Massive Police Presence to Prevent Dairy Farm Protest


More than 150 law enforcement officers lined U.S. Route 42 for the planned protest.

Dairy Farm Protest Prompts Massive Police Presence

PLAIN CITY, Ohio — More than 150 law enforcement officers lined U.S. Route 42 on Monday for an animal rights protest at a dairy farm.

The protest against Conklin Dairy Farms Inc. was planned after an animal rights group shot undercover video of a Conklin employee brutalizing cows.

Billy Joe Gregg, who was seen in the video, was fired last week and was charged with 12 counts of animal cruelty, 10TV News reported.


The law enforcement included Union County sheriff's deputies, Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers, firefighters and emergency management staff. They were bracing for the possibility of violent action by animal rights activists, 10TV's Glenn McEntyre reported.

Internet postings by one group promised to "dismantle this farm" piece-by-piece.

A handful of protestors turned out and the ones who spoke with 10TV News said that they were there to protest peacefully.

"We have approximately 150 first responders out here," said Sgt. Chris Skinner of the Union County Sheriff's Office. "We can't dedicate people to an investigation and deal with this kind of a threat at the same time. It's unfortunate that the very people that are asking for justice in this case are putting it at a standstill today."

The organizer of the protest, Gary Yourofsky, described himself as founder of the group, Animals Deserve Absolute Protection Today and Tomorrow.

According to his own Web site, Yourofsky has been arrested 13 times, including being convicted by a Canadian court of a burglary at a farm.

Yourofsky's name also appeared in a 2005 U.S. Senate document about the threat of domestic terrorism motivated by environmental and animal-rights groups.

It claimed that Yourofsky told a reporter that he supported the death of medical researchers in fires set by animal right's activists, 10TV News reported.

10TV News attempted to contact Yourofsky but he did not get back with us.


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