VERNON (CBSLA) — Dozens of animal rights activists held a protest Monday outside of a Vernon slaughterhouse for the second night in a row.
The demonstration was part of the protesters’ 48-hour vigil outside the Farmer John meat processing plant on Vernon Avenue.READ MORE: School Bus Involved In Crash In Compton
The protesters accuse Smithfield Foods, the owner of the facility, of animal cruelty and worker exploitation.Woman Shot, Critically Wounded By Long Beach School Security Officer Near Millikan High
The activists said they also wanted to call attention to factory farming’s effects on the environment and public health.
“The pandemic that we’re living through, the wildfires, the suffering, the COVID outbreaks in this facility, it’s coming from animal agriculture,” Cassie King, with Direct Action Everywhere, said. “We need to start giving this violent industry the attention it needs and start to dismantle it.”MORE NEWS: Student Fights Off Suspect In Violent Overnight Attack Near Chapman University Dorm: 'I Chased Him Back Up The Stairs, Cursing Him Out'
Activists are calling on state lawmakers to pass a moratorium, banning slaughterhouses and factory farms in California.