ANIMAL activists have burnt trucks and other equipment at US feedlot Harris Ranch in protest of what they call "factory farming''.
In a message distributed by The North American Animal Liberation Press Office, the anonymous activists claim responsibility for destroying 14 trucks at the Harris Ranch feedlot near Coalinga, California.
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The activists used containers of accelerant. Kerosene-soaked rope were placed beneath the trucks and ignited by remote control using digital timers.
The action has outraged authorities and bewildered operators at Harris Ranch; the 14th largest in the US with a capacity of 100,000 cattle.
California Farm Bureau president Paul Wenger labelled the activists domestic terrorists in a statement released to the media.
"The terrorists who attacked a beef production company in California this week must be arrested and prosecuted to the full extent of the law,'' Mr Wenger said.
He called on other animal welfare groups to help solve the case.
"We encourage animal-welfare organizations to help authorities find those responsible,'' he said.
"If they sit by silently while animal rightists attack law-abiding businesses, they are passively endorsing domestic terrorism."