The following is a press release from the North America Animal Liberation Front – or ALF.
For Immediate Release
January 9, 2012
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 (a tactic adapted from Home Alone 2 ). we weren’t sure how well this was going to work, so we waited until there was news reports before writing this. we were extremely pleased to see that all 14 trucks “were a total loss” with some being “completely melted to the ground.”
we’re not going to use this space to expound upon the horrors and injustices of factory farming. there is more than enough armchair-activists and those of passive politics who are more than willing to do that (anything to keep from getting their hands dirty). we, the unsilent minority (the 1%, if you will), choose a more direct form of action.
we’re not delusional enough to believe that this action will shut down the harris feeding company, let alone have any effect on factory farming as a whole. but we maintain that this type of action still has worth, if not solely for the participant’s peace of mind, then to show that despite guards, a constant worker presence, and razorwire fence, the enemy is still vulnerable.
finally, to all those who fantasize and romanticize about direct action yet remain on the fence: there is a lot of stuff that needs to be destroyed and we can’t count on spontaneous combustion and careless welders to do all the work.
until next time…
I don’t have words to express how this infuriates and terrifies me. This is real to me. This hits home. I’ve met these truck drivers before, we’ve shared doughnuts and hot coffee on freezing mornings. I’ve trusted these drivers with our cattle. I’ve been in these trucks.
Harris Ranch has purchased our cattle before, several times. Harris Ranch allowed me to tour their feed lot and slaughter house. It was immaculate and well run. My animals were happy and healthy. Their handling methods were low stress; they were open and honest and answered all of my questions about their operation. I was amazed to learn that Harris Ranch uses the waste made by the plant to fertilize local fruits and vegetables, a wonderfully efficient and sustainable thing to do.
The Animal Liberation Front are terrorists. They act without knowledge of the people and animals they hurt. They are unwilling to learn about this industry. Violence does not give them credibility, it makes them dangerous, ignorant bullies. All I can think this morning is my Ranch and Home next?