Mystery US donor bankrolls Animal Rebellion's wave of protests
Mystery US donor bankrolls Animal Rebellion militants’ wave of protests by paying for housing and living expenses for activists who volunteer full-time
- Rose Patterson, director of Animal Rebellion, said main donor gives them money
- She said about unnamed man: ‘If he leaves or if we p**s him of then we’re f****d’
- Donor’s money used to fund housing and living expenses for over 20 activists
A mysterious American benefactor is bankrolling militant protest group Animal Rebellion, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.
The unnamed donor’s money is being used to fund housing and living expenses for more than 20 activists who volunteer full-time.
Rose Patterson, a director of Animal Rebellion, told our undercover reporter: ‘We’ve got one main donor who gives us most of the money.
‘If he leaves or if we p**s him off then we’re f****d.’
When pressed for more details, she said: ‘I don’t know if he wants to be known. He’s not based in the UK – [he’s in the] US. I think he funds a lot of animal groups.’
Rose Patterson (pictured), a director of Animal Rebellion, told our undercover reporter: ‘We’ve got one main donor who gives us most of the money’
Company accounts show that Animal Rebellion disclosed turnover of £304,599 in 2020.
An online Crowd Funder appeal has raised just over £88,000, which is being matched in dollars by the anonymous donor. An appeal in 2021 raised £67,942.
Founded in 2019 with 12 activists, the organisation now has 20 to 30 full-time campaigners.
Animal Rebellion shares an office in Dalston, East London, with demonstrators from the protest group Just Stop Oil.
Animal Rebellion claims it was asked to leave its old offices in Finsbury Park, North London, for repeatedly disabling mouse traps.
The MoS can also reveal that senior Animal Rebellion organisers last week met members of Letzte Generation to exchange tactics.
The German eco-group gained notoriety last year after its activists threw mashed potato over Monet’s painting Les Meules in a protest against fossil fuels.
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