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A vegan has appeared in court following a protest inside a Brighton branch of McDonald’s.

The protest in May, which was carried out by the Brighton sector international grassroots organization DxE, sought to bring attention to the exploitation and suffering of animals. Activists entered the eatery wearing masks and carrying signs saying ‘it’s not food, it’s violence’. They then sprayed the floor and windows with fake blood.

The court heard that Dylan Roffey was one of the protestors. Roffey, who reportedly wore a ‘Meat the Victims’ T-shirt to court, denied causing £3,000 damage to the outlet and resisting arrest, only speaking to confirm her name and enter not guilty pleas.

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During the May 17 protest, an activist made a speech about the exploitation of animals, saying: “A cruel, violent and greedy system must be challenged. 

“Who are we if we allow innocents to die? If we value, money, taste and convenience over life itself. The power we have over our fellow animals is not an invitation to exploit. Might is not right!”

The case has been adjourned until September 12.

Maria Chiorando

Maria is the editor of Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle.