PETA's Connections to Violent Extremists

PETA gave grants to arsonist Rodney Coronado and the eco-terrorist group Earth Liberation Front.

Former PETA vegetarian campaign coordinator Bruce Friedrich told an animal rights convention that "blowing stuff up and smashing windows" is "a great way to bring about animal liberation," adding, "Hallelujah to the people who are willing to do it."

In 2002, PETA president Ingrid Newkirk told The Boston Herald: "More power to SHAC [the violent Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty] if they can get someone's attention." Six of SHAC's core members were subsequently convicted for their attacks on businesses, with four serving between three and six years in jail.

PETA also gave $2,000 to David Wilson, then a national Animal Liberation Front spokesperson.

PETA paid $27,000 for the legal defense of Roger Troen, who was arrested for taking part in an October 1986 burglary and arson at the University of Oregon.

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