Walter Bond’s Final Statement to the Court

Posted by on October 13, 2011

Utah, October 13, 2011 -Today Walter was sentenced to 87 months in prison for the ALF arsons in Utah. This new sentencing will run consecutive with his time in Colorado. This gives Walter a total of 12 years 3 months for his actions as the ALF Lone Wolf. As of this date he has served 15 months.

I’m here today because of the arsons I committed at the Tandy Leather Factory in Salt Lake City and the Tiburon restaurant in Sandy, Utah, which sells the incredibly cruel product foie gras. The U.S. attorney wants to give me the maximum sentence and beyond not because of my “crimes” but because I am unrepentant and outspoken. My intuition tells me that this court is not going to show me mercy because I become suddenly sorry. So instead of lying to the court in a feeble attempt to save myself, as I’m certain many do when they face their sentencing day, allow me instead to tell you what I am sorry for.

I am sorry that when I was 19 years old I built two slaughterhouses that are still killing animals even now as I speak. I am sorry that Tandy Leather sells skin that has been ripped from the dead, and often live bodies of such animals as cows, ostriches, rabbits, snakes and pigs. I am sorry that the leather tanneries that supply Tandy Leather Factory poison the Earth with dangerous chemicals. I am sorry that the restaurant Tiburon profits from the force feeding of geese and ducks until their livers explode so that rich people can then use that as a pate for crackers and bread. I am sorry that they make a living from the dead bodies of wild and exotic animals. I am sorry that we live in a day and age where you can rape a child or beat a woman unconscious and receive less prison time than an animal liberation activist that attacked property instead of people.

I am sorry that my brother was so desperate to get out of debt that he flew from Iowa to Colorado just to get me in a taped and monitored conversation for reward money. I am sorry I am biologically related to such a worthless little snitch. I am sorry that I waited so long to become an Animal Liberation Front operative. For all of these things I will always have some regret. But as far as the arsons at the Leather Factory and Tiburon, I have no remorse.

I realize that the laws of the land favor a businesses ability to make a profit over an animals right to life. It also used to favor white business owners ability to profit from a black persons slavery. It also used to favor a husbands ability to viciously attack his wife and act on her as if she were an object. Those who broke the law and damaged property to stand against those oppressions were also called “terrorists” and “fanatics” in their time but that did not change the fact that society progressed and is still progressing along those lines.

So today I’m the bad guy. That is just a matter of historical coincidence. Who knows, perhaps a less brutal and less violent society will one day exist that will understand that life and Earth are more important that products of death and cruelty. And if not then to hell with it all anyway! Whether my supporters or detractors think I am a freedom fighter or a lunatic with a gas can makes no difference to me. I have spent years verifiably promoting, supporting and fighting for Animal Liberation. I have seen the animal victims of human injustice, thousands of them with my own eyes and what I saw was blood, guts and gore! I made a promise to those animals and to myself to fight for them in anyway I could. I regret none of it, and I never will!

You can take my freedom, but you can’t have my submission.

Walter Bond
A.L.F. – P.O.W.

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29 Responses to “Walter Bond’s Final Statement to the Court”

  1. nicole kutun Says:

    Spoken truth…so tragic that animal heroes are treated like terrorists when murderers serve a few years in jail! the society that we live in is indeed twisted and despicable. Love to Walter! Let me know anyway that I can help!

  2. James H. Burnette Says:

    Mr. Bond: You are a hero and a freedom fighter. History will someday view you as a trailblazer. It is unfortunate that change, for the better, has to come at such great expense — with so much resistance from the corporate establishment. I hope the system treats you with some dignity; if they do not, it will reflect badly on them. Good luck, persevere, and know that it will take many years for society to change the system to protect the weak and the underrepresented. When you are released, you shall come out with a clear conscience.

  3. Janis Says:

    i have a lot of respect for Walter. He never compromises his values. That more than I can say for animal abusers. Walter is a hero. Shame on his brother for turning his own flesh and blood into the police for a profit!

  4. V Betty Sceptikal Says:

    we <3 your integrity.

  5. Rose Says:

    Dear Walter: Thank you for standing up to oppressors in defense of helpless victims. Please continue the good fight with your pen!
    Peace and harmony, Rose

  6. Fulvia Says:

    Walter, I hoping the world will explode, the cage where are you now will brake apart, like the cage you wont to brake for all the creature imprisoned e murder every second of they life. Thousands of people wont to do what you did, but they are not brave like you. The price you pay is tremendous, they take away from you a big part of your life, but are the same people who don’t care about any life.
    You are an hero, like Jesus Christ, crucifix for save creature.
    Some God can have piety of your persecutors.

  7. Rebecca Sloan Says:

    He needs money, that’s how we can help! The links are on here…do it! Wish we had people like him in New Zealand!

  8. Unmistakablee Crazee Says:

    Every so often, we lose a brother to the system, to the war against animal rights violations. Now they are but themselves locked in a cage, the same cage from which they fought so hard to free others…. the cage of human oppression and speciesism. Lest we forget, these warriors are still alive, and if you’ve ever got a spare minute…. write an ALF prisoner a letter, let them know that they have not been forgotten, every little bit helps to pass away the hours, the many hours of solitude and confinement.

  9. jamie Says:

    well spoken James could of not said it better. I truly sorry Walter for the way the justice system has treated you and shame on your brother for snitching, I hope he rots in hell. Thank you for speaking out for all the animals. We truly live in sick society

  10. Rebecca Says:

    Well spoken as usual dear Walter Bond. I will be looking for your next address to write you and God Bless you will not be forgotten.

  11. Sam Says:

    Amazing. “Weather” should be “whether.”

  12. Ann Parkes Says:

    WALTER – You are a truly Charismatic Leader and an Inspiration to us all. I am so proud to be associated with you. Your statement to the court was honest and your integrity shone out. I am sorry for what your brother did. But you know what, you have many Brothers and Sisters who Love You, & wholeheartedly Respect You. And your courage – and your imprisonment by these scumbags – has galvanised us!! XX

  13. seitan Says:

    while ronnie lee was imprisoned for similar acts of campassion, he helped to convince people in prison to stop eating animals.
    its pretty clear that walter will be no different and will fight from within.
    thanks for caring walter.

  14. sooz mclean Says:

    walter i am so sorry that the court felt it nessacary to give you such a long sentence , you are being punished for your compassion and empathy for animals , i understand what you did to be the right thing , the correct action in so many ways …. you should not be sorry for what you did and for that i applaud you , the law protects the animal abuser and its wrong , your final speech was to me personally empowering and very moving i agree with what you have done and if people say im wrong then so be it , i do not care .
    you have my support today and always , I Love you walter
    stay strong
    Love from sooz xxxxxxxxxxx

  15. Whitewolf Ara Says:

    I am so sorry Walter. The judicial system sucks, big time. I have so much respect for you, a TRUE ANIMAL WARRIOR you are. We are behind and support you 100%, you did NO wrong, please keep strong ♥

  16. Sandra Says:

    Where do we send letters and money to him to?… I know that sometimes the only things that have people going in jail is support from family and friends and they appreciate receiving supporting letters soooo much, we all need to start writting him and never stop.

  17. Shannon Says:

    You are a hero to those of us that truly love and care about animals ..God bless you!

  18. Natalie Says:

    Dear Walter,

    I am very sad about the injustice you have been served.
    You are so brave, I wish I could be so brave.
    You are a hero to me and one day you will be recognized by society in that way.
    We live on a messed up world. I will pray for you and for all the animals.

  19. Negotiation Is Over Says:

    Write to Walter at:

    Davis County Jail
    Walter Bond 2011-03339
    PO Box 130
    Farmington UT 84025-0130

    Donations may be made through

  20. Adriaan Van Zyl Says:

    Wouldn’t it be nice to live in a world where people don’t need to go to such extremities to do the right thing and the true heroes aren’t sent to prison. Respect ALL life!

  21. The Thinking Vegan » Blog Archive » Co-opted by the oppresors Says:

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  22. nanni Says:

    you don’t get it Bob B. It is about what he stands for and if you would truly feel the same way you would get it…. it will take many more like him and many more actions like his….
    It is about being directed by your moral convictions and not the thought of the consequences…

  23. Negotiation Is Over Says:

    nanni – thanks for your response to bob b

    that comment got through accidentally and i just deleted it. please accept my apologies.

    bob b is a blithering troll.

  24. carol Says:

    We do, but they haven’t been caught yet.

  25. carol Says:

    Come to the edge,’ he said.
    They said, ‘We are afraid.’
    ‘Come to the edge,’ he said.
    They came.
    He pushed them…
    And they flew.

    (Peter McWilliams)

  26. Candice Says:

    I appload you and i take what i have learnt from your actions and will fight where you no longer can. My dog was killed in heartless anger by a man who has no idea what love means. She was my healer, companion and my best friend. to this day my three year old daughter asks “if Jesus would mind if Lula came home for a while”

    I thank you for your brave and selfless act Walter, we need more folks like you in this very sad world.

    Love all the way from South Africa Johannesburg.


  27. Graciela Martinez Says:

    I admire your courage and sincerity Walter. It is horrendous that people torture animals just to enjoy them at the table and teach their children that that is Ok. I hope you go free and continue in the fight to defend innocent animals that don’t have a voice and a choice to defend from humans.

  28. natasha Says:

    If only we had more people like you. This world would not be such a terrible place for our 4 legged friends.

  29. Co-opted by the oppresors | The Thinking Vegan Says:

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