We have the SHAC Incorporation Papers below with the signatures of Pamelyn Ferdin and Kevin Kjonaas. Click on the individual pages to view the full size document.
Pamelyn Ferdin moved from California to Connecticut in 1992 and plunged into the animal rights cause. She learned about Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty, and met its president, Kevin Kjonaas and offered to use her celebrity to attract attention at a rally.
When Kjonaas and five others were indicted in May 2004, he asked Ferdin to take over management of the organization because he would need to concentrate on his legal defense. She agreed in November 2004, and now lives outside Los Angeles with her husband, the surgeon and animal rights activist Dr. Jerry Vlasak.
SHAC officially rejects the notion that it has a relationship with the Animal Liberation Front, but considering the new president, that is pretty hard to accept. In addition, three out of SHAC's four main directors in the U.S. have close associations to crimes claimed by ALF, and that the two keynote speakers at SHAC's December 2002 protest event, Rodney Coronado and Robin Webb are both convicted ALF criminals, no one really believes that there is no connection.
Members of the ALF have also made "Claims of Responsibility" for crimes committed against SHAC's publicly named targets. This allows SHAC to assert that it is a "non-violent" organization while the ALF and ELF spokespeople continue to remind everyone that no human has been hurt or killed as a result of those groups' "actions".
SHAC is one of those domestic terrorist groups that are directly affiliated with other like-minded terrorist groups. These people are exceptionally violent. Members of SHAC have used physical violence, large-scale vandalism, verbal and physical intimidation, financial extortion, burglary, grand theft, Internet piracy, mail fraud, and even identity theft to achieve their goals.
The SHAC-7 was a group of seven defendants that were accused of having conspired to incite others to break the law by posting information on people that were associated with Huntingdon Life Sciences on a website where terrorist acts were soon made against these people, their homes, and their families that resulted in vandalism, harassment, stalking, and identity theft.
Examples of SHAC's methods include an activist sending hundreds of letters to the neighbors of a company manager who did business with HLS. The letter falsely stated that the man was a sexual predator by claiming that he had raped the letter writer when she was a child. Police subsequently visited every household in the manager's area to tell his neighbors that the allegations were false. A woman who worked for a company that did business with HLS had every window in her house smashed on more than one occasion, both after visits from SHAC supporters during the night, and she found an effigy hanging outside her home, which read "R.I.P. Animal Abusing Bitch."
Harassment tactics used by SHAC include the following:
- Pick your target. Throw a couple of rape alarms in their roof guttering or thick hedgerow, and leg it.
- Being kept awake at night hardly puts you in a good mood at work or with your family.
- Another idea is to set off extra loud fireworks from a safe distance that will wake up the HLS scum and everybody else for miles around.
- From the comfort of your own home, you can swamp all these bastards with send no money offers. They cause huge inconvenience and can give them a bad credit rating. Order them taxis, pizzas, curries, etc, the possibilities are endless.
- Above all, stay free and safe, and don't get caught. The more preparation you do the better... Think, think, think. Don't lick stamps, use gloves when pasting stuff... No idle talk in pubs. Burn your shoes and clothes after your night of action.
The seven defendants of the SHAC-7 - Andrew Stepanian, 26; Kevin Kjonaas, 27; Lauren Gazzola, 26; Jacob Conroy, 29; Joshua Harper, 30; Darius Fullmer, 28; and John McGee, 26.
Andy Stepanian - email@example.com
Andy hails from Long Island where he enrolled in a college environmental studies program. He works part time with a local historical society, volunteers every weekend to help feed the homeless, and participates in countless peace and justice causes. For a number of years, he has been an animal protection advocate and speaks in classrooms around New York on such issues.
Convicted of conspiracy to violate the Animal Enterprise Protection Act. Sentenced to 3 years. Andy Stepanian was released from prison on 18 December 2008. He was sent to a halfway house in New York and will be able to return home in the coming months.
10 Lloyd Point Dr
Lloyd Harbor, NY 11743-9753
Tel: (631) 673-5476
Cel: (631) 291-3010
Kevin Jonas - firstname.lastname@example.org
Kevin earned a degree in political science from a Midwestern university. He has been a volunteer in nursing homes and a camp for disabled children, worked with a PIRG chapter, started an Amnesty International chapter at his college, and has campaigned tirelessly for non-violence and animal protection issues.
Convicted of conspiracy to violate the Animal Enterprise Protection Act, Conspiracy to Stalk, three counts of Interstate Stalking, Conspiracy to Harass using a Telecommunications Device. Sentenced to 6 years.
KEVIN KJONAAS #93502-011
P.O. BOX 1000
SANDSTONE, MN 55072
Lauren Gazzola - email@example.com
Lauren is a magna cum laude graduate of NYU. She has worked as an assistant teacher in an urban school, volunteered with an animal group that won the release of laboratory primates to a sanctuary, and is currently studying for her law school entrance exam. She is mentored by, and aspires to become among, the leading first amendment attorneys in the US.
Convicted of conspiracy to violate the Animal Enterprise Protection Act, Conspiracy to Stalk, three counts of Interstate Stalking, Conspiracy to Harass using a Telecommunications Device. Sentenced to 4 years, 4 months. Lauren was released from prison on 19 March 2010 to the custody of a halfway house.
Lauren Gazzola #93497-011
c/o CCM PHILADELPHIA
COMMUNITY CORRECTIONS OFFICE
2ND & CHESTNUT ST – 7TH FL
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19106
Jacob Conroy - firstname.lastname@example.org
Jake grew up in Connecticut and worked in an animal hospital. He lived in Seattle for seven years where he finished art school, worked with a charitable fundraising organization, served on the board of a large animal protection group, and helped to stop a controversial whale hunt.
Convicted of conspiracy to violate the Animal Enterprise Protection Act, Conspiracy to Stalk, three counts of Interstate Stalking, Conspiracy to Harass using a Telecommunications Device. Sentenced to 4 years.
JACOB CONROY #93501-011
FCI VICTORVILLE MEDIUM I
FEDERAL CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION
P.O. BOX 5300
ADELANTO, CA 92301
Josh Harper - email@example.com
Josh is from the Pacific Northwest. He is a former drama school student who now runs his own video production company. Josh has made short features on animal and earth protection issues, is a vocal supporter of anti-war efforts, and speaks at universities across the country about current political topics.
Convicted of conspiracy to violate the Animal Enterprise Protection Act, Conspiracy to Stalk, Conspiracy to Harass using a Telecommunications Device. Sentenced to 3 years.
JOSHUA HARPER #29429-086
FEDERAL CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION
P.O. BOX 5000
SHERIDAN, OR 97378
Darius Fulmer - firstname.lastname@example.org
Dari is a proud New Jersey native. He has been a longtime animal protection volunteer throughout the state, helping clear land for animal habitats, has campaigned to stop bear hunts, and led educational rallies about the cruelty of fur. Darius works as an Emergency Medical Technician during the week, and is an avid hiker by weekend.
Convicted of conspiracy to violate the Animal Enterprise Protection Act. Sentenced to 1 year, 1 day.
DARIUS FULLMER #26397-050
FCI FORT DIX
P.O. BOX 2000
FORT DIX, NJ 08640
Charges were dropped.
From the website http://www.libertymatters.org/newsservice/2004/faxback/2698_Arrested.htm
Seven Animal Rights Advocates Arrested
By ROBERT HANLEY
Published: May 27, 2004
NEWARK, May 26 - Seven animal rights advocates were arrested on Wednesday on charges of trying to disrupt the work of a New Jersey pharmaceutical testing company and threatening its employees and those of six companies doing business with it, the authorities said.
Those arrested were identified by the authorities as two officials of an animal rights group, Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty, and five associates. From October 2001 to February of this year, Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty, recruited sympathizers online to vandalize property at the homes of employees of the pharmaceutical company, Huntingdon Life Sciences of East Millstone, near Princeton, and of the other companies, said Christopher J. Christie, the United States attorney for New Jersey.
In its drug testing, Huntingdon Life Sciences, a British firm, mainly uses dogs, primates and rats, Mr. Christie said. He said all tests were required and approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
He said the group posted, as part of the campaign, what it called the "top 20 terror tactics" to be used against companies and individuals, including invading offices, chaining gates shut, writing graffiti on cars and houses, flooding houses with garden hoses, smashing windows and sending defective e-mail messages in attempts to disrupt computers.
In addition, he said, the group often posted on its Web site the names and ages of employees' spouses and children and the names of the children's schools and various athletic fields where they were scheduled to play.
Mr. Christie denounced that tactic as among the group's most reprehensible.
"Their business, quite frankly, is thuggery and intimidation," Mr. Christie said at a news conference at his office here. "Our goal is to remove uncivilized people from civilized society."
He said F.B.I. agents arrested the seven at their homes on Long Island and in New Jersey, Seattle and Pinole, Calif., near San Francisco. Those apprehended in Pinole were identified as the group's president, Kevin Kjonaas, 26, who also uses the last name Jonas; its campaign coordinator, Lauren Gazzola, 25; and Jacob Conroy, 28, who the indictment said was affiliated with the group.
Those arrested in New Jersey were Darius Fullmer, 27, of Hamilton, and John McGee, 25, of Edison, both identified as associates. Two others, Andrew Stepanian, 25, of Lloyd Neck, N.Y., and Joshua Harper, 29, of Seattle, were arrested at their homes.
The indictment accuses all seven suspects of engaging in a conspiracy to violate a federal law that bans terrorism against animal enterprises, Mr. Christie said. The charge carries a maximum penalty of three years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
In addition, Mr. Kjonaas, Mr. Conroy and Ms. Gazzola are accused of interstate stalking, or using the Internet illegally to instill fear, in three individuals who were identified only by initials. They also faced conspiracy charges in connection with interstate stalking. Each of those counts has a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a fine of $250,000.
Mr. Fullmer, Mr. McGee and Mr. Stepanian were released on bonds of $50,000 each after appearances late Wednesday afternoon in United States District Court here. Mr. Christie said the other suspects were scheduled for court hearings Wednesday in federal courts in Seattle and San Francisco.
A court-appointed lawyer for Mr. Stepanian, John C. Whipple, said his client planned to plead not guilty at his arraignment, scheduled for June 15.
"He maintains his innocence," Mr. Whipple said. "Any activity he engaged in was lawful and was within his First Amendment rights." Mr. Whipple said he believed that Mr. Stepanian was now studying at C. W. Post University on Long Island.
Andrew Stepanian's brother John said in a telephone interview Wednesday that Andrew was an instructor on environmental issues in a special-education program in Nassau County. He also said his brother was active in a group called Food Not Bombs, which collects food for the needy from local stores and distributes it on weekends.
"He's a very peaceful person," John Stepanian said of his brother.
Donald J. McCauley, a lawyer who was assigned to represent both Mr. McGee and Mr. Fullmer for Wednesday's hearing, said both men maintained their innocence. Mr. Fullmer was identified as a paramedic during the hearing. A woman at the hearing who identified herself only as Mr. McGee's mother said he was attending law school. She refused to speak further.
The Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty group began its operations in Britain in 1999 and moved to the United States in 2001, maintaining an office until recently in Franklin Township, about 10 miles east of the research and testing lab. F.B.I. agents raided the building in April 2003 as part of the investigation that produced the indictment.
On its Web site, the group likens its activities to the Underground Railroad and the Boston Tea Party, and advocates protests, letter-writing, and what it calls publicity stunts to disrupt Huntingdon Life Sciences.
"SHAC is an uncompromising and unapologetic campaign to 'abolish' the hell that is H.L.S.," the Web site says.
A spokeswoman for the group, Andrea Lindsay, called the indictment "completely unfounded" and described the group's Web site as "basically a newsletter." She said the group often posted information about illegal activities by sympathizers. "We don't condemn it, but we don't participate," Ms. Lindsay said.
She also said that only Mr. Kjonaas and Ms. Gazzola were members of the group. The five others, she said, support its cause but do not represent it.
A spokesman for the company, Mike Caulfield, declined to say if it had lost money because of the animal rights group's three-year campaign. "We're profitable, but we've had to work harder than our competition to achieve it," he said.
Janon Fisher and Stacy Albin contributed reporting for this article.
Updates on the SHAC 7 can be found on their website at www.shac7.com.
You can see where they are now. These are intelligent people, yet they chose to participate in the terrorizing families and that is exactly what they do. Andy Stepanian admitted it in a statement to the court. While they cannot do too much while they are in prison, one day they will be back out and free to continue their acts of terrorism and you can rest assure they will return to their old ways.
These are Terrorists and they must be stopped before they kill someone! And by their own words, they consider murder to be a sound and acceptable tactic!!!