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CAUSING DISRUPTION: Six charged after animal rights protesters blockade McDonald’s depot in Hemel Hempstead

 Published on: 24th May 2021   |   By: Amneet Kaur   |   Category: Uncategorized

Six people have been charged following an animal rights protest outside a Hemel Hempstead McDonald’s depot.

Animal Rebellion protesters caused disruption to the distribution centre in a bid to demand the fast-food giant to become fully plant based by 2025.

They used trucks and bamboo structures to stop lorries from leaving the depot.

Protests took also place in Basingstoke, Coventry and Heywood, Greater Manchester and this led to food shortages at restaurants across the country. 

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.”

Six people have been charged in connection with the protest in Hemel Hempstead with the following offences:

  • Use of violence or intimidation on person, family or property to compel activity or abstention from lawful activity.
  • Obstruct / disrupt person engaged in a lawful activity.

All have been given strict bail conditions and will appear at St Albans Magistrates’ Court on Friday July 2.

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