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Support Jailed Activist!!

Peter Young was arrested on March 21st in San Jose, CA. He has been "WANTED" since 1998 after being indicted on charges of violating the
Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act by releasing mink from five Midwestern fur farms.


We have just talked to Peter and he was happy to report that after a large volume of phone calls came in, he started to receive vegetarian meals (vegan meals are absolutely out of the question, but does offer Peter an upgrade from his "piece of lettuce" each day). However, this has abruptly ended, and now he is back to regular food. He has been in for 9 days and has only received two meals he could eat. To top it off they have denied him access to his lawyer because he refuses to take the TB test (which contains animal products).

PLEASE!! Take a few moments to politely call the jail and express the following:

*Peter needs vegan meals. They have provided him meatless meals before, they can do it again.
*Peter is guranteed the right to be visited by his attorney of record
*Peter can take a chest X-ray (which his father has offered publicly to pay for) instead of taking the TB test

Santa Clara County Jail: (408) 299-3438
Direct number to dietician, Anna: (408) 957-5452

Peter has told us that this means the world to him, and after hearing about the support, he was left "glowing for hours".

Peter Young appeared in court again this afternoon for his arraignment, but it was put over until April 11th so that Peter's recently hired private attorney can get acquainted with the case. Peter had a big smile on his face after seeing both local activists and some family members who Peter hadn't seen in close to a decade in court.

The court appearance ended without much excitement, besides a sloppy agent who gave himself up to activists quite easily while trying to
follow them around San Jose. After being called out and embarassed, he tucked tail and headed back to headquarters.

Peter's support website is up, albeit bare bones, but you can still read updates, find out what he can and cannot receive in jail and
most importantly an address to write him at. Peter loves mail and that's all he has right now to keep him connected to the outside. Take 5 minutes to write him a letter. If you can't afford .37 cents for a prisoner, visit and email him a letter: letters (at)! No excuses! :) - remember, all letters are read by the authorities.

Questions, comments and more info at:
info (at)

He's in there for the animals, we need to be out here for him!

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backgrounder on successful midwest liberation actions

FARMERS IN THE MIDWEST are reeling from four actions in the first week of August. Michigan and Wisconsin ATF, FBI and local law enforcement are quickly spending taxpayer dollars investigating the crime wave by ALF and ELF, the eco-anarchists of the Animal and Earth Liberation Fronts.

Midwest Crime Spree

The week began with a bang in Bristol, Kenosha County, Wisconsin on Tuesday, Aug. 3. Sometime between 4 and 5 a.m., vandals released about 3,000 domesticated mink from the Richard Krieger Farm. By 10 a.m. most of the mink were back safely on the farm, thanks to farmers and neighbors who came from two states to help.

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Students and teachers from a nearby elementary school were among the 50 or so friends and neighbors of mink farmer Richard Krieger who helped locate the animals." Unfortunately, as many as 100 animals were lost to stress, roadkill and dogs.

Working out of Vancouver, David Barbarash of the North American Animal Liberation Front Press Office stated that the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) had claimed responsibility for the attack.(1)

Crossing State Lines

The vandals next crossed the Wisconsin border, heading north to the tiny town of Escanaba on Michigan's Upper Peninsula. There, on Saturday, Aug. 7, they set fire to a fishing boat in the driveway of a local veterinarian.

Neighbors watching the Aurora Borealis spotted flames at 3:20 a.m. and awoke the sleeping doctor. Using a garden hose, James Boydston, DVM prevented gasoline-soaked materials from igniting a second boat, a runabout stored next to the fishing boat which was engulfed in flames. On the garage door, graffiti claimed guilt for the arson: "FUR IS MURDER. E.L.F."(2)

"Thank goodness for good neighbors," said Dr. Boydston. "A few more minutes and the garage would have caught fire."

ELF is the Earth Liberation Front, the same group that admitted guilt for the $12 million arson at Vail Resorts in Vail, Colorado, on Oct. 18, 1998. A week after that 1998 attack, ELF visited the Pipkorn mink ranch in Powers, Michigan, and released 5,000 domesticated mink.

More Arson

On Monday, Aug. 9, firefighters unsuccessfully battled a huge blaze that broke out at about 3 a.m. at United Feeds, west of Plymouth, Sheboygan County. Most of the building of United Feeds, a feed supplier to area fur farmers, was destroyed, resulting in $1.5 million in damage.

Fearing a bottleneck in the supply of ingredients to feed their hungry animals, local farmers began mixing feed on their farms and distributing it to those normally dependent on United Feeds.

An average mink consumes over 100 pounds a year of byproducts from the beef, dairy, poultry and fish-processing industries. Since Wisconsin is America's Dairy State and its number one mink-raising state (over 800,000 raised in 1998), the loss of the feed mill could disrupt the daily recycling of tons of inedible byproducts resulting from the production of food for humans.


Also on Aug. 9 at about 3 a.m., the same time as the fire raged at United Feeds, 3,000 domesticated mink were being released at Gene Meyer's Fur Farm in Plymouth, just 10 minutes away.

Over 100 neighbors and farmers helped recover the animals, safely returning them to their pens by early morning. At press time, it appeared that fewer than 150 animals had been lost to stress, dogs and roadkill.

Investigators are now working to determine if there's a connection between this attack and the United Feeds fire.


(1) ALF stated, "This farm was targeted not only because of Krieger's explotiation [sic] of the mink nation (although that would be reason enough), but because Krieger's farm is a direct supplier of Neiman-Marcus Department Stores. Through their support of such a farm, Neiman-Marcus shows absolutely no regard for Life or the eco-system. It appears that Neiman-Marcus is allied with Krieger and his fellow murderous farmers in their love of profits and greed over Life and Freedom. The Animal Liberation Front declares an open invitation to anyone who would dare to stop these groups' sick reign of terror. Now is the time for direct action. The only terrorism is the one we allow to exist. Until all these death camps are closed, we will continue to liberate."

(2) It is unclear why ELF should have singled out Boydston and written this graffiti. The ALF publication The Final Nail lists him as a fur farmer, but he left the business seven years ago. His only connection now with the fur industry is in his capacity as a vet, helping the local mink breeders association.

(3) Wisconsin State Representative Barbara Gronemus has introduced legislation that would increase the penalty for the unauthorized release of animals to a Class C felony and make the offender liable for damages and attorney fees. The bill has passed the Assembly and is awaiting Senate action. Click here to download the bill in PDF format.

Farmers Demand Action

"NOW MORE THAN EVER, we need our government to respond," said Linda Zimbal, fur farmer from Sheboygan, Wisconsin, following the latest outburst of animal rights terror.

"We fur farmers have signed onto the National Animal Interest Alliance's Call for Action, along with others raising livestock, animal research scientists, people from zoos, aquariums, pet breeders and many others, over a thousand groups representing over a million people.

"The Call for Action demands government commit the resources to stop vandals preying on the livestock industry, medical research and anyone who is involved in animal and resource-based industries."

During summer 1998, fur farmers were hit with a similar road trip of vandalism. Lest we forget:

* July 4: Middleton, WI, 150 mink released.
* Aug. 18: Pearl Lake, MN, 2,500 mink released.
* Aug. 20: Guttenberg, IA, 350 fox released.
* Aug. 21: Jewell, IA, 2,500 mink released.
* Aug. 27: Beloit, WI, 3,000 mink released.
* Aug. 28: Rochester, MN, 2,800 mink released.
* Oct. 26: Powers, MI, 5,000 mink released.

Re: Support Jailed Activist!!

It is illegal to deny a prisoner the right to see their lawyer based on whether or not they take their TB test. But of course law enforcement routinely violate their own laws.

I refused the TB test at the Santa Cruz County Jail and threats were made against me for doing so, but none were carried out. (The beatings by the guards later were unrelated.)

Unfortunately requests for vegetarian meals are routinely ignored at the Santa Cruz County Jail. One inmate who was supposedly granted vegetarian meals received a large salad only to find a giant hunk of ham in the middle. Cop humor. They then reverted back to the regular “food?.

Activist pressure made a difference for my treatment in jail. I will be calling the numbers on this post and I urge others to do so as well.


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