The extreme elements of the animal rights movement, led by outfits like the Animal Liberation Front (ALF), had been strangely quiet for several years. They’ve often and gleefully characterized themselves as Molotov cocktail tossing terrorists on a mission to free every little old lady’s pet cat. Bombing research sites and threatening university professors and their families with great harm has been their modus operandi.
I’m using that Latin phrase because those groups seem to appreciate using big words, probably to wrap their questionable cause and insane tactics in a cloak of imagined “big ideas.” They don’t do press releases, for instance. They issue ‘communiqués’ and make non-negotiable demands.
Very 1918 Bolshevist revolutionary tactics, don’t you think? I’m sure they have imaginary friends in their organizations with the last names of Marx and Lenin, maybe a Guevara, too. They might not be fellow-travelers politically, but their strategies are taken from the same fire-singed page.
And they’re back with all the nastiness and sneak-thief tactics they used 20 years ago. They’ve bubbled up to the surface, again, like the noxious fumes that rise from untreated sewage. CBS/AP/REUTERS reported about the firebombing of the Harris Ranch facility, “Animal rights activists have claimed responsibility for a fire that engulfed 14 tractors and damaged several trailer rigs parked at California's biggest beef processor.”
A few of the tractors had sleeper units where truck drivers can sleep during their down time. Fortunately, none were occupied at the time of the fire, averting a human tragedy and a statewide manhunt for murderers.
The fire was deliberately set at around 4:00 AM on Sunday, January 8. The next day, the North American Animal Liberation (NAAL) press office announced that an anonymous animal rights group was responsible for the fires. Later reports identified the “perp” as the notorious, felonious Animal Liberation Front (ALF).
The Department of Homeland Security calls ALF a domestic terrorist organization. They’ve threatened scientists who use animals for life-saving medical research. They’ve issued death threats, vandalized businesses, and preached violence as a strategy to end animal agriculture.
These animal rights groups seem to share a common goal and freely exchange manpower. One of the most well-known is John “J.P.” Goodwin, Director of Animal Cruelty Policy for the Humane Society of the United States. If he had a published resume, you would find that he served as a spokesman for ALF where he said he was “ecstatic” after a 1997 fire that caused $1 million in damage to a Utah feed co-op.