Animal activists spray white paint at Big Ben and block Westminster before Liz Truss’s first PMQs


Animal rights activists sprayed ‘fake milk’ white paint at Big Ben this morning ahead of Liz Truss‘s first Prime Minister’s Questions.

Nine campaigners from Animal Rebellion blocked the junction at Parliament Street at around 10.45am today pouring the ‘milk’ over the road and spraying the Elizabeth Tower with white paint using fire extinguishers.

Metropolitan Police officers have been pictured at the scene of the protest as vegan activists sat down in the road with a banner reading ‘plant-based future’.

The climate and animal campaign group say they have ‘targeted Liz Truss ahead of her first PMQs, in a bid to force her into negotiation for their demands’.

They said they gave the landmark ‘a new coat of white paint to represent the destruction and cruelty of the dairy industry’.

This is the fourth consecutive day of the group’s anti-dairy protests in their ‘Plant-Based Future’ campaign, which they say has left milk shelves empty in Plymouth, Portsmouth, Bristol, and Birmingham.

Animal rights activists have this morning sprayed 'fake milk' white paint at Big Ben (pictured) ahead of Liz Truss's first Prime Minister's Questions

Animal rights activists have this morning sprayed ‘fake milk’ white paint at Big Ben (pictured) ahead of Liz Truss’s first Prime Minister’s Questions

Police officers at the Animal Rebellion activists' protest after they threw paint on the walls and road outside the Houses of Parliament in protest

Police officers at the Animal Rebellion activists’ protest after they threw paint on the walls and road outside the Houses of Parliament in protest

Metropolitan Police officers have been pictured at the scene of the protest as campaigners sat down with a banner reading 'plant-based future'

Metropolitan Police officers have been pictured at the scene of the protest as campaigners sat down with a banner reading ‘plant-based future’

Activists blocking Parliament Street in front of Big Ben after they gave the landmark 'a new coat of white paint to represent the destruction and cruelty of the dairy industry'

Activists blocking Parliament Street in front of Big Ben after they gave the landmark ‘a new coat of white paint to represent the destruction and cruelty of the dairy industry’

This action at Westminster is the fourth consecutive day of the group's anti-dairy protests in their 'Plant-Based Future' campaign, which they say has left milk shelves empty in Plymouth, Portsmouth, Bristol, and Birmingham

This action at Westminster is the fourth consecutive day of the group’s anti-dairy protests in their ‘Plant-Based Future’ campaign, which they say has left milk shelves empty in Plymouth, Portsmouth, Bristol, and Birmingham

Andrew Howard, 63, a retired firefighter from Sheffield, at Westminster this morning said ‘today’s action is a direct challenge to Prime Minister Liz Truss.

‘We are calling on her to make the drastic changes that we know need to happen in order to combat the cost-of-living, climate, and ecological crises we are facing.’

‘Supporting farmers into a plant-based future, whilst rewilding the land this would free up, is a total no-brainer.

‘A plant-based future means cheaper food, more nature, and massive amounts of carbon drawn down from the atmosphere. It’s a win for everyone’

Animal Rebellion are trying to put pressure on new PM Liz Truss and newly appointed DEFRA minister, Ranil Jayawardena to ‘directly acknowledge [their] demands for a plant-based future’.

The group used modified fire extinguishers to spray Big Ben with 'fake milk' after arriving at around 10.45am

The group used modified fire extinguishers to spray Big Ben with ‘fake milk’ after arriving at around 10.45am

Met Police officers at the scene as protestors sit down with their banner over the white paint they threw over the road - one officer can be seen writing in his notebook

Met Police officers at the scene as protestors sit down with their banner over the white paint they threw over the road – one officer can be seen writing in his notebook

Police officers stand guard after Animal Rebellion activists threw paint on the walls and road outside the Houses of Parliament

Police officers stand guard after Animal Rebellion activists threw paint on the walls and road outside the Houses of Parliament

The action this morning was said to be a 'direct challenge' to new PM Liz Truss by retired firefighter Andrew Howard, 63

The action this morning was said to be a ‘direct challenge’ to new PM Liz Truss by retired firefighter Andrew Howard, 63

Animal Rebellion are trying to put pressure on new PM Liz Truss and newly appointed DEFRA minister with their stunt outside parliament

Animal Rebellion are trying to put pressure on new PM Liz Truss and newly appointed DEFRA minister with their stunt outside parliament

'The new Prime Minister Liz Truss needs to immediately rebuild her broken relationship with farming and fishing communities and support a sustainable, plant-based food system,' said activist Dr Alice Brough in the wake of the action at Westminster

‘The new Prime Minister Liz Truss needs to immediately rebuild her broken relationship with farming and fishing communities and support a sustainable, plant-based food system,’ said activist Dr Alice Brough in the wake of the action at Westminster

Dr Alice Brough, 31, a livestock veterinarian from Gloucestershire has said ‘Liz Truss and Ranil Jayawardena’s attitude of prioritising free trade, no matter the cost, has shown shocking neglect for British farmers, and therefore the rest of us struggling with the cost-of-living crisis.’

‘The new Prime Minister Liz Truss needs to immediately rebuild her broken relationship with farming and fishing communities and support a sustainable, plant-based food system by tackling the energy price crisis, rising costs, and lack of security British farms are facing.

‘Supporting farmers in a plant-based transition will achieve all of this and more.’

From 4am Yesterday, Animal Rebellion superglued and chained themselves to empty dairy lorries causing chaos and causing £80,000 worth of damage.

Some 43 eco warriors were arrested across the country on suspicion of aggravated trespassing as the Animal Rebellion campaigners took action for the third day in a row.

Climate activists caused a third day of misery for drivers yesterday by supergluing themselves to the top of empty lorries outside the Muller dairy in Droitwich

Climate activists caused a third day of misery for drivers yesterday by supergluing themselves to the top of empty lorries outside the Muller dairy in Droitwich

The group from Animal Rebellion filmed themselves puncturing HGV tyres with drills hidden in bags before their face-off with police at sites in Droitwich in Worcestershire, Willenhall in the West Midlands and Acton in west London

The group from Animal Rebellion filmed themselves puncturing HGV tyres with drills hidden in bags before their face-off with police at sites in Droitwich in Worcestershire, Willenhall in the West Midlands and Acton in west London

Vegan mob activists caused milk and cream shortages at Lidl today after blocking three dairy production sites

Vegan mob activists caused milk and cream shortages at Lidl today after blocking three dairy production sites

This caused mayhem for motorists trying to access large industrial estates in Droitwich, Worcestershire; Willenhall in the West Midlands; and Acton in west London.

The protest affected more than 40 businesses which operate out of the industrial park in Droitwich, with workers saying the majority of the lorries which were occupied were empty of any food products.

Lorry driver Manny Singh said: ‘I’ve been here since 7am, it’s just awful.’

After the action yesterday, Chief Superintendent Ian Parnell, said: ‘We will always respect people’s right to peaceful protest. 

‘But what we cannot do is standby and allow wanton criminal damage which is going to result in significant repair bills and inconvenience.

‘We have a long history of facilitating protests and working with protest organisers so they can take a stand in a peaceful, organised manner.

‘Anyone who oversteps the mark and commits criminal offences can expect to be arrested and potentially put before the courts.’

BRIDGWATER, SOMERSET: Vegan Animal Rebellion activists shut down dairy processing plants for a second consecutive day amid a cost-of-living crisis

BRIDGWATER, SOMERSET: Vegan Animal Rebellion activists shut down dairy processing plants for a second consecutive day amid a cost-of-living crisis

Animal Revolution block a road outside the QEII centre to demand a plant based future and are eventually arrested as Liz Truss is chosen as Conservative Party Leader

Animal Revolution block a road outside the QEII centre to demand a plant based future and are eventually arrested as Liz Truss is chosen as Conservative Party Leader

The Countryside Alliance, which campaigns for fieldsports including hunting and shooting, criticised yesterday’s action and called for harsher punishments.

Spokesman Mo Metcalf-Fisher said: ‘Dairy is enjoyed by the vast bulk of people in this country who appreciate the health benefits that come with it.

‘If people want to drink plant-based alternatives, that’s their right, but these so-called activists should not inflict their dietary preferences on anyone else.

‘Animal Rebellion are desperate attention seekers, but their blinkered following are very militant and are clearly prepared to cross the line between acceptable protest and criminality.

‘We hope the new Home Secretary takes these extremist groups on robustly and swiftly’.

Earlier this week a mob of Animal Rebellion activists broke into a dairy plant and damaged truck tyres.

Vegan activists were arrested on Monday, September 5, after they targeted Liz Truss before she was appointed Prime Minister.

Their second day of action at Arla and Muller’s processing plants involved drilling through truck tyres and filling pipes with expanding foam on Monday.

The animal and climate group are demanding an end to ‘wholesale governmental support for farmers and fishing communities to transition to a plant-based food system’, as well as a ‘programme of rewilding that will secure a future for generations to come’.



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