Animal rights activists say they will occupy the UK’s biggest wholesale meat market in a bid to bring an end to livestock farming.
The Animal Rebellion group said 10,000 activists would occupy Smithfield Market, which covers 4ha in the City of London, on Monday 7 October.
The group, part of the Extinction Rebellion that brought London to a standstill with a spate of demonstrations across the city, made the announcement on Friday.
The group draped a banner over one of the market buildings.
It said the protest would take place as “part of a wider rebellion against the government for failing to act on the climate emergency”.
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Pledging that its protest would be peaceful, the group said it recognised that it would cause inconvenience.
They continued: “We are in a climate change emergency and animals are dying.”
“We will treat police, farmers and butchers with love and respect at all times.
“We may be met with anger or aggression, but we will remain non-violent at all times, in our words, in our tone and in our actions.
“At times this may be hard, but we will support each other to act with kindness to all.
“We will do this at a time when Extinction Rebellion and other social movements will be occupying London and demanding the government take urgent action on the climate crisis.
“We aim to draw attention to the harms caused by the agricultural system as a whole, of which Smithfield is a part.”
But farm leaders say that British farmers lead the way in climate-friendly food, animal welfare and environmental protection.
The IPCC’s Debra Roberts said: “Balanced diets featuring plant-based foods … and animal-sourced food produced sustainably in low greenhouse gas emission systems, present major opportunities for adaptation to and limiting climate change.”