The Unconscionable Conduct T-shirt
The T-shirt was produced by Animal Liberation SA Inc after its conduct
in raiding a battery hen shed was described in court as being "unconscionable".
The back of the T-shirt was in the style of a "rock band tour"
shirt and read:
Animal Liberation's Rescue Tour
2 August 1999
GOLDEN EGGS, Angle Vale
6 hens rescued
convicted of massive illegal overcrowding
10 August 2000
Takhar's FARM GATE EGGS
16 hens rescued
alleged cruelty and overcrowding
Coming to a shed near you!
The injunction hearing was won by unrepresented activists in front of
a gallery full of journalists, although the T-shirt continued to form part
of the ongoing case brought by the chicken farmer against Animal Liberation.
The Animal Lib media release and newspaper article follow.
Media Release 27 August 2001
A Mans T-shirt is his castle
Final decision on battery hen
T-shirt due today
Tuesday 28th August 2001
Takhar v Animal Liberation 9am Supreme Court
Before Judge Burley Court Room #7 5th floor
On 20th July 2001 battery egg farmer Bhupinder Singh Takhar of Farm Gate
Eggs sent 5 lawyers into the Supreme Court to try and stop Animal Liberation
from selling and distributing a T-shirt and poster about battery hen farming.
The poster was dealt with by agreement, however the 5 silken lawyers
failed to obtain an interim injunction against the self represented Animal
Liberation defence team of Dr Ogle and Ralph Hahnheuser (despite Mr. Hahnheuser
wearing the offending item during argument and being accused of being in
Animal Liberation has since been continuing to sell the T-shirts and
a number of shirts are now treasured souvenirs overseas, have been bought
by current and past politicians as memorabilia, and even worn by prominent
actors. The remainder have been sold to members and supporters of Animal
Liberation's battery hen campaign.
Today's argument will be a final argument about whether the T-shirts
should continue to be sold or injuncted, and it is expected that the court
will resemble scenes from "The Castle" as Dr Ogle and Mr. Hahnheuser
argue that the wearing of T-shirts with political slogans is an implied
right of the Australian Constitution and represents an act of political
Photo opportunities available if we win again!