Two Direct Action Everywhere (DXE) activists were reportedly arrested 'for asking questions' at a Whole Foods Market early this year.
Partially captured on video - and shared to YouTube this week - the footage of the incident has since had over 400,000 views.
The video shows DXE Co-founder and former Law Professor Wayne Hsiung - who has also faced felony charges for his activism - asking employees questions about the living conditions of animals prior to slaughter.
In response, a worker told Hsiung he was 'being very disruptive', and the police were called.
According to DWE's Matt Johnson, both Hsiung and a the 16-year-old girl who was filming were arrested and temporarily jailed.
He told PBN: "A senior lawyer from WF corporate HQ sent a threatening letter to the teen falsely accusing her of 'abusive conduct'."
The organization says she was also threatened with 'removal into foster care'.
Fortunately for the teen and her family, the threats never came to fruition.
Johnson said: "Thankfully, the guardian-ad-litem appointed by the court moved to have her own appointment terminated on the grounds that the prosecutor's action had no basis.
"But it sent the teen and her family into a panic."
DXE believes that this a case of 'a large corporation abusing the legal process to intimidate nonviolent activists' - a claim backed up by Civil Rights Attorney David Lane.
After reviewing the case, Lane said: "Corporate America has a long, disgraceful history of attempting to stifle free speech and this yet another example of that fact.
"It is especially concerning when corporations use their power and money to corrupt the tools of our government, such as legislatures and the police, to assist them in their attempts to intimidate peaceful protestors into silence."
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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