About the case
On July 24th, 2015, Nicole Kissane and Joseph Buddenburg were arrested and federally indicted for alleged Conspiracy to Violate the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act—Title 18, U.S.C., Section 43 (a) (1), (2) (c) and (b) (3) (A). A federal grand jury indictment alleges that Nicole and Joseph conspired to “travel in interstate and foreign commerce for the purpose of causing physical disruption to the functioning of animal enterprises, to intentionally damage and cause the loss of real and personal property, including, but not limited to, animals and records used by the animal enterprises, and caused economic damage in an amount exceeding $100, 000″ by allegedly releasing thousands of animals from fur farms and destroying breeding records in Idaho, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania. The indictment also alleges that they caused economic damage to various retail and distribution businesses and individuals associated with the fur industry.
July 28th Court Update
Thanks to everyone for such an immediate supportive response to Nicole and Joseph’s indictment last Friday! Today they had a bail hearing at the Oakland Federal Courthouse, which was very well attended by supporters. About 30 folks joined Nicole and Joseph in solidarity. That’s great! Thanks to everyone who made it out! That kind of support is crucial and will remain so for the duration of this case. So be prepared to keep it up. Nicole was released from electronic monitoring (house arrest), which is good news. Unfortunately the Judge was unwilling to do the same for Joseph. Right now Joseph is still on 24/7 home lockdown. The next court date will be September 9th in San Diego. It is really important for the movement to continue to organize in solidarity with them. So please do whatever you can and plan on being available that day for more court support. Given the current situation, continued donations will be key. Please donate and please ask others to as well. Joseph will need help with basic living necessities while on lockdown.
Donate to the Defense Fund
Please donate towards Nicole and Joseph’s legal fund. The legal fund will cover important expenses related to the case, including attorney and court fees. Your solidarity is essential in making sure that Nicole and Joseph have strong legal support and the reassurance that they have a community to take care of them through this case. Thank you for donating and for your continued support