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He was trying to rescue a sick baby goat, but cops charged him with felonies

Goats have the same feelings as a dog, and are just as deserving of good care. The black and white goat kid was scared, alone, sick and needed to be taken to the vet.

ABBIE BENNETT: ‘Goats have the same feelings as a dog, and are just as deserving of good care, nationally known 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… Hsiung said that his organization had been investigating the North Carolina meat farm for about two years, he told Fox Carolina. He said he found the sick goat kid near death, and believed it was an emergency situation.

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… Hsiung faces a jail sentence of up to 39 months if he is convicted of the charges, the clerk’s office said. He appeared in court on Tuesday for an arraignment hearing’. SOURCE…

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