Animal rights fanatics last week scarred a statue of Ronald McDonald with a swastika and anti-meat graffiti outside a Ronald McDonald House — a charity for children with cancer and other serious illnesses. The zealots also left their marks — “ALF” and “ELF” — on the figure. The Tucson incident follows just weeks after the Earth Liberation Front and its alter ego, the Animal Liberation Front, took credit for burning down a local McDonald’s restaurant.

Families of 18 sick children were inside at the time of the attack, and staff of the charity fear ALF and ELF may target Ronald McDonald House in the future. It’s just the latest cruelty from the anti-“cruelty” movement — PETA sent $45,200 to the legal defense fund of ALF terrorist Rodney Coronado several years ago after he pled guilty to committing arson at a university animal research facility. Will this “mainstream” animal rights movement defend these ALF/ELF vandals as well?