Incident Summary:

11/26/2002: Earth Liberation Front (ELF) claimed responsibility for an arson at the Mindek Brothers Fur Farm in Erie, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.. The flames destroyed a barn at the farm but caused no injuries. In their claim of responsibility, the groups stated that this farm was responsible for the deaths of "thousands of innocent creatures yearly.



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 Midnick Brothers Mink Farm
Specific Description The Midnick Brothers Mink Farm in Eerie, Pennsylvania
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
"Activists Blamed in Mink Farm Fire," Calgary Herald, December 4, 2002.
Dan Nephin, "Environmental, animal-rights groups claim responsibility for mink farm fire," The Associated Press, December 4, 2002.