Animal Rebellion eco-warriors plan to block UK dairy depots for two weeks
The UK could face milk shortages and price hikes as vegan campaigners plan to disrupt supply lines by blocking dairy depots for two weeks, Britain’s main supplier of milk warned on Tuesday. fresh milk.
Animal Rebellion, an offshoot of popular eco-activist group Extinction Rebellion, said it is “willing to do whatever it takes without violence – and that includes jail time” to force UK milk makers to switch to factories by 2025.
“This September we are going to disrupt the supply of dairy products across the UK with 500 people day in and day out, cutting off supermarket milk supplies and causing an unignorable high level disruption that will be felt by dozens of million people across the UK”, reads a statement on the Animal Rebellion website.
On Wednesday, a group of around 50 activists already blocked the Arla Aylesbury factory, the UK’s largest dairy factory, which produces 1.1 billion liters of milk each year, supplying some 10% of the country’s milk supply.
Arla Foods UK Managing Director Ash Amirahmadi has warned that “anything that increases the cost of doing business will eventually increase the cost to consumers”, as the average price of milk has already risen by some 43% over the past year in the context of the cost of living crisis.
He added that Arla Foods was working with the police and government to ensure its supply chains were not disrupted, while Tory MP Alicia Kearns insisted the “The vegan militia should face the full force of the law.
In July, a group of Animal Rebellion activists staged an anti-dairy protest at London’s Harrods department store by removing milk from shelves and pouring it all over the floor. The group was eventually forcibly removed from the store.
Video footage of the protest was shared by the group on social media and quickly drew attention and outrage from other vegans, who called the act a “embarrassment” and detrimental to the vegan cause.
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