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Killed fighting for animals

Tragically, Jill Phipps is not the only animal rights protester to lose her life whilst campaigning against cruelty. On this page, you can read about others who, like Jill, paid the ultimate price for taking action to save animals lives. Click on their pictures or scroll down the page.

You can also see a short tribute film by the ALF SG to Mike, Tom, Jill and Barry by clicking here

Other fallen comrades

As time has passed, all of us who joined this fight for justice in our youth have aged and some have died. Just as the people who died fighting for the animals deserve to be remembered so do those who selflessly devoted their entire lives to the struggle. If you know someone who you feel deserves to be remembered here ... email us some words and pictures and we will add them to this page of rememberance or if you have memories you'd like to add to the existing tributes please email them too.


Mike Hill

Hunt Saboteur, Mike Hill, was killed on the 9th of February 1991 at a meet of the Cheshire Beagles.

Towards the end of the day's hunting, with no kill under his belt, the huntsman boxed up his hounds in a small blue trailer being towed by an open-top pick-up truck. The kennel huntsman, Alan Summersgill, with another man, jumped into the pick-up and, on impulse, three sabs who were nearby, jumped onto the back of it to prevent them driving the pack to another location to continue hunting.

Summersgill drove off at high speeds down winding country roads for 5 miles with the terrified sabs clinging onto the back. It is thought that Mike, jumped from the pick-up as it slowed to take a bend. He failed to clear the truck properly, and was caught between the truck and the trailer, which crushed him. Mike died where he lay on the road.

Despite the thud, and the screams of the other sabs, Summersgill continued driving for a further mile. The truck only came to a halt when one of the sabs smashed the rear window of the cab.

The sab was hit with a whip as he tried to stop the truck. Once it had stopped one sab ran back to Mike's prone body while the other ran to a nearby house to call for an ambulance. Summersgill drove off.

He later handed himself in at a police station. No charges were brought against him and in a travesty of justice, a verdict of 'Accidental Death' was brought at the inquest.

When the ban on hunting came in, Summersgill was still hunting hares.

For more on the peaceful direct action taken by hunt sabs, see the HSA website.

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Tom Worby

On the 3rd of April 1993, Tom Worby, a 15 year old saboteur attending his first foxhunt protest, was crushed under the wheels of the Cambridgeshire Fox Hunt's hound van in an incident all too reminiscent of the killing of Mike Hill two years before.

After a successful day's sabbing, the hunt had boxed up and sabs were making their way back to the meet down a narrow lane. As the hound van came up behind them, revving its engine, sabs scrambled for the roadside; however Tom's jacket became snagged in the vehicles wing mirror and he was dragged some distance before he managed to gain a foothold on the van's running board. Although he banged on the window the van kept going, and when Tom finally lost his grip, he fell onto the road and under the truck's wheels. His head was crushed by the rear wheels of the vehicle and he died shortly afterwards. No action was taken against the driver of the hound van, 53-year-old huntsman Alan Ball.

For more on the peaceful direct action taken by hunt sabs, see the HSA website.

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Vicki Moore

In 1987, after becoming aware of the shocking cruelty involved in Spanish Blood Fiestas, Vicki Moore and her husband Tony, formed Fight Against Animal Cruelty in Europe(FAACE) to expose the cruelty and campaign for the end of this animal torture.

In June 1995, during her ninth year of investigating and exposing Blood Fiestas, Vicki Moore was near fatally gored by a bull named 'Argentino', at the fiesta of San Juan, Coria, Spain.

Tossed into the air ten times, Vicki lay bleeding to death on the street for a full five minutes before the bull was able to be forced away from her. She sustained horrific injuries, eleven serious horn wounds and multiple lesser ones.

These injuries included a punctured and torn lung, the loss of a kidney, eight shattered ribs, a completely smashed foot, many internal injuries, one leg nearly severed, plus twelve inch rips over her body and limbs.

A seven hour operation in Coria saved Vicki's life.

She remained in a coma and was on the critical list for nearly four weeks, at the regional hospital of San Pedro de Alcantara, Caceres.

After returning to England, Vicki underwent a painful recovery with further major surgery. She was confined to a wheelchair for six months.

Although being far from fit, Vicki returned to Spain in July 1996 to carry on her work.

She underwent further operations and, despite being in constant pain, continued to campaign for the Animals until her death on the 6th February 2000.

For more about Vicki Moore and FAACE, see the FAACE website.

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Barry Horne

Barry Horne was a caring, compassionate individual who campaigned for animals for many years. Although he campaigned in various ways, direct action and animal liberation were the methods he favoured. Barry was imprisoned for a campaign of ALF bomb attacks on targets involved in animal abuse.

Whilst in prison during the late 90`s he embarked on a series of hunger strikes in an effort to pressurise the government to honour their pre-election promise to set up a Royal Commission into the fraudulent `science` of vivisection. His hunger strikes created world wide publicity for the cause. Animal testing was headline news day after day for weeks on end. His third hunger strike pushed his body to the limits and he was very close to death. After 68 days Barry ended his hunger strike believing that government ministers had again promised enough to satisfy his demands.

Once again the government failed to keep their promises. Despite knowing his body had already been caused irreversible damage from that third hunger strike, he embarked on another. After 2 weeks without food he died in Worcester hospital on November 5th 2001.

For more about Barry Horne see the Arkangel website or there is now a website entirely devoted to Barry.


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Neil Lea 1958 - 2007

Neil died at 6.08 on Tuesday July 10th 2007.

Neil is well known for his many campaigns, magazines and websites ... but few realise he was one of the few people at the Coventry Airport camps who was there
from the beginning until the very end.

Neil Lea

The following was taken from Veggies website where a memorial page has also been created for Neil. You can find it at http://www.veggies.org.uk/page.php?ref=1107

Neil Lea was an extraordinary man. Each day was a battle to overcome his, sometimes very painful, illness to get on with his tireless campaigning for animal rights. The loss to our movement is immeasurable. But Neil's strength and determination should inspire us all to continue the fight - no matter how tough it gets.

Neil died at 6.08 on Tuesday July 10th. His death was very peaceful. As many of you know he had quite a few health problems, and in the end his kidney failed and there was nothing they could do other than make him as comfortable as possible.

Neil's Funeral took place on Saturday 28th July. There was a gathering to remember Neil, and celebrate his life, in Parr Fold Park, Walkden, followed by a funeral procession to the cemetery. It was a very sad and moving event, but at the same time uplifting and empowering. Over 200 people took part in the march to the cemetery, with more who just went straight there.

Neil was laid to rest at City Rd Woodland Cemetery, Worsley, Manchester M28 1BD, an environmentally-friendly woodland burial in a beautiful location. After the burial there was a reception and social event, with vegan food and a bar. Many fellow campaigners shared in the day, whether or not they knew Neil personally.

A message from Mary

I just wanted to thank everyone who has visited Neil throughout his last illness. Up until last Thursday he was resolutely determined that he would not die, because he had things he wanted to do. The doctors had been predicting his death for months, but Neil simply refused to die. He struggled on for over a year with three different kinds of anti-biotic resistant superbugs, horrendous pressure sores caused by neglect in the hospital, and later on esophageal ulcers. Through it all, he gave advice to aspiring vegans, including one young man with spina bifida, who he gave potentially life saving advice to (simple stuff which the doctors only told him about after his kidney failed.) When we moved to a more suitable house, built for Neil by a friendly vegan, he enjoyed the raised garden (built by Debbie) which he could weed and plant in his wheelchair.

In recent weeks he was still teaching our son Seamus maths and computer skills (something he was far better at than me) even though by then he was bed-bound. Young friends of our lad's used to come into the house to see the cats and dogs, and Neil enjoyed telling them about how to show their respect for animals... one very puzzled mother came up to me asking why her daughter (eight years old) kept insisting she was vegan, and refusing to go into McDonald's. We would get excited little children coming into the house after school or on a weekend, to tell him that they had saved a worm or a snail by putting them on the grass. Our son and these kids would take our little dog Ginty for walks together, and I feel that these kids will remember Neil for a long time. No matter how restricted his life became, he looked about him to see something he could do, someone he could reach, even when he was stuck on a specialised hospital bed in the living room. In recent weeks he so impressed one of our neighbours that I was invited to talk to her disability group about the benefits of the vegan diet. The talk had to be postponed, because Neil went into hospital, but it has been rescheduled, and I promise to do him proud.

As you all know, Neil was incredibly focused, and he didn't just campaign for a few hours a week... his entire life was based on an urgent need to compel compassion. He worried a lot about the human species, and what we are doing to the world, but he never allowed himself to become discouraged. The movement did him proud this last year, and to all who visited him, who cooked for him, who held him upright to ease his breathing as he got weaker over recent weeks, who made him laugh even in the last week, when things looked very bleak indeed - and especially to Bob, Debbie and others who built a house for him (!) what can I say but thank you.

A movement is as strong as its' love and compassion. I think the movement is looking pretty strong.


More from Mary Lea:

"Neil's Mam has been overwhelmed by the compassion and love shown to her son while he was dying. In recent weeks she has been coming to understand what drove Neil's compulsion to help the animals, and it has been a great source of comfort for her to learn that the movement that became his life was so compassionate, and thought so highly of him. Could people please write to her and express their condolences, to this woman who raised a fantastic son, and loved him through thick and thin, even when she didn't always understand what motivated him. She sat by his bed for the last week of his life, holding his hand, and in that last week she saw so many people who cared for her son, and she learned so much about what motivates us. Doreen is 74, a widow who has lost her only child. For Neil, who always worried about her, could you write and let her know how proud we all are of him, and how grateful we are for him.

Thank you".


Neil was an extraordinary man. Each day was a battle to overcome his, sometimes very painful, illness to get on with his tireless campaigning for animal rights.

Born spina bifida, Neil recognised that his life expectancy was below average and lived his life accordingly, impatient and determined to make a positive difference. His vision, moral courage, tenacity and strategic insight made him a great campaigner.

Neil remained ambitious to the end and rarely talked about his illness, unless asked, or even his past achievements but instead focussed intensely on his next project.

The loss to our movement is immeasurable. But Neil's strength and determination should inspire us all to continue the fight - no matter how tough it gets.

We love you Neil.

Animal Protection Agency

Neil devoted his life to the cause of animal liberation, despite suffering from a serious physical disability and being in pain for much of the time.

We are fighting a very difficult struggle against extremely powerful, evil enemies and it can be very easy to feel despondent at times.

If we ever do, we should remember how Neil battled courageously and relentlessly against all the odds and use his example to inspire us never to give up and never to let the bastards grind us down.

The best memorial to Neil will be the victories we shall achieve in our ceaseless efforts to liberate animals from human tyranny.

Ronnie Lee

Neil helped raise my son Seamus for five years. Mary and I used to be married, but we'd split up amicably by the time Mary and Neil got together. I've always thought that taking on someone else's child is a difficult thing to do - particularly to do well.

I think he did it brilliantly. I never really knew Neil, but people who did have told me that to see the two of them together for a few seconds would tell you how well Neil and Seamus got on. Mary and Seamus may have only had five years with Neil, but I believe that the impact he's had on them is far greater than the time he spent with them.

For me I'll always think of him as a man who did his best for my son and I'll always be grateful to him for that.


I was shocked and saddened to hear of the tragic loss of Neil, who was a friend through the 70's and 80's. My memories are different to those that I have read but I have always been aware of the good work that he has been doing.

I remember Neil from holidays in Ibiza and nights out in the clubs of Manchester to mention just a few. Even then Neil was the organiser, arranging trips out to night club, fancy dress parties or days out playing paint ball.

Another side of Neil was the sports organiser, where he used to run a football team in the Eccles and District league and was the only person daft enough to pick me for his team, (only once though). He was also the secretary of Irlam Hornets rugby team, obviously he liked to keep himself busy.

It was good to see Neil to go on to use these organisational skills and determination for more worthy causes than just our leisure time.

My thoughts go out to his family at such a sad time and obvously Neil will be sorely missed by many; I can only say thanks for the memories.

Kirk Allen & lot of other mates from the Eccles area.

I am very sorry to have heard the sad news about Neil. I remember the days at Hill Grove and what an inspiration he was, and will always be.

Love Soraya

Inspirational, hard working, tenacious to the extreme and an endless source of knowledge and wisdom. A seemingly never-ending source of compassionate energy has come to an end. It's a great loss. I've known Neil for a very, very long time and on more than one occasion found his energy and drive somewhat overpowering but at the same time his bloody-mindedness helped to spur me on. He'll be missed more than he could ever know.

Peace, love and respect

I am so so sorry to learn about Neil. He was an amazing person and I shall always remember him. I'm sure he will be moving on to his next life doing just as much good, and possibly even more.

Warm wishes,
Gina S

I only met Neil a few times at demos and vegan gatherings. He was knowledgeable and always willing to share that knowledge. The whole movement will be an emptier force without his zealous endeavours. He will be missed by all. He was a great human being and inspired others to help the voiceless and defenceless in our cruel society. He clearly worked tirelessly despite his own physical limitations.

Love and best wishes to Mary and Seamus


No compramise................

RIP Neil

Linda F

Neil Lea will be so missed
by Sophie Fenwick-Paul, from http://www.activeg.org

Neil Lea is one of the biggest names in veganism. It is a huge loss to the movement that we no longer have this active independent free-thinker.

Have you heard of vegan free food fairs? Neil and his wife Mary invented them, and have shown countless others around the country and beyond how to positively veganise.

He was the main force behind the RealFood campaign and Vegan Buddies, with Mary there with him.

If you ever spoke to this man you will have known that despite his congenital pain and poor health he kept helping to make things better for animals, people and the planet with strength and commitment. His doctors were amazed he lasted so well and long despite his condition. He was generous in spirit and supported like-minded people everywhere.

Mary and he were and are a great and committed couple. We wish Mary many happy memories and the support of everyone.

The vegan/animal rights community has lost one of it`s greatest campaigners with the untimely death of Neil. He was a tower of strength and an example to us all. I knew Neil some fifteen years and we used to have long chats on the phone about how to take the vegan movement forward. In the early-90`s it was through Neil`s inspiration that London ARC was formed. He also directly influenced the foundation of the London free food fairs which have proved to be so popular. Neil was a unique individual, a rarity, and a truly great person....we shall all miss him. My thoughts go out to Mary, Seamus, Doreen & family.

Robin Lane.

Neil was just the most incredible campaigner I've ever met, an inspiration to hundreds if not thousands of people to get active. His contribution to AR and veganism in this country is unmatched and his example and sacrifices have brought an end to animal suffering years closer.

Bruce Lee said that a man's life is measured not by its length but by its depth. Many amazing people who were pivotal in creating a movement have been taken before their time. The finest memorial we can give Neil is to get stuck in to finishing the job for him and support Mary and Seamus.


Redditch Vegetarians & Vegans have dedicated our latest newsletter to the memory of Neil. Thanks to Neil`s constant support & encouragement, we held our first free vegan food fair in October 2005 when RVV was formed. He was truly inspirational & is such a sad loss, but we`re glad he`s no longer suffering. RVV will endeavour to continue Neil`s fantastic work. RIP Neil.


I met Neil first in the early 1990ies in England, when he started the Animal Rights Coalition of grass roots groups to support each other. I had a hard time understanding his Manchester accent, but he impressed me with his determination and energy. I fully agreed with his ideas behind ARC and came to every meeting and supported his cause as much I could. Sadly, when I had to leave England for good many years later, I never had the chance to see him again, even though we were in occasional mail contact. A truly inspiring person, who will be missed very much.

Martin from Austria

We will miss you Neil. A truly passionate, compassionate, caring person who worked so hard in the never ending fight to free our brothers and sisters enslaved in the hellholes of all the animal abusing industries.

I will always remember meeting Neil on my first real demo. here was a guy who despite obvious personal health problems was still committed to fighting the good fight and leading by example, You inspired me to spend the next six and a half years at the gates of that other hell hole Newchurch Farm. A truly inspirational human being. We won't let you down Neil the fight goes on. Take care on your Journey...... We rescue the ones we believe in...We care evermore in our grieving...Parting is our sorrows work...Make there voices heard.


Neil has for decades been one of the most dedicated campaigners in the movement. All in Nottingham and at Veggies Catering Campaign, who knew Neil from the campaigns we have been mutually involved with over the years, will miss his constant support and encouragement.


Neil got active in the animal rights movement at a time when it was becoming fragmented. He had a vision of building a strong movement based on local grassroots groups who communicate, share ideas, and travel to support each other's demos. He worked tirelessly compiling ARCnews and arranging national meetings, and there were some amazing victories over the last two decades as a direct result of all his hard work.

His idea of free vegan food fairs was revolutionary, and events like the East Midlands Vegan Festival would not have happened without all his help and support.


Such a great loss to the movement.

He was so full of ideas and a man of action despite his difficulties. I’m so glad I knew him.

My thoughts are with Mary at this sad time.


So, so sad, and a tragic loss to the movement, in the early day's I used to get ARC News, and it inspired me to go on my first demo at Hillgrove, ARC News was my answer to the thirst for knowlege of all area's of animal abuse. Thoughts are with Mary and his family right now. RIP Neil.

sonia hayward

Anyone who spent any time around Neil soon became aware of his dedication, compassion, determination, and practical approach. I always looked forward to his 'ARC News deadline' calls when he would calmly reveal some great new project and enthusiatically offer his support for anything else I would suggest.

The trials his health put him through are humbling: he just got on with everything and never let anything stop him doing whatever he was capable of. Inspirational. People like him are extremely rare and he will be sadly missed. I hope anyone who remembers him will also remember his determination and the things he acheived. Especially the vegan and ARC News websites, and the thousands of Hillgrove cats, Consort beagles and Newchurch guinea pigs that escaped vivisection with his help and the coordinating efforts he put in.


I've known Neil for over ten years and over that time we've had fall outs and arguments, but even though Neil could be a bloody grumpy old thing :O) we always had the greatest respect for each other. I remember after one such spat, Neil made me laugh by saying "Maz you don't like me, I and I don't like you but we respect each other cause we do it, don't we" - and that was Neil honest, bloody honest, you got what you saw with Neil: no bullshit. He said it as it was, and god he got things done, where he got the energy from and the commitment to the cause. After that spat we became friends, but sadly I didn't see alot of Neil when I moved to Brighton, but then I knew he'd pop up here and there...

Neil, yer grumpy old bugger, you'll really will be missed, especially by this grumpy old git. Only the good die young and no matter how yer tried to hide it we all knew yer was a gooden.

love and peace, Maz

Duty Co-ordinator
East Sussex Wildlife Rescue Ambulance Service

Neil was a one off, determined, organised and tactically astute ... and yes sometimes a bit argumentative :-) ... the huge amount of energy he put into building up ARC and ARC News (to mention just 2 of his projects) helped define Animal Rights in this country and beyond for more than a decade and inspired some of the greatest campaigns we've known.

Throughout all this he struggled against massive health problems which would floor most of us, without complaining or feeling sorry for himself. Neil's legacy is the many thousands of animals whose lives have been saved by his work and those he inspired.

Anyone who saw Neil in his last days will tell you how physically weak he had become, but his spirit *burned* strongly to the end even though his body had given up ... I only wish I had a fraction of Neil's spirit and determination ... you were so tough, we always thought you'd go on forever Neil ... you will be sadly missed brother!

Much love and respect to Mary and Seamus


Bloody-minded, argumentative, insisted on calling me "the old man" ... one of the absolutely, truly dedicated folk!! Great bloke, a great loss ...


I've just heard the sad news that Neil Lea died this afternoon.

Neil always seemed to draw the short straw when it came to health, yet he always battled on no matter what was thrown at him and he was always determined to keep fighting for the animals. He never gave up and is an inspiration to us all.

He will be missed.


Very sad news indeed. Despite all the physical problems he had, he never stopped fighting for the animals. He will be sadly missed. Many so called animal rights campaigners could learn from his dedication and his fighting spirit.

He was a true warrior for the animals.


What terrible news.


I've never met Neil, but knew him through Mary; also for years I got the ARC News. He will be sadly missed.


Damn, Neil was a fab guy who did fantastic things despite his physical problems. We could all do with looking at what we accomplish with our healthy bodies & see how it fades in comparison with the fighting spirit & dedication Neil showed. Losing him makes a big dent in our movement & in the lives of those of us that knew him!


Another here who thinks that this is a terrible loss to the movement.

A very sad day indeed.

Best wishes to Mary.


I will always remember Neil on marches /demos etc. with his shopping bag on wheels selling vegan fudge bars. When I first got involved with A.R many years ago I remember telephoning Neil for some anti Boots leaflets, by the time we finished our conversation I had committed myself to organising my first roof top demo and overcoming my fear of heights .
He was an inspiration and so knowledgeable.
What a man. He will be so missed.


Neil was born with spina biffida, and has suffered ill-health all his life as his spine has interfered with his internal organs, leading to further serious health problems, including the kidney failure which caused him to need dialysis.

Despite all this, for the past 16 years he has been one of the most active animal rights campaigners the movement has ever seen. His energy and dedication has been an inspiration to many. Through RealFood and Vegan Buddies there are hundreds, maybe thousands more vegans in the world. With ARC (Animal Rights Coalition) and ARCNews he has been a major influence in the coordination and organisation of the movement. He was one of the founders and inspirers of the successful SNGP campaign, etc etc.

Neil with Mary and Seamus at the Bristol vegan fayre

Neil in action at Newchurch 2000

Neil with members of MAPG in the early 90's

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Gari relaxing on a stall at a vegan food fayre

Farewell to Gari Allen

A tribute from the Animal Liberation Front Supporters Group magazine.

Last year the movement was shocked to learn of the unexpected and untimely death of Gari Allen who passed away on June 18 2006 after a short illness.

Gari had been very active in the animal rights movement for over 25 years, involved at all levels, from street stalls to hunt sabotage, from protests to sanctuary work, and including a long career as a leading ALF activist. Indeed he appeared in many editions of the ALF SG magazine in the 80’s and 90’s when he served two prison sentences, including a 3 year sentence alongside his close friend Barry Horne, who died in prison following hunger strikes against vivisection.

As a teenager when Gari first learned about factory farming he went vegan overnight and within a few weeks was out raiding battery farms and liberating hens.This was to be a lifetime of dedication and commitment. Gari was an anarchist at heart and always a great believer in taking direct action as a first resort. For many years he bravely took part in countless ALF actions from raiding factory farms and laboratories to acts of economic sabotage against the meat and fur trade.

He was always a familiar face on demos and at meetings, he ran information stalls and spent a lot of time raising funds for sanctuaries. He also worked at various animal rescue centres and for the last ten years was very busy with feral cat rescue and neutering. Just a few days before his death Gari rescued an injured baby magpie. Basically he did whatever he felt he could not only for the animals but for people too, he was always going out of his way to help people.

Gari was also a keen follower of natural healing. A trained Reiki Master, he organised the Healing Area at the recent International Gatherings at Friend Animal Sanctuary in Kent. He died just a week before the AR2006 gathering, and the Healing Area became a shrine dedicated to his memory.

Gari’s death was yet another tragic blow for the Phipps family. His partner and soul mate of over 20 years was Lesley Phipps, whose sister Jill was killed by a lorry carrying calves to Coventry Airport in 1995. Lesley and the rest of the Phipps family were left distraught by Gari’s death.

He was a genuine rough diamond and very down to earth. With his cheeky sense of humour he always seemed to get away with saying exactly what he thought. His kind heart and his compassionate generous nature were an inspiration to many. He was a truly unique and special person who will never be forgotten, and will always be missed.

This celebrated scene has been shown in many animal rights documentaries and films, and shows activists breaking into Oxford University's Park Farm animal breeding and holding centre in 1984.

Now that Gari has passed on some of his exploits can be revealed for the first time. Gari is the activist with the sledgehammer.

It was just another day in the life of a brave warrior who dedicated his life to helping others and fighting injustice.

From AlfSG http://www.alfsg.org.uk/

Gari Allen

An Obituary

by John Curtin

Gari Allen is dead. How weird is that? I wish I was writing an obituary for some animal abuser and could have started off with the opening line - “Brian ____ is dead” but alas here I am writing about my old friend Gari. We go back a long time together – right back to the crazy anarcho days of the early 80’s when we first teamed up together to wage war on animal abuse. Our friendship was initially based on a mutual addiction to taking action against butcher shop windows – it got so “bad” that I remember there was even one night when we tape recorded the sound of our activity. Eventually we came to the conclusion that to be addicted to butchers windows was rather sad and obsessional and was hardly going to lead to Animal Liberation and so we extended it to become addicted to stopping other forms of animal abuse. In later years he served two lengthy prison sentences for his part in campaigns to burn down animal hell-holes.

I will miss Gari. We are all unique in our ways but Gari was a proper one-off. If you didn’t know him and are wondering if you ever met him – if you have been to any national demos then you will have met Gari. He was the big 6 ½ foot tall geezer going round with a bucket and grunting – either collecting for prisoner support or for sanctuaries. “C’mon, woooaaaarrrghhh put your money in there, wooarggoooreear fight the bastard’s, wooarrgh, woarrghhughhhughugh” “pardon?” “UGH!”

On the day of Gari’s funeral the word that kept cropping up to describe him was a teddy bear – and indeed he was a gruff teddy bear with a soft inside. On the outside he could be coarse, imposing, harsh sounding but beneath it all he was just a little softie as can be testified by all the hundreds of friends who turned up for his funeral – all of whom he’d have helped out at some time when they truly needed it. A constant feature of Gari was that when a true crisis or emergency cropped up he could be relied on to be there to offer practical support.

He had quite a troubled childhood and fled from his home as soon as he hit his teens. He found himself alone and struggling in the big wide uncaring world – those early experiences left their mark on him and were obviously a factor in his lifelong exterior gruffness. He detested the system with all his heart, he didn’t trust human beings at their face value, he often couldn’t be bothered with surface level social pleasantries and he eagerly awaited the self-inflicted wipe-out of our so called “civilisation”. I couldn’t adequately sum up Gari’s attitude towards the human race except to say that he unconditionally and absolutely loved, with all his heart, all of non-human life!

As far as his 22 year long relationship with his soul-mate Leslie goes …..well what can I say? A few words would be meaningless. Their love and friendship speaks for itself. Our thoughts go out to Leslie. Gari left home as a kid but was welcomed into the Phipps family with open arms when he went out with Les. He went through the tragedy of Jill Phipps’ death as a blood relative. The animal liberation movement is one big family and Gari will always be there as one of the family – the big geezer in the corner, having a smoke, grunting and grumbling about some aspect of the ugliness of modern humanity or chuckling about some tabloid headline of a duck shooter accidentally blasting his best friends off or of a butcher chopping his own hand off – he used to compile anthologies of tabloid stories dedicated to the self inflicted or accidental woes of the animal abusers – oh how we laughed – and what about the one where the pig farmer drowned in his own slurry pit, the fisherman getting eaten by a shark and let’s not forget Barrett-Jolley - responsible for bringing the export trade of calves to Coventry Airport, getting 20 years for cocaine smuggling.

Gari was a healer – a healer who lived amidst the slaughter of his brothers and sisters. He healed the sanitised hypocrisy of the High Street by smashing their windows and giving consumers the opportunity to think that maybe everything is not alright in shopper’s heaven. He healed the land where dark animal torture facilities stood by burning them to the ground. He healed abused, caged animals by giving them the sweetest gift on earth – LOVE and LIBERATION. In the past few years he worked tirelessly with Leslie helping feral cats and last, but not least, he became a rather good Reiki healer. If you have any “funky” spiritual beliefs then try by all means to contact Gari. He believed that there is a spirit world so if you, or anyone else, ever needs help or just want a cosmic chat then see if you can get hold of him out there in the ether somewhere. He had big shoes, to match his big presence, and no-one else is gonna come along and fill them, but who knows where he is floating around now!

A fitting epitaph for Gari would be a primeval scream of …“kick it ’til it fu__ing breaks”. He was a fighter – just like his friend Barry Horne, whom he went to prison with. He was a warrior and he was also a big softie. Do something for animals in his memory. We miss you Gari – UGH!!!

From the
Arkangel website

Keivan at his happiest having a laugh with friends

Kevan "Keivan" Hickey 1972 - 2006

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Keivan Hickey

Keivan was a charismatic firebrand, a natural comedian and an old style ranter. No one who ever met him, will ever forget him.

From an early age Keivan had been passionate about fighting for justice and truth, he read about the Spanish Civil War and became inspired to take action himself.

His activist career began in his home town of Coventry in the early 90's where he became involved with several Anti-facist groups and was a very active member ... getting involved in many campaigns and actions ... including a trip to West Germany to an International Anti-facist camp.

But it was when the deadly live export trade came to Coventry and Jill Phipps was killed under the wheels of a lorry carrying young calves that Keivan became involved in the world of Animal Rights and Animal Liberation.

From the first day he threw himself into action wholeheartedly and became a regular at the demos and at the camp. Keivan had just got a job at Walkers crisps, but one day he came to the camp during his lunchtime and just never went back.

Keivan rapidly became one of the family of Coventry Animal Alliance and became a committed animal rights activist. He went on to be involved in many campaigns including: live exports, anti-circus demos, hunt sabotage, Consort Beagles Campaign, Close Hillgrove Cat Farm campaign, Stop Huntingdon Life Sciences and Close Shamrock Monkey farm campaigns.

In 1997 he was sent to prison for a combination of "offences" including attempting to liberate a cat from Hillgrove farm (a breeder of cats for vivisection ... which was closed by mass demos and actions by the animal rights movement) and actions against the live export trade.

Like so many others he traded his freedom to try and help those who had no-one else to help them ... the calves destined for a short agonising life, the cats, beagles and monkeys waiting to be tortured to death in vivisection laboratories and the foxes and hares who were about to be ripped apart by the huntsman's hounds.

On his release Keivan moved down south and became involved with Celia Hammond's cat sanctuary near Hastings where he lived and worked hard day to day helping animals.

In the last few years of his life Keivan moved to Nottingham where he worked helping people with alcohol and drugs problems.

In 2006 Keivan tragically died in a fire at his flat In Nottingham.
Until the end he was still helping others.

Keivan was a special person whose like is very rare. He was unruly, compassionate and always a good laugh. Whatever the situation, no matter how grim, he could always be counted on to keep people's spirits up and when things weren't so bad ... to get the party started.

Like a comet blazing across the sky ... Keivan burned brightly but for much too brief a moment.

We miss you brother!

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This website is dedicated to the memory of Jill, who has inspired many 1,000`s of compassionate people to take action on behalf of animals.

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Click on the link above to find out more about Jill's Fund and how it is being used to maintain her memory and to help animals in need.

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Unfortunately Jill is not the only one who has lost her life fighting for justice for animals. This section now also includes comrades who have passed away. Click on the link above to find out more.

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