Terroristic Activity in San Joaquin Valley, California

Terrorists attacks and threats have become a regular item for American Citizens.  The events of September 11, 2001 opened our eyes to the fact that there are dangerous people around us and they are not afraid to take extreme actions. 

This morning on the national news more terrorist reports came from over seas.  The sad thing is, there was terroristic activity in San Joaquin Valley, California in the early morning hours on Sunday January 8th.  Have you heard about it?

Animal rights activists associated with Animal Liberation Front (ALF), a domestic terrorist organization, set fire to 14 semi tractors and several trailers at the Harris Ranch.  According to an e-mail sent to the media Monday from the North American Animal Liberation Press Office “containers of accelerant were placed beneath a row of 14 trucks with four digital timers used to light four of the containers and kerosene soaked rope carrying the fire to the other 10.”  This idea was inspired by a scheme used in the movie Home Alone 2.

Why violence against the Harris Ranch?  The Harris ranch is one of the largest family owned agribusinesses in the United States and has been producing food over 40 years.  It’s also California’s largest cattle feeder, beef processor and beef marketer.  To the eyes of ALF and their supporters Harris Ranch is a “factory farm” that mistreats and murders thousands of cattle per year.

This extreme action falls into ALF’s objectives.  ALF has goals to inflict economic damage to those who profit from the exploitation of livestock, to free animals from abusive situations and to expose atrocities committed against animals behind closed doors.  This is all in the eye of the beholder.  In truth Harris Ranch practices natural beef production and has a positive reputation for being transparent about their operations, willing to give Ranch Tours and engage in open dialog.

Due to a few extreme animal abuse cases gone public, these people think ALL farmers and ranchers maltreat their livestock.  Is it not radical for anti-agriculture groups to “plant” people in livestock facilities and shoot fraudulent videos of themselves abusing animals?  I don’t accept the actions of animal abusers or anti-agriculture terrorists and believe they need to be reprimanded for their poor behavior.

It saddens me that there are individuals among us that can not see the value that Agriculture adds to our everyday life.

For further information on this act of violence and my references please see these articles:

ALF Takes Credit for Harris Farms Arson Fire from the Drovers Cattle Network

California Activists Torch Cattle Trucks by Ryan Goodman

14 Cattle Trucks Burned in Arson at Harris Ranch from the San Francisco Chronicle

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16 Responses to Terroristic Activity in San Joaquin Valley, California

  1. Eric Danzeisen says:

    This is outrageous! Thank God the truck drivers were not sleeping in those trucks that night! Thanks for posting!!!

  2. Yvonne says:

    Wow! Crazy!

  3. Candy C. says:

    These people are just nuts and need to be stopped!

  4. Kristen says:

    Isn’t it interesting that we hardly ever hear about domestic terrorists? It would seem that they are the most dangerous, considering that they are actually doing their nefarious deeds in our own country!!

  5. Luke L says:

    Things that happen like this just upsets me. We produce food for the world and people take it for granted. Profit that’s what all these wack jobs are saying on these message boards… Wack jobs that don’t care about anyone but themselvs and prob live off of the tax payers. No jobs no life and all they do is complain and set things on FIRE……

    • Robyn says:

      Thanks for the comment, Luke! It makes my day to hear you read my blog!
      The actions of anti-agriculture activists are disturbing and upsetting. If they had any clue about how much agriculture influences their everyday lives it would floor them.

  6. I hope the people who did this go to prison where they belong. I like how you linked other articles to your blog. Very informative.

  7. Linda says:

    You never hear about home terrorism unless it helps some political cause.
    Just like you never rarely hear about the good things that the military does overseas; but as soon as the overstressed soldiers do something wrong, it’s everywhere.

    I hope whoever did this goes to jail.

    • Robyn says:

      Linda
      Thank You for the comment and stopping in at my blog! I agree the media is very specific about what they want the American Public to know. They also put their twist on it hoping we blindly “believe” what they want us to.

  8. Kristi {at} Live and Love Out Loud says:

    That’s despicable! Thanks so much for sharing this with us!

    In happier news… In case you haven’t already heard, we announced our winter photography challenge today. I really enjoyed having you join us during the Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge and would love for you to join us again! Stop by to learn more when you get a chance! Have a great day! 🙂

  9. Tombstone Livestock says:

    For some reason people like this think that all animals are pets. Probably the only thing they accomplished is to help raise our insurance rates. Just like the Occupy groups, what did they accomplish, overtime police pay, garbage pick up, relandscape grounds they destroyed, added more $$$ to budget problems. They only create more problems for themselves and the rest of the country instead of creating a solution. This will only be a minor inconvience for Harris Ranch, they will just sub-contract to other cattle haulers and raise the price of beef. Who did these terrorist hurt, the people trying to stretch their budget to put food on the table.

  10. Crystal Cattle says:

    It is really unfortunate (and scary) that these groups resort to this time of activity. People need to respect others food choices. That means I respect vegetarianism and they respect my choice to consume meat and animal products.
    crystalcattle.com

    • Robyn says:

      I agree with you, Crystal, there should be a level of mutual respect. We don’t have to like the actions or things others practice, but we should be able to have respect for eachother.

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