In California, a jury has found the animal rights activist and attorney Wayne Hsiung guilty of three charges, including felony conspiracy to trespass, after he led direct action protests in 2018 and 2019 that rescued ducks and chickens from factory farms in Sonoma County. Hsiung faces up to three-and-a-half years at a sentencing hearing scheduled for November 30. He spoke to Democracy Now! after his arrest in 2019.
Wayne Hsiung: “If you or I tortured an individual dog, we would clearly be subject to the criminal laws of the state of California. Yet, when a factory farm does this on massive scale, on a scale a million times larger than an individual person abusing a single animal, it’s seen as industry standard, and therefore completely immune from prosecution.”