Frontline News – The Complete Set!

09.19.20 | Permalink

ALF Canada Frontline News #1-4 (1985-1987 Toronto, ON. Canada)

Frontline News was the predecessor to Combat and Underground as well as the popular 1990s website The early issues were typed and mimeographed newsletters, while issue 3 and 4 were more professional and moved to newsprint. It has taken us 9 years to find issue #2. Special thanks to Matthew Jones for tracking it down and sending the scans.


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Campaign newsletters, Most Popular, Periodicals

History as it was made: A trove of anti-Huntingdon Life Sciences newsletters.

08.29.20 | Permalink

Huntingdon Death Sciences Newsletter, three various issues. Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (UK) Newsletters 1-20, 22-23, 25-58. Dog Days in Huntingdon. (1998-2011, Various Locations, England)

Since the release of The Animal People documentary there has been a renewed interest in the legacy of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty. Unfortunately the film’s focus on the trial of the SHAC 7 in the United States has left many people with no knowledge of the international campaign. Luckily Tom Harris, a former SHAC prisoner from England, is righting that wrong with a new written history of the various campaigns against HLS. He has taken the effort to scan a number of newsletters during his reaserch and has kindly shared the documents with TALON for our first major post in five years. We have also included Dog Days in Huntingdon, an insiders account of working at Huntingdon in the late 90s and early 2000s. Special thanks to Aaron Zellhoefer for the scan.



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Check out Leaflets of the Animal Rights Movement!

09.25.17 | Permalink

I know that the hiatus over here at TALON has gotten ridiculous- it’s a long story!- BUT in the meantime other folks have been carrying on with some spectacular projects. One that we really love is LARM, Leaflets of the Animal Rights Movement!

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Audio / Music, One-off publications

Still Angry?

11.07.15 | Permalink

Still Angry? The Compilation Tape and Fanzine: A Benefit for the Toronto ALFSG (1987, Toronto, Canada)

The Toronto ALFSG released many of the publications on this site and were one of the best sources of information on direct action for non-humans in the 1980s. In order to financially support their work, they released this cassette and zine compilation in 1987. After searching for it since the start of TALON, we finally found a copy just a few short months ago.

Hailing primarily from Europe, North America, and South Africa, the bands on this compilation run the gamut of punk sub-genres and fans of fast, loud music should find something they enjoy. The zine and liner notes are typical of their era- cut and paste style graphics, juvenile interviews, and plenty of righteous frustration with law and order.

Due to a file error, we currently only have Side A of the cassette digitized. Please accept our apologies, we will post the full cassette soon.


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Reinventing Animal Liberation: Towards a Popular Militancy for Non-Humans.

09.24.15 | Permalink

While TALON co-founder Josh Harper has been in Europe finding publications for the site, he has also been speaking to audiences about his analysis of our movement’s history and future. His speech in Malmö was filmed and seems to be resonating with animal rights activists around the world. Give it a watch!

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Animosity #3

07.03.15 | Permalink

Animosity #3 (1984, Stafforshire, England)

We rarely post a single issue of a periodical to TALON, preferring instead to post an entire year or run so that readers can watch as stories develop and politics evolve within a publication. In this instance we are making an exception. For the last several years we have tried, without luck, to track down further issues of Animosity- a publication of the Keele University Animal Rights Group. Our hope is that one of our readers might help us to obtain the rest of this student-militant zine.

Animosity appears to have been written largely by anarchists with an insider’s knowledge of the animal liberation movement, and broad, anti-capitalist politics. If anyone can help us to discover the authors or more issues of this intriguing publication, please contact us HERE.

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The Hunt and the Anti-Hunt

05.31.15 | Permalink

The Hunt and the Anti-Hunt (1982, London, England)

“It is not difficult to understand why animals are treated so indifferently in a society where the powerful minority holds the majority in similar contempt.” Philip Windeatt


Grounded firmly in a traditional British left-socialist critique, The Hunt and the Anti-Hunt is Philip Windeatt’s classic treatise on opposition to bloodsports. Written shortly after the author worked as a researcher on The Animals Film, each page drips with anger at both the act of sport hunting and the economic class that perpetuates it.

Anyone seeking a better understanding of the history of the animal liberation movement would do well to read this short book. Tracing bloodsports back to the domestication of canines for hunting purposes, the book continues by describing the founding of early animal welfare societies and the eventual emergence of the Hunt Saboteurs Association and Animal Liberation Front. Along the way expect a refreshing analysis of the pillaging of public lands, human alienation from wilderness, corporate governance, and many other subjects that were too often missing from the animal lib literature of the 1980s.

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TALON co-founder Josh Harper’s Collective Liberation 2015 speech.

04.10.15 | Permalink

Josh recently spoke at California State University Long Beach, and delivered this speech that contained a few mentions of historical tidbits on this very website. Give it a view!

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Bite Back (U.K.) #1&2

04.07.15 | Permalink

Bite Back – Issues 1-2 (1999, Bristol, England)

One of at least four publications to share the same moniker, this version of Bite Back came into being at the turn of the century. Glossy, full magazine sized, and free, Bite Back was a wonderful tool for reporting on the exciting campaigns of its era. Anyone interested in pressure campaigning will enjoy the brief articles, updates, and images from Hillgrove, Shamrock, Regal Rabbits, and Huntingdon Death Sciences.

We have very little information about this publication and do not know if there were subsequent issues. If you have more information please contact us HERE.


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Campaign newsletters, Periodicals

N.A.L.L. Newsletters – Summer and Spring 1985

03.26.15 | Permalink

N.A.L.L. Newsletter – Summer 1985, Spring News 1985 (1985, Manchester, England)

Every time we receive a NALL related donation everyone at TALON can’t wait to read it, even if it is just a small newsletter or leaflet. Our fascination with the group stems from their early socialism, their insistence that mass-militancy trumps individual direct-action, and their acts of solidarity with other movements. While their publications don’t always touch on those factors, fans of the Leagues will not be disappointed with these two issues of the NALL Newsletter, especially the Spring News, which comments on the unstrategic militarism happening at the time, specifically the Mars bar poisoning hoax and publicity stunts of groups like the Hunt Retribution Squad.

The excitement doesn’t end there, however! Despite the poor editing, these volumes contain many clues as to the organizing model, rhetoric, history, and strategies employed by NALL- and then there are the small tidbits that will make you love them even more! An embracing of ecological politics, a tendency towards anonymity for the sake of rejecting the big egos that cause so much damage to movements, the fact that NALL was originally called Manchester Animal Liberators, the mention of a cafe run by three NALL members… If you are as fascinated with this classic organization as we are you will absolutely love these two dispatches!


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