Wake Up, America

“Arson, vandalism, burglary, grand larceny, firebombing, kidnapping, slander, conspiracy, computer crimes, and theft. If you think this sounds like a rap sheet for a hardened, malicious criminal, you would be close. It’s your local neighborhood animal lover and tree hugger gone berserk,” ex-Senator Malcolm Wallop (R-Wyo.) writes. And columnist Todd Wilkinson notes, “Because involved individuals are anonymous, they could be anyone. Parents, teachers, church volunteers, your neighbor or even your partner could be involved.”

SHAC, a violent anti-medical research organization that has harassed and beaten individuals linked with Huntingdon Life Sciences, now says it will extend its campaign or terror “to target two insurance companies and some small businesses that it claims have contracts with HLS.” SHAC calls on sympathizers to “learn about the targets, where to target them, and how to sock it to them!”

SHAC’s latest threats follow a U.S. House hearing on eco-terrorism February 12. (Click here to read the Center for Consumer Freedom’s testimony.) The Denver Post writes in an editorial: At the hearing, “the nation got to catch a glimpse of Craig Rosebraugh, a former spokesman [for the Earth Liberation Front] taking the Fifth Amendment more than 50 times as he was questioned about that organization’s role in such things as the $12 million 1998 arson fire at Vail Resorts… Rosebraugh had previously said the arsonists wanted the fire to be seen as ‘an act of love for the environment.’… We don’t think most Americans will ever accept arson fires as ‘acts of love.'”

“Extreme environmental groups such as the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) and the Earth Liberation Front (ELF) are laying siege to legitimate business and medical research,” writes Wallop. “Their illegal actions have cost citizens millions of dollars. Are you outraged? Wake up America — your neighborhoods are riddled with home-grown terrorists.”

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