When animal rights activists with Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) planned a disruption at a NYC Wine & Food Festival symposium celebrating the consumption of meat, even they didn’t anticipate shutting it down. But that’s exactly what happened during the Q&A at the sold out event hosted by the Wall Street Journal.
Several minutes after the activists stood up – one by one – to draw attention to the violence inherent in the meat industry, attendees in the audience began filing out of the auditorium.
An organizer of the event, who was visibly exasperated by the disruption, stood up and said “No one here is listening to what you are saying.” Based on the number of people who left, however, her remark was incorrect.
“While some people would urge us to be nice, our goal at this event was to send a message that, if you host an event that celebrates violence, then you will be disrupted by nonviolent direct action,” said Zach Groff, an organizer with Direct Action Everywhere.
In its advertisement for the event, the NYC Wine & Food Festival writes, “Putting the environmental and health considerations aside, we’ll focus on the culinary and cultural aspects of eating meat, its enduring appeal and shifting significance.” Notably absent from the ad was the “ethical consideration.” The activists, however, ensured that every attendee left the room thinking about the ethics of slaughtering animals.
To learn more and/or join DxE, please visit Direct Action Everywhere.