The following is Peter Young's statement to the court at his sentencing on November 8th, 2005. Peter did a large amount of improvisation, the below text is an approximate account based on his notes and the memory of supporters in the courtroom.
This is the customary time when the defendant expresses regret for the crimes they committed, so let me do that because I am not without my regrets. I am here today to be sentenced for my participation in releasing mink from 6 fur farms. I regret it was only 6. I'm also here today to be sentenced for my participation in the freeing of 8,000 mink from those farms. I regret it was only 8,000. It is my understanding of those 6 farms, only 2 of them have since shut down. I regret it was only 2.
More than anything, I regret my restraint, because whatever damage we did to those businesses, if those farms were left standing, and if one animal was left behind, then it wasn't enough.
I don't wish to validate this proceeding by begging for mercy or appealing to the conscience of the court, because I know if this system had a conscience I would not be here, and in my place would be all the butchers, vivisectors, and fur farmers of the world.
Just as I will remain unbowed before this court- who would see me imprisoned for an act of conscience- I will also deny the fur farmers in the room the pleasure of seeing me bow down before them. To those people here whose sheds I may have visited in 1997, let me tell you directly for the first time, it was a pleasure to raid your farms, and to free those animals you held captive. It is to those animals I answer to, not you or this court. I will forever mark those nights on your property as the most rewarding experience of my life.
And to those farmers or other savages who may read my words in the future and smile at my fate, just remember: We have put more of you in bankruptcy than you have put liberators in prison. Don't forget that.
Let me thank everyone in the courtroom who came to support me today. It is my last wish before prison that each of you drive to a nearby fur farm tonight, tear down its fence and open every cage.
UPCOMING CD BENEFITS!
TITLE: V/A - A Benefit for Peter Young
This CD features the first recorded track by 108 in 10 years!
None More Black - "Burning Up The Headphones" (Unreleased)
108 - "TBA" FIRST NEW SONG IN 10 YEARS!!!(Unreleased)
Dead To Me - "By The Throat"
Cherem - “Lies of our Past”
Good Clean Fun - "Drop The Knife"
The Ratchets - “The Way Things Are” (Unreleased)
Propaghandi - "Nailing Descartes to the Wall"
Tamora - "Keep It Real Boo"
Good Riddance - "Darkest Days"
The Unseen - "Rise Above" (Unreleased)
Himsa - "Wither"
Paint It Black - "The New Brutality"
Bouncing Souls - "Born Free" (Live)
The Falcon - "The Blood and The Frog"
Remembering Never - “Runner Up in a Shit Eating Contest”
Goldfinger - "War" (Unreleased)
Jonah Mantranga - “One Big Apology”
Kevin Seconds and The Laugh Riots - “This is Where it Ends for Me” (Unreleased)
With Honor - "Restless" (Unreleased)
7 Generations - "Cauterize"
Strike Anywhere - "You Are Not Collateral Damage" (Unreleased)
Jared Paul - “ABC's for Roger”
TITLE: V/A - Empty the Cages, Free Your Mind: A Vegan Straight Edge Prisoner Benefit for Peter Young
The line-up for this compilation is comprised of bands consisting of members living both a vegan and drug free lifestyle.
Eye Of Judgement (Netherlands)
Day of Suffering (US)
The Swords (Germany)
Overstate (Brazil, Ex-Purification)
Purified In Blood (Norway)
New Winds (Portugal)
This Time Tomorrow (US)
Socialized Crucifixion (US)
7 Generations (US)
Live For This (Brazil)