Crimes of ecoterrorism blighting the Northwest

-- The Herald, Everett, Wash. - May 23

Posted: Thursday, May 31, 2001

They don't like people. They hate learning. And their crimes are blighting the Northwest.

But, hey, they care about animals and trees. Or so they would have us believe. ...

Federal investigators are still checking, but (the May 21) fire at the University of Washington's Center for Urban Horticulture appears to have been the work of arsonists. At almost the same time, explosives were used to set fire at a commercial tree nursery in Oregon.

Those new attacks came as investigators continue to probe other apparent terrorist acts by environmental and animal rights activists, including two last month in Snohomish County. ...

... The attack on the UW's horticulture center took a sickening toll on knowledge, claiming records of lifetime research by professors. The fire destroyed one professor's slides of the revegetation of Mount St. Helens. As in previous attacks at Washington State University research facilities, the destruction actually impedes efforts to create a healthy relationship between humankind and the Earth. ...

... With universities increasingly targeted, the state Legislature must make sure that adequate security resources are available to prevent attacks. And federal authorities must continue or increase their efforts to apprehend the criminals. No matter what the level of activity so far, people who hate human society and human learning are a danger that must be faced.

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