In Finland, some ALF-type activists raided a chicken farm and killed thousands of chickens in the process. From the story:
Suspected radical animal welfare activists raided a poultry farm in Narpio in the southwest of Finland Thursday night. The raiders broke eggs, and destroyed electric equipment, causing the ventilation system to break down. Up to 5,000 of the 26,000 chickens are believed to have died for lack of air.
Graffiti left on the wall of the farm contained the letters EVR, the Finnish abbreviation of the Animal Liberation Front.
Of course, they won’t care that the chickens died. In other similar situations, animal rightists claimed that death was better than lives lived in torture.
On a more macro level, we are seeing increased viciousness in political activism from the Left, in animal rights to be sure, but also in the wake of the passage of Proposition 8 in California with some now targeting people who supported the measure for blacklisting and job losses (let’s not discuss the gay marriage issue here), and in the language of vituperation that is becoming increasingly commonplace in political discourse. This all bodes badly for democracy.