Slaughterhouse Lockdown

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Shared June 6, 2019

Bold animal rights activists from Direct Action Everywhere stormed an industrial duck farm and slaughterhouse, locking their necks to the slaughter line to halt the killing of the animals in Petaluma, California on June 3rd, 2019. After the slaughter line was stopped, Thomas Chiang along with other activists locked themselves to the slaughter line. The slaughter line restarted, strangling Thomas Chiang in the process. One of the slaughterhouse workers rushed in, taking hold of the slaughter line in an attempt to stop it from advancing. The camera operator held Thomas Chiang up to take pressure off his neck. It is unknown how the line was stopped again, but Thomas Chiang was unlocked by activists.

The Sonoma County Sheriffs Office told ABC7 they looked into the incident. Reichardt Farm told them it was an accident and that the employee who turned on the machine inside, was unaware the protestors were chained to it outside.

32 ducklings were rescued during the action and brought to a sanctuary. Nearly 100 activists were arrested in a defiant act of non-violent civil disobedience in protest of the confinement and slaughter of animals.