Incident Summary:

03/07/2009: Members of the Animal Liberation Brigade set fire to the car of an neuroscientist working for UCLA, accusing him of addicting monkeys to methamphetamines and other street drugs. The car was parked outside his Westwood residence in California. There were no reported casualties.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:


Los Angeles

Location Details:
The attack took place outside of the scientist residence in Westwood.

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- Los Angeles
Specific Description The vehicle of a UCLA neuroscientist was the target of this attack.
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
Weapon Details
An unknown incendiary device was used in the attack.
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
Additional Information It is unclear if this attack was in response to the arrest of four activists a few weeks prior to this incident.
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 / 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
Daniel B. Wood,"Animal-Rights Activists Get Personal in Wave of California Attacks," Christian Science Monitor, March 31, 2009.
Red Bluff Daily News, "Animal Research Sparks Ad Campaign,"Red Bluff Daily News,, November 9, 2009.