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2 Of The UK’s Key Dairy Distribution Facilities Partially Disabled

2 Of The UK’s Key Dairy Distribution Facilities Partially Disabled In The Second Night Of Animal Rebellion’s Plant-Based Future Campaign

UPDATE: 14:55 5/9/22

  • Around 00:00 on 5/9/22, 15 supporters of Animal Rebellion trespassed into Arla Aylesbury, breaking a High Court injunction, and significantly disrupting the site’s processing and distribution capacities.

  • Hours later at around 3 am other individuals entered Müller facilities at Droitwich and Bridgwater, at Droitwich actions were also taken to immobilise trucks [1].

  • The actions involved drilling through truck tyres to immobilise them whilst on the morning of 4/9/22, the inlet and outlet hoses at Müller Droitwich were disabled by filling them with expanding foam.

For the second time in 24 hours, Animal Rebellion supporters have trespassed onto critical dairy distribution facilities. The nonviolent actions taken by Animal Rebellion on both the morning of the 4th, as well as in the early hours of this morning, were intended to seriously disable the ability of the facilities to process and distribute milk.

Theresa Higginson, 24, a retail worker from Biggleswade, one of those at Aylesbury, said: “What you have seen today are actions taken out of love for, and a need to protect, all life. Every individual here is united by a common goal, a better and more just world. I stand by all of our actions. We have no alternative. The government had the chance to respond but failed to do so. We have had a leadership contest where the climate crisis has barely had a mention. And we have massive corporations that are able to operate with impunity despite the cost of their businesses on the planet. This Tory leadership election has exposed the need for massive political change, and that starts with the immediate transition to a plant-based food system that supports British farmers into a plant-based future.”

Today’s action is an escalation in Animal Rebellion’s campaign, which the group has stated will continue until the British Government enters negotiations for its two demands [2]:

1. Government supports farmers and fishing communities to move away from animal farming and fishing as part of an urgent and immediate transition to a plant-based food system.

2. Government commits to rewild the freed-up land and ocean as part of a broader programme of wildlife restoration and carbon drawdown.

Rachel Steele, 46, a graphic designer from Blackpool, one of those involved at Aylesbury, said “I came here not because I wanted to cause damage but because I am terrified about the future of the planet and all its inhabitants – human and non-human. We need a political system built on love and compassion. We need massive, fair and rapid system change. We cannot allow the government to greenwash and pretend that they can carry on business as usual, while the planet suffers ever more devastation, causing death and misery to millions. The only way to avert this is by massive governmental support for farmers to transition to a plant-based food system”

The action today comes as part of Animal Rebellion’s demands for a plant-based future, which were announced on Monday 23rd of May [2]. The animal and climate group is calling for wholesale governmental support for farmers and fishing communities to transition to a plant-based food system and programme of rewilding that will secure a future for generations to come.

Animal Rebellion is a mass movement using nonviolent civil disobedience to call for a just, sustainable plant-based food system.


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Notes To Editors:

[1] The sites where actions took place this morning are: 1. Arla Aylesbury, HP22 5EZ 2. Müller Droitwich, WR9 0LW 3. Müller Bridgwater, TA6 6DF.


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