Why I participated in 269, on marked flesh and no regrets.

I am belatedly posting this piece as at the time of the event police and CID threats made my speech a liability, that hasn’t changed, the only thing that is any different to  previously is now I’m past caring for threats or promises.

Recently I was branded in the uk in solidarity with animals placed in the horrendous industry of slaughter for human consumption. I do not regret my decision, and even if this mark does not fade for the rest of my life I never will. There are many reasons I felt compelled to participate in this action some obvious, some not so much, but my primary reason is straightforward.

In the dairy industry cows are raised to be constantly in a state of pregnancy, when they are not pregnant they have just given birth. At that point the mother is given one single day with their child, one single day before their young are taken away from them. This is horrific, an experience no child  or mother regardless of species should ever have to endure, let alone constantly throughout their entire lives. The situations for the calves are equally bad, if they are male they will be exported overseas to be turned into veal. If you are unaware what that entails please look into it, every drop of milk sold in the UK contributes to this process. Female calves are destined to endure the same process as their mother until they eventually drop, they are then simply discarded.

To raise awareness of this the 269 event was started, in over 40 cities around the world activists volunteered to either be branded with a hot iron, or marked with a tattoo, the number of a single calf, marked for death before they were even born, with no escape from their horrendous fate. I myself was marked with a hot iron, and was later arrested, several others have recieved threats, and do you know what? I’m not ashamed, in fact I’ve never been prouder to bear this mark. A living testament to horrors that one day our species will look back on and say never again.


  1. March 31, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    You are very brave. Until all are free.

  2. christine savannah smith said,

    March 31, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    I thinking you are all wonderful , the love and compassion you all have is fantastic bless you for all you do for our precious Animals, thank you, much love and support to you all. xx

  3. March 31, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    100% support you! We are all 269!

  4. Maureen McGill said,

    March 31, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    Your courageous act is a lesson in selfless compassion. Thank you for caring so deeply for those without a voice.

  5. Jane Seymour said,

    April 1, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    Yes indeed this was a courageous act, plus your acting as a voice for the voiceless…….congratulations!

  6. A said,

    April 1, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    Way to go! Pity they don’t arrest the people who brand and abuse the animals instead,hey! 269er myself (tattoo,not branded),with you all the way! x

    “Respect existence or expect resistance”.

  7. rani chandi said,

    April 1, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    Well done and congratulations. We are all 269 and thank you for your compassion and being a voice for the voiceless.

  8. jacqui southern said,

    April 1, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    Courageous :
    We are all 269 🙂 just had my tat done + feel so proud to be part of this movement

  9. Shona said,

    April 1, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    BRAVO !!!!! I would be so proud to know you.

  10. A friend. ^_^ said,

    April 2, 2013 at 10:44 am

    I’m speechless, all I can say is: you rock! Activism like yours does make a difference, as I became a vegetarian myself due to bumping into activists. (I was raised with meat as a natural part of a meal, since living on my own at 17 I only ate meat 2 times a week and in recent times I became a vegetarian alltogether). Fuck the bio-industry and keep up the good work. You’ve got an ally in me. 🙂

    • A friend. ^_^ said,

      April 2, 2013 at 10:47 am

      Whoops, I mean “factory farming”, “Bio-industry” apparently isn’t the common term in English. It is in some other languages though, like my own native language.

  11. sunnyromy said,

    April 5, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Reblogged this on SunnyRomy.

  12. hanger17 said,

    April 8, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    Reblogged this on Time for Action.

  13. Melanie said,

    April 16, 2013 at 11:56 am


    I just came across your blog post and I am very interested in learning more about your experience. Would it be possible to email you with some questions?


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