Whole Foods Takes Animal-Rights Group to Court

A restraining order was issued.


The Whole Foods grocery-store chain has taken legal action against a Berkeley-based animal-rights group.

That group, Direct Action Everywhere — aka DxE — has staged anti-Whole Foods protests for several years, as reported by CBSLocal, and had announced plans for an extended forthcoming protest at the chain's Berkeley store.

Last week, Whole Foods took DxE to court — where a judge issued a restraining order against DxE regarding the Amazon-owned supermarket chain's Berkeley store.

Whole Foods issued a statement that read in part:

“DxE members have repeatedly entered our stores and property to conduct demonstrations that disrupt customers and team members by blocking access to our aisles, departments, and cash registers, interfering with our business and putting the safety of both customers and team members at risk," as quoted at CBSLocal.

Filed in Alameda County Superior Court, the complaint specified that Whole Foods seeks to “assert and defend their right to manage, control, and operate their businesses on company property ... free from [Direct action Everywhere’s] repeated and continuing trespasses and other unlawful conduct," as reported by SF.Eater.

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