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Seven activists were arrested while attempting to rescue a pig they named Greta from inside Farmer John slaughterhouse in Los Angeles. Farmer John is Smithfield’s largest West Coast slaughterhouse where more than 7,000 pigs are killed every day. It is also the site of a massive COVID outbreak. 1 in 2 workers at the facility have been infected. A few days after the attempted rescue, around 200 people united at the slaughterhouse to protest Smithfield’s abuse of animals and workers. Dozens more people were arrested during a lockdown at the facility. Most have had no charges filed against them, but some are still awaiting charging decisions. The seven people who tried to save Greta are also waiting to receive their charges.
Alexandra is a longtime actress who lives in Los Angeles with her human partner of 25 years and their two felines. With other DxE activists, she has rescued pigs, chickens and calves from factory farms and has been arrested 5 times at DxE actions peacefully advocating for animals.
Alicia is a factory farm investigator and experienced animal caretaker who lives in the Bay Area. She and her parents have been taking action with DxE since 2015.
Emek is an audio engineer who finished school as valedictorian. She became an animal rights activist after learning about the suffering animals go through in animal exploiting industries.
Lewis is an outdoorsman and bodybuilder who works to investigate cruelty in animal agriculture. Since moving to the Bay Area, they have exposed horrific conditions inside dozens of farms and slaughterhouses across the United States.
Rachel is a mother, sanctuary volunteer, artist, and yoga teacher, on top of which she has operated a mobile dog grooming business for 16 years.
Reverend Robert Ryugen Doshin Yamada is the resident Soto Zen Buddhist monk at Dobutsu Kaihoji, the Animal Liberation Temple, and an activist for our dear animal friends.
Zoe is a UC Berkeley student, TEDx speaker, activist, and animal rescuer. She is the founder of Happy Hen Animal Sanctuary, a nonprofit organization that has saved over 1,000 animals from factory farms and slaughterhouses, and she leads the social media team for Direct Action Everywhere.