Animal rights protest outside Gavin Newsom’s house in Fair Oaks
On Wednesday, a group of animal rights activists locked themselves in front of the front doors of the home of California Governor Gavin Newsom in Fair Oaks as part of a protest to stop the expansion of what they call it “factory farms”.
A few dozen protesters from the animal rights group Direct action everywhere gathered in front of Newsom’s house. Others drove a truck carrying a trailer full of burnt wood debris collected from a wildfire site in California. Protesters lifted the trailer and dumped debris from the forest fire onto the street outside the front doors of the house, according to a press release from the group.
The debris was then cleared away, but police struggled with several protesters who locked themselves in to each other with makeshift devices called “sleeping dragons” and sat outside the door. Devices made of steel pipes, handcuffs and chains make it difficult for police to use bolt cutters to cut handcuffs.
As California Highway Patrol agents scrambled to free the protesters from the makeshift handcuffs, the rest of the protesters stood about a block away chanting “No More Factory Farms” and holding up protest placards. A line of ten CHP officers stood in front of the demonstrators, blocking access to the road leading to the front door.
“We are here outside Governor Newsom’s house today to demand that he enact a moratorium on the expansion of factory farms and slaughterhouses,” said Samantha Eachus, spokesperson for the animal rights group. “They are literally chained together in front of his house, demanding his attention on this issue. “
In a written response from Newsom’s press office, a spokesperson said: “A group gathered at the family’s residence this morning. Please contact CHP for more information.
Firefighters from the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Department were at the scene. At noon on Wednesday, authorities were still using what appeared to be an electric saw to cut the makeshift handcuffs of protesters. A few dozen demonstrators remained in the streets, chanting messages on a megaphone in the direction of the detained demonstrators
Officer John Ortega, a spokesperson for CHP, said nine people arrived outside the governor’s home around 8:30 a.m. to stage a protest in the driveway without a permit.
“The group blocked off the aisle and locked themselves together using devices and metal chains,” Ortega said in an email to The Sacramento Bee. “The CHP met the group blocking the alley and finally issued several dispersal orders advising them to leave voluntarily or face arrest.
He said the nine protesters refused to leave and were arrested without incident on suspicion of illegal assembly, of not dispersing after a warning, of entering without permission and of not leaving.
“Those arrested offered no physical resistance,” Ortega said. “About 60 other people demonstrated in the neighborhood but did not cause any disturbance. No injuries were reported. “
The protest outside the governor’s home was part of a campaign that included a protest on Tuesday in front of a Installation of Foster Farms in Merced County.
Activists used a U-Haul truck to block the main entrance to the Foster Farms factory in Livingston. Some activists chained themselves to the top of the truck while others lined up on the ground, the Merced Sun-Star reported.
According to the group’s Facebook page, the former Baywatch actress Alexandra Paul and another activist pulled two chickens cages on one of the trucks entering the factory. Direct action now says 11 activists arrested during Merced County protest.
“We went to Foster Farms yesterday to expose the cruelty we documented there and to make concrete what the expansion of factory farms and slaughterhouses really means to California,” Eachus told The Bee. “We believe this industry should be fined and millions of dollars instead of (receiving) handouts from the government.”
This story was originally published September 29, 2021 2:35 pm.