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23 Rabbits Liberated from Massachusetts Laboratory
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Action Claimed in Solidarity with Recently Sentenced Activists in Anti-HLS Campaign
In honor of the SHAC-7, 23 rabbits have been liberated from Capralogics, a vivisection lab in rural Massachusetts. Jake, Lauren, Kevin, Andy, Josh, and Darius, as well as their 17 other lop-eared friends who have yet to be named, are all safe from the hands of those who had imprisoned and tortured them in the name of profit.
Capralogics is a small company that does contract testing on rabbits and goats in both the U.S. and the U.K. Some of the photos submitted with this communique, taken by a Capralogics employee in the U.S., show the way rabbits are treated by this terrible company - their bodies restrained in headlocks, their skin shaved off so they could be injected with various compounds. When their experiment concludes they are terminally bled, meaning they are cut and left to bleed until their life has drained away. Then, as the pictures show, they are thrown into the surrounding fields for coyotes to eat.
Of course, once we found about this we could not let it continue without trying to rescue some of the animals. So in the middle of a warm, foggy night, we hopped the cheap fencing around Capralogics' property and entered one of their four rabbit housing sheds. There were no locks to pick, no windows to pry open, no doors to bust down - the sheds are open structures and we simply had to step over a gate to enter them. One by one we went down the rows of small cages, each containing a rabbit which had most likely never felt the sun on its fur or the grass beneath its paws. Every cage in the shed was opened and we took as many rabbits as we could, 23 total. Several other rabbits were let loose into the surrounding field. With luck they will live their last days in freedom, but even if they get caught or killed as least they have had one decent night in their otherwise tortured lives.
Quickly our 23 new friends were hurried to our waiting vehicle and off we went into the night, laughing thinking about the faces on those bastards when they walked into their rabbit shed the next morning. Finally free, the rabbits quickly made friends with one another and quickly made themselves at home. The endless anger we feel towards those who torture these creatures was replaced with the immediate joy of seeing them free, happy, and on their way to a new life. We would like to point out how easy this action was - it didn't take any particular skill, just a little planning and a little commitment. There are thousands of labs and farms across this country, many in isolated rural areas like this one, and most can be found online or in public directories - what's stopping you?
This liberation is dedicated to the SHAC-7 and was done in direct response to the government's assault on them. Not a single member of the judge, jury and prosecution have the compassion, the conviction, or the courage of any of those six individuals, and they never will. In this sick culture, we know that every day the sick, the stupid, and the evil bully and destroy those who are far their better. Every lab, farm and fur animal, every poisoned wild bird, every beaten child, every raped woman knows this. The case of the SHAC-7 is no different.
But we will fight back for them. Animal liberation is an idea whose time has come and a reality that any of us can create. The government and the industries it represents hate us so much because no matter who they surveil, raid, defame or imprison, they cannot kill the idea and so they cannot stop us. And while the SHAC-7 will soon go to jail for simply speaking out on behalf of animals, those of us who have done all the nasty stuff talked about in the courts and in the media will still be free. So to those who still work with HLS and to all who abuse animals: we're coming for you, motherfuckers.
Until all are free, the night belongs to us... The communique continues, in part-
This liberation is dedicated to the SHAC-7 and was done in direct response to the government's assault on them. Not a single member of the judge, jury and prosecution have the compassion, the conviction, or the courage of any of those six individuals, and they never will. In this sick culture, we know that every day the sick, the stupid, and the evil bully and destroy those who are far their better. Every lab, farm and fur animal, every poisoned wild bird, every beaten child, every raped woman knows this. The case of the SHAC-7 is no different."
To read the entire communique, and for more information please visit www.animalliberationpressoffice.org.
CATEGORICAL REFUTAL OF ALLEGATIONS MADE BY VARIOUS ANIMAL LIBERATION PRESS OFFICES AND OTHERS
I have been informed that, on September 19th 2006 the Animal Liberation Press Office, amongst others, posted a communiqué on its website pertaining to the liberation of 23 rabbits from Capralogics in Massachusetts, USA.
In that communiqué it ERRONEOUSLY stated that "Anthony Haines of Carcliff, UK is a Director of Capralogics UK".
I categorically state that I am not, nor have I ever been a Director of Capralogics, either in the UK or in the USA, further more I have no involvement in the operation or management of the said company. This is obviously erroneous information, possibly from a malicious source and as such I would welcome the rectification of that communiqué.
For example I have checked the United Kingdom Companies House on line register and found that Capralogics UK does not even exist.
Here is the link.
During the past 12 months, I have been involved in some heavy litigation with a previous employer in the biotechnology industry and also been arrested for conspiracy to murder based upon yet again another spurious allegation. Fortunately after being held on bail for some 9 months, insufficient real evidence could be found to support the allegations.
It is my opinion that both you and your collective organisations are being used by a third party for their personal gain and I strongly recommend that you further check the veracity of the group who claim responsibility.
Would you also be kind enough to circulate this email to any other organisations with whom you have contact.
Good luck and please consider what I have said
As the sole owner and director of Capralogics, I am compelled to correct a number of misstatements in your article: Capralogics does not have employees, office or any other presence in the UK as suggested.
The individuals mentioned by yourselves are not involved in any manner with the operation of the company.
The link between us is mainly caused by our all being sued at the High Court In London by a previous client of mine.
Interestingly, the same people posted a number of libelous statement on their website recently concerning amongst others both myself and two of the mentioned individuals.
The statements were removed and we are considering our options. Capralogics manufactures antibodies for research and diagnostic uses only and we are categorically NOT in the vivisection business.
For the avoidance of doubt, we do NOT perform invasive surgeries or deliberately kill or cause pain to animals as part any �experimental� process.
We are highly regulated by the USDA, and have an animal welfare committee overseeing all phases of our animal care.
The goats residing at our facility are allowed to roam in the paddocks throughout the day and are only brought into the barns at night.
The cages for many of our rabbits are the proper size required by law, or larger. Due to the barn design, the rabbits have access to fresh air and sunlight.
We have a very small staff and an extremely low employee turnover. For your information 24 rabbits were removed, not 23.
The release says: "So in the middle of a warm, foggy night, we hopped the cheap fencing around Capralogics' property and entered one of their four rabbit housing sheds" I suggest that you look at pictures 17 and 18 more closely since it seems to me that the rabbit depicted in number 17 may well have been freshly killed for effect by the intruders.
Remember that flesh discolors quickly in the heat and the picture shows a fresh kill. I suspect that the raid and disinformation which was emailed to you was perpetrated by a third party seeking to gain a commercial advantage and lay the blame upon real and committed animal rights activists. It is my belief that your movement is being used as a pawn by unscrupulous people. I also suggest that you view our website at www.capralogics.com where we also have pictures. Perhaps you would be kind enough to add my rebuttal to your website.
Police on the look out for stolen rabbits
Police say the animals were stolen earlier this month from the Caprologics
lab and other rabbits were released into the wild.
Caprologics inoculates the animals with proteins to produce antibodies for
A group associated with the Animal Liberation Front has claimed
responsibility by sending a statement to the ALF's web site.
The group claimed the "liberation" of 23 rabbits was to honor a group whose
members were recently sentenced to federal prison terms for trying to close
medical labs in Great Britain and New Jersey.
ALF spokeswoman Camille Hankins said the group received word of the raid in
Hardwick and posted the information online.
On Thursday, a Cincinnati-based nonprofit group called Stop Animal
Exploitation Now said it filed a complaint against Caprologics with the U.S.
Department of Agriculture based on photographs it says were supplied by ALF.
Friday, September 22, 2006
Activists� rabbit role in doubt
By Bradford L. Miner TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF
HARDWICK� The owner of a local biotechnology company said yesterday he has trouble believing that animal rights activists were responsible for an overnight raid Sept. 6 during which 23 New Zealand white rabbits were released from their cages.
Since 1994, when the small company was established, it has used goats, sheep and rabbits to produce antibodies for medical research.
Oct 1, 2006