February 23, 2012
Reward Offered in Harris Ranch Arson
Million in Damages Cited at California's Largest Feed Lot
14 Harris ranch big rigs were destroyed by arsonists, the estimated loss was
about $2 million.
Now a $100,000 reward is being offered for
information leading to an arrest and conviction. The owner of the beef
producer, John Harris, says it’s about more than the financial hit to his
company. "And someone could have easily been killed," said Harris.
Harris says truck drivers commonly sleep in those big rigs. "Fortunately no
one was this night, but the terrorists didn't know that and there could very
well have been someone in the truck. And the truck went really fast," said
After the fires an anonymous message claiming responsibility was
posted on the animal rights website
North American Animal Liberation Press Office. A representative of the
site, Nicoal Sheen, says she's outraged by the reward that's being offered
and the claims that the fires could have killed someone.
"I don't answer
to hypothetical because that didn't actually happen, what does happen is
that million to billions of land animals are slaughtered for their flesh and
other products," said Sheen.
Sheen says the reward money will not
deter animal rights activists. And that's exactly what the sheriff's
department is worried about.
"We believe that there’s dangerous
materials out there that are being accumulated," said Capt. Jose Flores,
with the Fresno County Sheriff’s Department.
[Press Office note: No
animal liberation activist has ever been apprehended for their acts of
compassion in exchange for money, whether its offered as in this case by the
animal abusers themselves or whether offered by the government. Harris Ranch
Beef Company is California's largest "cattle processor" producing nearly 200
million pounds of beef a year. The largest cattle feeder on the West Coast
and 14th largest nationally, it encompasses a 100,000-head feed lot. At any
given time there will normally be between 70-100,000 animals standing in
their own excrement on their lot. Harris Feeding Company feeds about 1/3 of
all the cows murdered in California. Cows spend the last days of their
short, brutal lives standing in their own waste, until hauled off to have
their throats slit and their bodies sliced into small pieces for human
consumption. Video of the "feed lot" can be seen here: