Incident Summary:

02/20/2001: The Earth Liberation Front (ELF) claimed responsibility for setting fire to a cotton gin, owned by Delta & Pine Land Company, the largest seller and developer of transgenic cotton in the U.S.A.. The attack took place in Visalia, California when unknown perpetrators cut through a padlocked door, placed five gallon buckets of gasoline inside and set the cotton gin alight. ELF said that they perpetrated the attack to rid the environment of genetically altered cotton. In a written statement, the group wrote, "we choose this warehouse because it contained massive quantities of transgenic cotton seek in storage. But now, this seed will no longer exist to contaminate the environment, enrich a sick corporation or contribute to its warped research programs." Authorities are unsure if ELF is truly responsible or if they are just taking credit for the incident.



United States

North America

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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 Delta & Pine Land Company
Specific Description A cotton gin owned by the Delta & Pine Land Company in Visalia, 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 Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
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
Earth Liberation Front (ELF) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: E-mail)
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
"Eco-terrorism group claims Tulare attack Fire may be radical ELF's first state foray," Sacramento Bee, March 4, 2001.