Animal Rebellion: Hundreds of Animal Rights Protesters Linked to Extinction Rebellion Stop Traffic in London | UK News
Hundreds of activists linked to Extinction Rebellion have stopped traffic in central London as part of an animal rights protest.
About 500 people gathered at Smithfield Market – the world’s largest wholesale business Meat UK market – in Farringdon to hold a rally with speeches before marching through town.
Animal rebellion, an offshoot of the group on climate change Extinction Rebellion, organized the protest with Camp Beagle, a group calling for the release of beagle dogs at MBR Acres in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, which breeds dogs specifically for animal research.
Protesters were escorted by hundreds of police as they played drums, blew whistles and waved banners and signs reading “Unite for Animal Justice”, “Free the MBR Beagles” and “Meat is Murder”.
Activists blocked Blackfriars Bridge, police say, before moving to other locations as part of a two-mile drive animal rights March.
Activists pulled into the offices of Unilever, which has been criticized for its ownership of brands that sell dairy products and use palm oil.
Cargill, a global food company, was later targeted because of its role as one of the world’s largest meat processors.
âIt doesn’t matter how small you are,â Animal Rebellion member Tim Bailey said in a speech outside the company’s offices. “The pain for these animals is exactly the same.”
The activists visited the offices of the Marine Stewardship Council in Snow Hill, where they held a sit-in and a moment of silence for the aquatic animals “who are born in captivity, where they suffer and are killed”.
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“We need to empower,” said Animal think tank founder Dr Laila Kassam. âAnd I’m not talking about the power of consumers, we can’t buy our way to a better world.
“I’m talking about social and political power.”
Animal Rebellion sees meat consumption as a major contributor to the “climate emergency” and calls for a “just and sustainable plant-based food system to stop mass extinction, mitigate the worst effects of climate degradation and guarantee justice for animals “.
Activists from Extinction Rebellion and its affiliated groups began two weeks of climate protests in London on Monday to “target the root cause of the climate and ecological crisis”, calling on the government to immediately halt any further investment in fossil fuels.
Guildhall was painted in red yesterday by protesters from Extinction Rebellion, who said they aimed to “expose the bloody profiteers of our financial system”.
The building has been described as “the administrative and ceremonial heart of the City of London corporation” and “the symbolic and real center of the system that is killing us”.
The action was part of a “Blood Money” march, in which protesters wearing business suits and masks held signs saying “Fossil fuel financing is killing the Earth” and “The financial industry is bleeding. dry land “.
A huge banner read, “Built on blood money.”
Entrances to the City’s financial institutions – like the London Stock Exchange and the headquarters of Standard Chartered – were also splashed with red paint, while earlier in the week the water in the Buckingham Palace fountain was dyed red .
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