McDonald’s shuts down as vegan protesters block delivery trucks – fr

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McDonald’s shuts down as vegan protesters block delivery trucks – fr


Environmental and animal rights activists cut off much of McDonald’s UK food chain on Saturday, with protesters blocking distribution centers and demanding the fast food chain pledge to go meatless.

Organizers of the protest at Animal Rebellion, which calls itself a “non-violent civil disobedience group” campaigning for plant-based food systems, said around 50 protesters blocked entrances to four food distribution centers.

Distribution sites in Hemel Hempstead, Basingstoke, Coventry and Heywood in Greater Manchester were affected. At some sites, protesters attached themselves to large bamboo structures they had erected.

Animal Rebellion, which calls itself a “sister organization” of Extinction Rebellion, said the protests began around 4.30am on Saturday and would last at least 24 hours. Protesters said they were targeting the burger restaurant for its role in deforestation and greenhouse gas emissions, contributing to the “climate emergency.”

A McDonald’s spokesperson said, “Our distribution centers are currently facing disruption. We assess the impact on deliveries to our restaurants and on menu items. We apologize to our customers for any disappointment caused. “

On the Heywood site, a protester, disguised as a clown mascot Ronald McDonald, placed himself in wood stocks. Kerri Waters, another activist in Heywood, said police arrived there after protesters were involved in a “scuffle” with distribution center staff.

Police keep their distance

A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Police said: ‘Officers are presently present to provide security while facilitating the right to peaceful protest.’

Miss Waters told The Telegraph that the protest “had no impact on the ordinary consumer – what we’re trying to do is get McDonald’s attention.”

Alex Lockwood, an organizer of the protest, said: “We know that just stopping the trucks [out of centres] will cause economic disruption at McDonald’s. “

Lockwood added that one of his organization’s goals was to pressure McDonald’s, the birthplace of the Big Mac burger, to remove meat from its menus by 2025, to reduce the impact of animal husbandry on the environment.

“McDonald’s beef burgers are a huge, iconic source, of greenhouse gas emissions,” he said. “They signaled for a few plant-based meals, but they haven’t done enough for an organization of their size to take responsibility for its role in the climate emergency.”

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