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Periodicals

ALF Action Reports

04.15.13

A.L.F. Action Reports #1-11 (1983-1984. London, England)

Because the Animal Liberation Front is without central leadership and exists more as tactic than an organization, most volunteers were never recruited. Instead, they were people who heard about other actions, and when their conscience could take no more of the brutality surrounding them, decided to take actions of their own. By 1983 the government of England was well aware of this. Police PR departments were told to deny that attacks were happening, newspapers were pressured to stop covering direct actions for animals, and raids were carried out against the ALF Supporters Group and other producers of movement media. The government’s logic was that if people were unaware of the Front’s existence, perhaps membership would be lower and fewer attacks would be carried out.

This made it very difficult for interested parties to keep abreast of the multiple actions happening in England every single night. In response the ALF’s press office began to distribute Action Reports, a typewritten diary of every known direct action for non-humans for the month it was produced. In some cases full statements from participants in the underground would be published, other times reports were compiled from mainstream news articles.

The idea of Action Reports soon spread to Australia, the United States, and elsewhere. Eventually these reports evolved into the “Diary of Actions” that became common in radical AR publications such as No Compromise.

         

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