Before Being Arrested, Animal Rights Activists Explain Why They Chained Themselves to Factory Farm Gate
On June 3rd, an estimated 600 animal liberation activists with Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) traveled to Reichardt Duck Farm, a factory farm and slaughterhouse in Petaluma, California, to rescue ducks in need of medical care and to protest and expose the inhumane conditions.
Before being arrested for chaining themselves to the front gate, two activists spoke to TheirTurn about why they were protesting:
“Reichardt Farms is a cruel, environmentally destructive factory farm masquerading as small family operation with happy ducks,” said Matt Johnson, a spokesperson for DxE. “The public has the right to know the truth – that these aquatic animals spend their entire lives in dark warehouses with no access to water, sunlight and the outdoors.”
As the protest at Reichardt Farms began, several activists attached themselves with bike locks to the conveyer belt in the slaughterhouse. To their astonishment, a slaughterhouse worker activated the conveyer belt, almost killing one of the activists. Another groups of activists retrieved dead ducks from the trash and brought them outside to show to the media. A third group of activists rescued sick ducks before they were slaughtered.
Two hours after the protest began, approximately 40 police officers in riot gear marched through the throngs of protesters and stationed themselves behind the activists who were chained to the front gate. Several hours later, they began cutting the chains and making arrests.
Throughout the afternoon, the riot police arrested approximately 100 activists and held the majority of them in Sonoma county jail for 48 hours. While several were charged with felonies, the majority received misdemeanor charges.
Because the protest received extensive press coverage in the mainstream media, the cruelty of Reichardt Farms and the massive protests that took place will likely dominate google searches of this company for years to come.