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140+ Activists Confront Riot Police at Petaluma Whole Foods Factory Egg Farm
by DxE
Friday Aug 3rd, 2018 8:35 PM
Activists Cite Photos, Video, and Dead Chicken as Evidence of Ongoing Illegal Treatment
Responding to undercover video footage of cruelty, activists with the international animal rights network Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) marched to a Petaluma factory egg farm which supplies to Whole Foods on July 30. Citing evidence that chickens were starving, cannibalizing one another, and suffocating in feces, the activists asked to be allowed to bring the chickens water and food, and to remove those in need of medical care. They presented a legal opinion in defense of their actions, which references California Penal Code 597e which makes it a crime to physically harm or neglect an animal, as legal grounds for intervention.

DxE had transparently and publicly announced its plan for the demonstration, and over twenty police officers were present. As activists gathered, a Sonoma County sheriff’s deputy met with DxE lead investigator Wayne Hsiung, verbally committing to meeting to discuss the situation.

Chanting and laying down white flowers, the activists held a ceremony to honor the uncounted animals who have died within the walls of the farm. Continuing to chant and sing, they then marched five miles to the Petaluma Whole Foods location, which sells the farm’s eggs bearing aggressive animal welfare labeling. In front of the supermarket, speakers sought to alert well-intentioned customers about mislabeled products and the lack of accountability in labeling standards, and to encouraging them to “seek out the truth for themselves.”

Sunday’s action follows the investigation and rescue of 37 hens, with 40 arrested for trespassing at Sunrise Farms in May, another factory egg farm in Petaluma that supplies Whole Foods and Amazon, which received international media coverage.


Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) is a network of animal rights activists working to challenge speciesism throughout society. We use creative protest to challenge the use of animals for food, clothing, experimentation, and entertainment. Visit Direct Action Everywhere on Facebook and at Follow us on Twitter @DxEverywhere.
by DxE Friday Aug 3rd, 2018 8:35 PM

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by Gunther Ruckl (gman1149 [at]
Friday Aug 10th, 2018 2:24 PM
Little has changed in this country since the ethicist Peter Singer's Animal Liberation informed the nation in 1975 what really is going on on US feedlots, factory farms and laboratories. Today, entering farms without authorization merely to document the abuse and/or neglect gets treated like terrorism by the outrageously unjust US legal system [].

It boggles my mind. This is what Capitalism a la USA looks like with laws written by corporations [and rubber-stamped by our corrupt Congress] to satisfy their greed and profits. Animals get treated literally like shit, the dead simply carted away.

Thank God, large-scale Capitalism will end when 6 billion of the 7 billion humans hunger to death due to self-inflicted unmitigated climate change. A recent article in the NY Times warns that a 5 degree Celsius average global temperature rise could mean the end of civilization; not a prediction, yet a high likelihood []. 2 degrees are as good as certain, more likely 3 degrees. Also read [] and [].

Tragically, humans need catastrophes to learn.

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