TELL THE SANPETE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY: COMPASSION IS NOT A CRIME!
Six investigators who saved a baby turkey named Abby from the brink now face felony charges.
Following an investigation released last November which garnered national media attention, six activists with Direct Action Everywhere now face ten years in prison. Sanpete County, Utah County District Attorney Kevin Daniels filed felony burglary and theft charges Thursday, claiming, “They came here to Sanpete County and entered into turkey shed buildings belonging to turkey farmers in this area and essentially turkey-napped turkeys.”
Taking sick animals to the vet isn’t burglary, it isn’t a felony, or “turkey-napping”--it’s what any decent person would do. The industry isn’t concerned about a missing injured bird, who they would’ve thrown in the trash like they do millions of others every year. They’re concerned about exposure. They know that when ordinary people see animals being hurt, they’re outraged. And that outrage is bad for their bottom line.
We demand that Mr. Daniels represent the interests of ordinary, compassionate people, not violent corporations. That whistleblowers and animal rescuers be respected and protected, not repressed and prosecuted.
Compassion is not a crime!