A 16-year-old vegan activist brought play to a halt during Monday's NCAA National Championship Game at Levi's Stadium when she ran onto the field in a bid to bring attention to animal suffering at Petaluma Poultry.
Zoe Rosenberg, an activist with grassroots animal rights network Direct Action Everywhere (DxE), held a #RightToRescue banner overhead when she ran onto the field, before being tackled and dragged off by police. She was later released from police custody.
Rosenberg's protest follows a September 29 demonstration at a Petaluma Poultry farm in Petaluma, CA in which 58 activists were arrested and charged with felony conspiracy, felony burglary and misdemeanor trespass.
The arrests occurred as activists, who donned veterinarian-approved biosecurity gear, held a vigil and sit-in inside an industrial shed at a Petaluma, California factory farm which supplies chicken to Amazon Fresh.
"We're ordinary people who want to help animals in need," Rosenberg said in a statement sent to Plant Based News.
"My friends - teachers, grandparents, and other teenagers like me - were arrested on felony charges for doing the right thing both morally and legally.
"Animal abuse is the crime here, not animal rescue. It's time for Levi’s Stadium to take a stand for transparency and compassion, and cut ties with animal-abusing corporations that suppress whistleblowers."
Plant Based News has contacted Petaluma Poultry for comment.