Incident Summary:

05/09/1999: Six members of the Animal and Earth Liberations Fronts (ALF and ELF), Jacob Ferguson, Stanislas Meyerhoff, Kevin Tubbs, Josephine Overaker, Chelsea Gerlach, and a sixth individual, placed two incendiary devices on the exterior of the office of the Childers Meat Company in Eugene, Oregon in the United States. One incendiary was placed in the southwest corner of the entrance alcove and the second one on the west side between two buildings. The blasts caused the building to be completely destroyed, with damage estimated at $1,177,000. There were no casualties in the incident. On May 27, the perpetrators sent out a communiqué, claiming responsibility for the arson in the name of "ALF," stating that the devices were purposefully placed near a natural gas line, and that "As long as companies continue to operate and profit off of Mother Earth and Her sentient beings, the Animal Liberation Front will continue to target these operations and their insurance companies until they are all out of business." The perpetrators were part of a group calling themselves "The Family," which committed nearly 20 arson and ecotage attacks over a 6 year period.



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Location Details:
The incident occurred at 29476 Airport Road.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Childers Meat Company
Specific Description meat company in Eugene, 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 $1,177,000.00
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Gasoline or Alcohol
Weapon Details
four containers of a diesel and gasoline mixture, placed at two locations in the office, ignited via timed ignition devices.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Incident occurred at about 3:10am. The perpetrators were part of a group calling themselves "The Family," which committed nearly 20 arson and ecotage attacks over a 6 year period. Ferguson became a government witness and in return, was sentenced to 2 years probation for his crimes during this 6 year period. Tubbs was sentenced to 12 years and 7 months in prison; Meyerhoff was sentenced to 13 years in prison; Gerlach was sentenced to 9 years; Overtaker remained fugitive. The sixth perpetrator's name had not been released because he/she had not yet been indicted as of 2007.
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 6
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.
FBI, "Terrorism in the United States: 1999," Counterterrosism Threat Assessment and Warning Unit, Counterterrorism Division, FBI, DOJ, 1999.
Eric Collins, "Animal Rights Group Says It Started Fire at Oregon Meat Plant," The Register Guard, June 1, 1999.