DxE has set a precedent for taking bold action to shed light on animal abuse inside factory farms. Activists have shown themselves willing to risk their freedom, time and time again, to go to the places where transparency is least welcome and voices to speak up for animals are most needed. Doctors, high school students, software engineers, small business owners, and many other ordinary people have been arrested for peaceful protests of criminal animal cruelty when the authorities choose to punish whistleblowers, rather than investigate animal cruelty. Some of these activists are facing lengthy prison terms, a clear attempt to repress and silence the movement. But DxE is fighting back, with innovative approaches to using the legal system to stop the abuse of animals. We know that Americans don't support the torture that's being increasingly brought to light at factory farms, and we're confident that with your support, we will achieve revolutionary social and political change for animals in one generation.
Whistleblowers who expose animal abuse should be protected, not prosecuted.
In 2017, activists rescued two piglets, Lily and Lizzie, from a Utah factory farm owned by Smithfield, the largest pig-exploiting corporation in the world. Their story drew international attention when the FBI started hunting for the piglets, raiding sanctuaries and even cutting off part of a pig’s ear to do DNA testing. The animal agriculture industry is trying to pull strings behind the scenes to stop DxE activists who were exposing their crimes. Two rescuers are now facing decades in prison on multiple felony charges and will go to trial November 20-22, 2019.
At another Smithfield-owned pig farm, this one in North Carolina, DxE investigators made a bombshell discovery: Smithfield is continuing to confine mother pigs in gestation crates so small that they cannot turn around — despite publicly announcing they had ended this practice. Two activists who documented the cruelty are facing felony charges and are due in court on July 22nd.
At a Utah farm supplying Norbest, one of the largest turkey producers in the United States, DxE whistleblowers went undercover and exposed the shocking reality behind the company’s “humane” marketing. The activists recorded grotesque suffering, filth, disease, and the indiscriminate use of antibiotics dumped into the farm's water supply - something the company had promised they weren't doing. Two investigators are facing felony theft charges because they carried out three turkeys (who would have died soon after because of their condition, and thus had no monetary value). The investigators will appear in court in December 16-19, 2019.
Wayne Hsiung, co-founder of DxE, is facing felony charges in North Carolina for rescuing a sick baby goat in 2018, whom he named Rain. Rain was being raised to be killed for meat, and he was suffering from pneumonia and infected with lice. Wayne realized he had to take immediate action to save him, and he brought Rain to emergency veterinary care. Today, Rain is safe with a family who takes cares of him. Wayne's case may be going to trial as soon as August, 2019.
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