Received anonymously by activists in the UK:
"A night at home
spent watching TV, or a night spent visiting an HLS collaborator? We made
the obvious choice and called round to say hello to UPS employee Vicky McSloy
(16 Rowbron Drive, Sheffield). We knocked on her door but she didn't seem
to be in, so we slashed all the tyres on her car, covered it with red and
green paint and sprayed slogans such as 'UPS+HLS = Scum', 'Puppy Killer' and
'ALF' on it, as well as on her front door, front window and door step.
Words cannot describe
how much we loath UPS and their connections with animal abuse, that is why
action has to be taken.
For those awaiting liberation,
10 top tips for carrying out easy yet essential home visits, lets take the
fight directly to the abusers...
Locate the address of a suitable target either from a tip off, from personal
investigation and reconnaissance (this may take time but persevere), or from
anonymous sources such as the Animal Abusers Index or past ALF communiques.
It is always good to go after vivisectors themselves or the main directors
of businesses linked to vivisection, but any employees of such collaborators
are defiantly legitimate targets as attacks against their property puts pressure
on the company as a whole.
A range of easy methods can be used to attack the target, vehicles can be
damaged with paint stripper and paint, tyres can easily be slashed with a
bradawl or sharp screwdriver, windscreen wipers can be snapped off, wheels
removed and expanding foam put in the exhaust pipe. As for the house itself
this can be painted, have a hose pipe put through the letter box or have windows
Carefully wipe finger prints off all tools you're taking with you in case
you have to drop something at the scene. Wear gloves that prevent transfer
of fingerprints but which still allow you to work efficiently, gardening gloves
that! have their palm-side coated in a layer of rubberised plastic or washing
up gloves work well. Don't take receipts from your purchases with you on the
action, being found in the area with a receipt for paint stripper in your
pocket may look a bit suspicious!
Choose a good night and time for your attack, wind, rain and darkness provide
excellent cover. Busier times when more people are out and about, such as
at the weekend and after pub closing time should probably be avoided, however
as home attacks are generally very quick and simple, they can theoretically
be carried out at any time.
You may get paint or paint stripper on your clothes so take spares with you,
as well as plastic bags to put used paint cans in. Driving around covered
in red paint may compromise your situation! Don't wear full camo gear and
a balaclava for home visits, normal clothes that blend in are a better idea,
a scarf, baseball cap and hoodie are perfect. Wearing oversized shoes may
make running harder but do mean that if you have to walk through mud any footprints
left behind at the scene are misleading. Wear clothes you don't mind disposing
of if necessary.
Don't use a car whose number plate is known to the cops, after the action
is reported to them they may check CCTV footage from cameras in the vicinity
(for example on railway crossings or motorway bridges) looking for known vehicles,
also don't park your car right outside the target in case they have security
cameras on the house or an observant neighbour. Even driving past the property
should be avoided just in case. It may well be smart to leave your getaway
car round the corner in another street. Leave your driver in the car, or the
doors unlocked with the car parked in the right direction to allow for a quick
escape. The results of your attack may well not be seen until the following
morning and so parking your car a short walk away should not present a problem.
If you are worried, number plates can be slightly altered with black tape,
for example changing an L or F to an E, or a C to an O.
Although each situation is different, make sure you have a general idea of
what you are going to do before you get to the target, be prepared for example
for there being no vehicle parked outside. Also be prepared for security lights
coming on as you approach (don't let them put you off though), more high profile
targets may also have security cameras, again don't worry just make sure your
face is covered, don't wear anything too distinctive and if possible don't
talk, definately don't call a fellow activist by their real name. Avoid eye
contact with passing motorists or people that might be sitting in their houses
watching TV with their curtains open.
You will probably be a bit scared when arriving at the target (ensure you
get the right house!), but when your adrenaline kicks in you will quickly
and easily get the job done, act as swiftly as possible. Keep noise to a minimum
(kicking a car to dent it may trigger the alarm), do the quietest thing first;
don't smash a window before spraypainting.
Just as a warning pay attention to your sixth sense, if you start feeling
uneasy (other than the normal nerves) it may be a good time to leave. Also
make sure you have plans for what to do if someone disturbs you (although
the chances of this happening are very very remote, after all how often do
you look out your window late at night??), sprinting straight back to your
car if being followed may not be a good idea as you risk having your number
plate seen. Stay alert, use common sense, don't become over confident and
let your planning and security get lax and you'll be fine.
When the action is successfully completed leave as quickly as possible, running
may look suspicious but don't hang around to admire your handiwork. Get back
to your vehicle, making sure no one is following and leave the area quickly
but carefully, you don't want to risk getting pulled over for a traffic offence.
Stay calm and when you are safely away get rid of any empty spray cans etc.
Sit back, relax and then plan your next action.
Good luck, the animals
are counting on you."