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Activist allegedly sought hit man on Facebook to kill fur wearers

February 22, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
An animal rights activist in Ohio is facing federal charges for trying to hire a hit man to shoot or slit the throat of a person wearing fur.

Meredith Marie Lowell, 27, created a Facebook page and offered up to $850 for the hit, according to the FBI.

Lowell was looking to target random people outside a Cleveland library. As it turns out, the hit man Lowell tried to hire was an undercover FBI agent. Lowell offered the agent $730 in jewelry or cash for the killing of a victim of at least 12 years but "preferably 14 years old or older" outside a library near a playground in her hometown.

Lowell faces a hearing next Tuesday to determine whether she will be given the opportunity to post bail or be detained without bond pending resolution of the case.

Lowell has reportedly compared animal-welfare work to the liberation of World War II concentration camps.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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