Your Neighbour Kills Puppies: Inside the Animal Liberation Movement

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by Tom Harris

Pluto Press

3/20/2024, paperback

SKU: 9780745348698


A first-hand account of the high-profile Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC) animal liberation campaign

For many, the name 'Huntingdon Life Sciences' will live forever in infamy. In the early 2000s, Europe's largest animal testing laboratory provoked public outrage and sparked a resistance movement. Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC) knew the struggles for animal and human liberation to be inextricably linked. The State knew that they had to be stopped.

Your Neighbour Kills Puppies tells the complete inside story of this remarkable campaign and the forces arrayed against it. It exposes a murky world of institutional animal exploitation, government collusion, corporate lobbyists, agent provocateurs, and police spies desperate to silence dissent.

Author and campaign veteran Tom Harris transports the reader into the heart of the action, through underground tunnels and illicit animal rescues, before detailing the brutal state-led crackdown, which saw scores of activists violently arrested and imprisoned.

With a foreword by Chris Packham.


"[Your Neighbour Kills Puppies] tells the story that inspired a generation of activists to take a stand against violence and oppression. We can all learn something from SHAC and this book is a great place to start that journey. Palestine Action Network wouldn't be doing what we do now without them. Buy it, read it, then be inspired to get out and take action!" - Richard Barnard, Co-Founder Palestine Action Network

"The raw punk rock spirit of the SHAC campaign leaps from the pages of Your Neighbour Kills Puppies. With 500 animals tortured to death each day inside the walls of Huntingdon Life Sciences, their urgency and determination is palpable. As Harris reveals in this remarkable story, when that DIY ethos plays out on a grand scale, it has the power to shake governments and change the world. This book is a must-read for all contemporary activists. None of us are powerless, and until every cage is emptied, all of us are needed." -Moby, musician

"[Your Neighbour Kills Puppies] is an excellently written account of one of the most well-planned and hard-hitting campaigns ever waged against animal experimentation, and of the vicious lengths that governments will go to in order to protect the vivisection industry." - Ronnie Lee, Co-Founder Animal Liberation Front

About the Contributors:

Tom Harris has spent two decades in the animal liberation movement and is a former coordinator of SHAC. He received a five-year prison sentence during the attempted 'elimination' of the anti-vivisection movement and is a named victim in the Miscarriages of Justice category of the Government's Undercover Policing Inquiry.

Chris Packham is a television presenter, writer, photographer, conservationist, animal rights campaigner and filmmaker. As a broadcaster he is a presenter of BBC's BAFTA Award winning Springwatch, Autumnwatch and Winterwatch series. He also presents notable natural history series such as Nature's Weirdest Events, Inside the Animal Mind and Secrets of our Living Planet.