Terrorist Incidents Allegedly Linked to ELF, ALF
By The Associated Press
The FBI says the Earth Liberation Front has caused more than
$100 million in damage since 1996. Some prominent attacks tied
to the group and its sister organization, the Animal
- Aug. 22, 2003: Two men filmed in surveillance videotape in
$2.5 million vandalism and arson spree that damaged or
destroyed 125 sport utility vehicles at Los Angeles-area car
dealerships and homes. Slogans such as "Fat, Lazy Americans"
and "I (heart) pollution" painted on vehicles. In March 2004,
California Institute of Technology graduate student Billy
Cottrell pleaded not guilty in the case.
- Aug. 1, 2003: Arson fire claimed by ELF destroyed five-story
condominium under construction in San Diego, possibly part of
what ELF has called a campaign against urban sprawl. Damage
estimated at $50 million.
- May 21, 2001: Arson fire at University of Washington Center
for Urban Horticulture in Seattle causes as much as $3 million
- March 2001: Days before accused ELF member Jeffrey Luers
went on trial in Eugene, Ore. for an arson at a local truck
lot, the dealership was hit again. Thirty sport utility
vehicles were damaged or destroyed, causing about $1 million
in damage. Luers was convicted, sentenced to 20 years in
- Dec. 31, 1999: Arson fire at Michigan State University's
Agriculture Hall. ELF claimed to have targeted school because
of genetic research on plants.
- Oct. 19, 1998: Fire swept through part of ski resort in
- Nov. 29, 1997: Fire at the Bureau of Land Management Wild
Horse Corrals in Burns, Ore., and 400 horses released. ELF and
ALF claimed joint responsibility.
- October 1996: Fire destroyed ranger station in Oregon's
Willamette National Forest and suspicious device found on
another. First documented ELF attack in United States.