Animal Activist Activity Spikes on California Dairies
Western United Dairymen is reporting a spike in animal activist activities on California dairies, including trespass, drone over-flights and fictitious job applications.
The activity may be related to an Animal Liberation Conference being held this week in Berkeley. “Because there is potential that disruptive actions are being planned for dairies, we advise producers to remain particularly vigilant during the conference period (May 23 – 29) and over the next several weeks,” notes WUD in its May 24th newsletter to members.
If farmers see suspicious activity, WUD is recommending they contact both their local sheriff and the California Highway Patrol (CHP). CHP handles all matters related to county roadways.
If drones are being used, law enforcement will need help in locating the person controlling the aircraft. Typically, drone pilots will ground their aircraft upon arrival of law enforcement. So producers should try to obtain the location of the pilot and get a physical description of the person for law enforcement.