Animal rights protestors are blockading four UK distribution centres for McDonald’s which they say will impact approximately 1,300 establishments.
Animal Rebellion said they’re using trucks and bamboo structures at the distribution sites in Hemel Hempstead, Basingstoke, Coventry and Keywood, Greater Manchester, to prevent lorries from leaving depots.
The group is demanding that McDonald’s commit to becoming completely plant-based by 2025.
Animal Rebellion said they plan to remain at the sites for at least 24 hours, creating significant disruption to McDonald’s supply chain.
James Ozden, a spokesperson for the group, said the action was directed at calling out the animal agriculture industry for their part in the global climate crisis.
He said that the meat and dairy industry was slaughtering the planet, causing enormous quantities of rainforest deforestation, releasing immense quantities of greenhouse gases and destroying billions of animals each year.
And continued that the only sustainable and practical way to feed ten billion people was with a plant-based food system and that organic, free-range and sustainable animal-based options just weren’t good enough.
The group added in a statement that they were shutting down McDonald’s distribution to all of its 1300 UK restaurants because of their responsibility for the climate emergency, the cutting down of the Amazon rainforest to make way for grazing cattle, and their continued unwillingness to take action and change to a plant-based menu.
The statement said that their activists were locked into concrete tubes and secured on bamboo constructions, and it was wet and cold, but they were there until McDonald’s issued a statement or met with them to discuss how they can play a better part in their collective future.
They said that for decades all they’ve been interested in is profit, with some of the unhealthiest foods one can eat, and that climate change, deforestation, and animal agriculture were the greatest menaces to the planet, not to mention the obesity crisis fed by fast food, and that there was no McFish on a dead planet, and that they needed to act now.
McDonald’s has been contacted for comment.
However, is it not a person’s right to eat whatever they want, which includes meat, and if McDonald’s did become fully plant-based, there would be hundreds of people who definitely wouldn’t eat there anymore.
Of course, the big question is, are McDonald’s hamburger patties actually 100 per cent beef?
Well, according to McDonald’s, their meat is 100 per cent beef with no fillers, no additives, and no preservatives, according to a statement on their website, and most of the meat is a ground up mixture of chuck, sirloin, and round. As for it being completely grass-fed like what you might expect at a fine steakhouse, well, probably not. The cattle might start out eating grass, but they’re then moved over to a diet of grains, grasses and minerals.
As for the health concerns regarding McDonald’s meat, well, it is fast food, so you have to take that into account, and whilst I’m in support of a plant-based diet, this was a group that decided to impose their views on others.
This is deemed to be a free world, supposedly, and we should all have freedom of choice, which some people try to deny to us for their own narrow-minded and misguided views.
You can arm people with information, and that’s fine, but those people can choose what they want to do with it, and this animal rebellion is missing the point.
If they want a plant-based outlet, then make one by opening up premises that just sell plant-based foods only, and whilst cattle farming is responsible for the vast preponderance of climate-changing gases and deforestation, the idea that plant-based diets are the answer is naive.
The planet is overpopulated, so the only long term answer is to lessen the population. How we do that is another story, but I wouldn’t recommend viruses!