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Protestors Create Chaotic Situation at Timberwolves Game, Investigation Begins

A lady charged the court and was caught by a security agent right away.

Protesters disrupted a Minnesota Timberwolves game for the third time in two weeks.

A protestor sitting right behind Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor’s wife, Becky, raced out of the stands onto the floor during the third quarter of Saturday night’s playoff game between the Wolves and the Memphis Grizzlies, only to be tackled by a security officer.

Another protestor behind the Taylors was grabbed and removed from the stands as the protestor was being hauled off the court by numerous security officials. Micah Nori, one of Minnesota’s assistant coaches, was even seen in the stands assisting amid the chaos.

Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) has claimed credit for prior demonstrations, including a lady gluing her hand to the floor and another woman chaining herself to the hoop.

Sasha Zemmel of St. Louis, Missouri, stormed the court disguised as a referee and “dropped an outer jacket” to expose a shirt that said “Glen Taylor roasts animals alive,” according to DxE.

The demonstrations, according to DxE, were held to draw attention to DxE’s investigation of Rembrandt Enterprises in Iowa, which is owned by Timberwolves majority owner Glen Taylor.

The Iowa Department of Agriculture has confirmed that 5.3 million birds had to be destroyed in Buena Vista County, where Rembrandt Enterprises has a facility, as a result of the avian flu outbreak that has forced the culling of millions of poultry birds across the Midwest in an attempt to prevent further spread.

DxE claims Rembrandt employed the contentious practice of “ventilation shutdown,” which involves closing barns and sealing all ventilation and turning off fans. Heaters, steam, or gas are then pushed into the barn to raise the temperature to the point where the animals either overheat or suffocate to death.

DxE produced film that it claims depicts the aftermath of a cull at Rembrandt Farm, including a few disheveled birds that survived and a conveyor line that appears to move dead birds from one of the barns into the back of a semi-truck with an open trailer at one point.

A protest movement has sprung up against the procedure, which is described as a “brutal, painful form of animal depopulation” by Veterinarians Against Ventilation Shutdown.

According to USA Today, the USDA has permitted the procedure “in severe instances only,” such as when an infected population is “extremely huge.”

DxE has asked that Taylor sell the Timberwolves and Minnesota Lynx as soon as possible to minority owners Mark Lore and Alex Rodriguez, who will take over controlling ownership in 2023.

Cedric Blackwater
Cedric Blackwater
Cedric is a journalist with over a decade of experience reporting on local US news, and touching on many global topics. He is currently the lead writer for Bulletin News.

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