Animal Rights Prisoner Support (ARPS) is a voluntary group which supports those campaigners who, as a result of their efforts to prevent innocent animals being caged, abused and killed, are themselves jailed because of their selfless acts on behalf of those who cannot speak up for themselves.
We live in a world where profit and property are valued over life and compassion, where those who try to stop suffering are seen as criminals and terrorists because they threaten the economic system and the status quo. As long as this continues to be the case, it is vital we support those activists who make the ultimate sacrifice.
Once in prison they are often isolated, separated from family and friends and from other campaigners. This is a calculated part of the process of imprisonment, intended to be a punishment, and a deterrent to others. Yet these are good people who have acted out of compassion rather than for their own personal gain.
ARPS supports the prisoners in various ways. Our main aim is to break through this isolation and provide the prisoners with support, morally and practically, keeping them in touch with the outside world and enabling them to continue to be a valuable
part of the movement.
We have a regular newsletter, a website and social networking site where we publicise the plights of the prisoners, publish their prison addresses and encourage supporters and sympathisers from around the world to write them letters and cards, and let them know they are not forgotten. This is essential for the upkeep of the prisoners’ morale and keeping them in touch with what is going on in the outside world.
We also publish letters, articles and news directly from the prisoners, in the newsletter and on the internet, providing the prisoners with a forum to share their news, thoughts, views and feelings with the rest of the compassionate community, and giving supporters and friends an invaluable insight into what life is like for animal rights prisoners.
We are in regular contact with the prisoners and friends, and endeavour to support them in various practical ways and look after their interests in whatever way we can.
What You Can Do
Write to the prisoners. For more details see the writing to prisoners page.