APRIL 08, 16:34 ET By CAROLYN THOMPSON Associated Press Writer JAVA CENTER, N.Y. (AP) — Someone has been sneaking onto dairy farms at night in western New York and putting antibiotics into milk storage tanks and injecting cows with the drugs, police say. The tampering has ruined about 44,000 gallons of milk worth about $49,000 to farmers, state police Lt. John Hibsch said. Authorities have no suspects in the 14 cases under investigation since the fall, Hibsch said. The most recent cases were reported late last month. Authorities said none of the tainted milk made it to store shelves or into milk products like cheese because milk is tested for contaminants before being unloaded from the trucks that take it to processing plants. Only someone allergic to antibiotics like penicillin would be at risk if exposed to the tainted milk, Hibsch said. Investigators said they are looking for suspects in any number of places, from animal rights groups opposed to dairy farm practices to disgruntled farmers or employees. Dairy farming is a $116 million industry in Wyoming County, New York's largest dairy producer, where 11 of the cases were reported. With no obvious motive for the apparent sabotage and no claims of responsibility, anxiety among farmers is high. ``Who it is we don't know. If we knew why, we'd at least know what direction to look,'' said farmer Mark McCormick, whose 200-head Mar-Dan Dairy Farm in Wyoming County was among the latest targets. ``That's one of the frustrating parts. We don't have a clue.'' McCormick lost more than 4,000 gallons of milk and estimated his financial loss at $6,200 to $6,500. ``It's going to be very hard to overcome,'' said McCormick, who said that with milk prices set by the government, raising his rates to make up the loss is not an option. As it is, he said, he is paid only slightly more for his milk than his father was 20 years ago. New York Farm Bureau spokesman Chris LaRoe said there have been isolated cases of angry employees tampering with milk tanks in the past, but ``we've never seen it this widespread before.'' The introduction of bovine growth hormone in the early 1990s touched off protests by health activists and others around the country, but the Farm Bureau said New York has not seen such demonstrations for several years. The artificial hormone is injected in cows to increase the amount of milk they produce. Critics of such biotechnology products contend that too little is known about their health and environmental effects. The Farm Bureau is urging farmers to limit access to storage tanks, but that is difficult. Dairy farms, in general, are easily accessible because of the need to keep barns housing hundreds of animals open for ventilation. The milking areas containing the tanks may have open walls to enable cows to be moved in and out. Investigators initially had to determine whether a mix-up by a farmer or an employee had caused the contamination. Most dairy farms store antibiotics on the premises to treat ill cows or those that are about to give birth. It would take only a minute amount of antibiotics to contaminate a load of milk, authorities said. A vial dumped into one storage tank would contaminate not only that tank, but an entire truckload. That is because in dairy farming, collection trucks make numerous stops on a single run and the milk from each farm is mixed together along the way.
Does this mean no more white mustaches?
From the Fox News website:
Anti-Milk Group Keeps Its Support Shrouded
Thursday, February 14, 2002 By William LaJeunesse
WASHINGTON — What once was a controversy over the relative health benefits of milk has turned into a fight over just who Americans can trust to tell them what is good for them.
The fight started after the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a group that opposes animal testing and promotes vegetarianism, started an anti-milk campaign in January. The group claimed milk does not improve bone health and can cause a variety of diseases including cancer, anemia and childhood diabetes.
The Washington, D.C.-based Center for Consumer Freedom shot back, releasing information and campaigning against the PCRM, insisting the group is a PETA front group that does business with animal rights leftists.
"This is a sham," said JohnDoyle, director of communications for the organization. "Their so-called medical advice and health advice is nothing more than a continuation of their extreme animal rights agenda."
Documents prove at least a connection. Tax records show the PCRM is, in part, funded with $430,000 by the Foundation to Support Animal Protection, a group co-founded by the president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, commonly known as PETA.
Neal Barnard, president of the PCRM, does not apologize for sharing money among groups that, he said, promote healthy living.
"We're quite happy to work with groups that might be able to help in the struggle to help people rethink their diets," he said.
Regardless of exactly who the PCRM is, they have had a rocky relationship with the mainstream medical community.
Ten years ago, the American Medical Association accused the group of being "blatantly misleading." More recently, the AMA "registered strong objections" to the group for "implying that physicians who support the use of animals in biomedical research are irresponsible, for misrepresenting the critical role animals play in research and teaching, and for obscuring the overwhelming support for such research which exists among practicing physicians."
But the story doesn't end there. Complicating matters is the money behind the Center for Consumer Freedom. The group is funded by the restaurant, food and beverage industries.
The difference, Doyle said, is that his group readily admits who they are.
"They are trying to create a persona, a legitimacy if you will, and it often works to some level," he said. "They've frequently been cited by the media as a legitimate physicians group, but nothing could be further from the truth. What they are, simply, is an animal rights organization."
A check of recent newspaper articles tends to lend merit to that claim. The Associated Press, which feeds stories to most major newspapers, recently referred to the PCRM merely as "an advocacy group."
And in a Jan. 14 story in The Washington Postabout the group's opposition to medical experiments on animals, the reporter wrote that the group is "a health advocacy group that generally opposes animal experimentation."
But the Americans for Medical Progress, who supported animal experimentation in the same story, was described as "formed by pharmaceutical companies in 1991 to counter the animal rights movement."
Doyle said the PCRM has marketed itself as a group of doctors, and succeeded in a media climate that does not allow for the intense investigation of every organization that issues a press release.
Barnard doesn't shy from his group's opposition to medical testing on animals.
"Among the many medical issues we deal with, the abuse of animals is an important thing that needs to be addressed," he said.
On its Web site, the PCRM calls itself a "nonprofit organization supported by approximately 5,000 physicians and 100,000 laypersons."
"Using their own numbers, less than 5 percent of their membership are actually doctors," Doyle said.
Barnard did not dispute the numbers, but said the 100,000 non-doctors are merely "supporting members."
Fox News' Robert Shaffer contributed to this report.
For those of you who believe that animal rights is peaceful...read this from the NYPost.com:
THE PETA-ELF CONNECTION By STEFAN C. FRIEDMAN
March 7, 2002 -- NEARLY six years after the Earth Liberation Front set off its first firebomb in the United States, the feds may have gotten their first break in figuring out who runs this dangerous eco-terrorist group.
In congressional testimony last month, Richard Berman, of the Center for Consumer Freedom, produced a tax return from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). It turns out PETA isn't just funding anti-milk and anti-fur organizations.
It's funding arsonists.
On April 20, 2001, PETA donated $1,500 to the North American Earth Liberation Front to "support their [sic] program activities."
One need look no further than ELF's Web site to see what those activities are: The page features a building engulfed in flames.
According to James Jarboe, domestic-terrorism chief of the FBI's Counterterrorism Division, ELF is "the largest and most active U.S.-based terrorist group" and has already caused more than $43 million in damage since 1996.
The discovery of the donation is crucial not only because it sheds more light on PETA's misguided sympathies, but also because it could lead to the names of individuals connected to ELF - names that have so far eluded authorities.
This is not the first time PETA has been linked with domestic terrorists. PETA served as "spokesgroup" for the Animal Liberation Front, ELF's close counterpart, from 1989 to 1990.
And while scouring PETA's financials, Berman's folks also found that:
* It donated $70,200 to the defense of Rodney Coronado, an ALF member convicted of a fire-bombing at Michigan State University. He pleaded guilty to similar crimes at Oregon and Washington State universities.
* In 1999, PETA gave $2,000 to David Wilson, an ALF activist who once bragged about the movement's expansion into "wildlife actions."
This article speaks for itself....
From the Fox News website: JunkScience.com , an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute and the author of Junk Science Judo: Self-defense Against Health Scares and Scams (Cato Institute, 2001).
When Does Activism Become Terrorism?
Friday, March 15, 2002 By Steven Milloy
Should a second-year law student know better than to get mixed up with domestic terrorists, get arrested and then risk violating the terms of his bail — especially since dad is a prominent federal lawyer?
Though the term "duh" springs to mind, "just do it" seems to have been the thinking of University at Buffalo Law School student — and animal rights extremist — Bryan Pease.
His inability to resolve this simple problem begs the question of how well Pease and his compatriots have thought through their activities.
Our tale begins last Dec. 5, when members of the Animal Liberation Front classified by the FBI as a domestic terrorist group burglarized the North Rose, N.Y., facility of Marshall Farms USA Inc., stealing 30 beagles and 10 ferrets.
Marshall Farms is one of the largest breeders of animals used in life-saving medical research conducted at pharmaceutical company, university and government laboratories.
Though no arrests were made, ALF claimed credit for the attack and threatened more.
On Feb. 21, Pease was arrested at 1:15 a.m. while dressed in full camouflage for trespassing on Marshall Farms' property by a K-9 unit of the Wayne County Sheriff's Department.
Pease was interrogated by the New York State Police Counter Terrorism Intelligence and released on bail again.
Pease had been arrested previously in Conway, Ark., the month before, on Jan. 14, and charged with commercial burglary, third-degree battery enhanced by violent criminal group activity, criminal mischief, resisting arrest, and fleeing.
Police say Pease and other animal rights thugs stormed the offices of Stephens Inc., an Arkansas investment firm, through the back door and began kicking employees and destroying property.
Stephens apparently earned the wrath of Pease and gang by helping rescue from bankruptcy Huntingdon Life Sciences, a British medical testing company that uses animals.
Law student Pease may soon get more first-hand experience with the legal process. The Conway prosecutors' office says it will investigate and commence proceedings to revoke Pease's bail.
Neither Pease's father, the chief civil attorney in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of New York, nor University at Buffalo Law School Dean R. Nils Olsen Jr. would comment.
Dean Olsen didn't even know that one of his budding lawyers seemed to be a serial criminal.
Not everyone is as tongue-tied as Pease's elders.
A spokesperson for the 63-year-old, family-owned Marshall Farms pointed out the value of medical testing that involves its specially bred dogs.
Many cardiac procedures and devices, including by-pass surgery, angioplasty, pacemakers, and replacement valves and arteries, were developed through testing on dogs. Cardiac surgeons train using dogs. Research identifying insulin as the key hormone for sustaining diabetics was conducted with dogs.
All drugs, including veterinary drugs, and many other consumer products must be tested on non-rodent animals — typically dogs, pigs or monkeys — before use. Safe levels of exposure to pesticides for farm workers and in food are established through dog testing.
Marshall Farms is in good standing with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which establishes and enforces rules for the proper care of animals raised for lab research.
It's too bad the same can't be said of ALF's care of the animals stolen from Marshall Farms.
One of the dogs "liberated" was later found abandoned in West Palm Beach, Fla., thin and hungry raising questions about the claims that ALF never injures animals and that the animals stolen from Marshall Farms will never have to endure "brutal conditions."
ALF, whose members are anonymous to shield them from prosecution, says it's non-violent. But Pease, an ALF sympathizer at least, was charged in Arkansas with violent crimes.
While a student at Cornell University, Pease promoted a speech by an Animal Defense League member on the "historical uses of violence in liberation movements." Pease advocated the wearing of ski masks at a protest to show of solidarity with ALF and supported Mumia Abu-Jamal, the political activist who murdered a Philadelphia policeman.
Pease has jeopardized his own legal career even before it begins and embarrassed his prominent attorney-father and law school. But this pales in comparison to the violent criminal he seems to be growing into and the threat that ALF represents to progress in medical research.
Perhaps that's something young Pease might contemplate in the prison cell he may soon occupy.
Steven Milloy is the publisher of
Oh, another very nice act by those people who are so concerned about people... :
Vandals Strike NY Dairy Farm Tanks