Animal Rights' Activists Chained for 18 Hours to Protest 'Speciesism'

Published September 30th, 2019 - 12:21 GMT
Three protesters shackled themselves to pillars at Brighton Town Hall at 4pm on Sunday and were still there on Monday morning. (Daily Mail)
Three protesters shackled themselves to pillars at Brighton Town Hall at 4pm on Sunday and were still there on Monday morning. (Daily Mail)
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Three protesters shackled themselves to pillars at Brighton Town Hall Sunday.

Animal rights activists have been chained by the neck to a town hall for more than 18 hours as they protest against 'oppression of non-human animals.'

Three protesters shackled themselves to pillars at Brighton Town Hall at 4pm on Sunday and were still there on Monday morning.

The Brighton chapter of Direct Action Everywhere (Dxe Brighton) says it is calling on local government to demand that 'basic rights' for animals be enshrined into law. 

One of the activists who was locked on said: 'We are here today for all sentient beings, who are being oppressed by the unjust laws of a system that fails to represent them.'

'We are calling on Brighton City Council to show their support for an animal bill of rights and help this law be passed. An animal bill of rights needs to be implemented if we are to stop violence towards non-human animals,' they said.

'I'm willing to risk arrest and my job security to raise awareness of speciesism - the oppression of non-human animals upon which our current system is reliant,' another activist said.

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'Will you take action? Will you join the social justice movement and fight for animal liberation? The time is now - will you stand on the right side of history?' they added.

Dxe Brighton previously made headlines when one of its members spread fake blood inside a McDonald's back in May.

During that protest more than 20 animal rights campaigners marched into the branch of the burger chain in the city spraying fake blood on the floors.

They chanted and held up signs saying: 'Dairy is Scary' and 'Until Every Animal is Free' before staging a sit-in.  

One female protester wearing a pig mask smeared fake blood across the floor before sitting in it.

Officers from Sussex Police arrived at the branch and arrested the masked woman before carrying her from the restaurant and into a waiting police van.

Following the arrest, the group posted on Twitter and wrote: 'We had our first arrest tonight. We will do what ever it takes to STOP the needless, systematic abuse of animals.'  

Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) have also staged protests in Waitrose, Jamie Oliver's restaurant and the Touro steakhouse.

The group is expecting thousands of others around the world to take action between September 29 and October 5 as part of a a 'Global Lockdown for Animal Rights'. 

Brighton and Hove City Council said they were aware of the protest.  

'The protestors have said they are calling for the introduction of an Animal Bill of Rights. The police have visited and confirmed this is a lawful protest. Staff and visitors can use the doors on the north side of the building while the protest continues,' a spokesperson said.

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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