Over 400 activists joined us outside of the Farmer John slaughterhouse this past Saturday to expose the cruel abuse that goes on inside of the Vernon, California meat processing facility. Those who have ever driven by the plant know too well the foul stench that hangs in the air and the building’s hypocritical murals that depict happy pigs enjoying sunshine and playing in green pastures. There are no happy pigs behind the walls of Farmer John – only dead pigs – Farmer John slaughters 6,000 pigs a day, making it the largest slaughterhouse on the west coast.

The demonstration began with a funeral procession, which included a prop coffin. The march was lead by actors and activists, Elaine Hendrix and Michael Fairman. With so many dedicated activists joining us, it didn’t take long to encircle the entire facility. The mood was somber and many were moved to tears, but a positive feeling of hope radiated from the compassionate crowd. A moment of silence was observed to remember those who have fallen to the greed of animal agribusiness.

During the event, FARM staff and around 90 other activists crossed the street and Occupied McDonald’s. Some held hands, circling the outside of the property, while others, including Elaine Hendrix and Michael Fairman, took over the restaurant, impeding business for a short time.

For three hours, activists from all other the country stood together as one, to speak up for the pigs of Farmer John and for every animal who is trapped within the food industry. Some folks held signs, some chanted, some even took over McDonald’s, but everyone was there to see an end to the needless slaughter of billions of animals.

We would like to thank each and every one of you who came out and joined us, and to all of those who spread the word online. Thank you to Elaine Hendrix, Michael Fairman and Simone Reyes for supporting us. Thank you to the local news stations (KTLA, Univision 34, LA Times) for providing coverage of the event, and to theĀ  police department for ensuring everyone’s safety. To see images from the Farmer John demonstration, please visit our Facebook page.

6 Responses to “Largest Slaughterhouse Demo in US History”

  1. This is really remarkable – thank goodness for all the courageous, dedicated and compassionate people in the world.

  2. Thank you to all those who demonstrated and occupied for the pigs. The
    critical mass of those of us who deplore animal agribusiness is happening.
    The suffering has been here for decades too long.
    Blessings to you all.
    SJD

  3. Good job with the demonstration! I’m glad that so many people were able to make the point that there ARE NO HAPPY PIGS AT FARMER JOHN!

    It is a sad and sorry state of affairs, that’s for sure. Pigs deserve life too!

  4. I am SO touched by this compassionate demonstration for all the millions of slaughtered pigs and other animals in this country. I had just watched a video of what the BLM is doing to our nation’s wild horses and it rips me to pieces to see the horror inflicted. I can’t thank you enough for your time, efforts and giving a visual picture to the atrosities occurring daily at this Vernon location as well as all around the country. It is shameful and tragic. No flag hangs over my front door. This country has too much darkness constantly unfolding. Again, my deepest gratitude for all you folks do to wake up America.

  5. Thank you for all the positive comments! We couldn’t continue our efforts to remove animals from the menu without all of the dedicated activists, who on a daily-basis, challenge the status quo in order to create social change. Together, we will create a vegan world.

  6. My heart goes out to all these brave people who are trying to make
    a difference in the long history of suffering these animals have to endure.
    We have just passed memorial day and I pray that we remember the
    animals who have suffered and given their lives to this country.
    Let us all pull together for the animals.

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