Judge makes Six Flags temporary protest injunction permanent

By From page A5 | August 15, 2014

FAIRFIELD — A permanent ban was issued Thursday that keeps a trio of animal rights activists off the grounds and parking lots of Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo.

The activists, Citizens for an Animal Free Six Flags, want the park’s tigers, elephants, sea lions, dolphins, seals, giraffes, birds and other animals removed from captivity. The activists had previously carried signs and passed out fliers to park guests at the park entrance until park management obtained a temporary restraining order in May, which is now a permanent injunction.

Six Flags has policies that bar protests and all similar expressive activities, both orally and in writing using signs and leaflets, on its private property. The policies dictate that protests are to be done on the public sidewalks in front of Discovery Kingdom.

The lawyer for the activists claimed the park lands, which had been owned by the city of Vallejo until it was sold to the corporate operators, should be considered public space.

Lawyers for the park said private property rights give the park the ability to choose who they allow on their property.

Reach Jess Sullivan at 427-6919 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jsullivandr.

Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.

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