An animal rights activist in Ireland was awarded €9000 in damages and court costs after being attacked in December 2009, during a protest in front of a fur store in Dublin, Ireland. An article in the Irish Independent reports that the court has awarded Laura Broxson a victory in court after multiple witnesses substantiated that the fur store owner, Marie Murphy, attacked and assaulted her without provocation. A then 20-year-old Broxson was protesting the furrier with her group NARA — the National Animal Rights Association handing out leaflets when Murphy came out of the store enraged. She attacked Broxson, punching her in the face and throwing her to the ground. Multiple witnesses substantiated that the fur store owner, Marie Murphy, attacked and assaulted her without provocation. A then 20-year-old Broxson was protesting the furrier with her group NARA — the National Animal Rights Association handing out leaflets when Murphy came out of the store enraged. She attacked Broxson–punching her in the face and throwing her to the ground.
From the article:
“Judge Deery said the protesters had not been blocking the entrance to the shop and there was independent evidence from Dr Bates of Ms Murphy having come out in a very aggressive fashion. Psychologist Dr Tony Bates told the court he saw the incident as he walked past the shop. Ms Murphy had come out very red and enraged and had hit Ms Broxson in the face, knocking her down. He had kept walking but had given evidence in both of the earlier court hearings. Several of Ms Broxson’s fellow protesters also gave evidence of seeing Ms Murphy assault her.”
The judge ruled that the protesters were within their rights, and although Murphy was incensed about the protest, she had no right to assault nor interfere with the actions of NARA. Solidarity with activists in the legal system, and congrats to Laura on her victory.
Happy news to report this Fur Free Friday! To all the activists defending fur-bearing animals today, stay safe out there, look out for each other and stick together.
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BREAKING NEWS out of Colorado. News has broke on Green Is The New Red that an undercover animal rights activist working in a dairy facility has been charged with animal cruelty. Charges come after the release of footage showing three men beating newly born calves–some so young their umbilical cords were still attached.
The footage was released by Compassion Over Killing–a non-profit animal protection group. Shortly after the video’s release on Nov 13, 2013 police decided that in addition to charging the men in the video, that they would also charge the person who obtained the footage for not giving it to them in what they deem to be “a timely manner.” Activist Taylor Radig worked at Quanah Cattle Co. and footage of the abuse was release 2 months after they had terminated their employment. Police say this was too long to wait to release it, and feel doing so was acting with negligence and substantiates the charge Animal Cruelty.
Radig is also being investigated as having been a participant in the acts of abuse. This is an unprecedented charge for a whistleblower, and there is a belief that the charges may be politically motivated as a way to discourage activists who expose the cruelty within agribusiness. From Green Is The New Red:
Compassion Over Killing said in a statement that the prosecution is retaliatory: “The charge against our investigator is unsupported by the law and it reeks of political motivation fueled by an agribusiness industry that is once again lashing out in desperation to stop undercover investigators from exposing the truth.”
Further details can be found in the parent article here.
The investigation and video by Compassion Over Killing can be found here.
(Warning: Video at the link contains graphic footage of abuse.)
And the details about charges laid against the men in the video can be found in the news report here.
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