Goats have the same feelings as a dog, and are just as deserving of good care, nationally known California-based animal activist Wayne Hsiung said.
So that’s why he rescued a sick baby goat from a meat farm in Pisgah Forest, he said in a Facebook video. The black and white goat kid was “scared, alone, sick and needed to be taken to the vet,” Hsiung said. “So that’s what we did.” The goat had pneumonia and lice, he said.
But police say Hsiung, 36, stole the goat, and arrested him on June 7 when he landed at an Asheville airport, where he was scheduled to speak at VeganFest June 8-10.
Hsiung, an environmental lawyer, is co-founder and organizer of Direct Action Everywhere and a former Northwestern law professor.
Direct Action Everywhere is an animal rights network whose mission is to “empower a diverse network of individuals committed to taking nonviolent direct action to end the exploitation and killing of all animals.”
The Berkeley-based organization reported that Hsiung was arrested when he touched down in Asheville, and was charged with felony breaking and entering, felony larceny and misdemeanor first-degree trespassing, according to the Transylvania County clerk of court’s office. Hsiung’s bail was set at $25,000.
“We are not trying to hurt businesses, especially small local farms,” Hsiung told The Citizen-Times after his Tuesday court appearance.. “Part of my hope in this trial in Transylvania is to show these folks that this West Coast lawyer is not your enemy, and that we can create a humane world for all animals.”