Incident Summary:

08/02/2008: On Saturday, at an unknown time, in Santa Cruz, California, United States, two firebombings targeted two UC-Santa Cruz researchers' property in a string of animal liberation movement actions. A firebomb was ignited on David Feldheim's front porch. Feldheim, a molecular biologist, escaped from a second story window with his family. An adult was treated at the hospital. An anonymous communique was posted to Bite Back wherein the Animal Liberation Front accepted responsibility.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:


Santa Cruz

Location Details:
The incident occurred at a house in Santa Cruz.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Educational Institution
Name of Entity University of California- Santa Cruz
Specific Description Molecular biologist David Feldheim
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Weapon Details
The weapon was a fire bomb.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Animal Liberation Front (ALF) North America Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 1
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Fox News, "Firebombs Nealy Kill California Animal Researchers," Fox News, August 4th, 2008.
KCBS, "Animal Rights Group Admits to Santa Cruz Firebombings," KCBS, August 4th, 2008.
San Francisco Chronicle, "Firebombs Suggest New Tactic for Animal Activists," San Francisco Chronicle, August 5th, 2008.