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.
“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”.
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.
Animal Rebellion have now dyed the Trafalgar Square fountains red, symbolising the blood that is on the hands of the UK Government. We are here today to demand that the government prevent future pandemics by ending animal farming and transitioning to a plant-based food system. pic.twitter.com/FAA6tW1wn1— Animal Rebellion (@RebelsAnimal) July 11, 2020
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