Animal Liberation Front (ALF) spokesman David Barbarash — who has been charged in the past with possessing explosives and carrying weapons — declared this week that “to call ALF ‘terrorist’ is an insult to those who lose their lives on September 11.” What’s especially disturbing is September 11 was the day ALF took credit for firebombing a Tucson, Arizona, McDonald’s.

ALF has also set off firebombs at meat companies and feed mills, kidnapped and tortured a British journalist, and was called “a true domestic terrorism group that uses criminal activity to further their political agenda” by the FBI. Jane’s Intelligence Review calls ALF “the most prominent eco-terrorist group” in its current issue, noting that one ALF target “received two letter bombs, letters with razor blades, his car was damaged and the windows and doors of his house destroyed.”