Animal rights protesters ejected from AT&T Park during game

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SAN FRANCISCO — More than a dozen people were removed from AT&T Park Friday night after unveiling several banners around the stadium to protest the killing of animals and the consumption of meat, according to the group behind the protests.

Direct Action Everywhere, a self-described “grassroots animal liberation network,” said in an emailed news release that members of its group had unfurled banners around the stadium bearing messages such as “Ban Meat In Berkeley”, “End Speciesism” and “Animals’ Lives Are Their Right. Killing Them Is Violent And Unjust, No Matter How It’s Done.”

Within moments, the group said, the protesters were removed and the banners, which they had hung during the third inning behind home plate and in the outfield, were taken down.

AT&T Park officials could not be immediately reached for comment.

The last banner bore the same message that the group put on a sign at a Berkeley butcher shop earlier this year in a negotiation with the butcher shop owner that drew media attention. In that situation, the Direct Action Everywhere activists had been protesting the shop for months until the butcher shop owner agreed to put a sign in the window that said “Animals’ Lives Are Their Right. Killing Them Is Violent And Unjust, No Matter How It’s Done.”

The Bay Area-based group is known for its highly-visible protests. In August, a confrontation between its protesters and employees at a restaurant in downtown Berkeley ended with a citizen’s arrest of one of the protesters for battery and trespassing.

The group said in its recent news release that the “Ban Meat in Berkeley” message highlights the group’s plan to make Berkeley the center of the movement for “animal liberation.”

“When Berkeley leads, the nation follows,” said Paul Darwin-Picklesimer, an organizer for the group, in the news release. “This is a special place with special people who are committed to elevating the voices of victims, including animals suffering in meat production.”

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