Western Animal Rights Network – WARN

The Western Animal Rights Network ( WARN ) first appeared in 2005 as a coalition of animal rights groups in the West of England and South Wales and worked as a news service for demos animals and legal action reports. [1] [2]

It was re-launched in August 2007 and continued to work for the total animal liberation means of direct actions and protests to fulfill this goal. There was also an expansion to include not only South Wales but all of Wales, providing the country with its first animal aside the national group. [2] [3]

The site is also used by the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) in the same way the international group uses the magazine Bite Back to anonymously report their criminal activities. According to a disclaimer that the network does not “encourage any illegal activities” , the group publishes allegations about various forms of illegal liberation and vandalism, including actions against McDonald’s, KFC and property hunters. [4] [5]

Campaigns and measures

Stop Sequani Animal experiments

Sean Kirtley

After the arrest of Stop Sequani Animal Testing (SSAT) activists in May 2006 when 13 animal rights activists arrested under the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 (SOCPA) warns supported six of the activists who had the most serious charges against them. As with the SHAC 7 , six people who received prison sentences in the UK of between 3-6 years to use their website to “incite attacks” on those who did business with Huntingdon Life Sciences, [6] activists have called Sequani Six after seventh accepted a settlement. [7] [8]In 2008, Sean Kirtley was jailed for four and a half years for a sustained protest campaign and David Griffiths received a 30-week prison, both for conspiracy to interfere with contractual relationships of an animal research organization. [9]

December mars 2007

On December 15, about 100-150 demonstrators marched against the Sequani Ltd in Ledbury town center. § 12 and § 14 Order Act applied to limit the number of demonstrators then go to the laboratory to a maximum of fifteen. A spokesman for WARN claimed that the police were heavy-handed, resulting in a female protester is thrown back by the police for distributing leaflets. [10] [11]

During the march, activists tried to block a road near the High Street, in soliarity with Sequani Six . [12] Two activists were arrested for attempting to D hangs together, while another three are locked together with arm tubes, then eventually cut to release the individuals. The five were arrested and released on bail later that evening until February 2008. [10] [11] [13]

Carnival mot Vivisection

It was promoted by various sources, through the local media, and activist based network, a Carnival Against Vivisection would be held in Ledbury, but an original source for the organization of the event. [14] When the police called for the organizers to step forward and reveal their identities protesters said they were demonstrating in solidarity with Sean Kirtley, who was sentenced to prison in May for his part in the campaign against the Sequani laboratories, including organizing marches with the police. [15] [16]

On the day of action marsche 200 activists through Ledbury, many wearing black and green, with other beating drums, waving flags and sounding airhorns. [17]

Sun Valley chicken rescue

On January 7, warns reported that a chicken named Rocky was “rescued” from Uphampton Farm, Shobdon, Herefordshire at the second largest poultry slaughterhouse in the UK. [18] This was in response to the recent high-profile campaign on TV from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Jamie Oliver who showed their concern about certain aspects of the agricultural industry, including Sun Valley Foods, the supplier where the bird was taken from. [19]The activists allegedly avoided the security check, by hiding behind a transport truck, in order to investigate the conditions [18] to Compassion in World Farming said was poor at the site Shobdon. [19]

The group said the conditions were so bad, that rather than an individual took an opportunity to save a chicken, which was named Rocky , after the movie Chicken Run , he was then allegedly chased by four security guards and a van, but fled. [18] One male was arrested and later released in the evening on bail for the attempted burglary, police spokesman confirmed this and said that they are still looking for another man in connection with the crime. [18] Sun Valley refuted the allegations of cruelty and bad conditions saying that the responsibility they have towards animal welfare very seriously, employees trained to ensure the highest standards possible. [19] The activists involved have since had all charges dropped and no further action to be taken by West Mercia Police.

See also 

  • Southern Animal Rights Coalition (SARC)
  • Stoppa Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC)
  • Animal Liberation Front (ALF)
  • Animal liberation movement
  • leaderless resistance
  • animal rights
  • Animal experiments

further reading

  • Mann, Keith, (2007) From Dusk ’til Dawn: An insight into the growth of the animal liberation movement , Puppy Pincher Press, ISBN 978-0-9555850-0-5
  • Newkirk, Ingrid (2000) Release the animal: The Story of animal Liberation Front , Lantern Books, ISBN 1-930051-22-0


  1. Jump up ^ Western Animal Rights Network was launched, SARC 2005
  2. ^ Jump up to: ab Network, Western Animal Rights Network .
  3. Jump up ^ Western Animal Rights Network Launched! , Indymedia UK
  4. Hoppa upp^ Action Arkiv: Direct Action,Western Animal Rights Network.
  5. Hoppa upp^ Disclaimer,Western Animal Rights Network.
  6. Jump up ^ Six Animal rights advocates are convicted of terrorism, the New York Times, March 3, 2006.
  7. Jump up ^ Sequani defendants appear at court, Hereford Times, October 27, 2006
  8. Jump up ^ Sequani six, Stop Sequani animal experiments .
  9. Jump up ^ Sequani campaign protesters receive sentences, the National Extremism Tactical Coordination Unit press release. May 30, 2008
  10. ^ Jump up to: ab Five held after the largest demonstration in years, Ledbury Reporter Friday, 21 December 2007.
  11. ^ Jump up to: a b Protesters blockade Ledbury center at Sequani March after police restrict legal protest, Stop Sequani animal testing on 17 December 2007.
  12. Jump up ^ Pictures Sequani March and blockade, Indymedia UK on 17 December 2007.
  13. Jump up ^ Five were arrested at the demonstration, Hereford Journal December 19, 2007.
  14. Jump up ^ The protest is planned outside the lab Ledbury, Ledbury Reporter 22 August 2008.
  15. Jump up ^ police want to hear from animals protesters, Ledbury Reporter August 18, 2008.
  16. Jump up ^ Police appeal to the protesters, Worcester News August 19, 2008.
  17. Jump up ^ The protest will take to the streets, Ledbury Reporter September 6, 2008.
  18. ^ Jump up to: abcd BRAVE activists insecure chicken from Sun Valley slaughter line seconds before death, WARN 7 February 2008.
  19. ^ Jump up to: abc It’s business as usual in Sun Valley, Hereford Times, February 7, 2008.