Animal Rights

Animals Rights Group: We Set Fire to Fur & Fireworks Store

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

An Idaho store that sells the odd combination of furs and fireworks was set on fire on Monday, and an animal rights group is claiming responsibility.

Reuters reports that a public relations firm called The North American Animal Liberation Press Office said another animal group that calls itself the "Arson Unit" started the fire at Rocky Mountain Fur and Fireworks.

"By oppressing innocent life, you've lost your rights. We've come to take you down a notch. Stay in business and we'll be back," the unit said.

Jerry Vlasak, spokesman for the North American Animal Liberation Press Office, said the arson unit may refer to a branch of the Animal Liberation Front, extreme animal activists who partake in economic sabotage.

"It has proven effective: Fur stores have closed, fur breeders have closed," Vlasak said. He added that while his people are supportive of such actions, it is not affiliated with the group.

Investigators are looking into the arson claim, "before we can make a determination of the veracity of the statement," said Mark Leiser, assistant special agent in charge of the Seattle Field Division of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

No one was hurt in the fire. $100,000 worth of furs and fireworks were destroyed.