Historically, animal rights activist groups have strived to challenge moral issues surrounding animals being used for food, as clothing, being kept as pets, or to use in labs for the progression of medical research. However, often these groups employ tactics for their protests that are morally questionable in their own right.
From the late 1980s to the early 2000s, there was an increase in the use of violence by organizations against animal cruelty, which was directed at both individuals and institutions.
Animal rights activists groups at their most extreme often aggressively target and terrorise organisations which carry out agricultural work with animals, use animals in their research, or are part of the pet trade.
Many of these groups have employed violent tactics to sabotage the work carried out by these companies and attempt to overturn them. Intimidation, death threats to company staff, vandalism of property, arson, assault and blackmail are just a few of the methods utilised to do this.
There is building evidence to suggest that the havoc caused by these animal rights activists groups is not just about animal welfare, but is instead intended to, instil fear and harass these organisations with the end goal of attempting to shut them down or cause economic sabotage, ultimately raising the cost of animal agriculture and eliminating trades such as this and the pet industry altogether.
This film offers a window into the extremist tactics used by some organizations against animal cruelty, who employ tactics to terrorise, intimidate and sabotage organisations carrying out research. They vandalise property and ultimately resolve to create economic hardship for companies who use animals as part of their trade, and the individuals who work for them.