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Activists from Animal Rebellion plan to blockade Smithfield Market, the largest wholesale meat market in the UK, in a two-week-long protest starting October 7. 

The organization will mobilize more than 10,000 activists to take to the streets of central London for the demonstration, which includes overnight blockades of the market. 

In a statement sent to Plant Based News, Coordinator and spokesperson for Animal Rebellion, Dan Kidby, said: “Animal Rebellion’s message to the public, policy-makers, and the future Citizen’s Assembly is that we need to urgently end the industries of animal farming and fishing, and transition to a plant-based food system in order to avert climate breakdown, mass extinction and ensure justice for farmed animals.”

Animal Rebellion says it ‘expects resistance’ but is committed to ‘nonviolent disobedience’. 

‘Unaware of incredible suffering’

Prominent animal advocate and celebrity actor Peter Egan described the protest as an ‘important development for animals and our planet’. 

“Seeing Animal Rebellion advocate for animals in this way, and coming together with Extinction Rebellion, is inspiring and just shows how things are moving in the right direction,” Egan said.

“Too many people still believe that animals are happy to end up on our plates, and are unaware of the incredible suffering that takes place in the meat, dairy and fishing industries. 

“It is right that people are taking part in mass protest to bring these issues to light, and the links with the climate emergency just make this even more urgent. People are not willing to sit by and watch the crisis unfold. It’s time for our government to take climate and animal protection seriously.”

Liam Giliver

Liam is the former Deputy Editor of Plant Based News. He has written for The Independent, Huffington Post, Attitude Magazine, and more. He is also the author of 'We're Worried About Him'.