Some say I’m too confrontational or controversial; others that I’m a stalker or terrorist. No one can say I’m a snitch or sellout. And while I’ve never committed a violent act in my life, every prosecution was initiated by those with a singular objective: securing my silence. After 13 arrests, 2 extraditions, 1 raid on my home, over 1 year behind bars, and almost 3 years banned from the internet, I remain unapologetic and unrepentant. It’s my privilege to fight all who stand in the way of Animal Liberation.
NEGOTIATION IS OVER (NIO)
Camille Marino founded NIO in 2009 and began re-publishing the public information of animal abusers. NIO became our own community composed of like-minded, aggressive, militant, and dedicated Animal Liberation activists around the globe. Independently, we infiltrated slaughterhouses, burned down hunting stands, liberated animals under the “NIO Resistance” umbrella, and gave countless vivisectors and others the exposure they so desperately deserved; most of them having to install security systems, some hiring guards to protect them. We saved horses from being starved on a farm, we saved birds from being neglected inside a pet store, we shut down numerous backyard dogfighters. It was and is our own movement. Words mean nothing. Words are not revolutionary. Action means everything. And that is what will always set NIO apart from blowhards and mainstream mediocrity.
VIVISECTORS BAND TOGETHER TO STOP HER
Camille began getting hit with injunctions from vivisectors who didn’t appreciate being named and shamed publicly. She refused to yield to these unconstitutional assaults on her First Amendment right to free speech. In 2009, UCLA monkey murderer David Jentsch went to the courts and told them she had to be stopped because he feared exposure. The following year, a Wayne State University dog torturer followed suit and ran to the courts to cry that he didn’t want to be exposed on NIO either. Camille eventually earned a misdemeanor criminal contempt charge for allegedly violating the court orders.
UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
Her main focus since 2010 has been to liberate an estimated 10,000 animals that are imprisoned and tortured inside UF for approximately $400 million in tax dollars annually. She discovered that a UF vivisector was receiving millions in federal annuities to perform barbaric brain mapping experiments in monkeys. When it emerged that the money was going to UF and the experiments were being performed in New York, she immediately filed a state-level open records request to find out what was happening to the monkeys.
LAWSUITS AND ARRESTS
UF remained in noncompliance with her request for 14 months until she won her first lawsuit, Camille Marino v. The University of Florida (December 30, 2011). After beginning to publish the records documenting decades of horrific torture and murder the monkeys had endured, Camille became an obvious threat when the community began to rally behind the initiative. Within weeks, UF had her arrested at the next demo on Feb. 4, 2012. Marino was arrested on the criminal contempt charge out of Michigan, held for 31 days, and extradited to Detroit. UF vivisector Raymond J. Bergeron filed a malicious and false complaint against Marino alleging that she threatened to burn down his house with “me and my wife in it.” Her home would be raided several months later based on this outrageous lie.
To get a campaign in Detroit off the ground and to protest her own repression, she taped her mouth and chained herself to a library at Wayne State University during a protest against the vivisector. She was arrested and charged with trespassing and her judge continued her bond. She was then re-arrested by Wayne State police and held for five days in grueling conditions while vivisectors around the country and prosecutors figured out how to stop her. In addition to the expected 30-day trespassing misdemeanor, she was ultimately hit with two felonies punishable by up to 10 years in prison:
Aggravated Stalking: 5 years
Posting a Message (for allowing her former colleague to publish a graphic blog post about the dog murderer on NIO): 5 years
ANOTHER WIN AGAINST UF, ANOTHER ARREST FOR CAMILLE
While she was serving her sentence in early 2013, Camille won her precedent-setting appeal against UF. The courts ruled that the location of the labs was public information and the university had to disclose this information. After she finished serving her six month sentence in Detroit, she returned home to Florida and took possession of the records she had just won from UF. They immediately had her re-arrested again and extradited back out to Detroit where they attempted to violate her probation over a fundraising video, Defiance is a Virtue, recorded 14 months earlier. They wanted to put her in prison for five years and shut her down for good.
When they were unsuccessful in proving Camille’s alleged infraction, the dog murderer jumped up at her hearing and intervened. He was successful at having the judge ordering her offline for the duration of her probation and taking down the Negotiation Is Over website as well.
The vivisectors had temporarily silenced Camille and NIO. But after 6 arrests, 2 grueling extraditions, 1 raid on her home, 3 months on house arrest, 8 months in jail, and 7 months banned from the internet, her probation was finally terminated two years early on January 17, 2014.
ELEVENTH HOUR FOR ANIMALS
While she was on a state-enforced vacation, the UF campaign evolved and emerged as Eleventh Hour for Animals.
We are at war! The animal-torture industry inside UF must be dismantled and the prisoners released. Until they are free, we’ve only just begun to fight!
Her first book, “Danger to Society: Journey of a Political Prisoner,” was published on May 25, 2014 and pulled from print two weeks later. Animal Liberation will be achieved when the detriments of animal abuse outweigh the benefits.
MORE ARRESTS & CENSORSHIP
In 2014, she began to speak publicly about the fact that while she was serving time for her colleague’s words, he not only ran for cover, but initiated a viral hate campaign designed to destroy her reputation and protect his. In 2015, he invoked a Domestic Violence Restraining Order from 1700 miles away in New Mexico, ran to court testifying that has a pattern of harassing vivisectors, and claiming that by speaking truthfully and defending herself against his lies, she had caused him emotional distress in violation of his restraining order. She was jailed for another 6 months and banned from the internet for 2 years.
On June 29, 2017, the NM Appellate Court reversed the internet ban but upheld her conviction. The NM Supreme Court denied certiorari to review and remedy the constitutional and legal errors upon which her malicious prosecutions and harassment were based.
It is better to lose with one’s integrity and honor intact than to win by being a coward forever aligned with vivisectors and animal abusers, the only individuals who have ever fought to silence Camille Marino.