Actions like these very rarely result in change. Especially at farms and abattoirs, where the workers and owners know exactly what they’re doing, and how to make sure that the animals aren’t put through unnecessary pain. Ironically, abattoirs free animals all the time, it’s just that they’re less alive and in more pieces than when they arrived!
SMASH Speciesism are an activist group who regularly attack farms and abattoirs, sharing their progress on social media.
In a video posted to Facebook, they claimed that they had targeted two buildings in the town of Tunbridge Wells “with the intention of remaining inside the building and blockading the killing of animals for as long as possible”.
The group said: “We are going to remain inside of the slaughterhouse for as long as we possibly can and we are not willing to give up our opposition until Forge Farm Meats closes down for good. We would be willing to abandon the blockade if all animals scheduled to be killed today are transported to an animal sanctuary of our choice and if the safety and freedom of the activists are promised, without charges and without personal details.”
“The decision to access and blockade this building has not been taken lightly. We are aware of the legal risks related to the action, but we believe there is no other chance to push systemic change. The continuous exploitation of sentient beings, treated as property, is not just immoral but unjust, and if we have to force justice by acting against the law, we will do so unapologetically.”
In a detailed explanation of the stunt, the group claimed that two separate teams have accessed both the kill floor and waste silos at the slaughterhouse, thereby ensuring that “their eviction will need climbing police and specialised operatives that know how to cut lock ons”.
A Forge Farm Meats spokesperson called the protests “inconvenient and pathetic”. This may just be the best description of an animal rights protest ever. They called the police and escorted the activists off the property. One of these days, activists will visit the wrong business and have more than the police to answer to.
SMASH Speciesism said: “Seeing that protests and demonstrations are being ignored and that change needs to happen fast, we have decided to take direct action against speciesism. We are not here to convince the apathetic public about diet change, we are here with the single intention of avoiding more innocent victims being brutally murdered for profit.”
Imagine a group of people coming to your workplace, not knowing anything about the industry, but claiming that it should be shut down.
Would you listen? I doubt it.
Vegans, you just can’t keep them out of the news.
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