Viktor was freed from prison on October 22, 2013. He released this message:
"I want to thank everyone who has helped me and who has supported me in
any way, thanks to you this time has been much less miserable than it
would've been if you had not sent me so much support. I also want to say
that I'm very sorry for my past idiocy, I was drawn into that ignorant b-s
in high school and it lasted until I got to experience the oppression
myself in jail and prison, and that was a real wake-up call for me, I still
have much regrets and guilt over what I supported before, and I hope that I
one day can create something positive out of all this, to use my experience
to make others who has fallen for the same ignorant and hateful propaganda
realize that it's all b-s and that all humans and living creatures in this
universe is equal. Again, thank you all very much. You're the best."
In January 2012, Viktor Padellaro was sentenced to three years and six months in prison for arson at a McDonald's in Gothenburg, for smashing windows at a restaurant he believed to be serving shark-fin soup, and for sending allegedly threatening letters to fur store owners, AstraZeneca employees and others involved in animal abuse. Viktor had been detained since his arrest in August 2011.