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ELF in Guelph

January 31st, 2006

This little story seems innocuous enough:

24am, January 30, 2006 – The Guelph Fire Department and Guelph Police Services were called to a Dawn Avenue residence (under construction) in response to a reported fire. The small fire was quickly extinguished by firefighters, and damage was contained to a stairwell and floor. Damage is estimated at $5000.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Constable Ian Smith of the Guelph Police Service at 519-824-1212 ext.7125 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

but there’s more: Local radio station News 570 is reporting that “Several Arsons in Guelph in the past months may be the work of an eco-terrorist organization.” This fire is one of the arsons started suspected of being started by a cell of eco-terrorists ELF (Earth Liberation Front).

From Wilkopedia:

The Earth Liberation Front (ELF) is a loosely-knit organization, mainly in the United States, Canada and United Kingdom, that “uses direct action in the form of economic sabotage to stop the exploitation and destruction of the natural environment”. Many politicians and law enforcement agencies make a claim that ELF is a terrorist organization, while to ELF activists and sympathizers, the ELF is an eco-defense group that is dedicated to taking the profit motive out of environmental destruction by targeting and causing economic damage to businesses through the use of direct action. The ELF has committed more than 1,200 direct actions in the U.S. causing more $200 million in damage. [1]

Their techniques involve destruction of property that they believe is being used to injure animals or people or the environment. This vandalism and arson has been labeled ecotage.

BY all accounts ELF is a loose knit grouping who, according to their own literature have no leaders, members or official spokesman. They are none the less, highly interesting to the FBI.

What’s more it is being reported that 3 other fires may be related to ELF, including this one. ELF attack on Guelph, Ontario Golf Club. These arsons are a pattern that has Guelph police very concerned, and citizens of Guelph should also be concerned. To date ELF does not seem to be responsible for any deaths, but when you go around lighting buildings on fire, sooner or later it’s going to happen. Citizens of Guelph should also be concerned, both that it is happening in their community, and that it is receiving virtually no coverage or getting the attention of the community.

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