New Trend Brings Awareness to Dairy Product Emissions
Teens in Great Britain reportedly dumped milk out of grocery store containers at eight different locations in England, Saturday.
An activist group advocating eliminating consumption of meat and dairy continue a long-running series of protests against milk distributors and retailers. Saturday’s coordinated protest at eight different English grocery stores was promoted heavily by Animal Rebellion. One of the stores the group targeted was upscale retailer Fortnum & Mason.
Two activists with the group were arrested after performing a similar stunt one week ago after the milk they poured allegedly caused damage to carpeting greater than $100,000.
Fox News further reported:
All across the United Kingdom, teenagers concerned about the environment are doing “milk pours.” The new trend involves going into grocery stores, picking up cartons of cow-produced milk, and pouring out their contents, according to the animal rights group Animal Rebellion.
Videos that have popped up on social media show teens pouring milk onto the floor, over sales counters, and elsewhere in the store.
“The dairy industry is incredibly environmentally destructive. The world’s top 5 meat and dairy corporations are now responsible for more GHG emissions than Exxon, Shell or BP,” the organization said in a tweet Saturday.
The account also shared a report from Grain, an international non-profit organization, and the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP), which calls for the planet to “dramatically reduce its greenhouse gas emissions” be eliminating meat and dairy consumption.
According to Animal Rebellion, the “milk pours” took place at eight different locations Saturday, including London, Manchester, Norwich, and Edinburgh.
“Animal farming is THE leading cause of the loss of our wildlife and natural ecosystems,” the group said in another tweet, which also called for the government to “support farmers in an urgent transition to a plant based food system and allow the freed up land to be rewilded in order to restore wildlife populations.”
Several countries around the world have imposed regulations on the agriculture industry, such as limits on nitrogen emissions caused by dairy production. Environmentalists have encouraged the use of dairy alternatives, such as almond, soy, coconut and oat milk, though these too have been criticized.
It is unclear if the protesters walked to the stores in sneakers without any leather components to advocate for more environmentally friendly societal behavior.