Vegan activists cover themselves in fake blood to stage Trafalgar Square 'human meat' protest

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This was the scene in Trafalgar Square as vegan protesters covered themselves in fake blood and pretended to be packaged human meat.

​The demonstration, organised by campaign Direct Action Everywhere, drew huge crowds at the popular tourist spot in central London.

The group said the bizarre demonstration was in protest of “speciesism”, a term it said stands for prejudice against animals.

Protesters laid down next to signs reading slogans such as “it’s not food, it’s violence” and price labels with a Use By date and the price of “life itself”. 

One of the protesters covered in fake blood in Trafalgar Square 

Saturday’s protest comes as thousands of vegans prepare to march to the Houses of Parliament at the weekend as part of a global campaign for animal rights.

A spokesman for Direct Action Everywhere told the Standard: “Every animal killed by the meat industry was a unique individual, just like a dog or cat.

“Yet they are transformed by a deceptive industry into something unrecognisable — mass commodities for consumption. But as more people wake up to the truth of what happens in slaughterhouses and animal farms, change is happening.

The group’s protest attracted large crowds to the square (Wayne Hsiung)

“At Direct Action Everywhere, we believe that animals should have the right to live free from captivity and violence, just like us.”

The three activists lay on the floor in the makeshift “meat trays” as members of the group urged passersby to “go vegan”.

 One member of the group, who did not give their name, told the MailOnline: ‘We as vegans want to show other people there’s a compassionate way to live and how to treat animals.”

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