Following Mass Arrests at Petaluma Chicken Farm, Two Activists to be Arraigned on Felony Charges

Following Mass Arrests at Petaluma Chicken Farm, Two Activists to be Arraigned on Seven Felony Charges Each

Activists say Authorities Refuse to Act on Criminal Animal Cruelty

  DxE activist Rachel Ziegler is arrested after having a bird ripped from her arms by police.

DxE activist Rachel Ziegler is arrested after having a bird ripped from her arms by police.

November 9, 2018, Petaluma, CA–  Following a vigil and attempted rescue at McCoy’s Poultry Farm in Petaluma in which 58 activists with the grassroots animal rights network Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) were arrested and charged on felony conspiracy, felony burglary and misdemeanor trespass charges, Rachel Ziegler and Jon Frohnmayer are set to be arraigned on seven and three felony charges respectively.

Both Frohnmayer and Ziegler attended October 3 “Coffee with a Cop” and “Coffee with an Animal Control Officer” events which were streamed live on Facebook. At those events Ziegler asked authorities why they removed a sick chicken from her arms, later killing her and eight other chickens the deputies also took from activists at McCoy’s on September 29 of this year. The two say that’s why they were singled out for serious charges, while the vast majority of others arrested have been offered diversions to potentially dismiss charges.

“Helping animals in need is the right thing to do,” said Ziegler. “But deputies killed the birds and targeted us for asking why.”


Investigators with Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) enter farms, slaughterhouses, and other agricultural facilities to document abuses and rescue sick and injured animals. DxE’s investigatory work has been featured in The New York Times, ABC Nightline, and a viral Glenn Greenwald exposé, and DxE activists led the recent effort to ban fur products in  San Francisco. Activists have been subjected to FBI raids and felony prosecutions for these investigations and rescues. Visit Direct Action Everywhere on Facebook and at directactioneverywhere.com. Follow us on Twitter @DxEverywhere.

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Recent Animal Protection Rollbacks

Recent Animal Protection Rollbacks

  Brown bears in Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.

Brown bears in Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.

Rolling back Alaska Wildlife refuge protections for mother bears and wolves

  • Trump signed legislation passed by Congress nullifying Obama-era regulations that banned cruel hunting methods in the massive Alaskan wildlife refuges.

    • These methods include shooting sleeping wolf families in their dens and trapping bears in steel-tooth traps.

  • “On 3 April 2017, President Trump signed H.J. Res. 69, a joint U.S. House and Senate resolution nullifying Obama-era regulations banning the use of “predator control” hunting methods on the 76.8 million acres of federally-protected national wildlife refuges across Alaska.”

  • Removing protections for animals suffering from lead bullets, allowing hunters to use them

    • President Trump’s Secretary of the Interior repealed a regulation banning poisonous lead bullets in hunting, citing respect for “gun owner’s rights.”

    • “It was intended to prevent fish, birds and other animals from being poisoned by the lead left behind in carcasses, on the ground or in water. Hunting groups rallied against the ban, calling it an "assault on gun owners' and sportsmans' rights."”

  • Rolling back WOTUS rule to protect factory farms

    • The US EPA has delayed by two years (with the intent to eventually destroy the rule) an Obama-era rule that allows the federal government to regulate small waterways, preventing the federal government from regulating water pollution from factory farms.

    • This is part of a larger push by animal ag to deregulate the industry.

  • Rolling back the Animal Welfare rule of the organics program

    • The USDA has cancelled a rule requiring that organic-certified animals have basic welfare requirements.

    • “The rule, created under the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), would require [organic certified” poultry to be housed in spaces large enough to move freely and fully stretch their wings. Livestock would be required to have some access to outdoor space year-round. The USDA officially overturned the rule Monday, after delaying its implementation three times. It was first created in 2016 and built on seven years of deliberation.”

  • King Amendment

    • Republican congress members introduced a law that would have banned states from regulating animal products to “protect interstate commerce.”

  • NC Hog waste tort immunity statute

    • The North Carolina legislature passed a law making it harder for people hurt by factory farms to sue for damages by setting limits on how much affected people can collect.

      • Individuals can only collect damages up to the “fair market value” of the factory farm, regardless of how much they have been hurt.

  • Dairy pride acts

    • A Democratic Senator from Wisconsin introduced a bill that bans plant-based milks from using the word “milk.”

  • Meat pride acts (or equivalent, basically saying you can't label vegan protein "meat')

    • Missouri has banned plant-based meats from using the term “meat.”

2018.10.19 DxE Weekly News

2018.10.19 DxE Weekly News

Week of 10/12/18-10/19/18

Julie Waldroup

  DxE investigators, William Burkhardt and Lea Dubost, documented this dumpster of dead piglets at a farm in France.

DxE investigators, William Burkhardt and Lea Dubost, documented this dumpster of dead piglets at a farm in France.

Sorry, vegans. If you don’t eat honey, avocados might be off-limits, too.

Honeybees pollinate many of our favorite fruits and vegetables, but in much of the United States, there are not enough bees to do this job naturally or efficiently. So farmers employ a practice called migratory beekeeping: They truck hives into their fields, where the bees live for short periods to pollinate the crops during the plants’ most fertile window. PETA’s statement on migratory beekeeping: “Going vegan is about making kind choices that bring about positive change. Average shoppers can’t avoid produce that involved migratory beekeeping any more than they can avoid driving on asphalt, which has animal ingredients — but they can save nearly 200 animals’ lives every year by choosing plant-based foods instead of meat, eggs, and dairy ‘products’. Direct Action Everywhere was mentioned because it pointed out that a vegan diet is hardly “cruelty free,” in that it involves the exploitation of migrant fara.

In Cazals, an industrial breeding of pigs, the most important of the Lot, pointed out by a video

DXE investigators in France found and videotaped horrifying conditions at an industrial breeding lot located in Cazals. The practices are legal, but disturbing. They made a video to show the public to raise awareness.

L214 pins a poultry farm Aveyron in a shock video

France - The animal welfare association recently broadcasted a video denouncing the discovery of live chicks in rendering tanks in Mayran, which are tanks usually reserved for dead animals. The video has been circulating on social media and has been seen more than 160 000 times. Made by the group L214, animal protection association. They referenced DXE’s latest video about the French pig farms.







Know Your Rights and Stay Safe as an Activist

Know Your Rights and Stay Safe as an Activist

  DxE protestors head towards police during a mass Open Rescue at an Amazon and Whole Foods egg farm in Petaluma. Photo by Direct Action Everywhere

DxE protestors head towards police during a mass Open Rescue at an Amazon and Whole Foods egg farm in Petaluma. Photo by Direct Action Everywhere

Every person, non-citizens included, has rights protected under the U.S. Constitution:

The First Amendment protects your right to speak freely and to advocate for social issues. Protests, marches and other demonstrations are a protected right, though other laws and regulations still apply to these actions.

Whenever you are doing advocacy work or participating in a demonstration, remain nonviolent at all times. And even when you are not currently at a demonstration, even if you are just talking among friends or joking around on Facebook, remember that anything you say that hints at violence could later be used against you. If you are at a protest or other event and you hear someone say something violent like “I wish we could just burn this place down,” you should report it to the event organizers because even talking about violent acts can put the whole group in danger. Although the First Amendment protects your right to free speech and free assembly, law enforcement officials often target politically-active individuals who challenge the status-quo, and they may actively look for something to use against you to determine that you cannot continue your action. Violence or threats of violence will give police an easy reason to put a stop to your demonstration.

The Fourth Amendment offers protections against the government’s power to search your home or workplace.

It is always best practice to check who is at the door before opening the door. If a police officer or agent comes to your door, you do not need to let them inside unless they have a valid search warrant. If they have a search warrant, ask to see it to know specifically what they have been authorized to search as it may be only one room. You can say "I do not consent to a search" to make it clear that you do not give them permission to search anything not listed on the search warrant. If the police come to your door because they want to speak with you, you can tell them you do not want to speak to them and you will have an attorney reach out to them. You are not required to answer questions from law enforcement and you have the right to speak with a lawyer before you decide whether or not you will talk with them.

The Fifth Amendment gives you the right to remain silent. You are not obligated to answer questions asked by government agents or police officers.

Let’s say you pass a police officer after leaving a protest and they ask “Were you just at that protest?” You do not have to respond and can keep on walking. If you are detained or arrested and brought to jail, you still do not have to answer questions and can simply say: “I am invoking my right to remain silent.” Although you cannot legally lie to the police (another reason to not say anything to the police), it is not illegal for the police to lie to you. The police may tell you that they are vegan and support your cause in order to get you talking more openly, or they may say that they just need you to answer one question and you’ll be free to go. It’s important to remember that anything the police tell you could be a lie, and it is best to invoke your right to remain silent.

DxE News of the Week: DXE PROTESTS IN GERMANY, CANADA AND INDIA, August 24 - August 30, 2018

DxE News of the Week:

DXE PROTESTS IN GERMANY, CANADA AND INDIA, August 24 - August 30, 2018

  DxE organizer Priya Sawhney leads a protest in Berlin.

DxE organizer Priya Sawhney leads a protest in Berlin.

DxE News round-up by Rasa Petrauskaite

MAZ: DXE ACTIVISTS PROTEST A CHICKEN SLAUGHTERHOUSE NEAR BERLIN, GERMANY

About 50 DxE activists, including DxE organizer Priya Sawhney, protested a slaughterhouse near Berlin, Germany on Friday, August 24. Activists laid down white roses at the gates of the slaughterhouse. The action was a protest against factory farming and the expansion of slaughter capacity at the plant. For months, Wiesenhof plant had slaughtered 160,000 chickens daily instead of the permitted 120,000. Only after a court decision and a monetary penalty was production reduced in May.

PLANT BASED NEWS: 300 DXE ACTIVISTS FLOOD MALL IN TORONTO

On Saturday August 25, an estimated 300 DxE activists filled the halls of Toronto’s Eaton Center, a shopping mall for a mass protest. Activists held up signs and sang Jackie DeShannon’s mid-’60s hit, “What the World Needs Now Is Love.” Key lyric: “What the world needs now is love, sweet love. No not just for some - but for everyone.”

VEGAN FIRST: DXE ORGANIZED FIRST ANIMAL LIBERATION MARCH IN PUNE, INDIA

DxE held the first Animal Liberation March in Pune, India. DxE is quoted as saying, “Let’s show the world the animal rights movement is about LOVE!” DxE is described as, “a global grassroots network of animal rights activists that works to highlight atrocities against animals. Founded in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2013, the group mobilises activists and people worldwide through open rescue, mass protest and community building.” Shweta Borgaonkar, a DxE organizer in Pune, is quoted as saying,"The animal industries have been lying to us for a long time. Now it's time we reveal the truth to the public and expose their brutality towards animals. And to expose the animal ag, just non participation is not enough. We need to actively intervene violence. Through the power of people and nonviolent action, love will win over violence." A video of the march can be seen here.

DxE News of the Week: Felony Charges Filed Against DxE Organizer Sierra Post In North Carolina, August 17 – August 23, 2018

DxE News of the Week:

Felony Charges Filed Against DxE Organizer Sierra Post In North Carolina, August 17 – August 23, 2018

DxE News round-up by Rasa Petrauskaite

   “Amazon Creeper” inside Amazon store on UC Berkeley campus with store manager.

“Amazon Creeper” inside Amazon store on UC Berkeley campus with store manager.

PLANT BASED NEWS: DXE’S SIERRA POST ARRESTED AFTER 'REMOVING SICK PIGLETS' FROM FACTORY FARM

Sierra Liliann Post, 20, a DxE organizer in North Carolina, was arrested and charged with breaking and entering, and larceny - both felonies - and first-degree trespass - a misdemeanor - on Friday, August 17, for rescuing three sick piglets from a Smithfield Foods-owned farm in Laurinburg, NC last year. She was later released on $3000 bail. The article features both the DxE perspective and the Smithfield perspective on DxE investigations. Wayne Hsiung is quoted as saying, “This is an attempt at intimidation of nonviolent activism. When an animal is being mistreated, whether a dog, a cat or a pig, they deserve compassion. Those who help a suffering animal should be praised and not punished.” Smithfield spoke to Plant Based News earlier this year about the investigation (and the video that DxE released to alert the public to what the activists uncovered): “The audit results show no findings of animal mistreatment,” a Smithfield spokesperson told the publication. “Based on the review of our animal care experts, the video appears to be highly edited and even staged in an attempt to manufacture an animal care issue where one does not exist. The video features blatant inaccuracies and assertions, which could not be farther from the truth. The video’s creators, who claim to be animal care advocates, risked the life of the animal they stole and the lives of the animals living on our farms by trespassing and violating our strict biosecurity policy that prevents the spread of disease. This policy is particularly critical to the wellbeing of our piglets – the animals they claim to be rescuing.” For the record, DxE has strict biosecurity protocol that is followed during open rescue investigations including the Smithfield investigation. Also, the video was not staged, an absurd claim by Smithfield.

NBC BAY AREA: DXE ACTIVISTS IN “AMAZON CREEPER” COSTUMES PROTEST AMAZON AT UC BERKELEY

On Sunday, August 19, from 9 am until 4 pm, DxE activists held large TV screens displaying animal cruelty at local farms the group has investigated and protested the selling of animal products by Amazon/ Whole Foods. Many activists wore the “Amazon Creeper” costume, which they say is meant to resemble “an evil Amazon robot.” The protest took place near the Amazon store on Sproul Plaza. NBC Bay Area’s coverage featured an interview with Cassie King during two evening news segments, as well as footage showing the url for DxE’s oneclickcruelty.com website, which explains in detail why DxE protests Amazon. Also, Daily Cal covered the protest. The headline read: “Animal rights activists protest Amazon, sale of animal products.” Lewis Bernier and Kitty Jones were quoted. Lewis said, “We’re out here today to bring attention to the way Amazon uses and abuses animals, and the ways it is complicit in animal cruelty.”

DxE News of the Week: PUBLIC SUPPORTS DXE’S EFFORTS TO HELP DONKEYS IN ITALY, L.A. READY TO BAN FUR, August 10 – August 16, 2018

DxE News of the Week:

PUBLIC SUPPORTS DXE’S EFFORTS TO HELP DONKEYS IN ITALY, L.A. READY TO BAN FUR, August 10 – August 16, 2018

   Donkey in Santorini, Italy forced to carry heavy load.

Donkey in Santorini, Italy forced to carry heavy load.

DxE News round-up by Rasa Petrauskaite

Animal Rights News round-up by Leslie Goldberg

CORRIERE ITALY: ANIMAL RIGHTS GROUPS, INCLUDING DXE, PROTEST CRUELTY AGAINST DONKEYS IN SANTORINI, ITALY

Donkeys in Santorini, Italy are exhausted in the scorching sun and crushed by the weight of the tourists whom they have to transport up and down steep stairways each day. “Donkey rides begin at 9 am every morning and end at sunset, with the donkeys averaging seven round trips, from the harbor to the village of Fira, or nearly 600 steps,” DxE Italy organizer Maria Astradeni Scourta told the French TV station France 24. There are laws to protect the donkeys, but no one enforces them. In July, DxE Italy protested this cruelty against the donkeys, and the activists were attacked by an angry mob of donkey owners; two of the protesters were hospitalized. In addition to DxE, there are several other animal rights groups protesting the cruelty. A French publication, Europe 1 France, reported last week that many people on social media are denouncing the cruelty against the donkeys. The article features a video of an owner of a donkey who is seen hitting the donkey’s face with a stick. An online petition to “STOP ANIMAL ABUSE OF DONKEYS AND HORSES IN SANTORINI” has gathered over 100,000 signatures. Europe 1 France incorrectly refered to DxE as a “militant” organization,” whereas the Italian publication Corriere Italy describes DxE as “peaceful.”

INDY BAY: ACTIVISTS PROTEST INHUMANE CONDITIONS AT WHOLE FOODS/AMAZON SUPPLIER PETALUMA FARMS

Indy Bay writes: “Responding to undercover video footage of cruelty, activists with the international animal rights network Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) marched to a Petaluma factory egg farm which supplies to Whole Foods on July 30. Citing evidence that chickens were starving, cannibalizing one another, and suffocating in feces, the activists asked to be allowed to bring the chickens water and food, and to remove those in need of medical care. They presented a legal opinion in defense of their actions, which references California Penal Code 597e which makes it a crime to physically harm or neglect an animal, as legal grounds for intervention.” The protest was also covered by Citizen Truth however the writer incorrectly wrote that DxE protested Petaluma Farms in May, rescuing 37 hens, and then returned there in late July. In fact, in May DxE brought 500 activists to Sunrise Farms in Petaluma for a mass open rescue, then protested at Petaluma Farms in July after receiving recent footage of animal abuse at that farm. In January 2015, DxE went public with the network’s first open rescue investigation, conducted during 2014 at Petaluma Farms and showing serious animal abuse there. The Citizen Truth article includes a DxE video narrated by DxE organizer Cassie King that explains that nothing has changed since the 2014 investigation and that criminal animal cruelty is continuing at Petaluma Farms.

DAILY DOT: ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA  POLICE HAVE MONITORED DXE

In a number of cities across the country, Black Lives Matter (BLM) activists are being targeted and monitored by the police. In Asheville, North Carolina, after the police shot a black man and the tensions rose, the police began monitoring several groups, including DxE. DxE is incorrectly described as an “activist vegan organization.”

 

OTHER ANIMAL RIGHTS NEWS

THE INDEPENDENT: HORSE SUES FORMER OWNER FOR NEGLECT

A horse “owner” who was convicted of animal abuse for failing to both feed the horse and provide the horse with shelter is being sued by his victim – the horse, who is now named “Justice.” Justice, through legal representatives, is asking for $100,000 to be placed in a trust for his care. Justice now resides in a sanctuary in Oregon. The case goes to the question of whether animals have “legal standing” and the right to sue in court. Previously, courts in the United States and elsewhere have said no. Keep your fingers crossed!

HSUS: ILLINOIS BANS INTRASTATE SALE OF IVORY AND RHINO HORN

Joining the states of California, New Jersey, New York, Washington, Hawaii, Oregon, New Hampshire and Nevada, Illinois will be restricting the sale of ivory and rhino horn to ensure that Illinois doesn’t contribute to the wildlife trade.

EVENING STANDARD: PAINTING PONIES WITH CHALK-BASED MARKERS DRAWS COMPLAINTS

Some 60,000 people signed a petition protesting a new fad – children at birthday parties painting ponies. A spokesperson for PETA said ponies are not “party props” and should be treated with respect, adding, “The first lesson a child should be taught is the Golden Rule – to treat others as you would wish to be treated.”

ONE GREEN PLANET: L.A. IS ABOUT TO JOIN BERKELEY, SF AND HOLLYWOOD IN BANNING FUR

An L.A. City Council committee voted on Aug. 15, 2018 to pass a law banning the sale of fur in Los Angeles. The full City Council will decide soon if the measure should be passed to the City Attorney to draft legislation and to present to the mayor for his signature.

PETA: ANIMAL RIGHTS GETS A SOUNDTRACK

PETA has put together a playlist with everything from the Smiths’ “Meat is Murder” to more obscure tracks such as the reggae “Health Is Wealth” by Macka B. It’s all available on Spotify. According to PETA, the music transcends cultures and taste. “No matter your musical taste, there’s something to inspire the activist in you,” PETA says.

DxE News of the Week: DXE ACTIVISTS RETURN TO SMITHFIELD FARM; EATING CHICKEN CAN MAKE PEOPLE SICK, August 3-August 9, 2018

DxE News of the Week:

DXE ACTIVISTS RETURN TO SMITHFIELD FARM; EATING CHICKEN CAN MAKE PEOPLE SICK, August 3-August 9, 2018

  Activists rescuing dying pigs from Smithfield farm. Photo by DxE

Activists rescuing dying pigs from Smithfield farm. Photo by DxE

DxE News round-up by Rasa Petrauskaite

Animal Rights News round-up by Leslie Goldberg

FOX 13 SLC: DXE ACTIVISTS RETURN TO UTAH, VISIT FARM WHERE THEY CONDUCTED OPEN RESCUE

Following a court appearance in Beaver, Utah on August 6, 2018, DxE activists returned to the Smithfield Foods-owned Circle Four Farms farm where they rescued a dying piglet (they named Lily) in 2017 and demanded that farm staff allow them to inspect and audit the farm to determine if conditions and treatment of the pigs has improved there. The activists were met by police and denied entry. No one was arrested. The Utah Attorney General’s Office filed charges against the five activists in May of this year. The activists are being charged with multiple felonies and face up to 60 years in prison. The defendants are Wayne Hansen Hsiung, 37, of Berkeley; Paul Picklesimer, 40, of Berkeley; Samer Thomas Masterson, 24, of San Francisco; Andrew George Sharo, 24, of Berkeley; and Jonathan Frohnmayer, 33, of Santa Clara. The article features the DxE video, “And Lily Came Back to Life.” Similar articles were published at the KUTV and Good 4 Utah websites. The latter site features a news video which includes interviews with activists and open rescue footage.

EL DIARIO ES: ANTI-SPECIESISM MARCH IN BARCELONA

On Saturday, August 11, 2018 an anti-speciesism march will take place in Barcelona, Spain to promote the idea that all animals deserve compassion. Barcelona Animal Save, Anonymous for the Voiceless, Direct Action Everywhere and Events4Animals want to raise awareness that all non-human animals deserve compassion regardless of their species.

FEEDSTUFFS: ANIMAL AG NEWS SITE FEATURES PRO ANIMAL RIGHTS INTERVIEW

This article features an interview with animal rights activist Jacy Reese. Resse, along with former DxE organizer Kelly Witwicki, co-founded the Sentience Institute, whose mission includes working towards “a society in which the interests of all sentient beings are fully considered, regardless of their sex, race, species, substrate, location, or any other characteristic apart from their sentience.” The Feedstuffs article quotes from the DxE Wikipedia page which, Describes DxE as “an international grassroots network of animal rights activists founded in 2013 in the San Francisco Bay Area. DxE activists started with disruptive protests but now also use non-violent direct action tactics to further their cause, such as open rescue of animals from farms and other facilities and community building. Their intent is to build a movement that can eventually shift culture and change social and political institutions. DxE activists work for total animal liberation and the creation of a law requiring species equality.”

THE ATLANTIC: DXE’S MATT JOHNSON DISSES LAB-GROWN PET FOOD

“Lab-grown meat—for humans or pets—remains controversial among vegans. Bethencourt [founder of Wild Earth, a company developing lab-grown pet food] has staked out what he says is a pragmatic stance: It’ll reduce the number of animals who have to die for food. For other vegans though, it comes with a more fundamental problem. Matt Johnson, an organizer for the animal-rights group Direct Action Everywhere (whose members made headlines last year by wrapping themselves in fake blood and plastic to protest a Berkeley butcher shop), put it this way: ‘It still reinforces this notion that animals exist as commodities, that they exist as an object for us to consume.’ ”

 

OTHER ANIMAL RIGHTS NEWS

PLANT BASED NEWS: ‘THE END OF MEAT’ COMING SOON

“The End of Meat,” a new documentary about the vision of a post-meat world, will be released at the end of August 2018. The film features stories of rescued animals from the food industry and explores the brave new world of vegan commerce. One of the experts interviewed is Anita Krajnc, friend of DxE and founder of Toronto Pig Save. In the trailer we think we spotted Maryam Caspian and Jake Hobbs.

NEWSWEEK: ANIMAL RIGHTS ANARCHISTS TRY TO BURN ZOO

French animal rights activists, who call themselves Le Laboratoire, set fire to a central France zoo, calling it a prison for animals. A statement from the group read, “The wall, bars and electrified fences are a long way from the animals’ natural environment.” They demanded, “the destruction of all prisons whatever the shape of their bars.” The fire was put out before anyone was hurt by it.

FLORIDA POLITICS: A TRUMP DOES THE RIGHT THING

Lara Trump, who is married to Donald Trump’s son Eric, is the joining the fight to pass an amendment to the Florida Constitution to ban dog racing. Along with Florida Secretary of State Pam Bondi, Lara Trump was a special guest at a $2,500 a plate fundraiser to support “Promote Dogs-Yes on 13” held this past Thursday.       

LIVE KINDLY: A PETA WIN FOR ANIMALS

A big British publishing company, DK, says it will no longer advertise animal rides in its travel guides. Thank you PETA for persuading this corporation to step up!

TECH TIMES: EATING CHICKEN CAN MAKE PEOPLE SICK

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced that when it comes to food-borne illness, eating chicken is the worst. The government agency analyzed 5,760 outbreaks from 2009 to 2015 which made 100,939 people sick. Of those, 5,699 were hospitalized; 145 died. The food categories that could be identified as singly responsible for the most outbreak-associated illnesses were chicken/eggs (3,114 illnesses) and pork (2,670). The chicken or eggs that caused illnesses were contaminated with Salmonella.

DxE News of the Week: DXE MARCH AGAINST BIG AG IN PETALUMA, July 27-August 2, 2018

DxE News of the Week:

DXE MARCH AGAINST BIG AG IN PETALUMA, July 27-August 2, 2018

   Activists march towards Amazon-owned Whole Foods in Petaluma, CA. Photo by Michael Goldberg

Activists march towards Amazon-owned Whole Foods in Petaluma, CA. Photo by Michael Goldberg

DxE News round-up by Rasa Petrauskaite

Animal Rights News round-up by Leslie Goldberg

   DxE estimates there are one-to-two million hens at this “small family farm.”

DxE estimates there are one-to-two million hens at this “small family farm.”

THE PRESS DEMOCRAT: DXE PROTESTS “INHUMANE CONDITIONS” AT PETALUMA FARMS

On July 29, about 140 activists with DxE marched in Petaluma, CA to Amazon/Whole Foods supplier Petaluma Farms, a cage-free egg farm that was the site of DxE’s very first Open Rescue (written up in the New York Times in early 2015). Based on a California law (California Penal Code 597e) that activists say allows them to enter a farm if they have information that an animal is being mistreated, activists hoped to gain entry to Petaluma Farms. They were stopped by police who threatened to charge activists with “trespassing” if they stepped on farm property. DxE negotiated for a meeting with police in the near future, and then marched five miles through the Petaluma streets to an Amazon-owned Whole Foods where there were speak outs in the parking lot in front of the store. Jonathan Mahrt, whose family owns  Petaluma Farms, told a reporter for the Press Democrat that DxE was “rehashing old allegations” of bad conditions for the hens. He said the DxE protest was “an attempt to intimidate a small family farm.” DxE estimates that this “small family farm” has between one and two million egg laying hens. Mahrt also said that he has no current plans to sue DxE. Petaluma Farms supplies Whole Foods with eggs under at least three different brands: Uncle Eddie’s Wild Hen Farm, Judy’s Family Farm and Rock Island. This story was reprinted in the Argus Courier as well.

DAILY MAIL AND THE SUN: DONKEY OWNERS VICIOUSLY ATTACK ACTIVISTS IN SANTORINI, GREECE

This past weekend peaceful protesters from the Athens, Greece DxE chapter were attacked and injured by a mob of 30 donkey owners in Santorini, Greece. Members of the mob grabbed and burned DxE signs, hit the protesters with sticks and yelled, “We are going to kill you.” DxE was there to protest the use of donkeys in Santorini to transport tourists up the steep flights of stairs in the ancient constructions on the cliffs. Many of the donkeys have open bleeding wounds from ill-fitting harnesses and often carry heavy tourists on their small bodies. DxE Athens chapter leader Maria Skourta said [members of the mob] pulled her hair, and she was thrown to the ground and kicked repeatedly. “They threw my bag over the cliff and then lifted me up, ready to throw me too,” Skourta told a reporter. “Luckily one of the [DxE] group came to save me.” A Greek newspaper covered this story as well.

ISTHMUS: U.S. SENATOR TAMMY BALDWIN IS NOT PROGRESSIVE WHEN IT COMES TO ANIMALS

Sen. Tammy Baldwin, who is running for re-election this November, supports affordable college education, Medicare and Social Security. She is the first openly-gay U.S. Senator. However, she also cosponsored a bill to delist gray wolves from the Endangered Species Act and introduced the Dairy Pride Act. In a new article about Baldwin, Isthmus, the Madison, Wisconsin weekly, reports that DxE disrupted a 2017 Milwaukee town hall meeting hosted by Baldwin over her Dairy Pride bill and support for the dairy industry in general. “In keeping with the progressive values that you demonstrate in other areas, how about working instead for those who have no power in this issue?” a DxE activist asked Baldwin. “A discriminated-against-group that is rarely talked about and heard from: the dairy cows in Wisconsin.” Baldwin said that visiting a dairy farm is an “awesome thing to do.” And: “I am open to the perspective that you’re sharing,” she told the activists last year. “But right now, I have no apologies about the Dairy Pride Act.”

OTHER ANIMAL RIGHTS NEWS

ASSOCIATED PRESS: SMITHFIELD ORDERED TO PAY $473.5M FOR INDUSTRIAL PIG ODORS

A federal jury decided Friday (August 3, 2018) that Smithfield Foods, the world's largest pork producer, should pay $473.5 million to neighbors of three of the company’s North Carolina industrial-scale hog farms for unreasonable nuisances they suffered from odors, flies and rumbling trucks. Five DxE activists have been charged with felony charges for removing two sick piglets from a Smithfield farm in Utah. They are due back in court Monday August 6, 2018.

METRO: PETA IS NOT BUYING THE IMPOSSIBLE BURGER

The bleeding Impossible Burger made it past U.S. food regulators this week, but PETA isn’t a fan. Why? The inventors tested it on rats.

DAIRY HERD: DAIRY INDUSTRY BLEEDING

Thanks to Trump’s tariffs, the American dairy industry has lost its Mexican customers for cheese. According to Tom Vilsack, who heads up a dairy lobbying group, the milk/cheese/etc. business lost $1.8 billion in the last few weeks. Trump’s $12 billion bailout won’t help the industry regain its foreign markets.  

FOX NEWS: STEPPING UP FOR FISH

Two Save groups, the Wilmington Fish Save and the North Carolina Farmed Animal Save, staged a vigil for fish, protesting the Wrightsville Beach Inshore Challenge, a fishing contest. In an effort to be “humane” and environmentally aware, the contest gives extra points to fishermen who bring in fish alive, so the fish can be released back into the water. Unfortunately, this practice does almost nothing for the fish, since wounds caused by being impaled usually become infected and the fish die.

INQUISITR: NO MORE TESTING ON CATS, DOGS AND PRIMATES IN BRUSSELS

The Brussels region of Belgium has banned testing on cats, dogs and primates, thanks to the hard work of animal rights activists.

SCIENCE ALERT: MEAT INDUSTRY BEGGING TRUMP

In an effort to protect their practice of torturing and killing animals for profit, the meat industry is pushing the Trump administration for strict regulation of lab-grown meat. They want lab-grown meat producers to be inspected the same way slaughterhouses are. They want “clean meat” overseen by the USDA instead of the FDA.

VEG NEWS: THE HORROR OF WORKING AT A SLAUGHTERHOUSE

A report by the Bureau of Investigative Journalists, published in The Guardian, said that the U.S. meat industry averages two amputations a week and that workers in factories are three times as likely as other workers to suffer burns, head trauma and finger fractures. Yet the industry is pushing the government to allow the speed up of the production lines, increasing the danger to workers

DxE News of the Week: DXE MARCH AGAINST BIG AG IN PETALUMA, TRUMP HURTS ANIMAL AG, July 20-26, 2018

DxE News of the Week:

DXE MARCH AGAINST BIG AG IN PETALUMA, TRUMP HURTS ANIMAL AG, July 20-26, 2018

  DxE activists led by Wayne Hsiung at mass open rescue on Petaluma farm in late May. Photo by Michael Goldberg

DxE activists led by Wayne Hsiung at mass open rescue on Petaluma farm in late May. Photo by Michael Goldberg

DxE News round-up by Rasa Petrauskaite

Animal Rights News round-up by Leslie Goldberg

SF CHRONICLE: MARCH AGAINST BIG AG & ANIMAL CRUELTY

In a round-up of upcoming political events, the San Francisco Chronicle continues to provide a link to the DxE Day of Action Facebook page that promotes the animal rights march in Petaluma on July 29. This promotion appeared on July 23, 24, and 26, and the previous week.

MARION WEST: THE TROUBLING EFFORT TO SILENCE ACTIVISTS

Overview of coverage by The Intercept of Big Ag’s attempt to silence activists. The writers note that Smithfield gave $310,000 to the Republican Attorney General Association, a group that funded Utah’s Sean Reyes campaign for attorney general. Earlier this year Reyes filed criminal charges against activists in DxE including co-founder Wayne Hsiung.

TETARTO PRESS: THREE-DAY PROTEST ON GREEK ISLAND

On the Greek island Santorini a 3-day protest led by several animal rights organizations, including DxE, began on July July 27 and will continue through July 29. The outreach focuses on educating the public about the suffering of donkeys on the island. These nonhuman animals are being used for transportation and to carry heavy loads in the hot weather with almost no access to water or shade.

OTHER ANIMAL RIGHTS NEWS:

VOX: TRUMP'S TARIFFS ARE HURTING ANIMAL AGRICULTURE

The United States now has a huge glut of cheese and meat thanks to overproduction caused by the selective breeding of animals and to Trump's tariffs. The tariffs have slowed American exports to China and Mexico. The tariffs have also caused the prices of grain and soybeans to decline, forcing down the price of feed and contributing to the glut.

WASHINGTON POST: THE $12 BILLION 'GOLDEN CRUTCHES'

To mitigate the damage his tariffs are doing to the agricultural industry including the animal agricultural industry, Trump is proposing to send checks to farmers to the tune of $12 billion. Congress is not happy and Republican senator Ben Sasse called the bail-out "golden crutches."

QUARTZ: ANIMAL AG - A CLIMATE CHANGE BEHEMOTH

A new report from the non-profit Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy calls out the animal food industry for producing more greenhouse gas than any single oil company. The Institute points to the methane produced by animals, particularly cows, the energy that it takes to run a farm, the energy it takes to transport feed for the animals and the energy it takes to ship the "products." We have to note that the study failed to take into account the massive depletion of the rainforests to create pasture and crops for animals, as well as animal respiration. The UN has said that animal ag is a bigger contributor to climate change than the entire transportation sector.

ROLLING STONE: THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT IN THE CROSSHAIRS

The Endangered Species Act, which was introduced in the '70s by President Richard Nixon, is now endangered itself, despite massive public support for the law. Trump has proposed legislation that would effectively gut the Act. Another example of Republican support for Big Oil and Gas, Big Ag, Big Chemical and mining over people and animals.

MARKET WATCH: KFC GETS INTO THE PLANT-BASED ACT

KFC, the fast food mega chain, is developing a plant-based version of their fried chicken in response to an increasing demand for "meat replacements," the company says. The vegetarian "chicken" will be first marketed in the UK.