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Oct 12, 2022

Documenting cruelty in factory farms has been a hallmark of animal rights since PETA started doing it in the early 1990s.

Just this week, a PETA undercover investigation video of the cruelty at Plainville Farm in Pennsylvania enabled the Pennsylvania State Police to charge 11 people with nearly 140 counts of cruelty to animals, including felonies. It is the largest number of charges in any factory-farmed animal case in U.S. history.

As that case begins, a noteworthy case ended in Utah: The trial of Direct Action Everywhere (DXE) activists for felony burglary and theft alleged to have occurred in 2017. While documenting the cruelty at a factory farm, the activists saw two piglets near death and rescued them. Instead of going after the corporate farm interests, prosecutors went after the activists.

Emil Guillermo talked to Jeremy Beckham, a Utah activist who covered the trial from start to finish. Find out how DXE  activists Wayne Hsiung and Paul Picklesimer won over a jury and triumphed over Smithfield and factory farming in Utah.

Find out more about the trial. See the "Operation Deathstar" video. All on

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