Target: Michael Deutsch, defending lawyer of animal activist
Goal: Commend the defense of an animal activist who freed animals raised for fur
Last year two men traveled around the middle of the country to fight for the release of animals harmfully used by humans. In the midst of their activism, the duo stopped at a mink fur farm in Illinois and released 2,000 minks from the confines of their inhumane existence. The two men were tried and accused of “animal enterprise terrorism,” an egregious exaggeration of their activism. The men face up to a ten year prison sentence if the federal charges of damaging and interfering with an animal enterprise fall upon them. A lawyer by the name of Michael Deutsch is fighting against the hefty prison possibility.
The two men, Tyler Lang and Kevin Johnson, are facing a federal charge, which, according to Deutsch, is an unfair brand of activism. Lang and Johnson are being tried as terrorists for damaging an animal enterprise. The sentencing is unfair at best; the two men were attempting to stop acts of violence on mink, not perpetuate violence. However, because the mink were legally raised for fur, they are considered property within the laws of the government. Many of the mink did not make it back to the farm after the incident, causing a serious loss in profits.
Deutsch is challenging the label of ‘terrorist’ in attempts to lower the possible ten year prison sentence. These men were not hurting anyone, nor were they the ones culling the mink for their coats. For this duo to be labeled as terrorists is outlandish. Lang and Johnson did not “damage an animal enterprise,” but were attempting to save lives and take a stand against the unnecessary fur industry. Stand up against the charges these men face, alongside Deutsch, urging a lesser sentence more appropriate for their supposed ‘crime.’
Dear Michael Deutsch,
You are currently representing a man named Kevin Johnson, whom has been unfairly tried for releasing mink from a fur farm last year. Johnson is facing a possible ten year prison sentence if he is found guilty of interfering with or damaging an animal enterprise. I am writing to tell you that I am on your side: This charge is outlandish and egregious.
Johnson has been an animal activist for many years, fighting for the freedom of all living beings. He was attempting to unveil the cruel nature and operations of fur farms; by his trial gaining national attention, he has accomplished a fraction of his goal. Now he must convince the American people, with your help, that he is not the antagonist in this situation: the fur industry is. I am fighting alongside you to gain Johnson the freedom he deserves.
Thank you for standing up for what is right.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Network for Animal Freedom via Flickr