than 150 law enforcement officers lined U.S. Route 42 for the planned protest.
Farm Protest Prompts Massive Police Presence
CITY, Ohio — More than 150 law enforcement officers lined U.S. Route
42 on Monday for an animal rights protest at a dairy farm.
protest against Conklin Dairy Farms Inc. was planned after an animal rights
group shot undercover video of a Conklin employee brutalizing cows.
Joe Gregg, who was seen in the video, was fired last week and was charged
with 12 counts of animal cruelty, 10TV News reported.
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.
postings by one group promised to "dismantle this farm" piece-by-piece.
of protestors turned out and the ones who spoke with 10TV News said that
they were there to protest peacefully.
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."
organizer of the protest, Gary Yourofsky, described himself as founder of
the group, Animals Deserve Absolute Protection Today and Tomorrow.
to his own Web site, Yourofsky has been arrested 13 times, including being
convicted by a Canadian court of a burglary at a farm.
name also appeared in a 2005 U.S. Senate document about the threat of domestic
terrorism motivated by environmental and animal-rights groups.
that Yourofsky told a reporter that he supported the death of medical researchers
in fires set by animal right's activists, 10TV News reported.
News attempted to contact Yourofsky but he did not get back with us.
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