The animal and climate justice movement Animal Rebellion has blocked a McDonald’s burger producing factory in Scunthorpe in the UK on Thursday.
Around 100 Animal Rebels have blocked the factory to demand the fast-food restaurant chain to go plant-based for the animals, people and the planet.
According to Animal Rebellion, the factory produces 3 million beef patties per day. They’re using trucks, tents and bamboo structures to stop the facility from distributing burgers.
The protestors have said they will keep blocking the factory until McDonald’s commits to changing towards a plant-based menu.
“If McDonald’s can invest thousands advertising their new ‘spicy’ burger, surely they can chuck some change at decent plant-based options?”, they said in a tweet.
Animal Rebellion wants the fast-food chain to take responsibility for its part in climate change and Amazon deforestation. But they added that McDonald’s is just a symbol of the system they are trying to change, which is the entire animal agriculture industry.
“We’re living in a time where massive change is possible, but our window to act on the climate crisis is closing quickly,” Rose Patterson, a spokesperson for Animal Rebellion, said in a press release.
“The meat and dairy industries are responsible for 80-90% of Amazon deforestation, at least 18% of global emissions, and for exploiting and killing billions of animals every year,” Patterson said.
“To save ourselves and the future of our children, we must start transitioning towards a plant-based food system.”
Two months ago, Animal Rebellion blocked distribution centres of McDonald’s.
We have shut-down the only factory in the UK that produces burgers for @McDonaldsUK 3 million patties are produced/shipped from this site every day. This is a call-out for all supporters. Come down to:— Animal Rebellion (@RebelsAnimal) July 15, 2021
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