Incident Summary:

03/12/2000: The Animal Liberation Front (ALF) claimed responsibility for setting fire to the Kickapoo Fur Foods business in Viroqua, Wisconsin U.S.A. The fire was started when the perpetrators placed a number of timed incendiary devices inside the premises. Authorities report that damage was minimal, as the fire smoldered itself out by the morning. The Kickapoo Fur Foods company produces food for mink ranches. ALF stated that the company is "an integral part of the abusive and exploitative" fur industry. The ALF spokesman went on to state that any business that supports animal exploitation is a "fair target for action against them."



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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 Kickapoo Fur Foods
Specific Description The Kickapoo Fur Foods facility in Viroqua, Wisconsin
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 Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Weapon Details
Multiple timed incendiary devices were used in the attack.
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: Unknown)
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
Doug Cunningham, "Animal Liberation Front attempts to burn down a mink feed business," Wisconsin Public Radio, March 13, 2000.
“Animal Liberation Front Attacks Mink Business,” Wisconsin State Journal, March 14, 2000.