Terrorist Crackdown in Washington
KIRO Team 7 Investigators take you inside the shadowy world of
Criminal extremists from the Animal and Earth Liberation Fronts tell
Investigative Reporter Chris Halsne that despite a massive federal
crackdown on its members, they will not quit.
A-L-F. It's an organization whose members operate in extreme secrecy,
often under the cover of darkness. They use homemade firebombs and
bolt cutters to send their messages: Promoting veganism, protecting
animal rights and punishing environmentally unfriendly businesses.
The Pacific Northwest remains a hotbed of volatile, illegal action in
the name of the ELF and ALF. The FBI is investigating arsonists here
who have burned local research labs, a slaughterhouse and expensive
homes near sensitive habitat. Black-hooded vandals also continue to
release captive animals by the thousands.
It's that subculture which launched Seattle-area native Peter Daniel
Young to cult-hero status. A "Support-Peter" Web site, T-shirts, even
a fan club -- all for a man currently in federal prison for violations
of the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act.
Halsne: "Any regrets?"
Young: "The only thing I can say I regret is that I got caught. I
don't regret anything else."
Animal Liberation Front raids on Washington fur farms, like one in
Snohomish County, have financially devastated some local farming
families. However, overall, Kelly says eco-terrorists have failed to
hurt the market. Pelt prices this season are at an all-time high.
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