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(photo credit: Courtesy of 'Tnuva Cruelty')
Police arrested 10 animal rights activists Wednesday morning they suspect left
severed cow, goat and sheep heads at a number of locations in the Tel Aviv area
The suspects – eight men and two women – are members of the
animal rights organization 269Life, police said. The organization was founded
last year and was inspired by its namesake, a calf numbered 269 at an Israeli
slaughterhouse. The movement, whose actions have gone viral online, has gained
notoriety for tattooing and branding the number 269 on its members.
March, passersby reported finding a severed goat’s head in Dizengoff Circle
while a severed cow’s head was found in a public fountain on north Ibn Gvirol
Boulevard. In both cases, the water had also been died red and graffiti was
written reading “Free 269.”
Police said on Wednesday that after the
incident in early March they appointed a special investigative task force headed
by Ch.-Insp. Rona Morad of the Yarkon subdistrict, which opened an
undercover investigation into the group.
Within hours of their arrest on
Tuesday, the activists were released pending an indictment, as police decided
not to seek a remand extension.