June 16, 2010
Sheepskin Factory Burned to the Ground in Colorado
Animal Liberation Front Issues Claim, In Addition to Burning Salt Lake Leather
Denver and Salt Lake City: In a communique received by the North American Animal
Liberation Press Office yesterday, the Animal Liberation Front has taken credit
for burning a Sheepskin Factory store in Denver, Colorado in April and a Tandy
Leather Store in Salt Lake City last week. Over 42 firefighters had responded to
a blaze at the Denver Sheepskin Factory April 30th; both fires had been ruled
arson, but went unclaimed until yesterday. Agents from the the Bureau of
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are reportedly investigating.
Sheepskin Factory sells carcasses of slaughtered sheep, while Tandy sells cow
The communique reads, in its entirety:
"The arson at the
Sheepskin Factory in Denver was done in defense and retaliation for all the
innocent animals that have died cruelly at the hands of human oppressors. Be
warned that making a living from the use and abuse of animals will not be
tolerated. Also be warned that leather is every bit as evil as fur. As
demonstrated in my recent arson against the
Leather Factory in
Salt Lake City. Go vegan! --ALF Lone Wolf"
Until today, neither the Animal Liberation Front nor other animal liberation
group had taken credit for either arson. In addition, on January 13th, 2002,
sheepskin business went up in flames north of Denver in Greeley. The
building was burned to the ground. No claim of responsibility has been made in
that fire, but the fire was deemed suspicious due to A.L.F. graffiti threatening
arson being found at a similar plant in Denver the previous month. The latest
arson there marks the second destroyed sheep skin business in Colorado.
Also, in June 1995, the Animal Liberation Front set fire to the Tandy Leather
store in Murray, UT, causing $300,000 in damages.
Selling the skin of cows and sheep largely accounts for making their
imprisonment and slaughter profitable; the animals are universally raised in
factory-farm conditions, spending their entire short, miserable lives confined
to small pens crowded with other animals. Chemicals used in the hide-tanning
process are toxic to humans and result in significant environmental pollution.
All this when less costly and damaging synthetic and natural materials provide
for warm, stylish and comfortable human clothing.
The Animal Liberation Front is a clandestine group of animal liberationists who
utilize economic sabotage in addition to the direct liberation of animals from
conditions of abuse and imprisonment. By making it more expensive to trade in
the lives of innocent, sentient beings, the ALF maintains the atrocities against
our brothers and sisters are likely to occur in smaller numbers; their goal is
to abolish the exploitation, imprisonment, torture and killing of innocent,
Contact: (818) 227-5022
Animal Liberation Press Office
6320 Canoga Avenue #1500
Woodland Hills, CA 91367
DENVER - A member of the Animal Liberation Front claims to have set fire to
the Sheepskin Factory in Glendale in April.
A member, calling himself "Lone Wolf", wrote a post on www.directaction.info
saying "The arson at the Sheepskin Factory in Denver was done in defense and
retaliation for all the innocent animals that have died cruelly at the hands of
human oppressors. Be warned that making a living from the use and abuse of
animals will not be tolerated."
The anonymous writer also claimed to be responsible for an arson in Salt Lake
City, Utah that burned down a Tandy Leather store in June.
While the fire may have been set by an ALF member, local animal activists
disagree with committing arson to further the cause.