Incident Summary:

01/03/2000: Unknown suspects set three separate fires on the grounds of the Rancho Veal Corporation in Petaluma, California, U.S.A.. Subsequent investigation determined that an accelerant, believed to be diesel fuel, was used in the attack. The fires damaged office space, two trucks, and an equipment storage facility, resulting in an estimated $150,000 in damages. On March 16, 2000, the North American Animal Liberation Front Press Office released a communiqué stating that a cell of the Animal Liberation Front (ALF), a terrorist animal rights movement, claimed responsibility for the fires. A similar act of attempted arson had been claimed by ALF against the Rancho Veal Corporation in February 1997. The same ALF cell is suspected in a number of other attacks on business in the Bay area.



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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Rancho Veal Corporation
Specific Description Racho Veal office storage facilities and trucks in Petaluma, California
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage $250,000.00
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Weapon Details
Diesel fuel was used to start the fires.
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Animal Liberation Front (ALF) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Letter)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
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
"Animal Liberation Front says they attack California Companies," Environment News Service, April 16, 2000.
FBI "Terrorism in the United States 2000/2001". Counterterrorism Threat Assessment and Warning Unit, Counterterrorism Division. U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation.