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Overnight on January 8th, news broke on the "Portland Meat Collective" website that somewhere between 18 and 23 rabbits had disappeared from the backyard of one of their "instructors" the day before they were to be killed as part of a self-butchery class. Nearly a week passed without any further news or claim of responsibility. Then, in a tragic development Friday, January 13th, news came that the rabbits had been located and returned to the school to be killed.
We can only hope rescuers locate the new location of the rabbits, and deliver them to freedom for the second time.
The story so far...
When I was at the eviction of Occupy in Portland and the police horses were forced into the crowd, the first thought that went through me was the horses were going to hurt someone. The second thought was why the hell are the police using animals to hurt other humans. Now my thoughts are to take the horses away from the cops. Seems like a good project for us to take on.
Want to "take a ride on the Justice side?" This is something all of us can give some time to, maybe we can see these beautiful horse retired to a farm, enjoying life. I know we are all busy but I got really pissed at the cops for making these animals move into the crowd and risk being hurt, when all the horses wanted to do is eat some hay. E-mail me and after some ground work, if enough of you feel bad for those horses as I did that night, let's work to "Free the Police Horses."
On December 12, 2011, an autonamous group, in solidarity with the West Coast Port Blockade, successfully shut down a BNSF railway. The flow of commerce headed for two of the blockaded ports, Seattle and Vancouver, was effectively stopped. This action was in solidarity with the Bellingham community's fight against earth-destroying industries including the struggle against the Gateway Pacific Coal Terminal. We are in solidarity with #Occupy and union actions from San Diego to Anchorage. Our allegaince to oppressed humans and non-humans is foundational to our struggle.
We draw inspiration from the five-hundred + years of ongoing Indigenous resistance to the corrupting agents of colonization. We recognize that we are living on stolen land, and that the railway industries have always facilitated genocide against the native peoples of this land through land theft, displacement, and habitat destruction. In the coming months and years, we call upon communities from the Powder River Basin to the Pacific Coast to take direct action against SSA Marine's proposed Gateway Pacific Coal Terminal. Only through sustained and coordinated community opposition and direct action, can we permanently disable this arm of the capitalist machine.
On the night of November 28th, 2011, we sabotaged a rail line in Southern Oregon as part of a coordinated effort to disrupt the flow of commerce on the West Coast. We got tired of watching trains pass through our towns loaded with lumber, ore, cheap commodities, and other resources pillaged from the earth without consequence. We didn't do this out of a desire to create a more green, sustainable or humane civilization--we want nothing less than to see the total failure of this sick and rotten society. This action was not only easy to carry out, but positively satisfying. We used 4AWG copper wire with the ends stripped of insulation and wrapped around the two sides of the track with the rest of it buried in the middle, which falsely indicated to a sensor that there was a train stopped on the railway.
We did this in solidarity with currently imprisoned members of the Long-Live Luciano Tortuga Cell/Indonesian FAI, to whom we send our most passionate revolutionary greetings. We would also like to send our love to ALF prisoner of war, Walter Bond.
Towards an end to this nightmare world.
stop animal cruelty, fight speciesism, and combat gentrification On the night of Wednesday November 30.2011 anarchists vandalized Paxton Gate Portland, a wealthy boutique inhumanely supplying non-human animals and their parts. Windows were splashed with buckets of paint and on the side walk in front of the store was written "Fuck Paxton Gate". This was in solidarity with non-human struggles everywhere, and against the fight of inherent racism--gentrification.
We're not free until we all [including non-humans] are free.
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Animal Defense League and In Defense of Animals have organized a march in solidarity with those who suffer injustice at the hands of the fur trade and in opposition to those corporations and individuals who benefit from the suffering and the commodification, marketing, and sale of fur products. We are not going to forget about the plight of wildlife, the environment, workers and communities as the holiday season approaches and mass consumer culture seizes our city. We are not going to let apathy or fear encroach on our sense of urgency and our passion for freedom and justice.
Fur Free Friday- November 25, 2011
March starts 11:00 AM (Come 30 minutes early!)
Meet up at Downtown Nordstrom (Corner of SW Broadway and Yamhill)
An advocate for wolves in Oregon expressed relief Thursday that the Oregon Court of Appeals temporarily stopped plans to kill two male wolves of the Imnaha pack. The number of known gray wolves in Oregon has dropped from 21 to 14, said Oregon Wild conservation director Steve Pedery.
"If they carry out the kill order, that's down to 12," he said Thursday.
State Appellate Commissioner James Mass, after reviewing an emergency petition from three conservation groups Wednesday, at 4:59 p.m. stopped state plans to kill the alpha male and a yearling male of the pack that inhabits Wallowa County. The pack is deemed responsible for killing as may as 14 cattle since 2010. The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Department decided to kill the two males after determining they killed a calf Sept. 22 near Joseph.
This article appeared earlier today on Blueoregon.com. I deeply appreciate their help getting out the word. And huge props to Mary Rose Lenore Eng and Joe Walsh, The Lone Vet, who are doing so much to raise awareness on this sorry episode in the annals of Portland State University & Oregon Health & Science University.
How can OHSU operate a renowned torture treatment center on one hand, and sponsor a local event featuring a former high government official who reportedly authorized torture on the other?
In what may be the largest liberation of animals in U.S. history, nets were cut at a holding pen in the San Francisco bay this week, releasing 40,000 fish into the wild. There has not yet been a claim of responsibility by the Animal Liberation Front or other group.
A police spokesperson describes how the fish were released: "(one or more people) came along with essentially what are wire cutters to do this. It was purposeful. Someone knew what they were doing." An employee at the institute where the salmon were held says he speculates this may be the act of an animal rights group.
If this was the act of animal liberators, it would be the largest recorded animal liberation ever in the U.S. The largest previous liberation was the Animal Liberation Front raid of the Drewelow and Sons fur farm in New Hampton, Iowa in 2000; where 14,000 mink were released. The Tiburon Salmon Institute is now soliciting funds to purchase security cameras.
Salem, OR - On Tuesday, September 27th at 10:00am, activists from the Animal Defense League put the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife on lockdown, blocking all entrances and locking themselves to doors with bike locks. The Animal Defense League is demanding an end to the agency's program of wolf persecution and extermination.
Late last week, the ODFW announced plans to cull two more wolves from the Imnaha pack, reducing the pack size down to only two. One of the two wolves to be killed will be the pack's alpha male. This will leave only the alpha female and her young pup born earlier this year.
The state's wolf recovery goal calls for four breeding pairs, producing two pups who survive at least a year, for three consecutive years. Yet, this plan of action will take out one of the only known breeding pairs in the state, as it is not known whether the other two packs are breeding.
The ODFW has been managing wolves in Eastern Oregon since spring, when the Fish and Wildlife Service controversially delisted the wolves as an Endangered Species in the Northern Rockies. Since then, the ODFW has already killed three wolves.
For more information, please visit:
[Breaking News 9.27.11 12:07PM] 2 activists were arrested at the ODFW Headquarters[.]
Jail support needed for Justin Kay and Stephanie Taylor.
[PIMC Link] http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2011/09/410757.shtml
Tuesday, September 27 · 10:00am - 12:00pm
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
3406 Cherry Avenue NE
Salem, OR 97303
ATTENTION!: The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is planning on killing two more wolves from the Imnaha pack because of supposed livestock predation. This would reduce the pack size down to only two wolves! It would leave only the alpha female and a pup born in spring. This is could effectively destroy the pack altogether.
The ODFW is responding to pressure from the state's ranching and livestock industries, not sound science or ecological knowledge. Under the Wolf Conservation and Management Plan, ODFW kills wolves after chronic livestock depredation. It has clearly become policy to slaughter wolves in this state. The ODFW needs to be held accountable! The Department of Fish and Wildlife is facade of an organization. It has become nothing more than a puppet for the livestock and ranching industries. We need to hold these corrupt agencies accountable. We need to demand justice for the wolves!!
Contact ADL, email@example.com, if you want to help with last-minute carpool organizing. If you can offer a ride, please post on the event wall. If you need a ride, please ask for one on the event wall. We will see you there!
On the night of August 29th, the Animal Liberation Front raided the Damascus Elk Farm (23255 SE Highway 212) in Clackamas, Oregon. Fencing was stripped away, giving the animals a chance at escape. According the the communique received by the Animal Liberation Press Office, the ALF were forced to make a premature departure in the middle of the raid due to a "disturbance".
This is the second deer farm raid in Oregon in the past year, and the third ever in the U.S. The previous raid took place in October 2010 at a deer farm in Molalla, Oregon. That action followed the same model: fencing was stripped away from pens, allowing the animals to escape into the surrounding countryside.
The full communique reads:
This year, join Portland Animal Defense League as we carry the torch and illuminate this abhorrent industry and its presence all throughout the Northwest. Although sporadic fur protests against department stores were carried out in the early 1980's, none employed coordinated campaigns or strategies against the fur industry, and, as a result, failed to create the intensity needed for successful protests.
Fur sales slumped in the late 80's-early 90's as increased pressure and focus on the fur industry heightened awareness about the cruelties of the trade. However, as a result of recent fur fashion trends starting in the mid 90's, fur sales have been increasing and topped over $11 billion worldwide in 2003.
Fur-Free Friday is one of the few nationally recognized days in the animal rights movement and involves numerous animal activist groups nationwide.
Portland Joins Anti-HLS Global Day of Action - Friday, July 29th
On Friday, July 29th, PDX ADL and Anti-HLS PDX will join in the fight. HLS can only continue to torture and abuse animals if they have customers to pay for the experiments and we need to build on the pressure of the recessation and Fortress stopping their loan to HLS. Please continue to support the goals of closing this hell-hole down, together we can and will make a difference.
PDX Activists Join the SHAC Global Day of Action against customers of HLS
Lunch Time Demos
Meet Up - Friday July 29th at 12:30PM SHARP
Meet at Tom McCall Waterfront Park
on the SW Side of the Hawthorne Bridge near the brick outdoor theater
Demo locations will be announced during the meet-up solidarity discussion. Each demo will last approximately 30 minutes. Please bring comfortable walking shoes.
Lunch time Demos on Thursday July 7th will target major shareholders of AstraZeneca, the notorious Huntingdon Life Sciences customer whose contracted experiments have exposed horrific animal cruelty.
Join the Portland Anti-HLS Customer Campaign this Thursday afternoon as we target two major shareholders of AstraZeneca, the notorious Huntingdon Life Sciences customer whose contracted experiments have exposed horrific animal cruelty. If you are unfamiliar with the murder paid for by AstraZeneca, please visit http://www.shac.net/AZ/index.html for more information and to view the undercover video investigation of AstraZeneca's bloody experiments at HLS.
Join us and together we can SHUT DOWN HLS for good!
Lunch Time Demos
Thursday July 7th at 12:30PM SHARP
Meet at Tom McCall Waterfront Park
on the SW Side of the Hawthorne Bridge near the brick outdoor theater
Demo locations will be announced during the meet-up solidarity discussion. Each demo will last approximately 30 minutes.
Infamous snitch Jacob Ferguson arrested on drug charges, sent to prison
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Infamous snitch Jacob Ferguson arrested on drug charges, sent to prison
The man who wore a wire for the FBI and sent over a dozen people to prison for ALF / ELF actions is himself now going to prison. Jacob Ferguson was sentenced this week to 5 years for ?manufacturing, possessing and selling heroin?, according to court records.
Ferguson rose to infamy after becoming the lead informant in the ?Operation Backfire? FBI sweep. The arrests led to prison sentences for over a dozen people on arson charges for ALF / ELF actions going back almost 10 years. Three of those charged ? Joe Dibee, Josephine Sunshine Overaker, and Rebecca Rubin ? are still on the run.
His role in over a dozen arsons claimed by the Animal Liberation Front / Earth Liberation Front made him a valuable asset for the FBI. When he secretly began cooperating with the government in 2004 to send many of his former friends to prison, he accepted a plea bargain which called probation only and no prison time.
That ended this week when a recent drug bust finally led Ferguson to prison. He is also expected to receive a federal prison sentence in addition to his 5 year state sentence.
Ferguson sent people to prison for the following ALF actions (in addition to numerous other ALF / ELF actions):
June 11, 2011, International Day for Elephants in Zoos sponsored by In Defense of Animals, Radical Cheerleaders for Animal Rights and Ananda Animal Rescue & Sanctuary.
In 2008 voters in Portland, OR passed a $125 million dollar bond measure, which was in part to build an offsite preserve for the elephants. Here it is 2011, and there is still no preserve, and the elephants continue to pace on their small lot and Packy, the zoo's most popular and oldest elephant, remains isolated, pacing in his cage or small suburban-size yard. Speak out for the elephants. Call your Metro Councilor to demand a timeline for these elephants to finally get the space they deserve, the space we voted for. And that does not mean the 6 acre expansion the zoo plans to build on site sometime in 2012. Six acres is still far from enough room for 7 elephants, especially when the zoo plans to breed more. metro-region.org Kim Smith, zoo director: 503-226-1561--that is the zoo's central number, just ask for her office.
Video of demo on youtube:
Jail Support needed for Alex Payan, Kyle Oels & Kyle Terry; Three activists staged a lockdown at the Seattle Fur Exchange and need support! They will be in jail all weekend and will need vegan food. Please call and politely request they receive adequate vegan meals.
Renton City Jail - 1055 S Grady way
We are posting bail for all three, so if you can donate anything to help get these folks back into the streets for the rest of the weekend, it'd be so appreciated!
Last night, about 20 activists from Portland Animal Defense League visited the homes of two of Oregon National Primate Research Center's (ONPRC) most notorious vivisectors. These demos took place as part of ongoing World Week for Animals In Laboratories events and in solidarity with the countless innocent animals slated to die inside labs around the world. First stop of the night... Kathy Grant has received at least $18,304,940 in tax dollars to addict monkeys to alcohol at ONPRC. In one recent experiment, monkeys were starved and only given food if they consumed alcohol After observing their drinking behavior, Grant kills the monkeys and cut up their bodies. Her discovery was that alcohol damaged the monkeys' livers - something long known in humans.
Next, activists descended on the residence of Kevin L. Grove, another notorious primate vivisector at ONPRC that recently received attention in the New York Times for his cruel obesity tests. In his current experiment, Grove makes monkeys extremely obese by feeding them unhealthy, high-fat diets, and by forcing them to live sedentary lifestyles. He then impregnates his subjects and allows some of them to give birth. Most of the monkeys in his experiments are killed and cut open at various stages of this torture.
For more information on what goes on inside Labs like Kevin and Kathy's, be sure to check out our newly launched website ResearchKills.org.
Take Action Against OHSU!
During World Week for Animals in Labs, activists around the country are voicing their disgust with the cruelty of vivisection. Here in Portland, OR, the focus remains on Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC), home to some of the most notorious and cruel research in the country. Please take the time to write, call and email the vivisectors and administrators on this list and let them know how you feel about their sadistic research.
Web links are provided for for you to learn about the horrific details of each individuals research. Good Luck!
Who: Ananda Animal Rescue & Sanctuary and supporters
What: Demonstration in Solidarity with Packy the Elephant
When: Saturday, April 16, 2011 from noon to 1:30 pm
Where: Oregon Zoo, front gates
Why: Because Packy was promised his freedom years ago, because he deserves it, and because it's the right thing to do.
Join Portland Animal Defense League as we present our recent activities and upcoming events.
These meetings are intended to be an open space for the public to meet the organizers of ADL, learn about what ADL does and how it functions, and learn the various ways to get involved.
Red & Black Café
400 SE 12th Ave.
We will be discussing recent actions including the Seattle Fur Exchange Demo, and upcoming events like World Week For Animals In Labs and the second Fur Exchange Demo!! Come have fun and find out ways to get involved!
See you there!! :)
From All Over the NW, Activists Converge at the Seattle Fur Exchange for Regional Action
Renton, WA - Beginning Monday, March 14th, activists from across the Northwest will converge at the warehouse of American Legend Cooperation in Renton, WA. Here activists from Ashland, OR to Vancouver, BC will protest the infamous Seattle Fur Exchange and demand justice for North American wildlife.
The Seattle Fur Exchange (now American Legend Auction) is the largest trading auction of animal pelts in North America and is longest running fur auction in the world. Held at the warehouse of American Legend, the largest farmer-owned cooperative involved in the marketing and sales of mink furs, the Exchange occurs twice per year (March and May) and has been conducting its insidious business since 1898. Since then, it has facilitated the trading of millions of animals' pelts between over 20 countries every year. It is here that the international industry coordinates between farmers, designers, and retail.
When: Monday, March 14th-Wednesday, March 16th
Two days ago, a mother and her babies were to have arrived at Ananda Animal Rescue & Sanctuary. They were eagerly awaited, as they had all been through a lot and we looked forward to watching them blossom once they found the love and care they deserved in this world. Lily never did arrive in sanctuary. Instead, this is what happened to her (reposted from the Ananda FB page). We're so sad for her. Everyone should be. Please help us stop the killing.
Lily and her puppies were supposed to arrive today. We were looking forward to finally giving them the love and kindness they deserve. Lily never got much of a break in this world. She was extremely neglected, and when she showed up in a kill shelter in California with her little family of puppies, she weighed only about 30 lbs (roughly half what she should have.) And, in the dance of crisis and extortion common to kill shelters, Lily's story made it out to rescuers through the same teetering, cobbled-together, informal communication network in which all kill shelters seem to communicate with the outside world: "Yes, she's here. She will be killed this weekend unless you get her out."
(This, by the way, is a special annoyance of mine which is worth mentioning because it is one of the obstacles that stands in the way of saving dogs like Lily. It's apparently not bad enough that the public is usually kept in the dark about all the dogs being put to death inside these places. They have to make it even better by occasionally letting rescuers know that the animals will die unless WE, the RESCUERS, do all the work to save them. Not only that, but we usually get hit up for a pull fee, too. So small, independent rescuers who have almost no resources are forced to pay money to a huge, tax-funded, government agency "or else" they will kill every animal without another option. Basically, we're subsidizing them through our unpaid labor. This is part of the anachronistic system that is killing millions of dogs and cats in this country every year: Kill shelters take in too many animals, they plead for help from rescuers "or else," and then they don't let anyone take the animal without paying an often exorbitant pull fee. Rescuers can't always afford to come up with these fees over and over and over again to save these animals. Why is there a fee to rescuers who are doing the shelter's job FOR them??? Why aren't the shelters giving us money to help them do their jobs?)...
The Portland Radical Cheerleaders for Animal Rights are hosting a benefit at the Artistery on Friday, March 4, beginning at 7pm. The evening will begin with a screening of the animal liberation film Bold Native ( http://boldnative.com/). Then we will ROCK to music by IOA, Deer or The Doe, Humans, and there will be performances from Vegan Superhero & The Radical Cheerleaders. All proceeds go to benefit the animals of two ROCKING local sanctuaries - Ananda Animal Rescue & Sanctuary and Out to Pasture.
What: Film Screening of Bold Native, LOTS of great live music, art, and a vegan bake sale. All this to benefit the animals of Ananda Animal Rescue & Sanctuary and Out to Pasture!
There will be a $5 admission charge to help raise funds to feed and provide care to all of the animals whose lives are saved at these two great sanctuaries. The movie Bold Native will be shown at 7 pm with music starting at 9 pm. Please join us! It's an easy way to DO SOMETHING FOR THE ANIMALS!
Come have a vegan dinner prepared by The (Vegan) Caterer at The Variant!! Each dish will cost you $7, plus we'll have plenty of baked goods, treats and beverages!
After dinner we'll have a short talk about the Sea Shepherd Cove Guardian campaign, it's goals and how others can travel to Taiji next season to get involved. 23,000 dolphins are slaughtered for their mercury-laced meat every year in Japan, and this slaughter continues in part because of the captive dolphin trade. Help send activists to Japan to put pressure on the Japanese government, to educate the people of Taiji about alternatives, and to fight for the lives of these sentient creatures!
Time: Saturday, February 26 · 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Location: The Variant
4810 NE Garfield Ave
Please RSVP by sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
We need to have an idea of how many people will be showing up, if you want a seat please reserve it!
Taking place on the day after Thanksgiving, Fur Free Friday is an international event dedicated to educating people about the horrors suffered by animals in the fur industry.
Fur Free Friday, 2010
Rally and Procession to morn the deaths of countless animals as a result of animal experimentation at Oregon Health Science University (OHSU) in Portland Oregon. Event was sponsored and organized by Portland Animal Defense League, who can be contacted on both Myspace and Facebook
OHSU Tortures Animals
The gathering stood for a time in front of the hospital with numerous signs indicating their opposition to this lucrative animal experimentation before commencing the funeral procession. At this time they proceeded to march along both sides of the street, morning the needless loss of life and demonstrating OHSU's callous disregard for the sanctity of life.
The signs being carried by the demonstrators claim that at OHSU "Pigtail Macaques are beaten," "monies are used to kill bunnies," and that "pregnant mothers are forced to smoke." This last refers to the work of Dr. Elliot Spindel, who introduces high levels of nicotine into pregnant monkeys through transdermal mechanisms, and later dissects the infants, amazingly discovering that nicotine is bad for infant Primates.
In an interview with Tim Hitchins, spokesperson for Portland Animal Defense League, he states that these experiments are scientific fraudulent, morally unjustifiable and a waste of the taxpayers money.
These experiments are fraudulent, according to Hitchins, because humans respond completely different to tests and pharmaceutical drugs than animals do.
"The reason these experiments are defended so strongly by OHSU.........is because of the amount of money they bring to the University. We're talking about tens upon tens of millions of dollars that help fund....other facilities on their campus."
Other procedures cited by Hitchins in this interview include deliberately stressing animals and the deliberate inducing of obesity.
30 activists from Portland Animal Defense League gathered at OHSU on Sam Jackson Rd. dressed for a funeral procession to mourn the deaths of thousands of animals that have been needlessly raped, tortured and killed by vivisectors at OHSU.
Portland, OR - On Friday, January 7th at 12:30 pm, about 30 activists from Portland Animal Defense League gathered at OHSU on Sam Jackson Rd. dressed for a funeral procession to mourn the deaths of thousands of animals that have been needlessly tortured and killed by vivisectors at OHSU.
Animals in laboratories are subjected to horrible experiences. Recent government documentation has revealed primates dying of dehydration, starvation, hypothermia, heat stress, being boiled alive in cage washers, wasting diseases, hepatitis, encephalitis, and many other severe illnesses.
"This funeral procession and rally acts as a reminder to OHSU that activists and the concerned public have not forgotten about their horrific animal abusing experiments. Rape, torture and murder will not be tolerated for any species." says a representative of Portland Animal Defense League. "As long as there are animals slated to die at OHSU, their captors will have to answer to the demands for their liberation."
Please visit pdxanimaldefenseleague.org for more information on the movement to end vivisection.