FRANCISCO, CA -- Bay Area Animal Right Direct Action Coalition and In Defense
of Animals joined forces on October 7th to protest the cruelty-for-profit US Surgical
Corporation. Thirty to thirty-five protesters chanted and held signs decrying
the killing of dogs by USSC, and were soon surrounded by more than 35 police officers
who asked them to stay on a traffic island.
Half the protesters did and
the other half repeatedly stormed the Convention Center doors, battling with police
and security for more than an hour. Sixteen activists were arrested, some of whom
were merely photographing the incident.
All activists were placed in paddy
wagons in the blazing sun in 98 degree heat with no ventilation for about an hour,
resulting in temperatures inside exceeding 130 degrees. One activist was rushed
to the emergency room and hospitalized for dehydration and complications resulting
from heat prostration. Another activist received first degree burns to her legs
from the floor of the van.
Most activists were held in the San Francisco
Sheriff's Department jail for more than 12 hours, for unknown reasons, and later
released without bail.