PETA Protests Tolleson Meat Plant After Worker Tests Positive For COVID-19

Published: Sunday, May 3, 2020 - 3:58pm
Updated: Monday, May 4, 2020 - 9:40am

PETA, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, staged a protest at a Tolleson meat plant Saturday after a worker at the plant tested positive for the coronavirus.

Protest organizer Andrea Diaz says the pandemics of the 21st century can all be traced back to animals, and because of that, the plant should close.

"There’s a strong correlation between pandemics and exploiting animals," Diaz said. "If you recall, SARS, MERS, bird flu, swine flu all came from animal exploitation. So the purpose of us being there was to ask them to shut down their doors and only reopen up if they vow to produce humane vegan meat."

About 25 protesters showed up, and Diaz says they practiced social distancing and wore masks and gloves.

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