As reported by local media in the USA:
Alleged ALF members strike more South Bay restaurants
The group, which the FBI calls a domestic terrorist organization, takes credit for two more fast-food vandalism incidents.
By Larry Altman
The militant Animal Liberation Front claimed responsibility Monday for vandalism attacks at two South Bay fast-food restaurants, spray painting slogans and smashing windows in a campaign to bring an end to animal consumption.
The latest attacks occurred early Sunday at a KFC at Carson and Figueroa streets in Carson, and at a McDonald's restaurant in Torrance that was struck a week earlier.
The attacks became the third and fourth in the South Bay since November, when a McDonald's in Harbor Gateway was severely damaged, also by vandals who spray painted "ALF" and other messages on walls and windows.
"There's obviously a cell of the Animal Liberation Front operating in the area," said Jerry Vlasak, a spokesman for the organization. "For some reason they have chosen that area."
The FBI deems the ALF a domestic terrorism organization that is responsible for vandalism at fast-food restaurants across the country.
Torrance police Lt. Brad Wilson said detectives would huddle with Sheriff's Department detectives in Carson, as well as Los Angeles police investigators working on the Harbor Gateway case.
Employees at the McDonald's at 24650 Crenshaw Blvd. discovered the vandalism when they arrived for work at 5 a.m. Sunday. Several windows were smashed and graffiti including "ALF" and "McKillers" was sprayed on walls, Wilson said.
Vandals also smashed windows and sprayed graffiti on the walls at the KFC at Carson and Figueroa streets between midnight and 7:30 a.m. Sunday. Slogans included "ALF," "KFC Kills" and a misspelled statement of "Until the slaughter stops, neither will we."
Carson sheriff's Capt. Todd Rogers said damaged was estimated at $20,000.
According to the ALF statement, "McDonald's has been designated a poster-company for the fast food, meat and dairy industries, which are responsible for massive and unimaginable animal cruelty, as well as participating in environmentally destructive practices and anti-union efforts."
The animal-rights organization, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, recently targeted KFC, asking the company to buy and kill chickens from growers that provided them with larger cages than are currently in use.
"The animal liberation movement is vehemently opposed to such acts of animal welfarism, which only serve to appease those who exploit and kill animals for human pleasure," the statement said.
Vlasak said the group commits vandalism to obtain publicity because it must compete with multibillion-dollar advertising campaigns. The South Bay might have been targeted repeatedly because they enjoyed the amount of attention provided by print and television news media last week.
"All I can think of is they are getting their message out and they are being successful in what they are doing and obviously they are not getting caught by the police," Vlasak said.
Vlasak said animals "have a right to not be oppressed and suffer at the hands of human beings."
"The ultimate goal
is for human beings to pursue a plant based diet," Vlasak said. "It
would be healthier for the planet and the animals who are being slaughtered."