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31, 1999 - Michigan State University: ELF claimed responsibility
for torching the Agriculture Hall, destroying property and years of research
on genetically engineered crops. Damages have been estimated at more than
$1 million. Catherine Ives, a target in the raid, lost academic records,
lecture notes, slide presentations, books, and her passport in the fire,
describing it as seeing her entire career go up in smoke. Her $18 million
program was targeted by ELF for accepting funding from Monsanto. Ives
acknowledged that Monsanto once did contribute $2,000 to her program to
train African farmers in modern agricultural methods.
25, 1999 - Monmouth, Oregon: Forest industry Boise Cascade's regional
headquarters were destroyed in a fire. Credit claimed by Earth Liberation
Front (ELF). Damages were estimated at $1 million.
20, 1999 - San Francisco Bay Area: ALF attempted major destruction
but failed in an arson attempt at Fulton Poultry Processors. One of four
incendiary devices went off, causing minor damage.
20, 1999 Washington State University: ALF raid on poultry research
facility, destruction and trashing in several labs and offices.
26, 1999 UK: Graham Hall, award-winning TV filmmaker was tortured
by animal rights extremists in a sadistic revenge ritual. Earlier this
year Hall won the highest award British TV can bestow for his expose on
the fanatics behind the Animal Liberation Front. Eleven months following
airing of his expose he was kidnapped at gun point, blindfolded and driven
to an unidentified house where he was bound and told he would be killed.
After several hours his assailants surrounded him, forced his head between
his legs and burned ALF into his bare back in 4" high letters using
a branding iron. According to Hall, as they ended their branding ritual
one of them made a comment about justice being done and another chuckled
something about the justice department, which is the name given to the
part of ALF that takes credit for criminal actions against people, as
opposed to property. Before the ordeal ended animal extremists threatened
to harm Hall's family, to torch his house and to kill him if he went to
the police. Hall's back is permanently mutilated from the branding. Surveillance
equipment picked up an intruder attempting to climb into his yard carrying
something that looked like a pickaxe handle. Once spotted, the intruder
While denying any
knowledge of the attack, Robin Webb, ALF's official spokesperson issued
a chilling warning to Hall and any others who might try to get in the
way of the Animal Liberation Front's crusade saying, "people who
make a living in this way have to expect from time to time to take the
consequences of their actions."
25, 1999 USA: Following a communique by an animal rights group
calling itself the Justice Department warning that it mailed over eighty
razor blade, booby-trapped packages to primate research scientists, seven
such envelopes were received by primate research facilities in various
parts of the country. In September similar envelopes with razor blades,
some dipped in rat poison,were mailed to fur farmers.
24, 1999 Bellingham, WA: Animal rightists broke into Western
Washington University stealing several laboratory animals. Campus police
said that the vandalism associated with the break in points to the Animal
Liberation Front. October 22,1999 Warwick, Rhode Island: In the early morning
hours a fur store's delivery van was destroyed by fire. Local police believe
the fire was set by a radical animal-rights group. The Animal Liberation
Front's acronym "ALF" was spray painted on the building along
with slogans against killing animals.
24, 1999 Western Washington University: ALF raid, 37 rats and
4 rabbits released.
16, 1999 Nassau, Long Island, NY: The Animal Liberation Front
attacked four McDonalds outlets in Nassau, Long Island, NY. Total damage
costs from the broken windows and spray paint exceeded $23,000.
4, 1999 USA: The Justice Department, an animal rights terrorism
organization, claimed responsibility for booby-trapped razor blade packages
sent through the mail to dozens of mink farmers, fur farm suppliers, and
fur industry officials. The Frontline Information Service of the Animal
Liberation Front reported that the envelopes included the following message:
"You have been targetted (sic). You have until autumn of ther (sic)
year 2000 to release all of your animal captives and get out of the bloody
fur trade. If you do not heed our warning your violence will be turned
back upon you." Some of the razor blades had been dipped in rat poison.
1999 USA: Biotech crop killers calling themselves the "Seeds
of Resistance" hacked down a half-acre plot of experimental corn
at the University of Maine-owned Rogers Farm. Plant gene-splicing in this
experiment was aimed at reducing the need for herbicide use.
1999 Fulton County, GA: ALF torches a McDonalds restaurant. 1998,
Belgium: The ALF claimed responsibility for nine attacks against McDonalds
and another fast food restaurant.
1999 Orange, California: The Animal Liberation Front stole 46
dogs from Bio-Devices Inc., a research facility. ALF spray-painted "Vivisection
is Fraud" and "Animal Liberation" on the walls.
1999 West Islip, Long Island, New York: The Animal Liberation
Front took credit for stealing a stump-tailed macaque from a pet store
on August 27.
1999 Westboro, Massachusetts: Eight animal-rights activists face
charges they threatened to kill a man they believed was an animal researcher,
police said. The suspects, some dressed in military fatigues and wearing
black bandannas over their faces, allegedly confronted the man at his
Northboro home late Saturday night and yelled, "Animals live and
he's going to die." Police said the suspects damaged the man's mailbox
and threw a rock through the car window of someone who was visiting him.
No one was injured.
1999 Salisbury, Maryland: Vandals broke into Frank Parson's Mink
Ranch at about 5 a.m. and released about 20 animals.
1999 Antwerp, Belgium: A McDonald's fast food restaurant was
burnt to the ground today, and police believe the fire was the work of
a militant animal rights group that has claimed responsibility for similar
attacks in the past. The letters "ALF" were painted at the scene.
1999 USA: Farmers from several US states received dangerous mail
today. The envelope size varied from standard size 10 business envelopes
in gray to 9x11 or business-size envelopes in white or manila. Inside
were 3x5 inch index cards with razor blades attached with a written threat
to get out of the fur trade and a drawing of a bomb. All were postmarked
in New York.
1999 Plymouth, Wisconsin: During the early morning hours, United
Feeds' mill in Plymouth, Wisconsin was burned to the ground. The Animal
Liberation Front claimed credit for the $1.5 million blaze in a report
that said they "strategically placed four incendiary devices in the
1999 Plymouth, Wisconsin: Between 2-3 a.m., vandals released
3000 mink from Gene Myer's Fur Farm. A neighbor videotaped a low-flying
aircraft without numbers in the area the previous evening.
1999 Orkelljunga, Sweden: Five Beagles were stolen from a facility
that breeds dogs for research.
1999 Escanaba, Michigan: The Earth Liberation Front claimed credit
for torching two fishing boats in the driveway of a veterinarian at 3:20
a.m. Neighbors spotted the flames and awoke the doctor. ELF left behind
its signature in 18-inch letters on the garage door. Police and federal
law enforcement agencies are investigating.
1999 Bristol, Wisconsin: Animal rights terrorists released more
than 3000 mink from the Krieger Farm before dawn. Neighbors helped the
Kriegers retrieve most of the animals. In claiming credit for the raid,
ALF said that the Kriegers are "a known supplier of mink fur to Neiman
Marcus, the well-known national chain currently under attack by animal
activists across the US for its fur sales."
1999 USA: Jersey Cuts, a meatpacking facility in Howell, New
Jersey has closed. They had been struck twice by the Animal Liberation
Front, the second attack being a firebombing that completely destroyed
three trucks at a cost of $180,000.
1999 USA: The Animal Liberation Front takes responsibility for
the firebombing of a truck at Worldwide Primates, Inc. in Miami, Florida,
the business of a primate dealer and his family. The action was claimed
to be "in support of the 1999 Primate Freedom Tour."
1999 England: Animal rights activists chained a 62-year-old woman
to a fence and demanded that she and her husband close their farm, Britain's
only licensed cattery supplying cats for research. She was terrorized
but unhurt; she managed to free herself after a few minutes.
May 9, 1999
USA: ALF claimed responsibility for the Mother's Day arson at Childer's
Meat Company in Eugene, Oregon "In honor of Mother Earth and all
the cows who have their babies stolen from them to help furnish the meat
and dairy industries." Raiders used 20 gallons of diesel fuel/unleaded
gasoline mixture in four buckets to ignite the fire that caused $150,000
1999 USA: Animal rights protesters broke into three research
labs at the University of California at San Francisco, shattering glass,
overturning refrigerators, and destroying medical research.
1999 USA: A dozen laboratories at the University of Minnesota
were vandalized and dozens of research animals were stolen in a raid by
the ALF. Damages estimated at $1,000,000. Research into Alzheimers disease
and cancer was destroyed or stolen and cages and equipment were damaged.
1999 USA: Six vehicles belonging to Big Apple Circus were destroyed
by firebombs in Franklin, New Jersey. ALF claimed credit.
22, 1998 Sweden: 5700 mink released from fur farm near Vaenersborg.
18, 1998 USA: ELF, Earth Liberation Front, claimed responsibility
for $12 million Vail Ski Resort fire.
6, 1998 Germany: Fur farm release of 2500 mink ($150,000) near
16, 1998 World: the Internet Division of the Animal Liberation
Front announced a cyberspace campaign against people who use the internet
to conduct animal-related businesses. ALF threatened denial of service
attacks, e-mail bombardments, virus attacks, and web server hacking to
1998 USA: ALF and ELF claimed responsibility for release of 2800
mink in Rochester, Minnesota.
1998 USA: Release of 3000 mink at fur farm in Beloit, Wisconsin.
1998 USA: Release of 2500 mink at fur farm in Jewell, Iowa.
1998 USA: Release of 350 domestically raised foxes in Guttenberg,
1998 USA: Attack on Pearl Lake, Minnesota fur farm ended with
2500 mink released.
1998 UK: 6000 mink released in Hampshire, England; 1000 more
released days later. Many died on roads or were killed by fearful residents.
Some escape and damage native wildlife population.
1998 USA: Middleton, Wisconsin-based United Vaccines Research
Facility was attacked with 150 mink and ferrets released. ALF and ELF
USA: Arson at US Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services facility
near Olympia, Washington, destroys $1.5 million research projects and
causes $400,000 damage to facility.
USA: Arson at a veal slaughterhouse in Florida caused $500,000 damage.
23, 1997 USA: Animal rights group that calls itself the justice
department sent letters to media warning of poisoned turkeys in supermarkets
in the east.
12, 1997 USA: Animal rightists smashed windows and doors with
sledgehammer at Boys Town research center and damaged van parked nearby.
Boys Town staff received death threats.
1997 West Jordan, UT: ALF burned a McDonalds to the ground, causing
$400,000 in damages.
1997 USA: Cavel West Horse Slaughter Plant was torched in Redmond,
Oregon causing $1,000,000 in damage with blaze threatening nearby propane
storage tank. Entire water supply of Redmond was used fighting the fire
and residents had to give up using city water. ALF claimed responsibility.
1997 Crystal City, VA: 200 Animal Rights activists harassed customers
and employees at a McDonalds, blocking the restaurant's driveway for two
hours. Police in riot gear used pepper spray to disburse the crowd. Eighteen
people were arrested on criminal trespass charges, and three face additional
charges of vandalism for throwing food.
1997 USA: More than 9000 mink were released at Oregon fur farm
causing $750,000 damage.
1997 USA: Activists smashed windows and sprayed paint walls of
soon-to-open family enterprise, Golden Coral Restaurant in Maryland, causing
$65,000 in damage.
1997 USA: A trapping supply store in Ogden, Utah, was torched
with the night watchman inside. He confronted the arsonists and they fled.
1997 USA: Five pipe bombs exploded at the Fur Breeders Agricultural
Coop in Utah causing nearly $1,000,000 in damage. Bombs were spiked with
screws and metal and were ignited using gasoline and a five minute fuse.
Federal authorities arrested and convicted Josh Ellerman, a 19-year-old
follower of ALF and the Straight Edge movement, which is another offshoot
of the animal rights movement.
15, 1997 Troy MI: The ALF attacked a McDonalds with a foul-smelling
chemical, and spray-painted "McS---, McMurder, McDeath" on the
9, 1997 USA: Outdoor Hunter/Outfitter Shop was firebombed. No
group takes credit but federal authorities suspect ALF
4, 1997 USA: More than 20 stores and restaurants in Salt Lake
City had their windows shot or smashed out. Sabotaged enterprises included
McDonalds, Arby's, Kentucky Fried Chicken, a trapping outfitter, a leather
shop, milk trucks and others.
12, 1996 USA: A firebomb was lobbed through window of Bloomington,
Minnesota, fur store causing $2,000,000 damage. Firefighters disputed
claims by Coalition to Abolish the Fur Trade (CAFT) that no lives were
put at risk.
14, 1996 Eugene, OR: The ELF spray-painted graffiti and glued
locks at a McDonalds.
Minnesota: Swanson Meats* Arson $100,000+
Utah: Utah State University Break-in/Arson $110,000
Michigan: Michigan State University East Break-in/Arson $125,000
Oregon: Oregon State University Break-in/Arson Vandalism 75,000
Texas: Texas Tech University Break-in $50,000-70,000
4/2/89 Tucson, Arizona:
University of Arizona Break-in /Arson/ Theft $250,000
1/29/89 Dixon, California:
Dixon Livestock Building* Arson/Vandalism $250,000
8/15/88 Loma Linda,
California: Loma Linda University: Break-in/Theft $10,000
6/5/88 San Jose,
California: Sun Valley Meat Packing Company* Arson/Vandalism $300,000
11/28/87 Santa Clara,
California: V. Melani Poultry* Arson/Vandalism $230,000
11/25/87 San Jose,
California: Ferrara Meat Company* Arson $420,000
9/1/87 Santa Clara,
California: San Jose Valley Veal & Beef Co., Arson $35,000
4/16/87 Davis, California:
University of California, Davis Arson/Vandalism $4,500,000
click to enlarge. left: Two baby chimps held by masked liberator. right: Four
baby chimpanzees were rescued from the SEMA laboratory in Rockville, Maryland.
Jane Goodall called her visit to SEMA "the worst experience of my life".
Maryland: SEMA Corporation* and National Institutes of Health, Theft $100,000
California: Omega and HMS Turkey Ranches* Theft/Vandalism, 12,000
Oregon: University Of Oregon Break-in/Theft $50,000
5/1/86 Gilroy, California:
Simonsen Laboratories* Vandalism $165,000
California: University of California-Riverside Break-in/Theft $600,000
California: City of Hope Research Inst.* and Medical Center, Break-in
Pennsylvania: University of Pennsylvania Break-in/Theft $20,000
California: Harbor-UCLA Medical Center Break-in/Theft $58,000