Unfortunately, there was a lot of news this week about how Harris Ranch in California was attacked by animal rights activists in which fourteen of their trucks were set on fire.
K-State friend and agvocate, Brandi Buzzard, Buzzard’s Beat, took this story from a great perspective and I wanted to forward on her thoughts. She is right – who TAKES CREDIT for malicious attacks on animal agriculture!?
Who Takes Credit for Agriterrorism?
If you haven’t yet heard, earlier this week Harris Ranch in California was the victim of a horrible animal rights activist attack in which fourteen of their trucks used to transport cattle were set on fire and completely destroyed. After news reports surfaced, the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) stepped up to take credit for the horrendous acts.
I’m sorry. Took credit?
Generally, people take credit for an accomplishment. This was a malicious attack, NOT an accomplishment. Harris Rach CEO, John Harris, is appalled at the "senseless and alarming attacks" which are, in my opinion, easily classified as domestic terrorism. These actions are unwarranted and unacceptable and I hope that the Fresno County police can get to the bottom of this whole thing.
A direct quote in the email authored by the activists says:
"We weren’t sure how well this was going to work, so we waited until there were news reports before writing this," the statement said. "We were extremely pleased to see that all 14 trucks ‘were a total loss’ with some being ‘completely melted to the ground.’"
The e-mail ended with, "Until next time."
People, pay attention. These so-called activists (I prefer the term agriterrorists) are not playing nice or fair. Apparently, it’s common-practice within their circles to start cattle trucks on fire and endanger human lives for the sake of making a point (a poor point, at that). It seems that they will stop at nothing to push their cause. In fact, the United States Department of Homeland Security classifies ALF as a "domestic terrorist organization." Their stated objectives are:
- To inflict economic damage on those who profit from the misery and exploitation of animals.
- To liberate animals from places of abuse, i.e. laboratories, factory farms, fur farms etc., and place them in good homes where they may live out their natural lives, free from suffering.
- To reveal the horror and atrocities committed against animals behind locked doors, by performing nonviolent direct actions and liberations
- To take all necessary precautions against harming any animal, human and non-human.
- Any group of people who are vegetarians or vegans and who carry out actions according to ALF guidelines have the right to regard themselves as part of the ALF.
These are not the objectives of a sane organization interested in reaching compromise. These are the objectives of extremists, whose goal is get rid of our industry. I am sick of it.
To the so called activists – whoever you are. You have done nothing but inflame the malcontent that the entire agriculture community feels towards you. Before, we just despised how you used money, fancy wording and sensational advertising to push your false agenda. After this malicious attack, you can rest assured that we are even more ticked off than before. You have physically and forcefully attacked our way of life, our livelihood, livestock and families. You have been warned – our efforts to inform society of your true goals and sneaky tactics will increase hundred-fold. I can only hope that the guilty parties are found and brought to justice.
So how do you feel? Are you ticked? I sure am. Leave me your thoughts below (comment on Brandi’s blog here).