Animal activists Emek Echo and Katia Shokrai disrupt the Bills Rams game

It’s not an NFL game unless at least one companion is running on the field.

Two animal rights activists, Emek Echo and Katia Shokrai of activist group Direct Action Everywhere, identified stormed onto the field of SoFi Stadium during the Buffalo Bills game against the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday night.

When both activists hit the jets, they released flares of pink smoke that spread across the field before security forces grabbed and restrained them.

One of the activists was pursued by two security guards before being attacked inches from the Buffalo Bills’ defense squad.

A fan runs onto the field during the second half of an NFL football game between the Los Angeles Rams and the Buffalo Bills September 8, 2022.
Emek Echo attempts to dodge runs onto the field during the second half of an NFL football game between the Los Angeles Rams and the Buffalo Bills on September 8, 2022.
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The Sofi Stadium incident isn’t the first time the animal rights protest group has disrupted a game on the professional sports landscape.

In April, an organization activist chained herself to the basket support during a Minnesota Timberwolves playoff game. Targeting another Timberwolves game, the group squeezed onto the pitch after sitting behind Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor in August.

Emek Echo walks on the field during the Los Angeles Rams and Buffalo Bill game on September 8, 2022.
Emek Echo walks on the field during the game between the Los Angeles Rams and the Buffalo Bills on September 8, 2022.
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Another woman from the organization, later identified as activist Alicia Santurio, taped her wrist in the second quarter of the Timberwolves’ home game against the Clippers just three days later.

Joey Chestnut took matters into his own hands by detaining an animal rights activist who was trying to squeeze his way through the Nathan’s hot dog eating contest in July. The activist group slammed the contest after the altercation on social media.

The activist group promotes “nonviolent direct action and community building to bring about revolutionary social and political change for animals.” according to her Twitter profile.

The motive for the wild act was to bring justice to two other activists threatened with imprisonment for more than a decade for rescuing two sick baby piglets from a Smithfield Foods factory farm.

https://nypost.com/2022/09/09/animal-activists-emek-echo-and-katia-shokrai-disrupt-bills-rams-game/ Animal activists Emek Echo and Katia Shokrai disrupt the Bills Rams game

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