Every year, over eight billion cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys, sheep, and goats are raised, transported and slaughtered under grossly cruel and inhumane conditions. The vast majority of these animals are reared in intense confinement operations, commonly referred to as “factory farms.” Cramped into cages and crates, or pressed together in overcrowded pens, these animals endure unbearable conditions in dark, windowless buildings. Read more

May 6, 2002, Volkert van der Graaf, a 33 year-old vegan animal rights activist was waiting nervously in a parking lot outside of a Denmark radio studio. It was days before the Dutch general elections. Inside the studio, political candidate Pim Fortuyn swore that if his party rose to power he would lift the ban outlawing fur farming in the Netherlands. Minutes later, as Fortuyn was about to get into his limousine, our activist pulled a gun out of his pocket and shot the politician five times, point blank, in the chest, gunning him down, dead, in broad daylight. Later he told the Court that he committed murder “guided by my conscience.” Read more