Response to reporting on SHAC sentencing.

Well the mainstream was very muted maybe because of Barrack Obama’s inauguration, maybe because the public may wonder what all the fuss is about, do a bit of research and start questioning the wisdom and morality of forcing pesticides down a beagle’s throat!

Only a couple of responses really… The judge Mr Butterfield stated that companies “had the right to conduct vital biomedical research”, well they do, shame that most of them torture animals instead often for trivial crap such as a something to make salmon a bit pinker, as long as the consumer buys the product and does not die of cancer too soon who cares? WE DO and we will continue to care for all victims human and non human. Lord Drayton science minister also chuntered on about “life saving medical research” adding that animals are killed only “where absolutely necessary” which includes nasal decongestants, floor cleaners, diet pills, Viagra and cosmetic Botox. Many people may not agree that testing a floor cleaner on a primate is “absolutely necessary” but this is how the government think.

The other old chestnut was that the defendants themselves did everything unlawful against HLS. They did not, they ran a campaign against a large unethical company, no evidence to our knowledge was given to the court of any of the defendants sending incendiary devices etc. Some have commented on the fact that one defendant shouted something that could be construed as threatening our response is that we think that a 4 year sentence for that is utterly ludicrous and highly politically motivated. If this was a neighbour dispute the police may have had a word about restraint at most so let us get this into perspective.

The sentences were meant to crush dissent, either that or the state actually believes that protests in which no-one was harmed are worse than trying to kill someone, actually killing someone, rape etc. Let us compare the sentences with real crime bearing in mind that Greg, Heather, Natasha and Gavin have a life sentence considering the ASBOs and that the judge remarked that he would like to have the option of an indeterminate sentence in this sort of case:

First up Neil Pringle who grabbed a woman and started strangling her in a terrifying sexual assault during which she was rendered unconscious and he tried to rape her. She walloped him and in 2008 he was finally brought to justice. Sentence 6 years and an entry on the sex register.

Peter Harfield raped a woman only weeks after she had given birth. He hunted her through a public park. The police did not believe her and it took 25 years before he was brought before a court and sentenced to 6 years and a lifelong entry on the sex offenders register.

Anthony Allen raped his own daughter repeatedly when she was a child. 11 years inside the same sentence as Heather!

Christopher Lewis and Martin Walker killed a 16 year old boy (manslaughter) by forcing him into deep water laughing as he drowned, prior to this he was punched, slapped, kicked and threatened with death. 5 ½ years so actually killing another human being is more acceptable than running a campaign in which no-one was killed according to the state! No ASBOs for them.

Tracey Matthews has just today been sentenced to 8 years in prison for kidnap, false imprisonment and perverting the course of justice! Not even in NETCU’s worst nightmares would any animal liberationist do what she did to a child. Heather will be in prison for 3 years longer AND be restrained by an ASBO indefinitely.

However badly the defendants are portrayed, even taking into consideration the lies and exaggerations, in comparison with predators that rape and kill for their own gratification these are ridiculously over the top sentences which aim to crush all dissent. To those who have asked why 3 defendants pleaded guilty it was very clear that this was to be a show trial they simply refused to play that game and it was their decision, not anyone else’s that counts.

Finally we would like to stress that although anger is justified against the police, CPS and judiciary in this case any premeditated, unlawful act is most certainly not in our view. Other defendants will have to face Judge Butterfield in only a few weeks, Mel’s retrial is ongoing and 3 activists are on trial in April all in all 11 more activists could face the same fate as the UK SHAC 7. We urge that no-one act on the fact that they may know where Neil Butterfield lives after this information was posted on Indymedia. At present the police have already got a warrant against an Indymedia server despite the fact that the address was removed quickly. Our enemies could use this not only to increase security in court rooms during forthcoming trials but to “protect” the jury, maybe by having them bussed in under police escort as they did at the Sequani trial. None of this will help the defendants as from day 1 the jury will be told in no uncertain terms that they are dangerous which is why anyone attending court has been asked to display nothing but the utmost restraint.

UK SHAC 7 Prisoner details please write with letters of support and solidarity!

With yesterdays sentencing please send letters of support to the UK SHAC 7. For more info on what they can receive at the prisons please check http://www.vpsg.org

Dan Amos VN7818
HMP Winchester
Romsey Road
Winchester SO22 5DF
England

Gregg Avery TA7450
HMP Winchester
Romsey Road
Winchester, SO22 5DF
England

Natasha Avery NR8987
HMP Bronzefield
Woodthorpe Road
Ashford, Middx TW15 3JZ.
England

Gavin Medd-Hall WV9475
HMP Winchester
Romsey Road
Winchester SO22 5DF
England

Heather Nicholson VM4859
HMP Bronzefield
Woodthorpe Road
Ashford,
Middx TW15 3JZ.
England

Dan Wadham WV9474
HMP Winchester
Romsey Road
Winchester SO22 5DF
England

Steve Pearl and Netcu we know where you work…

After some netcu related hilarity during the past few days demonstrations at Harlan, HLS Wooley and HLS Occold we took PCs Bacon and the officer we know as “Dave” in to the main Cambridgeshire Police Headquarters. And a police officer dropped a real clanger.

Please address all complaints regarding NETCU policing policy not to the PO Box but to the actual geographical address which is now confirmed as.

Steven Pearl
Constabulary HQ.
Hinchingbrooke Park.
Huntingdon.
Cambridgeshire.
PE29 6NP

How we know this?

We drove into the HQ, a friendly bobby said “Can I help you gentlemen”, we said “yes we have an interview with Superintendent Pearl”, “Oh” he said, “If you would like to sign in at the office over there and then speak to those officers (pointing at Bacon who is trying to get out of the car as quickly as possible to let the officer not to give up the Netcu hideout)”, “So we are in the right place then?” we ask “Oh yes, his office is over there” (points to the left of the building.)

For those needing to hear it from the horses mouth phone the main 0845 number ask for the HQ address and say, can we write to Sup Pearl there? Hehe.

Communication ends……………………….

I was in bed, then police stormed in…

Worcester Evening News
Friday May 12th 2006
By Kate Moss

An animal rights campaigner has spoken of her shock after police smashed through her door and arrested her.

Pauline Burgess, of Malvern Link, said she was lying in bed on Tuesday when she was startled by a loud bang.

“I was in my bed and heard a crash and officers ran in and grabbed me by the arms,” said the 50 year old life model. She said an officer, accompanied by a woman in plain clothes, flashed a search warrant in front of her.

Miss Burgess said she was more concerned for her rabbit’s safety than her own ordeal. She was terrified her pet rabbit was going to escape because the officers left the front door open.

“I was hysterical about my rabbit,” she said. “I was so distressed that in the end they let me catch her with the handcuffs on.”

She said the officers took campaigning posters and leaflets.

“It is unbelievable,” she said. “If they had knocked on my door I would have been happy for them to search my house – I’ve nothing to hide. I feel terribly devastated.” She said when she asked what the police were doing there, she was told she was a public nuisance.

Miss Burgess said she was detained at Worcester police station for 12 hours.

She said she peacefully demonstrates against any kind of animal cruelty, especially against the live exportation of calves.

A police spokesman said: West Mercia Constabulary has arrested 11 people in connection with offences relating to animal rights extremist activities. “A pre-planned operation was carried out to investigate alleged offences committed under the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005.

“The operation involved 120 West Mercia officers assisted by other national police agencies. “The arrests were made at a number off addresses in the Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Shropshire, Gloucestershire and West Midlands areas.

“A large number of items were seized during extensive searches conducted throughout the two day operation.

“All 11 people arrested have been released on police bail while enquiries continue. Files will be submitted to the Crown Prosecution Service in due course.”

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