WRIGLEYVILLE- When Cubs fans filed out of Wrigley Field and nearby bars after Game 3 of the World Series Friday night, they were greeted by a small group of protesters.
Members of the Chicago chapter of Direct Action Everywhere, an animal rights group, held a banner as they marched northbound on Clark Street that said "We are all earthlings and our eyes are opened to their pain." The group also chanted, "We don't care about your curse" and "We're not Cubs fans. We're animal fans," among other statements.
This Cub fan disagrees with the animal rights protesters. pic.twitter.com/dTPNVVIahr— Evan F. Moore (@evanFmoore) October 29, 2016
There's more. pic.twitter.com/zBL119MHrA— Evan F. Moore (@evanFmoore) October 29, 2016
As the group protested, people in Cubs gear shouted profanities, threw food at them, and made several attempt to instigate protesters through physical contact.
Matt Johnson, an organizer with Direct Action Everywhere, knew the timing of their protest wouldn't be popular.
"We came out here tonight to speak against violence towards all animals. We've seen the suffering and the fear of these animals including goats and pigs. This week in Chicago, we're seeing all of these specials about ending the curse and eating the goat," Johnson said. "We know there's a big crowd around here and we wanted to spread the message. Protesters of any sort are not popular because if we were popular, and our message was popular, we wouldn't need to protest in the first place."
Johnson said he heard about Millie the goat, who was making the rounds up and down Clark Street Friday night taking photos with her owner Joe Roetter. He said that he hopes Millie is well taken care of.
"I'd have to see the specific conditions to see if it is a rescue goat, or if they are an animal that was put into a situation that leaves them defenseless," Johnson said. "If the animal is being mistreated, I wouldn't support that."
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