Some people have become so frustrated with the lack of progress in the area of environmental conservation that they have determined to take matters into their own hands. One 'somewhat organized' group is the Earth Liberation Front.
They use acts of terrorism in an attempt to gain attention to their cause, and to try and force action in favor of the 'earth'.
No one likes to see resources wasted and we are all concerned for the wellbeing of our childrens future on this planet, but...
Do you think that groups like this actually help the cause of awareness? I feel that they are counterproductive to the creation of meaningful solutions because they help to propagate the idea that environmentally conscious people are all tree hugging, terrorists who would rather chop down a child than a tree.
What are your thoughts?
The Earth Liberation Front is a spinoff of the Animal Liberation. It commits acts terrorism to further its extremist environmental agenda. Articles about the Earth Liberation Front on this web site:
Four separate fires at new properties causes more than $200,000 in damages.
Justus Ireland Says Its All His Lawyer's Fault - 28 Oct 2005
Earth Liberation Front extremists wants his sentence reduced to what he claims prosecutors promised him.
Helen Woodson Will Say Anything to Excuse Her Violence - 11 May 2005
Woodson complains that the government has unfairly linked her to the Animal/Earth Liberation Front, but then turns around and says she won't challenge the designation and is, in fact, happy for it.
Would sending a 21-year-old to jail for 40 years for a series of arsons be unjustified? Hell no -- don't do the crime, if you can't do the time.
More Arrests in California Eco-Terrorists Attacks - 1 May 2005
Four activists each face at least fifteen years in prison if convicted on all charges.
Man Arrested In Connection With McDonald's Arson in 2003 - 26 Feb 2005
Christopher McIntosh could face up to 5 years in jail and a $250,000 fine if convicted.
Judge Rejects William Cottrell Appeal - 29 Jan 2005
Convicted arsonist will not be able to get a new trial based on his autism.
Craig Marshall Reportedly to Be Released in January - 29 Nov 2004
No word on what sort of probationary restrictions Marshall will have.
Cottrell convicted on 8 of 9 charges related to arson at dealership, but is acquitted on the most serious charge.
Judge Rejects Accused Arsonist's Autism Defense - 15 Nov 2004
Cottrell's lawyers keep striking out -- first judge rejects claim that arson is "nonviolent" and now they won't let them use Cottrell's Apserger's as a defense.
Two Men Plead Guilty in Separate Arson Attacks - 18 Oct 2004
Joshua Demmitt, 18, and Justus Ireland, 23, will spend at least five years in a federal prison for ALF and ELF-inspired arsons.
Security Guard Receives $25,000 Reward for Capture of Michael Scarpitti (AKA Tre Arrow) - 28 Aug 2004
Security guard who caught Scarpitti shoplifting a pair of bolt cutters receives FBI reward.
Total Liberation Tour 2004 - 9 Aug 2004
Activists deny that tour featuring ELF and ALF activists has anything to do with those extremist groups.
Scarpitti will claim he cannot receive a fair trial in the United States.
William Cottrell faces charges that would send him to jail for a minimum of 30 years if he is convicted.
Tre Arrow Wants Refugee Status In Canada - 10 Jun 2004
Immigrant panel must first decide whether or not Arrow can be admitted entrance into Canada.
FBI hopes to dig up new leads in three year old firebombing cases.
Over $1 million in damages to three homes.
Pickering on ELF - 26 Apr 2004
Former ELF spokesman says goal of extremists is overthrow of the U.S. government.
ELF Damages Equipment at Virginia Building Site - 18 Mar 2004
Extremists set fire to bulldozer and cause about $30,000 in damages.
Craig Rosebraugh On Terrorism, Animal and Otherwise - 17 Mar 2004
Former ALF/ELF spokesman says that 9/11 was defensible act of political violence.
Three ELF Criminals Plead Guilty - 2 Feb 2004
Under plea agreement, activists can receive up to five years in jail and will have to pay more than $200,000 in restitution.
Man Arrested, Then Released, In SUV Arson Case - 3 Nov 2003
Police arrest man on suspicion of environmental terrorism and then release him after failing to present evidence.
Activist who arranged speech by Rodney Coronado the day of $50 million San Diego arson has his house raided by a Joint Terrorist Task Force investigating the fire.
ELF Extremists Destroy Dozens of SUVs in California - 15 Oct 2003
More than $1 million in damage -- not to mention hundreds of tons of pollution -- thanks to ELF terrorists.
The government has shut down other charities accused of funneling money to terrorists -- why not PETA?
Despite a possible sighting in August, ELF terrorist remains at large.
ELF extremists pull off most expensive act of terrorism yet for their cause.
And too many police officials still do not understand exactly what "groups" like ALF and ELF really are.
Coronado Says the Planet and the Animals Talk to Him - 20 Aug 2003
Convicted animal rights terrorist offers up his quasi-religious view of the sanctity of terrorism.
Rodney Coronado on Why He Supports Terrorism - 19 Aug 2003
In Rodney's world, even rocks have rights.
Tom Foreman's Interview with Leslie James Pickering - 19 Aug 2003
National Geographic host grills former Earth Liberation Front spokesman.
Coronado thinks he and ALF/ELF terrorists will be heroes 100 years from now.
Earth Liberation Front believed behind arson of 6 homes under construction since August 2002.
The former-Earth Liberation Front spokesman continues to show his true stripes.
Dan Murphy on Newkirk's Letter to Arafat - 23 Apr 2003
Dan Murphy hits the nail on the head with his retort to Newkirk.
Swedish Supplier of Cats for Medical Research Closes - 14 Apr 2003
Threat of ALF terrorism apparently drives small supplier of cats out of business.
ALF/ELF Attack Spanish Mink Farm - 14 Apr 2003
Spanish extremists torch a fur farm and dedicate their arson to Barry Horne and the Palestinians.
Four homes under construction have been burned down over last 7 months, with ELF slogans spray painted at the latest fire.
ELF Terrorist Sentenced to Prison - 24 Feb 2003
Jacob Sherman draws only a three year prison sentence due, in large part, to his cooperation with authorities.
A $25,000 reward is offered for information leading to the arrest of suspect ELF arsonist.
Group also takes credit for a whole host of other crimes in Pennsylvania area.
Virginia Authorities Investigating Apparent ELF Attacks - 21 Nov 2002
But local officials still don't seem to grasp the nature of ELF/ALF-style attacks.
UPI 'Journalist' Defends Ecoterrorism - 16 Sep 2002
Is burning down buildings really terrorism? A UPI environmental reporter doesn't think so.
Group threatens to "take up the gun" against groups and government agencies researching things like the effects of acid rain on forests.
The Center for Consumer Freedom found at least 7 different stories that PETA staffers offered to varying news agencies to explain why they donated $1,500 to the Earth Liberation Front.
Why did Lisa Lange lie about the purpose of PETA's $1,500 donation to the Earth Liberation Front?
PETA's Earth Liberation Front Donation - 4 Apr 2002
Nonprofits that openly advocate violence and donate to other groups that openly advocate violence should not receive tax exempt status.
Luers set fire to several vehicles and tried to ignite a gasoline tanker, but his supporters whine that his 22-year sentence is unfair.
Craig Rosebraugh Respond to House Subcommittee - 19 Mar 2002
In answering 54 question from a House Subcommittee, Rosebraugh reveals just how sick and twisted animal rights terrorism is.
A revelation that PETA donated money to the Earth Liberation Front is causing major problems for the animal rights group.
Center for Consumer Freedom Highlights PETA's Financial Support for Eco- and Animal Rights Terrorism - 14 Feb 2002
The Center's review of PETA's tax returns from 1995-2000 reveals a pattern of donations to animal rights and environmentalist extremists.
Written Testimony of Richard Berman - 13 Feb 2002
The full text of Richard Berman's written testimony before the U.S. House subcommittee investigation ecoterrorism.
At a U.S. House subcommittee hearing on ecoterrorism, an FBI expert testifies that ALF/ELF are the most active terrorist groups in the United States.
Guest op-ed argues that Earth Liberation Front and Animal Liberation Front are mainstream progressive causes.
Activists also urge people to "take direct action and any action necessary to stop the destruction of animals."
Why do animal rights terrorists continue their campaign of destruction even after the events of 9/11?
Josh Harper and Tim McVeigh - 19 Jun 2001
To Josh Harper, victims of animal rights violence are just "collateral damage."
Josh Harper Finally Testifies - 20 Feb 2001
After repeated attempts to get him to appear before a grand jury, Josh Harper finally spendsa n afternoon pleading the Fifth about the Animal Liberation Front.
Wall Street Journal on ELF Guilty Plea - 15 Feb 2001
Why doesn't animal rights and environmental violence receive as much media attention as anti-abortion violence?
ELF Terrorist Pleads Guilty - 13 Feb 2001
Jared McIntyre, 17, pleads guilty to burning down homes in Long Island, New York, in the name of the Earth Liberation Front.
ALF/ELF Target McDonald's Corporate Headquarters - 9 Jan 2001
The Animal Liberation Front claims it broke windows and wrote graffiti on McDonald's headquarters.
Edward Walsh on the Animal Enterprise Act - 8 Jan 2001
Why are there so few arrests of animal rights terrorists?
Why Josh Harper Won't Testify to Grand Jury - 20 Nov 2000
Is Harper afraid of perjury charges if he tells a grand jury that he doesn't know who is behind ALF/ELF attacks?
Are They Really Just Spokespersons? - 21 May 2000
Are the people who act as "spokespersons" for animal rights terrorists really just innocent bystanders. . .