On July 12, 2013, the Global Conservation Group, a Wisconsin animal rights organization flew a group of its supporters and staff to Smithville, Tennessee to protest a cruel frog hunt where frogs were beaten, shot, stabbed, and killed as part of a fundraiser.
The organization says three of their protesters were assaulted by the frog hunters while peacefully protesting on public property that night between the times of 11:00pm on July 12, 2013 and 3:00am on July 13, 2013. Their complaint to the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office says "Water was sprayed at the activists. In addition, garbage and live frogs were thrown at the protesters as well." "Trucks blew heavy exhaust on the protesters as they drove by making it difficult to breath."
The victims in the complaint includes: Jordan Turner, Vice President of the Global Conservation Group, Tia Bransted, President of Citizens United for Animals, and Emily Sweet, of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
In addition to filing assault complaints, the Global Conservation Group says they are filing animal cruelty complaints with the United States Department of Agriculture, DeKalb Country Sheriff's Department, DeKalb County District Attorney's Office, Tennessee Department of Children's Services, and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.
Prior to the protest, the organization's legal and campaign divisions worked nonstop for two weeks in a desperate attempt to stop the event, warning that it will lead to human and animal abuse. Now that they were right, the group hopes authorities will work with them to stop the event from occurring again in the future.