Some animal rights and environmental extremists have moved from the fringe to violence.
Such groups as the so-called “Earth Liberation Front” (ELF) have gone beyond the ballot box and political rhetoric to express their opinions through criminal acts.
ELF claimed responsibility for torching houses in Michigan, reports the Associated Press.
$400,000 dollars in damage was the end result of ELF’s latest hit and run guerrilla warfare. And this is not the first time they have committed arson to make a political point.
But even more troubling is the possibility that ELF may be recruiting minor children.
Authorities in California picked up a juvenile runaway, she had been traveling with an ELF group.
The 16-year-old girl was ultimately booked, reports the Napa Valley Register.
It seems that ELF is willing to work with minor children without parental consent.
The organization might be recruiting through the Internet.
Web surfers can see photos of recent fires they claim responsibility for on the ELF official website.
Some families say such extremist groups have “brainwashed” their children, not unlike destructive cults.
Groups like ELF are one more reason for parents to closely monitor the Internet use of their minor children.