Tue. Dec 7th, 2021

Animal rebellion requires a change to plant-based diet to save the planet (Image: Animal Rebellion)

Animal rights protesters have been seen climbing into a government building this morning and are demanding a nationwide shift to a plant-based diet.

Protesters from Animal Rebellion were pictured scaling the Department of Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) headquarters in Westminster.

The building in Marsham Street is also shared with the Home Office. The group tweeted this morning that it will “take action until the government defunds meat and subsidizes a plant-based transition”.

It added: ‘Meat and dairy products are one of the leading producers of greenhouse gases and cause 90% of Amazon’s deforestation.

‘World leaders at [COP26] can not talk about meeting the Paris climate goals and securing the global net zero without addressing the fact that our food system is destroying our planet. ‘

Protesters stormed the building using equipment from around 6 p.m. 06.00 this morning and revealed a banner that read: ‘COP26: Invest in a plant-based future’.

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Animal Rights protesters scale Defra building London Image: Sky News

Protesters intend to be suspended in hammocks until Boris Johnson promises to cut taxpayer support for meat (Image: Sky News)

Animal Rebellion says it intends to remain on the building, suspended in hammocks, until Prime Minister Boris Johnson commits to cutting all taxpayer support for animal husbandry.

Protesters also want him to urge all world leaders to do the same when attending UN climate summit COP26 in Glasgow later this week.

Rebel spokesman Nathan McGovern said: ‘Our protesters climbed into the building in the early hours of this morning to send a clear message that we want an end to support for animal husbandry, which is killing our planet.

‘The four, who are about 10 to 20 meters tall, have unveiled a banner that reads “Cop26: Invest in a plant-based future”.

‘We will see how the situation is with the police, but the plan is to stay in place indefinitely and this will remain a peaceful protest.’

Protesters say the meat and dairy industry is ‘unsustainable’ (Image: Sky News)

Spokesman Bel Jacobs added: ‘At the same time, the British government says it is a world leader in climate change, while supporting the unsustainable and unprofitable meat and dairy industry, an industry that emits disproportionate amounts of greenhouse gases. This hypocrisy must stop – we need to define meat and subsidize plant-based alternatives instead. ‘

According to Animal Rebellion and Greenpeace, the UK government spends at least £ 1.5 billion a year on subsidizing livestock farming.

That is about half of the country’s agricultural support and ten times the country’s annual budget for planting trees.

Despite a huge increase in demand for plant-based proteins, the UK has committed just £ 90 million in research and development to this sector, says Animal Rebellion.

Animal Rights protesters scale Defra building London Image: Sky News

They want Boris Johnson to call on other world leaders at the COP26 summit to stop funding the meat industry (Image: Sky News)

Animal Rebellion, which is closely linked to Extinction Rebellion, is demanding that the government invest in vegan alternatives instead.

This was recommended by the National Food Strategy for the sake of both protecting the planet and reducing animal suffering.

The government-commissioned report – the first independent review of the UK food system in 75 years – advised the UK to invest £ 125 million for innovation in alternative proteins to replace meat, dairy products and eggs.

It challenges the nation’s meat consumption and says: ‘Our current appetite for meat is unsustainable. Plant-based proteins produce 70 times less greenhouse gas emissions than a similar amount of beef and use 150 times less soil. ‘

A spokesman for Scotland Yard said: ‘Police were called at. 06.09 after reports that a number of protesters had defeated a government building in Marsham Street.

‘Officers are on site with the London Fire Brigade. There have been no arrests so far. ‘ The force said on Twitter that it was ‘interacting with the protesters’.

It comes after a nationwide ban from the High Court was given to prevent Insulate Britain protesters from blocking busy roads.

The group – an offshoot of Extinction Rebellion – demands that all homes in the UK be properly isolated as a means of combating climate change.

Yesterday, a protester was filmed crawling in pain as he glued his face to a road in the City of London.

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