Animal-Rights Activist Arrested at Gunpoint at Marine Center in Florida, Accused of ALF Affiliation

14 Sep

The pilot whale known as 300 rises on a stretcher Sunday at the Marine Mammal Conservancy in Key Largo for transport to SeaWorld in Orlando. The day before, Miamian Christopher Lagergren was arrested for trespass and vandalism at the conservancy.

A Miami police officer arrested animal rights activist Arnold Christopher Lagergren, 41 outside the Marine Mammal Conservancy in Key Largo, Florida on Saturday. The off-duty officer detained Lagergren at gunpoint after phone calls to police accused the man of taking pictures of the facility and tampering with a fence along the property.

Lagergren is charged with four misdemeanors for incidents at the marine center. Police reports accuse Lagergren of affiliation with the Animal Liberation Front.

The Marine Mammal Conservancy treats stranded dolphins and whales. The organization has come under criticism for turning two stranded pilot whales over to Sea World back in May.

Monroe County Court Judge Regan Ptomey set bonds totaling $30,000 on the four charges, according to court records.

“This is a very politically charged situation, obviously,” said Richard Wunsch, Lagergren’s defense attorney.

“It does raise concerns,” Wunsch said. “Anybody would wonder how you get hit with a $30,000 bond on four misdemeanors…”

Animal rights groups have criticized Sea World for its part in the captive whale and dolphin entertainment industry. The for-profit animal amusement park has been cited for  abuses of captive animals at its facilities.
For more information: KeysNet.com

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3 Responses to “Animal-Rights Activist Arrested at Gunpoint at Marine Center in Florida, Accused of ALF Affiliation”

  1. Luke Thomas September 14, 2011 at 7:43 am #

    The police are too busy arresting people who are simply against animal cruelty because they are easy pickings to justify their salaries–instead of catching real criminals like the drug cartel, gangs and violent criminals. They won’t do anything about them other than ignore them completely.

  2. Luke Thomas September 14, 2011 at 7:49 am #

    Let me get this straight. He just took some photos and he’s accused of being with the Animal Liberation Front. Amazing. What if the accusations were false and all the DAMAGE done to his person, even livelihood and legal expenses. Smells like a possible slander/libel lawsuit to me in my humble opinion.

  3. Brenda Lee Schall September 15, 2011 at 9:58 am #

    30,000+ bond is outrageous.

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