Protesters threaten McDonald’s supplies by blocking distribution centres
Animal rights protesters have blocked off McDonald’s distribution centres affecting the supply chain to 1,300 restaurants across the country. The group, known as Animal Rebellion, say they are using truck and bamboo structures at distribution sites in Hemel Hempstead, Basingstoke, Coventry and Heywood, Greater Manchester, to stop lorries leaving depots. They want McDonald’s to commit to becoming fully plant-based by 2025.
Animal Rebellion say they intend to remain at the sites for at least 24 hours, causing a ‘significant disruption’ to the McDonald’s supply chain. It is unclear how North Staffordshire’s branches will be impacted. In a video posted on Twitter, a protester in Coventry said the demonstration “feels like the absolutely right thing to do”.
She added: “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.” Greater Manchester Police said officers are at a demonstration in Heywood which is preventing access to a distribution centre. A spokesman said the officers are helping to “maintain safety whilst facilitating the right to peaceful protest” and “there is minimum disruption to the local community”.
James Ozden, a spokesman for the protest group, said the action is aimed at calling out the animal agriculture industry for their part in the global climate crisis.
Animal Rebellion protesters in Basingstoke (Image: Andrea Domeniconi/PA Wire)
He said: “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.
Animal Rebellion in Heywood. (Image: Sean Hansford | Manchester Evening News)
“The only sustainable and realistic way to feed ten billion people is with a plant-based food system. Organic, free-range and ‘sustainable’ animal-based options simply aren’t good enough.” StokeonTrentLive has approached McDonald’s for a comment.
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