Visitor:


August 27, 2012 - MEAT WHOLESALER'S SIGN PAINT BOMBED

received anonymously:

"24th August, 2012.

Early Friday morning, ALF visited a busy intersection in Perth, Western Australia and threw paint bombs at a large sign outside a meat wholesaling business. Promoting animal abuse is not acceptable in civilized society."


July 18, 2012 - LEATHER STORE PAINT BOMBED

anonymous report:

"18/07/2012, Perth, Australia.

In the cold, early hours of the morning I visited a Gascoigne Leather Centre with 10 paint bombs and a written message for the owners that read: 'Make furniture out of your own skin!!! - The Animals'

A.L.F"


May 27, 2012 - 14 HENS RESCUED BEFORE EGG FACTORY LOCKDOWN

reported by Animal Liberation Victoria:

"In the early hours of 5 April 2012, four women from Animal Liberation Victoria chained themselves inside a hen factory in Victoria. All four women (Patty Mark, Felicity Andersen, Jo Osborne and Lisa Manning) were already on bail not to go within 100m of this particular farm after staging a rooftop protest there alongside 11 other activists in May 2011. Despite previous investigations, complaints and the rooftop protest no authority has taken any notice of ALV's pleas to help the hens inside this hellhole. The lockdown was an attempt to bring more awareness for these birds and to physically make the police enter the sheds (the police have the power to prosecute the farm for cruelty and have previously refused to go into the sheds). The police did act quickly, but to block off the road (preventing media and our support crew coming near the property) declaring it a crime scene and doing their best to remove them from the shed quickly.

Conditions inside the shed were typical of what has been found previously. Sick birds, dead bodies, extreme featherloss, overcrowding, debeaking, birds fighting and extremely stressed. The place was filthy with rats and mice running around, droppings, dust and cobwebs everywhere and the air was so foul that the four women had to wear professional gas masks in the shed to avoid putting themselves at risk of sickness. The police made several attempts to talk the women into leaving , but at the same time absolutely refused to meet their appeals to bring in an independent vet and do their own cruelty investigation. The relevant sections of both the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and the Code of Practice/Poultry were handed to the Police. Finally, after four and a half hours locked down in the shed, 8-10 police surrounded the women in the middle of the aisle, demanded they leave and then forcibly removed them by literally dragging and manhandling them along the filthy floor of the shed.

After being retained at the police station for interview for several hours the women were released on bail with a surety and further charged with trespass and criminal damage (for a padlock worth $25 which they did not break).

Prior to the lockdown a second rescue team had helped film and document the conditions of the birds in the shed, photos can be seen here...

14 hens were rescued from the shed and several of them taken to the vet so their pitiful condition could be documented. You can see details and photos from the vet visit here...

Despite the attempt by the police to prevent media coming near the egg factory, the lockdown was reported in The Age, The Herald Sun, The Leader newspaper. And importantly footage of the appalling conditions for the hens was shown on the Channel 10 news that evening.

ALV would like to thank the four women, the openrescue team and all the support crew who worked so hard to bring the plight of egg laying hens to public attention."


March 13, 2012 - EQUIPMENT DAMAGED AT EGG FACTORY FARM

anonymous claim of responsibility:

"Parkwood Egg Farm, located in Macgregor ACT and owned by Pace, is the ACT's only factory farm, housing between 100000 and 200000 layer hens in small cages. Last night, Parkwood was infiltrated. Various items of equipment along the automated grading and packing production line were damaged or destroyed in an attempt to cause economic harm to those who profit from torture and murder. No equipment relating to the welfare of the hens was touched; they will continue to receive food and water.

While there are many such facilities across Australia, this Canberra farm was chosen for two primary reasons:
1. Its significance as the only factory farm in the seat of Australia's parliament.
2. Its history as the target of multiple campaigns by a number of different organisations over a span of twenty years, and its consequent infamy across the nation; these campaigns, despite garnering intense public outrage towards the facility, have failed to shut it down.

A large quantity of free-range packaging was found at the facility, with brands including Pace, Coles, and Woolworths Select. It is therefore believed, though not confirmed, that Parkwood's battery cage eggs are also packaged and distributed as free-range. The hens at Parkwood are currently being emptied from their cages one shed at a time and sent to slaughter, as they have reached 18 months of age and are no longer producing at peak capacity. It is recommended that Pace uses this opportunity to close down the facility and leave our nation's capital. Already three sheds have been emptied, with only two remaining.

This action was intended to highlight not simply the atrocities of the 'cage egg' but the ethical impossibility of justifying the unnecessary torture and murder of any sentient being. Free-range eggs, for example, still require the males to be macerated (ground up alive) at birth, just like organic milk still requires the cows to be repeatedly impregnated and their calves slaughtered. We cannot rely on or be content with welfare regulations that ultimately seek to assure us of humane slavery and slaughter, because slavery and slaughter can never be humane. We did not improve the transport or living conditions of human slaves traded across the Atlantic, we abolished the trade, and again abolition must be our moral baseline.

It is time to question the validity of the Australian identity. What values do we consider virtues? The icon of the Aussie battler - the family-oriented farmer slaving in tough times for the good of the country - is outdated and does not reflect the heavily industrialised nature of modern livestock farming. Nor does it reflect the severe environmental damage caused by such practices.

We need to ask ourselves, do we take pride in the shadowy men who hide behind piles of blood money - the Frank Paces, the Bob Inghams, the John and Simon Camilleris - or do we take pride in those who fight for the oppressed; those who don't live by the legal law of the day but instead by a universal moral law, acting out of compassion and for a justice that discriminates not against race, gender, age or species; the voices for all who cannot speak for themselves yet scream unheard behind the closed doors of our nation's factory farms? A true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our past and present policies, and to say of a system predicated upon hate and violence: This is not just.

Consumers must be made aware of the truth behind the meat, dairy and egg industries. Our politicians have the power to make such information widely available, but choose not to because of the industries' economic value, even if it means more Australians dying of preventable diseases and disorders, more unnecessary soil degradation, water scarcity, and greenhouse gas emissions, and the slaughter of millions more animals every year.

The industries and their employees, on the other hand, must be made aware that they are in danger of being exposed; that their participation in these violent atrocities will no longer be tolerated, and that the secrecy of their actions can no longer be guaranteed.

Members of the public, and of the parliament, must no longer be afraid to stand up and make their voices heard; never through violence but through the affirmation and embodiment of social and ethical responsibility.

Sincerely,
The Blackbird"


December 6, 2011 - New Zealand PIGLETS, HENS AND A CALF SAVED

piglets

reported by Animal Freedom Aotearoa (click here for more photos from the rescues):

"As summer begins we see spring�s new life rising high from the soil and new animals born into this planet. Unfortunately for most of the animals born into the agriculture industry, their fate is exploitation, abuse and pre-meditated death. This spring, AFA rescued two piglets from a pig factory farm, one bobby calf who had been separated from his mother, and two young layer hens from an industrial �free range� farm.

The conditions of the factory farm we found the piglets in were typical of the �pork� industry. They were confined with their siblings within metal and concrete walls under heated lights, while their mother was in a farrowing crate unable to move around. The stench of excrement was overwhelming as we entered the farm. In the farrowing crates we noticed dead piglet bodies flattened on the faeces-encrusted metal grills. The piglets had been mutilated, with clipped tails, chopped teeth, and other situational injuries. The two piglets have been freed from a life of misery and confinement that would have had them slaughtered for what gets labelled in the supermarkets as �pork�, �ham� and �bacon�.

When we rescued the bobby calf, we found him in a paddock without his mother. He approached us and suckled on our hands as if they were teats. The dairy industry artificially impregnates cows every year to produce milk, and when their calves are born the male ones generally are separated within 24 hours and shipped off to the slaughterhouse. Bobby calves are treated as disposable by-products in the dairy industry while their mothers are mere �production units�, reproductive machines producing milk to massively profit dairy companies.

The layer hens we rescued were found on an industrial �free range� farm in a large shed, housing thousands of hens in close confines. While they were not in battery cages and could flap their clipped wings, they are still de-beaked, live in highly stressful conditions and end up short-lived at the slaughterhouse. The two hens were severely dehydrated when we found them. One of the hens had an injured leg disallowing her from walking and barely able to stand. Under the conditions she was rescued from, she almost certainly would have died within days.

These animals have now been placed in new homes where they can express themselves freely and exhibit their natural behaviours.

If you would like to help us continue our rescue work, you can support by getting involved, providing a home for rescued animals, or making a financial contribution. It is expensive and risky work rescuing animals, but for the individual animals it is the most important thing that could happen, in fact, it is their best chance for freedom.

Until all are free!
End speciesism now!"


October 4, 2010 - New Zealand WORLD FARM ANIMAL DAY GOAT RESCUE

goat

reported by Animal Freedom Aotearoa:

"This World Farm Animal Day (October 2nd 2010) we rescued five young goats from a zero graze dairy goat farm. Inspiration for this rescue came earlier in the year when we were investigating two Waikato farms with sheds full of pregnant goats around the time that the goat Code of Welfare was released for public consultation.

No amount of regulation is going to save these goats from being made pregnant every year only to have THEIR babies stolen and sent to slaughter. Regulation is not going to stop them being milked most days for five years before being sent to slaughter themselves. Regulation is only ever going to perpetuate their existence as milk machines for human profit.

These lucky young girls will never know the pain of their mothers; instead they have a long life ahead of them full of love, excitement, browsing trees, climbing and plenty of other cheeky goat activities.

For love and liberation
Animal Freedom Aotearoa
For pics from our rescue click here.

For images and details of our mini-investigation click here."


July 17, 2010 - Australia ABATTOIR VANDALIZED TO PROTEST KILLING OF WILD HORSES

Camden

According to media reports, power was cut and machinery damaged at Edgeworth Knackery, a slaughterhouse near Newcastle (NSW), during the night of July 8. 50+ Brumbies (wild horses), removed from a national park, had been sent to the slaughterhouse earlier in the week.

The saboteurs claimed to have contaminated the horse's water supply with phenylbutazone, an analgesic that is commonly used in horses. A warning was painted at the slaughterhouse: "These horse have been contaminated ... a 28-day withholding period before slaughter is required ... if slaughtered we will publicise that your slaughter house ... is selling contaminated horse meat."

(photo: Macarthur Chronicle/Camden Edition)


July 6, 2010 - New Zealand CHICKEN RESCUE

reported by Animal Freedom Aotearoa (more images from the rescue here):

"Over the last month we have been on a couple of rescue missions to broiler and battery hen farms in South Auckland. We rescued four broilers from a farm just days before they were due to be killed. When we entered the shed the broilers, about six weeks of age, were wing to wing throughout the shed with little room to move about. The absence of cages does not prevent their movement being restricted in these conditions. Fortunately for the four who we rescued they will never have to suffer such confinement again. They are now free to play in the grass and enjoy the sun!

We also rescued and re-homed 14 battery hens. On our first trip to the farm one of our rescuers spoke of a hen who watched her every movement through a hole in the shed wall. When we returned last week she was there in the same position watching us through the same hole, as if waiting for us to come and take her some place better. It was our privilege to do this for her and she will now spend her days outside with her other chicken friends dust bathing, pecking and doing what ever else takes her fancy :)

This action is dedicated to the ALF and open rescue groups through out the world risking their own freedom to give animals theirs.

Much love and respect. Animal Freedom Aotearoa."


April 13, 2010 - New Zealand PIGLETS SAVED FROM LIVING NIGHTMARE

New Zealand Open Rescue news release (click here to watch a video about the campaign against pig factory farming in New Zealand; the video includes footage from pig farms in the country and the recent rescue of two piglets):

The Open Rescue team has saved two piglets from a typical New Zealand pig farm. These piglets will now never have to endure the legalised confinement and deprivation that their mothers still endure. They will never feel the restriction of metal bars or be treated like production machines.

Instead they are now free to run through the grass, to play in hay and to dig in the earth - expressing all the natural behaviours that are denied to hundreds of thousands of pigs imprisoned on factory farms across New Zealand.

Open Rescuer John Darroch describes his part in the rescue: 'Here were beautiful intelligent animals destined to a life of misery and suffering. I had seen the conditions these pigs would have been kept in and knew I had to do something to help them".

'For these two animals our rescue means the difference between a life of misery and a meaningful existence. I'm sure I will carry many of the things I saw for the rest of my life' says John.

NZ Open Rescue has saved several piglets from intensive pig farms over the last few years starting with a Mother's Day rescue in 2008. We will continue to save animals from these 'farms', which are more like living nightmares, as long as legislation continues to fail these beautiful and intelligent creatures.


February 11, 2010 - New Zealand RESCUE OF 111 HENS MARKS START OF NEW GROUP

Animal Freedom Aotearoa news release:

"New national grassroots group Animal Freedom Aotearoa carried out the open
rescue of 111 layer hens from a factory farm near Auckland. This action marked the start of our group and the beginning of a campaign to take on the entire egg industry; including free range and barn raised production systems.

The shed that we entered housed several thousand hens in conditions typical of battery hen farms; about ten hens were crammed into small cages with little room to move about, their beaks had been trimmed and many had lost feathers from their necks, chest and back.

The hens that we rescued have been taken to a new home where they can recover from life as a layer hen and start to enjoy the life a hen should lead; dust bathing, running, flapping their wings and building nests.

Today we followed up on this rescue with a demonstration at the offices of the Egg Producers Federation in Newmarket.

Open rescues and demonstrations are just two tactics of many that will be used to form our Egg Free Aotearoa campaign.

For pictures from the rescue please click here.

For pictures from the demonstration please click here."


January 26, 2010 - WALLS OF MEAT COMPANY PAINTED

anonymous report:

"On Monday the 25th of January, the ALF painted 'Burn the Slaughterhouse' and 'Animal Liberation' on the walls of a meat exporter in the north of Melbourne."


November 11, 2009 - New Zealand; LAMB AND GOAT RESCUED FROM SLAUGHTERHOUSE

received anonymously:

"This week we rescued a young lamb and goat from a paddock outside a South Auckland slaughterhouse. This action was taken so that they can live out their natural lives free from suffering.

Until all are free; we will not rest.

ALF"


November 2, 2009 - LOCKS GLUED AT BUTCHERS, FISH SHOPS, MEAT TRUCK

reported anonymously:

"In celebration of World Vegan Day we glued the locks of over a dozen Auckland businesses involved with meat production including Halal butcheries, a bait shop, fish stores and a kebab meat truck.

Animals are not ours to use for food.

Meat is murder

Viva ALF!"


September 3, 2009 - MEAT WHOLESALERS GRAFFITIED

received anonymously:

"A series of meat and poultry wholesalers were graffitied in an industrial area in Melbourne, Australia.
They were painted with slogans including 'Animals are not machines', 'Factory farms are a living hell', 'Animal Liberation' and 'Meat Stinks'.

They were signed A.L.F."


July 17, 2009 - MEAT EXPORTER VANDALIZED

anonymous report:
"On Sunday the 12th of July, the ALF continued their harassment of Ralph's Meat Exporters in South Melbourne by gluing the locks and covering the building in paint, including 'Factory Farms are a living Hell' and 'ALF'."

 
May 11, 2009 -- ALF Targets Meat Exporter

anonymous report:

"On the morning of Wednesday the 8th of May, Ralph's meat exporters in Melbourne, Australia were again targeted for profiting from the death and suffering of countless animals. Locks were glued and the walls were painted, signed 'A.L.F'."


April 13, 2009 -- Five Rabbits Rescued

Activists from the organization Animal Liberation removed five rabbits from cages at a farm in southeastern New South Wales. The rabbits were facing cruel slaughter (decapitation by circular saw while fully conscious).


April 9, 2009 -- Prison Walls of Zoo Covered With Slogans

received anonymously:

"On the night of Sunday the 5th of April, the A.L.F covered the
prison walls of the Melbourne Zoo with slogans such as 'Animals are
not your for entertainment', 'Keep the animals in the wild' and
'Animal Liberation Now!'."


April 8, 2009 -- Locks Glued at Meat Company

anonymous report:

"On Sunday the 5th of April, locks were glued at the Melbourne head
office of Ralph's Meat Exporters. The building was covered with
Animal Liberation slogans and A.L.F was painted on the windows."


January 16, 2009 -- Circus Tent Slashed, Vehicles Sabotaged

According to media reports, the Loritz Circus was targeted during a stop in Christchurch. Early on January 11, messages were painted on the sides of an elephant trailer, the circus tent was slashed, paint was splashed over vehicles and poured into the circus' diesel tanks. The circus reported several thousand dollars in damages.
 


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