About 500 animal rights activists rallied today (August 28) in London to protest animal cruelty, stopping traffic across the city.
Animal rights protesters from Animal Rebellion, an offshoot of climate change group Extinction Rebellion, Camp Beagle, a group calling for the release of beagle dogs from a Cambridgeshire breeding facility, and other groups gathered outside Smithfield Market in Farringdon.
They held a rally for speeches before parading through the city and stopping at Blackfriars station, the offices of food company Unilever and other businesses in the City.
Activists held up banners and signs saying “Unite for Animal Justice”, “Free the MBR Beagles” and “Meat is Murder”.
The protesters were standing against the MBR Acres site in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire where beagles are bred for medical and veterinary research.
PA news agency reported that an Animal Rebellion member told the crowd that Unilever had contacted their group following their campaigning, which was met with cheers.
Speeches were held, with the event lasting about 20 minutes and hundreds gathered to protest the rearing of dogs for animal research.
The Metropolitan Police tweeted there was a blockage at Blackfriars Bridge due to the protesters and it was resolved shortly afterwards.
The demonstrators next staged a sit-in outside the offices of Cargill offices, an agricultural company, in nearby Queen Victoria Street.
MBR Acres, owned by US-based company Marshall BioResources, has been put under the spotlight by Camp Beagle before.
The protest group have previously travelled to MBR Acres aiming to end the testing of some 2,000 beagle puppies.
On July 22, protestors staged a full day of demonstration outside the beagle breeding site.
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