Attendees at this weekend's 2nd annual San Francisco BBQ Fest got a little scolding along with their braised ribs as a group of animal rights activists showed up to the ticketed event and protested the killing of animals for food. Hoodline captured video of the scene and reports that the excitement kicked off around 2:30 p.m. on Saturday with protesters chanting "it's not food, it's violence."
Video showed bemused onlookers holding paper trays containing what one can only assume was once an adorable piglet or lamb as the 20 or so activists walk by holding signs. According to Hoodline, the activists hung out and chanted for about 15 minutes before departing — leading the person who shot the above video to quip that there is "never a dull moment in SF. Now to get some ribs..." The festival included a best BBQ in the Bay competition (chicken, pork ribs, pork butt, and brisket), with a $10,000 prize going to the winner. There was also a cornhole tournament for those feeling the competitive urge but who maybe weren't quite grill masters.
This was not the only attempt by activists to call attention to the treatment of animals over the weekend. The Chronicle reports that Direct Action Everywhere staged a protest at the SoMa Costco on Sunday, saying that one of the chain's suppliers of egg-laying hens treats them so poorly that the hens result to cannibalism. To illustrate that point, several protesters covered each other in blood and pretended to eat a person (another protester, not a shopper) near the store's meat section.
“Costco is supporting violence against animals, shown clearly by the cannibalistic conditions,” Diane Sorbi, one of the protesters, wrote in a statement. “Costco needs to be held accountable for these actions.”
According to KTVU, video obtained by Direct Action Everywhere allegedly shows conditions at a Costco egg supplier, Pleasant Valley Farms in Farmington, CA, that includes chickens covered in feces and packed so tightly they can't move. Pleasant Valley Farms' eggs are sold under the Kirkland brand.