A building at a veal farm in Saint-Martial-le-Vieux (Creuse) was partly destroyed in an arson attack early on December 22. The building contained straw, tractors and other equipment. No animals were harmed in the fire.

Slogans-- "No to the concentration camps!", "Fuck Jean Rozé" (French meat company under contract with the veal farm), and slogans criticizing Ségolène Royal, the Minister of Ecology-- were found painted on the ground and on the walls of the burned building.

The farm, which can hold as many as 1,000 calves, confines calves for several months before they are sent to the slaughterhouse. The farm has been the target of demonstrations and legal challenges by animal advocates.

(photos: LaFranceAgricole.fr, France 3)