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ALF 2001

November 11 San Diego, CA: ALF broke into the contract animal research lab of Sierra Biomedical, smashing equipment and destroying research files as well as the company's transport van. The damage was estimated at $50,000. An ALF communique stated "No high-price contract is worth murder nor is it worth what the ALF will do to stop these murders. We were thorough and determined, they will not soon recover from our visit."

October 19 Portland, Oregon: Two anti-logging activists were indicted in the first federal prosecution in Oregon of alleged eco-terrorism by ELF. Jacob Sherman and Michael Scarpetti, aka "Tre Arrow," were charged with four felonies in connection with a fire that destroyed cement trucks in April, 2001, causing damage estimated at $210,000. They also face another federal indictment for fire-bombing three logging trucks in June, 2001, during the protest of the Eagle Creek Lumber Sale. Investigators found similarities in the two arson attacks.

October 18 Glenwood, Iowa: ALF cut wire mesh pen fencing and released approximately 162 pigeons, ducks, and geese. They emptied nesting boxes, removed breeder tags, and damaged or destroyed sheds on the property. This was their second action against this farm.

October 17 and 24 In Ellsworth, Iowa: Animal Rights terrorists attacked a small fur farm twice in six days, releasing 1700 mink to be hit by cars or fall victim to dogs, starvation, stress and cold. ALF claimed credit for the raids.

October 16 Jewell, Iowa: ALF released an estimated 200 mink from Isebrand Fur Farm, which had been previously targeted by ALF in 1999 when 3000 mink were released. This is the 70 time animals have been released from fur farms in North America.

October 12 East Lansing, MI: A letter containing an unknown white powder caused the evacuation of a mailroom, and the subsequent decontamination of 17 people, at Michigan State University. The substance was later found to be harmless. Evidence in the letter indicated it came from an animal rights group. The school had previously been targeted by activists in December, 1999 when arson, claimed by ELF, caused $900,000 worth of damage at a Michigan State animal research facility.

September 26 OR: In testimony before Portland City Council members considering the continuation of a joint terrorism task force, the associate director of the Oregon Regional Primate Research Center recounted his trip from Oregon Health Sciences University to a Florida university for a job interview. Animal rights activists posted the details of his trip on the Internet before his departure. Animal rights activists greeted him at the airport, accompanied him to most of his meetings (open to the public under Florida's "open meeting" laws), knocked on his hotel door at night and made threatening phone calls to him at his hotel. The university assigned a state police escort for him; he was surrounded by extremists at the airport upon his departure, and did not get the job, as he was considered a political liability.

September 24 UT: A card left at a gas and oil exploration site near Moab claimed ELF credit for vandalizing seismic equipment used in the operation.

September 21 UK: Ashley Broadley Glynn Harding, the mail bomber who sent 15 letter bombs to animal-related businesses and individuals over a three-month period last winter, was sentenced to indefinite detention in mental hospital. Additional court ordered restrictions mean that Harding will not be released until the Home Secretary is satisfied that he poses no risk to the public. The bomber's mail terror campaign injured two adults and one child, one woman lost her left eye, the child scarred for life. At trial, evidence indicated that he had intended to mail as many as 100 letter bombs.

September 20 Washington, DC: The Fund for Animals and Animal Legal Defense Fund filed suit against the Bureau of Land Management to block the removal of 21,000 wild horses from federal lands across the west. The suit argues that BLM never fully studied the potential impact of culling the wild herds.

September 20 NM: ALF claimed responsibility for the 4:15 a.m. arson at the White Sands Research Center, Coulston Foundation Labs in Alamogordo. The facility, holding the world's largest collection of domesticated chimpanzees, sustained estimated losses of $1 million in tools, equipment and records. Researchers at the lab study cures for aids, hepatitis and other illnesses. In the attack, bombs were placed at two locations, one went off and one failed to ignite.

September 20 UT: Activists targeted Tucson's Ronald McDonald statue in front of the Ronald McDonald House, a home for families of seriously ill children. The "ALF", "ELF", swastikas and vulgarities left on statue were the same as those found on the walls of a McDonald's restaurant destroyed in Tucson on September 8.

September 19 UK: Scotland's parliament passed a bill outlawing hunting with dogs, which would also end foxhunting by the end of next year.

September 19 NY: ELF activist Connor Cash, previously charged with arson and arson conspiracy for torching five Long Island homes under construction last winter, was indicted by a federal grand jury on a charge of providing material support to terrorists. Cash's transportation and procurement of materials used in ELF arson and vandalism raids were the basis for the added charge.

September 18 UK: Eleven people suspected of being key players in animal rights extremism are arrested on fraud charges, stemming from misusing tens of thousands of pounds obtained from the government's Department for Education and Skills. Detectives believe the five men and six women arrested at eight different locations diverted the money to fund animal rights activities.

September 16 UK: Investors doing business with Huntingdon Life Sciences won tentative approval from the Financial Services Authority to conduct business anonymously. A draft agreement is now before the Association of Private Client Investment Managers and Stock-Brokers to complete the procedures necessary to shield participants from animal rights activist protests and assaults.

September 14 IN: Charges against Frank Ambrose for tree spiking were dropped in Bloomington by the prosecution today, with reservation for pursuing the same or other charges in the future. Citing their conclusion after investigation that a larger conspiracy was involved in the tree spiking, authorities dismissed the case. Ambrose had been charged in January with spiking trees in June, 2000, at a logging site in the Monroe State forest, after being connected with visits to the timber sale and hardware used in tree spiking.

September 11 CA: Lindsay Parme, Geoff Dervishian and Lisa Lakeman, arrested at a July 21, 2001 fur protest against Nieman Marcus in San Francisco are convicted on five charges, including conspiracy, obstruction of business and passively resisting arrest; sentencing to follow.

September 10 Germany: Animal rights slogans were left at a site where approximately 10,000 mink were released from a farm in Neuenkirchen, Osnabruk.

September 9 IA:Double T farms in Glenwood lost all of its 215 Carneaux pigeons, bred for research, in a night time break-in. ALF claims credit for the release. Damages estimated by Double T are $10,000. Farm offials reported that 24 birds were recovered.

September 8 AZ: ALF claimed an estimated half million in damage at a McDonald's arson in Tucson. "ALF," "ELF," obscenities and swastikas were spray-painted on the buildings in the attack.

September 7 IA: 14,000 Mink were released and abandoned in a night time raid on Earl Drewelow & Sons Mink Farm at Boyd. Fences were knocked down and much of the operation's facilities were destroyed. ALF claimed credit for the action, which caused estimated losses of over $100,000. About one-third of the mink found their way back, but most did not survive, hundreds were killed by passing cars after swarming on the nearby highway and others have been subsequently spotted at half-size, starving and hostile in the surrounding area.

September 7 SD: Vandals bypassed an electric fence during daylight hours and released 100 to 200 mink from a farm in Arlington. The owner was feeding mink in nearby sheds when the release occurred, all mink were recovered.

September 6 UK: Protesters chained themselves to drums at a Shell oil refinery near Ellesmere Port, Cheshire in a demonstration against Shell product testing connections with Huntingdon Life Sciences. Police arrested 27 protesters after the road to the plant had to be closed, disrupting rush hour traffic.

September 5 IA: 200 head of cattle were released from a sale barn at Decorah, and were later recovered.

September 3 IL: ALF claimed responsibility for breaking, entering and releasing more than 750 ducks and ducklings from the Whistling Wings duck breeding facility in Hanover.

August 29 New Zealand: The 34th International Congress of Physiological Sciences in Christchurch, attended by over 3,000 scientists, received a death threat aimed at California Michael Stryker, a sleep deprivation research scientist. Animal rights protesters amassed to protest the conference and police responded with sufficient force to keep a lid on violence throughout the conference. An anonymous letter received by government officials and the press stated that a "good California doctor" was targeted and that before leaving New Zealand, "…he may be dead."

August 28 WI: In the continuation of a battle which included overwhelming support and approval last April for the first mourning dove hunt in Wisconsin, animal rights forces obtained an eleventh hour injunction against the hunt, scheduled for Saturday, September 1, 2001. Relying on ambiguity in regulation and contesting the authority of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to allow the hunt, animal rights attorneys succeeded in putting enough evidence before Dane County Circuit Court Judge Daniel Moeser to put a hold on the hunt. Hunt officials are trying to notify the expected 30,000 hunters that the hunt is called off.

August 27 Canada: Hunt of a Lifetime announced plans to provide a deer hunting trip for a child with a life-threatening illness. The trip fills in the gap left when the Make a Wish Foundation two years ago succumbed to animal rights pressure to deny hunting trips for children similarly afflicted. The parents of the child asked the media to not reveal their location as they’ve been receiving disturbing calls from animal rights activists.

August 26 India: Eddie Bauer, L.L. Bean, Timberland and Casual Corner announced that leather from India will not be purchased. Travel 2000, German-based Bader, Gap, Inc., Liz Claiborne, J. Crew, Marks & Spencer and others have declared similar policies. The announcements follow animal rights publicity surrounding slaughter and leather processing practices in India.

August 23 Netherlands: In the second major mink farm attack in Europe this summer, hundreds of mink were destroyed on roads and in the surrounding area of a mink farm in Valkensward, near Eindhoven, when approximately 17,000 mink were released.

August 21 Norway: An ALF press release claimed credit for releasing about 1,200 mink from a farm in Telemarken, Norway, southeast of Oslo. Almost all of the animals were recovered.

August 21 NY: ELF claimed credit for damage in a misguided attempt to vandalize a site they believed to be carrying on genetic research. The Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, involved in cancer research, sustained an estimated $15,000 in destruction.

August 20 Scotland: A box and note claiming the contents to be anthrax arrived at St. Andrews University, where William of Wales, future King of England, is enrolled. Analysis proved the substance to be curry powder, police suspected the anti-royalist Scottish National Liberation Army and also the animal rights' movement, which condemns William's love of fox hunting.

August 16 UK: One of the three men who assaulted Brian Cass, managing director of Huntingdon Life Sciences, at his home, received a sentence of three years in jail for his part in the attack. David Blenkinsop and two others donned ski masks and ambushed Cass as he arrived home, bludgeoning him with wooden staves and pickaxe handles. DNA on the handles and Blenkinsop’s clothing helped convict him of the offense. Police are still searching for the other two attackers.

August 14 UK: A Brighton retail shop suffered 4 smashed windows after animal rights protesters complained about sales of products made from rabbit fur. Damages to the Southern Handicrafts shop were estimated at "hundreds" of pounds.

August 11 UK: An animal rights march in Oxford resulted in injury to two police officers involved in a scuffle with some of the 500 protesters. The marchers protested research at Huntingdon Life Sciences.

August 5 OR: PETA targeted Oregon for protests against the March of Dimes because of its support of research performed at the Oregon Primate Research Center. Billboards were scheduled for Salem and Portland, and protests planned at March of Dimes offices in Portland and Eugene. March of Dimes officials noted that OPRC research benefits drug addicted babies and the blind.

August 3 MD: Montgomery County authorities attribute dognappings by animal rights activists who appear to be dissatisfied with police response to dog abuse calls. Police are looking for Patricia L. Tereskiewicz, on information that she had taken two dogs from the back yard of an owner who had been the subject of animal abuse complaints.

August 2 UK: The Bank of New York found the names of account holders posted on the Internet by animal rights protesters. The bank, which does business with Huntingdon Life Sciences laboratories, had to change hundreds of internal passwords and seek the source of internal leaks. A protest group stormed the 49th floor bank offices at Canary Wharf in London a day earlier, but guards prevented them from getting past the reception area.

July 31 Spain: 13,000 mink were released from a farm in la Puebla de Valverde, near Madrid. 270 feet of fences were torn down and 1,150 cages were opened. The local citizenry recovered about 6,000 mink.

July 28 UK: Glynn Harding, a 26-year-old schizophrenic, admitted three charges of causing bodily injury by explosives and 12 counts of sending an explosive with intent. He also admitted to possessing bomb making materials. His participation in a highly publicized letter bomb campaign last winter and this spring blinded one woman in one eye and left a six-year-old girl scarred.

July 27 WA: A anonymous group using ELF communiqué-releasing services announced the spiking of "hundreds" of trees in units 5,6 and 7 of the Upper Greenhorn timber sale in the Cowlitz Valley Ranger District in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. They claimed that 60-penny nails were inserted high and low in the 99-acre timber sale area.

July 25 NY: Via communiqué, a group calling itself Pirates for Animal Rights claimed credit for sinking a yacht owned by a Bank of New York executive. The scuttling and moorage damage were claimed to be in reaction to BNY financial services that could be interpreted as benefiting Huntingdon Life Sciences. Subsequent inspection by authorities revealed that the vandals had drilled several holes above the water line and cut a fuel hose on a 21’ boat and had not sunk it.

July 23 St. Lucia: The coast guard escorted the Sea Shepherd out of St. Lucia’s waters in the Caribbean after complaints of harassment against fishermen.

July 21 KY: ELF vandals slashed tires on 15 vehicles, spray-painted slogans and broke windows at the Dynergy power plant. An ELF communiqué claimed credit for the action.

July 19 UK: A nude Bruce Friedrich, campaign manager for PETA, charged President George W. Bush as he arrived at Buckingham Palace. Friedrich had a web address painted on his back, was clad in only shoes and eyeglasses. Police hauled him away, he was not charged, and later claimed that PETA had sent out 40,000 start-up packs from internet requests resulting from the publicity

July 17 CA: Authorities were called to investigate Heavenly Valley Ski Resort’s new gondola in South Lake Tahoe after a 2x16-inch stick was found wired to a steel cable, safety sensors had been wired to the gondola cable and broken, and the letters ELF had been formed with wire at the base of one of the support towers.

July 17 NE: In the fourth golf course vandalism incident in the Omaha area since late June, greens and fairways were dug up and buildings were spray painted. ELF was spray painted in one sand trap, damages were estimated at $5-7,000 at the most recent golf course vandalism. Three teens were arrested on July 19th and indicated association with the ELF.

July 13 NJ: Eight protesters were arrested in Brunswick at the Bank of New York following a demonstration against Huntingdon Life Sciences. Two juveniles were released, but the remaining 6 adults were held in lieu of $25,000 bail on charges ranging from trespass to criminal mischief to endangerment of persons.

July 5 OR: Federal law enforcement officials met with US Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) to discuss threats posed by domestic terrorist organizations such as ALF and ELF and laws that require law enforcement to follow ethical standards in seeking warrants for wiretaps and other investigative work. The laws have been interpreted by the Oregon Supreme Court as applying to covert police actions, and thus prohibiting the use of deception in such efforts. Law enforcement officials note that this ruling seriously hampers their efforts to gather information and admissible evidence in the course of their work.

July 4 MI: An ELF act of arson gutted a Weyerhaeuser office in protest over support for the genetic engineering work on poplar and cottonwood trees conducted by Oregon State University and the University of Washington. An communiqué claimed credit for the attack, along with responsibility for the destruction of eight Ford Expeditions by arson at Roy O’Brien Ford in June, and the destruction of two plate glass windows and a drive-through at a newly-built McDonald’s, also in June.

June 22 UK: Marks & Spencer stopped selling Indian leather products in response to PETA’s two-year campaign against leather imports from India.

June 17 WI: An early morning fire substantially damaged the Redgranite feed facility, formerly known as a Mink Farm. Two firefighters were hurt in fighting the blaze, one was treated and released, one held in intensive care for smoke inhalation.

June 15 NY: Twelve activists were arrested while demonstrating against Huntingdon Life Sciences at the Greenlawn Branch of the Bank of New York. Police reported that the demonstrators stormed the bank building and disrupted business. They were arrested, charged with riot in the second degree, and held in lieu of $500 bail.

June 14 AZ: Mark Warren Sands was arrested and indicted on 22 counts for setting fires to eight homes in Phoenix and Scottsdale between April 9, 2000 and January 18, 2001. Some of the luxury homes, under construction when torched, were valued at over a $million each. Sands claimed at his initial hearing that "God’s work has to be done."

June 14 AZ: Mark Warren Sands was arrested and charged with arson and extortion in the fires of recently built and under construction luxury homes in Phoenix and suburban Scottsdale. A 22-count federal indictment charges Warren with setting 8 fires. He was arrested earlier this year after being caught tagging a home under construction with the acronym "CSP," said to stand for Coalition to Save the Preserves.

June 13 NJ: At least fifteen demonstrators were taken into custody after violating a restraining order requiring them to stay away from the home of an executive of Huntingdon Life Sciences. The protesters gathered at the home in the evening after a day of protests at a Bank of New York in Brunswick and also at the HLS laboratory in East Brunswick.

June 13 NY: Five Long Island branches of the Bank of New York were attacked by ALF and ELF protesters claiming that BNY was doing business with Huntingdon Life Sciences. Protesters painted ALF, ELF and graffiti and smashed at least 13 windows, glued ATM keypads and jammed card slots with plastic. A joint press release by ALF and ELF, issued from British Columbia, claimed responsibility for the effort (and also claimed 25 windows smashed). The protest was aimed at breaking ties with US businesses that provide a means for investment in Huntingdon Life Sciences. The communiqué also announced a schedule for harassment and protests aimed at the bank and included names, phone numbers and addresses of targets, using both business locations and personal residence locations.

June 12 AZ: Four luxury homes burned overnight in a construction project inside an upscale gated community. Authorities are looking for ties to previous arson fires of luxury homes by eco-terrorists. The initials CSP, standing for "Coalition to Save the Preserves," were sprayed on at least one home. Two of the homes had been sold and two were still on the market. None were occupied yet, and damage was estimated at $2 million. The four homes in total were valued at $5 million.

June 12 OR: Jeffrey Michael Luers, age 22, was sentenced to 22 years, 8 months in prison for his part in arson attacks in Eugene last year. Another activist apprehended in the same arson, Craig Marshall, entered into a plea bargain agreement last November and is now serving a 5-year sentence. Luers's defense that he took pains not to injure people and was frustrated about the growing ecological destruction of the planet did not mitigate the measure 11 mandatory sentencing guidelines or otherwise soften his sentencing. The same auto dealership that Luers was convicted of torching went up in flames again on March 30, 2001, damaging 35 SUV's and producing over a $1 million in damage.

June 12 MO: A 30-year-old animal rights activist attacked a "Survivor" series cast member at a workplace safety promotion, pepper spraying him in the face and hitting several onlookers, including children, as well. Police arrested the attacker. Michael Skupin, who lasted six weeks on "Survivor," attributed the attack to his killing of a pig for food on the series.

June 11 UT: A Bed, Bath & Beyond store became the latest target for animal rights protesters attacking supporters of Huntingdon Life Sciences. The ALF claimed that the smashing of 45 windows and spray painting of slogans was in retaliation for Bed, Bath & Beyond financial dealings with Stephens, Inc., a New Jersey investment company connected with Huntingdon Life Sciences, a British drug testing laboratory.

June 10 ID: In a second attack on the biotechnology building at the University of Idaho, ELF members removed survey stakes and painted anti-bioengineering slogans on the outside of the building. An ELF communique published on June 18, 2001 claimed credit for the activity.

June 10 ID: Anti-bioengineering activists destroyed pea patches at the Siminis research center in Filer. A communique release claimed credit for removing pea plants from about 20 patches, suspected of being genetically altered, and detailed information on how the facility had been identified through use of the internet and USDA public information on research projects.

June 6 OR: Jeffrey Luers, charged and convicted of 5 counts of arson for attacks on the Joe Romania truck lot and the Tyee Oil Company last year, faces a possible sentence of 7 ½ years in prison. The Romania lot was the target of a second arson by others still at large this past March, with damages estimated at $1 million.

June 6 UK: About a dozen animal rights activists chained themselves by their throats to the doors of Morgan Stanley's offices in east London. The demonstration attempted to block entry to the building and was conducted because of Morgan Stanley's association with Huntingdon Life Sciences.

June 5 Washington, DC: At a joint-university news conference MSU’s director of the Agricultural Biotechnology Support Project estimated that the university would spend more than $1 million in security improvement and repairs as a result of the arson that destroyed her office in January, 2000.

June 5 MI: The director of Agricultural Biotechnology at Michigan State University estimated that nearly $1 million had been spent to improve security and rebuild the fourth floor of the agriculture hall after arson destroyed her office in January, 2000.

June 5 OH: PETA launched its campaign against Burger King by passing out leaflets to school children in Dayton, Ohio. Students leaving Wilbur Wright Middle School were met by Mercy for Animals members handing out paper crowns with golden points impaling pigs and cows and details of how animals are treated in factory farms.

June 4 WI: Lawmakers are drafting legislation to make intentionally infecting animals with diseases illegal in an effort to head off agri-terrorism.

June 2 WA: After assessing the extent of wreckage from an ELF arson attack at the Center for Urban Horticulture on May 21, 2001, University of Washington requests $5.4 million from the state legislature for program and building repairs.

June 2 UK: About a dozen protesters demonstrated for approximately an hour in front of Iams offices in Leicestershire. Asking passing motorists to stop supporting the pet food company, protesters objected to animal experimentation in the manufacturing of pet food.

June 1 OR: The Oregon legislature unanimously approved the third and final part of a package intended to combat eco-terrorism. Last month, HB2344 and HB2385 were signed into law, expanding Oregon's racketeering statutes to include crimes against research, livestock and agricultural facilities and make "interference with agricultural research" a new crime. HB2947 includes technical clarifications of the crimes of research and animal interference and interference with livestock production.

June 1 OR: Incendiary devices were placed under 6 log trucks in Estacada. One went off, three trucks were burned, one destroyed. The trucks were to be used in Eagle Creek watershed logging operations, which have been protested for about two years to date. Damage was estimated at $50,000 for the destroyed truck.

June Detroit, MI: ELF vandalized a McDonalds.

May 31 Canada: In a raid late this month, Toronto police arrested two men and put out an appeal for apprehension of a third in connection with animal cruelty charges stemming from the videotaped skinning of live animals. The video showed a cat being tortured and killed allegedly by a self-styled artist and vegan protesting animal cruelty. Anthony Ryan Wenneker, 24, and Jessie Champlain Powers, 21 were arrested. The raid turned up a headless, skinned cat in the refrigerator, along with other animal skeletons, including a dog, some mice and rats, and the videos. Police are searching for the third person seen in the videos.

May 23 UK: Three men, ages 34, 31 and 34, were arrested for the attack on Brian Cass, Director of Huntingdon Life Sciences. The baseball bat brandishing attackers split Cass' scalp and bruised him and sprayed a would-be rescuer with CS gas on February 22, 2001. One of the men was arrested at an animal sanctuary run by TV script writer Carla Lane.

May 23 UK: Three activists climbed atop the roof of Japanese pharmaceutical company Yamanouchi in West Byfleet, Surrey. Yamanouchi has ties to Huntingdon Life Sciences.

May 23 UT: Animal rights activist Eric Ward was sentenced to two days in jail and ordered to pay a $1,850 fine, $375 restitution for damage to property and $715 to the fire department. The sentencing stemmed from a protest at the L'Ours Blanc fur store in Salt Lake City.

May 22 CA: The combination of the 1998 ban on certain kinds of traps and the ban on cougar hunting in California has been accompanied by a rise in alarming statistics. USDA recently released figures showing that the 5,600 animal kills by predators in 1995 had jumped to 14,900 last year. The loss to ranchers was estimated at $5 million in the year 2000. Mountain lions killed 3,300 cattle and calves last year, compared to 1,500 animal kills five years ago.

May 21 OR/WA: Two sites in Oregon and Washington were the subjects of ELF arson attacks. The Oregon attack at Clatskanie destroyed an equipment building and a maintenance building; about a half dozen pickups, all-terrain vehicles and a semi-trailer at Jefferson Poplar Farms tree nursery. The Washington blaze gutted laboratories and offices at the University of Washington's Center for Urban Horticulture in Seattle. ELF anti-genetic engineering graffiti was left in Oregon, no clues in Washington, however ELF claimed credit for both arsons in subsequent communications later in the month. The Oregon damage was estimated at $500,000. No genetically engineered trees were grown on the 7,300 acre facility. Washington's toll came to the loss of 20+ years of research, destroyed irreplaceable books, data, research specimens and laboratory samples, displacement of 28 staff members and students from Merrill Hall and $5.4 million in damage.

May 16 CA: Anti-biotech activists destroyed an undetermined amount of strawberry, tomato and onion plants at an ELM-owned research facility in Brentwood.

May 14 PA: ALF claims responsibility for hacking into Primate Products, a company that supplies primates for Huntingdon Life Sciences animal testing work. The web site was changed in content and graphics.

May 14 CA: Seven more activists were arrested for blocking a Pacific Lumber Co. logging crew's access to the Mattole River watershed in Humboldt County near Scotia.

May 13 MS: Since the beaver trapping ban of 1996, the Massachusetts beaver population, which has no natural predator to control its expansion, has tripled. The population is conservatively estimated at 61,000 today, and without controls, it's possible to grow to 100,000. Tree damage and waterway interference are causing significant property owner problems. The state enacted legislation last summer that gave local health departments the authority to trap and kill beavers when public health and safety is threatened, but did not fund the measure, leaving the cost for containment and correction up to the towns or private citizens.

May 11 CA: In connection with protests over Pacific Lumber Co. logging of 3,000 acres of old growth timber at the Mattole River watershed near Scotia, a 19-year-old AmeriCorps volunteer took a group of high school students to the protest site under the auspices of the Urban Pioneer Program offered by McAteer High School. The Program allows students to explore everything from rock climbing to auto mechanics, so when permission slips were requested for a trip to Humboldt County, parents apparently provided them. The students were supposed to be studying organic farming and efforts to revive salmon, however, the volunteer leader, a member of the Earth First! Environmental protest group took the group to the protest site where the students, aged 15 to 17, were arrested by police and taken to the Eureka juvenile hall (more than 20 protesters have been arrested at the site in the past few weeks). The volunteer leader, David Wehrer of San Francisco, was in trouble with school authorities and was also charged by the Humboldt County District Attorney with 16 criminal charges: 8 counts of felony child endangerment and 8 counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a misdemeanor. The charges of trespass were dropped against the high school students.

May 10 UK: Thirteen Huntingdon Life Sciences protesters entered the Bank of New York's first floor reception area dressed as office workers, and eight of them chained themselves together. One month ago, SHAC protesters occupied the bank's offices on the 49th floor for 11 hours. Security personnel hauled the thirteen involved in this incident out to the street, none were arrested.

May 10 Canada: Loggers in the forests of the West Kootenays found trees spiked with concrete plugs. The concrete spikes, set in plastic piping and slipped into holes bored into the trees, had bark glued to the exposed ends, making visual detection nearly impossible and rendering magnetic detection useless. No one has claimed credit for the potentially lethal act.

May 10 CO: In a bizarre scenario, a nonprofit horse rescue group, setting up shop on their 50-acre farm was ordered by land use authorities to "move" a colony of prairie dogs and to revegetate the property while it attempted to rescue horses. Because zoning regulations don't distinguish between moving and extermination, and because it's legal to kill prairie dogs on private property, and because revegetation is difficult to impossible over a colony of prairie dogs, the rescue group hired workers to stuff the prairie dog holes with newspapers soaked with poison. A zoning official stopped the rescue group from the activity, claiming that the poison would make the prairie dogs bleed internally and burst open, and members of the animal rights group Rocky Mountain Animal Defense came out and spent 4 hours removing the newspapers before being stopped and ordered to leave by the sheriff's department. In addition, the horse rescue group had asked the state Division of Wildlife for help in moving the prairie dogs, and the Division had spent $2,385 plus labor and equipment to create a new habitat on 35 acres of the rescue group's land and the Division is now contemplating charging the group for the work, if the extermination is completed and there are no prairie dogs to relocate.

May 9 Israel: Shraga Segal, an immunologist and former dean of the Ben-Gurion University medical school, resigned his post as chairman of the government body that supervises research involving animals. Segal received a faxed death threat and threats of violence against his family.

May 5 TX: Protesters acting against housing development in 37 acres of thick cedar woods in West Lake Hills, torched a backhoe and left graffiti on a portable toilet, causing $82,000 in damage.

May 4 UT: US District Court Judge Bruce Jenkins ruled that language in Utah's new commercial terrorism law may be unconstitutional. The statute prohibits light or sound waves from disrupting a business. That, for the judge, was too vague for enforcement without violating first amendment protections.

May 3 WA: Washington's voter-approved anti-trapping measure appears to prohibit the Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife from trapping river otters, one of the major predators of salmon and trout in state fish hatcheries. The Department is wrestling with ways to interpret the language or methods to gain an exemption that would permit trapping to protect the fish.

May 2 UK: 92 people were arrested in London during May Day violence. Protesters included environmentalists, animal rights groups and campaigners against arms trade. Police were organized and prevented the massive disruptions that occurred last year, and characterized this year's crowd as "largely peaceful." However, Westminster City Council estimated the damage in the violence-hit areas to stores, shops and other businesses to be $29 million and lost business. The cost for police protection was not included in the tally.

April 29 NY: More than 250 ducks were removed from the Cornell University Duck Laboratory and Farm in Eastport, Long Island. Workers Sunday morning found graffiti and dead animals and forcibly entered barns. Police believe ALF activists are behind the theft and damage. According to researchers, the ducks were being used in duck virus research and were on a special diet and probably would not survive in the wild or outside the laboratory.

April 28 CA: ALF activists entered the ICRC Company in Castroville and stole 28 rabbits. An ALF communiqué released after the theft revealed that the thieves did now know exactly what kind of research was being conducted at the facility.

April 27 WA: Governor Gary Locke signed into law this week a measure that would make it a misdemeanor to knowingly interfere with or recklessly injure a guide dog, or to allow one's dog to obstruct or intimidate a guide dog. Repeat offenses could net up to one year in jail and a $5,000 fine. The measure sailed through the legislature in record time after reports of blind people being harassed by animal rights fanatics, both verbally and by looking for opportunities to separate the guide dogs from their owners.

April 27 IL: Two SHAC activists attempted to occupy the Chicago Branch of Stephens Inc. Investment Company. Two activists caused a disruption in the NY Stephens Building.

April 26 MS: 30 activists from the Boston Coalition for Animal Liberation tried to take over the local offices of the Stephens Incorporated Investment Company. They were protesting the Stephens link with Huntingdon Life Sciences. No activists made it into the building, but three chained themselves outside, using pipe and bicycle chains. Twelve activists attempted to occupy the Stephens office in San Francisco. Three ADL activists attempted to storm the Stephens office in Atlanta.

April 26 OR: On the heels of cougar complaints rising from 151 in 1992 to 645 in 2000, an Oregon Senate panel approved a bill to allow shooting cougar and bear without hunting tags or licenses if the animals pose a threat to humans. Oregon voters passed a ban on cougar/bear hunting with dogs in 1994, causing a rural uproar over the inherent dangers in such protection. Despite animal rights proponents' assurances of relative safety, researchers say that there were more cougar attacks - and resulting deaths - in the 1990s than in any decade in the past century. Under the bill, animals that exhibit aggressive behavior or break into a home, attack pets, or are repeatedly spotted during the day near structures used by humans could be killed.

April 25 NJ: The State Commission of Investigation released a report on SPCA chapters throughout New Jersey, citing poor conditions, deplorable conditions, absence of financial controls, wanton spending and duplicitous activity. The investigation concluded in December, 2000, and recommended stripping the SPCAs of their power to enforce animal cruelty laws. It also recommended that municipalities should be mandated to place the enforcement function with their animal control officers. The report concluded that the welfare of animals in the state was not being served.

April 22 Germany: In one of the biggest arson attacks in Germany, a farm near Dresden that had been the target of animal rights activists on the internet was burned to the ground. Living quarters, feed houses and 8 large buildings that were used to house mink were destroyed. The farm was unoccupied and no animals were present, as it was being converted to crop farming for the upcoming year. The arsonists placed road spikes on the route to the farm, which prevented fire personnel from stopping the blaze.

April 20 WA: Over 300 mink were released from a farm in Snohomish County. All were female, with most due to give birth within the next few weeks. Over 200 of them were rounded up and returned to the farm through help from local farm families. Estimated losses due to the release are $35,000.

April 19 WA: Animal rights activists entered a Snohomish mink farm property from the back property line, walked through heavy woods, jumped two fences and barriers to get to the coop area, and released about 200 animals, causing an estimated loss of $35,000. The vandals released animals going from cage to cage and tore up ID cards on the cages that tracked breeding information. Some mink were recovered, many of the lost ones were pregnant. This is the fourth time Brainard's fur farm has been hit in the past five year.

April 19 UK: In the US District Court for the District of New Jersey, the US subsidiary of Huntingdon Life Sciences joined in the filing of an amended complaint against SHAC, Voices for Animals, Animal Defense League, In Defense of Animals, and certain individuals. The amended filing asserts claims under the Civil Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Statute (RICO) and cited physical attacks on individual employees, death threats, bomb threats, destruction of property, burglary, harassment and intimidation; and also asserts claims for interference with contractual relations and economic advantage. The original plaintiffs in the action were the Stephens Group and its wholly owned investment-banking subsidiary, Stephens, Inc.

April 18 WA: State officials determined that IBP Inc., the Northwest's biggest meat packing plant, would not face charges of inhumane slaughter after a prosecutor and state investigators concluded that a clandestine video of slaughterhouse scenes was heavily edited and misleading. A viewing of the full video footage, provided by the Humane Farming Association and other animal rights groups showed corrections of the edited excerpts by workers.

April 16 Finland: On April 16th, two men and two women were arrested for animal liberation incidents dating back to August, 2000. On April 19th, another man was arrested. Arrested were Brandon David Elder, Mia Liisa Muhonen, Vesa Hyttinen (spokesperson for an animal rights group "Oikeutta elaimille," or "Justice to Animals"), Hannele (Hanna) Kauppinen, and Kristo Muurimaa.

April 15 OR: ELF arsonists struck at Ross Island Sand & Gravel in Portland, burning 3 cement trucks and causing $210,000 in damage. A company spokesman said that the incident also put three truck drivers out of work until the trucks could be repaired.

April 12 UK: Reports on the Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty web site indicated that a director of a bank holding HLS shares and a drugs company director were the targets of residential protests and vandalism, with the targets' car windows broken, "calling cards" left, and "garden furniture" rearranged. The report was later edited to remove references to the vandalism after a spokesperson for SHAC disclaimed responsibility for entries on the web site and stated support only for peaceful demonstrations.

April 12 Washington DC: According to "Animal People" (April 2001), IRS authorities are investigating claims of undocumented and unaccounted excess benefit transactions, lodged by a former legal executive secretary/office manager in the office of the General Counsel for the Humane Society of the United States.

April 10 UK: In what has become standard "house call" harassment, a director of the British arm of the Bank of New York was greeted at his home in Southern England after work by about 50 animal rights protesters with air horns and whistles, some chanting at the tops of their lungs, and accompanied by a PA system recording of a dog howling. The noise lasted about an hour, attracted police and neighbors. The director's bank provides American depository receipts, which permit investors in the US to own shares in Huntingdon Life Sciences.

April 10 UK: The chief executive of Charles Schwab Europe described employees as being personally threatened, harassed and intimidated by animal rights protesters as the brokerage announced pulling out of trading in Huntingdon Life Sciences shares. Claiming that it was impossible to trade the stock through normal channels, the brokerage response was in reaction to pressure from a concentrated animal rights campaign against customers, investors, creditors and staff of Europe's largest research company.

April 8 UK: Roche, a pharmaceutical manufacturer with product testing links to Huntingdon Life Sciences, filed an injunction against the internet listing of names, telephone numbers and addresses of the company's scientists and directors. Roche claimed that after publication, employees had been harassed at home by demonstrations and at least one assault, and over the telephone with abusive calls, including death threats. Roche also filed a 50,000-pound suit for breach of copyright for the unauthorized publication of the company's building plans. Animal rights activists Heather James, John Smith and Gamal Gamal were named in the lawsuits.

April 8 Canada: The Calgary Herald carried an article by Grady Semmens which reported on reactions to the hoof and mouth disaster in Britain. The article cited Ingrid Newkirk of PETA, as saying in reaction to the disease outbreak, "If that hideousness came here, it wouldn't be any more hideous for the animals - they are all bound for a ghastly death anyway…I openly hope that it comes here. It will bring economic harm only for those who profit from giving people heart attacks and giving animals a concentration camp-like existence." The Edmonton Sun carried an article the day before citing an interview in which Newkirk reportedly said that introduction of foot and mouth to North America "would be a wake-up call."

April 5 OR: In early morning hours the FBI, BATF and Oregon State Police served warrants and conducted a search of the business site, personal residence and vehicles of ELF spokesman Craig Rosebraugh. Two others living at his residence were also named in the search. The FBI indicated that it was looking for information relating to the March 30, 2001 auto dealership fire in Eugene, Oregon. Rosebraugh was served with a subpoena to testify before a federal grand jury in Eugene on April 18, 2001.

April 5 CA: Activists trespassing on Humboldt County land owned by Pacific Lumber Co. were arrested for blocking the company's access road to the area. Two Earth First! Protesters were arrested after an elaborate blockade had been set up for 128 days. The company claimed that the protesters had threatened their wildlife biologists in their efforts to prevent logging on 3,000 acres in the Mattole River watershed.

April 3 MN: An outlet mall in Albertville closed temporarily when several milk jugs filled with gasoline were discovered on the roof. In one report, ALF claimed credit for the attempted arson, indicating that Nike had been the intended target. Nike shoes and clothing were sold at the outlet mall. Later reports indicated that ELF claimed credit for the attempt as a protest against Nike's role in globalization.

April 2 UT: The Utah Animal Rights Coalition and two of its members, Summer Adams and Bill French, filed suit to strike down a law passed by the 2001 legislature protecting animal enterprises. Language in the law included prohibitions of anyone from interfering with a business by physically entering the building or emitting a sound wave or light ray that enters the building (people targeted by protests have complained that laser beams have been directed into their homes at night, with the implication that they could be coming from rifles). The lawsuit claimed violation of constitutionally protected free speech.

April 2 NJ: Three adults and a 17-year old girl were arrested at a noisy protest outside the Huntingdon Life Sciences lab in East Millstone. Police sprayed about a dozen protesters with pepper spray. Arrested were Adam Weissman; Nicholas Hensey; Justin Kelley and the teenager.

April 2 Germany: Wolfgang Ullruch, former head of a German animal rights foundation, went on trial for allegedly pocketing more than $31 million in donations and membership fees. He and two former assistants of the German and European Animal Relief Organization are accused of taking more than $45 million through a network of firms from 1994 to 1999.

April 1 NJ: The Animal Defense League relayed a message claiming ALF credit for stealing 14 beagles from a Huntingdon Life Sciences lab in East Millstone. The theft took place the day before a major protest planned for the facility and the day after protests at the residences of Huntingdon employees.

March 30 VA: An environmental radical group claiming to be a part of ELF spiked trees in a 300-acre tract in Westmoreland County on the Northern Neck timber tract. Rock Hill Lumber spokesmen said the company would have to invest an additional $30-40,000 to use metal detectors and take other safety measures when it harvests the timber next month.

March 30 0R: The Joe Romania Chevrolet auto dealership in Eugene lost more than 30 new vehicles, gutting several Suburban and Tahoe model cars and causing $1 million in damage. This same dealership was torched last year and one accused arsonist from that fire, Jeffery Michael Luers, is scheduled to go on trial on April 3, 2001. A communiqué released by ELF spokesman Craig Rosebraugh described the incident and claimed credit for the destruction on behalf of ELF principles without specifically naming a group or individuals.

March 29 MD: Two animal rights activists were arrested after climbing on a Burger King counter and attempting to close the restaurant. Nicholas Jonathan Patch and Sarah Anne Clifton were charged with unlawful entry.

March 28 UK: Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein removed themselves as the last remaining broker in Huntingdon Life Sciences, withdrawing after an incident involving one of their senior members and animal rights protesters over the weekend.

March 27 UK: Winterflood Securities deregistered as a market maker for Huntingdon Life Sciences amid mounting protests outside its offices and the homes of directors. Unless a second broker can be found shortly, HLS will be forced to move from the SEAQ trading platform to SEATS Plus, which is primarily used by groups with only one broker. Winterflood officials reported that the protests had moved from their business site to the homes of at least 6 employees, with up to 60 protesters outside a personal residence, threatening and abusive phone calls and terrified families.

March 27 NC: A state court dismissed two lawsuits against Virginia-based Smithfield Foods. The action had been filed by the Water Keeper Alliance in an attempt to force the hog producer to abide by environmental regulations without going through DEQ to seek enforcement of federal regulations. The coalition filed a similar suit last month in Florida and filed notice of intent to sue in Missouri. Last August, the company and attorney general of North Carolina agreed to conduct research on new waste management technologies. Smithfield committed $15 million to help fund research and $50 million for environmental enhancement programs.

March 27 Australia: Environmental radicals hold trees hostage in attempt to prevent a bat slaughter. In what officials term the most difficult and serious threat to the Melbourne Botanic Gardens in its 155-year history, a colony of 20,000 fox bats has been slated for culling. They have been destroying plants, some of which are rare exhibits from around the world. Frightening the bats had not worked, so culling by lethal injection and sharpshooting is slated. Activists vowed to cut down a tree for every animal that is killed, and have marked trees that they say are the first to go. According to Garden officials, vandalism has already occurred in reaction to their plans.

March 26 TX: Three unnamed ranchers and the Texas Farm Bureau and the American Farm Bureau Federation obtained a July 9, 2001 trial date in a lawsuit that seeks a permanent injunction against disclosure by the USDA of names and addresses of farmers using government-provided predator defense livestock collars, designed for use with goats and sheep. The collars are charged with lethal doses of fluoroacetate, which are discharged if bitten by a predator. Activist groups claim a right to the information in order to monitor taxpayer-sponsored federal programs.

March 26 Washington, DC: The Florsheim Group reportedly ended its leather contract with India, citing documentation provided by PeTA that showed unacceptable treatment of animals. Gap, J Crew, Clarks and Liz Claiborne are also reported to have ended leather contracts with India under similar scenaraios.

March 25 Netherlands: A slaughterhouse burned, causing more than $4 million damage near Eindhoven. ALF admitted responsibility for the arson. The facility was closed for a few days prior to the fire due to hoof and mouth disease restrictions.

March 25 UK: An animal rights protester at a drug firm in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, was arrested after refusing to remove her hood and show her face fully.

March 24 OR: A group calling itself "GenetiX Alert" claimed responsibility for destroying over 800 young poplars used in research in two locations in the Corvallis area. Some trees were genetically engineered and others were produced with normal hybrid breeding practices. They were being used in studies on flowering, fertility and cross-pollination.

March 23 IL: Signs depicting farm animal slaughter in graphic and profane terms were discovered on L trains in Chicago. 28 were removed from the Orange Line and 15 were taken from the Blue Line. The situation was unusual because of the number of signs and the care taken in their format, designed to fit in with other rail car ads.

March 21 NV: At least seven protesters were arrested at a banking seminar hosted by Stephens Inc., financial supporter of Huntingdon Life Sciences. Las Vegas police were in complete control of the Desert Inn Golf Course and the Monte Carlo Hotel, both focal points of the conference.

March 17 CA: An ALF communique claimed credit for a raid on Sunny-Cal Eggs in Beaumont, that cited removal of 468 chickens from the premises and reminded readers of the last raid at this site,which occurred in June, 2000. Contact with the company revealed no knowledge or evidence of any break-in or any fowl removal.

March 16 GA: 5 Animal rights activists were arrested at a demonstration outside the Augusta Golf Club during a coordinated telephone blockade and public protests. The subject of the demonstration was Warren Stephens' recent membership into the exclusive, low-profile club. Those jailed were Chris Edward Freeman, Randall Reid Smith, Lauren Teresa Ornflas, Caitlin Petrakis Childs, and Joseph William Bateman. Instructions on the internet bearing the intro "from" gave specific directions on clogging up the club's telephone system, both locally and through long distance calls. Lauren@idausa also offered to pay for long distance charges if calls were made.

March 12 UK: Llin golding, a Member of Parliament for Newcastle-under-Lyme in Staffordshire and opponent of a hunting ban bill, was warned that she is on an activist hit list because of her support of hunting. She was told to look for explosives under her car and suspicious parcels or envelopes in the mail. Golding has already found a coffin with a skull on it in her garden, along with an effigy of a dead huntsman and tombstones and anti-hunting banners scattered around.

March 8 OH: Student protesters demonstrated in front of Bricker Hall at Ohio State University. A group calling itself "Protect Our Earth's Treasures" criticized university funding and support of AIDS-related research that uses cats and methamphetamines to investigate the link between the drug and HIV replication rates.

March 8 UK: 62-year old disabled Peter Rainbow was fishing alone near Harston, Cambs, when a mob of about 20 balaclava-wearing animal rights protesters terrorized him with shouting, pickaxe handles, baseball bats, drums and bullhorns. The intimidation continued until Rainbow called the police.

March 5 Long Island, NY: At least eight 10X10 plate glass windows and one neon sign were smashed at the Old Navy Outlet Center in Huntington. ELF claimed credit for the attack, which was aimed at the owners, the Fisher family, for their involvement in and support of the timber industry.

March 5 OH: On Sunday night/Monday morning, anti-research activists coated four sides of Ohio State University's Bricker Hall and University President William Kirwan's home with red letter protest graffiti. They also glued locks shut at Bricker Hall, which houses the university's administrative offices. Protests were aimed at AIDS-related research that used cats.

March 2 UK: On the heels of Huntingdon Life Sciences Managing Director Brian Cass' beating by hooded activist thugs, the British Parliament approved legislation to allow company directors threatened with violence to keep their home addresses secret.

March 2 OR: A communique from ELF claims that units 6 and 8 of the Judie Timber Sale in the Umpqua National Forest has been spiked with 60-penny nails and 8- and 10-inch spikes placed high and low. Survey stakes were pulled and destroyed. The Seneca Jones Corporation purchased the timber on the US Forest Service Sale.

March 2 NY: Two Schaller and Weber Meat Packing Plant trucks were burned by incendiary devices planted underneath them in an early morning raid by ALF activists.

February 27 CT: Connecticut State University bans circus animal acts at O'neill Center after protests by student animal rights activists.

February 27 AR: Animal rights activists from around the world staged a "sit-in" to shut down web site services of Stephen, Inc. of Little Rock, Arkansas. Stephens was targeted as the biggest shareholder and chief financier of Huntingdon Life Sciences. An anonymous group calling itself the Animal Liberation-Tactical Internet Response Network unleashed a "floodnet" program, used world wide by more than a thousand activists' computers, which slowed down and clogged Stephens' system.

February 26 Galt, CA: Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey settled a lawsuit filed by an animal rights group by agreeing to turn over some retired elephants to the group and pay for their care. The amount of money and number of elephants were not disclosed in the settlement agreement.

February 26 UK: Animal rights activists target homes and property of Countryside Alliance members who have registered for a march in London next month. The Surrey Anti-Hunt Campaign internet site urges making the most of the absence of owners who may join the march.

February 26 UK: In the wake of the foot and mouth disease disaster, in which at least 7,000 UK cattle and sheep have already been scheduled for destruction to prevent spreading, BBC 2's Newsnight reported that it had been told by high-level sources at the Ministry of Agriculture that its search for the source of the outbreak was considering the possibility that animal rights activists might have deliberately brought the virus into the UK.

February 24 Nantes, France: About 10,000 hunters in Nantes protested passage of a law restricting hunting practices in France, while hundreds of hunters blocked roads for nearly two miles in a protest north of Bordeaux. At issue is the exclusion of hunters from the lawmaking process by Green party member and Environment Minister Dominique Voynet, and the new law, which restricts hunting seasons.

February 24 UK: Glynn Harding, a 26-year old man and one of three arrested last Saturday for sending letter bombs to agricultural interests, was charged with 15 counts of sending explosive devices from Dec. 15, 2000, through February 21, 2001. The other two arrested individuals were released without charge.

February 24 UK: Ben Gunn, Chief Constable of Cambridgeshire, reported that he had obtained an additional 1 million pounds from the Government to offset the 1.8 million pound cost of additional work caused by activist assaults on Huntingdon Life Sciences.

February 23 VA: Virginia enacted legislation making malicious damage or destruction of any farm product grown for testing or research for product development at private research facilities or universities or federal, state or local governmental agencies a Class 1 misdemeanor or Class 6 felony, depending on the value of the product. Courts in determining the market value of the damaged or destroyed products are to consider the cost of production, research, testing, replacement, and product development directly related to the product damaged or destroyed.

February 23 Washington, DC: Research by the Guest Choice Network turns up allegations that the communications director for the Animal Farm Reform Movement has been sending letters to the editor to daily newspapers across the country under different names. The latest was a warning opinion piece about mad cow disease, appearing word for word in at least 11 dailies.

February 23 CO: The Rocky Mountain Animal Defense threatens to sue over the extermination of 300 prairie dogs near core buildings at the 670-acre Denver Federal Center, which houses 25 federal agencies. February 20, 2001 CA: In an early morning raid, ELF arsonists broke into a warehouse, set incendiary devices and torched a research cotton gin at Delta & Pine Land Co. in Visalia. Damages were estimated at $700,000.

February 23 UK: In a major public escalation of animal rights terrorist violence, the managing director of Huntingdon Life Sciences was attacked as he arrived home by three masked goons wielding baseball bats or ax handles. Brian Cass, 53, bludgeoned with head and body wounds and bruises, including a 3-inch scalp gash, was saved from further injury by his girl friend's screams and the aid of two passersby. One of the Good Samaritans chased the attackers, but was debilitated by CS gas from one of the attackers. Cass, stitched up and back at work the next day, vowed to continue the work of HLS, which includes government mandated tests seeking cures for dementia, diabetes, AIDS, asthma and other diseases. In reaction to the attack, Ronnie Lee, ALF founder who is no longer with the group, condoned the attack and expressed surprise that it didn't happen more often, declaring that Cass got off "lightly." Other animal rights groups publicly backed off condoning the act, but expressed "understanding" of how it could occur. In calendar year 2000, 11 Huntingdon employees' cars were firebombed.

February 21 UK: Two men ages 26 and 36, and one 31 year-old woman were arrested in connection with letter bombing attacks against at least eleven agricultural businesses. Since December 10, 2000, three bombs were intercepted, but 5 of 10 others exploded, causing serious eye and facial injury to two adults, and leg wounds to a 6-year old daughter of one of the intended victims. Authorities considered all of the bombs potentially lethal. The businesses included pet supply, pest control, farming, agricultural supply, and a livestock auction agency.

February 17 UK: Rock Star Bryan Ferry is targeted by animal rights activists for declaring his support of foxhunting. Ferry's reunion tour of Roxy Music is threatened with protests; he cancels plans for attending a March pro-hunting demonstration in London.

February 13 Scotland: A letter bomb was sent to an agricultural entity in the Borders. Army experts were called out to defuse the bomb.

February 12-16 Long Island, NY: Suffolk County arsonist suspects are arrested. Four teenagers were charged with burning trucks and 9 homes under construction; and with plotting to burn a duck farm and a McDonald's. The group is linked to ELF and ALF. Arrested were Connor Cash, 19; and Jared McIntyre, Matthew Rammelkamp and George Mashkow III, all aged 17. Each could face 5 to 20 years in jail, $500,000 in fines and $358,000 in restitution.

February 12 UK: An agricultural firm in North Yorkshire received a letter bomb which was defused without incident by army experts.

February 11 UK: Nearly 1,000 animal rights protesters in Southern England attacked facilities of GlaxoSmithKline, Eli Lilly, Novartis, Roche, Bayer and Pharmacia. They also targeted homes belonging to company executives. Organized by Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty, the rally met at a central location and split to 9 locations where they smashed facility windows, broke and entered, destroyed machinery and upended cabinets. 87 were arrested with more arrests expected, pending individual identification from videotapes of the protests.

February 10 Finland: Karri Konsti's fur farm suffered destruction of all cages and the release of 40 foxes on this date, in the fourth raid on his facility. The foxes were dyed and released inside the farm property to confuse breeding efforts.

February 7 Washington DC: A McDonald's franchise was vandalized, with damage attributed to the Animal Liberation Front.

February 7 UK: Barclays Stockbrokers, a subsidiary of Barclays bank, announced that it will cease to hold Huntingdon Life Sciences shares in Barclays nominee accounts on behalf of its clients. In taking this move, a Barclays spokesman explained that "our first responsibility is to the safety and welfare of our staff and their families. Unfortunately we cannot currently guarantee the safety of our people because of the actions of a very small group of animal rights extremists. Until the actions of this group have been stopped - and we welcome the Government's recent comments on this matter - we feel the only responsible course of action is to stop holding Huntingdon Life Sciences shares for clients in our nominee company. We deeply regret this decision."

February 6 NY: Credit for smashing a Corlina Furs front window was claimed in an ALF communique.

February 5 UK: One of the 47 beagles stolen from the hunt kennel in Kent a month ago was returned to the kennel, recovered near Bristol by police on a tip. The dog had been castrated and an attempt had been made to remove its ear tattoo. Julian Greensides was arrested and charged with handling stolen goods. The hunt has put up a 5,000 pound reward for the recovery of the hounds and the capture of those responsible.

February 5 Buffalo, NY: ALF claims credit for a night time raid on a University of Buffalo campus Burger King, smashing 4 display windows and a glass door, and spray-painting the restaurant sign.

Feburary 4 Charlotte, NC: Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus train cars were vandalized with spray paint slogans, credit claimed by an ALF communique.

February 4 UK: In an attack near Nantwich, Cheshire Beagles master George Murray, his wife and five other hunt members were assaulted by masked animal rights activists. At least five hunt members were injured by the stick- and whip-wielding attackers. Murray was beaten, kicked in the head and face and his wife was punched in the face. They were threatened with death as retribution for the death 10 years ago of hunt saboteur Michael Hill.

February 1 UK: Huntingdon Life Sciences reported more than 400 attempts by protest hackers to infiltrate its web site in the 4th quarter of 2000.

January 31 UK: Animal activist Charlotte Lewis was sentenced to six months in jail after pleading guilty to sending hate mail to staff members of Huntingdon Life Sciences. Her letters included the warning "If you don't quit HLS then your life will not be worth living. You will always have to be looking over your shoulder." Another letter read "This is a warning. Your life is in grave danger if you don't stop working at HLS. You will find yourself having a gun aimed at your stupid ugly head." Evidence against Lewis included DNA tests matching her saliva on the backs of postage stamps.

January 31 UK: Pershing, a division of the Credit Suisse First Boston investment bank, severs its links to Huntingdon Life Sciences, a drug-testing group. Investors holding shares in nominee accounts, which enabled anonymity, were asked to take their shares back in their own names and told that Pershing would stop buying HLS shares on their behalf. The move, according to Pershing's managing director, was aimed at protecting Pershing's own staff - who could not remain anonymous in normal operations - from harassment, intimidation and assault by animal rights activists. This move by Pershing follows withdrawals from HLS support already undertaken by the fund manager Phillips & Drew; broker WestLB Panmure; the bank HSBC; and broker TD Waterhouse.

January 31 UK: A letter bomb exploded in Cumbria in a charity shop owned by the British Heart Foundation. The woman who opened the package was not injured.

January 30 UK: Two nail bombs, sent to an agricultural supplier in Sheffield and a cancer research campaign shop in Lancashire, were detected and defused by authorities before being opened by the recipients. Both bomb attacks were linked to letter bomb mailings that started in mid-December.

January 27 Philadelphia, PA: The Pride of the Sea, a fish distributor struck by ALF activists earlier in the month again sustained night time truck tire slashings.

January 26 AZ: The tally has reached 11 for torched Expensive homes under construction in the Phoenix area. No one has claimed credit for the arson attacks, but circumstances suggest opposition to urban sprawl and ecosystem disturbance.

January 26 Netherlands: The Dutch government became the second European country to ban the breeding of animals for fur production. The 200 mink farms currently operating in the Netherlands were given 10 years to scale back production to closure. Current Dutch fur production yields 2.8 million furs annually, mainly for the Italian market.

January 25 VT: In response to a decision to remove "Got Milk?" posters from Burlington school premises, Governor Howard Dean told dairy industry officials that the state would be willing to help pay the costs of any lawsuits filed by a group that objected to the portrayal of milk as a healthy food. Superintendent Donna Jemillo's removal of the posters two weeks ago, after PETA objections, considered "equal space" for anti-milk ads an unworkable alternative.

January 25 MN: Frank B. Ambrose was arrested in Bloomington on charges of timber spiking, a charge punishable by up to 18 months in prison and a $10,000 fine. Ambrose is the Midwest organizer for the American Lands Alliance. At least 26 trees in an 80-acre stand of oak and other hardwoods were found to have been spiked, after which the Earth Liberation Front claimed responsibility for the act through an internet posting. Officials claimed that the distinctive 10-inch nails driven into trees were traced to Ambrose.

January 24 UK: Animal rights activist Matthew Holborrow, 26, was convicted of harassment and put under a restraining order prohibiting any approach closer than a half mile from Ponteland mink farmer Peter Harrison's land. Hexham magistrates noted three occasions of harassment stemming from pointing a video camera into a house occupied by Harrison's parents. The farm has been the target of more than 400 protests in the last three years, with Holborrow present at about 20. Harrison claimed stress, family distress and a heart attack stemming from the harassment.

January 23 France: The French fashion house Chanel suffered a web site hacker smear protesting fur fashion only hours before presenting its latest haute couture collection. Chanel's site was altered by the insertion of gory pictures and charges of "murderers." The hacking is under investigation.

January 23 UK: The Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty group (SHAC) claimed to have information on the identity of the anonymous US financial backer who rescued Huntingdon Life Sciences from dissolution recently. SHAC Spokesman Greg Avery said, "We will destroy them. They will come to rue the day they had anything to do with Huntingdon Life Sciences… They must be mad if they think they can keep it a secret." Protesters have established a track record of intimidating and backing off businesses and investors that could provide financial support for HLS. Tactics include publishing the names and addresses of shareholders, with web site invitations to "…get a list of shareholders in your area…"

HLS is the biggest contract research firm in the UK, with most of the work on new medicines for dementia, asthma, AIDS and diabetes. In the last 10 years nearly every new drug has had some of its research done there. Over the course of animal rights protests, HLS stock has gone from a 1990 level of 335 pence to one penny in the week of January 15-19, 2001. The value of HLS also fell from 350 million pounds to 5 million pounds.

Cambridge police received an extra one million pounds to help with the added costs of policing the protests at HLS.

January 22 Canada: The Crown Isle golf resort in the retirement community of Courtenay broke its silence, disclosing vandal attacks over the past few months. Damage included spray paint graffiti, destroyed course fixtures and slogans against "the rich" painted on greens with turpentine. A communique to the Comox Valley Record protested the development of green space and warned against building high end housing around the golf course.

January 22 UK: A pet shop supplier in Newcastle received a letter bomb. The device failed to explode.

January 21 France: Nearly 400 mink were released from a fur farm near Fecamp in northwestern France, according to police. ALF slogans were left at the farm, the value of the lost mink is not immediately known.

January 19 OR: Elaine Close joined Craig Rosebraugh on the witness list of people subpoenaed to testify at Josh Harper's criminal contempt trial scheduled for February 6, 2001 in Portland, Oregon. Harper is charged with refusing to cooperate with a federal grand jury investigating the work of ALF and ELF.

January 18 Washington DC: London Mayor Ken Livingstone, appearing at a luncheon in his honor during the US Conference of Mayors meeting, took a glass of water in the face from a PETA spokesperson who was upset over the plan to rid Trafalgar Square of pigeons. Bruce Friedrich, attending the luncheon under a faked press affiliation, asked the mayor about the plan, pronounced it "all wet," tossed the water at Livingstone and was hustled out of the room by security.

January 17 UK: A bill to ban fox hunting passed the House of Commons, setting up a battle in the House of Lords and pitting urban dwellers vs. rural traditionalists over the issues of liberty, democracy and a rural way of life.

January 14 NY: Radicals struck on Long Island, torching equipment shortly after 5 a.m. at a North Shore construction company. ELF claimed credit for the attack, which caused about $8,000 damage, destroying a pickup truck and burning a 14-ton payloader.

January 13 OR: The Oregon Regional Primate Research Center was cleared of allegations of animal abuse after inspection by 6 officials of the US Dept. of Agriculture. An investigation by USDA followed allegations by former employee Matt Rossell, who filed a formal complaint and released secretly shot videotape purporting to document animal abuse at the facility. USDA reported no abuse, but recommended improving monkey housing, providing more frequent fresh produce regularly, exploring new ways of collecting semen samples, and gathering monkeys in less stressful fashion.

January 12 UK: A letter bomb was sent to a pet shop in Coventry, it did not explode.

January 11 CO: Chairman Bernard Black of the Colorado State Wildlife Commission, who is black, reports that Stephanie Tidwell, a part-time staff member for an animal rights organization, called for a lynch mob after a heated meeting about allowing the aerial shooting of coyotes as a way to protect mule deer. Tidwell, according to Black's wife, said after the meeting, "what we need now is a lynch mob." When Dorothy Black told Tidwell to watch her language, the Chairman said three animal rights activists verbally assaulted and intimidated him and his wife. Tidwell later admitted to making an unfortunate statement, the Rocky Mountain Animal Defense organization sent Black a letter communicating regret over the incident. Nicole Rosmarino, the official member of RMAD in attendance at the hearing, denied that she was involved and Bettina Rosmarino says she is no longer actively involved with the group.

January 11 UK: A letter bomb sent to a fish and chips shop in Flintshire exploded without injury to anyone. Letter bombings since December 15th using the same materials and targeting animal- and research-related enterprises are linked for investigation by authorities. MI5 is called in by the to assist police from several jurisdictions in the investigation.

January 11 TX: Houston billboard companies joined Cheyenne and Tucson companies in rejecting PETA backed billboards picking on the rodeo and meat-eating. The rodeo board pictures a buxom blond in a black cowboy hat with the words, "No one likes an eight-second ride," and "Buck the rodeo." The anti-meat ad pictures a bikini-clad model holding several large sausages with the words, "I threw a party, but the cattlemen couldn't come." Both boards were rejected for various reasons, including impropriety, offensiveness, sexual explicitness and promoting a political cause rather than goods and services.

January 10 UK: Animal rights activists were suspected of placing an incendiary device under the car of a prominent fox hunt supporter in Surrey. It ignited, destroying two cars and damaging another. Members of three hunt organizations were told to be on the lookout for attacks after their names and addresses were discovered on an internet "hit list."

January 10 UK: Cambridgeshire police chief Ben Gunn disclosed that the extra expense for policing the protests at Huntingdon Life Sciences have cost 2.6 million pounds over the past 14 months. He added that the tone of the protests was becoming increasingly bitter.

January 10 MT: Three protesters were arrested after hindering Department of Livestock efforts to manage bison. Wandering bison are slated for hazing back into Yellowstone or trapping and testing for brucellosis or if elusive, shot. About 20 bison are outside the park. Three organizations also filed 60-day notices of intent to sue Montana and the Federal government for failure to complete a bald eagle survey before building the buffalo trap.

January 9 Washington DC: PETA publicizes its intent to announce a negative publicity campaign against Burger King tomorrow. It wants Burger King to follow the practices McDonald's moved to after the PETA campaign against them.

January 6 UK: Attendees at Uttoxeter racecourse evacuated during the fifth race after receipt of a bomb threat at the facility. It was the third time a day of racing had been curtailed because of a bomb threat since cancellation of the Grand National in 1997.

January 6 UK: 47 beagles were stolen from a hunt kennel in Kent by animal activists. All of the stolen beagles had ID tattoos on their right ears, only 4 remained at the kennel, apparently missed by the activists. (See continuation at February 5, 2001.) As to professed plans of ALF to place the hounds in "safe, loving homes," Dan Murphy, the joint master of the Wye Beagles Hunt, said the hounds would wreak havoc in a domestic environment: "People who think that they are getting a gentle Labrador or collie that will fall asleep in front of the fire are in for a big shock. They are naïve if they think that these hunting animals will become cuddly pets."

January 5 NY: Animal rights activist Andy Stepanian received a 90-day sentence for breaking a Long Island fur store window. Judge A. Corso had indicated the possibility of a community service sentence earlier, but gave Stepanian 90 days and refused a stay of sentence pending appeal.

January 5 Philadelphia, PA: The Pride of the Sea, a fish distributor, sustained vandalism damage including slashed truck tires, a punctured radiator, moth balls in the gas tank and glued building locks. Credit for the damage was subsequently claimed by an ALF communique. See January 27th report for additional damage to the same facility.

January 5 UK: Livestock auction estate agents in East Yorkshire are attacked by letter bomb. One female staff member sustained serious eye injuries from the explosion.

January 5 UK: A farmer in North Yorkshire was injured by nails from an exploding letter bomb.

January 2 OR: An ELF arson attack against the Superior Lumber Co. administrative offices in Glendale caused $400,000 damage. This is the third holiday arson against an Oregon timber business in as many years.

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