AN animal rights chief was arrested after he sat in the path of a chicken truck.
Jon Frohnmayer, a senior figure for the group Direct Action Everywhere, stopped the truck loaded with live chickens leaving its depot.
After a 15-minute stand off police arrived an arrested Frohnmayer who was later released after posting $1,000 bail.
He had targeted the Petaluma Poultry Processors chicken factory in Lakeville, California.
Activists have been protesting outside the premises for two months but Frohnmayer was the first arrest.
He claimed afterwards he felt “intimidated” and “threatened” by the chicken truck.
However, he later stated that he understood the dangers, but deliberately chose to stand his ground.
“By sitting in the parking lot it would have been “impossible to push me back without running me over.”
Petaluma Poultry spokesman Brian Sobel said the guards there have been “very, very patient” with the protesters.
“ While acknowledging the demonstrators’ right to peaceful protests, the company intends to conduct business, ‘and we’re trying to do it as safely as possible.”