An Indian American animal rights activist briefly interrupted Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos’s onstage and asked Bezos to do something about chicken farms when he was in the middle of fireside chat at the tech company’s inaugural Re MARS conference. The female protester later recognized as a member of animal rights group Direct Action Everywhere.Bezos was in the middle of the discussion on Thursday 6th June during Amazon’s first year Re:MARS conference.
Questions about both Amazon and Blue Origin and his space company were asked during the fireside chat when 30 year old Priya Sawhney of Berkeley California entered the session went up the stage and shouted: “You are the world’s richest man. You’re the President of Amazon and you can help the animals”. Saying that she has been inside Amazon’s chicken farms, Priya Sawhney shouted at Jeff Bezos to stop the cruelty to animals in these facilities. Finally security guards quickly surrounded and took her away, she turned and called back to Bezos: “You’re a businessman, Jeff” How she made it up there at all, given Jeff Bezos’s well reported annual $1.6 million security budget remains a mystery.
Jeff Bezos appeared to remain seated during the entire incident. Once she was taken away by the security guards, Jeff Bezos turned to the moderator and said: “Do you have a response to that?” Holding a single white rose and wearing a conference badge Priya Sawhney was from Direct Action Everywhere an international grassroots network of animal rights activists which was founded in 2013 in the San Francisco Bay Area. In another statement after that incident, the Direct Action Everywhere group claimed to have undercover camera footage showing thousands of birds crowded in industrial sheds and no evidence of the birds stepping outside.According to media reports Las Vegas police did not confirm if Priya Sawhney was arrested.Amazon doesn’t directly own or operate chicken farms but it buys chicken meat from suppliers that have been previously targeted by the Direct Action Everywhere activists.
Direct Action Everywhere said in a statement that the man was an activist who wanted to call on Harris “to support ordinary citizens rescuing animals rather than the factory farms that abuse animals”. Previously Jeff Benzos has been interrupted during an open session last month during Amazon’s annual shareholders conference in Seattle. A woman called out to Jeff Bezos to return a product that was purchased by her from the Amazon. The woman who is also an Amazon shareholder tried to return the purchased product directly to Jeff Bezos.
He responded in a humourous way “My apologies that you had to use this unusual venue to accomplish what should have been a routine task. Anybody else have anything they need to return?”In 2017 Direct Action Everywhere group staged an act outside a butcher’s shop in Berkeley, California, in which they would splash themselves in fake blood and covered themselves in plastic kitchen wrap to look like meat. The protest only stopped after four months after the store agreed to hang a sign board in their window which will be written: “Attention: Animals lives are their right. Killing them is violent and unjust, no matter how it’s done.”