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Activist wrote threat letters in his own blood

Activist wrote threat letters in his own blood

Published: 28 Oct 2011 13:49 GMT+02:00
Updated: 28 Oct 2011 13:49 GMT+02:00

A 21-year-old animal rights activist is being prosecuted at the Gothenburg District Court, suspected of arson and writing threat letters, sometimes in his own blood.

Most of the 17 threats have been delivered by mail, mainly to people with connections to the fur trade and animal farming in Gothenburg, Skaraborg, Jönköping and Blekinge in southern and western Sweden.

Aside from delivering numerous threats and allegedly burning down a hamburger restaurant, the young man confessed to smashing the window of a restaurant that he believed to be serving shark fin soup.

“There's a system to it,” prosecutor Lars Lidman told TT.

“Through this threats he has tried to limit and affect people who work in the fur industry.”

Lidman also stated that the man has threatened people who work with animals in the pharmaceutical industry, and claims that he should be sentenced to between four to five years in prison.

Three other men are also being prosecuted for crimes connected to those for which the 21-year-old is on trial. With a few exception, all the suspects have pleaded not guilty.

As members the Djurrättsalliansen (Swedish Animal Rights Group), the suspects have denied any participation in the cases of vandalism.

However, the nevertheless expressed their support for another animal rights group, Djurens befrielsefront ('Animals' Liberation Front'), which is said to be behind the deeds.

According to the prosecutor, the suspects have not only vandalized a number of stores, but have also forced owners to sign a "fur-free policy" promising not to sell fur or face further repercussions.

TT/The Local/jl (news@thelocal.se)

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17:35 October 28, 2011 by Lavaux
In his own blood? Sounds to me like criminal commitment is in order.
18:09 October 28, 2011 by eovti
When someone writes threatening letters in their own blood, that person is not a case for the courts, but for psychiatry.

Nut job!
18:59 October 28, 2011 by rouzi
@ eovti

Well said. The person has got all the world wrong. He needs somebody to help him to correct his views.
20:28 October 28, 2011 by Redbee
I do not agree with criminality towards the people who abuse animals for profit but i do have sympathy regarding this young mans anger against cruelty .There is no need to wear fur in this modern age or to eat meat unless one lives in the Arctic .There are people everywhere in the world standing up for animals who have no voice and they are to be applauded . Forty years a vegetarian and animal welfare campaigner .
00:26 October 29, 2011 by salalah
Just your regular next door neighbor...
07:49 October 29, 2011 by Lavaux
Hey Redbee, guess what would happen to cows if people stopped eating them and drinking their milk? That's right, the same thing that happened to wolves and bears. Unless you can sell Hinduism to all former carnivores, that is.

Cows, chickens, pigs, sheep, i.e. all domesticated animals will never go extinct so long as people don't go extinct because people value them. If we all go vegetarian, then we'll value crops and exterminate the critters who prey on them, including cows, pigs and sheep. This is just common sense, which seems to be uncommon among vegetarians.
17:26 October 30, 2011 by Alleyat ALF
Ignorance sure is bliss isn't it folks. What have any of you done to better the world in which we live, whether it's for beast or man. I admire anyone who stick to their convictions. He is more man than most of you will ever be, and with that being said I'll leave you with a quote from another activist that was deemed radical in his time, you might have heard of him....

"We have to organize and become involved in well coordinated action which will involve any means necessary to bring about complete elimination of the conditions that exist ...... It takes action to get action." - Malcolm X
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