Animal rights protesters blockade four McDonald’s distribution centres in UK

Animal rights protesters have set up blockades at four McDonald’s distribution centres across Britain which they say will impact roughly 1,300 restaurants.

Activists from Animal Rebellion used trucks and bamboo structures to blockade distribution sites at Hemel Hempstead, Basingstoke, Coventry and Heywood from around 4.30am on Saturday morning, the group said.

The group demanded that McDonald’s commit to becoming fully plant-based by 2025.

Animal Rebellion said it would remain at the sites for at least 24 hours, causing “significant disruption” to the McDonald’s supply chain.

Animal Rebellion spokesman James Ozden said the action was aimed at calling out the animal agriculture industry for its part in the global climate crisis.

“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,” he said.

“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.”

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