Support Kevin and Tyler!
Tyler Lang and Kevin Olliff are two Los Angeles animal rights activists who were arrested in rural Illinois for “possession of burglary tools.” After a traffic stop in which they refused consent to a police search, their car was searched anyway. Inside, police allege they found wire cutters and cammo clothing.
Police believe these items were “burglary tools” intended to be used in a crime, and arrested Kevin and Tyler. The two are held on felony charges which carry up to 3 years in prison. They have remained in jail since their arrest on August 14th.
There is no evidence linking them to any crime or intended crime, nor were they arrested on anyone’s property, and their history as animal advocates is the only basis for these serious felony charges.
Action Alert: Call the jail now
“There are two pressing issues affecting Kevin & Tyler right now, and calls are needed to let the Woodford County Jail know that the world is watching.
1. Neither are receiving vegan food.
2. Neither are allowed to receive books.
Please call the jail now: 309-467-2116
The book ban
As posted yesterday, the jail instituted a book ban hours after Kevin & Tyler’s wish list was posted online. They are 10% of a 20-person jail, and the only prisoners regularly receiving books. The ban is a transparent attempt to target them.
Both receiving insufficient food
Despite over two weeks of attempting to remedy the situation from the inside, the jail continues to disregard their need for vegan food. They have been forced to pick out small amounts of vegan food from their meals, and many meals provide nothing that is vegan. The jail has been unresponsive to their consistent requests, and its time for these requests to start coming from the outside.
Giving the jail a free education in how to treat prisoners
With a jail as small as Woodford County, it is likely they are not aware what it means to target prisoners who have massive outside support. Together, we can educate them.
All calls to the jail should (politely) let the jail know that:
The jail should allow books to its prisoners (like nearly every other jail in the country).
Kevin & Tyler should be provided vegan food.
Please call the jail now: 309-467-2116
If the response you receive from the jail is unsatisfactory
Call the sheriff and let him know what the jail (that is under his supervision) is doing, and ask what he is going to do to correct it.
Sheriff James Pierceall: 309-467-2375
Phone calls achieve results. Many small battles like these have been won for prisoners through phone calls from the outside. Thanks for supporting Tyler & Kevin.”
Stop the violence, live Vegan!
"You can’t have peace in the world if you have violence on your plate three times a day."
"Know that the same spark of life that is within you, is within all of our animal friends, the desire to live is the same within all of us."
"People look at me as a vegan and conclude that since I stepped on a snail or because the vegetables I eat resulted in a tractor death for a squirrel somewhere in Paraguay that somehow vegans are hypocrites, which of course they’re not since perfection is an unattainable goal and is something to be driven towards, never actually achieved.
The difference between you and the vegan standing next to you is that while you’re both going to step on a bug tomorrow, they’ve decided to dedicate their lives to as little harm as possible, completely independent from what you do. So in no way does the protozoan life form they step on negate your responsibility for the lamb you’re paying a stranger to cut tomorrow. And falling 1% short of an unattainable goal is really good when you’re standing next to someone who won’t even try.”
"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened."
"When you feel connected to everything, you also feel responsible for everything. You can not turn away. Your destiny is bound by the destinies of others. You must either learn to carry the universe or be crushed by it. You must grow strong enough to love the world, yet empty enough to sit down at the same table with its worst horrors."
"Look deep into the eyes of any animal, and then for a moment, trade places, their life becomes as precious as yours and you become as vulnerable as them. Now smile if you believe all animals deserve our respect and our protection, for in a way, they are us, and we are them." -Philip Ochoa
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Solidarity for those whose cries fall on death ears. We are one, we are all, Earthlings.
"Although other animals cannot reason or speak the way humans do, this does not give us the right to do with them as we like. Even though our supposed possession of a soul and superior intelligence are used to create an arbitrary dividing line over rights, the fact remains that all animals have the capacity to experience pain and suffering, and in suffering they are our equals."
"We can’t plead ignorance, only indifference. Those alive today are the generations that came to know better. We have the burden and the opportunity of living in the moment when the critique of factory farming broke into the popular consciousness. We are the ones of whom it will be fairly asked, What did you do when you learned the truth about eating animals?"
— Jonathan Safran Foer (Eating Animals)