67 Vegan Activists Arrested After Attempt To Provide Medical Care To Chickens

The activists are faced with felony charges and over $1.3 million bond
DXE Activist Arrest
A DXE activist is arrested by the Petaluma Police Department (Photo: Facebook)

67 vegan activists were arrested on Saturday after their attempt to provide emergency medical care to chickens used in animal agriculture.

Direct Action Everywhere (DXE) Co-Founder Wayne Hsiung led the operation, which occurred at a chicken farm in Petaluma.

The farm - McCoy Poultry Services, Inc. - reportedly provides for Amazon and is estimated to contain 125,000 animals.

A live video shared to Facebook documented the day's events.

Medical triage

The activists set up a 'medical triage unit' outside of the farm, and collected animals who needed care.

Workers in the unit describe animals with broken limbs, and who were starving and thirsty.

According to Hsiung, this was the first time the animal rights organization had attempted to bring medical aid to a farm, as opposed to bringing animals off property.

Worker response

One animal agriculture worker can be seen in the video swearing at the activists, and calling them 'freaks'.

She screams at them, telling them to 'get the f*** off' of her property.

Not long afterward, she can be heard shouting a homophobic slur at someone who doesn't appear on camera.

Another DXE activism event (Photo: Facebook)

Police intervention

When police arrived, an officer asked Hsiung to call off the operation.

Hsiung - a former lawyer - and other activists said that what the activists were doing was within their legal rights and that California law allows citizens to intervene with animal abuse.

The officers called animal control to assess the situation. When the activists tried to leave the property with sick and injured animals, they were held back by police.

Confronting 'evil'

The activists pled with police for permission to bring collected birds to DXE animal caretakers, but were denied.

Speaking to viewers, Hsiung said: "What we're asking of them is to do the right thing, do the thing that's required of them by law, do the thing that's gunna help save these animals."

Later, he added: "When we confront the evil and the violence of these corporations with our love and compassion, we can change the world."

Felony charges

A post shared to the DXE Facebook page Saturday updated followers on the arrests.

It reads: "67 DxE activists are being held on over $1.3 million bond on felony burglary and conspiracy charges for trying to help dying animals.

"Where do we go from here?"

Alleged assault

According to The Associated Press, Sonoma County Sheriff's Office says that the owner and a worker were assaulted by a protester.

No evidence of this appears in the livestream.

Plant Based News called and spoke to a representative of the farm, who refused to comment at this time.

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Emily Court is a passionate ethical vegan from Eastern Canada. She is a Challenge 22 Mentor, Digital Writer, and experienced animal advocate driven by issues of animal liberation and social justice. She studied at Dalhousie University, where her thesis highlighted intercultural and gender relations. She is an established public speaker, writer, and world traveller with a drive to provide a voice to those who might not otherwise have one. You can follow her on Instagram @emily.j.court or on Twitter @_EmilyJCourt_.

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