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McLibel Anniversary

  1. McLibel: Anniversary of 1997 High Court Victory!

The High Court ruled that McDonald’s marketing has “pretended to a positive nutritional benefit which their food did not match”; that they “exploit children”; are “culpably responsible for animal cruelty” and “pay low wages”.

The Appeal court added that it was fair comment that their employees worldwide “do badly in terms of pay and conditions”, and true that “if one eats enough McDonald’s food” this may well lead to “the very real risk of heart disease.”

Whilst McDonalds continue to strive to be responsible for the killing of more animals than anyone else on the planet, we must continue to educate the public about the ethical alternatives for the sake of all the worlds people, other animals and the global environment.

Following the European Court victory the campaign was wound up, although other groups and individuals continue campaigning independently (as has always been the case).



Some things of note since the Euro victory include:



  • BBC showing of the full-length McLibel documentary
  • Protests continue
  • McDonald’s / Rainforest / Soya feed for animals scandal (exposed by Greenpeace UK)
  • McDs trying to bully Dictionaries to alter the negative (ie accurate) definition of ‘McJob’
  • increasing pressure from all quarters to ban junk food adverts to children



EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS confirms ‘McDonald’s were not able to claim damages against Veggies for further distribution of the material (What’s Wrong With Mc’Donald Factsheet)‘:


“On the last day of the (McLibel) trial, Mr Rampton, counsel for McDonalds, stated: ‘I would certainly accept that after the agreement, the settlement with Veggies had been reached, McDonald’s were not able to claim damages against Veggies for further distribution of the material which is the subject of this action. Plainly because there has been an accord of satisfactions…”


… and more … see http://www.mcspotlight.org/case/trial/verdict/Echr.html#Veggiesagreement


Also … from ‘Para 241 b – Some general sources:


“Veggies: as explained previously Veggies reprinted the London Greenpeace Factsheet and have been its main distributors from 1987. After being threatened that year with legal action by McDonald’s solicitors there were negotiations and the company dropped all further action. The agreement reached specifically accepted the continued distribution of the Factsheet with only minor amendments, in reality only affecting the ‘rainforest’ section. Veggies continue to circulate this version of the Factsheet widely. McDonald’s have accepted that their agreement with Veggies amounts to an ‘accord of satisfactions”.

World Day for Animals in Laboratories 2019

Join World Day for Laboratory Animals 2019!

Let’s make Saturday 27 April 2019 the biggest march for laboratory animals the UK has seen in recent years.

It will take place in Oxford – home to a university experimenting on the largest number of animals in Britain.

Each year inside British laboratories, around 4 million animals are experimented on. Every 8 seconds, one animal dies. Included are experiments on more than 600,000 animals. With over half of all animal experiments now taking place in universities it is crucial we speak out to end animal suffering and progress beyond wasteful, costly and cruel research.

Guest speakers throughout the day will be raising awareness about poor and cruel science behind animal experimentations and curiosity-driven research. There will vegan food and campaign stands, a media presence, exciting and creative stunts.


Stop New Nuclear – Surround Springfields

Why Here? The worlds first nuclear fuel manufacturing plant, based in a small village near Preston, carries out civil and military nuclear contracts for facilities across the UK:

  • Production of nuclear fuel
  • Storage and processing of waste (including Uranium Hexafluoride DUF6)
  • Decommissioning of plant and facilities

Through the gates of the Springfields plant pass a deadly cargo of materials which have fuelled nuclear bombs, nuclear reactors and nuclear accidents for over 70 years. These materials pose a radiological and chemical threat to human health and to the environment.

Why Now? The Government is still pressing forward with its policy of new nuclear power, despite delays, spiralling costs and even bankruptcy of the major players. Springfields would play a pivotal role in supplying these and processing the waste material. The hunt for a Geological Disposal Facility (long term radioactive waste dump) is back on nationwide, with communities in Cumbria being targetted to ‘volunteer’ their back yard for this short sighted ‘solution’ to an intractable problem.

Radioactive material is transported to and from this site nationally and internationally via road and rail. We are inviting you to take this same journey to join us in the dirty core of the UK nuclear industry for a day of protest, information sharing and solidarity. We plan to surround the site with people dressed as nuclear waste barrels – a record breaking attempt!


International Rebellion UK – Shut Down London!

Our leaders have failed us. It’s time to rebel – and have a damn good time doing it.

Climate breakdown and ecological collapse threaten our existence. Another world is possible, and it’s just within reach. It’s going to take everything we’ve got to get there. So we’re pulling out all the stops and rising up in a full-scale Rebellion against this twisted system to save ourselves and the natural world from extinction.

Meet at Parliament Square at 11am on Monday 15th of April. Come to London to stay – this is not a one-day march. Book two weeks off work, or go on strike. Think festival, arrange to stay with friends or bring camping gear. We will be blockading the city, engaging in civil disobedience, taking direct action, and joined by amazing acts will be performing at sites to be revealed closer to the time.

FrAcktion Action – South Yorkshire

Fracktion, a Sheffield based activist group, are organising a Spring gathering highlighting the many fracking sites that have popped up in the Yorkshire and East Midlands and to build solidarity in the fracking belt of North Notts/Derbyshire.

It will involve skill sharing, workshops and action planning in an effort to put on a creative action on Sunday and Monday.

This will be an opportunity to showcase local victories, share skills, and focus on creative solutions to the challenges facing anti-frackers in the area.

To build momentum for the event there will be a Protest & Creative Actions day on the 9th March at Harthill Village Hall,  Winney Hill, Sheffield S26 7YL 

Contact info@reclaimthepower.org.uk to find out more.

Extinction Rebellion Nottingham – Major Action

If you’re new to Extinction Rebellion and haven’t been involved yet, then please consider joining our action on March 16th 2019.

We’re looking to make a carefully-planned, low-risk, but impactful action in central Nottingham which requires almost no preparation other than turning up.

If you’re fed up of feeling powerless and stressed about the climate crisis, come along. Extinction Rebellion is a global movement and you can be a part of it.

Ask to join the group to find out a bit more!

With determination and hope for the future,

Funeral For Our Future?

Join Extinction Rebellion for a symbolic funeral procession and memorial service for all those already lost to climate change, and for all our futures unless we take urgent and radical action now.

This is a chance to express our grief for the thousands who have already died as a result of climate change, and for those species which have gone, or will go extinct – possibly including ourselves! It is also an opportunity to mourn for all our futures as we come to terms with the massive disruption which climate change is already having and will bring in the coming decades.

We will process solemnly through the City Centre streets behind the coffin to the beat of a drum and song, stopping occasionally to address the crowd. Arriving at our end point we will make our declaration and present our demands to the City Council. Then will come a memorial service with songs, poetry and speeches, and the chance to place tokens of our grief and hope on the coffin.

Finally, we will gather in a warm place close-by to share food and drink, to reflect on how we are feeling, to share our hopes and ideas on how to improve our situation, and to get to know each other.

Everyone is welcome to join us at any part of the event. Please dress (warmly!) in black if possible and bring tokens of grief and hope; e.g. pictures of lost environmental activists, extinct animals, or climate change damage, soft toys, or flowers; to leave on the coffin.

If you’d like a chance to address the crowd, or perform a poem or song, please contact us via direct message. Likewise if you have a specific need to be addressed. This event is intended to be as open and accessible to everyone as possible.

Bring climate-change placards and banners, and warm those voices up to sing along, united in grief and hope.

Schedule · Saturday, 19 January 2019
Meet, ready to process – Trinity Square
Funeral Procession through the City Centre
Funeral Ceremony – Market Square
Time to reflect, talk about what we can do to save our future, and get to know each other – Venue TBC

Demo at Spycop Andy Coles’ Talk on Policing

Andy Coles then and now

Andy Coles then and now

When the truth was exposed about Andy Coles’ history as an undercover police officer, he immediately resigned as Cambridgeshire’s Deputy Police & Crime Commissioner.

He spent four years undercover infiltrating peace and animal rights campaigns, and deceived a vulnerable teenager, ‘Jessica‘, into a year-long relationship. Such activity by the Special Demonstration Squad is one of the darkest parts of Metropolitan Police history, and Met lawyers admit it breaches the fundamental right to freedom from torture, inhuman or degrading treatment.

When his deployment ended, Coles wrote the Special Demonstration Squad’s Tradecraft Manual, which gives instructions on how to conduct sexual relationships with women they’re spying on, and how to steal the identities of dead children.

On exposure on May last year, he locked all his social media accounts. Though he resigned as Deputy PCC, he retains his seat on Peterborough City Council. He has still given no interviews to explain himself, merely several short prepared statements.

However, in recent months he has unlocked his social media and now he is booked to speak on policing issues to the AGM of the Longthorpe and Netherton Residents Association.

Astonishingly, he is speaking alongside the person who took over the Deputy PCC role after Coles was forced to resign, Ray Bisby.

Men who abuse their public roles in order to violate citizens should not be in positions of civic trust. Most especially, they should not be seen as credible voices on the work of the very institution whose power they abused.

Join us to protest about Coles’ continued role in public life. 

DATE: Wednesday December 19th, 5pm (ahead of the AGM at 5.30)

PLACE: St. Jude’s Church, Cranford Drive, Peterborough PE3 7EW

The Official Animal Rights March 2018 | London


The Official Animal Rights March is an annual march founded by UK animal rights organisation Surge. The march began in London in 2016 with 2,500 vegans and in 2017 the march doubled to 5,000 vegans marching in London for animal liberation. In 2018 we want to see THOUSANDS MORE vegans taking over the streets of London, demanding an end to all animal oppression.

In order to make this march bigger than ever before, we need your help. Invite your friends, tell every vegan you meet, this is the day that we unite, where we stand up, rise up and say no more, not in our name.

This march will be bigger, bolder, brighter and louder than any year prior. The future is vegan, but we must continue to speak out on behalf of the animals until the day that their suffering ends.

The route is shown here: https://www.facebook.com/surgeactivism/photos/gm.309902249756233/851821891681591/

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Save the date, spread the word – and let’s make history for the animals.

Trailer coming soon.




The Official Animal Rights March is supported by HeartCure Collective, a Sheffield-based non-profit organisation.



Surround Yarlswood #14 SHUT IT DOWN!

Yarl’s Wood Detention Centre holds 400 women; women who have committed no crime.

Their Rights are denied; their freedom removed: FREE THEM NOW!

Read about all the current concerns here



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