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Dairy Consumers Reconsider

September 9, 2019 by Leave a Comment


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Four dairy consumers talk about why they eat it and why giving it up is so difficult. Will videos about the health risks and animal welfare issues along with samples of cashew-based cheese convince them to switch to non-dairy products?

During the two hour discussion, participants watched a 1.5 minute video in which Dr. Michael Klaper, an expert in nutritional medicine, explains why dairy products, which are made from the bovine mammary secretions of cows,  are unhealthy for humans.

Participants also watched Grieving Mothers, a four minute documentary produced by TheirTurn about what happens to cows and their babies in the dairy industry.

 


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Vegans Share Their Defining Moment

August 28, 2019 by Leave a Comment


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During the 2019 Animal Liberation March in New York City, animal rights activists spoke to TheirTurn about what made them go vegan.

2019 Animal Liberation March in New York City

Animal rights activists take to the streets of NYC during the 2019 Animal Liberation March

Participants in the 2019 Animal Liberation March educate the public about the connection between the destruction of the Amazon and the consumption of meat.


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Before Being Arrested, Animal Rights Activists Explain Why They Chained Themselves to Factory Farm Gate

August 5, 2019 by Leave a Comment


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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.

Direct Action Everywhere activist Thomas Chiang is almost killed after slaughterhouse worker turns on the slaughter line to which he is attached.

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.

Stand off between riot police and DxE activists protesting animal abuse at Reichardt Duck Farms

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.


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Cube of Truth: San Francisco Takeover

June 17, 2019 by Leave a Comment


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Several hundred animal rights activists took to the streets of San Francisco during a Friday afternoon rush hour to participate in “Cubes of Truth,” a vegan outreach concept created by the animal rights group Anonymous for the Voiceless (AV). The multi-cube event was staged during the 2019 Animal Liberation Conference, which took place in nearby Berkeley.

During the cubes, participants either display videos of animal exploitation or engage pedestrians who stop to watch the footage.

“We’re out here to educate non-vegans about the imperative of being vegan and speaking up for animals,” said Paul Bashir, who co-founded AV with his partner Asal Alamdari in 2016. “We need to hold non-vegans to account for the evils we commit against animals and ask them what they’re going to do about it.”

An activist conducts vegan outreach with a pedestrian who stopped to watch the footage being displayed in a Cube of Truth

The growth of AV has been meteoric.  In 2.5 years, AV chapters have been created in approximately 1,000 cities worldwide. In that time, an estimated 15,000 cubes have been staged. In May, 2019, hundreds of AV activists participated in a 24 hour cube in Amsterdam. In July, AV plans to operate cubes in New York City for seven consecutive days.

Among the largest cubes of truth produced since AV’s 2016 inception were Berlin in 2018 and Amsterdam in 2019,


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Onlookers React to the 2019 Animal Liberation March

June 6, 2019 by Leave a Comment


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On June 1st, over 1,000 activists took to the streets of San Francisco to participate in the second annual Animal Liberation March. Viewed by thousands of people around the world on Facebook livestreams, the march sent onlookers a message that animals exist for their own purposes and should not be exploited for food, clothing, entertainment or experimentation.

Over 1,000 animal liberation activists took to the streets of San Francisco to participate in Direct Action Everywhere’s Second Annual Animal Liberation March

Along the parade route, TheirTurn spoke to onlookers to get their reactions:

The Animal Liberation March was one of several mass demonstrations organized by the grassroots animal rights group Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) as part of its annual Animal Liberation Conference in Berkeley, California.


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