Animal Rights Activists Endanger Chickens in Massive ‘Rescue’

Animal rights activists forcibly broke into a farm supplying Whole Foods with eggs and stole chickens in broad daylight last week. Local farmers worry that in their zeal to save chickens the activists actually endangered them.

The Direct Action Everywhere “rescue,” which involved hundreds of activists transported to Petaluma, California, on seven buses on May 29, comes as the latest action targeting Whole Foods or businesses connected with the supermarket giant.

“They were bused in,” Toni Brooks, a neighbor of the targeted Sunrise Farms property, told The American Spectator of the estimated 300 to 400 activists descending on the city about an hour north of San Francisco. “They marched up the street with signs saying, ‘Funeral Procession.’”

Brooks’s husband Phil, also a local farmer, found the rhetoric confusing given that the poultry on the targeted farm produce eggs and not meat.

“All of them are for eggs,” Brooks told The American Spectator. “There are no meat birds here. They were yelling at us that we were ‘baby eaters’ because we eat eggs.”

The protesters came from Animal Liberation Conference 2018, an event hosted by the Save Movement and Direct Action Everywhere at the University of California, Berkeley. Wayne Hsiung, the cofounder of Direct Action Everywhere, laid out the group’s purpose to activists immediately before the event, cryptically labeled “Action #4” on the conference schedule. He told them that they traveled to Petaluma to rescue sick birds before leading a march up a road. The action resulted in 40 arrests.

“They got down into the chickens before the police got there,” Phil Brooks, who confronted the activists, explained to The American Spectator. “They pried the door open using crowbars. This is a steel building — brand new, million-dollar building. The employees inside tried to hold the doors closed.

“They barged their way in and there were women who were employees — they were grabbing the women and throwing them down, out of the way. The women tried to hold them back but they just kept pushing the women out of the way and they went right on in.”

In another building, the activists absconded with a dozen to several dozen chickens. They draped white cloths around the chickens they labeled sick or injured and black cloths around dead ones.

The farm houses several hundred thousand chickens. By entering the farm without a foot bath or other standard precautions, the activists, critics say, threatened with sickness the very birds they claimed to save from sickness.

“All farms in today’s world are very high biosecurity,” fifth-generation farmer Trent Loos explains to The American Spectator. “You cannot afford to let anybody to come on your farm. People can put the entire population of chickens in jeopardy.”

As they ignored farm-specific customs to protect animals, the activists dismissed civilizational ones to protect people, as well.

“The women and the guys were going in between these vans and using it as a bathroom,” Phil Brooks explains of the makeshift, open-air bathroom on the farmer’s property. “Oh, yeah. One guy, I yelled at him. I said, ‘Hey, what are you wiping yourself with?’ It was totally unsanitary and uncalled for. There was garbage all over, plastic bottles from water, and whatever they were eating.”

Brooks concedes that, after prodding from him and other locals, the protesters thoroughly policed their trash. But they drew a line, and flashed a “peace” sign, when asked to remove their excrement.

Apart from livestreaming the event, the protesters invited the local media and dispatched drones to document from the skies. But farmers say that, despite the extensive preparations to chronicle the action, the demonstrators never bothered to educate themselves on the proper hygienic protocols for close encounters with farm animals.

“In the United States and in California, cows, hogs, and chickens have received viruses from immigrants, where the people passed a virus to the animals,” Loos points out. “H1N1, for instance, was passed from the people to the animals.”

Local farmers find out in the coming weeks that if an action taken to save animals results instead in widespread animal deaths.

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Project Veritas busts union president defending ‘teacher who had sex’ with student: It’s about the pension

A new Project Veritas video revealed a New Jersey teacher’s union president admitting a cover up to protect a teacher who allegedly had sex with a student.

The video, released on Wednesday, is part of a series of undercover videos of teachers unions from around the country that will reportedly be released by Project Veritas in the coming weeks. The new release comes in the wake of the suspension of Hamilton Township Education Association President Dr. David Perry who was caught on video  saying he would cover up physical abuse of a student by a teacher.

Union City Education Association President, Kathleen Valencia, appeared in the March 27th 2018 video recorded at the Union City Education Association office, as she explained why there would be no reprimand for a teacher who bruised a student in school.

“Did the kid’s parent come in? No? Nothing happened… There’s no video? Nothing happened… [The teacher] is fine,” she said.

“I’m going to get your brother a lawyer. Your brother’s not going to admit anything happened. The only witness is the scumbag kid… he’s got a record,” Valenica told the undercover Veritas journalist who was posing as the family member of a fictitious teacher.

When asked if other incidents have occurred that have had to be covered to protect the teachers, Valencia pointed to a file on her desk.

“This file right here is from a teacher who had sex with a student,” she said.  “You know what this whole file is about? It’s about whether or not the teacher gets to keep their pension. Sex with a teenage girl. Is he going to jail? No. How come? Because the child’s not pressing charges. They have no proof there was sex.”

Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe called for the Union City Education Association to reveal the identity of the teacher it is protecting instead of protecting children.

The first video in the series involved a man identified as HTEA President David R. Perry telling the undercover Veritas journalist how he would “bend the truth” about an incident involving a teacher hurting a student. The incident was fabricated but Perry said the teacher should come to him and tell him “the truth” adding that he could change the date of any records and play down the incident.

“I need to know the truth, so that we can bend the truth,” he said in the video. “If nobody brings it up from (the) school, I don’t say boo.

“I’m here to defend even the worst people,” he added.

O’Keefe personally confronted Perry about the undercover video.

“I said, what we do is we help people,” Perry said in the second video. “And what they do wrong, they deserve their punishment.”

Perry was suspended as a result of the video, NJ.com reported.

“The true beliefs and values of this school district are not represented in this video and are not aligned with who we are as faculty, staff, administration, and community,” Hamilton Township Superintendent Scott Rocco said in a statement Wednesday.

Michelle Malkin praised O’Keefe and his organization for lifting “the rug so we can se how the cockroaches operate,” during a radio segment on the Sean Hannity Show on Wednesday. O’Keefe noted the problem is “systemic” and more videos would be coming.

“Any and all parents should be paying attention. This union would rather protect their teachers than their students,” he said.

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