Revolutionary Cells – Animal Liberation Brigade

The Revolutionary Cells – Animal Liberation Brigade ( RCALB ), known as the Animal Liberation Brigade ( ALB ) is a name used by animal liberationists who advocate the use of freedom and a diversity of tactics in the animal liberation movement, either non-violent or not. As part of the practice, it is intended to destroy oppressive institutions, which discloses a playoff game of “animal drug”. [1] [2] [3]


Revolutionary Cells are not a group, but an example of a conductor resistance, as a banner for the autonomous, secret cells that perform direct action like Animal Rights Militia (ARM).

Founded in the US, after the bombing Chiron and Shaklee’s corporate office in 2003, activists have since used the banner to firebomb vehicles and threatens to send letter bombs to individuals in the California area. Targets have included corporate animal testing laboratory Huntingdon Life Sciences, and animal researchers at UCLA and the California National Primate Research Center. [4] [5] [6]

The FBI issued a warrant for Daniel San Diego for his alleged association with the cell responsible for the bombings in 2003, but he has not yet been arrested. [3] He is wanted for his suspected involvement in the vandalism crimes. [7] [8]



Revolutionary Cells guidelines were based on Bite Back website after the second bomb: [1]

  • To take strategic direct action (whether non-violent or not) against the oppressive institutions that permeates the world.
  • Make every effort to minimize non-target victims, whether human or non-human.
  • Respecting a diversity of tactics, whether they are non-violent or not.
  • All underground activist fighting to liberate the human, earth or animal nations can consider themselves a Revolutionary Cells volunteer.

What are RCALB?

More information: Anarchism and animal liberation and animal liberation movement

The Bite Back communiqué also stated that the Revolutionary Cells and why they are: [1]

The revolutionary cells exists as a front group for the militant movement of liberationary spectrum. We are anarchists, communists, anti-racists, animal liberationists, earth liberationists, Luddites, feminists, queer liberationists, and many more things in various other fronts. Where ever there is oppression there are those unwilling to passively stand by and let it happen, and these people are the core of the revolutionary cells.

The structure and goals

The group was formed in the same conductor resistance model Animal Liberation Front (ALF), which consists of small, independent, secret terrorist cells that operate independently. A cell can consist of just one person.

According to the Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism, the front describes itself as “an international coalition fighting injustice” . The Institute’s knowledge base describing it as an “unusually violent animal-rights terrorist movement … with a penchant for exaggeration and casting the claim to power and importance.” [9] Oren Segal, co-director of the Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism, believes the group is composed of the same few “lone wolves” who perform actions in the name of the ALF and the Earth Liberation Front (ELF), “interchangeable names … they will rename itself depending on what action they do.” [10]

The presence of activists calling themselves the Revolutionary Cells or the Animal Rights Militia (ARM), another name used to cause violence reflects a struggle within the Animal Liberation Front and the animal rights movement in general, between those who believe in violence and terror are motivated and those who insist the movement should reject it in favor of nonviolent resistance. [11]

self extensional

Steven Best has coined the term “extensional self-defense” to describe the actions carried out in defense of animals by people who act as “proxy agents.” [12] He claims that in the performance of acts of extensional self-defense, activists have the moral right to conduct sabotage or violence. [12] extensional self-defense is justified, he writes, because animals are “so vulnerable and oppressed they can not fight back to attack or kill their oppressors.” [13] Best argues that the principle of extensional self defense mirrors the penal code statues known as ” necessity defense “, which can be invoked when a defendant believes that the illegal act was necessary to avoid imminent and great harm. [13] In testimony to the Senate in 2005, Jerry Vlasak stated that he violence against Huntingdon Life Sciences as an example of extensional self-defense. [14]


pipe bombs

The RCALB took credit for his first action August 27, 2003, when two “pipe bombs filled with an ammonium nitrate” was placed on the Chiron Corporation’s office in Emeryville, California. Both units were packed with nails to act as a splitter. Chiron was addressed because of a contract with Huntingdon Life Sciences, a New Jersey-based animal testing contractor. [4] A group calling itself the Revolutionary cells of the animal Liberation Brigade email a statement to reporters take credit for the bombing that also was sent to Bite Back website. [2] One of the bombs exploded an hour after the first, although no casualties resulte from the second blast, which the second device was discovered and cleared the area before the explosion. [3]

Office bombing

In September 2003, the RCALB responsibility for another bombing, this time at the offices of Shaklee Inc. in Pleasanton, California. Shaklee targeted because its parent company, Yamanouchi Pharmaceutical, doing business with HLS. [5] The attackers are said to be linked to Daniel Andreas San Diego, who was featured on America’s Most Wanted and was placed on the FBI’s list of most wanted terrorists. [3] [8] A statement can be released from the group to Bite Back , this time also including their manifesto. [1] [15] It was thought the bomb was meant to cause harm, such as nails flew out “at a speed of 100 miles per hour” , but again no one was harmed. [3]


On 24 June 2007, a bomb placed under a car belonging to Arthur Rosenbaum, a pediatric ophthalmologist who carry out animal experiments with cats and rhesus monkeys at the Jules Stein Eye Institute at UCLA. The device failed to explode because of a faulty fuse, but was still claims Animal Liberation Brigade, called for “an end to the systematic violence and oppression” . [16] UCLA offered a reward for information leading to the arrest of the bombers. When acting chancellor Norman Abrams said the university “remains committed to the lawful use of laboratory animals in research for the benefit of society.” [17] [18]

letter Bombs

Although no suspicious packages have not yet found RCALB claimed in January 2009 to Indybay [6], they sent two UC Davis animal scientist letter bombs because of their work at the California National Primate Research Center. One of the researchers addressed said, “It worries me a little bit … I mean, when someone threatens you physically, I think it causes concern.” The Animal Liberation Brigade said in a communique re-issued by the Animal Liberation Press Office that the document was not a sham, with officials at the primate center claiming threats and protests have happened before and was unacceptable. [6] [19] [20]

Vehicle firebombed

In the early morning hours of March 7, 2009, Animal Liberation Brigade again directed UCLA. This time setting ablaze and destroying a car belonging to a researcher. UCLA Chancellor described the latest attack as “reprehensible”, with the university raising the reward for information leading to the arrest of the activists to nearly $ 500,000. [21]


  1. ^ Jump up to: abcd Revolutionary Cells Receivables Explosion – Press Communiqué / guidelines, Bite Back , 30 September 2003.
  2. ^ Jump up to: ab Chiron Blast Claimed by the Animal Liberation Brigade, Bite Back , August 29, 2007
  3. ^ Hoppa upp till:a b c d e Daniel San Diego – Fugitive , USA: s Most Wanted , 30 augusti 2008.
  4. ^ Jump up to: ab Mercury News
  5. ^ Jump up to: ab Law Enforcement Agency Rescource Network
  6. ^ Jump up to: abc UC Davis receive mail bomb threat, News10 12 January 2009.
  7. Jump up ^ Daniel San Diego – Fugitive, America’s Most Wanted 30 August 2008.
  8. ^ Jump up to: ab Daniel Andreas San Diego, wanted by the FBI. Retrieved 17 August 2007.
  9. Jump up ^ Revolutionary Cells Animal Liberation Brigade Group Profile, MIPT Terrorism Knowledge Base , retrieved August 17, 2007.
  10. Jump up ^ Range McDonald, Patrick, Monkey Madness at UCLA, LA Weekly August 8, 2007.
  11. Jump up ^ Lee, Ronnie. Controversial measures, No Compromise (magazine) , issue # 23.
  12. ^ Jump up to: ab Best, Steven. “Gaps in Logic, lapses in policy: rights and Abolitionism in Joan Dunayer’s Speciesism” .
  13. ^ Jump up to: ab Best, Steven. “Who’s Afraid of Jerry Vlasak?”, Animal Liberation Press Office .
  14. Jump up ^ Miller, John J. “in the name of the animals: America faces a new kind of terrorism,” National Review, July 3, 2006.
  15. Jump up ^ It’s war! Escalating battle between activists and the corporate-state complex, Best, Steven , essays.
  16. Jump up ^ anonymous communique, Bite Back , June 28, 2007.
  17. Jump up ^ “Monkey Madness at UCLA,” LA Weekly 8 August 2007.
  18. Jump up ^ “Animal Liberation Brigade demands Try firebombing in Los Angeles”, 29 June, 2007.
  19. Jump up ^ release from the Revolutionary Cells Animal Liberation Brigade, Animal Liberation Press Office, January 10, 2009 .
  20. Jump up ^ 2 UC Davis researchers received bomb threats, CBS 5 , January 12, 2009 .
  21. Jump up ^ Activists destroy UCLA researchers car, ABC7 10 March 2009.