Vegan mob cause milk and cream shortages at Lidl as they block three more dairy production sites


The Countryside Alliance today slammed eco warriors it called ‘desperate attention seekers’ who are causing chaos at dairy plants across England. 

Vegan activists who filmed themselves puncturing HGV tyres with drills, and disrupting the supply of milk and cream to supermarkets, were accused of ‘crossing the line between protest and criminality’.

The stunts at sites in Droitwich in Worcestershire, Willenhall in the West Midlands and Acton in west London mark the third consecutive day of action from Animal Rebellion demonstrators.

Their disruption already appears to be having an impact on the supply chain as posters advertising shortages at a Lidl store in Portsmouth were spotted this morning.

They read: ‘All Milk & Cream Lines: Due to haulage issues there is limited availability on the above lines. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.’

The Countryside Alliance, which campaigns for fieldsports including hunting and shooting, criticised the 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’. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

The activists filmed their stand-off with police in the early hours of Tuesday morning

The activists filmed their stand-off with police in the early hours of Tuesday morning

The campaigners were all smiles as they posed this morning amid their disruptive action

The campaigners were all smiles as they posed this morning amid their disruptive action

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

Activists on top of a truck hold up an Animal Rebellion sign reading 'plant-based future'

Activists on top of a truck hold up an Animal Rebellion sign reading ‘plant-based future’

A group of demonstrators pose as they took part in a protest in the early hours of this morning

A group of demonstrators pose as they took part in a protest in the early hours of this morning

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

During their protest this morning, some of the campaigners sat on top of trucks to try and disrupt their movement.

However there was outcry from the group that the vehicles continued driving forward as they did so, amid concerns it would endanger their safety. 

One activist at Acton today is 18-year-old Xanthe, who said: ‘Yesterday Liz Truss was announced as our new Prime Minister, throughout her time as Environment Secretary, and then Foreign Secretary she has neglected farmers, rural communities, and our natural world.

‘We are taking action after months of attempted negotiations have been ignored by Truss and her predecessor, Boris Johnson. All this time people across the country have suffered during the cost-of-living crisis, whilst we saw searing temperatures in July and August as a direct result of the climate and ecological emergencies.

‘We need the new Prime Minister to make the first steps towards a better world by beginning the transition into a plant-based future.’

Robert Allan, 28, a musician from London, also involved at Acton, added: ‘We are being faced with the most brutal of cost-of-living crises right now. 

‘Food is becoming more scarce and expensive because of the drought and crop failures brought on by the climate crisis. 

‘Liz Truss’s time as Environment, then Foreign Secretary increased the reliance on importation and the inappropriate distribution of subsidies that trap farmers in unproductive, loss-making businesses.

‘The new Prime Minister should use their role to reverse this damage and take a bold step toward a plant-based future. 

‘If we make this transition farmers can reliably produce vast amounts of cheap, healthy, and local plant-based food. 

‘Not only would this reduce the grocery bill for families across the UK, but the land no-longer-needed for animal farming and fishing could be rewilded and draw down vast amounts of carbon from the atmosphere.

‘We have a science-backed solution to the climate and ecological crisis and we urge Liz Truss to take it.’

Animal Rebellion were recently been filmed pouring milk over the Harrods Food Hall floor, which drew strong criticism from social media users, calling the stunt ‘foolish’.

Twitter users pointed out that the protestors – who also staged sit ins at other supermarkets and cleared shelves of milk and dairy products – were only making ‘a mess for the cleaners to clean up’ and making it ‘dangerous for disabled customers’.

One said: ‘You didn’t hurt the dairy industry here, you gave them a large new order.

‘You hurt the workers at the store (who may be punished for the cost of the new order), you hurt poor and food insecure customers, you made it dangerous for disabled customers.

‘What is wrong with you?’

Another said: ‘Why do you clowns always make trouble for the working classes, never your own?’

The group have even been slammed by other vegans, who called their actions at Harrods ‘detrimental’ and ‘hypocritical’. 

One account started the conversation saying: ‘Am I the only vegan who was seriously disturbed rather than impressed by the Harrods milk protest?

Other accounts were quick to voice their agreement, with one saying they ‘didn’t get it’ and it made ‘vegans look like fools’.

Another account said: ‘The mere idea of that protest angers me. It’s hypocritical at best.’

The eco warriors bringing Britain’s milk supply to a halt 

Alan Guthrie

A 53-year-old self-employed businessman, he is perhaps best known for taking part in a stunt last year which resulted in McDonald’s restaurants running short of burgers and fries. He helped follow extremists blockade distribution centres and delay 1,900 lorries, doing so while dressed as mascot Ronald McDonald in the stocks, with a sign around his head reading ‘I’m sorry’.

 

Louis McKechnie

The John Lennon lookalike is best known for strapping himself to a goalpost during a football match between Everton and Newcastle back in March. The 21-year-old stormed the pitch half way through the Premier League clash and zip-tied himself to the woodwork wearing a bright orange t-shirt saying: ‘Just stop oil.’ McKechnie halted play for seven minutes before the stadium’s staff prised him free with a huge pair of bolt cutters and hauled him off the pitch where he was arrested. He has also been accused of smearing red paint on the Queen Victoria memorial as part of an Animal Rebellion protest and blocked access to oil terminals in Essex.

 

Xanthe Wells

One of the group’s youngest demonstrators, but has been taking part in similar protests for many years. The 18-year-old has previously been seen at Extinction Rebellion rallies and has also shown support for the Just Stop Oil movement. Xanthe said today: ‘We need the new Prime Minister to make the first steps towards a better world by beginning the transition into a plant-based future.’

Joel Scott-Halkes 

A filmmaker as well as an activist, Mr Scott-Halkes was educated at Truro School, an independent boarding school charging fees of up to £10,000 a year, before going on to study at Oxford. He has filmed a number of recent incidents, including the protest outside Westminster on Monday when Liz Truss was announced as the new leader of the Conservative Party. The 30-year-old said: ‘We are going to continue disrupting the dairy industry for as long as it takes until there are supermarkets shortages.’

 

Theresa Higginson 

Describing herself online as ‘Goddess of Empowerment’, Theresa Higginson took part in a protest at an Aylesbury depot yesterday, holding up an Animal Rebellion flag with the word ‘love’. After reading economics at the University of Essex as a student, she now describes her employment as being a ‘compassion practitioner’.



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