overground actions. 

There is also a snippet on the actions that the vivisection lobby took during the SHAC campaign to counteract the investigation footage, like employing professional spokespeople and releasing their own videos on animal testing.

It is an interesting segment that shows how direct action and acts of sabotage can get the attention of the media, starting the conversation on issues that otherwise would be ignored.

IF A TREE FALLS.


A story of the Earth Liberation Front tells the
remarkable story of the rise and fall of an ELF cell, by focusing on the transformation and radicalization of one of its members

With the arrest of Daniel and thirteen others, the government had cracked what was probably the largest ELF cell in America and brought down the group responsible for the very first ELF arsons in this country.

For years the ELF had launched spectacular arsons against dozens of businesses they accused of destroying the environment.

ALFRIDAY – BURNING A SLAUGHTERHOUSE


This short video features Melanie Arnold, who in 1996 was part of an operation that firebombed 12 vehicles including trucks, vans and cars on the site of a slaughterhouse, which was also set fire to. Shortly afterwards the the business closed. It gives an interesting perspective on how to survey places to ensure that no one is harmed by a fire action.

ALFRIDAYS – BEHIND THE MASK.

Behind the Mask: The Story of the People Who Risk Everything to Save Animals is a 2006 documentary film about the Animal Liberation Front (ALF).

It took three years of filming, interviewing, and editing to complete. The movie was created by animal-rights lawyer Shannon Keith, who owns Uncaged Films and ARME (Animal Rescue, Media & Education).

The documentary was produced in response to a perceived bias in the mainstream media against the animal rights movement.