"Animals are not food": Alicia Day, a 34-year-old American, chanted this slogan while walking a pretty brown tower calf in Red Square in Moscow.
She must not have been unaware that any public event is prohibited on the famous and imposing square of the Russian capital.
But the animal rights activist didn't care.
She even resisted when she was arrested by the police.
So she was imprisoned for 13 days, the Tverskoy district court in Moscow told the Russian state agency TASS on Wednesday.
The activist had returned to Russia on a tourist visa on January 21.
She explained to the agency that she just wanted to save the calf from slaughter.
“I bought it so they wouldn't eat it later.
And I wanted to show him the capital, it's very beautiful, ”she said in a video published by Russian state media and shared by Kevin Rothrock of Meduza, a Russian-language media based in Riga (Latvia).
Here's an unusual one: a Moscow court has sentenced US citizen Alicia Day to 13 days in jail for disobeying the police.
The animal rights activist apparently bought a cow through the Avito marketplace and then decided to show it Red Square.
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The young bovid was not alone in living with the American: two other calves and seven piglets were there.
Alicia Day pleaded guilty but claimed she did not pursue any political goals.
US citizen Alicia Day was detained walking a calf on Red Square in Moscow.
Administrative protocols were drawn up on her about resisting the police and about an unauthorized action.
She faces administrative arrest, a fine or mandatory work.#Russia #Arrest #HumanRights pic.twitter.com/cfxnf7u4lT
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In a taxi in London with his pig Jixy Pixy
However, his fight is not easy.
Born in New York, Alicia Day made headlines in 2019 in the United Kingdom.
According to British newspaper The Sun, she rescued a pig from a farm and kept it in her flat in London.
She took the animal named "Jixy Pixy" to restaurants and even shared a taxi with him.
Criticized for removing the pig from its natural habitat, she had to hand it over to animal welfare charity RSPCA.
The Sun reported that she moved to Eastern Europe to teach English and got into trouble for adopting a pig in Warsaw (Poland) and keeping it in her apartment.