Eco-Terror: A Real Danger

The top story on ABC News’s website today highlights the Center for Consumer Freedom’s efforts to reveal the clear and present danger of animal-rights and environmental domestic terrorism, noting that at the recent U.S. House hearing on eco-terror, CCF called on the government to “wage war against domestic terrorism the way the war has been waged against accused terror mastermind Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda network — not just by going after those who carry out illegal acts, but by trying to cut off financial support for organizations identified as being terrorist.”

Researchers for CCF’s website have discovered that People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) directly gave $1,500 to the Earth Liberation Front (ELF) in April 2001. ELF has been called “the largest and most active U.S.-based terrorist group” by the FBI. ELF and its sister group, the Animal Liberation Front (ALF), took credit for 137 “actions” in 2001 alone.

“I’d like Congress to look at the tax-exempt status of groups like PETA,” CCF’s executive director told ABC. “I don’t see this being any different from George Bush being able to shut down foundations funneling money to al Qaeda. The difference in degree of activity doesn’t mean anything if you’re on the receiving end of it.”

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