Protesters have barricaded a McDonald’s factory and arrested four people.
Animal Rebellion activists have been on site in Scunthorpe for more than 48 hours to stop the fast-food giant leaving the factory for products to completely move to a “plant-based food menu by 2025.”
“Animal and climate justice” protesters arrived at the venue on Lüneburg Way early Thursday morning. Dozens of activists barricaded using trucks, tents and bamboo structures and locking each other to prevent the facility from distributing burgers.
Trucks bearing the “McMurder” sign were parked outside the factory while police vans cordoned off the area.
Accusing the global chain of poor labor conditions and wreaking havoc on the environment, activists said if McDonald’s is the first to roll out a plant-based menu by promising to be 20 percent plant-based within a year. If action is taken, they will end the blockade.
By Saturday afternoon, the last protester was being removed from the bamboo structure by the police.
Animal Rebellion spokeswoman Harley McDonald-Eckersall said: “What’s happening right now with corporations like McDonald’s is that the world is changing, they don’t change, they’re going to be left behind. We hope we’ve sent a big message. We have sent messages to McDonald’s over and over again.
Ms McDonald-Eckersall said the chain was a symbol of the system they are trying to change, which is the entire animal farming industry, and the group hopes they have “spurred a public debate.”
Assistant Chief Constable Chris Noble said: “We can confirm that four people have been arrested on suspicion of multiple offences, while a further nine people have now been reported for summons under Section 241 of the Trade Union Act .
“While we recognize the right to legitimate protest as an important part of any democracy, we also recognize the right of local companies to go about their legitimate business.
“Where offenses have been committed, appropriate action will be taken and a thorough investigation will be conducted.”