The Case

In July 2012 Sven and Natasha were raided and arrested in Amsterdam under a European arrest warrant. They were accused of ‘conspiracy to blackmail’ in relation to Huntingdon Life Sciences (recently rebranded as Envigo). HLS is Europe’s largest animal testing laboratory and is the most notorious and protested lab in history. The UK government has gone to extraordinary lengths to stop people protesting against HLS, with increasing targeting and repression of campaigners. Sven and Natasha are awaiting extradition to the UK for their trial and face up to 14 years in prison.

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The Defendants

Sven

Sven

Sven lives in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He’s been vegan for 11 years and has volunteered with many human, animal and earth liberation campaigns. He’s currently studying to be a web/software developer. Sven loves nature, camping, music and sports. He enjoys mountain biking, crossfit, self-defence and is learning wind surfing.

Natasha

Natasha

Natasha is originally from the south of England and now lives in Amsterdam. She’s been vegan for more than 10 years and has helped with a variety of charities and campaign groups. She currently works as a volunteer in dog rescue and rehabilitation. Natasha loves spending time in nature, gardening and baking amazing cupcakes!

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ASKEKINTZA stands in solidarity with Sven and Natasha, victims of the state oppression and criminalisation of the Animal Liberation movement. We truly believe that the ones fighting towards the end of the suffering of others are legitimated over any law written by the powerful. In this case Sven and Natasha are accused of being involved in an incredibly effective campaign against HLS, that in addition to causing one of the most cruel experimentation companies huge financial loss, has inspired thousands of others on taking action and fighting. We can only be grateful for what you did and we send you our strength. Solidarity is our strongest weapon against all oppression and towards total liberation.

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ABC Malmö fully supports Sven and Natasha! The incredible achievements in challenging Huntingdon Life Sciences’ animal exploitation inspires people all around the world to keep resisting all forms of oppression. Sven and Natasha’s case is important not only to people in the animal liberation movement, but to all people involved in political movements fighting injustice. The level of repression used against Sven and Natasha shows that popular resistance against animal oppressing institutions, companies and the state that assists them, is considered truly effective – and therefore potentially devastating for the capitalist system that is built upon exploitation of all forms of beings.

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As Anti-Speciesist Womxn we stand in solidarity with Natasha and Sven. We are in full support of them and other criminalised activists. We stand firmly against the global prison industrial complex and we condemn the limitations on the emotional and physical freedom HLS/Envigo, the police and the states involved have imposed upon them. The criminalisation of people who work towards the end of torture on animals is a travesty of justice. We are grateful for all you do, Natasha and Sven. We really hope you know that everything you do is worthwhile. We wish you nothing but patience, happiness and a lot of strength. Our thoughts are with you every day.

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Anti-Speciesist Women

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Animal Justice Project stands in solidarity with Sven, Natasha, and other activists criminalised for fighting to end the oppression of non-human animals and speciesism. The repression of animal rights activists is a result of campaigns to increase public awareness, change cultural values, evoke discussion, and threaten corporate profits. It is a global travesty, and it affects all of us. When companies make money from the abuse of animals, it is in their vested interest to normalise the industries responsible, and silence those who protest. We must never be afraid to act against the slavery of non-human animals and their institutionalised abuse. Our treatment of animals requires radical change within all of us.

Animal Justice Project

Animal Justice Project

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