Animal Rebellion blocks McDonald’s distribution centers in the UK

A protestor dressed as Ronald McDonald holds a
A protestor dressed as Ronald McDonald holds a "I'm Sorry" sign, England, photo: Animal Rebellion/Reuters

The animal and climate justice movement Animal Rebellion is blocking the British distribution centers for fast-food chain McDonald’s on Saturday.

With cars and bamboo structures, around 50 protestors stopped trucks from leaving McDonald’s distribution centers in Hemel Hempstead, Basingstoke, Coventry and Greater Manchester.

“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,” said James Ozden, a spokesperson for Animal Rebellion.

To prevent climate change, animal suffering, human suffering and future pandemics, we must transition to a sustainable plant-based food system, they said.

Without changing our food system, we will continue to destroy our natural world and its animals, the report ‘Food system impacts on biodiversity loss‘ states. It was published in February by the English policy institute Chatham House.

Animal Rebellion acknowledges the emergency and calls on McDonald’s to lead the way by pledging to transition to a plant-based menu by 2025.

According to them, Mcdonald’s is not moving as fast as other fast-food restaurants to shift its meat menu to a more plant-based menu.

“We will stay here until we speak with the CEO of McDonald’s, and they commit to transitioning to fully plant-based by 2025,” Animal Rebellion said in an online post.

“We are in the middle of a climate and ecological emergency, and we are still consuming huge quantities of meat on a scale that is just not sustainable for our planet,” a protester in Coventry said in a video posted on Twitter.

A spokeswoman for McDonald’s UK said that they were assessing the impact on deliveries to their restaurants.

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