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