Around 500 animal rights activists gathered today (August 28) in London to protest animal cruelty, stopping traffic through the city.
Animal rights protesters from Animal Rebellion, an offshoot of the climate change group Extinction Rebellion, Camp Beagle, a group calling for the release of beagle dogs from a breeding facility in Cambridgeshire, and other groups gathered outside Smithfield Market in Farringdon.
They held a rally for speeches before marching through town and stopping at Blackfriars station, the offices of the food company Unilever and other businesses in the town.
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Activists held up banners and placards saying “Unite for Animal Justice”, “Free the Beagles MBR” and “Meat is Murder”.
Protesters stood against the MBR Acres site in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, where beagles are bred for medical and veterinary research.
The PA news agency reported that a member of Animal Rebellion told the crowd that Unilever contacted their group following their campaign, which was met with cheers.
Speeches were held, the event lasted around 20 minutes, and hundreds of people gathered to protest the breeding of dogs for animal research.
Metropolitan Police tweeted that there was a blockage at Blackfriars Bridge due to protesters and that it was resolved soon after.
Protesters then staged a sit-in outside the offices of Cargill, a farming company, on nearby Queen Victoria Street.
MBR Acres, owned by the American company Marshall BioResources, has already been highlighted by Camp Beagle.
The protest group has already visited MBR Acres in an effort to end testing of some 2,000 beagle puppies.
On July 22, protesters held a full day protest outside the beagle breeding grounds.
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