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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
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
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
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
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
September 3 IL:
ALF claimed responsibility for breaking, entering and releasing more than
750 ducks and ducklings from the Whistling Wings duck breeding facility
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 email@example.com" 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
February 13 Scotland:
A letter bomb was sent to an agricultural entity in the Borders. Army
experts were called out to defuse the bomb.
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
February 6 NY:
Credit for smashing a Corlina Furs front window was claimed in an ALF
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
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
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
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
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
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.