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Animal Rights Activists Manhandled, Dragged after Storming Dodgers Game, Decrying “Dodger Dogs” as Violent
August 2, 2016, Denver, CO – Today, four Colorado activists with the grassroots animal rights network Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) were manhandled and dragged after running onto Coors Field during a game with the LA Dodgers with signs declaring “Dodgers Torture Animals” and “Keep Animal Cruelty Out of Sports,” stopping play for several minutes. It follows a similar event last month in LA, in which DxE activists (VIDEO and STORY) disrupted another game on the heels of an investigation and video finding horrific violence at Hormel’s Farmer John, the so-called “natural” supplier of the team’s Dodger Dogs. Today’s particular game aggressively marketed $1 hot dogs to its first 10,000 attendees. The activists are demanding that the Dodgers, Rockies, and all other institutions stop selling animal products, support equal rights for all animals to be free from captivity and harm, and publicly condemn violence against animals.
“Baseball teams market the Dodger Dogs and other hot dogs as good old fashioned baseball fare,” said DxE activist Alyssa Ivankovich, “but the truth is that they represent a horrific tradition of separating piglets from their families before submitting them to a violent death.”
DxE released an investigative report on July 1st documenting Staph infections resistant to several commonly used antibiotics at Farmer John’s facility in Corcoran, CA. The investigative team found rampant, stress-induced antibiotic resistant disease in the facility as well as cannibalism and extreme duress. Pigs at the facility were languishing in agony and barely able to move around. The activists removed one dying pig whom they named Miley after the singer and animal rights supporter in order to give her emergency medical care.
The investigation into Farmer John came on the heels of a rescue of several dogs from the dog meat trade in Yulin, China covered on ABC’s Nightline. The activists say that what happens to pigs at Farmer John is no better than what happens to dogs in Yulin.. Americans’ anger at Yulin, activists say, should be turned toward farms like Farmer John as well.
“There is no place for cruelty and violence in sports entertainment,” said activist Charles Mullins. “It would be so easy for us to maintain our favorite traditions without violence against animals. We must take the cruelty of Dodger Dogs, and all products of animal exploitation, out of baseball.”
In the United States alone, over 9 billion land animals are killed annually to be eaten. Animals who are killed for their flesh endure intense psychological and physical trauma, and undercover investigations have found that they are routinely eviscerated while still conscious.
Direct Action Everywhere 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 http://directactioneverywhere.com/. Follow us on Twitter @DxEverywhere.