ENGLAND -- On January 6th, British Animal Activist, Barry Horne, started what
was to become a five week hunger strike that shook the foundation of the vivisectors.
Barry is currently jailed on remand awaiting trial for allegedly attempting
to destroy vivisection labs. In a letter from prison Barry said the objective
of his hunger strike was "to protest at the Government's continued support
for, and encouragement of, the vivisection industry in this country and to call
on the Government to give a commitment to end its support for the vivisection
industry, both financial and moral, within a period of five years."
letter concluded, "This hunger strike can be won because it is right. I appeal
to everybody who cares about animal liberation to fight alongside me on this issue
and force the Government to abandon its inflexible stance on vivisection. By myself
I cannot win this protest, that much is obvious. But I know that I am not alone
in this. I know that there are many, many, people out there who will fight in
their own way every bit as hard as I am. I appeal to them now to do so."
do so they did. In Britain, multiple Barry Horne support protests with up to 100
people in attendance transformed into mob actions where in broad daylight, and
with police present, they would trash vivisection and animal breeding facilities
and liberate animals. (You've got to love those British activists!) Twenty-six
people were arrested.
Other animal liberationists planted incendiaries
under the trucks at Buxted Chicken's Processing Camp in support of Barry's demands
and sacrifices. One truck was totally demolished and six others were damaged.
A.L.F. prisoners in England and the U.S. did a 48 hour sympathetic hunger strike
Activists in Holland, New Zealand, and the states also conducted
support protests, disruptions, and British flag-burnings at the British Consulates,
vivisection labs, and the homes of researchers. Dozens of Americans joined Barry
in sympathetic hunger strikes and bombarded the Consulates with calls of protest
Happy to see the anti-vivisection movement fired up with a
renewed determination and enthusiasm, Barry ended his hunger-strike on February
the 9th. Activists everywhere breathed a collective sigh of relief to know that
Barry will live to fight another day. What can we say? BARRY ROCKS!