Canadian Activist Accused of Chicken Theft in Sonoma County Reaches Plea Deal with Prosecutors

Almira Tanner, an animal activist and Lead Organizer at Direct Action Everywhere, has agreed to a plea deal with prosecutors after being accused of taking chickens from Sonoma County poultry farms. She had previously pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor count of trespassing during her preliminary hearing with co-defendants, Wayne Hsiung, Cassandra King, and Priya Sawhney, on January 19th. The case relates to demonstrations at several California farms in 2018 and 2019, when Tanner and other protesters were charged with multiple counts of second-degree burglary, conspiracy, theft, trespassing, and unlawful assembly. The deal mandates that Tanner do 100 hours of community service, pay $12,719 in restitution, and stay 100 yards from Sunrise Farms (a site of one of the demonstrations).