Despite Smithfield Foods recently deciding to close its Farmer John meatpacking plant in Vernon, California, animal-rights protesters continue to protest outside the plant.
The plant has been the center of activist protests in the past, as the Animal Alliance Network has put together vigils, speaking out against how piglets are being treated and brought up in confined situations until they are put onto trucks headed for slaughter.
As the Los Angeles Times reported in 2019, vigils were a common occurrence and had the approval of local law enforcement and the facility itself.
“They’re respectful of the city, and they’re respectful of Farmer John,” Officer Marissa Velez told the outlet at the time.
“During any demonstration, [we] work with local law enforcement and protest leaders to ensure the safety of