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Press release: Animal Rebellion

Date: 13/06/21

BREAKING: POLICE REPRESSION AT G7

  • 15 protestors have been arrested on charges of conspiracy to cause a public nuisance. Another 7 people are suspected to have been arrested according to eyewitnesses. 
  • Arrests follow after Animal Rebels peacefully occupied seating in the Falmouth McDonald’s, close to the G7 site. 
  • Animal Rebellion say that police are disproportionately targeting them and this repression shows just how important their message is: animal agriculture is destroying our planet and killing billions of animals. 
  • Animal Rebellion is calling for a transition to a just and sustainable plant-based food system to stop the climate crisis and end the suffering of animals. 

Yesterday afternoon police raided the Animal Rebellion campsite, situated close to the G7 site in Cornwall, arresting 15 people on site. Up to 7 more people have been reported to be arrested later in the day after attempting to return to the camp. 

Individuals were arrested as police claimed to have intelligence of articles, which could be used to cause damage, at the campsite. Despite the use of hundreds of police, dozens of vans and even police dogs, all that was found was some « scaffolding », « paint » and an « airhorn ». This was the basis of their arrests. 

Animal Rebellion, a mass movement using nonviolent civil disobedience to call for a sustainable plant-based food system, is calling on world leaders to make necessary changes and prepare for the inevitable transition of our food system. 

 “Decisions made by a small number of powerful people are destroying the planet and killing billions of animals,” said Harley McDonald-Eckersall, a spokesperson for the organisation – “the rest of the world feels the impacts”. 

Up to twenty-two people have been arrested on charges of conspiracy to cause a public nuisance.This follows after around 50 people were peacefully occupying the vast majority of seating available, both inside and outside the McDonald’s in Falmouth. 

“We will continue to make our voices heard until leaders and monoliths such as McDonald’s choose to be a part of the solution,” said Ermina Smith, another spokesperson for Animal Rebellion. 

Those arrested include people who were packing up to go home to their children, some older people, people with dogs, people who had chosen not to attend protests, as well as the campsite owner. 

“This authoritarian, preemptive policing is a threat to both democracy and progress,” voiced James Ozden, another spokesperson for the organisation. 

On previous days , police had entered the property without a warrant despite repeated requests from the landowner for them to leave. Police also arrested 7 people on Thursday who were trying to go to  the beach and charged them with conspiracy to cause criminal damage. They were released with bail conditions to leave Cornwall and Devon and not be in company with each other.

Animal Rebellion is one of many campaign groups currently in Cornwall taking action to disrupt G7. The sister movement to Extinction Rebellion, Animal Rebellion uses non-violent direct action to highlight the environmental and ecological impact of animal agriculture on the climate emergency and animals. This movement demands that the government and financial institutions #DefundMeat and transition to a just and sustainable plant based food system, in order to mitigate the worst effects of the climate crisis.  

Interview opportunities and photos

For an interview, photo opportunities or further information, contact the following spokespeople:

  • James Ozden – 07476663297
  • Harley McDonald-Eckersall – 07593873298

Press release: Animal Rebellion
Date: 22/05/2021

BREAKING: Animal Rebellion blockades McDonald’s distribution centres across the UK

  • Protestors from Animal Rebellion are targeting McDonald’s by blockading all four of their UK distribution centres, which supply approximately 1300 restaurants. 
  • The 100+ protestors intend to blockade the site for at least 24 hours, using trucks and bamboo structures, causing significant disruption to the McDonald’s supply chain.
  •  Animal Rebellion say that McDonalds is just a symbol of a much bigger problem, the entire animal agriculture industry. They are calling for a transition to plant-based food system to stop the climate crisis and end the suffering of animals.


Protestors from Animal Rebellion are targeting McDonald’s by blockading all four of their UK distribution centres, which supply approximately 1300 restaurants and serve 3.5 million customers each day. 

These protests happening across the country are calling out the animal agriculture industry for their part in the global climate crisis, by causing economic disruption to the McDonald’s supply chain. Around 50 protestors are using trucks and bamboo structures at four locations to stop lorries from leaving depots, with messages such as “Meat & Dairy = Climate Crisis” and “Plant-Based Food System!”. They intend to stay for at least 24 hours and cause a large-scale disruption to the McDonald’s supply chain, where restaurants may suffer a shortage of stock. 

Animal Rebellion, a mass movement using nonviolent civil disobedience to call for a sustainable plant-based food system, is demanding that McDonald’s becomes fully plant-based by 2025. However, they say McDonald’s is just a symbol of the system they are trying to change, which is the entire animal agriculture industry.

James Ozden, a spokesperson for Animal Rebellion, 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.”

According to the EAT Lancet report, if we hope to feed 10 billion people and stay within planetary boundaries, we need to reduce red meat and milk consumption by 90% by 2050. A 2018 study into the environmental impacts of food production – the most comprehensive of its kind – found that a plant-based food system could reduce farmland usage by 76% and greenhouse gas emissions by 49% from current global levels. 

Dave Morris, former McLibel Trial defendant said “All that McDonalds and similar corporations care about is making massive profits, in any way they can get away with. To do this, they exploit their customers, workers, farm animals and the environment. Instead of tolerating this any longer, society needs to act to reclaim control over the world’s resources and decision-making, and make sure that we create a sustainable and decent future for ourselves and future generations.”

Nick More, renewable energy developer and member of Amazon Rebellion, said: “McDonald’s and the wider animal agriculture industry is clearly responsible for huge levels of deforestation in the Amazon Basin and wider Pantanal region. Despite their apparent greenwashing, there is no transparency in their supply chain or independent audit sufficient to support their claims that they are not a driver of deforestation. “

Investigations have revealed that that chain has had a role in the illegal destruction of the Amazon Rainforest. And, with 80% of the Amazon’s deforestation occurring due to cattle ranching, protestors argue this is a problem that needs to be addressed urgently.

Animal Rebellion say they support McStrike and ‘Fight for $15’, movements calling for better treatment of fast food workers. McDonald’s workers in 15 US cities went on strike for higher wages on May 19th, the day before the company’s annual shareholders meeting. They want the fast food giant to pay all its employees at least $15 per hour, almost double the current minimum wage in the US.

Protestors are targeting distribution sites in Hemel Hempstead, Basingstoke, Coventry and Heywood.

What MUST happen now

What needs to happen next is pretty simple; Animal Rebellion is demanding that McDonald’s commits to going fully plant-based by 2025.

Currently, the Government, and the agricultural industry, has no plan in place to transition the UK agricultural industry to net-zero by 2050. However, if chains like McDonald’s take responsibility for their part in the global climate crisis, we could start moving in the right direction.

To join the rebellion and call for a more sustainable food system, visit our website now.

Interview opportunities and photos

For an interview, photo opportunties or further information, contact the following spokespeople:

  • Alex Lockwood – 07939 252 113 (unavailable 11am-2pm)
  • James Ozden – 07476663297
  • Harley McDonald-Eckersall – 07593873298

This is the official source for Animal Rebellion UK news,
press releases, updates, images and videos.

Email: pressoffice@animalrebellion.org

Phone: James: +447476663297
Alex: +447939 252 113

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