February 26, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Animal Rights Extremism

EAST LANSING, [MI]--A man who denied firebombing an animal researcher’s laboratory at Michigan State University in 1992 even as he pleaded guilty now admits he carried out the attack and participated in others across the country, including one at Washington State University. Rodney Coronado told the Lansing State Journal he was a member of the Animal Liberation Front that targeted researchers and others they believed were mistreating animals. “In my heart, I was deeply troubled,” said Coronado, who said he participated in a half-dozen attacks, including at Oregon State University, WSU and private fur farms in the early 1990s. The vandalism at a WSU animal lab in Pullman occurred in Aug  

November 21, 2016 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Animal Rights Extremism

DAVIS, [CA]--A Yolo County judge released a suspected vegan vandal who painted slogans on the walls of the Nugget Market on East Covell Boulevard. But 24-year-old Stephanie Manzano still faces felony vandalism and assault charges. Davis police say Manzano struck a Nugget employee in the face when he confronted her as she was spray-painting the wall. She also supposedly spray-painted the employee during the struggle. Manzano was released on her own recognizance, perhaps because the Nugget employee who detained her didn't require any medical attention. Police say she caused $400 damage to store property and $50 in paint damage to the employees clothing. She is required to be back in court in J  

October 31, 2016 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Animal Rights Extremism

MISSOULA, [MT]--Officials with a Missoula farming non-profit say their staff continues to field threatening calls and e-mails days after their facility was vandalized. Police contacted Garden City Harvest Sunday morning to let them know someone had vandalized their building. Staff arrived to find the word “murderer” and the abbreviation ALF written in red paint on the front of their main office. Executive Director Jean Zosel says “ALF” may stand for the Animal Liberation Front, an animal rights group known for its use of illegal direct action. Zosel says the attack may be a result of a group of pigs the farm raises and harvests at the PEAS Farm in Missoula. She says the pigs a  

February 18, 2016 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Animal Rights Extremism

SEATTLE, [WA]--While almost half of American households tuned into Super Bowl 50 on Sunday, Feb. 7, members of the grassroots organization No New Animal Lab (NNAL) took to the streets to continue their ongoing battle against Skanska USA and the UW. Skanska USA and the UW have teamed up to construct the underground Animal Research and Care Facility (ARCF) in the University District, which NNAL claims will “expand the number of animals held captive, abused, and killed at UW by thousands.” NNAL Regional Director Amanda Schemkes called the movement “a pressure campaign.” The group claims that in the past Skanska has surrendered from various projects in order to protect their internation  

February 17, 2016 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Animal Rights Extremism

LOS ANGELES, [CA]--Two animal activists accused of carrying out a cross-country rampage against the fur industry admitted having vandalized a San Diego fur shop and freeing mink from farms, according to plea agreements reached recently. Joseph Buddenberg and Nicole Kissane each pleaded guilty in San Diego federal court to conspiracy to violate the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act. Prosecutors and defense lawyers plan to jointly recommend a two-year sentence for Buddenberg and six months for Kissane, according to the plea agreement. The pair also admitted that their actions caused more than $100,000 in damage. They have agreed to pay $398,000 in restitution to the victims, including Furs by Gr  

February 3, 2016 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Animal Rights Extremism

CHICAGO, [IL]--The FBI has doubled to $10,000 the reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for last year's arson at Noble Horse Theatre. The fire on Feb. 6, 2015, destroyed 13 horse-drawn carriages worth about $130,000, according to the FBI. It also damaged the building at 1410 N. Orleans St. in the Old Town neighborhood. The FBI announced in May 2015 that it would offer a $5,000 reward for information about the fire, which police and fire officials originally thought was an accident. But investigators later determined that someone had set fires in two storage areas for the carriages, according to the FBI. None of the horses was injured. Police said at the time th  

January 16, 2016 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Animal Rights Extremism

HUNTINGTON BAY, [NY]--Two activists were detained by police during a protest against animal testing outside a construction executive’s house Saturday. About 100 demonstrators marched through downtown Huntington to the home of Skanska USA Inc. chief executive Richard Cavallaro, whose company has a contract to build an animal testing laboratory at the University of Washington in Seattle, activists said. View More>>  

July 31, 2015 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Animal Rights Extremism

GUELPH, ONTARIO, [CN]--For the third time in two months, police are investigating the release of mink from a southwestern Ontario farm. Wellington County OPP say that sometime between late Thursday night and early Friday morning, the suspect or suspects broke into a farm located on Jones Baseline near Guelph. About 300 mink were released, according to police. The break-in follows two similar incidents in recent months. Earlier in July, 6,800 mink were released from a farm near St. Marys. About a month earlier, 1,600 mink were released from a neighbouring farm. No suspect has been identified in any of the cases, but some farmers believe the break-ins are the work of people trying to   

July 26, 2015 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Animal Rights Extremism

OAKLAND, [CA]--Two animal rights activists were arrested by federal agents on Friday for allegedly embarking on a cross-country mink-liberating crusade two years ago, authorities said. Joseph Buddenberg, 31, and Nicole Kissane, 28, both of Oakland, Calif., were arrested by the FBI and now face charges of violating the U.S. Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act -- a 2006 federal law that prohibits any person from acting in an illegal manner "for the purpose of damaging or interfering with the operations of an animal enterprise." According to investigators, Buddenberg and Kissane mounted a 40,000-mile venture aimed at releasing captive minks being raised at farms nationwide. Authorities said the pai  

July 8, 2015 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Animal Rights Extremism

ST. MARYS, ONTARIO, [CN]--Ontario Provincial Police are investigating a break-in at a fur farm north of St. Marys, which led to the release of 6,800 mink from their cages Tuesday night. Kirk Rankin, president of RBR Fur Farms, said he went to work this morning and discovered mink running around "all over the place." Rankin said he's been rounding up the mink by hand, using fishnets and gloves. He has not been able to count how many have been returned to their cages and how many are still missing. Police said several wide openings were cut in the fence that surrounds the farm on Road 125. Four sheds were broken into sometime between 11 p.m. Tuesday and 1 a.m. Wednesday. This is a s