Hey everyone, Phil here. A journalist has sent in some interesting questions which I thought would be helpful for people who have recently discovered Operation Frankish.
1. Do you think there will be success at the end of your campaigns?
Yes, otherwise we would be doing things differently. Since we are pioneering an innovative campaign system there is no previous work to model it on. As a consequence there is an element of trial and error built into the campaign, meaning we run with methods which we have found to be effective for us, and immediately drop those which are not. This is completely the opposite of other existing strategies which include hopelessly signing thousands of animal welfare petitions with no feedback. We will escalate pressure on the government until our demands are met.
2. Has this project been a build-up over the years or were the Frankish brothers simply a tipping point?
I definitely observed a build-up of public frustration over the years, as dangerous sadists consistently received sentences which were wholly disproportionate to the severity and unacceptability of the crimes they had committed. The 2015 ‘Justice for Chunky’ case, in which four thugs walked free from court after setting a dog on fire, pushed the public to the edge. The Frankish brothers’ case tipped them over the edge. It became apparent that magistrates judges were actively bending over backwards to gather as many ‘mitigating circumstances’ as they could in order to allocate the weakest pseudo-sentences possible.
Like many members of the public I had wanted to take action for a long time but didn’t know where to begin. When I saw how many people were outraged by the Frankish case I believed it would be possible to capitalise on this and show that there was a huge public demand for REAL animal abuse sentences.
Steve was previously unaware of how depraved and commonplace animal abuse had become in the UK. Over the years he had observed the general degradation of our society and felt that action would become necessary in one capacity or another. The Frankish case alerted Steve to the new heights of perverse sadism which had been reached by criminals in our country thanks to soft sentencing. Seeing a mass of Facebook outrage with no direction, Steve took the opportunity to set up a group committed to concrete plans of action.
3. Is this a personal attack, hence the name of the operation or merely the first public case that really held people’s attention?
To describe the campaign as an ‘attack’ does not give the whole picture of what we are about. Firstly, it is our society and civilisation which are under attack from sadists such as the Frankish brothers. Acceptance of animal-directed violence by the government paves the way towards human assaults and murders. Operation Frankish has helped defend society from the Frankish brothers. This has included notifying unsuspecting neighbourhoods when councils have tried to stealthily relocate the brothers in their area, informing primary schools that a child rape advocate is in their vicinity, and informing hotel chains who unwittingly accommodated the brothers that these convicted sadists pose a risk to their guests. Keeping watch over the Frankish brothers significantly reduces the chances that they will escalate their violent fantasies towards members of the public. This is especially pertinent since their tagged curfew has been repeatedly breached.
The campaign was named after the Frankish brothers based on the intention of achieving justice for this specific case, with a foundation of unprecedented public interest. It has previously been common practice for other Facebook pages to publish animal abuse stories, stir up public outrage and then move on to the next story as and when it occurs. This campaign employed the opposite strategy of hyper-focusing on one case to see it through to the end, because ensuring justice in one case is better than achieving justice in no cases. Our early efforts involved doing every little thing we possibly and legally could to disrupt, expose and humiliate the Frankish brothers. This ranged from getting Andrew banned from his favourite online gaming community to flying a plane banner over Middlesbrough’s football stadium to put the brothers in the spotlight. They have been forced to move house two times in the past six months, as well as jump between various hotels and guest houses as we continue to expose their location. Since the legal system has so far refused to jail the Frankish brothers, we have created a psychological prison for them which is undoubtably worse than the short sentence they could have received.
With the release of Operation Firefly we have set out to achieve our wider and long-term aim, which is a drastic overhaul of the legal system to include mandatory minimum jail sentences for all animal abusers. Once this has been implemented we will continue to undo the decay which has taken hold of our country.
That’s all for now. Let us know in the comments: Prior to Operation Frankish, did you have any hope of things changing for the better? What did you think would have to be done to bring about this change?