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