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 have been recently extradited to the UK where they are awaiting trial later this year.

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The Defendants



Sven is from Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He’s been vegan for 12 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 is originally from the south of England and then  lived in Amsterdam. She’s been vegan for more than 11 years and has helped with a variety of charities and campaign groups. She recently worked 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.



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.

Anarchist Black Cross Malmö

Anarchist Black Cross Malmö

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.

Anti-Speciesist Women

Anti-Speciesist Women

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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Latest News

Please write to Sven in prison!

Today, 24th January 2018, Sven was sentenced to 5 years in prison for  “Conspiracy to Blackmail”, accused of attempting to close down a notorious animal testing laboratory in the UK, […]

Sentencing News

Today, 24th January 2018, Sven and Natasha were in court for sentencing. They were charged with “Conspiracy to Blackmail”, accused of attempting to close down a notorious animal testing laboratory […]

New Support Shirts Available!

Good news: we have a bunch of new solidarity shirts available! The shirts have been printed in Charcoal Gray, Black and Forest Green and we still have both Slim Fit […]

Solidarity from Fluff Festival 2017!

A huge thank you to everyone at Fluff Fest who shared their solidarity with Sven and Natasha by buying one of our super cute new t-shirts! So many people wrote […]

ABC Festival in Wien, Austria

Members of the Free Sven and Natasha Support Group will be speaking at the ABC Festival in Austria this April! We hope to raise funds and generate solidarity for Sven […]

Sven and Natasha were extradited to England

There have been some important developments for Sven and Natasha. Yesterday British Police came to extradite them from the Netherlands. After a night in the police station, they were released […]

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