Animal activists drill through lorry tyres at Müller site
Animal Rebellion protesters broke onto the site of the Muller facility in Bridgwater overnight, drilling holes in truck tyres to disrupt the company's distribution. The acts come amid a weekend of protests at dairy production areas across England, with eight people arrested after similar protests at the Muller plant in Stonehouse. Animal rights protestors have targeted dairy distribution sites for the second time in 24 hours after trespassing onto critical dairy distribution facilities and drilling holes in lorry tyres and filling outlet houses with expanding foam.
The nonviolent actions taken by Animal Rebellion on both the morning of September 4, as well as in the early hours of this morning (September 5), were intended to seriously disable the ability of the facilities to process and distribute milk. READ MORE: Mobile speed camera locations in Somerset from Monday, September 5 As well as Muller Bridgwater, activists entered sites at Arla Aylesbury, and Muller Droitwich - breaking a High Court injunction by doing so.
Today's action is an escalation in Animal Rebellion's campaign, which the group has stated will continue until the British Government enters negotiations for its two demands:
- Government supports farmers and fishing communities to move away from animal farming and fishing as part of an urgent and immediate transition to a plant-based food system.
- Government commits to rewild the freed-up land and ocean as part of a broader programme of wildlife restoration and carbon drawdown.
Theresa Higginson, 24, a retail worker from Biggleswade, one of those at Aylesbury, said: "What you have seen today are actions taken out of love for, and a need to protect, all life. Every individual here is united by a common goal, a better and more just world. "I stand by all of our actions.
We have no alternative. The government had the chance to respond but failed to do so. "We have had a leadership contest where the climate crisis has barely had a mention, and we have massive corporations that are able to operate with impunity despite the cost of their businesses on the planet.
This Tory leadership election has exposed the need for massive political change, and that starts with the immediate transition to a plant-based food system that supports British farmers into a plant-based future."Protesters also targeted sites at Arla Aylesbury and Muller Droitwich (Image: Animal Rebellion)
Rachel Steele, 46, a graphic designer from Blackpool, one of those involved at Aylesbury, said: "I came here not because I wanted to cause damage but because I am terrified about the future of the planet and all its inhabitants - human and non-human. We need a political system built on love and compassion. We need massive, fair and rapid system change.
"We cannot allow the government to greenwash and pretend that they can carry on business as usual, while the planet suffers ever more devastation, causing death and misery to millions. The only way to avert this is by massive governmental support for farmers to transition to a plant-based food system" Protests have been held across the weekend, with eight having been arrested at Muller's Severnside distribution site near Stonehouse in Gloucestershire.
Early yesterday morning (Sunday, September 4) police seized equipment at the Stonehouse site designed to cause serious disruption, contributing to the initial arrest of five people. A further three had been arrested by around 9.30pm yesterday evening. The latest update from Gloucestershire Constabulary, released yesterday evening, said all protestors had been removed and that the site is fully operational, with a total of eight people having been arrested.
The weekend's action comes as part of Animal Rebellion's demands for a plant-based future, which were announced back in May (Monday 23). The animal and climate group is calling for wholesale governmental support for farmers and fishing communities to transition to a plant-based food system and programme of rewilding that will secure a future for generations to come. Animal Rebellion is a mass movement using nonviolent civil disobedience to call for a just, sustainable plant-based food system.