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Vegan protesters unapologetic for Melbourne’s peak-hour chaos, abattoir blockades

Hundreds of protesters blockaded traffic and abattoirs across Australia. One protester said 'Things like this will keep happening until we see change, until it's a vegan world'.

ZACH HOPE: ‘Vegan protesters who brought one of Melbourne’s busiest intersections to a standstill and blockaded abattoirs across the nation are unapologetic and hope their action will inspire others to join them. In chaos roundly condemned by police and Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who called the protesters “green-collared criminals”, more than 150 animal rights activists – including children – blocked the intersection of Flinders and Swanston streets from about 7am on Monday holding slogans promoting veganism.

The protests held to mark one year since the release of the anti-meat film Dominion, which documented factory farming in Australia. The activists chained themselves to three Thrifty rental vans in the middle of the intersection, causing traffic chaos and affecting 11 tram lines. It also forced ambulances to take different routes to five major hospitals…

The Melbourne protest was the biggest in a wave of co-ordinated action in Victoria, Tasmania, NSW and Queensland that saw animal-rights activists raid abattoirs, meatworks and even negotiate the release of three sheep from the Carey Bros’ plant in Yangan, near Toowoomba, in Queensland. At three Victorian abattoirs – MC Herd in Geelong, Westside Meats in Bacchus Marsh, and O’Connors Abattoir in Pakenham – activists drove trucks across the entrances and exits and then let down their tyres.

Several activists filmed themselves blocking the entrance of Australian Food Group’s pig slaughterhouse in Laverton, in Melbourne’s south-west. Nine protesters said they locked themselves onto a Goulburn slaughterhouse in NSW since 2am to shine a light on what they said was the “oxymoron of humane slaughter”. They were arrested by police who had to cut them free and carry them to police cars. One Victorian protester said: “Things like this will keep happening until we see change, until … it’s a vegan world”.’  SOURCE…

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