The protester confronts Jeff Bezos on stage

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Amazon founder Jeff Bezos addresses the public in Las Vegas, NevadaAuthor image
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Jeff Bezos (R) as a security officer near the demonstrator (L)

An animal rights activist came a few steps from Jeff Bezos, the richest man in the world, on a Las Vegas stage.

Priya Sawhney has eluded the safety of the event, as well as some personal details of Mr Bezos, which costs $ 1.6 million (£ 1.25 million) a year.

"Jeff, you are the richest man on the planet," said Mrs. Sawhney, holding a flower. "You can help the animals."

Mr. Bezos and Jenny Freshwater, another Amazon executive on stage, sat quietly while the woman was removed.

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"Do you have an answer to this?" Mr. Bezos joked after Mrs. Sawhney was taken away.

Bezos was appearing as part of the Re: Mars conference of the company, where the company discussed its efforts in machine learning, automation, robotics and space.

On the last topic, Bezos said it wanted to provide a basic space technology for start-ups to be developed at low cost, noting that Amazon was only possible because it was able to distribute through the US postal service.

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Mr Bezos (sitting right) beat a joke after the protestor was taken away

The animal rights group of Direct Action Everywhere has declared that it is protesting against what it claims to be an inappropriate treatment for chickens on a farm in Petaluma Poultry, a California farm that supplies chicken and turkey to Amazon and others.

"Animal abuse is the crime here, not animal rescue," Sawhney said in a press release published immediately after the accident.

"It's time for Amazon and Jeff Bezos to take a stand for transparency, rather than actively suppressing the truth."

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The protester said he was angry about the treatment of chickens at an Amazon supplier

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