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Watch: Animal Rebellion protesters pour milk on Harrods shop floor

Watch: Animal Rebellion protesters pour milk on Harrods shop floor

Animal Rebellion protesters were filmed pouring milk on to the shop floor and meat counter of Harrods on Saturday as they called for a transition to a “plant-based food system”.

Footage shows several protesters pouring milk, taken from the shelves, on to display cabinets in Harrods’ food hall in Knightsbridge.

The group co-ordinated the action in stores like Waitrose, Whole Foods and Marks and Spencer in London, Manchester, Norwich and Edinburgh just before 12pm.

Skylar Sharples, an international development graduate from Bristol and one of the protesters at Harrods, said: “Supporters of Animal Rebellion are back acting because (Prime Minister) Liz Truss and Ranil Jayawardena (Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) are again deciding to ignore calls to start building a better future.

“A plant-based future would see a beautiful world for us all, thriving with nature and life.

“The steps to properly support farmers in this transition need to begin now.”

The group has called for the Government to urgently speed up the transition to a plant-based food system and support farmers through the process.

Another group was filmed emptying milk bottles on to the floor and across a table laden with cheeses in Fortnum and Mason in Piccadilly.

Lou Hadden, a charity worker from Herefordshire who joined the action said: “This is not how I imagined spending my weekend.

“Unfortunately, this disruption is necessary to get those in power to listen to the academics at Oxford, Harvard and the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change).

“The world’s best climate and land scientists are calling for the transition to a plant-based food system.

“We need bold and decisive politics at this time, not the horror show we currently see.”

Separately, members of the public clashed with protesters from climate campaign group Just Stop Oil after activists blocked a major road in east London.

Nearly 30 demonstrators gathered on Shoreditch High Street at the junction of Great Eastern Street just after noon on Saturday where they set up a road block to disrupt traffic.

The Met Police said 26 people were arrested on suspicion of wilfully obstructing a highway, with officers having to carry out “debonding” of those glued to the road.