Gina Lynn: Letters from Jail
September 3, 2004

I am writing from the SeaTac Federal Detention Center on my ninth day of incarceration for contempt of court. The charge stems from my refusal to cooperate with a federal grand jury investigating the animal rights and environmental movements. In particular the “theft” of over 200 chickens from an egg farm and an arson at a timber company – both in the greater Seattle area.

I have devoted the past 17 years of my life wholly and passionately, to the cause of animal rights. The idea of participating in the investigation, and potential prosecution, of others in the movement (I myself have been given immunity) is absolutely out of the question.

Though my precious dog Jude waits for me at home riddled with cancer and little time left. I will always remain strong and a committed to my principles. Judge Zilly, AUSA Andrew Friedman and AUSA Tate London will eventually have to realize that I cannot and will not be broken.

I am prepared to lose Jude, my five cats, my car, my apartment, my job (I already lost one due to this case), everything that I’ve worked hard for to prove my resolve. You can leave me here until kingdom come – I WILL NEVER PARTICIPATE IN THE PROSECUTION OF A CAUSE TO WHICH I HAVE DEVOTED MY LIFE. It is not, and never will be an option. And the sooner they figure that out, the les taxpayer money, their time, and my time will be wasted.

Much love and thanks to my very understanding mom, David Hayden, Allison Lance, Nik Hensey, Jerry Friedman, Jane Garrison, everyone who has come out to protest this federal witch hunt in Seattle, and my wonderful attorney Peter Camiel. I so deeply appreciate the support of my comrades.

The most important things anyone can do to support me are:
1. Keep the struggle for animal liberation alive!
2. Anything towards making sure that my companion animals are cared for (contact Nik, David, Allison, or my mom to donate towards their food and care)
3. Anything that may help get me out of here so that I can return to my kids (companion animals) myself: write/call Judge Zilly AUSA Andrew Friedman, and AUSA Tate London and tell them they’re wasting their time and taxpayer money trying to coerce me to testify.

Beyond that, of course it would be great to have books (must be sent from publisher), letters, money on my books, etc. But I don’t want these things unless my animals are taken care of first. They, as well as all animals being systematically tortured and killed are much more important than me. So, if you are inclined to send me a $10 book as your sole contribution, I am very grateful but please send $10 to my mom towards Jude’s vet bills instead.

And please do everything you can to free animals from their enslavement every single day. They deserve nothing less.

Keep Fighting

Gina Lynn