Animal rights activists disrupt Bills-Rams game, carry smoke blaze across field – Fox News

Two women rush SoFi Stadium field with smoke flares to highlight upcoming trial.

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Two animal rights activists briefly interrupted the The shelling of Buffalo Bills of the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday night in the first game of the NFL season.

The women, identified as Emek Echo and Katia Shokrai with Direct Action Everywhere, ran through the SoFi Stadium holding smoke flares. The group said the women were trying to highlight the upcoming Smithfield Foods factory farm whistleblower trial.

The women were tackled by security guards and one of them lost his temper amid the chaotic situation. Bills quarterback Josh Allen threw the flare all the way into the end zone and it was picked up by a security guard.

Katia Shokrai and Emek Echo before their protest.

Katia Shokrai and Emek Echo before their protest.
(Live Action Everywhere)

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The incident stopped the game as the smoke cleared. The Bills would outscore the defending Super Bowl champions 31-10.

Direct Action Everywhere said in a press release two of its investigators, Paul Darwin Picklesimer and Wayne Hsiung were charged with multiple felonies for “rescuing” piglets from Circle Four Farms which is owned by Smithfield Foods. The incident happened in 2017.

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“Smithfield, like the animal agriculture industry itself, is a barbaric house of cards — built on irrational, systematic abuse, and desperate attempts to shield that abuse from the public eye,” Shokrai said in a press release. “I want the world to know that animal rescuers are facing years in prison because of this company’s excessive influence on our democracy.”

Two women rush the SoFi Stadium field with smoke flares to highlight an upcoming judgment.

Two women rush the SoFi Stadium field with smoke flares to highlight an upcoming judgment.
(Live Action Everywhere)

According to the Salt Lake Tribune, five activists were charged in the incident. While three took plea deals, Picklesimer and Hsiung were charged with two third-degree felony counts of burglary and a class B misdemeanor count of theft.

The trial is set for early October.

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) and Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) meet at midfield after an NFL football game Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022, in Inglewood, California.

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) and Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) meet at midfield after an NFL football game Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022, in Inglewood, California.
(AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

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Direct Action Everywhere was also responsible for protests that took place during Minnesota Timberwolves games earlier this year.

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