Sean Kirtley was imprisoned by the state after an 18 week trial which was at the time the longest running animal rights trial in history.
He tirelessly campaigned against animal abuse and was always protesting against fur, foie gras and most notably Sequani labs in Ledbury.
Sean along with many others had his door smashed in and his house raided by police back in 2006 as part of “Operation Tornado” which was designed to start a case and try and lock up peaceful animal rights campaigners using new SOCPA legislation which was created to protect the vivisection industry from effective campaigners such as Sean and the Sequani defendants.
So what did Sean do to be imprisoned?
Did he intimidate someone? No
Did he use direct action to further the campaign against Sequani? No
Did he even swear on a protest? Nope
He was behind the SSAT (Stop Sequani Animal Testing) website and was seen by the police as the organiser of many the demonstrations against Sequani and suppliers of Sequani. He never himself actually broke the law during any protests, the police were present for most of the demonstrations he attended.
He was found guilty of Conspiracy to interfere with contractual relationships so as to harm animal research organisation. This has landed Sean in prison.
For more information about the trial and operation tornado.
Check out the Sequani website.