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Animal Rights Activists Storm Field at Thanksgiving Football Game

Activists say Killing of 40 Million Turkeys Cause for Anger, not Celebration

November 26, 2015, Detroit – Today during the nationally televised Eagles-Lions football game, several animal rights activists from the animal rights network Direct Action Everywhere rushed onto the field holding signs saying “Animal Liberation Now”. Activists say they seek to call attention to massive violence against animals this holiday season, in which an estimated 30-45 million turkeys are killed for Thanksgiving alone.

“We love our dogs and cats at home, but spare little thought for the turkey lying dead on the table”, said Cat Roberts, one of the activists who rushed the field. “It’s time we extend our compassion to all animals.”

Today’s protests are part of a series of demonstrations coordinated by Direct Action Everywhere to highlight violence against animals in the meat industry. This Tuesday, the network released an investigation of a Whole Foods “5+” humane turkey supplier, revealing thousands of birds sick and dying in filthy sheds. The investigation was covered by the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Fox Business, among dozens of media outlets. In addition to significant violations of Whole Foods’ animal welfare standards, investigators also uncovered an elaborate scheme of humane fraud, in which Whole Foods was found to be funding up to 90-95% of the so-called independent agency (the Global Animal Partnership) which provides their animal welfare certification.

Activists say, however, that violence against animals is not an exception confined to a particular company. Instead, violence against animals in animal agriculture is regular and routine.

“Thanksgiving is a deadly feast,” said Araceli Rodriguez, another activist who took part in today’s demonstration. “40 million suffering and dead is no cause for celebration.”

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 is an international network of animal rights activists challenging speciesism in society.  We use creative protest to challenge the use of animals for food, clothing, experimentation, and entertainment.  Visit Direct Action Everywhere on facebook and on our website.  Follow us on Twitter @DxEverywhere.

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