Play was momentarily halted at Target Center during the Minnesota Timberwolves’ 109-104 win over the LA Clippers Tuesday night when an animal rights activist attempted to superglue herself to the floor.
Security removed Alicia Santurio, an investigator with Direct Action Everywhere, after she tried to attach herself to the court while wearing a shirt that read Minnesota owner “Glen Taylor Roasts Animals Alive.”
Santurio tweeted she took action “to bring attention to the mass killing of chickens at glen taylors factory farm using vsd.”
— alicia santurio (@aliciasanturio) April 13, 2022
Direct Action Everywhere issued a press release accusing Rembrandt Enterprises, a farm owned by Taylor, of using ventilation shut down to kill 5.3 million birds last month due to an outbreak of “highly pathogenic avian influenza” (HPAI) or bird flu.
DxE described ventilation shutdown as a “mass killing method whereby ventilation openings in the industrial sheds full of birds are closed, and some combination of heat, steam and/or carbon dioxide gas are introduced, eventually killing the animals via suffocation.”
According to Dr. Mike Martin, University of California San Francisco, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Bird flu outbreaks and deadly diseases in humans are a result of intensive animal confinement.
“We are risking our health when we cram chickens together in commercial poultry facilities like Rembrandt,” said Martin.
The Timberwolves issued a statement saying, “A fan disruption occurred ruing the second quarter of tonight’s game. We are in touch with Target Center Security to address the incident.”
Taylor, 80, purchased the team in 1994 for $88 million, thwarting a franchise move to New Orleans.
Last year he greed to sell the team to former New York Yankee star Alex Rodriguez and Marc Lore, former CEO of Walmart.
Rodriguez and partner Lore will own a 20 percent share of the teams for $1.5 billion.
The two partners join Taylor’s ownership group with the intention of taking over the team after a two-and-a-half-year owner internship.
The pair will be allowed to purchase another 20 percent in 2022 and a final 20 percent in 2023.