Vegan activists' bloody stunt at popular tourist attraction

Yahoo News Staff
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London’s iconic Trafalgar Square fountain has been turned blood red by animal rights activists.

A few dozen activists from the Animal Rebellion group held placards as dye was poured into the fountain's basins on Saturday about 1pm (local time).

Video uploaded by the group to Twitter shows a man appearing to pour dye into the fountain.

An Animal Rebellion protester stands in London's Trafalgar Square fountain which has been dyed red.
The Animal Rebellion dyed London's Trafalgar Square fountain red. Source: AAP

“Don’t turn away,” a woman says through a PA.

“We’re here because we haven’t given up hope. We believe that a better world is possible.”

The group demanded the government “prevent future pandemics by ending animal farming and transitioning to a plant-based food system”, adding the red symbolised "blood that is on the hands of the UK government”.

Animal rights activists hold signs as they sit at a fountain whose water was turned red after protesters poured coloured dye into the clear water, on Trafalgar Square in London.
Animal rights activists said eating animals led to COVID-19. Source: Reuters

Stephanie Zupan, a spokesperson for the group, told the Metro COVID-19 is an example as to why people needed to stop eating animals.

It’s believed coronavirus originated from a Chinese wet market where animals, including bats, were sold for food.

“The government must now begin a transition towards a plant-based food system, or risk future zoonotic pandemics of catastrophic proportions,” she said.

Police later said two people had been arrested on suspicion of causing criminal damage.

With Reuters

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