Walter Bond is an Animal Liberation Front activist who was arrested in the summer of 2010 for the “ALF Lone Wolf” arsons of a sheepskin factory in Denver, Colorado, a leather factory in Salt Lake City, Utah and the Tiburon restaurant in Sandy, Utah which sold the incredibly cruel product foie gras. He pled guilty to all three arsons as well as one count of AETA (the infamous Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act). Walter received a total prison sentence of 12 years and 3 months.
As a young man Walter worked for a construction company that built slaughterhouses in the Midwestern United States. The horrors he witnessed firsthand in “pork production” led him to quit in disgust and propelled him into the cause and struggle of Animal Liberation and ethical Veganism. For over 15 years, he worked as an activist educating the public about the positive effects of Veganism as well as the plight of farmed Animals and also as a volunteer for various Animal Sanctuaries in the western United States.
In addition to Walter’s struggle for Animal Liberation he is also vehemently Straight Edge and opposes drug culture in all its various forms. In the winter of 1997 Walter destroyed one of the largest meth operations in north Iowa, an act of vigilante justice that earned him 4 years in state prison and became the subject of the song and music video “To Ashes” by the band “Earth Crisis”. Walter is also the author of the book “Always Looking Forward” , a collection of essays and interviews that he wrote while in county jails in Utah and Colorado for his underground resistance against Animal exploitation.
From January 2012 to March 11, 2015, Walter was imprisoned in a Communications Management Unit (CMU) in the United States Penitentiary at Marion, Illinois. (CMU’s are specialized, secretive and restricted prison units set up originally to house Muslim Political Prisoners.) In March 2015, the Bureau of Prisons granted his request for transfer to the general population at USP Marion. On September 21, 2015, Walter was transferred to FCI Greenville. In February 2018, Walter was placed into the CMU at Terre Haute Illinois. He was transferred out of prison and to a Colorado halfway house on June 17, 2020.
Walter remains defiant in the face of adversity and has written numerous articles, essays, and interviews that have traversed the globe through the internet and have been published in a number of periodicals and books and have been translated into several different languages. His entire philosophy and creed of action can be summed up in these six words:
“Animal Liberation, Whatever It May Take!”