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Activist Arrested, Hundreds March to City Hall After Rescue of Hens from Slaughterhouse


Citing Undercover Video, Hundreds Demand Board of Supervisors Action on Animal Rights

May 30, 2017, San Francisco, CA – Today, an activist with Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) was arrested at a live chicken market and slaughterhouse in downtown San Francisco after activists removed several animals. The activist, DxE co-founder and former Northwestern law professor Wayne Hsiung, converged with hundreds of others at the slaughterhouse at 1136 Grant Ave to demand the release of the birds, who the activists say were victims of extreme animal cruelty documented with undercover cameras (LINK).

The slaughterhouse sit-in was followed a march to City Hall, where the nonviolent activists were blocked by heavily armed police officers and prevented from entering the building, which is accessible to the public. Activists addressed the mayor and Board of Supervisors from the steps outside, with a demand for protections for animals in the city (LINK). 

“These birds have never known a moment of compassion or freedom,” Hsiung said during the rescue. “We’re asking San Francisco, as a city of animal lovers, to take immediate action to protect these animals from violence.”

Activists say that state and federal laws permit rampant cruelty against animals, often under the guise of humane treatment. Recent investigations by DxE of a Sprouts Farmers Market cage-free egg supplier and the farm that supplies the White House’s “free range” Thanksgiving turkey have found starvation, cannibalism, blindness, extreme mutilation, and genetic disorders on the most revered farms in the United States. Activists say these abuses are a direct result of systemic government inaction and are demanding that San Francisco recognize this suffering.

Animals are sentient beings, as scientific evidence has shown. In 2012, hundreds of leading scientists signed the Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness to recognize a scientific consensus regarding animal sentience akin to that on climate change.

“In today’s world, there is no rational way to defend torturing and killing animals for food,” said DxE investigator and animal rescuer Hana Low.

Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) is a network of animal rights activists working to challenge speciesism throughout society.  We use creative protest to challenge the use of animals for food, clothing, experimentation, and entertainment.  Visit Direct Action Everywhere on Facebook and at  Follow us on Twitter @DxEverywhere.