Incident Summary:

07/21/1997: Five members of the Animal and Earth Liberation Fronts (ALF and ELF), Jacob Ferguson, Kevin Tubbs, Jonathan Paul, Jennifer Kolar, and Joseph Dibee, set fire to the Cavel West horse meat packing plant and slaughterhouse in Redmond, Oregon in the United States. The perpetrators drilled holes behind refrigeration units at the plant, poured ignitable liquid into the drilled holes, stuffed rags into the holes and placed buckets under the rags. Additionally, three separate incendiary devices, made of a mixture of soap, gasoline and diesel, and then blended into a gel, were placed in and around the buildings of the plant. One of the incendiaries ignited prematurely, causing the group to abandon the rest of the plan. The remaining two incendiaries failed to ignite due to malfunction. There were no casualties in the incident, but the fire caused over $1,000,000 in damage, destroying the facility and leaving it out of operation. A few days after the fire, a communiqué was put out by the Animal Liberation Front, claiming responsibility for the arson.



United States

North America

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Location Details:
The incident occurred at 1607 SE Railroad Blvd.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Cavel West horse meat packing plant
Specific Description Cavel West horse meat packing plant in Redmond, OR
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Major (likely > $1 million but < $1 billion)
Value of Property Damage $1,211,388.00
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Gasoline or Alcohol
Weapon Details
ignitable liquid poured into drilled holes behind refrigeration units at the plant and three incendiary devices composed of a mixture of soap, gasoline and diesel fuel, blended into a gel
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Additional Information The incident occurred just before 4:00am. The perpetrators were part of a group calling themselves "The Family," which committed nearly 20 acts of arson and ecotage over a 6 year period. Ferguson became a government informant and witness, landing him a sentence of 2 years probation, Tubbs was sentenced to 12 years and 7 months in prison for his involvement, Paul was sentenced to 51 months in prison after a guilty plea, Kolar was sentenced to 5 years in prison, and as of 2007, Dibee remained fugitive.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Animal Liberation Front (ALF) The Family Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Letter)
Earth Liberation Front (ELF) The Family No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 5
Number of Captured Perpetrators 4
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
U.S. Government’s Sentencing Memorandum for CR 06-60069, CR 06-60070, CR 06-60071, CR 06-60078, CR 06-60079, CR 06-60080, CR 06-60120, CR 06-60122, CR 06-60123, CR 06-60124, CR06-60125, and CR 06-60126. U.S. District Court: District of Oregon, Eugene, 2007.
"Radical environmentalist sent to prison," Seattle Post Intelligencer, August 1, 2007.
Paul Shukovsky, "Woman gets 5 years for UW arson: ELF member helped torch lab," Seattle Post Intelligencer, July 18, 2008.