Animal Rights Activists Cause Chaos At NBA Playoffs Over Owner’s Factory Farm

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Two connected animal rights protestors interrupted the NBA Playoffs over Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor’s factory farms in Iowa.

The first incident occurred during the NBA’s play-in game between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Timberwolves, when animal rights activist Alicia Santurio glued her hand to the court during the second quarter of the game when a freethrow was being attempted on the opposite side. 

Security had to pull Santurio off the floor, while she tried resisting to allow the glue to set. The act was an attempt to raise awareness that Taylor’s Rembrandt Farms allegedly suffocated 5.3 million hens in the wake of an avian flu outbreak. 


“GLEN TAYLOR ROASTS ANIMALS ALIVE,” Santurio’s t-shirt read. She was ejected from the Target Center in Minneapolis and banned for a full year, but was not arrested, and will not face charges unless she tries to come back.

A second protestor similarly interrupted game one of the Memphis Grizzlies and Timberwolves series on Saturday, when she chained herself to the hoop wearing the same t-shirt as Santurio. Zoe Rosenburg was swiftly removed when security broke her chains and escorted out of the arena. She was arrested for disorderly conduct and criminal trespassing.  

Animal rights organization Direct Action Everywhere claimed credit for both women’s actions, alleging that Taylor’s factory farms killed millions of chickens with the barbaric method of “ventilation shutdown,” which suffocates the animals when the air vents are closed and “some combination of heat, steam and/or carbon dioxide gas are introduced.”

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