A professional American football game between the Los Angeles Rams and the San Francisco 49ers was interrupted on Sunday when a protester wearing a pink smoke flare passed through security at Levi’s Stadium and went into the ground.
The protester has been identified as Alex Taylor, a member of animal rights organization, Direct Action Everywhere (DxE). He was wearing a T-shirt that said “RIGHTTORESCUE.COM”.
According to the organization, the field protest was intended to draw attention to the court case against two of its members accused of breaking into a Utah pig farm five years ago and stole a few piglets. Wayne Hsiung and Paul Darwin Picklesimer, both animal rights activists, are charged with burglary and theft. They face a 10-year prison sentence.
OMG BOBBY WAGNER JUST TRUCKED THE FAN THAT RACED ON THE PITCH pic.twitter.com/uwoEzkrFxc
— Cameron Salerno (@cameronsalerno1) October 4, 2022
According to a statement released by the group“Paul Darwin Picklesimer and Wayne Hsiung rescued two sick piglets from Circle Four and documented dead and sick piglets languishing in their mother’s feces and injured adult pigs physically unable to stand.”.
BREAKING: Activist disrupts MNF game with pink smoke flare to elevate the #SmithfieldTrial and support the #RightToRescue. If the masses are not allowed to see the trial, we will bring the matter to the masses. Press release on https://t.co/lvGRZp6CeDpic.twitter.com/XBlGBtxYFV
– Direct Action Everywhere (@DxEverywhere) October 4, 2022
Direct Action Everywhere said: “The case illustrates a troubling pattern of repression via a justice system that has been militarized by powerful political interests such as Smithfield, and is at odds with the public interest in transparency and due process. procedures.”
Last month, two DxE activists ran onto the field during the Bills-Rams game to stage a similar protest. They wore the same smoke flares and shirts.
“One of the women, Emek Echo, suffered severe head trauma when she was tackled, which she says left her dazed and unable to stand facing safety,” the group said. .