DENVER, Colo. — A former Mason City man is facing a federal arson charge after an April fire that destroyed a business which sold sheepskin products.
Walter Edmund Bond, 34, Salt Lake City, Utah, an avowed vegan, allegedly torched The Sheepskin Factory in Glendale, Colo., on April 30.
The business sells a variety of sheepskin products including seat covers, shoes, rugs and blankets.
The fire destroyed the building and its contents resulting in about $500,0000 in damages, according to federal court documents.
Authorities think Bond’s veganism may have led him to set the fire.
Veganism is a philosophy and lifestyle whose followers are against the use of animals for food, clothing or any other purpose. Vegans do not use or consume animal products of any kind.
Bond pleaded guilty to second-degree arson charges in connection with a 1997 Mason City house fire.