Vegan Activists Protest Factory Farms In Egg-streme Heat This Afternoon
|Photos by Andrea Grimes|
|Protesters' signs showed graphic depictions of factory farms.|
A sign on the Albertsons door advised shoppers that the recalled Wright Country Eggs, which are sold at the chain, were only in California, and that Texas stores weren't affected. (Well, "effected," actually, but who can be expected to obey rules of grammar when under seige by vegans wielding signs?) Garza said the protest was "symbolic," and that this store was meant to "represent the Albertsons" where eggs had been recalled. Mostly, said Garza, his group wants people to consider, ya know, not eating any animal products ever again.
|Eddie Garza suits up for the animals.|
Actually, he sounds like a Grade-A rotten egg: His farms have repeatedly been cited for animal cruelty violations and in 2002, he settled a $1.5 million lawsuit wherein female employees accused supervisors of sexual harassment and rape. In 1997, DeCoster paid $2 million in fines after officials described conditions as being no better than a sweatshop.
So yeah, if sweatshops and sexual assault are par for the course at the place, we're guessing the chickens aren't exactly getting the royal treatment. (Though, it should be said, factory farming generally is a pretty gruesome practice. Feels like a good time to link to Urban Acres, doesn't it?)
I asked Garza if he really thought standing out on the corner with horrible photos of chickens was going to change anyone's mind about veganism, and he went quiet for several seconds, nodded slowly, then reiterated that veganism is the "best choice" for protecting animals.