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
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
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.