A posting from the Animal Liberation Front claims responsibility for a
raid on a Molalla deer farm.
Owner Richard Bentley says he has roughly 80 European Fallow deer that
he raises for meat. He said said not a single animal left the
There were no deer on the land where the fence was cut,
A spokeswoman with the Portland office of the FBI said the
aware of the situation and looking into it.
For Immediate Release
October 13, 2010
Animal Liberation Front
Liberates Captive Deer Population from Molalla, Oregon Deer Farm
Molalla, OR: In an anonymous communique received by the North American
Animal Liberation Press Office yesterday, the Animal Liberation Front (ALF)
claims to have liberated captive deer from an unnamed Molalla, Oregon deer
farm. The deer on so-called "farms" are slaughtered at the youngest age
possible to ensure maximum profit for the farm's owner.
communique received reads, in full:
On the morning of October 9th, we
raided a deer farm located at 32155 S Grimm Road in Molalla, OR. A large
section of fencing was stripped away allowing the captive deer herd a chance
to escape into the surrounding forest. The venison meat industry remains
small in this country, but as long as they exploit sentient animals, they
will remain a target of the ALF. For the animals enslaved, mutilated, and
murdered by this society: we will be tearing down the fences to set them
free. --Animal Liberation Front
Although raised in captivity, the
deer remain genetically wild and fully capable of survival on their own
without human intervention. A similar liberation of the entire captive deer
population of GNK Deer Farm in Monterey County, California was carried out
by the ALF in January 2005. In a communique taking responsibility for that
action, activists stated "Our hearts go out to victims of the larger
problem, the billions of lives we are unable to save - cows, chickens, pigs,
mice, rats, and others - casualties of the meat, dairy, vivisection and
other industries of suffering and blood. Their pain is our own."
Voice of the Voiceless
In a communique received today by the
Animal Liberation Press Office, the Animal Liberation Front took credit
for cutting fences and releasing an entire herd of deer from a farm in
This is the second recorded deer liberation in the U.S. The first
occurred in 2005, when the A.L.F. liberated an entire herd of deer
from the GNK Deer Ranch in Monterey County, California. The
communique in that raid stated, in part:
The pen was
located in the rear of the property and over 1/4 of the fence was
cut away, releasing the deer into the mountainous countryside.
This A.L.F. action is the first reported in Oregon since the
July arson at the Ylipelto's Fur Farm, in which several pieces
of equipment, a vehicle, and a building were set on fire.
communique for this week's Oregon deer liberation is as follows:
morning of October 9th, we raided a deer farm located at 32155 S Grimm Road
in Molalla, OR. A large section of fencing was stripped away allowing the
captive deer herd a chance to escape into the surrounding forest. The
venison meat industry remains small in this country, but as long as they
exploit sentient animals, they will remain a target of the ALF. For the
animals enslaved, mutilated, and murdered by this society: we will be
tearing down the fences to set them free. --Animal Liberation Front"
Call for support for vegan prisoner Steve Murphy
Today I received an urgent call for support for vegan prisoner Steve Murphy,
serving a five years sentence for an attempted E.L.F. arson in 2006. Steve
is currently having a difficult time in prison. Please read the following
call for support and the statement from Steve, and write him a needed letter
The following was sent by a friend of Steve's:
"Steve Murphy is a dedicated social justice, animal rights,
environmental activist and all-around good guy who now needs our
support. He's in prison for us, and we need to be there for him now.
Steve would love
letters, cards, and postcards from old friends, new friends, strangers who
he would love to befriend, etc. Please write him a quick note and let him
know you're thinking of him and believe he can make it through his time in
prison. This is very important because right now Steve is in a bad, dark
place mentally - he needs every kind word he can get in order to lift his
He'd also appreciate books dealing with radical politics,
environmentalism, animal rights, civil rights, atheism, anarchist history
and theory, etc. These have to be new softcover (paperback) books, mailed
straight to his address from the bookseller or publisher.
Steve is a
vegan, but money is tight and he has very little cash to use supplementing
the weak vegan diet he's receiving in prison - he's able to buy tomatoes,
bell peppers, cucumbers and mushrooms in the prison, provided he has the
funds to do so. All monetary donations are very greatly appreciated and can
be made online at www.supportsteve.org
FCI Beaumont Medium
PO Box 26040
Beaumont, TX 77720
updated information on Steve, his postal address, mail regulations, and for
the link to donate online, please visit
Statement from Steve Murphy:
"The God of the Old Testament (and
arguably the New Testament) is arguably the must unpleasant character in all
fiction; jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control
freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic,
homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filidcidal, pestilential,
megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully." - Richard
Dawkins, The God Delusion (chapter 2)
"Cell phones kill gorillas!" -
First Let me say, there is no God. If
there were, (s)he/it would do something about the injustice in the world now
and since human/humyn became the dominant predator on this sphere. And, to
the desperate seeking "meaning": God is not waiting for the right time to
reappear so (s)he can correct all of her/his mistakes. The entity, being,
spirit, substance we call God does not exist.
This leads to my second
point. There is no justice in the justice system. The justice system in this
country is a savage, barbaric farce whose only design is to create jobs for
men and women (many of whom were in the military) too ill-equipped to find
work in a reputable profession, such as a teacher - so they appeal to the
lowest common denominator and take jobs that will ensure them power and
authority over others - even though they themselves are guilty of crimes
that will likely never surface. Striving for mediocrity.
a few are caught and I revel in those brief moments because they thought
they were invincible, they thought they would never get caught.
oft-recited grievances against the general population and the activist alike
of "cell phones kill gorillas" and "stop driving" often garner nothing more
than a chuckle as we drive across town, I unable to convince them to ride
our bikes or take a bus/subway.
Let me say this again. The minerals
used in cell phones to transmit the signal from handset to cell tower is
mined in the former rainforests in the Central African Republic and The
Dominican Republic of The Congo.
The rainforests are first "cleared"
of all birds, snakes, gorillas, lizards, spider monkeys, reese monkeys, etc.
Many of these beautiful creatures are killed - those that are not are
captured and sold on the black market as "exotic pets" or worse, to animal
Those who escape being killed or captured retreat to
an ever-shrinking forest. The forest itself is then slashed and burned with
much of the wood used to make furniture for the wealthy. The Earth is then
forever destroyed by strip mining. All this so the hipster can write her/his
latest manifesto and the socialite can show off the latest gadget and the
activist can read the latest update.
We need to remember that we all
must live here and if I tell you the cops and prison guards are not above
the rules of law neither am I above the rules of nature.
What I would
like to see happen with the animal rights and social justice communities is
the same thing the earth hippies have been doing for years - plant and grow
what you eat. Stop using plastic water bottles. They are suffocating the
Thing of Garbagia (the gelatinous mass of plastics and water
bottles in the middle of the ocean which on a good day is "only" the size of
the U.S.) the next time you need to buy a bottle of water.
buying processed mock meats and food. Shop at farmers markets and/or grow
your own herbs and veggies in your underutilized yards and windowsills.
Stop driving! Most of it is unnecessary and you know it, so cut it out. Ride
your bike, take a bus or train. It may take a little longer to get to your
destination but won't the journey be worth it? If some of you reading this
are laughing now too (and I suspect a few will) then perhaps you should also
question what you are doing and why.
The Earth, my friends, will be
here for a long, long time. We will not. The environment will undergo some
pretty catastrophic changes - mostly brought about by our insatiable
appetite for consumption without content or consequence - over the next 12
to 15 years. The polar bear will be extinct in 14 years, save those in zoos.
The droughts and flooding will become more frequent and more severe. Basic
survival foods and clean water will become scarcer and exorbitantly more
expensive. Plagues will ravage the sick, the elderly, and the young.
We could have listened but our iPods blocked out the sound. We could have
seen what might have been but our TVs blurred our vision.
approximately 30 months left in this God-forsaken-cesspool before I can
return home to my loving family in the Autumn of 2013. After I get home I
will be converting our yards into sustainable gardens and anyone willing to
invest a little time in a little community is welcome anytime.