Sunrise Farms, Petaluma Poultry, Reichardt Duck Farm

Sonoma County, California

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Call and email Sonoma County District Attorney Carla Rodriguez politely asking her to drop the charges against the activists who exposed animal cruelty and rescued suffering animals.

Call: 707-565-2311


Over 100 nonviolent activists have been arrested at factory farms in Sonoma County for taking direct action to help suffering animals after the government ignored repeated reports of criminal animal cruelty. Five activists face four felony charges each, stemming from two nonviolent direct actions at factory farms which occurred in May 2018 (at Sunrise Farms) and June 2019 (at Reichardt Duck Farm). The preliminary hearing finally happened on December 5, 2022 for two of the defendants, Rachel and Jon. Judge Urioste ruled that there was enough evidence for the case to continue to trial. The preliminary hearing for the other defendants began in November 2021 and concluded on January 19, 2023, but Judge Honigsberg said he needed some time to consider the defense attorneys' 17b motions (motions to reduce the felony counts to misdemeanors). They have another court date on February 6, 2023 to hear the judge's ruling. Trial is expected in 2023 for all defendants.

Meet the Defendants

The following people have also been arrested in Sonoma County for taking nonviolent direct action to expose animal cruelty:

Aidan Cook, Alex Santurio, Alexandra Paul, Alicia Santurio, Almira Tanner, Alyssa Landi, Amy Brown, Ana Mehl, Ariel Ryan, Balaji V., Brianna Baer, Camilla Hahn, Cheyanne Holliday, Chris Tarzan Hayward, Christina Brown, Christopher Bleichner, Conrad de Jesus, Corey Rowland, Daniela Habermehl, Dawn Michelle, Dean Wyrzykowski, Efrem Blitz, Emek Echo, Jake H., Jeyrama Robles, Jocelyn Cole, Jorden Ruggles, Katt Cho, Kelly Landreth, Kevin Baker, Kristina Norris, Lance Wilson, Lauren Fluty, Lawrence Cuneaz, Leni Wasacz, Leslie Goldberg, Lewis Bernier, Linda Cridge, Lucy H., Madhu Anderson, Mandy Washburn, Marika Diaz, Marissa Garam, Mary McKee, Michael Goldberg, Michelle L., Monica Martella, Nena Salas, Nico Stubler, Nikki Symanovich, Noah Bristol, Ora Goldman, Paul Nguyen, Peter Lecki, Rachel Arima, Rev. Robert Yamada, Ronnie R., Sanjeev Deshpande, Sarah Hewson, Samantha Walsch, Sharon Claitor, Tonia Moore, Vanessa Marsot, Vero Z., Vicky Stewart, Virginia Fior

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