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Domestic terror attack on cattle feeding operation chilling

  • A terrorist attack on 14 cattle trucks and trailers near Coalinga, Calif., drew quick and unequivocal condemnation. However, not a peep from so-called “environmental/consumer watchdog” groups.

The January terrorist attack on 14 trucks and trailers at Harris Feeding Co. near Coalinga, Calif., drew quick and unequivocal condemnation from many fronts.

Bill Donald, president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, condemned the alleged attack, saying, “This extremist behavior goes above mere activism and the freedom of speech. These criminals are threatening lives and causing substantial economic harm.”

Animal Liberation Front (ALF) did not admit directly to torching the trucks, but said “containers of an 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 … We were extremely pleased to see that all 14 trucks ‘were a total loss.’”

ALF is listed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as a domestic terrorist organization. Several of the FBI’s most wanted domestic terrorists are believed to be affiliated with ALF.

The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office, the FBI and ATF are investigating the Harris terror attack.

Harris Ranch’s feedlot holds about 100,000 head of cattle on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley. Harris also operates a large farming operation along with a world famous Thoroughbred horse operation.

John Harris, one of the most respected agriculturists in the nation, responded to the attack by saying he was “gratified by the support and concern we have received from the public and the outrage this attack has created.  We must live in a society that is safe for all, and no one can tolerate violence such as this. ALF and similar terrorist groups pose a real threat, and I am confident that the many law enforcement agencies working on this case will bring them to justice soon.”

However, it is interesting to note not one so-called “environmental/consumer watchdog” group condemned the attack. Not a peep out of the likes of the Organic Trade Association or the Center for Food Safety. They are free with propaganda news releases, but say nothing about a radical environmental peer group that commits a violent felony to publicize its anti-society values

Of course, the Center for Food Safety could be licking its wounds after losing yet another wasteful court case to stop the planting of Roundup Ready alfalfa.

Just three days before the Harris terrorist attack, a California judge reaffirmed USDA’s regulatory process and comprehensive Environmental Impact Statement in supporting the production of RR alfalfa.

Andrew Kimbrell, CFS executive director responded by saying “USDA has become a rogue agency in its regulation of biotech crops.”

It may seem far-fetched, but I am convinced the Center for Food Safety and similar groups along with the hoodlums believed responsible for the terrorism at Harris are cut from the same cloth.

If you have doubts, check this out:

The ALF statement praising the Harris attack ended with the chilling words “until next time.”

CFS’ Kimbrell told in the wake of his resounding loss: “All farmers should be on notice that we will be suing again, so before they make their seed buying decisions, I would certainly caution them that we will be in court. And I think that anybody who looks at our past record over the last five years will realize that we haven’t lost yet.”

Sound like similar threats to me.

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Anonymous (not verified)
on Feb 1, 2012

Thanks for this shocking story. The ALF is scary - and should be exposed for who and what they are.

on Oct 5, 2012

It is my first time to hear a terror attack on a agricultural sector. I feel very sad for this news because terrorist are so desperate to kill not only people but also animals. The 14 cattle trucks are involved in this incident and I am pretty sure that terrorist did a massive damage into it. For me, the government should be aware of this, they should provide maximum security at all sectors at all cost. Aside from that, truck owners should also be responsible because situations like that will really upset them. For me, truck owners and drivers should know the correct style and concepts of truck especially by upgrading their vehicles to maximize its security feature.

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