For Immediate Release
February 7, 2005
McDonald’s Restaurant in Torrance, CA Latest Target of ALF
Torrance- A McDonald’s restaurant in Torrance became the latest target of the Animal Liberation Front(ALF) on Sunday morning, when activists spray-painted various slogans on the building and shattered windows. Two other locations met similar fates in November of last year, and police theorized then that the hits were related to a nationwide series of attacks.
McDonald’s has been designated a poster-company for the fast food, meat and dairy industries, which are responsible for massive and unimaginable animal cruelty, as well as participating in environmentally destructive practices and anti-union efforts. After the longest-running civil trial in British history, two activists prevailed over the corporate giant in their efforts to continue producing a leaflet entitled “What’s Wrong With McDonald’s?” Statements in the pamphlet detailing animal suffering, environmental destruction and detriment to human health caused by McDonald’s products were deemed to be true by the courts.
Activists unable to compete with advertising campaigns costing hundreds of millions of dollars have turned to symbolic actions such as Monday’s that direct public attention to the unethical business practices of giant corporations.
The Animal Liberation Front is an underground organization working to end exploitation of non-human animals, frequently in ways that violate current law, not unlike those who violated the law to free human slaves a mere 150 years ago.
In recent years McDonald’s Corporation has closed about 175 restaurants, slashing up to 600 corporate jobs and pulling out of three countries in the Middle East and Latin America as it struggles to turn around its U.S. performance and trim worldwide costs. More information is available at http://www.mcspotlight.org/.