Revolutionary Cells – Animal Liberation Brigade

The  revolutionary cells – Brigade  animal liberation  (  RCALB  ), known simply as the  Brigade  of release  animals  (  ALB  ) is a name used by  liberationist animals  who argue in  favor of  using the  freedom and  diversity of tactics  within the  movement of animal release  ,  whether  non-violent  or not. As part of a  praxis  , the intention is to destroy  the  institutions  oppressive , describing an  end of the game  for ”  animal abusers  “. [1]  [2]  [3]

The Revolutionary Cells is not a group, but an example of  resistance without a leader  , as a banner for  autonomous  and  secret cells   that carry out  direct actions  similar to the  Animal Rights Militia  (ARM).

Founded in the United States after bombing  the offices of  Chiron  and  Shaklee  in 2003, activists have since used the banner to burn vehicles and threaten to send  bomb letters  to individuals in the California area. Targets include corporate clients from  the Huntingdon Life Sciences Laboratory and  animal   researchers from  UCLA  and the  California National Primate Research Center  . [4]  [5]  [6]

The  FBI  issued an arrest warrant against  Daniel San Diego  for his alleged association with the cell responsible for the 2003 attacks, but has not yet been arrested. [3]  He is therefore sought for his alleged involvement in the  crime of  destruction of property  . 



Guidelines on the revolutionaries cells were published on the  website  Bite Back  after the second attack:  [1]

  • Take direct policy measures (whether non-violent or not) against the oppressive institutions that permeate the world.
  • Make every effort to minimize non-target losses, whether human or non-human.
  • Respect a variety of tactics, whether non-violent or not.
  • Any clandestine activist struggling for the liberation of human, terrestrial or animal nations may consider himself a volunteer of the Revolutionary Cells.

Who are RCALB?

The  Bite Back communiqué   also explained who the Revolutionary Cells were and why they existed:  [1]

Revolutionary cells exist as a frontal group for militants through the specter of the liberation movement. We are  anarchists  ,  communists  ,  anti-racists  , liberators of animals, liberators of the  earth  ,  luddites  ,  feminists  ,  gay liberators  and many other things on various other fronts. Where there is oppression, there are those who refuse to stand by and let them happen, and these people form the nucleus of the revolutionary cells.

Structure and objectives  

The group has formed the same pattern of leaderless resistance as the  Animal Liberation Front  (ALF), which consists of autonomous and secret small independent cells acting independently. A cell can be composed of 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  describes it as a  “particularly violent terrorist movement of animal rights … with a penchant for hyperbole and the spread of claims of power and importance”. [9]  Oren Segal, co-director  of the Anti-Defamation League Extremism Center   , says the group is composed of the same  “lone wolves”  acting on behalf of the ALF and the Earth Liberation Front ( ELF)“the names are interchangeable … they will be renamed according to their actions”. [ten]

The existence of militants called Revolutionary Cells or Militaria of Animal Rights (ARM), another name used to inflict violence, reflects a struggle within the Animal Liberation Front and the animal rights movement in general between those who believe that violence and terrorist tactics are justified, and those who insist on the movement should reject it in favor of nonviolent resistance. [11]

Self-defense  extensible 

Steven Best  invented the term “extensional self-defense” to describe actions taken in the defense of animals by human beings acting as “agent agents”. [12]  He argues that in the context of extensive self-defense, activists have the moral right to engage in acts of sabotage or even violence. [12]  Self-defense by extension is justified, he writes, because animals are “so vulnerable and oppressed that they can not retaliate to attack or kill their oppressors.” [13]  Best argues that the principle of extensible self-defense reflects the laws of the penal code called ”  defense of necessity , Which may be invoked where a defendant believes that the unlawful act was necessary to avoid imminent and great harm.In testimony in the Senate in 2005,  Jerry Vlasak  stated that he viewed violence against Huntingdon Life Sciences as an example of extensional self-defense. [14]


Bombs of pipe 

The RCALB took note of its first action on August 27, 2003, when two ”  ammonium nitrate-  filled  pipe bombs  ” were placed at the Chiron Corporation offices in  Emeryville, California  . Both devices were packed with nails to act as shrapnel. Chiron was targeted because of a contract with  Huntingdon Life Sciences  , a  New Jersey animal testing contractor   . [4]  A group calling itself  Revolutionary Cells of the Animal Liberation Brigade sent by e-mail a statement to reporters taking the credit for the bombing that was also sent to  the  Bite Back website  . [2] One of the bombs exploded an hour after the first, although no casualties resulted from the second explosion, while the second device was discovered and the area cleared before the explosion. [3]

Bombardment of office  

In September 2003, the RCALB took over another bombardment, this time at the offices of Shaklee Inc. in  Pleasanton, California  . Shaklee was targeted because its parent company,  Yamanouchi Pharmaceutical  , is dealing with HLS. [5]  The attackers are linked to  Daniel Andreas San Diego  , who was featured on  America Most Wanted  and was placed on the  list  of terrorists most wanted by  the  FBI  . [3]  [8]  A statement was released from the group at  Bite Back  this time including their manifesto. [1]  [15]It was thought that the bomb was intended to cause harm, as the nails flew  “at a speed of 100 miles an hour”  , even if no one was injured. [3]

Incendiary device

On June 24, 2007, an explosive device was placed under a car belonging to Arthur Rosenbaum, a   pediatric  ophthalmologist who performs animal experiments with cats and rhesus monkeys at the  Jules Stein Institute  of UCLA. The device did not explode due to a defective fuse, but it has always been claimed by the Animal Liberation Brigade, which called for  “an end to systematic violence and oppression”  . [16]  UCLA offered a reward for information leading to the arrest of the bomber. Interim Chancellor  Norman Abrams , said that the university “remains firm in its commitment to legally use laboratory animals in research for the benefit of society.” [17]  [18]

Letter bombs 

Although no suspicious packages have yet been found, the RCALB stated in January 2009 to  Indybay  [6] that  they had sent two  UC Davis letter-  animal researchers   because of their work at the  California National Primate Research Center  . One of the targeted researchers said,  “That worries me a little bit … I mean, every time someone threatens you physically, I think it causes concern. The Animal Brigade said in a statement released by the  Press Office of Animal Release that the act was not a hoax, with officials from the primate center claiming that threats and protests had already taken place and were unacceptable. [6]  [19]  [20]

Véhicule firebombed

In the early hours of 7 March 2009, the Animal Liberation Brigade again targeted UCLA. This time, set fire to and destroy a car belonging to a researcher. The UCLA Chancellor described the latest attack as “reprehensible”, the University increased the award for information leading to the arrest of activists at nearly $ 500,000. [21]


  1. Jump up to:a b c d Revolutionary Cells Claims Explosion – Releases communique/guidelines, Bite Back, September 30th 2003.
  2. Jump up to:a b Chiron Blast Claimed by the Animal Liberation Brigade, Bite Back, 29th August 2007
  3. Jump up to:a b c d e Daniel San Diego – Fugitive Archived 2009-04-24 at the Wayback Machine., America’s Most Wanted, August 30th 2008.
  4. Jump up to:a b Mercury News
  5. Jump up to:a b The Law Enforcement Agency Resource Network
  6. Jump up to:a b c UC Davis Receives Mail Bomb Threat, News10, January 12th 2009.
  7. Jump up^ Daniel San Diego – Fugitive Archived 2009-04-24 at the Wayback Machine., America’s Most Wanted, August 30th 2008.
  8. Jump up to:a b Daniel Andreas San Diego, wanted by the FBI Archived2009-04-17 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved 17 August 2007.
  9. Jump up^ Revolutionary Cells Animal Liberation Brigade Group Profile, MIPT Terrorism Knowledge Base, retrieved, 17 August 2007.
  10. Jump up^ Range McDonald, Patrick, Monkey madness at UCLA Archived2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine., LA Weekly, August 8, 2007.
  11. Jump up^ Lee, Ronnie. Controversial Actions Archived 2008-02-12 at the Wayback Machine., No Compromise (magazine), issue #23.
  12. Jump up to:a b Best, Steven. “Gaps in Logic, Lapses in Politics: Rights and Abolitionism in Joan Dunayer’s Speciesism”,
  13. Jump up to:a b Best, Steven. “Who’s Afraid of Jerry Vlasak?” Archived 2008-04-21 at the Wayback Machine., 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! The Escalating Battle between Activists and the Corporate-State Complex Archived 2008-05-16 at the Wayback Machine., Best, Steven, Essays.
  16. Jump up^ anonymous communique, Bite Back, June 28th 2007.
  17. Jump up^ “Monkey Madness at UCLA”, LA Weekly, August 8th 2007.
  18. Jump up^ “Animal Liberation Brigade Claims Attempted Firebombing in Los Angeles”, June 29th 2007.
  19. Jump up^ Communiqué from the Revolutionary Cells, Animal Liberation Brigade , Animal Liberation Press Office, January 10th 2009.
  20. Jump up^ 2 UC Davis Researchers Receive Bomb Threats, CBS 5, January 12th 2009.
  21. Jump up^ Activists destroy UCLA researcher’s car, ABC7, March 10th 2009.

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