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.
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For the fourth annual Open Rescue Day, activists around the world rescued ducks, chickens and crabs. Open Rescue Day is celebrated every March 5th in commemoration of the first open rescue conducted on March 5th, 1993, by Animal Liberation Victoria in Australia.
Activists rescued a pregnant chinchilla, Bridget, from a fur farm and saved her babies from becoming fur coats. Bridget died shortly after giving birth but Luna and Sol miraculously survived. Today, they are ambassadors for fur-bearing animals everywhere and are propelling fur bans across the world.
Despite facing felony charges for investigating Smithfield pig farms in multiple states, activists returned to a Smithfield farm in North Carolina to document the rampant disease on site. Activists rescued a baby piglet named Lauri who was rushed to receive emergency medical care and was found to have an antibiotic-resistant infection. This investigation revealed the rampant drug use in pig farms, inducers of antibiotic-resistant infections which could wipe out all of humanity. This investigation was featured in The New York Times.
Activists in Spain entered a massive egg farm supplying Mercadona, the largest grocery story chain in Spain. The activists were able to save 39 chickens who were living in extreme confinement and received positive press attention highlighting the inhumane reality of "cage free" eggs.
As part of the 2019 Animal Liberation Conference, over 600 activists took part in a daylight rescue of 32 ducks at Reichardt Duck Farm near Petaluma, California. Despite providing extensive evidence of animal cruelty at this farm to authorities in the county, the government took no action to help the ducks. Faced with no alternative, the activists entered the farm to disable the slaughter line and chain themselves to the entrance. In addition to saving 32 lives, 79 activists were arrested and the slaughterhouse was shut down for the day.
For the first time in Mexico City, dozens of activists converged to shut down a busy chicken slaughterhouse. In addition to shutting down their operations for most of the day, the activists were able to save the lives of six chickens.
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