Walter is serving 12 years for the “ALF Lonewolf” arsons of the Sheepskin Factory in Colorado, the Tandy Leather Factory and the Tiburon Restaurant that sold foie gras in Utah. He pled guilty to all three arsons as well as one count of AETA (the infamous Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act), was sentenced to 12 years and 3 months and is scheduled for release on April 14, 2021.
He identifies as Hardline, which he describes as, “a belief system, and a way of life that lives by one ethic – that all innocent life is sacred, and must have the right to live out it’s natural state of existence in peace, without interference.” Hardline promotes a vegan, straight-edge lifestyle and has been criticized as anti-choice, homophobic, sex-negative and in opposition to LGBTQI equal rights. However, he is openly bisexual and in a 2013 interview clarified that while he was once anti-choice, he now believes “no woman anywhere should feel ostracized or shamed for her decision to exercise her reproductive right.”
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.
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.