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Activists demand Glen Taylor step down as Timberwolves boss because of animal cruelty

Activists demand Glen Taylor step down as Timberwolves boss because of animal cruelty

  • Timberwolves
Apr 27
SW Creative
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A total of three NBA playoff games of the Minnesota Timberwolves were interrupted by animal rights activists demanding the franchise owner, billionaire Glen Allen Taylor, step down and donate $11.3 million on behalf of animal welfare to various entities.

The first protest took place during Minnesota’s Play-in against the Los Angeles Clippers where a woman glued herself to the court wearing a t-shirt that reads, “GLEN TAYLOR ROASTS ANIMALS ALIVE.”

The second and third protests came during Game 2 and Game 3 between the Timberwolves and the Memphis Grizzlies, but security personnel were quick on their toes to tackle, apprehend, and eject the protesters from the game.

“I didn’t even know what that was,” Wolves forward Anthony Edwards said after Game 4. “Y’all got to stop running on the floor in Minnesota. Do that in Memphis. We don’t need it.”

The activists would soon be identified as members of the international grassroots network of animal rights activists called Direct Action Everywhere or DxE.

Their acts went viral on social media as they demanded Taylor to “immediately step down from day-to-day operations” from the Timberwolves’ board of directors due to Taylor’s ownership of the Rembrandt Farms.

The large-scale factory farm usually produces millions of eggs each year and had an outbreak of bird influenza recently in March.

“To have Taylor and other extremely powerful factory farming businessmen getting these taxpayer bailouts flies in the face of the values of ordinary Americans,” DxE media contact and activist Matt Johnson said. “Taylor should set a powerful example by stepping away from NBA ownership and refusing to take any subsidies related to the HPAI outbreak, and donate funds previously received to help repair some of the harm of the most destructive industry on the planet.”

DxE in their investigation also had found Taylor’s farming facility was using VSD+ during the avian flu outbreak this year to kill 5.3 million chickens. The group of activists wanted to raise awareness of this issue and expose the 81-year-old mogul.

"To have Taylor and other extremely powerful factory farming businessmen getting these taxpayer bailouts flies in the face of the values of ordinary Americans,"

- Matt Johnson

"had the jersey number 5.3 displayed on the back, in honor of the 5.3 million chickens killed at Rembrandt."

- Sasha Zemmel's jersey

Glen Taylor - G Taylor 20171004 (retouched)

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