More than 100 animal rights activists blocked the streets in Melbourne, Australia, as they held a protest against killing animals.
The animal rights activists blocked a busy intersection in the city’s central business district Monday morning as people made their way to work during rush hour.
Activists held signs with messages such as “Sorry for the inconvenience. We are trying to save the world. It’s time,” “SOS, animal emergency, climate emergency,” and “This is a peaceful protest.”
Some also blocked the road using vehicles, where a few animal rights activists chained themselves to while holding various signs with animal rights messages.
Some activists were also holding signs indicating what their job is and how long have they been vegan, while others held signs that encourage the public to watch the vegan documentary “Dominion.”
Speaking about Dominion, Christine Lee, one of the organizers of the protest, told Nine News: “The film shows the truth about what is happening to animals in this country and around the world, but it was all Australian footage.”
“We want to show we’re regular people who have had enough, we are killing the planet and killing animals at rates that are just unacceptable.”
“And drastic times call for drastic measures so that is why we’re here today. We have nine teams around Australia that are going to places of violence to draw attention to them directly.”
Chris Delforce, one of the organizers of the protest and director of Dominion, added: “The industry is telling people these animals are being killed ethically, that they are being killed humanely – the reality is … it’s the furthest thing from humane.”
The protests aim to oppose the Queensland Government, which is currently drafting new laws that would allow the police and agricultural officers to fine vegan activists who storm farms.
Around 38 animal rights activists, including two 17-year-olds and one 15-year-old, were arrested by the police due to obstructing a roadway as well as resisting and obstructing the police.