"DxE’s investigations have been among the most important in the history of animal protection."
- Justin Marceau, professor of law
Some of the most important actions in the animal rights movement have been rescues on the frontline of animal abuse. Our open rescues are seen by millions and force the issue of animal rights into the public consciousness. DxE activists are now going to court for rescues at some of the largest factory farms in the world.
You can learn more about these groundbreaking court cases by following the #RightToRescue campaign site.
During the #SonomaRescueTrial, DxE investigators returned to Sunrise Farms and Reichardt Duck Farm to document criminal animal cruelty and continue saving lives. While Deputy District Attorney Robert Waner has been busy prosecuting animal rescue, activists have been busy exposing the real crimes, including birds left with painful, untreated injuries and diseased ducks collapsed on their backs slowly starving to death. Elsie had a painful eye infection likely caused by other birds pecking at her in the crowded, stressful environment at Sunrise Farms. She needed surgery to remove her eye, but now she is thriving at a sanctuary. River was stuck on his back and his wings were covered in blood from thrashing against the wire floor at Reichardt. Oakley was collapsed and unable to stand, shivering because her feathers were soaked with feces. After her rescue, she was diagnosed with septic arthritis in one of her legs. She was given antibiotics and other medicine, and finally given the chance to go in the water and take some weight off her feet! River and Oakley are still recovering after weeks of treatment.
18 chickens were saved from slaughter at the Petaluma Poultry slaughterhouse in Sonoma County as hundreds of activists gathered outside to bear witness as part of the Animal Liberation Conference. An initial team, dressed as workers, rescued four chickens from a slaughter truck parked inside the facility, while waves of other teams rescued animals from trucks both inside the facility and on their way to the slaughterhouse. Activists documented chickens too weak to stand, crammed inside transport cages, and covered in blood. This action comes after 5 years of documenting horrific cruelty at Petaluma Poultry suppliers across Sonoma County and occurred in conjunction with the release of a brand new mini-documentary further exposing Petaluma Poultry for abusing animals, spreading life-threatening diseases, and lying to the public.
An investigation at Perdue's Petaluma Poultry found rampant disease, abuse, and two little chickens who were barely clinging to life.
Dora had probably never been treated with kindness by a human, yet she must have sensed something different when investigators with Direct Action Everywhere came into the barn where she was imprisoned. She must have been holding onto some feeling like hope, because as one of these investigators, whose name is Alicia, passed by her open cage, Dora jumped onto Alicia’s backpack – and stayed! She did the whole investigation with Alicia and came out with her too.
Investigators found Georgie, a little turkey chick, stuck on her back on the floor of a Foster Farms turkey facility in California. She had an infected eye and she was surrounded by dead baby turkeys, including chicks whose brains and eyes had been eaten out by insect larvae. They rescued Georgie and gave her round-the-clock care, but it wasn’t enough. After a few days, she died. A necropsy report from UC Davis found that she had a deadly yolk sac infection called omphalitis caused by E. coli bacteria, likely due to fecal contamination. In the midst of a nationwide turkey shortage caused by the avian influenza, we are calling attention to the unsanitary conditions that help facilitate the spread of pandemics in modern poultry farms.
DxE Montreal pulled off a daring open rescue at Marvid slaughterhouse, where some activists stopped a slaughter truck while others ran to the back of the truck, climbed to the top, and pulled a chicken out to carry her to safety. They named her Avril.
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