Animal rights activist arrested for attempting to steal a chicken

CLARK COUNTY, Wa. (KGW) – A semi truck loaded with more than 5,000 chickens crashed north of Vancouver, Washington Monday, killing many of the birds and sending others running onto the road Monday afternoon.

Hours later, an animal rights activist was in handcuffs after refusing to give up one of the chickens. The woman, Amber Canavan, was cited for obstruction of justice and theft, and released later Monday night.

As crews cleaned up the scene and removed chickens from the road and nearby ditch, animal rights activists arrived. Canavan grabbed a live chicken and refused to let it go.

The activists asked authorities to let them keep the chicken and take it to a sanctuary.

Foster Farms, which owned the chickens, would not allow it because the company was liable for the chicken and any health risks that came with it, according to a Clark County sheriff’s deputy at the scene.