Hate Crimes Against Papayas and Goats?

Surfing Goat Dairy

It's been a tough couple of months for farmers in Hawaii.

Under the cover of night, thousands of papaya trees were felled on the Big Island in July, likely with machetes.

On Maui, seven goats — Alyss, Sadie, Keawe, Latte, Maxine, Dopio and Spreckles — were kidnapped from Surfing Goat Dairy. The owners are offering a $5,000 reward for each goat.

Eco-terrorism was on the agenda at the Board of Agriculture's monthly meeting in Honolulu on Tuesday. The state is looking into ways to combat the problem, which is not isolated to the two incidents, according to William Aila, director of the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources.

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