LOS ANGELES–A group of five activists ran onto the field at Dodger Stadium Sunday carrying messages of compassion for farmed animals. The disruption, staged by members of the non-profit organization Direct Action Everywhere, aimed to persuade the Los Angeles Dodgers organization to stop selling Dodger Dogs, the team’s signature hot dogs. This undercover investigation and open rescue at a Hormel factory farm that makes Farmer John meat products, including Dodger Dogs, reveals the sordid and brutal conditions animals live in prior to being killed to make the hot dogs.
Dodger’s announcer Vin Scully called the protesters “foolish kids.” But is it foolish to take a principled stand for a cause greater than your own self-interest to protect abused animals? Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel described disruption more accurately than Scully when he said, “There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.”
It is not “foolish” to pitch compassion to the conscience of people watching a baseball game and the Dodgers corporation that support animal abuse. It’s strategic and has the potential to change individual decisions and corporate practices. It is only perceived as foolish because our society has been programmed to comply. It is labeled foolish to quell resistance. Corporations that profit from oppression depend on people’s apathy and belief that the status quo can’t change. In fact, these potentially game-changing acts of courage in the face of merciless corporate immorality and ruthlessness can remake that narrative and deserve support.
Direct Action Everywhere is requesting that the Dodgers stop selling animal products, support equal rights for all animals that includes freeing them from captivity and harm, and publicly condemn violence against animals.
Major league ballparks across the country are making the transition. The Philadelphia Phillies, for example, serve a vegan chicken-steak sandwich, an Italian vegetable grinder, veggie dogs, and black-bean burgers.
Americans will eat an estimated 150 million hot dogs on the Fourth of July.
Use your voice! Help save farmed animals. Please contact the Dodgers and ask them to remove animal products from their menus.