Lead Singer's Home Raided by FBI
October 3, 2003

For Immediate Release

Los Angeles - At approximately 5:30pm today, the home of animal advocates John and Amy Feldmann was raided by over 30 law enforcement officials. John Feldmann is the lead singer for the popular California band Goldfinger. The home was searched for over three hours.

Taken in the raid were items related to the "Fire Jerry Greenwalt" campaign. Greenwalt, the General Manager for the Los Angeles Department of Animal Services, has been targeted by animal activists in the past months because of his horrific record of killing over 44,000 healthy dogs, cats, kittens and puppies a year. In 1997, before his appointment to General Manager, Greenwalt had previously been fired as Assistant General Manager for gross incompetence. He has been accused of taking $69,000 out of the Trust Fund donated by the citizens of Los Angeles intended for spay and neuter programs and using it for his own administrative purposes. More information on the campaign can be found at http://www.animaldefense.com/firegreenwalt.html.

According to news media, Greenwalt's home and car were vandalized early Friday morning. The letters "ALF" were allegedly scrawled on the property, which is usually associated with the Animal Liberation Front, an anonymous underground organization that liberates animals and engages in economic sabotage against animal abusers. Traditionally, these actions are "claimed" by the ALF by contacting animal rights groups, but this has not happened. It is unclear whether the raid of the Feldmann's home is in direct connection to the Greenwalt vandalism, although items that were listed on the warrant included red and black paint.

Shannon Keith, the Feldmann's lawyer, stated, "The Feldmann's have no idea why they have been targeted, but they maintain their compassion for all living beings. This unfortunate event only emphasizes the fact that law enforcement continues to support the abusers, while terrorizing those with compassion for all life. We will not stand by and let this continue to occur."

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