Vegan group occupy Smithfield Market demanding government ‘ban meat’
Basit Mahmood, Metro (UK)
7 Oct 2019
A vegan group calling itself ‘Animal Rebellion’ is occupying Smithfield Market in an attempt to ban the sale of meat.
An offshoot of Extinction Rebellion, the group is demanding the country adopt a ‘plant-based diet’.
They began their occupation at 5pm today, despite the market being closed and opening between the hours of 2am and 8am.
Activists held a moments silence to ‘remember all the animals whose lives are lost at the market daily’.
They also held a ceremony to open the ‘plant-based market’ which had been set up by the protestors.
A banner which read ‘Fruit and vegetable market’ was placed at the top of the building.
Those taking part have vowed to occupy the market for the next two weeks.
Smithfield Market is one of the oldest meat markets in London, and one where activist Dillon Fernando said ‘death and environmental destruction would be bought to an end’.
He added that ‘farming and fishing industries are massive contributors to the climate crisis’.
Dillon told LBC: