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Jordan Halliday
Halliday in Salt Lake City, 2009
Born (1987-08-11) August 11, 1987 (age 34)[1]
Known forAnimal rights activism, Grand Jury Resistance

Jordan Cade Halliday (born August 11, 1987) is an American animal rights activist, former political prisoner, instructor, speaker, author, designer, artist and developer. He was indicted by a federal grand jury in 2009 on charges related to resisting that same federal grand jury. That grand jury was investigating local illegal animal rights activities, mainly concerning fur farm raids in Utah. He was jailed for nearly four months under a contempt of court order to compel him to testify. He was later released and indicted on criminal contempt of court.[1][3][4] He pleaded no contest to "Criminal Contempt of Court" on July 27, 2010. The charge is a unique one in that it is sui generis, meaning it is neither a felony nor a misdemeanor. He was sentenced on November 3, 2010, to 10 months in prison with 3 years of probation upon release. He filed an appeal with the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals which was denied. He was accused of violating his terms by allegedly associating with the vegan straightedge. His house was raided by a dozen armed FBI agents and he started serving his sentence early on January 9, 2012. He was released on July 20, 2012, his civil time running concurrent with his criminal time. He was released with 3 years of probation. On August 8, 2013, he was granted early termination of supervision after filing a motion with his lawyer.[2][5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17][18][19][20][21] [22] [23] [24] [25] [26] [27][28]

Early life

Halliday was raised in West Jordan, Utah, where he graduated from Copper Hills High School.[1] According to personal writings and court records Halliday was in and out of treatment for various mental health related issues over his life. Halliday has been diagnosed and identifies as someone who is neurodivergent.


Animal Rights activism


According to testimony by his mother he became vegan at age 12.[29] Halliday decided to go vegetarian when he witnessed a cow give birth to a calf which was named after him. The calf later was sold presumably for veal or rodeo entertainment. When eating steak one night with his family, they joked they could be eating "Jordan", so Halliday pushed his plate away and has refused to eat meat ever since.[30]

Salt Lake Animal Rights Project (SLARP)

During High School, Halliday formed SLARP (Salt Lake Animal Rights Project) which was a school club dealing with Animal Rights issues in Salt Lake.[31]

Animal Defense League of Salt Lake City

Later in life Halliday formed the Salt Lake Chapter of the Animal Defense League known as ADLSLC.[1][19][20][32]

Other activism

Halliday is a long time activist who has focused on multiple issues. He believes that total liberation includes the liberation of Humans, Earth, and Animals.

Outside of Animal Rights Activism; Halliday has also helped organize, plan and worked with multiple other activists and communities around the world on issues relating to: Anti-Fascism, Anti-Capitalism, Mutual Aid, Food Insecurity, Homelessness, LGBTQIA+, Environmentalism, Tar Sands Resistance, Indigenous Rights, Racial Injustice, Immigration Reform, Human Rights, Community Building, Humanitarianism, Mental Health, Equity, Neurodiversity, Disability Rights, Rape and Sexual Assault, Prison Reform / Abolition, Prisoner Support, Police Brutality, Child / Human Trafficking, Child / Human Slavery and Exploitation, as well as many other causes.

Halliday has been quoted saying: "We need to cast a wide net & embrace other communities and their leaders and elders, especially those who are marginalized. Overlap movements and work together to combat all forms of injustice."[33]

Charges and arrests

Grand Jury resistance

Halliday was subpoenaed to testify before the Federal Grand Jury in Feb. 2009, in Salt Lake City, Utah. The grand jury was thought to be investigating recent mink releases by the Animal Liberation Front, which Halliday claims to support but isn't affiliated.[34]

Others feel it is a modern-day witch hunt to gather information on the local Animal Rights community.[35] Halliday's Support Committee claims that the grand jury was allegedly formed to investigate the mink raids, but the questions asked went far beyond the inquests into criminal activity.[36] Halliday allegedly used a form of Civil disobedience to resist the federal grand jury.

Civil contempt of court

Halliday was found to be in civil contempt of court by order of a judge. He was incarcerated for nearly four months, after which he was let out and charged with criminal contempt of court.

Criminal contempt of court

Halliday pleaded no contest to "criminal contempt" on July 27, 2010.[5] He was sentenced on November 3, 2010 to 10 months in prison and 3 years probation upon release. He filed an appeal with the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals which was denied. He was accused of violating his terms by allegedly associating with the vegan straightedge after allegedly giving an interview to an apparel company.

FBI raid and arrest

Halliday's house was raided by a dozen armed FBI agents and he started serving his sentence early on January 9, 2012. He was released on July 20, 2012, his civil time running concurrent with his criminal time. He was released with 3 years of probation.[3][6][7][8][9][10][17][19][20][21][22][23][24][25][26] [27] [28] [37] [38] [39] [40][41]

Targeted residential picketing

Halliday was convicted with count one "Targeted Residential Picketing Prohibited" (which is a 'class b misdemeanor') by a jury of four peers on December 1, 2009. This charge arose from a 2008 protest in the neighborhood of an animal researcher.

Halliday's other charge of "Wearing a mask with the intent to commit a crime" was dropped by the prosecution to avoid another mistrial after the jury failed to reach a verdict for over 4 hours. In an earlier trial there was a mistrial caused by a Fur Farmer being on the Jury.

Halliday was sentenced to 1 year probation, 50 hours community service, and a $750 fine. However, on appeal Halliday was ultimately found Not Guilty.[1][42][43]


During the summer of 2008 Halliday claims to have experienced a lot of strange harassment outside of his home. Halliday claims the harassment started shortly after his name appeared in a University of Utah newspaper in regards to anti-vivisection demonstrations.[44]

Some of this harassment included:

Since release from prison

Which Side


Halliday is currently the co-host of the political podcast Which Side which features various guests with discussions involving animal rights, earth rights, atheism, anarchism, and many other topics.[45][46][2]

Media collective

Halliday also helped found the Which Side Media Collective - a New Media Collective for a new type of Counter-Culture.[47]

Prisoner support

Halliday is known to be involved in Prisoner Support as well as Prison Education, abolition and reform.

Anarchist Black Cross of Salt Lake City (SLCABC)

Halliday currently organizes prisoner support events including letter writing nights through SLCABC.[48]

Save the Kids from Incarceration

Halliday is the Co-Editor of the Save the Kids from Incarceration book series "Poetry Behind the Walls" & "Wisdom Behind the Walls" published by Arissa Media Group of which Halliday is a Senior Editor.[49] [50]

Boards and committees

Halliday has sat & currently sits on the board of many various non-profits, collectives, organizations, programs & committees; including but not limited to:

Animal rights

Prisoner support

Food injustice and mutual aid


Lectures and speaking engagements

Some of Halliday's known speaking engagements include:


Some of Halliday's known writings engagements include:

Personal life

Outside of Activism, Halliday is also known for award-winning creative, graphic design & web development.[63]

Pinebee Creative

Halliday is the Founder & Creative Director of Pinebee Creative, an award-winning Creative Design Studio based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Halliday has assisted thousands of brands, both large and small, with creative design and development; from Emmy, Grammy, Oscar & Tony Award-Winning acts and performances & large corporations like Disney, Nickelodeon, Carhartt & Taco Bell to local non-profits, organizations & small businesses.[63]


Halliday also teaches Graphic Design & Web Development at a local Community College.[64]

Animal Care

Halliday is known to help care for and foster animals, specifically cats and kittens, but also farm animals like Chickens & Ducks.[65]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e Jordan Halliday Bio, Support Jordan
  2. ^ a b c About Us Which Side Podcast
  3. ^ a b Jordan Halliday Released! Archived 2010-02-02 at the Wayback Machine, North American Animal Liberation Press Office
  4. ^ Animal-rights advocate could resolve contempt case.
  5. ^ a b Animal-rights activist pleads guilty to contempt charge
  6. ^ a b Jordan Halliday Pleads Guilty to Contempt
  7. ^ a b Salt Lake man admits to contempt of court in mink farm raid case
  8. ^ a b Animal rights activist pleads guilty to contempt in mink case
  9. ^ a b Grand Jury Resister Jordan Halliday Accepts Plea
  10. ^ a b Activist pleads guilty to contempt in mink case[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ Call Out for Solidarity with Grand Jury Resistor Jordan Halliday Archived 2012-03-10 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ Go Vegan Radio interview with Jordan Halliday on October 3rd, 2010
  13. ^ Animal Rights Activist Pays the Price of Grand Jury Resistance
  14. ^ Grand jury resistance, Midwest and Utah
  15. ^ Grand Jury Resister Jordan Halliday Sentenced to 10 months
  16. ^ "Jordan Halliday Sentenced to 10 Months in Prison". Archived from the original on 2010-11-08. Retrieved 2010-11-04.
  17. ^ a b Salt Lake City Grand Jury
  18. ^ Chill Gazpacho, Not First Amendment Rights: Governmental Use of the Federal Grand Jury Against the Animal Rights Movement, by Emily Garber
  19. ^ a b c Motive company: interview with Jordan Halliday Archived 2012-04-26 at the Wayback Machine
  20. ^ a b c Utah animal activist loses appeal, makes music video about prison
  21. ^ a b Activist Begins Prison Sentence for Refusing to Name Names and For Quoting Dave Chappelle - Green is the new red
  22. ^ a b Message from Jordan!
  23. ^ a b It's coming through the air; writings from the inside #1 / Jordan Halliday
  24. ^ a b “‘Extremist’ or Journalist?” — TV Interview
  25. ^ a b statement - Support Jordan
  26. ^ a b JORDAN IS FREE - Earth First News
  27. ^ a b JORDAN HALLIDAY RELEASED! - BITE BACK Magazine Archived 2012-08-06 at the Wayback Machine
  28. ^ a b Jordan Halliday Released - Because we must
  29. ^ Grand Jury Resister Jordan Halliday Update on Archived 2010-12-26 at the Wayback Machine, Voice of the Voiceless
  30. ^ why did you go veg?, why did you go veg blog, 4th Feb. 2008
  31. ^ Salt Lake Animal Rights Project[permanent dead link], Salt Lake Animal Rights Project.
  32. ^ About The Animal Defense League of Salt Lake City Archived 2009-03-13 at the Wayback Machine, Animal Defense League of Salt Lake City
  33. ^ Jordan Halliday - Facebook |date=2020-06-29
  34. ^ Activists face grand jury in releases of minks, Ben Winslow, Deseret News, February 18th, 2009.
  35. ^ Salt Lake City Grand Jury, Grand Jury Resistance Project
  36. ^ Vegan Grand Jury Resister Released Faces New Criminal Charges Archived 2010-12-26 at the Wayback Machine, Peter Daniel Young, Voice of the Voiceless.
  37. ^ Grand Jury Resister Faces One Year in Prison Archived 2012-02-25 at the Wayback Machine
  38. ^ Animal Rights Activist Sentenced to 10 months for Resisting a Grand Jury Archived 2010-11-09 at the Wayback Machine
  39. ^ Animal Rights Activist Sentenced To 10 Months In Prison Archived 2011-07-25 at the Wayback Machine
  40. ^ Animal-rights activist sent to federal prison in mink case
  41. ^ Jordan Halliday Sentenced to 10 Months for Resisting Grand Jury
  42. ^ Jordan Halliday Convicted of Violating City Ordinance Animal Defense League of Salt Lake City, Dec. 1st, 2009.
  43. ^ , Jordan's Twitter account
  44. ^ a b Jordan Halliday on Post Traumatic Stress After Prison
  45. ^ , Which Side Podcast
  46. ^ , Which Side Podcast Tumblr
  47. ^ Which Side Media Collective
  48. ^ SLCABC
  49. ^ Save the Kids
  50. ^ Arissa Media Group
  51. ^ Power Branding by Jordan Halliday
  52. ^ Adobe Character Animator Presentation by Jordan Halliday
  53. ^ URP Meeting with Grand Jury Resistance talk by GJ Resister Jordan Halliday
  54. ^ Grand Jury Resistance talk by GJ Resister Jordan Halliday
  55. ^ Utah Day of Empathy 2017
  56. ^ Resisting Repression From the Inside Out: Former Prisoners Speak Out
  57. ^ WS Lectures: Resisting Repression From the Inside Out
  58. ^ SLCC RSU: Grand Jury Tactics with Jordan Halliday 08-12-2014
  59. ^ WS Lectures: Grand Jury Resistance
  60. ^ Find your Brand's Personality: Understanding the Benefits of Branding Archetypes
  61. ^ Understanding Image File Types
  62. ^ Grand Jury Resistance
  63. ^ a b Pinebee Creative
  64. ^
  65. ^