Animal Rights Group Displeased at Being Target of Law Enforcement

Rocky Mountain Animal Defense, a Boulder, Co.-based animal rights group, was none too pleased to learn in May that Denver police had maintained a file on the group going back to 2001.

The existence of the file was revealed as the result of a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union against the Denver Polie Department. After the ACLU announced its lawsuit in March and made public several pages it had obtained from secret police files, Denver Mayor Wellington E. Webb announced that the Denver Police Department had maintained files on as many as 3,200 individuals and more than 200 organizations.

Rocky Mountain Animal Defense director David Crawford told the Rocky Mountain News, “They have absolutely no reason to believe we are involved in criminal activity.” The Rocky Mountain News noted, however, that “members [of the group] have been arrested for acts of civil disobedience.”

The file on the group included everything from a notice of a 2001 garage sale to benefit the group, to notes from meetings that the Denver Police Department infiltrated. One such report included the license plate numbers of cars parked outside the meeting.

University of Colorado police Lt. Tim McGraw, whose department passed on items about the animal rights group to the Denver Police Department, said that even though the group itself may not have been engaged in illegal activities, police often follow such groups because individuals who do not act within the law may be attracted to their meetings.

McGraw told the Rocky Mountain News, “There are some people who attach themselves to these groups who have less than lawful intent.”

In fact, the Rocky Mountain News reported that several of the surveillance reports claimed that, “RMAD members and associates are suspects in the arson in Vail, Co., [claimed by the Earth Liberation Front] and of several other similar arson fires on facilities that had sponsored prairie dog shoots.”

Crawford maintains that although the group opposed the Vail project, it had nothing to do with the arson and adds that, “Because we were protesting, they considered us suspects.”


‘Spy’ report irks group. Berney Morson, Rocky Mountain News, May 20, 2003.

ACLU of Colorado Files Class Action Lawsuit Challenging Denver Police Spyfiles on Peaceful Protest Activities. Press Release, American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado, March 28, 2002.

Canadian Voice for Animals' Anti-Leno Petition

Animal rights activist Earle Bingley, who lists himself as the president of Canadian Voice for Animals, posted an amusing petition calling for a boycott of the Tonight Show because of host Jay Leno’s insistence at garnering laughs “at the expense of animals.”

According to Bingley’s petition,

On February 10th, Leno made fun of the state of Colorado that passed an ordinance that would recognize dogs and cats as companion animals. Leno?s punch line was, and this may not be word perfect: ?Yeah, and the companion animals of Korea are now appetizers.?

On February 11th, Leno had a skit of a game show that he called: NAME THAT SOUND?One of the fake contestants was the president of North Korea?The sound was that of a barking dog. The correct answer was: ?That?s the sound of my dinner.?

For the past 50 plus years, I and countless others have worked tirelessly for the betterment of our four-legged relatives. When someone like Leno, who has a large audience, makes statements like this, it make me for one, sick to the stomach, and it countermines the advances we have made in animal welfare. If you agree with me, please sign this petition which will be sent to the president of NBC, letting him know that the general public will not tolerate this kind of abuse from late night talk shows.

Almost 500 people have shown up at PetitionOnline.Com to sign Bingley’s petition — by now, The Tonight Show must be fearing the viewer backlash. Well, at least the endless train of pointless petitions does keep these folks occupied.


Boycott The Tonight Show on NBC; Watch Letterman. Earle Bingley, PetitionOnline.Com, Accessed Feb. 17, 2003.

Fund for Animals Can't Shoot Straight on Worst Canned Hunts

The Fund for Animals today sent out a press release listing the “Top Ten States with the Cruelest Canned Hunts.” According to The Fund,

The states making The Fund’s “top ten” list are: Texas, Michigan,
Florida, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Ohio, Maine, Missouri, New Mexico,
Tennessee, Kentucky, and Louisiana. Although advertised under a variety
of names—most frequently “hunting preserves,” “game ranches,” or
“shooting preserves”—canned hunts violate the hunting community’s
standard of “fair chase” by confining animals to cages or fenced
enclosures. The types of animals killed can range from native species
such as elk and deer to exotic animals such as zebras, Corsican rams,
blackbuck antelope, and water buffalo.

Apparently compiling that list of ten states stretched The Fund for Animals’ limited research capabilities. A few hours after releasing it, Fund media coordinator Tracey McIntire was forced to send out a correction that read,

The list of the states with the worst canned hunts should NOT include
New Mexico and Kentucky.

Oops. No word on which states would take New Mexico and Kentucky’s places. The odds are good, however, that The Fund for Animals would be well at home on a list of top 10 animal rights groups that can never seem to get their act together.


The Fund For Animals Announces The Top Ten States With The Cruelest Canned Hunts. The Fund for Animals, Press Release, August 12, 2002.

Correction on press release. Tracey McIntire, The Fund for Animals, August 12, 2002.

Colorado Bill Would Impose Triple Damages on Animal Rights/Environmental Terrorists

The Colorado state legislature is currently considering a bill that would allow judges to impose civil awards up to three times the cost of actual damage committed by animal rights and environmental terrorists.

Colorado state Sen. Mark Hillman introduced the bill citing a number of prominent attacks on farms and animal facilities. Hillman told the Rocky Mountai News,

There has been an alarming increase across the nation in the number of incidents that I call agri-terrorism, but might also fit under eco-terrorism.

The bill made it through the state senate’s agricultural committe in January.


Eco-terrorists may be hit with triple damages. Rocky Mountain News, January 23, 2002.