4 arrested during animal rights rally at City Hall

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SAN DIEGO -- A group of animal rights advocates gathered downtown Friday to demand fair treatment of animals.

"We should have the right to rescue any animal from any type of distress, torture or mistreatment," said Stacy Plikaytis with Direct Action Everywhere San Diego.

The San Diego Police Department described the gathering as a peaceful protest held at City Hall.

"We absolutely support peaceful demonstrations," said Captain Mike Holden at SDPD. "We're here to make sure everyone is safe."

According to police, four female protesters used chains and cinder blocks to barricade the entrance to City Hall. Police told them multiple times to move and they refused.

"It's actually unlawful assembly when you are blocking the entrance to the building," Holden said. "We gave them over an hour to move and they would not."

All four women were arrested peacefully and taken to jail.

Demonstrators held signs and chanted, "Animals' lives are their right, we have just begun to fight."

Friday's gathering was part of a state-wide movement, with other demonstrations happening around California.

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