Extremist attacks on the food chain rose in 2008

Buckeye Farm News 

The Web site, www.directaction.info, boasts headlines such as “Animal Products Ruined At Supermarkets,” “The Fire Was Not An Accident” and “Poultry Farm’s Van Attacked With Stones.”

It is the diary of the Animal Liberation Front, an extreme animal rights group that advocates intimidation, harassment and vandalism against farmers, researchers, hunters and businesses that use animals and animal products.

The reports come in from all over the world and each one is categorized – vandalism, arson, sabotage, liberation and so on. They contain photos and messages such as “Free range is not good enough, organic is not good enough, go vegan and leave the animals in peace” and “Neither the security cameras, nor the police, nor the speciesists can stop us!”

Attacks on food retailers in the United States that were claimed by groups such as the Animal Liberation Front jumped 377 percent in the same time period, from 9 to 34.

“The message is loud and clear that the agenda of these groups is focused solely on advancing a vegan agenda through destruction and intimidation,” said Animal Agriculture Alliance Executive Director Kay Johnson Smith. “The fact that extremists are willing to massively increase their attacks on the food chain during a serious economic downturn should cause major alarm for all companies and organizations responsible for feeding people.”

Lynn Snyder 

Lynn Snyder is senior director of communications for Ohio Farm Bureau.