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Direct Action in Iowa (and Everywhere) w/ Matt Johnson

Direct Action in Iowa (and Everywhere) w/ Matt Johnson

Update: 2022-01-08
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Matt Johnson of Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) is an investigator, a press coordinator, and an animal rights activist extraordinaire.  About to go to trial in Iowa on felony charges, including under Iowa's infamous Ag Gag statute, for rescuing a piglet, now named Gilly, from certain death, he shares with us the harrowing story of entering factory farms under conditions of ventilation shutdown during the early days of the pandemic, after being tipped off by a company truck driver that animals had been left to slowly suffocate to death. He also tells us about the philosophy and legal arguments behind the Right to Rescue that DxE activists argue render their actions in rescuing animals who are at risk of suffering and death justified under well-established law.  While, in addition to Matt's, a number of trials where this theory will be argued by the defense will be coming up in the next few months, we learn in some detail how this has played out so far under very real world circumstances with his inside look into the recent trial of Wayne Hsiung, founder of DxE, for rescuing a baby goat named Rain from a farm in North Carolina in 2018.



Matt Johnson is an investigator and Press Coordinator with DxE, a global grassroots network of animal rights activists. DxE activists have rescued hundreds of animals from slaughterhouses, laboratories, and other places of violence. Matt is personally facing felony burglary charges because of his part in saving Gilly the piglet from certain death. He has also been involved in many other animal rescues and in highlighting the plight of animals facing violence and pain.



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Direct Action in Iowa (and Everywhere) w/ Matt Johnson

Direct Action in Iowa (and Everywhere) w/ Matt Johnson

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