These are the scene as animal rights activists stage blockade at McDonald’s distribution centres including one in Manchester

Animal rights protesters are blockading four UK distribution centres for McDonald’s which they say will impact roughly 1,300 restaurants.

Saturday, 22nd May 2021, 10:13 am
Updated Saturday, 22nd May 2021, 10:35 am
Animal Rebellion protester dressed as a clown

Animal Rebellion said they are using trucks and bamboo structures at the distribution sites in Hemel Hempstead, Basingstoke, Coventry and Heywood, Greater Manchester to stop lorries from leaving depots.

The group are demanding McDonald’s commit to becoming fully plant-based by 2025.

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

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Animal Rebellion protesters suspended from a bamboo structure outside a McDonalds distribution site in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, which is being blockaded to stop lorries from leaving the depot.

James Ozden, a spokesman for the group, said the action is aimed at calling out the animal agriculture industry for their part in the global climate crisis.

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.

“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.”

McDonald’s has been contacted for comment.

Animal Rebellion protester suspended from a bamboo structure outside a McDonalds distribution site in Basingstoke, Hampshire.
Animal Rebellion protesters suspended and attached to a bamboo structure outside a McDonalds distribution site in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, which is being blockaded to stop lorries from leaving the depot.
Animal Rebellion protesters suspended from a bamboo structure and on top of a van, being monitored by police officers, outside a McDonalds distribution site in Basingstoke, Hampshire, which is being blockaded to stop lorries from leaving the depot.
Animal Rebellion protesters suspended from a bamboo structure and on top of a van, being monitored by police officers, outside a McDonalds distribution site in Basingstoke, Hampshire, which is being blockaded to stop lorries from leaving the depot.