Extinction Rebellion And Animal Rights Activists Join Forces

Leading UK animal justice organisations came together to discuss the mobilisation of 10,000 animal advocates this October in nonviolent mass disruption of the industries of animal agriculture and fishing.

[2 July 2019, London]

The prospect of a two-week long ‘Animal Rebellion’ as part of Extinction Rebellion’s next mass protest in October is generating a huge amount of excitement within the animal justice community. On Sunday 30 June, 18 of the UK’s leading animal justice organisations came together to discuss the nonviolent mobilisation of 10,000 animal lovers and animal advocates to highlight the catastrophic impacts of the animal agriculture and fishing industries in the climate emergency.

Following the successful International Rebellion in April 2019, the October Rebellion would see animal justice activists take part in peaceful mass disruption in the capital, alongside many other social justice movements from all over the UK.

The proposed “movement of movements” approach has the potential to unite diverse groups in solidarity and under the shared goal for systemic change to prevent ecological and climate breakdown, leading to the extinction of all species from the planet. The plan will be for different movements and groups to occupy different sites in London to cause significant disruption in London.

“October is the next big rebellion against the British government for the criminal inactivity on the climate emergency and ecological collapse,” said Roger Hallam, a co-founder of Extinction Rebellion.

Matthew Glover, co-founder of Veganuary and Million Dollar Vegan, said: “If both the environmental and animal movements work together, then we are going to be twice as strong. It’s all connected, we all know this. Getting involved with Extinction Rebellion from October onwards, getting people on the streets, will be a win-win for both movements.”

Ed Winters (otherwise known as Earthling Ed), co-founder of Surge, said: “It fills me with so much hope and optimism about what we are going to achieve in October, which is in an incredibly historic moment of societal and systemic change of people coming together from different groups. We need everyone there from the vegan and animal justice community, so keep October closed off. Book holidays, take time off work, school, do whatever you have to do to be there in October. We can’t miss opportunities like this.”

Spokesperson for Animal Rebellion, Dan Kidby said: “All movements, including the Animal Rebellion, will engage in nonviolent civil disobedience, the only strategy that could ever achieve fast systemic change based on historical evidence.”

Spokesperson Dora Hargitai said: “The energy in the room among the organisations was phenomenal. This is a historic moment of unity that will cause a ripple effect and bond humanity in compassion for protecting all lives on the planet. ”

The Animal Rebellion will engage in civil resistance to communicate the urgency to end the industries of animal agriculture and fishing, and transition to a plant-based food system in order to halt biodiversity loss and reduce emissions to net zero by 2025. The group intends to shift public discourse to acknowledge this reality.

The 18 animal justice organisations met with Animal Rebellion and Extinction Rebellion on Sunday 30 June in London to discuss a strategic collaboration for the unprecedented, massive scale operation scheduled for October.

A wide range of commitments were offered by animal justice organisations in support of the Animal Rebellion, including seconding full-time staff and providing logistics, fundraising and technological support.

Dan Kidby said: “The science is clear, any solution to our climate and ecological emergency must include the government ending the industries of animal agriculture and fishing, and leading a transition towards a sustainable and just plant-based food system.”

Discussions continue between Extinction Rebellion and Animal Rebellion about the details of a proposed partnership.

Organisations attended:

  1. Million Dollar Vegan
  2. Animal Aid
  3. The Vegan Society
  4. PETA
  5. VIVA
  6. SAVE Worldwide and SAVE UK
  7. Veganuary
  8. Animal Interfaith Alliance
  9. Animal Think Tank
  10. Animal Equality
  11. Animal Justice Project
  12. Extinction Rebellion
  13. Animal Rebellion
  14. Greens for Animal Protection
  15. Humane Being
  16. Pan Orthodox Concern for Animals
  17. Quaker Concern for Animals
  18. Sentience Institute
  19. Surge
  20. Virtue for Animals

For more information, contact:

Dan Kidby (07927 706 516)

Alex Lockwood (07974 725 778)

Email: dan.kidby@animalthinktank.org.uk

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