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Two women rush SoFi Stadium field with smoke flares to highlight upcoming trial.

Animal rights activists cut a Bills-Rams game, carrying a torch of smoke across the field

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Two animal rights activists boycotted briefly Shlacking Buffalo Bells from the Los Angeles Rams Thursday night in the first game of the NFL season.

The two women, Emek Eko and Katya Shukri of Direct Action Everywhere, ran across the SoFi stadium carrying smoke flares. The group said the women sought to highlight Smithfield Foods’ whistleblower trial.

The security guards dealt with the women and one of them lost her glow in the chaos. Quarterback Josh Allen bills He threw the torch all the way into the end area and was picked up by a security guard.

Katia Shukri and Emek Eko before their protest.
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The accident halted the match as the smoke faded. The Bills will knock out the defending champion Super Bowl 31-10.

Direct Action Everywhere said in a press release two of its investigators, Paul Darwin Becklesmer and Wayne Hsiung were charged with multiple crimes for “rescuing” pigs from a circuit of four farms owned by Smithfield Foods. The accident happened in 2017.

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“Smithfield, like the animal husbandry industry itself, is a barbaric home of paper – built on systematic and unreasonable abuse, and desperate attempts to protect these abuses from the public eye,” Shoukry said in a press release. “I want the world to know that animal rescuers face years in prison for this company’s undue impact on our democracy.”

According to the Salt Lake Tribune, five activists have been charged in the incident. While he received three plea deals, Becklesimer and Hsiung were charged with two counts of third-degree burglary and second-degree theft.

A trial date has been set for early October.

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) and Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) meet in the middle of the field after an NFL football game Thursday, September 8, 2022, in Englewood, California.

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) and Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) meet in the middle of the field after an NFL football game Thursday, September 8, 2022, in Englewood, California.
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Direct Action Everywhere was also responsible for the protests that took place During the Minnesota Timberwolves games earlier this year.