The "SHAC 7" are 6 activists and a corporation, Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty USA Inc., that have been found guilty of multiple federal felonies for their alleged role in campaigning to close down the notorious animal testing lab, Huntingdon Life Sciences. The six individuals are currently in federal prison. They are not accused of smashing windows, liberating animals or even attending demonstrations; they are serving lengthy sentences for simply reporting on and encouraging others to engage in legal demonstrations and supporting the ideology of direct action.
Jake, Darius, Lauren, Kevin, Josh and Andy need your support! Please take a few minutes to write them, even if you don't know them. A prisoner's only line to the outside is letters, and mail call is the most important time of day.
Visit SHAC7.com to read about the trial of the SHAC 7 and history of the case.
Jacob Conroy #93501-011
Sentence: 4 years
Update: Dari was released from prison on September 28, 2007!
Lauren Gazzola #93497-011
Sentence: 4 years, 4 months
Joshua Harper #29429-086
Sentence: 3 years
Kevin Kjonaas #93502-011
Sentence: 6 years
Andy Stepanian #26399-050
Sentence: 3 years
At the end of the day, even short messages help to remind prisoners of the large number of supporters they have on the outside, and the great efforts for the animals so many others continue to take across the globe.
Please write often and think about organizing a prisoner letter writing night in your area. And don't forget the other animal liberation prisoners out there!
Federal prisoners are permitted to receive a very small variety of items from "the outside". Inmates are allowed to receive an unlimited number of cards, letters, and photographs (but no Polaroids) from anyone. They may also receive an unlimited number of magazines and periodicals, but these must come directly from the publisher (i.e. by way of a subscription directly to the prisoner); magazines and periodicals sent from anyone other than the publisher will be refused. Inmates are not permitted to receive any publication that contains material of a sexual nature.
Also, please consider donating to the SHAC 7 Support Fund. Money is being accepted to put towards prisoner's commissary accounts and to aid with legal fees where needed. This will allow prisoners to purchase vegan food (which otherwise is not easy to come by) and toiletries, stamps and envelopes, phone cards and other necessities. Donations can be made payable to "SHAC 7 Support Fund" and sent to:
SHAC 7 Support Fund
Donations can also be made online using PayPal.com at www.SHAC7.com.
Defend Free Speech! Free the SHAC 7!