Farm leader: Arrest of animal terrorists must be high priority
» January 11, 2012 «
As authorities continue to investigate the arson attack on Harris Ranch Beef Co. in Coalinga, the California Farm Bureau Federation said the arrest and prosecution of those responsible must be a high priority.
"The terrorists who attacked a beef production company in California this week must be arrested and prosecuted to the full extent of the law," California Farm Bureau President Paul Wenger said. "We know the local authorities are working hard to find the attackers and we offer our full support."
Wenger also said animal-welfare groups should become involved in helping to resolve the case.
"We encourage animal-welfare organizations to help authorities find those responsible. If they sit by silently while animal rightists attack law-abiding businesses, they are passively endorsing domestic terrorism," Wenger said.
"Farmers, ranchers and everyone involved in agriculture do their best to grow food safely and responsibly. They should not have to fear attacks on their property or on themselves for producing products that Americans want," Wenger said.
The California Farm Bureau Federation works to protect family farms and ranches on behalf of more than 74,000 members statewide and as part of a nationwide network of more than 6.2 million Farm Bureau members.
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