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ANIMAL REBELLION: A total of 20,000 animal rights activists pledging to blockade London City Airport

ANIMAL REBELLION: 'We declare rebellion against the Government and the animal agriculture and fishing industries. We are not simply here to disrupt. For the sake of all life, these industries must end.'

GUY ADAMS: ‘The animal rights group Animal Rebellion intends to bring parts of the capital to a halt over the next fortnight, shutting down a government ministry and disrupting the operations of major food companies along with London’s biggest meat and fish markets. In doing so they are prepared to be arrested… They are bringing a total of 20,000 activists to London next week, pledging to blockade London City Airport and shut roads around Westminster to protest against ‘government inaction’ on climate change. Around 4,400 volunteers are willing to be arrested, with half said to be prepared to go to prison…

A blockade is not only planned for the Whitehall headquarters of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) but also unspecified facilities belonging to two of the UK’s largest meat firms, Cargill and JBS. Other targets are said to include the City offices of Red Tractor (the farm and food assurance scheme that provides traceable, safe food) because it has certified British meat products as ‘responsibly’ sourced…

A spokesperson said: ‘It doesn’t matter if you are the nice one who didn’t want to get arrested, or you’re the one at the front who did. Everyone who goes down there [to London] has to be aware of that, and make sure it’s not going to be stopped by a few people getting pulled away [by the police]’… One of the principal beliefs behind Animal Rebellion’s campaign is that meat and fish products have a greater carbon footprint than vegetables. It’s argued that about 7kg of carbon dioxide is emitted in the production of a day’s food for someone on a meat-rich diet, whereas it’s just 4kg for a vegetarian or 3kg for a vegan. Thus veganism is the only way to prevent environmental catastrophe…

Animal Rebellion was created in June when representatives of 20 animal rights groups — including The Vegan Society, Peta, and vegan charity Viva! — met to discuss a campaign of ‘non-violent civil disobedience’ that would force the Government to ‘end the industries of animal agriculture and fishing and [lead] a transition to a sustainable and just plant-based food system’… They say they are following in the footsteps of a long list of people including Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi. ‘We declare rebellion against the Government and the animal agriculture and fishing industries,’ they say. ‘We are not simply here to disrupt . . . For the sake of all life, these industries must end.’  SOURCE…

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