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Vegan activists held a peaceful protest in Brighton Waitrose yesterday in a bid to bring attention to animal suffering.

Around 20 activists with global animal rights network Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) stood in front of the meat aisle holding placards and carrying flowers for the dead animals.

Placards bore statements including ‘Humane murder is a lie’ and ‘It’s not food, it’s violence’.

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“Why is an aisle of dead animal bodies normal, but speaking out about blatant violence towards defenceless beings extreme?” said a statement by DxE.

“Christmas is a time for love, but we choose to celebrate it by taking the life of another, a completely unnecessary act that creates unimaginable suffering.

“This direct action shines a light on the forgotten victims of this festive season, the turkeys. You can’t shop in peace when you’re buying death.”

A spokesperson for Waitrose said: “We pride ourselves on exceptional animal welfare, with our turkeys farmed to high standards at farms we know and trust.”

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.