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July 16, 2014 at 9:16 AM

Animal-rights activists blamed in vandalism

By Patty Hastings
The Columbian / Vancouver, Wash.

A mobile slaughter truck’s fuel system was damaged, possibly by animal-rights activists, sometime last week.

On Monday, someone anonymously posted on the website for the organization Bite Back, which supports the animal liberation movement.

The poster claimed to have sabotaged a truck at Wards Custom Meat in the Lewisville area north of Battle Ground by putting a chemical abrasive in the fuel system. According to the website, it was done as “an act of solidarity with the pigs and cows that are slated to be killed by this company and with all the victims of animal agriculture.”

The butcher shop’s owner, Terry Ward, said that he had sent the mobile truck to slaughter beef on Tuesday, July 8. The truck later began smoking and was pulled from service, but he didn’t think that anyone had intentionally damaged the truck, so he hadn’t reported it to police.

“I just thought we had some bad fuel or something was happening to my truck,” Ward said.

His driver said he heard that someone had recently damaged a mobile slaughter truck’s fuel system in central Oregon.

In the past few days, posters on the website Bite Back claimed to have put bleach in the fuel systems of slaughter trucks in Castle Rock; Hillsboro, Ore.; and Sublimity, Ore., to put the trucks temporarily out of commission.

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