Story: Animal welfare and rights

Animal Liberation Front targets a fur shop

Animal Liberation Front targets a fur shop

The manager of the Universal Fur Company in Manners Mall, Wellington, inspects the damage after an Animal Liberation Front (ALF) attack on his shop in 1983. ALF activists plugged the door lock, painted the ALF symbol on the door and stuck up posters with the challenge: 'Stop for just a minute and spare a thought for the fur-bearing animals all over the world who are brutally exploited to supply our vanity'. This was one of the first of a number of ALF actions carried out in New Zealand. The Animal Liberation Front, which operates worldwide, carries out direct action against animal abuse – rescuing animals and causing financial loss to those exploiting animals. Because this often involves damaging property, supporters work anonymously and there is no central co-ordination of ALF actions.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1983/4947

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Animal welfare and rights - Animal liberation and animal rights', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 September 2020)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 1 Jul 2017