Leana Stormont is an attorney with the deceptively named “Humane Society” of the United States. She formerly worked for PETA and got her law degree from the University of Iowa.
While enrolled at the U. of I., Stormont helped lead the Iowa Law Student Animal Defense Fund. Stormont’s group hosted animal rights radical Steven Best. Best was a co-founder of the North American Animal Liberation Press Office and has been listed as a “press officer” for the ALF alongside the murder-endorsing Jerry Vlasak. Despite this shady résumé, Stormont writes that Best is “a courageous and provocative thinker.”
Stormont hasn’t just hosted radical speakers for her student group. She herself opined in 2005 on the use of violence and attempted to justify it, passing the blame off to others:
[Medical research labs], loggers, factory farmers and members of our own government are terrorizing the Earth and its nonhuman animal inhabitants. If these people did a better job of safeguarding our world, groups like the Animal Liberation Front and the Earth Liberation Front would be less inclined to take the law into their own hands.
It’s not terrorists’ fault for engaging in terrorism. Scientists, loggers and farmers made them do it. “I suspect that groups like ALF and ELF would love nothing more than to refrain from engaging in illegal activity,” Stormont writes.