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It’s nothing new to read about animal rights extremists removing animals from a farm because they believe they are rescuing them from a life of mistreatment.
But a group of young people from an organization called Denver Baby Animal Save have entered territory that is at least new to me.
Not only did they apparently steal three chickens from a farm, but they also admitted to doing so with a post on Facebook. Sadly, they see what they did as noble. Fortunately, it appears most people disagree.
According to a report in the Reporter-Herald, members of the Denver group entered Long Shadow Farm in Berthoud, Colorado. They were apparently disguised as volunteers who wanted to help at the farm, which planned to process about 100 birds for slaughter.
Long Shadow Farm co-owner Kristin Ramey told the reporter that the activists asked her 8-year-old daughter to show them to a building where chickens were housed. They left the facility with three chickens, including a rooster that belonged to one of the farm’s customers. They also set three other chickens free, but workers at the farm were able to round up those three.
While falsely representing who you are and taking animals that don’t belong to you are both audacious moves, what they did next takes audacity to a whole new level.
The group posted on Facebook a video of about 20 people in matching green “Denver Baby Animal Save” t-shirts. They held hands, identified themselves by at least a first name, and explained why they were participating in the “ action.” Whether they identified themselves by their real names remains in question, since lying about their identities is something they apparently did at Long Shadow Farm.
Some of the reasons given for participation in the “rescue” were:
All involved had their faces clearly shown, naïve to or apathetic to the fact that what they did is not condoned by a society of laws.
Did Denver Baby Animal Save think that when they posted that video online that everyone would pat them on the back for being kind?
If so, there was likely an element of surprise when people started leaving comments in response. Yes, there were a few commenters that gave the extremists praise, but far more condemned their behavior and pointed out that what they did was illegal.
Here are a few of the responses:
No matter how you slice it, theft is theft and what they boasted about doing is wrong. We can only hope that if these individuals are prosecuted, the court will see things the same way the Facebook users do, and the sentences will be firm.
And as these people go out for their next job interview, it would only make sense that potential employers will not give them a second look.
After all, if you’d steal from a family business, what’s to say you won’t steal from your own employer?