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Animal Rights Activists Interrupt Clinton Rally, Unfurl “Get Big Ag Out of Politics” Banner, Criticize Ties to Ag

National Contact: Zach Groff, zach@directactioneverywhere.com, (703) 217-0000

Local Contact: Eva Hamer, evachamer@gmail.com, (707) 832-8784

Animal Rights Activists Interrupt Clinton Rally, Unfurl “Get Big Ag Out of Politics” Banner, Criticize Ties to Ag

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August 10, 2016, Des Moines, IA – For the second time this week, activists with the animal liberation network Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) interrupted a rally by Hillary Clinton with signs and chants calling for Clinton to end corporate welfare for animal agriculture. While Clinton rallied the crowd at Lincoln High School, activists emerged from the crowd and climbed over the barricades around the stage with signs declaring “Get Big Ag Out of Politics.” The DxE activists say Clinton, who recently held a $50,000 per ticket fundraiser with Costco founder Jeff Brotman, has supported billions of dollars in subsidies to farm conglomerates, including Costco suppliers such as Hormel. Activist Kelsey Atkinson was wrestled to the ground and arrested after climbing over a barrier as she chanted.

“Clinton claims to favor humane treatment of animals, yet she supports subsidies to corporations responsible for torturing billions of animals,” DxE activist Araceli Rodriguez said. “If she’s serious about protecting animals, she needs to stop protecting the companies who kill them.”

The activists cite a recent DxE investigation and rescue at a Costco supplier as evidence that humane welfare reforms -- which Costco has touted -- are insufficient. In protests challenging Bernie Sanders, Chris Christie, and Carly Fiorina, they have asked politicians to withdraw support for the Agricultural Act of 2014 and to fight government-industry promotional partnerships.

Activists participating in the protests released an open letter to Secretary Clinton last week followed by a policy memo this morning detailing their demands. The activists say Clinton, who recently announced an animal welfare platform, should immediately commit to ending corporate welfare for animal-abusing corporations.

“Hillary is taking a huge amount of money from companies like Costco, and when government money goes back to their suppliers, it raises serious questions about undue influence,” DxE activist Kelsey Atkinson said. “If we’re serious about animal protection, we need to stop funding animal torture and start the process of abolishing the systems that exploit them.”

Every year over 50 billion land and sea animals are killed for food in the U.S. alone. Animals who are killed for their flesh endure intense psychological and physical trauma, and undercover investigations have found that they are routinely eviscerated while still conscious.

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 http://directactioneverywhere.com/.  Follow us on Twitter @DxEverywhere.

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Animal Rights Activists Manhandled, Dragged after Storming Dodgers Game, Decrying “Dodger Dogs” as Violent

Contact: Hana Low, hana@directactioneverywhere.com, (720) 965-4833

Animal Rights Activists Manhandled, Dragged after Storming Dodgers Game, Decrying “Dodger Dogs” as Violent

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August 2, 2016, Denver, CO – Today, four Colorado activists with the grassroots animal rights network Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) were manhandled and dragged after running onto Coors Field during a game with the LA Dodgers with signs declaring  “Dodgers Torture Animals” and “Keep Animal Cruelty Out of Sports,” stopping play for several minutes. It follows a similar event last month in LA, in which DxE activists (VIDEO and STORY) disrupted another game on the heels of an investigation and video finding horrific violence at Hormel’s Farmer John, the so-called “natural” supplier of the team’s Dodger Dogs. Today’s particular game aggressively marketed $1 hot dogs to its first 10,000 attendees. The activists are demanding that the Dodgers, Rockies, and all other institutions stop selling animal products, support equal rights for all animals to be free from captivity and harm, and publicly condemn violence against animals.

“Baseball teams market the Dodger Dogs and other hot dogs as good old fashioned baseball fare,” said DxE activist Alyssa Ivankovich, “but the truth is that they represent a horrific tradition of separating piglets from their families before submitting them to a violent death.”

DxE released an investigative report on July 1st documenting Staph infections resistant to several commonly used antibiotics at Farmer John’s facility in Corcoran, CA. The investigative team found rampant, stress-induced antibiotic resistant disease in the facility as well as cannibalism and extreme duress. Pigs at the facility were languishing in agony and barely able to move around. The activists removed one dying pig whom they named Miley after the singer and animal rights supporter in order to give her emergency medical care.

The investigation into Farmer John came on the heels of a rescue of several dogs from the dog meat trade in Yulin, China covered on ABC’s Nightline. The activists say that what happens to pigs at Farmer John is no better than what happens to dogs in Yulin.. Americans’ anger at Yulin, activists say, should be turned toward farms like Farmer John as well.

“There is no place for cruelty and violence in sports entertainment,” said activist Charles Mullins. “It would be so easy for us to maintain our favorite traditions without violence against animals. We must take the cruelty of Dodger Dogs, and all products of animal exploitation, out of baseball.”

In the United States alone, over 9 billion land animals are killed annually to be eaten. Animals who are killed for their flesh endure intense psychological and physical trauma, and undercover investigations have found that they are routinely eviscerated while still conscious.

Direct Action Everywhere 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 http://directactioneverywhere.com/.  Follow us on Twitter @DxEverywhere.

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Animal Rights Activists Demanding “Animal Liberation Now” Block Hollywood Boulevard

Contact: Zachary Groff, zach@directactioneverywhere.com, (703) 217-0000

Animal Rights Activists Demanding “Animal Liberation Now” Block Hollywood Boulevard

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Hollywood Boulevard March Aims to Disrupt Animal Exploitation

July 11, 2016, Los Angeles  – Today, over 100 members of the animal liberation network Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) marched down Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles before blocking the intersection of Hollywood and Highland to demand the end to the culture of violence against animals. The dramatic protest came at the end of a four-day gathering of activists from around the world in Los Angeles for the Animal Rights National Conference 2016.

“We are just at the beginning of a grassroots movement for total animal liberation,” said protest organizer Priya Sawhney. “It is only a matter of time before all animals have a right under the law of California and, indeed, the United States, to a life that is free from harm.”

The grassroots activist network DxE was founded in the Bay Area in 2013. Since then, DxE has spread to over 30 countries and 152 cities.The network’s dramatic protests, and investigations of four California farms and a dog meat facility in Yulin, China, have been covered by the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, ABC Nightline and hundreds of other media outlets.

Today’s protest follows the release of an investigative report revealing antibiotic resistant infection at Hormel’s Farmer John pig facility just outside Los Angeles due to mass antibiotic overuse that poses a human health risk. The activists say an investigative team that included former Baywatch star Alexandra Paul found horrendous conditions with thousands of diseased and languishing pigs at the filthy facility, including piglets being eaten alive or trampled to death. One pig, who the team named Miley after the singer and animal rights supporter, was rescued from the facility and rushed to receive emergency medical care.

The activist network made headlines in June on ABC’s Nightline with an investigation into the dog meat trade in Yulin, China. Using hidden cameras the activists documented dogs confined, beaten and thrown in vats of boiling oil. The investigators say conditions at the Farmer John pig farm in California were no better. Americans’ anger at Yulin, activists say, should be turned toward farms like Farmer John as well. DxE ties the violence at Farmer John to the restaurants, clothing stores and shoe stores up and down Hollywood Boulevard. Americans are supporting violence for countless animals like Miley.

DxE maintains that so long as animals are raised to be killed and used for human pleasure animal cruelty will remain the norm. Through protests and “open rescues” – in which activists enter a farm, document the conditions, and rescue ailing animals – DxE aims to launch a national conversation about animal exploitation.

“We commit horrific acts of violence against animals for the most trivial of purposes,” said activist Orlando Torres, “So today we came together to demand a stop to the violence.”

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 http://directactioneverywhere.com/.  Follow us on Twitter @DxEverywhere.

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Animal Activists Jump Stage, Pour Blood on Nathan’s 100th Anniversary Hot Dog Contest

 

Contact: Tiffany Walker, tiffany@directactioneverywhere.com, (860) 985-5428

Animal Activists Jump Stage, Pour Blood on Nathan’s 100th Anniversary Hot Dog Contest

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Activists Draw Attention to Investigation Highlighting Violence Against Animals

July 4, 2016, Brooklyn, NY – Today, activists with the grassroots animal rights network Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) jumped on stage at the Nathan’s Famous 100th Anniversary Hot Dog Eating Contest as the men’s competition began, throwing fake blood over the hot dogs to represent the violence of animal agriculture. The protest comes on the heels of an investigation released Friday into another hot dog supplier in California, which activists say represents the violence of the entire industry of animal agriculture. Activists are demanding an end to the Nathan’s contest.

“This grotesque event takes a day of celebration and turns it into a festival of violence and gore for animals no different than our dogs and cats,” said DxE activist Rachel Zeigler.

The protest follows the release of an investigative report showcasing the development of superbugs at the Hormel’s Farmer John pig facility due to mass antibiotics use. The activists say an undercover team found thousands of diseased and languishing pigs at the facility, including piglets being eaten alive or trampled to death. One pig, who the team named Miley after the singer and animal rights supporter, was rescued from the facility and rushed to receive emergency medical care.

Noting that similar issues occur in the beef industry, the activists are protesting events across the U.S. on the 4th of July that involve products of violence against animals, including those sold by both Nathan’s and Farmer John. While celebrating freedom and family, the activists say, Americans are supporting captivity, violence, and forced separation from their families for countless animals like Miley.

The activist network recently made headlines on ABC Nightline with an investigation into the dog meat trade in Yulin, China. The activists saw dogs confined and tortured and say that conditions at Farmer John were no better. Americans’ anger at Yulin, activists say, should be turned toward companies like Nathan’s as well.

“Time and time again our activists have gone inside facilities where animals are held before being killed. In every single one - humane, natural, or otherwise - what we see is horrific,” said activist Chris Palmieri.

In the United States alone, over 9 billion land animals are killed annually to be eaten. Animals who are killed for their flesh endure intense psychological and physical trauma, and undercover investigations have found that they are routinely eviscerated while still conscious.

Direct Action Everywhere 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 http://directactioneverywhere.com/.  Follow us on Twitter @DxEverywhere.

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HORMEL INVESTIGATION FINDS MASS USE OF ANTIBIOTICS, RAMPANT PIG INFECTIONS

 

 

Contact: Zach Groff, zach@directactioneverywhere.com, (703) 217-0000

HORMEL INVESTIGATION FINDS MASS USE OF ANTIBIOTICS, RAMPANT PIG INFECTIONS

July 1, Kings County, CA – Today, the animal rights network Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) released an investigation into a “natural” Hormel pork farm following on the heels of a lawsuit announced yesterday by the Animal Legal Defense Fund in Bloomberg. The investigation revealed the first-ever finding of antibiotic resistant Staph infection at a specific major American pork farm as well as mass use of the antibiotic carbadox, in the process of being banned by the Food and Drug Administration as a carcinogen at all levels (see lab results here). The investigators donned biosecurity suits to enter the Farmer John finishing facility for Hormel - supplier to Costco, Safeway, and the LA Dodgers - and found thousands of languishing animals, including piglets too weak to stand and animals with grotesque, tennis ball-sized abscesses. Former Baywatch actress Alexandra Paul and actor Chris De Rose took part in the investigation.

 

“When I stepped foot into Farmer John, I realized this was not a farm - this was the world’s worst infirmary, where thousands of animals suffer horrific and neglected diseases that risk spreading to humans,” said lead investigator Wayne Hsiung.

DxE documented gruesome scenes such as lame animals being trampled to death and piles of dead piglets. In one instance, DxE investigators saw a still-living piglet so sick she was unable to escape being eaten alive. The investigators felt morally compelled to remove the piglet and rush her to receive veterinary care, where she was diagnosed with pneumonia and septic arthritis. Today the baby pig (who the rescuers named “Miley” after the famous pop singer and animal advocate) lives safely at an animal sanctuary, but had she remained she might have been slaughtered and fed to members of the public, including children.

 

Last week, DxE released an investigation into the notorious dog meat trade in Yulin, China covered on ABC’s Nightline. There the activists saw dogs beaten to death, urinated on by workers, and suffering from severe skin infections, triggering a public outcry and demands prominently featured on the progressive website MoveOn.org that President Obama push China to end the trade. DxE activists assert that the conditions on Farmer John closely resemble those in Yulin, China and are likely worse.

“What I saw in China shocked the conscience, but what we are doing to pigs and countless other animals in the United States does not just rival that - it outdoes it,” said DxE investigator Julianne Perry.

Protests are planned at Costco stores and 4th of July events around the country.

Access DxE’s full press kit, including videos and high resolution photos, here.

 

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 http://directactioneverywhere.com/.  Follow us on Twitter @DxEverywhere.

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Animal Rights Activists Storm Field at Dodgers Game, Decrying “Dodger Dogs” as Violent

Contact: Zach Groff, zach@directactioneverywhere.com, (703) 217-0000

Animal Rights Activists Storm Field at Dodgers Game, Decrying “Dodger Dogs” as Violent

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UPDATE: Dodgers Block Video of Activists Protesting Horrific Treatment of Pigs

July 3, 2016, Los Angeles, CA – Today, five activists with the grassroots animal rights network Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) ran onto the field at Dodger Stadium, interrupting a game with the Colorado Rockies with a banner that read “Dodgers Torture Animals”. Major League Baseball attempted to block video (screenshot here) of the activists, who released an investigation and video on Friday of Hormel’s Farmer John, the so-called “natural” supplier of the team’s Dodger Dogs. The investigation found piglets in agony from disease, struggling to stand, and eating each other alive in the severe stress of the facility. The activists assert that the cruelty behind Dodger Dogs shows how widespread violence against animals is and are demanding that the LA Dodgers take steps to stop selling animal products, support equal rights for all animals to be free from captivity and harm, and publicly condemn violence against animals.

“The LA Dodgers relentlessly promote their ‘Dodger Dogs’ as fun, family-friendly fare,” said DxE activist Zoe Rosenberg, “but the truth is that Dodger Dogs are made from piglets who were taken from their family, thrown into a massive prison, and tormented by disease and neglect that would horrify any family.”

The protest follows the release of an investigative report showcasing the development of superbugs due to mass mass antibiotic use at Farmer John to combat disease at its facility in Corcoran, CA. The activists say an undercover team found thousands of diseased and languishing pigs at the facility, including piglets being eaten alive or trampled to death. One pig, who the team named Miley after the singer and animal rights supporter, was rescued from the facility and rushed to receive emergency medical care.

The activist network recently made headlines on ABC’s Nightline with an investigation into the dog meat trade in Yulin, China. The activists saw dogs confined and tortured and say that conditions at Farmer John were no better. Americans’ anger at Yulin, activists say, should be turned toward farms like Farmer John as well. DxE ties the violence at Farmer John to the hot dogs Americans will be eating on the 4th of July. While celebrating freedom and family, the activists say, Americans are supporting captivity, violence, and forced separation for countless animals like Miley.

“There were literally thousands of other cases exactly like Miley, baby pigs so sick they were unable to stand” said activist and investigator on the project Almira Tanner. “This disease and suffering is being fed directly to the American public, and it’s being called ‘natural.’ This is an outright lie.”

In the United States alone, over 9 billion land animals are killed annually to be eaten. Animals who are killed for their flesh endure intense psychological and physical trauma, and undercover investigations have found that they are routinely eviscerated while still conscious.

Direct Action Everywhere 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 http://directactioneverywhere.com/.  Follow us on Twitter @DxEverywhere.

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