About a dozen animal activists were escorted out of the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center on Saturday during Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s opening ceremony speech.
Members of Direct Action Everywhere unfurled a banner inside the Main Arena, now called New Holland Ag Arena, with an image of a pig. They also carried signs with pictures of what appeared to be abused animals.
Pennsylvania State Police escorted the protesters out of the complex.
The group said it held the non-violent protest at the Farm Show to speak out against the week long event’s promotion of animals as human property, according to a press release.
The Farm Show runs today through Jan. 16. It is advertised as the largest indoor agricultural exposition in the nation.
“Governor Wolf came here today to support an industry whose day has passed,” said DxE organizer Rachel Zeigler in the press statement. “Clear majorities of Americans support protection of animals from all suffering and harm – something that can only happen when we end this violent industry.”