Saturday, 4 January 2014

12-year-old animal rights activist arrested in California for Seaworld orca protest

The New Year’s Day Rose Parade in Pasadena, California, was interrupted by the arrest of 19 animal rights activists, including a 12-year-old girl who tried to stop a SeaWorld float depicting a family of orcas swimming free in the ocean.

The arrests, which resulted in a significant delay of the event, occurred when the animal rights group, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), ran onto the float’s route, attempting to stop it.

The demonstrators were immediately apprehended by the police and sheriff’s deputies without much of a struggle, and detained for violating the Pasadena municipal code that bars “interfering with a special event,” Pasadena police Lt. Terysa Rojas said.

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