March 11, 2008, - 2:29 pm
Four people, including three from Detroit and all connected to a radical environmental group linked to similar attacks, have been indicted on federal felony arson charges in connection with the attacks on an agricultural building at Michigan State University and logging equipment in northern Michigan in late 1999 and early 2000.
Officials said at a 2 p.m. news conference today that the four are linked to the radical environmental group Earth Liberation Front, a loosely organized movement of environmental extremists with a history of destroying property, often by arson, to intimidate and coerce communities, businesses and governments to abandoning activities that ELF considers harmful to the environment.
The Dec. 31, 1999, attack at MSU destroyed a genetic engineering laboratory. A day later, fire destroyed commercial logging equipment near Mesick.
“This was more than an attack on a building and the destruction of valuable property. It was an assault on a core value of free and open inquiry at a research university,” said Lou Anna Simon, president of Michigan State University.
The four indicted are Marie Mason, 46, of Cincinnati; Frank Ambrose, 33, of Detroit; Aren Burthwick, 27, of Detroit; and Stephanie Fultz, 27, of Detroit.
These terrorists deserve the book thrown at them. If you support ELF’s goals, you should be forced to limit your food and produce intake to that which is not a result of agricultural research (which excludes almost all produce, today–even “organic” crops). And you should be forced to live in a mud hovel, since otherwise, your home hurts the “environment.”
But, also, even if you aren’t an animal rights terrorist, if you believe in animal rights you should not be allowed to use any medicines that were tested on animals or which contain animal products. Period.
How many poor people lost out on food because advances in crop-growing were delayed years by this terrorist activity?
This time it was agricultural research, but at far too many other times, it’s animal research that’s targeted by this group’s allies. How many important breakthroughs in cancer research or cures for other illnesses were delayed for years through such repeated acts of terrorism on animal research labs? Far too many. How many people died because of such delays in cures? Again, far too many.
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