Biting back

Biting back

first_imgAfter years of quietly enduring harassment and intimidation at the hands of animal-rights extremists, the city of Los Angeles finally has started to fight back – and not a moment too soon. City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo has filed conspiracy charges against the Animal Defense League-Los Angeles, charging that the group’s “protest” activities have veered into the realm of the criminal. The group, Delgadillo says, has engaged in a campaign of harassment against city workers and has condoned acts of violence and destruction. It’s about time the city took action. Although ADL-LA denies responsibility, it’s clear that some animal-rights extremists have been participating in unconscionable behavior, threatening city workers and smoke-bombing the home of ousted Animal Services Director Guerdon Stuckey. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Moreover, just last week the animal-rights extremists scored a major victory when Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa agreed to fire Stuckey. The decision may have been right on the merits, but it no doubt emboldened some into thinking that intimidation is a good way to achieve their political ends. Being charged by Delgadillo should disabuse them of that belief. To be sure, there are good, law-abiding people who are rightly passionate about improving the Los Angeles Animal Services Department. But the extremists are giving them a bad name, and their quasi-militant, uncivil ways are disrupting city government. City Hall officials must work in good faith with the activists who want to pursue their cause in the decent and legal way – and crack down on those who won’t. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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