Animal rights activists have reportedly claimed responsibility for an arson fire that destroyed 14 cattle trucks and other equipment at Harris Ranch in California’s San Joaquin Valley. In an anonymous e-mail message to the media, activists said the January 8, 2012, fire was started to protest “the horrors and injustice of factory farming.” The message ended with, “Until next time.” Apparently no people or animals were injured in the fire at the farming operation, one of the largest cattle feedlots in California and the 14th largest in the United States. See Truth About Trade & Technology, January 17, 2012.

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