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Support Accused Animal Liberationist : Peter Young

A benefit for Peter Young will be held Thursday June 30th 7:30-10 pm @ the Resource Center For Non Violence, 507 Broadway, (near Ocean St.)

Peter is facing a potential 82 year prison sentence for alleged involvement in 5 mink liberation actions on fur "farms" in 3 different states in the midwest, that occured in the late 90's.

Peter has been a fugetive for 7 years and on the FBI's WANTED list. He is in great need of financial support for his upcomming trial, please see: to find out what you can do to help.
Featuring Films:

*Voice of Liberation with Rod Coronado-Makes connections between the fur industry and genocide of native americans.

*A trailer to an upcomming A.L.F. documentry.

*The Mandate-Documents the campaign against Huntington Life Sciences

*Direct Action for Animals with the DBF-Covers treatment of Animals worldwide and ALF actions in the Netherlands.


*An update on Peter Young's case and how you can support him.

*Dealing with Government harassment and Grand Juries

*An update on the SHAC 7 (activists facing charges in connection to the Stop Huntington Animal Cruelty campaign.

On October 28, 1997 Sheboygan County Sheriff's deputies in Wisconsin pulled over Justin Samuel and Peter Young, after fur farmers suspected they were watching their mink barns. Authorities found items that led to a six-count federal indictment against Samuel and Young 1998. The two were charged with violating the then named Animal Enterprise Protection Act with the alleged intent to coerce mink farms out of business by inflicting economic loss and damage. "The indictment reflects the determination of the law enforcement community and my office to address criminal activity designed to curtail or shutdown a lawful industry," said US Attorney Peggy Lautenschlager in Wisconsin's first case of "animal enterprise terrorism."

Justin Samuel and Peter Young were pulled over by police in the vicinity of
the farms after suspicious fur farmers contacted authorities. A vehicle
search allegedly yielded animal rights literature, as well as other "suspicious" items. In September 1998, a federal grand jury indicted the duo on charges of animal enterprise terrorism and unlawful interference with
interstate commerce. Both Samuel and Young went underground and nothing was heard from the two until September 4, 1999, when Samuel was arrested in Belgium and eventually extradited to the U.S. to face criminal charges.

Despite an enormous outpouring of support from the activist community, on
August 30, 2000, Samuel entered into a plea agreement with the U.S.

Attorney's office in which he implicated Peter Young (his co-defendant) and
promised to "make a full, complete, truthful statement regarding his
involvement in violations of federal criminal statutes charged in the original Indictment, as well as the involvement of all other individuals known to him regarding the crimes charged in that Indictment. And the defendant agrees to testify fully and truthfully at any trials or hearings."

Samuel eventually served two years in prison and is now free and living in
San Diego, California. Despite his repeated efforts to reintegrate himself
into the animal rights movement, most activists and organizations have
shunned him as an untrustworthy individual and a snitch.

While bad timing and dumb luck led to the initial indictment of the two,
Samuel's fear and lack of moral fortitude is responsible both for his own
prison time and for the likelihood that Peter Young (if apprehended) may be
found guilty and sentenced to a lengthy imprisonment. Like so many others
under police pressure, Samuel clearly fell for the oldest tricks in the book
of law enforcement: To this day, he claims he did not tell his inquisitors
anything they did not already know. Unfortunately, it is not Justin who will
pay the price for his fears, but Peter Young-- and any other activists
Justin chooses to name to protect himself.

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Re: Support Accused Animal Liberationist : Peter Young

>While bad timing and dumb luck led to the initial >indictment of the two,
>Samuel's fear and lack of moral fortitude is >responsible both for his own
>prison time and for the likelihood that Peter >Young (if apprehended) may be
>found guilty and sentenced to a lengthy >imprisonment.

Activist Pleads Not Guilty to Domestic Terror Charges in Wisconsin

Madison, WI: Animal rights activist Peter Young pleaded not guilty to domestic terrorism charges that he freed mink from Midwestern farms in 1997, causing thousands of dollars in damage and spreading fear through the nation's fur farmers.

Young, 27, made the plea in U.S. District Court in Madison as he appeared for the first time on the charges after eluding authorities for more than seven years. Prosecutors say Young and accomplice Justin Samuel set out to cripple the fur industry in 1997, freeing more than 7,000 mink from their cages at five farms in Iowa, South Dakota and Wisconsin, which is the nation's largest mink producing state. Bob Anderson, an assistant U.S. attorney, said Young cost farmers $569,000. Sympathizers have started a Web site to raise money for his defense,

Re: Support Accused Animal Liberationist : Peter Young

hi -

Is this actually at RCNV? 'cus RCNV is 515 Broadway - not 507. It's also not on RCNV's calendar.

just checkin' the facts so that I can show up at the right event.

Re: Support Accused Animal Liberationist : Peter Young

yes, the rcnv is 515, not 507.

See you there!

Thursday June 30th 7:30-10 pm @ the Resource Center For Non Violence, 515 Broadway

Re: Support Accused Animal Liberationist : Peter Young

Just to let you know, this event will be upstairs.


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