An animal rights activist was arrested on trespassing charges after he allegedly refused to stop blocking a truck while on the property of Petaluma Poultry in Petaluma, California.
The man has been identified as Jonathan Frohmayer, Berkley, California. He is said to have been affiliated with animal rights group Direct Action Everywhere (DXE).
The incident began around 12:20 a.m. on August 14, when Petaluma officer responded to a report of demonstrators who had trespassed and were allegedly blocking a truck from moving.
All protestors moved when told to do so by officers, except for Frohmayer, who remained sitting in front of the truck in the private driveway, according to Patch.
Frohmayer was taken into custody without incident.
Direct Action Everywhere members have a history of allegedly trespassing on property to further their animal rights causes. In 2016, the group circulated a video at a Jaindl Family Farms facility. Bell & Evans, which has its turkeys raised and processed by Jaindl, stated that the video was illegally produced while those filming the footage were trespassing on the farm during nighttime hours.
Petaluma Poultry, in 2015, announced plans to expand operations at the targeted plant.
According to the company’s website, Petaluma Poultry provides locally raised, fresh organic and free-range chicken with ranches in an around Sonoma County, California. It also has a feed mill in Petaluma.
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