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· McDonald's Burger Factory Blockaded by Activists
… activists from the Animal Rebellion group have set up camp and formed a blockade at the OSI Food Solutions factory in Scunthorpe, England, in a bid to cause "massive disruption" to McDonald's supply chain…
· Make McDonald's plant-based - protesters
… The protestors have said they will stay as long as it takes until McDonald’s commits to changing towards a plant-based menu…
· McDonald's blockade: Animal Rebellion protest at burger factory
… Protesters claim the plant produces three million beef patties a day and is the only McDonald's burger factory in the UK…
McDonald's Burger Factory Blockaded by Activists
By Ewan Palmer, Newsweek
Climate change and animal rights protesters in the U.K. have blocked entry to a factory which makes burgers for McDonald's while demanding the fast-food chain moves to an entirely plant-based menu.
Around 50 activists from the Animal Rebellion group have set up camp and formed a blockade at the OSI Food Solutions factory in Scunthorpe, England, in a bid to cause "massive disruption" to McDonald's supply chain.
OSI Food Solutions states on their website that they are the "exclusive supplier of red meat products" to McDonald's restaurants across the U.K.
Animal Rebellion claims that the factory produces three million beef patties for McDonald's every day.
The protesters set up a blockade using trucks, tents and bamboo structures while calling for others to come to Scunthorpe to stop the factory from distributing burgers and support their calls for McDonald's switch to a fully plant-based food menu by 2025...
... Rose Patterson, a spokesperson for Animal Rebellion, said in a statement: "We're living in a time where massive change is possible, but our window to act on the climate crisis is closing quickly...
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Make McDonald's plant-based - protesters
BREAKING: Animal Rebellion blockading McDonald’s burger factory, which produces 3 million beef patties per day.
Brendan Montague, The Ecologist
15th July 2021
Climate campaigners with Animal Rebellion are calling on people to “bring their tents” and come to Scunthorpe as they blockade a factory which produces all of McDonald’s iconic beef burger patties, with three million burgers made per day.
As many as 100 protestors set up a blockade using trucks, tents, bamboo structures and a roof occupation in the early hours of this morning to stop the facility from distributing burgers.
The protestors have said they will stay as long as it takes until McDonald’s commits to changing towards a plant-based menu.
They are encouraging everyone to join the camp and protest against McDonald’s for their track record of destroying the environment, poor labour conditions and animal exploitation.
Professor Joy Carter, emeritus professor of geochemistry and health, University of Winchester said: “There is no second chance in averting climate breakdown – we have just one opportunity to get this right.
"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, a mass movement using nonviolent civil disobedience to call for a sustainable plant-based food system, is demanding that McDonald’s becomes fully plant-based by 2025.
They have said that they will end the blockade if McDonald’s makes the first step towards this goal by committing to becoming 20 percent plant-based within a year. However, they say McDonald’s is just a symbol of the system they are trying to change, which is the entire animal agriculture industry.
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McDonald's blockade: Animal Rebellion protest at burger factory
BBC News (UK)
Jul 15, 2021
Animal rights protesters have set up a blockade outside one of McDonald's main UK suppliers.
Activists from Animal Rebellion have blocked the gates to the OSI Food Solutions site in Scunthorpe with a giant Happy Meal box and bamboo towers.
The group has demanded the fast food giant "switch to a fully plant-based food menu by 2025".
Humberside Police said about 50 protesters were present. McDonald's and OSI have been contacted for comment.
Protesters claim the plant produces three million beef patties a day and is the only McDonald's burger factory in the UK.
In a company brochure OSI describes itself as the "exclusive supplier of red meat products" to the chain's 1,400 UK branches.
Protester Harley McDonald-Eckershall said the group aimed to "prevent production and distribution happening at the site".
"Our food systems need to change quite dramatically and we think McDonald's can lead the way," she said...
At the scene - Caroline Bilton, BBC Look North ...
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