Horse division not affected in Harris Ranch eco-terrorist attack

by | 01.13.2012 | 8:01pm
John Harris

The central California farm of John Harris – one of the state's most prominent Thoroughbred horsemen and its biggest cattle rancher – was attacked earlier this week by a radical animal rights group that set afire tractor trailors and cattle carriers in an act authorities are calling eco-terrorism.

The Harris Farms Thoroughbred division of the ranch, home to a number of stallions including leading California sire Unusual Heat, was not affected.

Harris, a Jockey Club member who has led several racing organizations including the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association and California Horse Racing Board, told the Fresno Bee he was “appalled by this senseless, but very alarming attack.”

A group known as the Animal Liberation Front took credit for the crime, which occurred at approximately 4 a.m. Sunday morning. In an email to an environmental press office, the ALF said “containers of an accelerant were placed beneath a row of 14 trucks with 4-digital timers used to light four of the containers and kerosene-soaked rope carrying the fire to the other 10 … We were extremely pleased to see that all 14 trucks ‘were a total loss.'”

The statement ended with the haunting works “until next time.”

Harris said he was “gratified by the support and concern we have received from the public and the outrage this attack has created. … We must live in a society that is safe for all and no one can tolerate violence such as this. ALF and similar terrorist groups pose a real threat, and I am confident that the many law enforcement agencies working on this case will bring them to justice soon.”

Harris told he has stepped up security at the sprawling Coalinga ranch and does not rule out possible attacks against horse farms. “The ALF is rather unpredictable in what they might attack, although they want to disrupt any human use of animals for any purpose,” Harris wrote in an email to the publication.

Several of the FBI's most wanted domestic terrorists are believed to be affiliated with the ALF. In 2005, a deputy assistant director of the FBI called the group “one of today's most serious domestic terrorism threats” in the United States.

  • dh

    Since these are domestic terrorists, who do we bomb now? Call Cheney.

  • Don Reed

    Make sure this isn’t the return of Patti Hearst!

  • Ron Crookham

    A Barrett 50 Cal Sniper Rifle with a Night scope and Incendiary rounds would have taken care of the intruders at Harris farms ;)

  • voiceofreason

    They are giving ALF a bad name.

  • Watcher

    What about Harris’ economic terrorism attacks on California’s breeding and racing industry?

  • Joe

    Are both sides just as bad?



    “How Big Ag Taps Into Taxpayers’ Pockets – Twice –

    August 2005

    Some of America’s richest agribusinesses are double dipping
    from U.S. taxpayers’ pockets at a rate of hundreds of millions of dollars a
    year, according to an Environmental Working Group (EWG) computer investigation
    of federal crop and water subsidies to California’s Central Valley Project

    “Harris Farms was among the Top 10 double dippers in 2002:
    crop subsidy payments received 1995-2004: $783,927. 2002: $40,000. Estimated
    water subsidies received in 2002: $1,800,000 to $2,200,000. Total crop and water
    subsidies received in 2002: $1,900,000 to


  • Watcher

    Why am I not surprised?  Harris and his CHRB puppet, Keith Brackpool, have manipulated California water resources for decades.  The TB press kindly give them a pass when it comes to investigating their business dealings, preferring to just call them “leaders” and leaving it at that.


    Good call Ron.  People may not like John, but this doesn’t do the trick. However a 50 cal. would do just  fine.  Just a bunch of —holes without a real brain.  Hey, Watcher I know who you are (Mike) and you have many valid points, but this is not the way.  Okay, wise up.

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