Right To Rescue

Historic “Right to Rescue” trials could open the floodgates to a radical new view of animals under the law.

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Right now, activists with Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) are facing years in prison for rescuing animals from abuse at factory farms, slaughterhouses, and a beagle experimentation facility. These legal cases present a powerful opportunity to elevate the stories of farmed animals to the public and expose the industry. In October 2022, DxE activists won the first-ever “not guilty” verdict for an open rescue case in the #SmithfieldTrial. Just five months later, we won the second acquittal for open rescue in the #FosterFarmsTrial. These acquittals were major wins for the Right to Rescue, but our work is far from over. We have more trials coming up and we need your help to use these cases to spark a revolution for animal rescue and animal rights. 

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The Ridglan Beagle Rescue Trial

Our next "Right to Rescue" trial begins on March 18, 2024 at the Dane County Courthouse in Madison, Wisconsin. Eva Hamer, Paul Darwin Picklesimer, and Wayne Hsiung are facing felony burglary and felony theft charges for the rescue of three beagles from Ridglan Farms, one of the largest breeders of dogs for experimentation in the United States.

Back in 2017, DxE investigators entered Ridglan and documented the filthy conditions and the psychological trauma of the dogs spinning endlessly inside small cages. The team rescued three beagles, Julie, Anna, and Lucy.

This trial could be a major turning point in the movement to end animal experimentation and to enshrine the right of all animals to be rescued from cruelty. But we need your help to make this trial a success! If you can join us at the trial to defend the #RightToRescue, please register at

The #SonomaRescueTrial

Our last "Right to Rescue" trial ended on November 2, 2023 with animal rescuer Wayne Hsiung found guilty on 3 of 4 charges. This includes felony conspiracy and misdemeanor trespass from the mass open rescue at Sunrise Farms in 2018 and misdemeanor trespass from the mass action at Reichardt Duck Farm in 2019. The jury could not reach a unanimous verdict on the felony conspiracy charge from the Reichardt action, resulting in a “hung jury” mistrial on that charge. Wayne was cuffed and immediately taken into custody awaiting sentencing.

On November 30th, Wayne was sentenced to 90 days in jail followed by 24 months of probation. Judge Laura Passaglia also ordered him to have NO CONTACT in any form with the other named “co-conspirators” in the case, a list including many of his closest friends and one of his co-defendants in a beagle rescue trial scheduled for March.

Right after the sentencing hearing, three other DxE animal rescuers were arrested on felony warrants outside the courthouse. Read the press here. It seems there will be another #SonomaRescueTrial.

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