In the wake of a deliberate fire set earlier this week at Harris Ranch, in Coalinga, California, an animal rights organization has claimed credit, citing the attack as a blow against the factory farming system.
On January 8, 14 trucks at the Harris Ranch were set ablaze. In an anonymous electronic message, the Animal Liberation Front claimed credit for the fire, detailing their planning, operation, and motives.
“at about 3:40 am on sunday, january 8th, 14 cattle trucks caught fire at the harris feeding company in coalinga, ca. containers of accelerant were placed beneath a row of 14 trucks with 4 digital timers used to light 4 of the containers and kerosene-soaked rope carrying the fire to the other 10,” the author of the email said.
Farm organizations across the country have condemned the group. According to the president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, “This is not only an attack on a family-owned and operated business; this is a domestic terrorist attack on our nation’s providers of food and fiber. This extremist behavior goes above mere activism and the freedom of speech. These criminals are threatening lives and causing substantial economic harm.”
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security lists the ALF as a domestic terrorist organization.
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Written by: Justin Ellison / Farm Plus Staff Writer