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· Jeff Bezos interrupted by a protestor asking him to do something about chicken farms
… Although Amazon doesn’t directly own or operate chicken farms, it does buy chicken meat from suppliers that have been previously targeted by activists. Direct Action Everywhere (DXE) has occupied facilities run by Petaluma Poultry and Pitman Family Farms, which supply Amazon and other retailers with chicken and turkey products…
· The animal rights group that interrupted Jeff Bezos is known for confrontation
… Direct Action Everywhere is a California-based nonprofit that describes itself as an “animal liberation group”…
Jeff Bezos interrupted by a protestor asking him to do something about chicken farms
‘You’re the president of Amazon and you can help the animals.’
By James Vincent, The Verge
Jun 6, 2019
Amazon is holding its first ever re:MARS conference in Las Vegas, dedicated to high tech themes like AI and robotics. But company founder and CEO Jeff Bezos was interrupted during a talk on stage by a protestor with more basic concerns: the welfare of chickens.
Bezos was being interviewed during a keynote talk when the protestor walked quickly on stage, wearing what looked like a conference lanyard and holding a single white rose. The protestor said she had been inside “Amazon’s chicken farms,” and called on Bezos to stop the abuses of animals in these facilities.
“You’re the president of Amazon and you can help the animals,” said the protestor.
Although Amazon doesn’t directly own or operate chicken farms, it does buy chicken meat from suppliers that have been previously targeted by activists. Direct Action Everywhere (DXE) has occupied facilities run by Petaluma Poultry and Pitman Family Farms, which supply Amazon and other retailers with chicken and turkey products.
DXE activists claim to have visited a dozen farms which supply Whole Foods with “free-range” chicken products and say they never saw a chicken outside. Amazon bought Whole Foods in 2017 for $13.4 billion.
According to the Humane Society, chickens raised for their meat make up nine out of every 10 land animals bred for food in the US, with over nine billion killed every year. About 70 percent of chickens raised globally live in intensive farming systems, where they’re bred in cramped conditions indoors, raised to a slaughterable weight within just six weeks.
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The animal rights group that interrupted Jeff Bezos is known for confrontation
By Natasha Frost in Las Vegas, Quartz
June 6, 2019
Minutes into an otherwise humdrum “fireside chat” with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos at the tech company’s inaugural Re:MARS conference today, there was a commotion. A female protester, later identified as a member of animal rights group Direct Action Everywhere, stormed past security and onto the stage, where Bezos had been in the middle of answering questions about space from his Amazon colleague, Jenny Freshwater.
In a quavering voice, almost lost over the sound of thousands of snapping cellphone cameras and sharp intakes of breath, Priya Sawhney began to ask Bezos questions about a chicken farm believed to supply poultry to Amazon’s grocery brands: what he thought about the cruelty involved; whether he would condemn the felony charges faced by members of the group; whether he planned to act.
Eventually, as security removed her from the stage, she turned and called back to Bezos: “You’re a businessman, Jeff!” (How she made it up there at all, given Bezos’s well-reported annual $1.6 million security budget, remains a mystery.)
In a later statement, the group claimed to have “undercover camera footage [showing] thousands of birds crowded in industrial sheds and no evidence of the birds stepping outside.”
Direct Action Everywhere is a California-based nonprofit that describes itself as an “animal liberation group.” Members break into animal farms to provide medical care to ailing animals and, in some cases, perform raids to “liberate” them from the farms or slaughterhouses. (Hundreds of dollars in veterinary bills later, the animals are often then kept as pets.) One recent “rescue mission,” at the Reichardt Duck Farm in Petaluma, California, involved more than 600 activists chaining themselves to the farm’s entrance, releasing dozens of ducks—doubtless quacking up a storm—and, as Democracy Now reports, “in some cases locking themselves by the neck to the slaughter line.” Around 100 people were later arrested.
According to the group’s website, six group members currently face “multiple felonies each for providing medical care to sick chickens at the largest organic poultry producer in the nation.” They intend to go to trial, with a view to “[opening] the floodgates for activists to go inside of all farms and slaughterhouses and legally rescue animals in California.”
Theatric protests of this sort are par for the course for Direct Action Everywhere. In 2017, the group staged dramatic demonstrations outside a butcher’s shop in Berkeley, California, in which they would splash themselves in fake blood and cover themselves in plastic kitchen wrap to look like meat. (The protests eventually stopped after four months when the store agreed to hang a sign in their window professing: “Attention: Animals lives are their right. Killing them is violent and unjust, no matter how it’s done.”)
Other attempts at “total animal liberation” have included repeated protests in the meat section of a Berkeley Whole Foods (eventually earning them a restraining order); “screaming and yelling” in the dining room of Samin Nosrat’s former California restaurant Chez Panisse; and releasing live chickens from a poultry store in San Francisco’s Chinatown...
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