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Animal Activist Disrupts Jeff Bezos at AI Conference, Asks for Amazon to Stop Selling Cruel Products

Amazon chicken supplier guilty of criminal animal cruelty, whistleblower prosecution, say activists


During the 4-day re:MARS event, an activist with the animal rights network Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) jumped on stage with Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, attempting to offer him a flower and asking him to speak out against what DxE says is animal cruelty at an Amazon chicken supplier, as well as the felony prosecution of whistleblowers exposing animal abuse at that supplier.

The activist, Priya Sawhney, cites grisly undercover footage of sick and starving birds at an Amazon chicken supplier in Petaluma, CA (Petaluma Poultry), which DxE says amounts to criminal animal cruelty. She says she took the action to highlight both corporate and government inaction in the face of animal cruelty. Sawhney is facing seven felony charges for whistleblowing at factory farms including Petaluma Poultry, along with over 100 DxE activists also facing felony charges for various acts of animal rescue and civil disobedience.

Amazon has ignored numerous DxE efforts for a conversation on these matters.

"Animal abuse is the crime here, not animal rescue," Sawhney said. "It's time Amazon and Jeff Bezos take a stand for transparency, rather than actively suppressing the truth."

Chicken from the Petaluma Poultry farm is marketed by Perdue as free range, and has made national headlines for its supposed humane animal care. But DxE says its undercover camera footage shows thousands of birds crowded in industrial sheds and no evidence of the birds stepping outside. DxE claims this is a result of the rollback of the organic animal welfare rule by the Trump administration, allowing factory farmers to falsely market their facilities as "free range." Petaluma Poultry is the leading producer of USDA certified organic chicken.

Investigators with Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) enter farms, slaughterhouses, and other agricultural facilities to document abuses and rescue sick and injured animals. DxE's investigatory work has been featured in The New York Times, Nightline, and a viral Glenn Greenwald expose, and DxE activists led the recent effort to ban fur products in San Francisco. Activists have been