LIVINGSTON, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) – Authorities were called out to the Foster Farms plant in Livingston after protestors blocked the entrance on Tuesday afternoon.
The Merced County Sheriff’s Office says a group gathered outside of the facility around 10 a.m. for a peaceful protest.
Dozens of protestors lined the sidewalk in front of the factory while holding ‘No More Factory Farms’ signs.
At some point during the protest, deputies say a group of 11 people used a U-Haul to block the main entrance before chaining themselves to the truck.
The Sheriff’s Office says the protestors also chained themselves to several concrete barrels they brought to block the entrance.
Protestors also reportedly blocked the entrance by laying down on the ground.
Deputies began working on removing the activists from the U-Haul and all 11 were reportedly later arrested by Livingston police officers.
According to a statement from Foster Farms, the protestors are part of an animal rights group called Direct Action Everywhere.
“The Direct Action Everywhere activists are blocking private property and represent a safety hazard to vehicular traffic and our employees. We are working with law enforcement to safely resolve the situation,” wrote Ira Brill, Vice President of Communications for Foster Farms.
Activists outside of the plant say they are protesting against factory farms, animal cruelty, and advocating for workers’ rights.
Apart from the arrests, authorities say the protest was largely peaceful and attracted a crowd of over 200 people before it wrapped up at 6 p.m.
California Highway Patrol officers also responded to the protest.