The Premier Bacon Company is threatening legal action against Mark Eden of the Wellington Animal Rights Network, who has registered premierbacon.co.nz and put up a website criticising Premier Bacon’s factory farming practices.
This is a step up in sophistication for Eden. In 1996 the unemployed anarchist was sentenced to 100 hours community service and reparations of $1911 after smashing windows with slingshots, gluing locks and painting “kill all duckshooters” on the Complete Anglers Shop in central Christchurch.
In his “career” Eden has been involved with the Maoist/Anarchist, Aotearoa Youth Network, arrested at a Waitangi Day protest in Wellington, protested against the Kaimanawa wild horse cull and attended the “Anarchist Odyssey” conference in Christchurch in 2001.
He has also been involved in Peace Action Wellington and was arrested with two others during a 2003 protest. One of the protestors, Paul Hopkinson was later charged (and aquitted) of burning the NZ flag. Hopkinson and the other protestor, Jared Philips have since joined the Revolutionary Workers League. Eden has stuck to anarchism and “animal rights” activism..