From ANIMAL PEOPLE, December 1999:
LONDON––Channel 4 TV
reporter Graham Hall, 43, claimed on
November 6 that elements of the Animal
Liberation Front had abducted him at
gunpoint on the night of October 25 and
branded the letters “ALF” on his back.
The claim helped build support
for a new British anti-terrorism bill,
unveiled on November 17 by Home
Secretary Jack Straw. The bill would
permit the government to bring civil
suits against alleged terrorists, much as
the Racketeering-Influenced and Corrupt
Organizations statute does in the U.S.
Hall said he was attacked in
retaliation for his 1998 broadcast I n s i d e
The ALF, which included footage of
activist Gaynor Ford describing how she
allegedly vandalized a laboratory.