McDonald's depots blockaded by animal rights protesters threatening supply to 1,300 UK branches

ANIMAL rights protesters have blockaded every McDonald's depot in the UK – threatening the supply of burgers to all of the chain's 1,300 UK branches.

More than 50 campaigners from Animal Rebellion are using 'trucks and bamboo' to seal off the company's distribution centres in Hemel Hempstead, Basingstoke, Coventry and Heywood.

Lorries are currently unable to leave the depots.

And the activists say they want McDonald's to commit to becoming fully plant-based by 2025.

Animal Rebellion said they intend to remain at the sites for at least 24 hours.

The move will likely cause significant disruption to the McDonald's supply chain.

Videos posted online show the activists building huge structures from bamboo and sitting on top of lorries ready to take food to branches.

In footage, one protester shows parked-up lorries and says: "They won't be leaving today.

"We've shut the whole place down and not only that, we've shut down distribution centres across the country.

"Four distribution centres across the country, which are the only McDonald's distribution centres in the UK.

"We've shut them all down today."

Animal Rebellion spokesman James Ozden said the action was aimed at calling out the animal agriculture industry for its part in the global climate crisis.

“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,” he said.

“The only sustainable and realistic way to feed ten billion people is with a plant-based food system.

"Organic, free-range and ‘sustainable’ animal-based options simply aren’t good enough.”

McDonald's has been contacted for comment.

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