About the Case
In January 2018, Sven was sentenced to five years in prison for "conspiracy to blackmail," in relation to the campaign to close down the notorious animal testing lab 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 is from Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He’s been vegan for 13 years and has volunteered with many human, animal and earth liberation campaigns. Sven loves nature, camping, music and sports. He enjoys mountain biking, crossfit and self-defence. In prison, Sven is studying permaculture, working out in his cell, reading and replying to letters. He appreciates every single letter sent to him.
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The 1st of March there was a support event for Sven & Natasha in Hamburg (organized by Tierbefreiung Hamburg & Gegenstrom (www.gegenstromhamburg.de/). We had wrap up of the SHAC […]
Support Sven! On February 24 from 14 hours on the anarchist library in Amsterdam is organizing a writing session for Sven, who has to serve a five year prison sentence […]
Bristol Anarchist Black Cross sent us this banner picture from a recent benefit show in Bristol. We love it!
Supporters in the Czech Republic were raising awareness about Sven and Natasha this weekend at a benefit gig! It’s so amazing to see so much international solidarity. Don’t forget to […]
Check out this super cute picture from supporters in Italy! ❤️ We will print it out and post it to Sven in prison. Keep them coming folks!
On February the 4th there will be a super nice writing afternoon to our friends Sven and Natasha in De Klinker. Both Sven and Natasha were just convicted and Sven […]
ASKEKINTZA stands in solidarity with Sven, victim 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 is 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! The incredible achievements in challenging Huntingdon Life Sciences’ animal exploitation inspires people all around the world to keep resisting all forms of oppression. Sven’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 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 Malmöwww.facebook.com/ABCMalmo
As Anti-Speciesist Womxn we stand in solidarity with Sven. We are in full support of him 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, 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.
Animal Justice Project stands in solidarity with Sven 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.