A number of individuals and groups have been harmed by the state repression of anti-vivisection resistance globally. Below are current vivisection-related prisoners that would value your support and solidarity.
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Debbie Vincent #A5819DE
Woking, Surrey GU23 7LJ
In April 2014, Debbie was sentenced to six years in prison for “conspiracy to blackmail,” in relation to the campaign to close down the notorious animal testing lab Huntingdon Life Sciences.
Prior to sentencing, Debbie said: “What is scary in this world is oppression and injustice, when people hurt people, animals and nature. What is beautiful in this world is resistance, when people say ‘enough is enough’ and act. Oppression and injustice are everywhere, but so is resistance. Because some people know that if you fight you might lose, but if you don’t fight, you’ve already lost.”
Debbie Vincent was the first of the Blackmail 3 defendants to face trial. Support website: www.blackmail3.org
Kevin and Tyler
Tyler Lang and Kevin Johnson (aka Olliff) are two Los Angeles animal rights activists who were arrested in rural Illinois for “possession of burglary tools” in August 2013. After a traffic stop in which they refused consent to a police search, their car was searched anyway. Inside, police found legal items including bolt cutters, wire cutters, ski masks, and cammo clothing. Police believe these items were “burglary tools” intended to be used in a crime, and arrested the two.
Tyler, because he had no previous criminal history, was able to take a plea and was released from jail after four months. Kevin was ultimately sentenced to 30 months of prison time on these state charges.
In July 2014, as Kevin was about to complete his state sentence, the federal government indicted these activists on charges of violating the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act. Tyler was bonded out shortly after the indictment, but Kevin was denied bail and subsequently has been incarcerated since the original 2013 arrest.
About Kevin Olliff
Kevin is a 28 year-old activist from the Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. A vegan since age 15, Kevin has been involved in numerous animal rights campaigns since the mid-2000s, including vegan outreach, anti-vivisection work, and a tour with the Sea Shepherd.
About Tyler Lang
Tyler Lang is a animal rights activist from Los Angeles, California. He went vegan at the age of 14 and has been an activist for animals since. In 2009 Tyler was arrested and given several misdemeanor charges for participating in home demos against UCLA vivisectors. Later that year he helped organize demonstrations against Fortress Investment Group, an HLS affiliate. After six months of home protests, Fortress announced they would no longer do business with HLS. Between 2011 and 2012 Tyler was sued by AstraZeneca, BlackRock, and Beckman Coulter for his role in organizing protests against their key executives.
Defendants not in Prison but experiencing repression
Prison is not the only punishment that the state gives out. Many individuals are on bail awaiting prison for several years, or they may receive expensive fines, suspended prison sentences, community service orders, and more.
There are heavy emotional, financial and practical impacts of this repression.
The repression of the SHAC campaign didn’t end with 12 people in prison in 2009. In July 2012, more teams of police raided homes and offices, arresting three more people on suspicion of ‘conspiracy to blackmail’. In London, Debbie Vincent was charged and after two years of restrictive bail conditions and further raids began her trial in February 2014. Following an 8 week trial she was found guilty and later sentenced to 6 years in prison, followed by a five year anti-social behaviour order.
The two other defendants were arrested with a European arrest warrant in Amsterdam, and after a week in prison they were released on strict bail conditions, having surrendered their passports. They still await extradition to the UK. They have faced many years of restricted movement, emotional pressure and little support.
Money is needed towards legal costs, visits and other information materials to raise awareness about their case. For more information about them and how to support them visit: www.blackmail3.org
After more than 2 years on bail the SOCPA7 were sentenced at Southwark Crown Court in London in October 2014, for their part in protesting against animal testing at HLS. Thankfully they have all avoided serving prison sentences for this case for now, but they were given a range of suspended prison sentences and large cost orders and fines. They are still fundraising to cover the costs of fines. For information about the case and how to donate visit: www.socpa7.org