"State Animal Rights Group Claims It Torched Cattle Trucks"

"Animal rights activists have claimed responsibility for a suspected arson fire that damaged 14 tractor-trailer rigs parked at a major feedlot in central California."

"No people or animals were reported hurt during the blaze, which erupted before dawn on Sunday at the Harris Ranch feedlot, located in Coalinga, California and ranked by the owners as the largest on the West Coast.

A spokesman for Harris Farms company said the cause of the fire remained under investigation.

But the North American Animal Liberation Press Office, which says it conveys messages on behalf of anonymous animal rights activists, distributed a statement saying the 14 trucks were set ablaze deliberately to protest 'the horrors and injustices of factory farming.'"

Emmett Berg reports for Reuters January 12, 2012.

Source: Reuters, 01/12/2012