Animal Rebellion block ‘McDonald’s patty factory’ in plant-based protest

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Vegan activists outside the Scunthorpe factory (Joao Daniel Pereira )
Vegan activists outside the Scunthorpe factory (Joao Daniel Pereira )

Activists have organised a blockade of what they say is McDonald’s only burger-producing factory in the UK.

Around 50 protestors from Animal Rebellion, linked to Extinction Rebellion, are urging people to join them at the camp outside the OSI Food Solutions site in Scunthorpe.

Activists climbed huge bamboo structures in a bid to prevent lorries leaving the site, while others mounted the factory roof and lit flares with one chained to a giant Happy Meal box with a sad face painted on the side.

The group claim the plant produces three million beef patties a day and is the only McDonald’s burger factory in the UK.

In a brochure, OSI describes itself as the “exclusive supplier of red meat products” to the fast-food giant’s 1,400 UK branches.

McDonald’s has been approached for comment.

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Workers are still inside the factory with manufacturing still going despite the protest, according to local reports.

In a statement, Animal Rebellion urged “everyone to join the camp and protest against McDonald’s for their track record of destroying the environment, poor labour conditions and animal exploitation.”

“There is no second chance in averting climate breakdown - we have just one opportunity to get this right,” said Professor Joy Carter, Emeritus Professor of Geochemistry and Health, University of Winchester.

“We need to radically change our food system and it must start with the meat and dairy industry. Until we make large-scale systemic changes and move towards a plant-based food system, we will continue to destroy our planet.”

Animal Rebellion said they would end the blockade if McDonald’s “makes the first step” by committing to becoming 20 per cent plant-based within one year.

A North Lincolnshire police spokesman said: “Officers from Humberside Police are currently deployed at a food distribution centre on Luneburg Way in Scunthorpe following reports of a demonstration of around 50 people at the entrance to a food distribution centre.

“Officers are in attendance in order to allow people to go about their lawful business and to protect the right of individuals to take part and exercise their right to peaceful protest.

“The roads in and around the industrial estate remain unaffected as the demonstration is at the entrance to one premise.

“We are liaising with representatives from all sides to address concerns. We are committed to fulfilling our duty to protect the human rights of all the groups and individuals with an interest in this situation.”

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