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The Rescue Service Svenska English

Action 16 Indicted

Linköping’s district court today indicted on charges of theft the activists of The Rescue Service Action 16. On May 2nd, 2004, the activists rescued 120 hens from Strå farm near Vadstena in an open, non-violent civil disobedience action, as a means to protest the systematic oppression against millions of sentient individuals. According to the indictment, we stole 116 hens. The discrepancy in numbers arose from our initial plan to rescue 116 hens, a number we put down in the pre-written letter which we left at the farm. We failed to change the contents of the letter after rescuing 120 hens; thus, the owner and prosecutor stated an inaccurate figure.

The Moral

The 120 hens we brought to new loving homes were living inside of an industrial complex completely without any of the basic rights that sentient individuals deserve. Simply based on not belonging to the same species as us, the human race has decided to kill and torture other beings needlessly. We do not need eggs or other animal products. Yet we torture and kill millions of sentient beings each year to get our hands on these products.

We brought these hens from an oppressing animal industry to new homes in which they will be well cared for by humans who care about their feelings. They will live for their own sake, in a more natural way, and not have to be killed as soon as they are no longer profitable.

The Legality

Understanding the moral justification for the action will not be difficult, and though the prosecutor may feel differently, we even have the law on our side. The Animal Protection Act dictates that animals shall be protected against unnecessary suffering. That animals in the egg industry suffer is obvious, and since eggs are not a necessary product, their suffering must be classified as unnecessary.

Swedish penal code grants the right to defend against current or imminent criminal assault. The assault on hens and other animals in Sweden can, according to the letter of the Animal Protection Act, only be classified as criminal assault.

Whenever danger threatens life, health, property or other judicially protected interests, self-defense is justified. This also should help grant us a verdict of not guilty. Ethologists and other experts can testify on the clear threat against the lives and health of hens in the Swedish egg industry.

We would never accept an indictment that we "stole" hens. Theft means taking property for personal gain. To us these hens are sentient individuals who exist for themselves without being owned by someone else. Our intent with this action was to save other individuals from systematic oppression, not to bring about any personal benefit to us. We acted and saved 120 individuals from unnecessary suffering and certain premature death.

The real crimes are not committed by us, but by the animal industry.

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The Rescue Service
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ACTION 18
Oct 21, 2007
20 hens rescued
ACTION 17
Nov 27, 2006
12 hens rescued
ACTION 16
May 2, 2004
120 hens rescued
ACTION 15
April 5, 2004
39 hens rescued
ACTION 14
April 27, 2003
Hatchery disarmed
ACTION 13
April 14, 2003
102 hens rescued
ACTION 12
October 11, 2002
0 hens rescued
ACTION 11
August 12, 2002
17 hens rescued
ACTION 10
June 2, 2002
38 hens rescued
ACTION 9
April 14, 2002
12 hens rescued
ACTION 8
March 27, 2002
16 hens rescued
ACTION 7
March 17, 2002
21 rabbits rescued
ACTION 6
Aug. 5, 2001
Abattoir disarmed
ACTION 5
Feb. 21, 2001
6 hens rescued
ACTION 4
Dec. 14, 2000
3 hens rescued
ACTION 3
Maj 7, 2000
36 hens rescued
ACTION 2
Feb. 15, 2000
5 hens rescued
ACTION 1
Oct. 28, 1999
24 hens rescued

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