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Activists blockade McDonald's distribution centres in U.K., demanding chain go plant-based

Animal rights protesters are blockading four McDonald's distribution centres in the U.K. in an attempt to get the burger chain to commit to becoming fully plant-based by 2025.

Group Animal Rebellion says meat, dairy industries 'destroying our planet'

Police monitor Animal Rebellion protesters, seen suspended from a bamboo structure and on top of a van, outside a McDonald's distribution site in Hemel Hempstead, England on Saturday. (Yui Mok/Press Association/The Associated Press)

Animal rights protesters are blockading four McDonald's distribution centres in the U.K. in an attempt to get the burger chain to commit to becoming fully plant-based by 2025.

Animal Rebellion said Saturday that trucks and bamboo structures are being used at the distribution sites in Hemel Hempstead, Basingstoke, Coventry and Heywood, Greater Manchester, to stop lorries from leaving the depots.

The group said it intends to remain at the sites for at least 24 hours, causing "significant disruption" to the McDonald's supply chain, adding that it will affect some 1,300 restaurants.

"The meat and dairy industry is destroying our planet: causing huge amounts of rainforest deforestation, emitting immense quantities of greenhouse gases and killing billions of animals each year," said James Ozden, a spokesperson for the group.

An Animal Rebellion activist is suspended from a structure outside a McDonald's distribution site in Hemel Hempstead, England as part of the protest. (Yui Mok/Press Association/The Associated Press)

"The only sustainable and realistic way to feed 10 billion people is with a plant-based food system. Organic, free-range and 'sustainable' animal-based options simply aren't good enough," he added.

McDonald's has not responded to a request for comment.

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