Animal rights activists this week pounced on the scene of a chicken truck crash in Washington that spilled more than 5,000 birds into the road. One activist was arrested and charged with misdemeanor theft after refusing to let one of the chickens go.
According to the KGW8, the semi carrying 5,000 to 6,0000 Foster Farms chickens was headed to a processing plant Monday afternoon when the crash happened about 13 miles outside of Portland. The driver, who was not hurt in the accident, was attempting to make a u-turn when the truck tipped over.
As Foster Farms crews worked to load the birds onto another truck, about 30 animal rights activists showed up at the scene. One activist, Amber Canavan, was arrested and removed from the scene after she was involved in an hour-long standoff with police over a chicken she refused to give up.
She was charged with misdemeanor theft.
According to The Oregonian, another activist kept trying to go down to the embankment to reach the chickens. When police told her to stop for her own safety, she left and came back in an orange vest posing as part of the cleanup crew.