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Animal Rights Protest Halts Sonny Perdue Confirmation Hearing for Secretary of Agriculture
Protesters want Big Ag out of politics, protest violence against animals
March 23, 2017, Washington, DC- Activist Barbara Glick with the animal rights network Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) stood up in the courtroom of the Russell Senate Office Building today during Sonny Perdue’s confirmation hearing to become the Secretary of Agriculture, and held up a sign featuring pigs on it reading “We Want to Live.” Her chants brought the hearing to a halt as Perdue relayed his stories of growing up on a dairy farm. Glick accused Perdue of supporting widespread abuse of animals, declaring, “Animal Ag tortures animals, stop subsidizing violence!”
“Sonny Perdue is an enemy of animals and government transparency,” Glick said. “As the Governor of Georgia, he used his power to keep people in the dark about violence against animals while receiving $278,000 in USDA federal farm subsidies.”
Activists with Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) have confronted and disrupted a number of political events in both major parties, including most recently Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin over her support for the Dairy Pride Act, Carly Fiorina’s speech at the Iowa Pork Producers, and several Bernie Sanders speeches over his dismissal of animal rights. DxE does not endorse or oppose specific candidates for election.
A growing number of Americans support animal rights, with 32% in a recent poll calling for equal rights for animals to be free from harm. Activists say that politicians should reflect this shift by working to end routine mutilation, confinement, and killing of animals. DxE investigations have shown that even at so-called “humane” farms, violence against animals is rampant.
“Animal agriculture is an inherently violent industry,” said DxE press representative Rachel Ziegler. “It is time for the U.S. government to get on the right side of history and stop supporting it.”
In the United States alone, approximately 50 billion animals including fish and other sea animals are killed annually to be eaten (approximately 100,000 every minute). 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.