We, the undersigned, write to demand immediate action to rectify the abuses of the factory farming industry around the world, and protect whistleblowers who expose this misconduct and help the suffering animals.
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The toll of factory farming is beyond doubt. Industrial animal farms are one of the largest causes of climate change and habitat loss. They contribute to serious public health risks, including antibiotic resistance that sickens and kills young children. And they inflict grotesque cruelty on billions of sentient beings. Polling data shows that an overwhelming 97% of the US public believes that animals need some legal protection from exploitation, and 49% believes factory farms should be outright banned. These numbers increase every year, which is why leading political commentators and philosophers have described animal rights as the next frontier of social justice.
Yet far from supporting progress, our political and corporate leaders have too often blocked it. Nationwide, the industry receives billions of dollars in subsidies -- including corporate welfare for millionaires. Government-established price controls gouge consumers, especially those who are in most need, and deceptive corporate marketing manipulates us into taking actions against our own values. Laws have been passed to prohibit competition in the market by plant-based alternatives. And perhaps most frighteningly, our most basic civil liberties have been undermined -- and over 120 nonviolent activists and whistleblowers have been arrested on felony charges and threatened with prison -- for exposing the industry’s misconduct and trying to help suffering animals.
The devastating toll of this industry -- on the planet, on our citizens, and on animals -- demands action. We are calling for an immediate end to the government support of factory farming abuses and the draconian prosecutions of nonviolent activists. And at the heart of this issue, we demand legal protection for animals, including the legal right of all animals to be rescued from situations of distress and exploitation.
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In May 2020, DxE investigators exposed Iowa Select Farms roasting pigs alive. It’s a process the industry calls “ventilation shutdown” (VSD). It was used to kill thousands of healthy pigs in response to slaughterhouse shutdowns caused by COVID-19.
Using hidden cameras, DxE captured pigs shrieking in agony at temperatures of over 140ºF in these gruesome mass killings. Two to three hours into the process, workers with bolt guns were seen shooting any pigs that appeared to still be alive.
DxE activists rescued one piglet, named her Gilly, and brought her to sanctuary to live out her life in peace. Investigators Matt Johnson and Linda Cridge are facing felony burglary charges because of Gilly's rescue. Matt and Linda's trials are scheduled for December 2021.
Dane County, WisconsinAug. 18, 2021
We got a new case! Eva Hamer, Paul Darwin Picklesimer, and Wayne Hsiung were charged for rescuing three beagles from Ridglan Farms, a massive breeding and research facility that raises beagles for horrific experiments like force-feeding them laundry detergent until they vomit blood and die. The defendants believe the public will support their actions in saving these dogs.
Grundy County, IowaJan. 29, 2021
More charges dropped! Investigator Matt Johnson who exposed pigs being roasted alive had his trespass case dismissed, as the company refuses to testify about their actions.
Grundy County, IowaJan. 11, 2021
Charges dropped! Last year, Cheyanne Holliday chained herself to the fence of an Iowa Select Farm during the campaign to end the use of "ventilation shutdown." ISF dropped their case against Cheyanne to avoid taking the stand in court.
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San Francisco, CAJune 9, 2020
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to pass a resolution in support of the Right to Rescue. Now, both Berkeley and San Francisco have condemned the prosecution of DxE activists who exposed animal cruelty in Sonoma County. The public support for animal rescue is growing!
North CarolinaJan. 16, 2020
This week, Arwen's felony charges in the Smithfield case were dropped and replaced with misdemeanors!
North CarolinaJan. 16, 2020
We thought the Sospiro trial might happen in December, but now trial has again been postponed to mid-2020 at the earliest.
Berkeley, CADec. 31, 2019
We just released a powerful new video about the fight of our lives: DxE v. Big Ag in 2020.
Berkeley, CADec. 11, 2019
THE RESOLUTION PASSED. The Berkeley City Council became the first legislative body in history (that we are aware of) to support the #RightToRescue -- and the activists facing serious criminal charges for giving animals aid in factory farms. Please write to the City Council to thank them for their support. Your support made the difference!
Berkeley, CADec. 10, 2019
Tonight, the Berkeley City Council is voting on a resolution to support the Right to Rescue. It’s a powerful statement condemning the prosecutions in nearby Sonoma County and we need everyone to help the resolution pass! If you can come show support in person, please RSVP to tonight's vote here. And everyone can share the news online.
UtahNov. 25, 2019
The owner of the Norbest Turkey farm DxE investigated just released 20 turkeys to DxE activists days before Thanksgiving, for the second year in a row! He has condemned the prosecution that DxE investigators are facing and he is actively helping us rescue more animals. See the video at dxe.io/turkeyrescue.
North CarolinaNov. 18, 2019
Sierra is out of the Smithfield case in North Carolina. She was offered a deal without charges if she named everyone involved in the investigation, but she refused. She ended up with misdemeanor charges and community service. Arwen is continuing with the case.