An activist attempted to glue her hand to the floor of a basketball court during an NBA game between the Los Angeles Clippers and Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, US,  played on 12th April 2022. She was wearing a shirt that read “Glen Taylor Roasts Animals Alive”, in reference to Taylor being the majority owner of the Timberwolves, and to the fact that he has an egg farm that had recently killed many chickens with inhumane methods because of the bird flu outbreak. The incident happened with 3:34 remaining time in the second quarter, and the play had to be stopped for a few minutes before the activist was removed. 

The activist was Alicia Santurio, from Direct Action Everywhere, which claimed responsibility for the protest. This is not the first time that this type of activism has taken place in an NBA game where the Timberwolves were playing. At least three other DxE activists have done the same on other occasions.

DxE said the protest was in response to a video that was released earlier in the day about a mass killing of chickens with “ventilation shutdown” at Rembrandt Enterprises, an Iowa egg farm owned by the Timberwolves owner. The Iowa Department of Agriculture confirmed that 5.3 million birds were destroyed in Buena Vista County, Iowa, where Rembrandt Enterprises is located, to deal with the bird flu outbreak. DxE investigators went to Rembrandt in March 2022 to document the reality of the chickens being killed. They reported that some birds survived the ventilation shutdown process,  still in cages, running loose in the sheds, even buried alive.

Dr Mike Martin, a professor at the University of California San Francisco’s Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, said that disease outbreaks such as HPAI, as well as deadly diseases in humans, are an inevitable result of intensive confinement of animals. He added, “We are risking our health when we cram chickens together in commercial poultry facilities like Rembrandt.”

“Originally from Catalonia, but resident in the UK for several decades, Jordi is a vegan zoologist and author, who has been involved in different aspects of animal protection for many years. In addition to scientific research, he has worked mostly as an undercover investigator, animal welfare consultant, and animal protection campaigner. He has been an ethical vegan since 2002, and in 2020 he secured the legal protection of all ethical vegans in Great Britain from discrimination in a landmark employment tribunal case that was discussed all over the world. He is also the author of the book, ‘Ethical Vegan: a personal and political journey to change the world’.