'Almost Decapitating My Head:' Animal Rights Activist Upset After Chaining Himself To Machine

Ferlon Webster Jr. | June 7, 2019
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I think most of us know animal rights activists appear to be some pretty dumb people and that belief was confirmed after a video — that they recorded — showed just how “smart” they are.

Activist group Direct Action Everywhere set out to record their protest of the treatment of animals at Petaluma’s Reichardt Duck Farm in California on Monday. What they didn’t realize is the treatment they were about to give themselves would make their video far more viral than they could have hoped for.

The members thought it would be a good idea to lock their heads in a duck processing line, but they changed their minds when the machine started to do the thing it was designed to do (i.e. process ducks).

“We need to stop this right now,” one activist yelled as they tried to free Thomas Chiang’s head and neck from the machine.

The video shows the protesters in great fear as one of their friends was about to be pulled down the line and processed.

“Almost decapitating my head from my neck," Chiang told ABC7. "I was feeling my life leave my body, as I was struggling to get out of that lock."

You may ask, ‘Why the heck did the group do this?’

"We have to escalate all of our actions because this is a global crisis we're under,” the activist said.

A group member attempted to unlock Chiang’s U-lock and was successful after several attempts. Chiang was transported to a local hospital and is, check this - "deciding if he should file a police report.”

"I think whoever the manager was, whoever was working there, was extremely upset that we were disrupting his business,” he said.

As ABC7 reports: 

The Sonoma County Sheriffs Office told ABC7 they looked into the incident. Reichardt Farm told them it was an accident and that the employee who turned on the machine inside, was unaware the protestors were chained to it outside.

It would seem that most people wouldn’t expect humans to be chained to a machine that holds ducks about, let’s say, 100 percent of the time.

The lesson here: Stop trespassing on people’s properties and attaching yourselves to equipment that could kill you. Or, more simply put  — don’t be stupid.

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