Militant animal rights activists break into abattoir and chain themselves to machinery saying they’ll only leave if the sheep are given to a ‘sanctuary’
- The anonymous group have accessed the Forge Farm Meats factory in Kent
- Members occupied the kill floor and waste silos at the Tunbridge Wells base
- Have called for the end of slaughter houses and ‘continuous exploitation’
A group of activists has taken over a meat factory in Kent, demanding the animals be released to a sanctuary.
In the early hours of this morning, the anonymous group accessed the Forge Farm Meats building in Tunbridge Wells and chained themselves to machinery.
The group have claimed that they will only leave if the animals, which include sheep, are given to a sanctuary ‘to live the rest of their lives in peace’.
Members of the group have accessed the kill floor and waste silos, this they said is to ensure their eviction will need specialised operatives to attend.
In the early hours of this morning activists broke into the factory and put up banner signs
The activists in the video wear scarfs to cover their faces as they demand the slaughter house to be closed
In a video, members of the group are seen climbing over the fencing and letting off pink smoke bombs from the top of the building.
They have however, stated that they have not taken this action lightly and understand the ‘legal risks’ of occupying the factory.
Police are said to be on the scene and MailOnline has contacted Kent Police for an update on the situation.
They are also calling for and end to all slaughterhouses and said that the ‘continuous exploitation of sentient beings, treated as property, is not just immoral but unjust’.
The site in Tunbridge Wells (pictured above) has previously been under fire for the treatment of animals
Activists chained themselves to railings and said that their intention was to ‘save animals’
At the start of the video one of the activists states the groups intentions and says they want slaughters houses to be abolished
In a statement they added that if they had to ‘force justice’ by acting against the law then they would do so ‘unapologetically’.
However, it’s not the first time Forge Farm Meats has roused attention after it was found that workers at the slaughter house had failed to stun animals properly.
A case against the factory has now been adjourned until next year.
The anonymous activists also added that they are at the farm with the single intention to ‘save animals’.
The activists said it had been easy to gain access to the factory and highlighted they wont stop until the farm has been closed for good
One activist (above) appeared on camera without his face covered to declare their position
‘Accessing the site has not been difficult as doors were left unlocked and ajar. Some activists have used tubes with multiple layers of different materials and are chained to each other.
‘We are explaining the methodology to make one thing very clear, the situation is dangerous and could result in injuries if the correct professionals are not on site.
‘We are going to remain inside of the slaughterhouse for as long as we possibly can and we are not willing to give up our opposition until Forge Farm Meats closes down for good.
‘We would be willing to abandon the blockade if all animals scheduled to be killed today are transported to an animal sanctuary of our choice and if the safety and freedom of the activists are promised, without charges and without personal details.’
The group added that this would be the first of many actions they are willing to take in order to combat speciesism.
Pink smoke bombs can be seen bellowing from the site in Tunbridge Wells which has been taken over by activists
Wearing balaclavas, most of the activists entered the site this morning and police are said to be on the scene