Animal Liberation Front > Animal Protection > ELF
"The E.L.F. takes credit for a strike on the offices of Catherine
Ives, Rm. 324 Agricultural Hall at Michigan State University on
Dec. 31, 1999. The offices were doused with gasoline and set
afire. This was done in response to the work being done to
force developing nations in Asia, Latin America and Africa to
switch from natural crop plants to genetically altered sweet
potatoes, corn, bananas, and pineapples. Monsanto and
USAID are major funders of the research and promotional
work being done through Michigan State University. According
to local newspapers, the fire cost $400,000 in damage.
Cremate Monsanto, Long live the E.L.F. On to the next G.E.
Just under a month later, on January 23, 2000, the ELF set
fire to a new luxury home under construction in the
Bloomington, Indiana area. This home, which was to be valued
at between $750,000-$1.5 million upon completion, threatened
the Lake Monroe watershed which supplies clean, fresh
drinking water to the Bloomington area. Damage from the fire
was assessed at over $200,000 and it marked the first time
the ELF had targeted what the group chose to call urban
The communiqué sent by the ELF claiming responsibility for
this action stated,
"Greetings from Bloomington, IN:
The Earth Liberation Front would like to take credit for a late
night visit to the Sterling Woods development on the evening
of January 23rd. During our visit, we torched one house that
was under construction. It was completely destroyed. The
walls had caved in by the time the fire department arrived.
Damage has been assessed at $200,000. When finished the
house was to be worth $700,000. 'No Sprawl, ELF' was painted
on the developers sign. The house was targeted because
the sprawling development it is located in is in the Lake
to be asked is, are the actions of the ELF successful? If the
group does not stop a given entity fully with one action that
does not mean the action was unsuccessful. The ELF actions
have at least three major goals in mind,
1) To cause as much economic damage as possible to a given
entity that is profiting off the destruction of the natural environment
and life for selfish greed and profit,
2) To educate the public on the atrocities committed against
the environment and life,
3) To make it known that any entity profiting off the destruction
of life for profit may be considered the next target.
With these three goals in mind every action taken by the ELF
has successfully met at least one or more of these goals.
Aren't the ELF targets
covered by insurance?
A common argument against the actions of the ELF has been
that each target has been covered by insurance so the given
entity fails to suffer little if any economic loss. While it is largely
true that most if not all of the ELF targets have been insured
it is completely ludicrous to believe that insurance companies
can suffer losses of hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars
without greatly raising the rates of insurance. If the given
entity or even industry was targeted repeatedly by the ELF,
insurance companies would either cease to cover these entities
or raise the cost too high for a profitable business.
The only problem with ELF actions at this point is there are not