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Diary of Actions of the Earth Liberation Front 1992-2001
Of course, there have been actions after 2001 but the diary was incomplete.
Earth Liberation Front Claims Responsibility for Simultaneous Actions in 2 States (UW Fire and Clatskanie, OR fire); Over an estimated $3 million in Combined Damages
URGENT NEWS ADVISORY
June 1, 2001
Seattle, WA & Clatskanie, OR - On May 21, 2001, the Earth Liberation Front (ELF) burned an office and a fleet of 13 trucks at Jefferson Poplar Farms in Clatskanie, Oregon. The ELF simultaneously burned down the office of Toby Bradshaw at the University of Washington. The combined estimated total in damages has soared to over $3 million. This marks the first time in North American history that the ELF has targeted two separate locations in differing states at the same time.
A communique sent by the ELF stated, "At 3:15am on Monday, May 21, the research of Toby Bradshaw was reduced to smoke and ashes. We attacked his office at the University of Washington while at the same time another group set fire to a related target in Clatskanie, Oregon, 150 miles away."
The ELF is an international underground organization that uses direct action in the form of economic sabotage to stop the exploitation and destruction of the natural environment. Since 1997, in North American alone, the ELF has caused over $40 million in damages to entities profiting from the destruction of life.
The communique continued, "Bradshaw, the driving force in G.E. tree research, continues to unleash mutant genes into the environment that is certain to cause irreversible harm to forest ecosystems. As long as universities continue to pursue this reckless 'science', they run the risk of suffering severe losses. Our message remains clear, we are determined to stop genetic engineering."
"We torched Jefferson Poplar because hybrid poplars are an ecological nightmare threatening native biodiversity in the ecosystem. Our forests are being liquidated and replaced with monocultured tree farms so greedy, earth raping corporations can make more money, " stated the ELF communique.
The communique ended by stating, "As we wrote in Clatskanie 'You cannot control what is wild.'"
December 29, 2000. Mount Sinai, Long Island, NY, USA
ELF STRIKES IN LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY (english) by ELF! 9:45pm Wed Jan 24 '01 ELF uses direct action to counter urban sprawl in Louisville, Kentucky 1/23/01 Five windows were broken, and 18 vandalised, causing upwards of $800 in damages in the first wave of attacks against corporate sprawl in Louisville, Kentucky. The damage effected two nearly finished buildings including a PNC Bank. The once beautiful farmlands of Eastern Jefferson County, KY are being destroyed by earth rapers at the expense of corporate profit. This was the first, be it minor, direct action attempt to the sprawl. It will be a long fought battle and more actions are planned in the future. Louisville ELF!
January 1, 2001. Glendale, OR, USA
The Earth Liberation Front (E.L.F.) has officially claimed responsibility for burning down the Superior Lumber Company offices in Glendale. This latest action by the E.L.F. caused at least $400,000 in damages. The communique stated, "This year, 2001, we hope to see an escalation in tactics against capitalism and industry." media release : communique
December 29, 2000. Mount Sinai, Long Island, NY, USA
The ELF bured down four new luxury homes at Island Estates. Damages estimates have soared to $2 million. The communique stated "Recently, hundreds of houses have been built over much of Mount Sinai's picturesque landscape and developers now plan to build a further 189 luxury houses over the farms and forests adjacent to Island Estates." media release : communique
December 19, 2000. Miller Place, Long Island, NY, USA
The ELF burn down a home under construction. The communique sent stated "There are over 6 billion people on this planet of which almost a third are either starving or living in poverty. Building homes for the wealthy should not even be a priority." $50,000+ damages. media release : communique
December 9, 2000. Middle Island, Long Island, NY, USA
Fire erupts in a condominium under construction. The Earth Liberation Front claims responsibility, saying the homes were "future dens of the wealthy elite." The group, announcing "an unbounded war on urban sprawl," claims it checked for occupants - human and animal - in 16 condos before setting incendiaries in them. $200,000+ damages.
December 1, 2000. Middle Island, Long Island, NY, USA
The ELF visited another housing construction site, monkey wrenching 12 vehicles and smashing over 200 windows of new houses. The ELF claim this action was to set a precedent that Long Island's unique Pine Barren ecosystem wil not vanish without a fight. update : communique
November 27, 2000. Longmont, CO, USA
Fire hits one of the first luxury homes going up in a new subdivision. The Earth Liberation Front later sends a note, made of letters clipped from magazines, to the Boulder Weekly newspaper: "Viva la revolution! The Boulder ELF burned the Legend Ridge mansion on Nov. 27th." The underground group explains in a follow-up communique that the arson was driven by defeat of a statewide ballot measure to control growth. $500,000+ damages. media release
November 11, 2000. Coram, Long Island, NY, USA
The ELF visited a housing construction site. The newly built houses had their windows smashed and slogans spraypainted. The ELF stated they carried out their action to appose urban sprawl.
October 18, 2000. Martin County State Forest in Indianna, USA
Logging equipment (Three skidders and a loader) had hoses cut, slash seats, destroy gauges and pour sand in the engines, fuel tanks and radiators. They leave spray-painted graffiti including, "Earth Raper," "Go Cut in Hell," and "ELF." $55,000 damages.
September 9, 2000. Bloomington, IN, USA
Fire erupts at the headquarters of the Monroe County Republican Party Committee headquarters. Investigators say a flammable liquid was poured on the building and ignited. The fire was a reminder, according to the Earth Liberation Front communique, that it would not sit quietly as politicians pushed for plans to extend an interstate highway.
July 21, 2000. Rhinelander, WI, USA
U.S. Forest Service - Forest Biotechnology Laboratory, the ELF cut down thousands of experimental trees, mostly poplars, andspray-paint vehicles. The Earth Liberation Front claims the attack was against bioengineering. $1 million damages in crop destruction & vandalism
June 29, 2000. Bloomington, IN, USA
Crooked Creek Road timber sales had tree spiked.
April 30, 2000. Ind. 46 construction, Bloomington, IN, USA
At least six pieces of logging and heavy construction equipment are sabotaged and a trailer full of wood chips is set ablaze at a road construction site just outside the city. $75,000+ damages.
April 22, 2000. Richfield, MN, USA
Earth Night action at road construction site, a bulldozer front window wall smashed out and tire slashed, a truck windshield and window smashed, smaller vehicle and an equipment trailer have tires slashed.
March 24, 2000. Highway 55 reroute, Mineapolis, MN, USA
Extensive damage doen to construction equipment $500,000 in damages.
Febrauary 9, 2000. University of Minnesota, Saint Paul, MN, USA
ELF Crop Destruction, $1000+ damages.
January 23, 2000. Bloomington, IN, USA
A fire destroyed a house at the Sterling Woods Development in the Bloomington area with estimated damage of $200,000. The ELF communique stated, "The house was targeted because the sprawling development it is located in is in the Lake Monroe Watershed. This is the drinking water supply for the town of Bloomington, Indiana and the surrounding area. It is already being jeopardized by existing development and roads."
December 31, 1999.
Arson of the offices of Catherine Ives, Room 324, Agriculture Hall at Michigan State University. The offices were doused with gasoline and set afire. ELF said the fire was set in response to the work being done to force developing nations in Asia, Latin America and Africa to switch from natural crop plants to gentically engineered sweet potatoes, corn, bananas and pineapples. Monsanto and USAID are major funders of the research and promotional work being done through Michigan State University. According to local newspapers, the fire caused some $900,000 in damage. "Cremate Monsanto, Long live the E.L.F. On to the next GE target!"
December 25, 1999. Monmouth, Oregon.
Fire destroyed the Boise Cascade main office. ELF claimed responsibility in a communique. - $1,000,000 fire
December 26, 1998, Medford, Oregon
US Forest Industries suffered damages estimated between $700,000 in damages from a three-alarm fire, which gutted their offices in. The target located at 2611 Whittle Ave. served as the corporate headquarters for four mills; a White City veneer mill and a Grants Pass plywood mill in Oregon, a sawmill in Florida and a stud mill in Colorado.
"Just like in Ireland, everybody jumps up to take responsibility for these things, but nobody knows if they really did them or not," said Jerry L. Bramwell, president of US Forest Industries. He seamed to be the only one in denial after the E.L.F. sent the below communique claiming responsibility for the action and clearly stating details of how the fire was set.
October 26, 1998. Menominee County, MI, USA
While the Vail fires were still making the headlines the Earth Liberation Front hit yet another target, the Upper Peninsula Pipkorn Mink Farm in Menominee County, Michigan.
"Five thousand animals had a chance to literally run for their lives," said Katie Fedor, spokeswoman for the Animal Liberation Front who was one of the recipients of the anonymous communique claiming responsibility by the Earth Liberation Front.
"This act was not done in front of us, in daylight hours, but rather during one of the darkest, foggiest nights of the year. These criminals had stealthily cased our property using airplanes and scouting techniques," said Carol Pipkorn. The E.L.F. had cut seven holes in her farm's perimeter fence, opened a large gate, and proceeded to open cages, liberating 5,000 animals.
"As corporate destroyers burn in the west, wildlife nations will be liberated in the north."
The farm held captive many different breeds of mink... many were seen leaving the compound and entering the surrounding woods as the liberators left."
October 19, 1998. Vail, CO, USA
On Wednesday, October 21st 1998 the Earth Liberation Front released the a communique to the Sheriff's Department, the Owners of Vail Inc. and various media allegedly from an anonymous Massachusetts Institution of Technology internet address claiming responsibility for what became known as the "largest act of eco-terrorism in US history."
About 100 miles west of Denver, Colorado stands the Nation's busiest ski resort, Vail. As Vail sees it, being the largest ski resort in North America isn't good enough, so, despite an extensive campaign from local environmentalists and the strong opposition of %90 of the community , they decided to expand 885 acres into the nation's last threatened Lynx habitat.
On Friday, October 16th after extensive legal campaigns to stop the expansion, and a failed suit by environmentalists, Vail proceeded to erect fences and begin clearcutting.
On the night of Sunday, October 18th the Earth Liberation Front took direct action to stop Vail's expansion by setting fire to three buildings and four ski lifts at Vail Inc. The luxurious (500 seat, 33,000 square foot) Two Elk restaurant, the Ski Patrol Headquarters and the Camp One picnic area, as well as the four ski lifts were all reduced to ashes causing damage estimated between 12-24 million dollars.
Because of the caliber of this action much more was done than cause economic damage to Vail Inc. The term "Earth Liberation Front" went from a little known extremist group to a household name literally overnight. It put the concepts of economic sabotage and covert direct action to protect the environment in the minds of billions. Many of those who felt the earth was defenseless against the capitalistic drive to destroy it now felt hope, and many of those who felt unstoppable in their pursuits for profit at the expense of the natural environment began shaking in their boots.
"This was a surprise because it was so bold." Ron Arnold, vice president of the Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise, "They've stepped over a line they've never crossed before. Now they no longer care what the public thinks. They're also getting more professional. That troubles me a lot."
"This could be the beginning, sadly, of this kind of protest movement." said Richard Dekmekin, a political science professor at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles who studies terrorism, "This is quite nasty, and massive."
Paul Witt, spokesman for Vail Inc. told ABC News exactly why Vail had become a target of the E.L.F. "We go in and cut down trees. We make roads. We put in utilities.... There are people who see us as the bad guys, as greedy corporate bastards, and all we want to do is squeeze the last dime out of this valley."
Vail's plan was to expand into 2,000 acres of rocky mountain wilderness, including 12 miles of roads, restrooms, patrol outpost, a warming building and eventually a 20,000 square-foot restaurant (see diagram). Now, even after facing $12 - $26 million in damage they still plan to go through with the expansion, once they've beefed up the security of coarse.
The federal investigation into the Vail arson fires gave birth to a grand jury which subpoenaed a number of the local activists who were working through legal routes, including civil disobedience, to try to stop the section III expansion at Vail. Even the individuals subpoenaed who felt the Vail arson was bad for the environmental cause for the most part they resisted the grand jury, which eventually dissolved with no indictments.
When their 'more than 200 leads' failed to turn up any suspects Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (A.T.F.) offered $50,000 for information leading to a conviction in the case, and Crime Stoppers of Eagle County offered $2,000. The case remains unsolved.
October 10, 1998. Rock Springs, WY, USA
Release of approximately 100 wild horses from the BLM's wild-horse corrals in Rock Springs. A planned arson on government office buildings and vehicles was scrapped leaving incendiary dewvices next to a pickup truck and a building. Joint claim by Animal Liberation Front and Earth Liberation Front.
July 3, 1998. Middleton, WI, USA.
"Independence Day for Fur Farm Prisoners" was painted at the United Vaccines laboratory during a daylight raid jointly claimed by the Earth Liberation Front and the Animal Liberation Front where holes in the fence were cut and 310 ferrets and mink were released. Equipment and windows were also destroyed with damages estimated "easily over $10,000." The action wasn't discovered until about 1:00 AM the next morning.
June 28, 1998. Boston, MA, WA, USA
Just one week after the action in Olympia, on the opposite shore of the continent, another action was claimed by the still largely unheard of Earth Liberation Front. At the Mexican Consulate in Boston, MA the E.L.F. painted blood red had prints on the walls, spilled pools of red paint on the ground and painted "VIVA E.Z.L.N." on the entrance to the building. A communique was sent anonymously and received by various media facilities claiming responsibility for the action.
The war against the environment is also the war against the people who live sustainably with-in it. Indigenous cultures have been living in harmony with the environment for thousands of years, we should be looking to them to better understand how humans can live on the earth without destroying it, but instead we murder them.< BR> The Zapatistas are an armed indigenous resistance centered in the resource-rich yet largely poor, indigenous community of Chiapas, Mexico. Land and business owners, and the Mexican government which protects their economic interests have been trying to eliminate the indigenous population in order to strip the area of it's vast resources; coffee, corn, cocoa, timber, cattle ranching, hydro-electric power and especially oil. Along these lines they engaged in genocidal development practices for years where countless numbers of indigenous people have been murdered.
Zapatistas insist that the further privatization of land means the death of indigenous cultures, and have engaged in an armed struggle for work, land, housing, food, health care, education, independence, liberty, democracy, justice, peace, culture, information, security, combating corruption and protection of the environment.
June 21, 1998. Olympia, WA, USA
In the early morning hours of June 21st, the Earth Liberation Front (E.L.F.) and the Animal Liberation Front (A.L.F.) claimed joint responsibility for the destruction of two U.S.D.A. (U.S. Department of Agriculture) Animal Damage Control Buildings. An estimated $1.5 million in research, along with $400,000 in structural damages were lost due to intentionally set fires.
The E.L.F. and the A.L.F. had not surprisingly found common cause against a government agency, which both destroys the natural environment and murders the earth's creatures for profit and progress.
Shortly before the release of this communique Josh Ellerman, who had turned himself in to authorities on June 29th, 1998 fled Utah to avoid sentencing from indictments on 16 federal counts including charges relating to building and possession of pipe bombs (a mandatory sentence of 30 years) . These charges stem from the firebombing of the Utah Fur Breeders Co-op in Sandy, Utah which caused over $1 million in damages and was part of the A.L.F.'s "Operation Bite Back."
Soon after Ellerman surfaced and was sentenced on September 10th, 1998 to only seven years after allegedly agreeing to cooperate with prosecutors. Ten days later five other Utah activists were indicted on federal charges relating to radical animal liberation direct actions. At that point the North American Animal Liberation Front Supporters Group banished Ellerman from their political prisoner support network for giving the authorities information leading to the indictments of the others to lessen his sentence. The other Utah activists were never convicted.
November 29, 1997. Burns, OR, USA
The Bureau of Land Management (B.L.M.) Wild Horse Corrals 8 miles west of Burns was struck by fire. The office, horse pen barns, tack room, corrals and chutes on the facility were all burnt to the ground while the 488 wild horses and 51 burros held captive were let free. The fire caused an estimated $450,000+ in structural damages and equipment such as saddles and medicine and many of the BLM people lost their personal tack and gear which they had stored in the barn. While the B.L.M. was attempting to recover from their loss they received notice that they would also be getting a large federal budget cut, causing them to reduce the number of wild horses they capture.
The B.L.M. rounds up 300 - 400 of the about 2,000 wild horses which live free on public land in eastern Oregon each year , some of which are known to have been illegally funneled to slaughter for the horse heat market overseas . The Cavel West slaughterhouse and horse meat processing plant in Redmond, Oregon which happened to also have been burned down in an arson claimed by the Animal Liberation Front four months earlier was strongly suspected to have been part of that process. The horse slaughterhouse was never rebuilt.
"The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) claims they are removing non-native species from public lands (aren't white Europeans also non-native) but then they turn around and subsidize the cattle industry and place thousands of non-native domestic cattle on these same lands".
"to help halt the BLM's illegal and immoral business of rounding up wild horses from public lands and funneling them to slaughter".
This hypocrisy and genocide against the horse nation will not go unchallenged! The practice of rounding up and auctioning wild horses must be stopped. The practice of grazing cattle on public lands must be stopped. The time to take action is now. From an investigation like the Associated Press' to writing the BLM to an action like ours, you can help stop the slaughter and save our Mother Earth!."
Shortly after the above communique was released claiming responsibility for the fire the government offered a $30,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the people responsible .
"It looks like we won't be able to gather from the herds we want to this winter," said B.L.M. Spokesman Mark Armstrong referring to the canceling of a wild horse roundup due to the loss of their facilities.
Action claimed jointly by ALF and ELF.
March 14, 1997. Mackenzie River watershed, OR, USA
Tree spiking at Robinson-Scott timber harvest site in the Mackenzie River watershed, Willamette National Forest. Joint ALF / ELF claim.
Welcome to the struggle of all species to be free.
We are the burning rage of this dying planet. The war of greed ravages the earth and species die out every day. E.L.F. works to speed up the collapse of industry, to scare the rich, and to undermine the foundations of the state. We embrace social and deep ecology as a practical resistance movement. We have to show the enemy that we are serious about defending what is sacred. Together we have teeth and claws to match our dreams. Our greatest weapons are imagination and the ability to strike when least expected.
Since 1992 a series of earth nights and Halloween smashes has mushroomed around the world. 1000's of bulldozers, powerlines, computer systems, buildings and valuable equipment have been composted. Many E.L.F. actions have been censored to prevent our bravery from inciting others to take action.
We take inspiration from Luddites, Levellers, Diggers, the Autonome squatter movement, the A.L.F., the Zapatistas, and the little people - those mischievous elves of lore. Authorities can't see us because they don't believe in elves. We are practically invisible. We have no command structure, no spokespersons, no office, just many small groups working separately, seeking vulnerable targets and practicing our craft.
Many elves are moving to the Pacific Northwest and other sacred areas. Some elves will leave surprises as they go. Find your family! And lets dance as we make ruins of the corporate money system."
October 28, 1996. Detroit, OR, USA
A U.S. Forest Service pickup is torched on the parking lot of the Detroit Ranger District headquarters. The building is spraypainted with "Earth Liberation Front" and anti-logging slogans. A incendiary device consisting of plastic jug is later found on the roof. It did not go off. Damages: $15,000 - Earth Liberation Front
October 17, 1996. Cottage Grove, OR, USA
McDonald's locks glued and slogans painted. - Earth Liberation Front
October 17, 1996. Exit 104 on I-5, OR, USA
McDonald's locks glued and slogans painted. - Earth Liberation Front
October 16, 1996. Grants Pass, OR, USA
McDonald's locks glued and spray-painted in support of the McLibel Two. - Earth Liberation Front
October 14, 1996. Eugene, OR, USA
26th and Williamette Chevron Gas Station locks glued and painted with the slogan "504 years of genocide". - Earth Liberation Front
October 14, 1996. Eugene, OR, USA
The IZ and Pearl public relations office of Weyerhauser and Hyundai locks glued, spray-painted with "504 years of Genocide" and "Fuck Corporations". - Earth Liberation Front
October 14, 1996. Eugene, OR, USA
Hwy. 99 and Garfield McDonald's locks glued and spray painted. - Earth Liberation Front
1992: Founded in Brighton, England, by Earth First! members who refused to abandon criminal acts as a tactic when others wished to "mainstream" Earth First!
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