First! activist Judi Bari died of cancer in early March at the age of 47. She
organized protests against logging in the Redwood forests in Northern California
and was successful in building coalitions between loggers, mill workers, and forest
defenders. In 1990, she was the victim in a car bomb attack which injured her
and another passenger of the car. Police and FBI tried to implicate her as a suspect
in the bombing to discredit Earth First! and further harass forest defenders.
serious injuries, which kept her in traction for weeks, did not dampen her spirit
to fight, and she initiated a lawsuit against the Oakland police and FBI for defaming
Earth First! and attempting to destroy evidence in the bomb case. The lawsuit
will continue to be pursued now that she's gone.
With Judi's death, the
environmental movement has lost a strong and compassionate voice. Her humor, tenacity,
and hope will be sorely missed, but her fighting spirit lives on in those of us
who continue the struggle for earth liberation.
A Denver, Colorado judge
dismissed four activists' charges of trespass and disturbing the peace after arresting
officer Captain Maldino admitted on the stand that he never asked the protesters
to leave. Last October, the activists locked-down at the Denver Coliseum to protest
the Ringling Brothers/Barnum & Bailey Circus. They were members of Rocky Mountain
Troy Gregorino, an animal advocate who removed computer
disks from a primate lab at Kent State University in Ohio, was sentenced to one
year of probation and a $200 fine for his actions. The action resulted in over
a month of massive media coverage in northern Ohio, some of which included the
airing of graphic footage of invasive research on primates. The disks were stolen
from graduate student Deborah VanTillburg who does behavioral research on monkeys.
hundred and fifty British anti-hunt activists clad in black ski masks welcomed
hunters attending a Hunt Ball taking place at a hotel near Arundel, Sussex. Hunter,
businessman, and Ball attendee Brian Trafford, 65, told a British paper: "My
business takes me all over the Soviet Union, and I've had a few brushes with the
Mafia over there--but that was nothing compared to this. Our car was surrounded
by 50 or more, banging on the roof. They smashed the back windscreen and the side
window and the glass went all over my daughter-in-law. Then one jumped on the
bonnet and smashed the windscreen. Then they yanked open the door and tried to
pull me out. My driver is only a young chap and he was petrified." Angry
activists smashed numerous car windows and the damage was estimated at thousands
of pounds. Despite the presence of 80 police, no one was arrested.
activists conducted actions during Easter weekend in memory of hunt saboteur,
Tom Worby, who was killed by hunter Anthony Ball of the Cambridgeshire Foxhounds
on April 3, 1993. Actions included a home demo at Bob Coley's house, the Managing
Director of Interfuana--a company that breeds beagles for vivisection; a candle-light
vigil at the Cambridge Foxhounds Kennels; a smash-and-dash attack at both Coley's
house and the Hunt Kennels that resulted in most of their windows being broken;
a protest at Interfauna; two demonstrations at the Huntington Research Center,
one of which was so rowdy it prevented vivisectors from entering or leaving the
building; a demonstration at a vivisection supplier that breeds rodents which
resulted in its windows and fence being destroyed and feces smeared over the premises;
a successful hunt sabotage; a home demo at Prime Minister John Major's house while
machine-gun-toting police looked on; a protest at a cat breeder establishment
in Oxford which got its windows smashed; and another trashing of Coley's house.
Rogowski and Chet Bronski used chains and U-locks to lock down on the center ring
during the elephant performance at the Ringling Brothers/Barnum & Bailey Circus
in Worcester, Massachusetts. The circus was stopped for half an hour until the
activists could be cut free.
A Whopper-Eating Contest at New York University
was disrupted by a last minute protest of animal liberationists. At the start
of the contest, activists bolted to the front table where the grotesque display
was being held, surrounded it so no one could see the "event," and started
chanting anti-meat slogans. The disruption lasted for the entire length of the
contest and an irate crowd of about 60 shouting people added to the mayhem. No
arrests were made.
Australia's Animal Liberation Action Rescue Team entered
Happy Hens Egg World in Victoria and individually stamped thousands of battery
eggs with the message: "Made with Cruelty." They also removed several
birds from the horrible conditions. The birds were given veterinary attention.
weeks after 36 activists locked down at the Bunge Piggery in Corowa, Australia,
two investigators were arrested for trespass after videotaping horrendous conditions
there. The video shows three sows with maggot-infested, bleeding prolapses, being
trampled by other pigs while they squeal in pain. It also shows over 600 pregnant
sows locked in individual stalls barely larger than their bodies and tormented,
bored, and neurotic animals madly sucking at the bars of their stalls, yelling
in fevered distress. The Bunge Piggery is the largest pig farm in the southern
hemisphere. It confines over 230,000 pigs in 80 sheds. The judge ruled in favor
of the investigators.
The Animal Liberation Front has taken responsibility
for numerous attacks on butcher shops and other animal abusers in Auckland, New
Zealand. The New Zealand Herald reports that the A.L.F. have caused over $150,000
damage in the Auckland area alone this year.
According to a Circus Fans
of America publication, The White Tops, Vidbel's Olde Tyme Circus will not use
elephants in their performances this season. The article further states that Vidbel's
has been "plagued by animal rights zealots" over the last few years.
This is the first year since the circus started in 1984 that they will not exploit
elephants during their performance.
For World Day for Animals in Labs, protesters
at the University of Washington placed 3,000 flags in the school's lawn in memory
of the 3,000 animals killed each week in UW vivisection labs. On the same day,
animal liberationists' presence at the UW Health Science Fair for local high school
students, resulted in nervous vivisectors packing up their tables and leaving.
Harold Thompson filed a lawsuit demanding a vegan-vegetarian diet line be provided
at all Tennessee prisons. The lawsuit, filed under the Religious Freedom Restoration
Act of 1993, argues that people who believe in the sanctity and reverence of all
life should be given meals appropriate to their beliefs just as the Muslims and
Jews are given meals free of pork. A similar lawsuit filed in South Carolina resulted
in all South Carolina prisons providing a vegan-vegetarian diet line. Letters
of support can be sent to: Mr. Harold H. Thompson, #93992, Turney Center Industrial
Prison, Route 1, Only, TN 37140-9709.
The Law Student Animal Rights Alliance
recommends activists who plan to represent themselves in court read the following
books: Everybody's Guide to Municipal Court ($29.95), Everybody's Guide to Small
Claims Court ($18.95), and Represent Yourself in Court: How to Prepare & Try
a Winning Case ($29.95). These books can be ordered from NOLO Press, an organization
of lawyers trying to make the law accessible to people. Call NOLO Press at 1-800-992-6656
to order these titles or ask for their catalogue. If you can not afford these
books, ask your local library to add these fine publications to their collection.
400-pound Bengal tiger attacked and killed his trainer and tormentor, 50-year-old
Wayne Franzen, during a circus performance in Carrolltown, Pennsylvania. When
Franzen turned his back toward the tiger, the tiger pounced on him, bit into his
neck, and started dragging him around the ring. Some 200 children and their parents
watched in horror as Franzen was killed.
Chicago Animal Rights Coalition
activist Steve Hindi was found not guilty of spitting in the face of David Perri,
the curator for Marineland in Niagara Falls, Ontario. The charges stemmed from
a protest at the Marineland back in September of last year. (See NC #5, page 3,