[UPDATE: Taco Asylum Responds] Animal Liberation Front Vandalizes Taco Asylum Restaurant

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*See end of post for Taco Asylum's official response to the Animal Liberation Front.

Original Post: Aug. 7, 7:30 p.m.: The Animal Liberation Front (ALF), a radical animal rights group, has taken credit for an act of vandalism against Costa Mesa's Taco Asylum restaurant. The vandalism allegedly took place on the night of July 28 and involved the popular high-end, locally-sourced taco restaurant's front door locks being glued, red paint sprayed on the door (apparently to symbolize animal blood) and the words "Free the Animals" spray-painted on the wooden patio. A store employee told the Weekly that that both Costa Mesa police and the FBI met with restaurant staff this week to investigate the incident.

ALF took credit for the vandalism on a website called Bite Back Magazine and the group's message about the incident was also posted on the page of a sympathetic Facebook group titled "Empty Cages Worldwide." The message suggests that ALF took particular exception to Taco Asylum's connection with a San Diego area rabbit ranch named Hidden Haven Farms, which provides meat to the restaurant.

Here's ALF's message in full:

"Inspired by the recent actions in Portland and San Diego we decided to take action against Taco Asylum in Costa Mesa, CA. Taco Asylum serves rabbits, ducks, cows, and pigs in their dishes under the guise of 'free range', 'sustainable', and 'local' meat.

On the night of Sunday, July 28th we slipped into The Camp (a so called 'sustainable/green' shopping center) under the cover of darkness and glued the locks at Taco Asylum, located at 2937 S. Bristol St, B102 Costa Mesa, CA. We also spray painted the doors, patio, and entrance with red paint to represent the blood of the countless rabbits, ducks, pigs, chickens, and cows that they murder every year, leaving behind a message that read simply 'FREE THE ANIMALS' across their deck.

There is nothing 'sustainable' or 'green' in the business of animal agriculture, no matter how small and local the operation, and there is nothing compassionate or cruelty free about the murder of innocent animals. The rabbits that they serve come from Hidden Haven Farms, located at 18540 West Boundary Truck Trail Jamul, CA near San Diego. Maybe our unknown comrades in San can take this into account. This action was simple and took no more than a few minutes to complete. Actions like these and those that are on the rise in North America can be taken by anyone with a little bit of planning and a few minutes of your night.  This action was taken in solidarity with all animal liberation and anarchist prisoners around the world.

-ALF

The incident appears to be the first time ALF has targeted an Orange County restaurant, but not the first time the group has carried out an act of vandalism here. In November 2007, the group placed a small incendiary device outside a Wachovia bank branch in Laguna Woods.

Update, Aug. 8, 9:15 p.m.: Taco Asylum has released an official statement responding to ALF, expressing disappointment that the group chose a violent act to express its views rather than seek a dialogue with the restaurant.

Here is Taco Asylum's statement in full:

Not only did they destroy property and disrupt business, but their actions have made it abundantly clear that they do not wish to have any real dialogue. We will never condone or tolerate violence or threats in any form and will certainly not look to engage in such behavior. We will address their actions in a positive way by using this as an opportunity to educate our guests on where we source from and stand by the farms with whom we partner. We are just thankful that our employees were not harmed in any way.

-Chef Greg Daniels, Wil Dee and Ace Patel, partners, Taco Asylum.

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25 comments
alleycatalf
alleycatalf

If you knew anything about ALF you'd know that in over 30+ years of DA not one single animal or human have ever been harmed. If this action has disrupted your business then we can only surmise that it hurt your profit then ALF was successful in it's efforts. Long live ALF!

ICregular
ICregular

Taco Asylum, in retaliation, should lower their prices... 

WackAttack
WackAttack

ALF's are total A-HOLES.  They should be fed to cannibals.

JBinOC
JBinOC topcommenter

LOL @  

"a so called 'sustainable/green' shopping center"

Gericault77
Gericault77

Tricks are for kids...what a bunch of silly rabbits.

ladyj422
ladyj422

All this has done is make me crave a Ghost Chili Pork taco (hold the pork rinds!)

Tammi Garber
Tammi Garber

Those hot girls from the Jay and Silent Bob film did this?

Adam Saytanides
Adam Saytanides

Reckon they're an easier target than Taco Bell. Yum foods plays hard ball.

Anthony Helmer
Anthony Helmer

You know why I would vandalize Taco Asylum? Because their prices are ridiculous!!!

Chris J Caroselli
Chris J Caroselli

Proudly funded by groups like PETA, who collect donations and enjoy their tax-exempt status while at the same time killing more animals then they save.

Dave Nguyen
Dave Nguyen

If they want to get their point across, then vandalize on Justin Bieber's property.

John Lobel
John Lobel

I fail to see how this could possibly further their cause.

Leslie Caines Nash
Leslie Caines Nash

Oh god THESE guys. They attacked a company picnic of one of my former employers a few years ago. Managed to terrorize a bunch of kids having fun in a park. I guess animals are more important than people (I am a huge animal advocate, but they go way too far).

John Hald
John Hald

stupid fucking vegans need to grow up and eat some steak like normal people

animalliberationfron
animalliberationfron

@Leslie Caines Nash I'm only hoping that your ignorant comment is not any indication of how ignorant you are for saying it. "They" did no such thing, Where'd you get the idea if anyone "attacked" a company picnic it was an ALF cell?!?!  

hippiefreezone
hippiefreezone

@Leslie Caines Nash All life is sacred, depends on your values and morals I guess

SenorMateo
SenorMateo

@John Hald you live in irvine. shut up.

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