Animal Rebellion protesters pour milk in Harrods and Waitrose stores and demand “plant-based future”

Climate protesters spilled milk on shops, displays and products across the UK, including Harrods and some Waitrose branches.

Animal Rebellion coordinated the action in stores including Whole Foods and Marks and Spencer in London, Manchester, Norwich and Edinburgh just before noon on Saturday.

Videos of activists pouring milk were widely shared on social media, with a clip of protesters soaking the windows in the Harrods food hall in Knightsbridge attracting particular attention online.

Another group was filmed emptying milk bottles onto the floor and a cheese-laden table at Fortnum and Mason in Piccadilly.

A third group was caught pouring milk on the aisles in a Waitrose in Edinburgh as shop staff watched.

In response to the action, Foreign Minister James Cleverly called the protesters and those who threw a can of soup on Vincent Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” on Friday, calling them “adult children”.

Taking to Twitter Friday night, Mr. Cleverly wrote: “Let’s stop giving these attentions seeking adult children the coverage they clearly crave.

“I just wonder what the reaction would be if a couple of black Lewisham guys threw soup on a Van Gogh or spilled milk on the floor at Harrods,” he wrote.

Animal Rebellion said it calls for a plant-based future and stresses the need to support farmers in the transition to a sustainable plant-based food system.

Lou Hadden, a Herefordshire charity who joined the action at Fortnum and Mason, said, “This is not how I imagined spending my weekend.

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

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

“We need bold and firm politics right now, not the horror show we see right now.”

Meanwhile, Skylar Sharples, a graduate in international development from Bristol and one of the protesters at Harrods, said: “The supporters of Animal Rebellion are back in action because (the prime minister) Liz Truss and Ranil Jayawardena (Secretary of State for the environment, food and rural affairs) are once again deciding to ignore the calls to start building a better future.

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

“The steps to adequately support farmers in this transition must begin now.”

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