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.
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."