Below is the brief obituary of Gilly I wrote for the ALFSG newsletter & Earth First Journal:
Gilly Peachey passed away January 11th 2015, peacefully in her sleep, loved and supported by friends, aged 67. Gilly was a determined and relentless organiser in the animal liberation movement. An active member of the Animal Liberation Front, Gilly saved countless lives from abuse, torture and neglect. Her life correlated with the tidal wave of action against animal abuse in the 80s, 90s and 2000s. She set the bar, pushing new tactics and crafting creative strategies. She was an animal abusers worst nightmare . She was an active part of campaigns closing down breeders of animals for vivisection, such as Shamrock Monkey Farm, Hillgrove Cat Farm and Consort Kennels. She was a hunt saboteur and active local organiser. She spent time at Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp and was an outspoken feminist and anarchist.
Gilly will be remembered most by many for her relentless resistance to the earlier badger cull in the UK ‘the krebs trial’. Where for 7 years the government tried to trap and shoot badgers across the South West of the UK. In final reports of the cull, 95% of traps had been recorded as ‘lost or damaged’. This was due to the persistence of Gilly and others, night after night going out and trashing traps, following months of sett surveying and planning.
Gilly served two prison sentences for ALF actions, including arson. The longest sentence being 8 years. A flavour of her work can be seen in the South East Liberator magazines (http://thetalonconspiracy.com/2011/08/south-east-liberator/
Gilly will be loved and missed by close friends, animal brothers & sisters, and the wider animal liberation movement.