Peter Young is an animal rights activist, former animal liberation prisoner, and the first person to be convicted of “Animal Enterprise Terrorism”.
The FBI once labeled him as “an active member of the Animal Liberation Front (ALF)”.
He speaks on his experiences carrying out clandestine animal rescues, 7 years on the run as a hunted fugitive, and a prisoner as the first person convicted of “Animal Enterprise Terrorism”.
Post-prison, Peter has remained outspoken on the necessity of breaking unjust laws, and is a frequent media contact on stories ranging from prisoner issues to the radical animal rights movement.
Today, being a visible voice for outlaws and saboteurs has earned Young attention from the media and the FBI. Labeled as a “terrorist,” he has been the subject of two FBI house-raids, had his parties infiltrated by private intelligence firms, learned a woman he was dating was an FBI informant, and more.
By various agencies he has been called a terrorist, eco-terrorist, “special interest” terrorist, burglar, accessory after the fact, danger to the community, flight risk, unindicted co-conspirator, and member of the Animal Liberation Front.
He has spoken at spaces from Harvard to tech conferences, and had his story covered in platforms from VICE to the New York Times.
Young brings with him an arresting story of moving from mainstream activism to underground saboteur, fugitive, prisoner, and beyond.
How This Activists Manipulates the Media to Spread His Message – New York Observer
Lessons From a Fugitive On the Run – Unmistakable Creative
Meat Is Murder, Arson Is Fun – San Fransisco Magazine
Raids to Free Minks Up Ante on Animal Rights – New York Times
Vegan Prisoner Playbook – Vice
Montana Fur Farm Targeted by Ecoterrorists – Valley Journal
‘Terrorist’ Who Blogs About TSA Troubles Was Watchlisted For Animal Activism – Forbes
Breaking the Law to Liberate the Animals – UVU Review
Activist Speaks About Raid – Park Record
Activists Release Hundreds of Animals – Minneapolis Star Tribune
Convicted Terrorist Tells Ohio College Students How To Be ‘Successful Fugitive’ CBS Cleveland
The Vegan Sellout List: A Brilliant (if slimy) PR Stunt – Digital Trends
“Peter Young explicitly told members of the audience to commit crimes” Michael Whelan, Executive Director, Fur Commission USA
“A frequent flying hipster” Forbes
“Entitled.” Travel Pulse
“His decidedly non-terroristic appearance causes…. consternation and confusion” Techdirt
“Be aware of any suspicious activity around (your) farms in the coming days, as activists tend to be energized after his appearance.” Fur Commission security alert to fur farms before a University of Wisconsin lecture
“An arrogant vigilante” USA Today
“It seemed like he was suggesting that the audience free the animals from the basement… Hearing that was pretty shocking.” Oberlin College student, after lecture
“He believes all of his illegal activities are justified as long as he hides behind the word ‘compassion.’” Beloit, WI farmer
Covers barnyard arson the way Peter Parker covers Spider-Man. Toronto Star
“(Peter Young) did tremendous damage to many people in the fur business, and shows no remorse.” Dennis and Jill Preissner, third generation mink farmers
“A motivational speaker for the Animal Liberation Front.” – Teresa Platt, Fur Commission USA
“(A) self-appointed spokesman for the Animal Liberation Front.” FBI agent Mark Kitsmiller
“Young… travel(s) the country urging activists to commit crimes in the name of animal rights… (His) appearances are often followed by eco-terrorist activity.” Washington University police memo
“The suspect refused to provide even basic personal information”. San Jose Police Department Officer Cooley
“Unrepentant”. The Associated Press
“There is little doubt that Young will return to his old ways. Do not believe for a moment that he has been rehabilitated.” Target of Opportunity
“He toes the line on advocating people going out and committing crimes” Cedar Rapids, Iowa FBI agent
“Encouraged college students to break laws in order to achieve the change they want and provided guidance on how to do so.” CBS Cleveland
“Told UC Berkeley students… to stop protesting and start freeing animals from Bay Area research labs.” Inside Bay Area
“He incited people to break the law, and if caught he’d do it again.” Federal judge Stephen Crocker
“Notorious ALF activist gone vegan evangelist.” San Francisco Magazine
“I’m not a vegan and I actually very much disagree with his cause, but… I thought that was pretty brilliant.” Ryan Holiday, media strategist
“I’m happy to hear my advice got someone sent to federal prison.” Bill Nye, on advice imparted in a 1990 conversation.
“Is convinced the FBI is following him everywhere” Oakland Tribune
“Had to keep his whole life a secret when he was a fugitive sought by the FBI.” Wall Street Journal
“You will not be allowed back here. Don’t even try.” Canadian border patrol
“He won’t be allowed to return to the state — ever.” Dawn Elshere, South Dakota state’s attorney