Charges dropped against trio of animal rights protesters

By: The Associated Press

ELIZABETHTOWN — Attorneys say charges have been dropped against three animal rights activists arrested during a protest at Smithfield Foods’ hog processing plant north of Tar Heel.

Attorneys said Friday that the charges were dropped Thursday against three people who faced misdemeanor charges of impeding traffic and failure to disperse. The charges stemmed from a demonstration Feb. 1 at Smithfield’s plant just south of the Cumberland County line.

The charges were dropped against 37-year-old Arwen Carlin of Chapel Hill; 31-year-old Curtis Vollmar of Richmond, Virginia; and 56-year-old Cheryl Travers of High Springs, Florida. Attorneys Scott Holmes and Elizabeth Haddix said eight others agreed to deferred prosecution.

A trial is scheduled Sept. 13 for another protester charged with resisting a public officer.

The Associated Press