Vandals who might have ties to a radical animal rights group caused tens of thousands of dollars in damage overnight Thursday to a Quakertown area nursery that wanted to house 500 medical research monkeys.
The intruders overturned and destroyed about 1,000 peonies, including some rare breeds. They poured paint stripper on two vehicles and spray-painted graffiti on buildings and greenhouses at Peonyland, 475 Church Road, Richland Township.
They wrote phrases — such as ''F--- with primates, get f---ed by us. ALF''; ''the ALF is watching''; and ''this will just be the start'' — on greenhouses and storage garages at the business owned by the Hsu family, which now is uncertain whether it will continue the kennel plans.
ALF refers to the Animal Liberation Front, an extremist animal rights group that has claimed responsibility for hundreds of instances of property damage and acts of domestic terrorism nationwide in recent years, authorities said.