A.L.F. Rampage Fur Industry
from No Compromise Issue 6
 

In the months since the last issue of No Compromise, the A.L.F. has smashed up more fur shops and sprayed countless fur wearers with red fabric paint. In a dramatic attack, the A.L.F. set incendiary devices in a truck belonging to the Eden Prairie, Minnesota-based Haertel Company. Haertel makes a cleaning solution for fur farmers to use on pelts. The entire truck was destroyed, costing Haertel $18,000. The message was clear: even the smallest involvement with the fur trade would mean repercussion.

The A.L.F., Paint Panthers and different individuals acting on their own sprayed hundreds of furs in Boston, Dallas and New York with red fabric paint. In different brochures and even on radio shows, fur trade reps have tried to deny that this sort of thing ever happens. The fur trade knows that if people think their furs will be sprayed, then they won't wear them. This is most likely true. One person in Syracuse was arrested for alleged committing such an act so it is doubtful that the fur trade will be able to claim this doesn't happen anymore. We even heard reports from Stockholm, Sweden that these sorts of attacks were taking place.

In Eugene, Oregon, activists infiltrated the fur salon at Kaufman's department store and sprayed $75,000 worth of coats with paint. This is the second time this has happened at that salon. In Dallas, A.L.F. members sent out communiques saying that they had sprayed fur trimmed coats at Burlington Coat Factory and Oshman's.

Fur stores in all parts of the country have been feeling the brunt of an increased sabotage campaign. Window smashing, lock gluing and paint bombing seem to be happening at fur stores everywhere, hastening their demise. An A.L.F. cell in Detroit shut one fur store down for several days by spraying burytic acid into the carpet. This vile substance smells like vomit and is overwhelming. The same acid shut down a Nordstrom's in Detroit for a day as well. Forcing a store to close like that can easily mean a loss of tens of thousands of dollars.

Dallas A.L.F.-ers had a similar idea but used muriatic acid instead. In a communique sent to above-ground groups, the A.L.F. claimed to have sprayed this very corrosive acid through the mail slot at Bifano's Furs on two different occasions. The communique didn't state any specifics about damage but I can imagine that Bifano's had to replace everything that the acid touched as well as detox the building.

Bridger Trapping Supplies was hit in Ogden, Utah. This company escaped an arson attempt in November when a faulty incendiary device failed to go off. The A.L.F. went back and slashed the tires of every car in the parking lot while smashing store and car windows.

Traps were destroyed by an activist in Nova Scotia, as well. At least five leghold traps were found and disposed of before any animals were hurt.

It appears as if the A.L.F. will continue their unrelenting campaign against the fur trade. The British fur trade once admitted that if it were not for the A.L.F., there would still be fur shops all along the English countryside. Fortunately, the A.L.F. has reduced the fur trade there by 90 percent. Maybe North America will follow suit.