An otherwise uneventful keynote speech from Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos, took a dramatic turn on Thursday when an animal-rights protester rushed towards him on stage berating the billionaire the conditions inside his company’s chicken farms.
The woman was first heard heckling Bezos from somewhere in the middle of the audience during his ‘fireside chat’ interview on the fourth and final day of Amazon’s re:MARS conference.
Bezos’ speech was meant to be the headline act of the $2,000 per-head conference, but the protester, later identified to be Priya Sawhney from the group Direct Action Everywhere, stole the limelight with a dramatic stage invasion.
‘I’ve been inside Amazon’s chicken farms where animals are criminally abused,’ Sawhney theatrically claimed in front of thousands inside the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.
Priya Sawhney (shown left) was first heard heckling Bezos from the middle of the audience during his ‘fireside chat’ on the fourth day of Amazon’s re:MARS conference
‘I’ve been inside Amazon’s chicken farms where animals are criminally abused,’ the woman claimed in front of thousands inside the Aria Resort & Casino
She urged Bezos to commit to helping animals as she continued her advance towards him, before being ushered off-stage by four security guards.
‘You’re the richest man on the planet, you can help the animals – you can help the environment,’ Sawhney shouted as she was being directed out of the room.
In an attempt to ease tensions, Bezos turned to his interviewer and asked: ‘Do you have a response to that?’ prompting a smattering of laughter to break-out among those watching on.
Bezos soon resumed his speech on Amazon’s satellite venture, Project Kuiper. He also provided advice to budding entrepreneurs and his future plans to tackle the space travel industry.
Animal-rights activists, Direct Action Everywhere (DxE),