Incident Summary:

03/02/2001: The Animal Liberation Front (ALF) claimed responsibility for placing two Molotov Cocktails under a delivery truck that belonged to Shaller & Weber, a meatpacking plant in Astoria, New York U.S.A. One of the devices fizzled while the other failed to ignite at all. Damages caused only totaled about $135. The group claims that the attack was carried out in support of Long Island animal and environmental activists. In a written statement, the group writes, "The ALF activists have taken this action against the meat industry to continue their campaign of economic sabotage against all companies who profit from the misery, torture and death inflicted upon animals in the name of profit."



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:

New York

New York City

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Shaller & Weber Meatpackers
Specific Description Delivery Trucks belonging to Shaller & Weber Meatpackers in Astoria, New York
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 $135.00
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
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
Warren Woodbury, "Animal Activists Claim Truck Fire," Daily News, March 6 2001.
"ALF Claims Fire Attack On Meat Trucks," Frontline Information Service, March 5, 2001.