Arson Attack Closes Utah Leather Store
Mysterious break-in and arson reported at Tandy Leather Factory store in
Salt Lake City
June 9, 2010
by Peter Young
Voice of the Voiceless
Sometime last week, the Tandy Leather Factory in Salt Lake City was the target
of an apparent arson attack. This mysterious, (so far) unclaimed arson comes
just weeks after at a similar
unclaimed arson at the Sheepskin Factory store in Denver. The arson appears
to have at least temporarily shut down the store, located at
1107 South State Street in Salt Lake City. As of yet, neither the Animal
Liberation Front nor other animal liberation group has taken credit.
a post on a gun-talk forum, an employee of another Tandy location stated
that someone broke into the Salt Lake City store, spread an ‘accelerant’, and
set the store on fire. The quote from the post:
“I went to the Tandy store in West Valley, and the owner there said that someone
had broken into the SLC store (his store was unharmed) and spread “an
accelerant” up and down the aisles, especially over where they store their
Local media have not yet picked up the story of the arson.
Local activists visited the location and confirmed the building was closed,
boarded up, and had clearly sustained fire damage. A sign on the door read
“Closed for fire clean up”.
The following are pictures taken of the burned building:
This is the latest in a long line of actions at animal exploitation targets
for which no claim of responsibility by activists is made. The true motive of
this action can not be known, but a store selling the skins of animals would be
a legitimate target for the A.L.F.
This is the second Tandy leather store to be targeted in an arson attack. In
June 1995, the Animal Liberation Front set fire to the Tandy Leather in Murray,
UT, causing $300,000 damages.
Peter Young is TPC’s Senior Editor of Direct Action and the creator of
VoiceOfTheVoiceless.org. Young is a veteran animal liberation activist and
former political prisoner convicted for his role in liberating thousands of
animals from fur farms across the country. Emerging from a grand jury
indictment, 7 years of being wanted by the FBI, a federal prison sentence, and
nearly 15 years in the animal liberation movement; today Peter is a
frequent lecturer at
universities and events, writer on liberation movements, an
unapologetic supporter of those who work outside the law to achieve human,
earth, and animal liberation.
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