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Animal Rising Derby Disruptor Remanded to Prison until 6th July

  • 32 year old Ben Newman has been remanded to prison until 6th July.

  • This was after he gained access to the track at Epsom Downs Racecourse on Saturday to highlight our ‘broken relationship with animals and nature’[1].

  • Photos and videos showed him running on the track before being tackled to the floor.

  • 31 arrests were made in relation to the planned protest, and all but one of those arrested have been released on bail pending further investigation.

At the weekend, a supporter of Animal Rising thwarted security to gain access to the track at Epsom Down Racecourse moments before the race kicked off. Today he appeared in Guildford Magistrates Court where a judge approved his detention in prison until his next court appearance on 6th July.

Claudia Penna Rojas, who attended the court hearing, said:
“Ben being kept in prison for the next month without a trial should be scary to anyone following this story. It is another example in a long list of abuses over a weekend that saw extensive use of facial recognition, house raids, and pre-emptive arrests.
But these kinds of crackdowns will not deter people who care deeply about doing the right thing, and we will do all we can to continue this conversation about our broken relationship with animals and nature to ensure a safe, secure, future for all life”.

Shocking photos from the police raids were revealed this morning [2].

31 arrests were made in total and all but one of those have now been released on bail pending further investigation.

Animal Rising is a social movement to create a new relationship with all beings and give us a chance for a safe ecological future. The group primarily calls for the transition to a secure and sustainable plant-based food system, alongside a mass rewilding programme.


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