The authoress of this article sets herself two goals: using the Animal Liberation Front as an example, she sets out to demonstrate the mechanisms governing the operations of the extremist wing of animal rights protection groups and to discern the factors underlying the dramatic increase in direct violence, against humans, and indirect violence, against property, which has occurred over the last twenty-five years. She is of the opinion that, given the growing trend toward decentralisation in individual organisational structures, resulting in the loss of an overriding authority and, effectively, of control over the movement, as well as the lack of philosophical and ideological checks and restraints which act as a curb against violence, what it may well come to is a significant radicalisation of acts of violence, and an explicit rejection of the ban on injuring and killing people.
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