Slaughterhouse blockade

On August 14th 2017, thirty activists blocked a slaughterhouse in Linkoping, Sweden. The action was organized by the direct action group Empty Cages. It is the first slaughterhouse blockade in Sweden in ten years and probably the biggest one ever in Sweden. The blockade was peaceful and after a while the police carried away the activists from the entrance of the slaughterhouse.

Actions

Selma & Louise

August 2015

Justina

August 2015

Kaisa and her sisters

September 2015

The trial

January 2016

Birgitta, Lisa, Siw & Ulla

July 2016

Slaughterhouse blockade

June 2017

Empty the cages

Selma, Kaisa, Lisa and the other freed animals were unfortunate enough to be born as production units in Swedish factory farms. Tonight they will fall asleep in a loving new home, and in freedom.

The hooves of the pigs have gotten used to grass. The hens and the turkeys enjoy the sun. Justina's fins can move in unlimited water. They can all look forward to live a full life.

It's easy to rejoice for these liberated animals, but they also remind us of the animals that were left behind. The ones who were never treated as individuals, but exclusively as resources. The fact that we humans turn a blind eye to the interest of the animals, and that we don’t hear their screams, is one of the biggest moral disasters of our time. A few tasty meals can never justify the way we torment animals, physically and psychologically. Nor can it justify taking their lives.

In the end, we’re all the same. It doesn't matter if you're a pig, a fish, a hen, a turkey or a human. You want to live, and you want to live a good life.

The actions of the group Empty Cages can be seen as sensational, but your contribution to emptying the cages are just as valuable. You can make a stand for a society without violence toward animals. You can become vegan and become an active advocate for the animals. Together we can create a world that is characterized by compassion and respect for all sentient creatures.

About us

Empty Cages is a direct action group that engages in civil disobedience and nonviolent animal rights actions. Since the summer of 2015 we have done four open rescues to bring attention to the exploitation and killing of animals.

We feel a moral obligation to intervene against violence and oppression. This also includes actions that violate today’s laws. The nonviolence principle means that we don't use any form of violence toward any individual and we strive to treat everybody with respect and kindness, including our opponents. Engaging in the tradition of civil disobedience means that we are open with our identities and our motives. We take full responsibility for our actions and we are prepared to defend them in a court of law if needed.

Our vision is a world with empty cages. It's a future where humans have developed a new approach toward animals, a future where it's considered absurd to eat the flesh of another animal’s body or exploit them in any other way. Earlier in history humanity has made major social changes, and we hope and believe that the oppression of other animals will end, step by step.