Animal rights protestors are blockading four UK McDonald’s distribution centres – including one in Hertfordshire.
Animal Rebellion say they have about 50 people at sites in Hemel Hempstead, Basingstoke, Coventry and Heywood, Greater Manchester.
Protestors are using trucks and bamboo structures to block lorries from leaving the depots, with the group demanding McDonald’s commit to becoming fully plant-based by 2025.
In a video posted on social media by the campaigners, some of the protesters can be seen to have climbed up the bamboo scaffolding, using ropes to tie themselves to it.
Animal Rebellion said they intend to remain at the sites for at least 24 hours, causing “significant disruption” to the McDonald’s supply chain.
One Animal Rebellion protester filmed outside a McDonald’s distribution centre in Coventry said: “This feels like absolutely the right thing to do… because what McDonald’s are doing is absolutely horrendous.
“We need to be having a diet that is plant-based and is not based on industrial farming, not reliant on the suffering of animals and the exploitation of workers.”
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James Ozden, a spokesman for the group, said the action is aimed at calling out the animal agriculture industry for their part in the global climate crisis.
He said the only sustainable way to feed the world’s population is through plant-based produce.
Mr Ozden added: “The meat and dairy industry is destroying our planet: causing huge amounts of rainforest deforestation, emitting immense quantities of greenhouse gases and killing billions of animals each year
A tweet by Animal Rebellion read: “Locked on for workers rights, animal justice & to end the climate emergency.
“We take action to let global corporations know they have to change. THIS IS HAPPENING NOW. Since 4.30am.”
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