Animal rights advocacy taken to a murderous extreme:
(CNN) — A self-proclaimed animal rights activist in Ohio has been charged with soliciting a hit man to kill a random person wearing fur, either by shooting the individual or slitting his or her throat.
Meredith Lowell, 27, of Cleveland Heights, is accused of creating a phony Facebook profile with the intention of contacting a would-be killer, according to the affidavit filed in an Ohio district court.
Lowell allegedly posted on the social media website the following request: “I would like to create an online community on facebook which would allow me to find someone who is willing to kill someone who is wearing fur toward the end of October 2011 or early November 2011 or possibly in January 2012 or February 2012 at the latest.”
An undercover FBI agent posing as a hitman reached out to the woman and built a case around the ensuing contact. The particulars are grisly. Ms. Lowell wanted the kill to take place at a local library so she could hand out literature on animal cruelty after the fact. She allegedly requested that the hitman bring a knife “at least four inches long” and “sharp enough to stab someone with and/or to slit their throat to kill them.” But she is not without . . . scruples? Lowell insisted the victim be at least twelve years old and “preferably 14 years or older”. And she emphasized that the victim should be dead “in less than two minutes.”
The Daily News has more about Lowell’s apparent beliefs about animal liberation:
Reprinted emails also say Lowell wrote that she sees nothing wrong with “liberating” animals from fur factory farms and laboratories since “soldiers liberated people from Nazi camps in World War 2.”
She also criticized a new aquarium in Cleveland – saying “it is wrong for animals to be taken against their will and put into their (equivalent) of a bathtub” – and research by the Cleveland Clinic, where she said animals should be “liberated and put somewhere where they are not tortured.”