On Tuesday October 18 2005, a member of the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) rang a hotel in Anaheim, California. A pharmaceuticals conference was taking place at the hotel. One of the delegates was Steve Ruckman of Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS), a company which uses animals in research and testing. A communiqué from the ALF dated October 25, which includes the warning “Associate with HLS and we will ruin your life,” reports the conversation this way:
“ALF: Hello, I stayed in Room xxx recently and think I left something behind.
Concierge: What is that?
ALF: A bomb. You’ve allowed HLS to come into your hotel, now you will pay the price.
Concierge: What was that?
ALF: If Steven Ruckman from HLS takes