FARM Founder and President Alex Hershaft was arrested this morning for blocking a truck hauling pigs from entering the Smithfield Packing Plant slaughterhouse in Smithfield, VA. The arrest followed an all-night vigil by ten activists. (See attached photos.)
The plant slaughters 18,000 pigs per day. Smithfield Foods is the world's largest killer of pigs, accounting for 20 million victims per year.
The occasion was the 23rd annual observance of World Farm Animals Day, featuring events in all 50 states and 22 other countries. The observance continues through October.