Incident Summary:

09/08/2001: A McDonald's fast food restaurant in Tucson, Arizona, U.S.A. was torched by the Animal Liberation Front (ALF), a group that has frequently targeted the corporation for killing "cows, chickens and pigs, whether directly or indirectly." Damage has been estimated at $500,000, Note: ALF cites this incident as an anti-globalization action in their 2001 year-end Direct Action Report, available as of 13 January 2003 at



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity McDonalds Corporation
Specific Description A McDonalds restaurant in Tucson, Arizona
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 $500,000.00
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: E-mail)
Earth Liberation Front (ELF) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Note left at scene)
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
"Restaurant arson work of eco-terrorists?," The Associated Press, September 11, 2001.
"Alleged anonymous activists claim restaurant arson," The Associated Press, September 12, 2001.