On the night of November 17, 2013 animal liberation activists held an action named "Shut 'Em Down" by closing several meat restaurants and other enterprises that profit off animal suffering, in cities in Russia, Georgia and Armenia. The activists used extra strong glue to shut the door locks, or bicycle locks to block the doors. The activists report:

"There is no place for animal cruelty in a civilized society, especially in such a horrifying numbers and conditions, as it it exists in the enterprises of intensive animal farming. The practice of murdering, tortures and all forms of animal exploitation must be put to an end, as
well as the practice of using of child labor in Europe, labor of the slaves in America and labor of the prisoners on the territories occupied by Nazi Germany were stopped.

Nowadays, when we know that animals are not mechanisms or 'natural sources', but sensible beings, capable of feeling not only physical pain and discomfort, but also all the variety of emotions available for humans, we do not have any right to treat them as stocks and stones, regardless of whether this exploitation benefits the humankind or does harm to him.

But even if we look at the situation from the perspective of human health and environmental condition, we will find that animal products only harm human health (inflicting cancer, heart diseases, diabetes and many other health problems) whilst doing irreparable harm to the environment, destroying it by intensive animal farming.

Animal exploitation as a whole does good only to the people who get financial profit of it. That is why we must put all our efforts to make the functioning of such enterprises extremely unprofitable.

It is a first, but not last action. We act autonomously, our structure is decentralized, so anyone can join us and shut 'em down by his own or accompanied by friends. Together we will close all the bloody enterprises in our cities. Please send your reports on shutemdown@riseup.net and your actions will inspire other activists all over the world!

Until all cages are empty."